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What is the work-function of a monolayer metal on a substrate with charge redistribution at the interface?

The work-function on subsrate/metal with nm thick (or above) metal layer generally reveal the intrinsic work-funtion of bulk metal. But what if there is a monolayer thick metal, and there is charge ...
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Remote EEG detection / reading

I recently noted that Phillips, Accenture, and Emotive grouped together to create a proof of concept that would assist ALS patients to gain greater control of their lives through brain, voice, and eye ...
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programmable clock generator vs frequency synthesizer [migrated]

What is the basic difference between programmable clock generator and frequency synthesizers?
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Why is the voltage drop across this transistor the full voltage of the battery? [migrated]

I am currently learning about transistors from allaboutcircuits.com. He presented the following schematic: He claims that when the transistor is in its cutoff state, V.output will read the full ...
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Electronic device malfunctions from condensate

I'm fairly certain my tablet runs better in a dehumidified sealed compartment. I can't really prove it...but I know my hearing aids perform better after dehumidifying. I asked here and they said a ...
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Electrical conductivity of pool water [closed]

What is the electrical conductivity of pool water? I tried to find some information, unfortunately with no success. I need to know it to make an underwater electronic project. Thanks
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Shining light (of a particular frequency) on an insulator to make it into a conductor

Recently I read about band theory of solids. The energy difference between valence band and conduction band determines the conductive property of solids. Suppose I take an insulator and shine it with ...
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If we connect a block of p-type semiconductor only to a positive terminal, will it become positively charged?

Connect the positive terminal of a battery to a piece of p-doped semiconductor, say, silicon doped with boron. Will the terminal pull electrons out of the doped silicon, or equivalently, inject holes ...
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why a charge never converted to energy as it work on other charges by displacing them various times?

When a charge is brought near another charge it exerts force on It...innumerable charges brought near it one by one it attract and displace them by doing work on these charges...which require ...
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How does electrostatic force affect electronic devices?

How does electrostatic force generated by two seperate plates having opposite charges affect electronic devices? I know that magnetic fields have some harmful effects to electronic devices but I am ...
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EMF in circuits help?

Can someone explain EMF in the most simple way possible? I understand the equation i.e. $ε=I(R+r)$ but don't fully understand what is going on in the circuit.
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Why does the Karnaugh map use gray code and not binary? [migrated]

The row and column headers for a Karnaugh map are written in gray code and not binary. I am wondering why. Is it because that the Karnaugh map needs to wrap around, and gray code is symmetrical?
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Why do electron and hole mobilities decrease with temperature?

From page 35 of "Microelectronics" by Millman Grabel Mobility $\mu$ decreases with temperature because more carriers are present and these carriers are more energetic at higher temperatures. ...
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What technologies are available to measure distance? [closed]

I'm a programmer, I really lack of physics knowledge, I'm trying to make some basic design for a distance measuring simple system, for a social project I'd take as hobby. Basically I would have many ...
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Would you please explain this statement please [closed]

As the atoms of a material are brought closer together to form the crystal lattice structure, there is an interaction between atoms, which will result in the electrons of a particular shell of an atom ...
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What is the dependance of voltages in a MOSFET on its Performance? [migrated]

The Wikipedia page says that (in context of scaling) To maintain performance, the threshold voltage (Vth) of the MOSFET has to be reduced as well. And also, this paper says, For high ...
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Problems and applications of Topoligcal Insulators today [closed]

I am learning about topological insulators in my applications of quantum mechanics class and i was wondering why exactly are they important? Who cares if the material only conducts on the surface? ...
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Thyristor turn on process.depletion region increases or decrease?

When gate-cathode forward voltage is applied in SCR, according to normal convention, depletion region near J2(middle junction) decreases or gradually increases? If there is any mistake in asking the ...
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What will be the effect of placing a light source very close to a photodiode?

What will be the effect of placing a photodiode really close to a laser source and what should be the appropriate distance between a light source and photodiode to get maximum output current?
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Numerical Solution of 1D Boltzmann Transport Equation

I need to solve the one-dimensional Boltzmann transport equation in a semiconductor numerically, and I want to take a deterministic approach toward the problem (i.e. not use Monte-Carlo or similar ...
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Why capacitor pass AC and block DC current? [duplicate]

We know that in circuit capacitor block the DC current and pass AC current. My question is how a capacitor block DC and pass AC?
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Factors on which barrier potential in a p n junction depends

I have a few queries regarding the barrier potential in a p-n junction diode. Is the barrier potential dependent on temperature? Why/why not? Does the barrier potential depend on doping ...
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Why are holes (in a semi conductor) regarded as particle?

Can I say that holes in a semiconductors are treated as current-carrying conventional direction ?
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Explanation for transistor as amplifier

In transistor as an amplifier, we have NPN transistor (base in the middle and emitter and collector at the sides). The collector has electrons in majority because it is N-type. similarly, holes are in ...
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Internal Resistor in a Diode

When we talk about the resistance of a diode (of the P and N region), is this resistance like the one inside an Electro-Motive Force or it acts like a normal resistor (external electric field exist)? ...
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Laser beam sensed by scattering

Can a laser beam, whether it is a IR laser or of the visible to human eye spectrum, be seen/sensed by an electronic eye like a photosensor/photodetector, not human eye, if the beam is just in air? For ...
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How does current flow in the circuit during negative cycle of input?

