Semiconductor physics is the branch of solid state physics that focuses on specific properties of semiconductors. It studies dynamics of different perturbations (mainly electrons and holes) in the semiconductor crystal and the ways to harness it in electrical circuits.

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Does the Fermi level change under change of temperature, voltage or other conditions?

From a previous post with similar title, (What's the difference between Fermi Energy and Fermi Level?) I think it is safe to assume that In a block of material, Fermi energy is the level, up to ...
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Optics - Photodiodes - minimum photon energy that a photodiode will be sensitive to [closed]

I'm foraying into the world of photodiodes, and I'm trying to calculate the minimum photon energy required for the photodiode to be sensitive to. Symbolic expressions desired. Minimum detectable ...
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Why is a substrate needed in growing GaN?

Is the substrate a layer on which GaN crystal grows on? Is there a way to grow free-standing GaN? Would the resultant crystal be full of defects?
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What is the relationship between Raman peaks and phonon vibration modes?

I've seen Raman spectra, such as here, where peaks at certain wavenumbers were identified with phonon vibration modes (TO, LO, TA, LA). What is the relationship behind this, and how could I make such ...
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When a pn junction is formed, why is a positive region of charge formed on the n side of the junction?

I understand that when electrons diffuse from n-side to p-side, negative charge is developed on the p-side. But the mere absence of electrons on the n-side doesn't make that positively charged. The ...
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Flaw in Einstein's explanation of the photoelectric effect?

The essence of Einstein's idea is like this: if a system is in some bound state with energy $-E_b$ with $E_b> 0$ (the threshold of the continuum band is taken as zero), and we drive the system ...
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The meaning of the temperature in the Shockley Equation

In the Shockley equation, which is the model of the $I$-$V$ curve of a p-n junction, what does the Temperature refer to, carrier temperature or lattice temperature? When a p-n junction subjected on a ...
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Relation between carrier temperature and lattice temperature, under injections

When we are learning the semiconductor physics, we always encounter a key concept, which is the carrier temperature. However, there is not any detailed definition of such carrier temperature. Do we ...
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Do electrons in the conduction band have a quantum number?

Sorry if this is a silly question, but I haven't seen the concept anywhere and was wondering why. If valence electrons can have a quantum number, why can't conduction electrons? Is there something ...
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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 do the free electrons in N-type want to diffuse?

I'm trying to understand how a diode works and for this I've used(among other resources) the book written by Albert Malvino, Electronic Principles. Everywhere I read about this topic, it says that ...
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Activation energy as a function of defects

Electrical conductivity has a form of Arrhenius equation. It is assumed that activation energy decreases with defect density in the insulating state and becomes zero in the conducting state. Can one ...
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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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How holes conduct current?

I had questions about holes in semiconductor, when i checked the net it is said holes are said to be equivalent positive charge and they say because the hole moves from one place to another when it is ...
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What controls the on-off speed in a microprocessor? [closed]

I've been spending some time reading about semiconductors and even about computer architecture in order to understand how computers actually works in lowest levels, but until now nothing what I read ...
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How does the saturation current of a heterojunction depend on on the band gap difference?

In my textbook, they demonstrate that, for a regular n-Si/p-Si pn junction, the electron saturation current density (it's pretty much the same for the holes, but with hole properties instead of ...
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Why does the minority carrier drift current at PN junction remain constant when reverse biased?

I understand the source of this drift current is thermally excited electron hole pair minority carriers, and that minority carrier excitation is constant (and quite low) at constant temperature. ...
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why activation energy of semiconductor changes as temperature changes

why activation energy of semiconductor thin films changes as temperature changes. I know that this is due to different conduction mechanisms. Intrinsic conduction mechanism which occurs at high ...
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Question about electron-hole pair generation in depletion layer for a p-n junction photodiode

At the heart of operation of p-n (or p-i-n) junction photodiodes is the absorption of photons leading to generation of electron-hole pairs. If the diode is, e.g., reverse biased, then the motion of ...
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Such high mobility value for degrading structural properties

I have prepared Cu enriched ZnSe thin films with different concentrations of copper. The XRD and RAMAN results showed improvement in structural properties as the Cu content is increased up to 10%. ...
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Resistance of depletion region of PN Junction

It seems that in picture D, the Depletion region is gone because quantitatively we have V= Vj+RI where Vj is the opposite of the built in potential of the depletion region but R is the resistance of ...
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Resistance of depletion region

The ideal diode equation is : I=Io[exp(qv/kT)-1]. My question is when we want to represent this ideal diode, it will be represented by a resistance of depletion region right? but is this resistance ...
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What sort of math deals with thermodynamics inside of semiconductors?

That is to say, how would one consider the thermodynamics of a complex chip like a modern CPU? I hear that designing the thermal efficiency of such systems is very difficult. I'm not sure why, ...
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Electron-Hole Spin Exchange Interaction

I am stuck with this seemingly "simple" Hamiltonian. I am dealing with an exchange term of a Hamiltonian for two different spin species: $$H_\text{exchange} = - \lambda J \cdot S = ...
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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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Definition of a semiconductor

Originally I had learned that solids are split into two categories: isolators/semiconductors, and metals. The fundamental difference between the two is the existence of a bandgap. Metals don't have ...
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Diffusion current and resistance of a diode

In a diode, there is a resistance in the p and n region, and electric field is required to move the charges in forward bias conditions. My question is: when there is diffusion current is the electric ...
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What is the difference between the Franz-Keldysh effect and free carrier absorption?

