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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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### Why are holes the majority carrier in P-Type semiconductor?

It is said that P-Type semiconductors' majority carriers are holes. But based on my current understanding, there should be no extra holes except for those generated by heat (i.e. electron-hole pairs ...
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### Diode's volt-ampere characteristics

The Problem is that If the reverse saturation current is $10\ \text{nA}$ ($1\ \text{nA}=10^{-9}\ \text{A}$), Calculate the forward current while the forward voltage is $0.6\ \text{V}$. And explain ...
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### Analogy in combination of batteries in series and pn junction diode circuit to find potential difference

Can I use the analogy of combination of two batteries to get the potential difference between two points(by applying Kirchhoff's law) in case ,if a pn junction diode is used in the place of other ...
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### Semi conductors (holes and electrons)

The following relation is mentioned in my text book for semiconductors in thermal equilibrium. $$n_e ×n_h = n_i^2$$ $n_e$ stands for the number of electrons. $n_h$ stands for the number of holes. ...
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### Does drift current eventually stop in a p-n junction?

According to the Wikipedia's graph of electric field in a p-n junction, there is no electric field outside the deletion region and hence no minority charge carriers move into the other side. Also, the ...
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### What does it mean that an electron-hole pair is the fundamental unit of generation?

I wasn't certain to post this in chemistry or physics section. I was reading the wikipedia article on "Carrier generation and recombination" and in the second paragraph it says something that I ...
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### How do electrons move across depletion region in npn transistor? [duplicate]

Concerning the base-collector barrier, the electrons coming from the emitter move through the barrier using diffusion mainly and drift. Does carrier injection happen as a result of these two ...
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### Cookbook recommendation for finite element semiconductor simulation possibly using Sentaurus

I've started work for my master's thesis using Synopsys Sentaurus for simulation of semiconductors. I'm interested in the device simulation, that is the physics, not the process simulations. The ...
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### Simulate Band Bending and Band Alignment in Semiconductors

Are there softwares (simple ones preferred) where we can simulate the band alignments and band bending of a p-n junction, where we can vary properties of the junction materials such as carrier ...
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### semiconductors-band theory [duplicate]

How conduction happens with the conduction band electrons? I mean does the electrons which are responsible for the conduction of holes(by just moving from one atom to other) are those which are ...
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### Why are only Group III & V elements used for doping?

Only group III & IV are used for doping in elemental semiconductors like Si and Ge, why can't other groups be used instead?
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### What are the current carriers in a PN junction?

Imagine a PN junction in forward bias mode. The conventional current goes from the p-side to the n-side. However, as mobile holes move to the n-side, aren't there mobile electrons on the n-side which ...
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### What do you actually mean by DC current gain and a AC current gain in transistors [duplicate]

What do you actually mean by DC current again and AC current gain? I know there for formulas but I did not understand what actually they are , what is the significance. So basically I do not ...
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### Why does small change in Base current causes a larger change in collector current in case of transistors? [closed]

Why does small change in the base current causes larger change in the collector current. That is say if I increase the base current buy a small amount why the collector current increases by a very ...
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### Exact (quantitative) definition of “knee” and/or “cut-in” voltage?

Sort of a 2-part question: 1) I know they are used interchangeably but are the "knee" and "cut-in" voltages of a diode actually the exact same thing? I had thought that the "cut-in" voltage was ...
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### How to escape freeze-out effects of semiconductors in very low temperature

In very low temperature, semiconductors suffer from freeze-out effects. I did see that degenerately doping eliminates freeze-out, but degenerate semiconductors behave like metals. Is/can there ...
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### Do equalized Fermi Levels imply zero concentration gradient?

The explanation of a P-N junction says that the Built in Voltage opposes the continual diffusion current leading to a net current of 0. What i don't understand is how there can be continual ...
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### Why do we need Diffusion currents to explain semiconductor current flow?

Why do we need the idea of carrier concentrations to explain current flow? Can we simply not associate the disparity in carrier concentrations between two samples to a disparity in relative charge ...
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### Why is photodiode made reverse biased?

