Compound Semiconductors: Physics, Technology, and Device Concepts

Important note: This lecture will take place in summer semester 2020 in any case. If it is not possible to offer a normal lecture due to the Corona pandemia, we will offer some on-line solution!

Students who like to participate in this course should inscribe in the Moodle course "Compound Semiconductors summer semester 2020".

Many more details about the lecture can be found there.

For any open question, please do not hesitate do contact me directly:

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


Exercises: 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.


  • Ferdinand Scholz
  • Institut für Optoelektronik
  • Albert-Einstein-Allee 45
  • 89081 Ulm
  • Raum: 45.4.204
  • Telefon: (0731) 50-26052
  • Telefax: (0731) 50-26049




V 3, Ü 1 (6 credits)

Kurs Nummer

ENGF 7014