What is the difference between the Franz-Keldysh effect and free carrier absorption? My first guess to this is that the Franz-Keldysh effect involves a bandgap potential of non-zero volts D.C. while ...
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Semiconductor intrinsic carrier concentration is given by ni=BT^(3/2)*exp(-E/2kT), how is this derived?

The glorious book Sedra/Smith Microelectronic Circuits states that for a semiconductor the intrinsic charge concentration is is given by: $$ n_i = BT^{3/2}e^{-E_g/2kT} $$ Where $n_i$ is the ...
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Does reverse biasing hold any meaning in case if both terminals are n type semiconductors?

When we talk about an n-p-n transistor in common emitter configuration, we often say that emitter-collector circuit (the one towards right) is reverse biased. In what sense it is reverse biased? Here, ...
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Don't electrons have discrete energy levels in semiconductors?

I am having a hard time understanding the relation between the fermi distribution of electrons in a semiconductor, and the fact the electron energy states are discrete. The fermi distribution is ...
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selection of p substrate as wafer in typical cmos process flow

why is p-substrate typically used as wafer in the typical cmos process flow? why not n substrate?with respect to memories, Has it got anything to do with the aplha-paritcle radiation induced errors ...
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Why can solar cells be made of indirect and direct semiconductors? (Comparison between some pn-junction devices)

Various textbooks mention, but not go into detail, how semiconductor devices are optimized for their particular function. E-k space is trascendental to understand this, given that it depends on the ...
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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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Can the Fermi level go above the conduction band energy if doped heavily enough?

So for n-type Si with donor density $N_d$ and donor energy level $E_d$, $N_d^+ = N_d(1+\frac{1}{1+e^{\beta (E_d - E_f)}/2})$ is the number of ionized donors, so we get an relation between the number ...
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Cryogenic Conductivity of a Defective Semiconductor

If I have a semiconductor with a lot of defects what happens to its conductivity at at mK type temperatures? I'm expecting that defects would give rise to greater conductivity than for a perfect ...
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How is periodic potential approximation justified in semiconductor physics?

In semiconductor physics the usual approximation is that of infinite crystal. This seems to allow one to write Hamiltonian for electron subsystem (in adiabatic approximation) as having periodic ...
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Literature on semiconductor modeling

Analysis and Simulation of Semiconductor Devices by Selberherr (Amazon link) seems to be the book on the basics of the craft, yet it was written in 1984. Are there any more recent books or have the ...
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Increasing the efficiency of photovoltaic power cells

Given that solar cells use one or more semiconductor materials to convert light to electricity, and that the efficiency of that conversion is dependent on the material and the wavelength of the light, ...
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Why are generally two of three effective masses identical?

In indirect semiconductors, the effective mass of electrons depend on the direction. There are three principle directions pointing away from the global energetic minimum in which the effective masses ...
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Confusion about depletion layer in pn-junction?

Here: external link Seek: around (2:53) Since n-type and more electrons than p-type and vice versa for holes, they diffuse and in the process neutralize in the central region. How is the ...
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Doped Semiconductor with Holes left?

This confuses me: In the wikipedia article it talks about how the Majority charge carrier is electronics for an N-type semiconductor how come the electrons in the conduction band don't just drop ...
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Resistance of a diode in different regime and the physics of recombination current

I would like to ask question about the resistance of a diode under different regime. Surely, in reverse bias, it has a breakdown voltage, and in forward bias,it rises exponentially according to the ...
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inability of indirect gap semiconductors to emit light efficiently

what is reason of inability of indirect gap semiconductors to emit light efficiently?
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Why organic materials' hole mobility is usually higher than electron mobility?

Most of OFETs, and in particular OTFTs, are p-type (p-channel devices), because the hole mobility is higher than the electron mobility in most organic materials (wikipedia). What is the reason for ...
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What does Fermi level in the band gap mean?

What does it mean that the Fermi level for some semiconductors lie in the band gap? Is Fermi level definition different from what is know as usual? We define the Fermi level as the highest level of ...
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Does doping silicon affect its coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE)?

Everywhere I have searched I always see the CTE of silicon listed as 2.6*10e-6 °C^-1. However, I have silicon that was phosphorus-doped to an ion concentration of of 2.41*10e11 atmos/cm^3, and I would ...
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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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Electric Field inside a diode

When a voltage is applied to a diode (Forward or Reversed bias) the depletion zone is changed due to charges change in this region. My question is in both case (Forward or Reversed bias), how the ...
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Is the built-in potential in a PN junction the same as the “knee” or “turn-on” potential?

Considering a PN junction with a difference in fermi level between the P and N type regions given by eV0. Does this V0 correspond to the potential at which the diode "switches on"? My intuition tells ...