Syllabus for Semiconductor Optics


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TE778
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology A1F, Physics A1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2018-03-06
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2018
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits in Science and Technology including Solid State Physics I. Micro and nanotechnology I and participation in Mikro- och nanoteknik II.
  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

After a successfully completed course the student should be able to:

  • explain and discuss how light is absorbed in a semiconductor and the fundamental excitations that occur,
  • explain the band structure of semiconductor materials, excitons, plasmones and phonons, as well as their influence on optical spectra and transport processes,
  • conduct analyses of electronic and optical properties of semiconductors as well as understand the relationship between chemical composition, dimensionality, electron structure and optical properties,
  • calculate energy levels in low-dimensional materials, as well as energies of excitation transitions in different materials,
  • explain how dispersion relationships affect optical properties, phonons and plasmons, as well as explain their frequency and size dependent properties,
  • explain how optical properties find applications in optical and electronic devices such as sensors, light sources, photovoltaics and photocatalysts.


Fundamental physical electronic and optical properties and processes in semiconductor materials: band structure, excitons, as wella as the influence of temperature, structure, chemical composition (defects and doping), external forces and external fields. Absorption in semiconductors. Optical transitions and recombination processes. Inelastic light scattering. Optical properties of phonons and plasmones. Properties of free charge carriers and excitons in low-dimensional systems. 1D, 2D and 3D quantum constraints (quantum confinements). Electronic effects and charge transport.


Lectures and independent work in the form of a case study.


Written exam (4 credits) and written presentation of the independent work (1 credit).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 26, 2018

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Klingshirn, Claus F. Semiconductor Optics

    4th ed. 2012.: Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012.

    Find in the library