If only its purpose is to create an additional electron-hole pair,then why would it be made reverse biased.We can good amount of current in forward biased condition.
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### Zero Hall coefficient for semiconductors

Is it possible to dope the semiconductors in a way that their hall coefficient is zero?
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### Hall coefficient for semiconductors

I read somewhere that hall coefficient for intrinsic semiconductors is zero. But how is that possible because the mobiliities of holes and electrons are never the same?
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### Is it possible to select a single carrier type in a photodiode?

I have been reading about avalanche photodiodes and understand that they work via the impact ionization process to produce internal gain in the diode before the signal is read. It appears that ...
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### Is Zener Breakdown a special case of Avalanche breakdown?

I was wondering if Zener Breakdown is a special case of Avalanche Breakdown which just works at a lower potential due to heavy doping.
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### Is it posssible to numerically simulate a metal layer the same way as a semiconductor one

I need to simulate a schottky junction device. Unfortunately, the software for simulation (AFORS-HET) doesn't allow adding metal (I need to simulate aluminum contact) layers (but it allows to add "MS-...
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### Resistance of a diode

A diode is represented by an EMF equal to the electric field in depletion zone plus a resistance. This resistance is obtained from the I/U characteristic of a diode. My question is, this resistance is ...
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### Doped semiconductor: “what if all donated electrons are gone?”

I have trouble understanding conductivity of a n-doped semiconductor in the band theory. I know that donator atoms carry one excess electron that can enter the conduction band easily. If this happens,...
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### White Laser Light

I have heard that recently researchers have developed white laser light by combining semiconductor laser sources of different colors. However, I have heard that before these lasers become a practical ...
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### Why dopant energy levels differ from one material to another?

Dopant levels in Si, Ge and GaAs are very different from each other. Even "similar" materials such as Si and Ge exhibit different dopant energy levels. (source: Pierret, Advanced Semiconductor ...
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### Depletion region (PN Junction) question

So I understand P and N type semiconductors and the depletion region makes sense. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/solids/pnjun.html (using this as reference for my question). So the ...
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### p-n diode, Power as a function of the logarithm of the circuit resistance

in a circuit comprised of p-n diode and with characteristic Ohmic resistance making the diode's resistance negligible , we have for the current passing through the diode $I=I_s(exp(Ve/kT)-1)$ where ...
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### Why Solid Insulators have highest breakdown voltage?

Why does solid insulating materials have a higher breakdown voltage when compared to that of liquids and gases? Can anyone explain this in simple words?
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### Materials for use in a solar cell

In a solar cell, photons of the incident sunlight supply energy for excitation of electrons - a process which generates electron-hole pairs which can move under the influence of the electric field of ...
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### Valence bands question

I'm currently doing solid state physics and learning about semiconductors. During the course, I have seen a lot of energy/wavevector graphs, like this one (pic from Kittel): I did not have a ...
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### Charge Transport Mechanicsm of Organic Semiconductors

I understand the general concept behind inorganic semiconductors. Start with Silicon, dope the material to add an electron or a hole, and now these are free to move about in the material, creating ...
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### Does diffusion current in semiconductor always exist?

According to what I understand, diffusion current is caused by the change in concentration of charge carriers in semiconductor (free electrons and holes) from higher concentration region to lower ...
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### Semiconductor thermal equilibrium

What precisely thermal equilibrium implies in case of a semiconductor. One thing I know is that Fermi Level remains the same. But what other things does this implies, is there net current flow in case ...
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### what can be the BG and dielectric constant of monolayer MoS2 in semiconducting state (2H) and in metallic state (1T)

Monolayer MoS2 is a semiconductor that can undergo an MIT (Metal to insulator) or semiconducting state to insulating state transition. The semiconducting state is referred as 2H State and the metallic ...
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### What is a Dirac semimetal?

What is the precise definition of a Dirac semimetal? Is it sufficient for two bands to touch at a single k point with a linear crossing, or are more conditions required for a material to be called a ...