So,as far as I know the input signal just controls the current from +Vcc as per this analogy But in the first picture during the negative half cycle of the input waveform the output wave form is ...
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why do everything tend to be stable? [duplicate]

Whenever I ask'why does a proton attract electron?' People say that 'because they are oppositely charged' But I want to know why do opposite Charges attract each other and tend to become neutralised? ...
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How did the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor work?

I've been trying to understand how the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor worked. The point-contact transistor uses Schottky barriers (metal/semi-conductor junctions), so under what conditions ...
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electron-gas theory of a metal (drude model) - intuition

I'm back to studying "Microelectronics" by Millman & Grabel (2nd ed.). The book makes some references to the electron-gas theory, and I found out to have some problems with my intuition. At each ...
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Why the electric potential of earth is zero?

For a localized charge distribution the potential is set to zero far away from the charge distribution (at infinity) Now, when grounding a conductor, i.e. connecting it to Earth, it is said that we ...
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What is the effect of doping silicon with an excessive amount of group V donors?

What is actually the effect of doping silicon with an excessive amount of group V / donor atoms? I read it reduces the conductivity but I dont understand why.
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Verifying radiation measurement smart phone applications

I've stumbled upon a strange class of Android applications lately. (And I'm sure such applications are available for other platforms too.) These apps claim the ability of detecting radiation. The ...
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What temperature will create amorphous TiSi?

At what temperature will create amorphous TiSi? I think it's around 500 Celsius but I'm not sure.
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Variable Resistance

We know that the resistance increase with temperature or for exemple in an AC circuit, the resistance is superior to the same resistor for DC current due to skin effect. But my question is for a same ...
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Why is responsivity quoted as a figure of merit?

Lately I have been investigating the physics literature on proposed photosensitive electronic devices made of graphene. Often I see responsivity values quoted as if they suppossed to impress, and ...
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Ohmic contacts in a diode (metal-semiconductor junction) - contact difference of potential $V_0$ - how to compute

I'm reading "Microelectronics" by Millman, Grabel. Premise: The book developed, for a pn step-graded junction, the contact potential as $$ V_0 = V_T \text{ln} \frac{p_{p0}}{p_{n0}} = - V_T ...
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Why do circuits work so fast?

Drift velocity (explained to me as how fast the electrons are moving) is really slow. My book says the electrons move at around 10 mm/ s. If electrons move so slowly how do circuits work so fast? If ...
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How is the bandgap reference diode so accurate? (temperature changes bandgap?)

I am studying about bandgap references (wiki). As a black box approach, (from what I know) it can be seen as a system which gives a stable voltage reference irrespective of the highly varying ...
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portable transistor radio [closed]

I recently bought a cheap (@ US$7) transistor radio, with an FM band, an AM band, 4 SW bands, and 2 VHF (tv audio) bands covering channels 1 to 13. However, i later discovered that i couldn't tune in ...
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Graded semiconductors - hole concentration function of x

I'm stuck at page 37 of the (second ed.) of "Microelectronics" by Millman & Grabel, section "1-7 Graded Semiconductors". Before that section, it spent some time explaining the phenomenon of ...
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Pn junction voltage drop?

This image from wikipedia, explains that there occurs a potential drop across a pn semiconductor junction, and an electric field confined to the depletion region. I already know the reason for the ...
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Spin FET Transistor

Spin FET Transistor. When a gate voltage is applied to a current of spin polarized electrons, a spin precession will occur. If this spin precession is enough to make the bulk electron spin ...
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Why a tunnel diode (TD) is called a diode?

Traditionally, a diode is a 2-terminal device that limits current to flow in one direction, i.e. a rectifier. But a "tunnel diode", according to wikipedia, is not rectifying: In the tunnel diode, ...
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What's the difference between tunnel diode (TD) and resonant tunneling diode (RTD)?

According to wikipedia, a tunnel diode is a PN junction whose energies are shifted with bias, while a resonant tunneling diode is a quantum well between a double barrier, whose energies change with ...
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Question on Shockley's equation for FETs

I'm currently studying FETs (Field Effect Transistors) in Navy school. What I know so far is that in FETs, $V_{gs}$ is reversed biased, creating a depletion zone. What this means in plain English is ...
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Analyzing the voltage output of clampers

Let us say that we have the following negative clamper circuit with a 50 volt peak-to-peak square wave as an input: The output from the circuit is a -50 volt square wave with the peak positive ...
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Explaining the current flow of the positive shunt clipper (diodes)

I am currently studying clippers or parallel limiters in the Navy and I was wondering if someone could clear up a few things for me. Here is a picture that fits my description: A clipper has a ...
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A question about Memristors

A question about memristors: These semiconductor entities have been defined in terms of magnetic flux leakage, and a non-linear relationship to the electric charge that has flowed. In essence, the ...
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Why is electricity so successful (how to explain the variety of transducers we have discovered)

From piezoelectric crystals, to loudspeakers, microphones, hydrophones, strain gauges; electricity possesses the amazing ability to transfer energy/information to and from so many different media. I ...