Vorlesung "Compound Semiconductors"

Important note

This lecture will take place in summer semester 2021 as an on-line lecture.

Students who like to participate in this course should inscribe in the Moodle course "Compound Semiconductors summer semester 2021".

Many more details about the lecture can be found there.

For any open question, please do not hesitate do contact me directly by mail.

With my best wishes for your health

Ferdinand Scholz


The lecture covers physics and technology of modern compound semiconductors with major focus on III-V compounds like GaAs and related materials. These semiconductors are indispensable for modern optoelectronic devices like LEDs (all visible colors, infrared, ultraviolet), laser diodes, photodetectors, etc., where silicon is useless due to its indirect band structure. Moreover, they find applications as high-frequency electronic devices in modern communication systems like mobile phones, etc. In the lecture, we will discuss the physics which enables these applications, the preparation of the materials, epitaxial structures and devices and some particular characterisation methods.

Please go to the Moodle web-sites to get all actual information about this lecture.


Short talks (20min) of the students to special topics.

  • Scheduled Dates and Contributors (tbd)

Final Exam

The final exam of this lecture is an oral exam. Please arrange a date for this exam directly with Prof. Scholz, when you are ready to go.

Recommended literature

  • Lecture script
  • F. Scholz, Compound Semiconductors, Pan Stanford, Singapore 2018
  • Ch. Kittel, Einführung in die Festkörperphysik, Oldenbourg Verlag
  • O. Madelung, Grundlagen der Halbleiterphysik, Springer
  • R.J. Malik (Volume Ed.), F.F.Y. Wang (Series Ed.), Materials Processing, Theory and Practices, Vol. 7: III-V-Semiconductor Materials and Devices, North-Holland, Amsterdam, Oxford, New York, Tokyo 1989
  • T.S. Moss (ed.), Handbook of Semiconductors, Elsevier, Amsterdam 1994
  • D.T.J. Hurle (ed.), Handbook of Crystal Growth, North-Holland, Amsterdam 1993, Vol. 1-3
  • S.M. Sze, Physics of Semiconductor Devices, John Wiley
  • R.K. Willardson, A.C. Beer, Semiconductors and Semimetals, Buchserie Academic Press; z.B. Band 22, Band 24
  • E. Rosencher, B. Vinter, Optoelectronics, Cambridge University Press 2002
  • K.J. Ebeling, Integrierte Optoelektronik, Springer 1989



Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Scholz (Lecture)



Hours per week

Lecture: 3 SWS
Seminar: 1 SWS

Course ID

ENGFN 70461