Theoretical Semiconductor Physics

Module PH2177

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2177 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2177 is Peter Vogl.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  • Symmetry and groups
  • Tight Binding Method
  • k.p Theory
  • Density Functional Theory
  • Nonequilibrium Green’s function Method
  • Applications

Learning Outcome

The module provides an overview of modern theoretical semiconductor physics with emphasis on basic concepts for predicting electronic, optical and transport properties of semiconductor nanostructures. This will enable the student to judge und understand strengths and weaknesses of various standard approaches and approximations for electronic structure and carrier transport calculations.


No prerequisites in addition to the ones for the Master's programme in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Theoretische Halbleiterphysik Vogl, P. Montag, 14:00–15:30
sowie einzelne oder verschobene Termine

Learning and Teaching Methods

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  • Madelung, Introduction to Solid State Theory,
  • J. H. Davies, The Physics of Low-Dimensional Semiconductors

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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