Free Online Course on Solar Energy and Semi-Conductor Devices | Alison

Fundamentals of Semiconductors

Free online course on solar energy, measurement of solar radiation and making semiconductor devices.

Free Course
This free online semiconductors course will introduce you to solar energy and its uses, solar radiation, quantifying and measuring solar radiation, atmospheric effects on solar radiation and the effect of location on time. You will also learn about calculating sunrise ans sunset, the basic principles of semi-conductors, properties of semi-conductors, measurement of resistivity, band diagrams and carrier recombination and generation.
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

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This course will be introduce you to solar energy, the uses of solar energy, the concept of solar radiation, the different matrices to quantify solar radiation, the fundamental aspects of solar radiation, the atmospheric effects on solar radiation, the effect of location on time, and identifying the basis of the Sun-Earth angular rotations.

You will also be introduced to various models of measuring solar radiation, various geometrical relations, sun-surface geometry for an inclined angle, the equation of time, how to calculate sunrise, sunset and day length with all the necessary adjustments, local apparent time, basic principles of semiconductors, structure of semi-conductor materials, and electrical properties of semiconductors.

Also, you will be introduced to the conductivity and resistivity of semi-conductors, the measurement of resistivity, the measurement of mobility, band diagram in semi-conductors, the concept of carrier diffusion, total current, the various forms of carrier generation and recombination, recombination-generation statistics, low-level injection methods and the conditions for low-level injection, surface recombination, photon absorption, momentum conservation, diffusion length, and direct and indirect (diffuse) bandgap semi-conductors. Start this course today and learn more about the fundamentals of semiconductors.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of solar radiation and solar technologies
  • Identify various ways of measuring solar radiation
  • Discuss the atmospheric effects on solar radiation
  • Discuss solar radiation and its components
  • Identify the various methods of quantifying solar radiation
  • Examine the energy band diagrams of semiconductors
  • Discuss the direct and indirect band gap semiconductors
  • Examine semiconductor resitivity and the four-probe measurement
  • Examine the generation and recombination of carriers and recombination-generation statistics


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