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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Bandgaps of Silicon and their application in active optical elements

I know that silion has an indirect bandgap at $E = 1.12 \, eV $ or $ \lambda = 1.107 \, \mu m$ and I have read that active optical processes like absorption and emission have a decreased likelihood to ...
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what is the theoretical reason behind the new paper, Highly tunable hybrid metamaterials employing split-ring resonators built using graphene?

A few days ago, a group of University of Exeter physicists published a paper titled: Highly tunable hybrid metamaterials employing split-ring resonators strongly coupled to graphene surface ...
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Two-Band k.p Model is not Hermitian for imaginary wavevectors

In E. O. Kane's original work on Zener Tunneling, he uses a two-band $k\cdot p$ model for the semiconductor bandstructure: $$H=\begin{pmatrix}E_g+\frac{\hbar^2k^2}{2m_0}&(\hbar/m)kp\\(\hbar/m)kp&...
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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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Electric field due to delta doping in semiconductor

In a lot of textbooks about semiconductors, always seem to skip the following steps. Starting from the 'delta-doped' charge distribution: $N_D (z)= N_{D}^{2D} \delta(z-z_0)$ Where $N_{D}^{2D}$ and $...
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Conductance measurement of InAs/GaSb Quantum Spin Hall Edges

My questions are related to recent article: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1507/1507.08362.pdf I can't figure out how their sample (wafers) actually looked like. In particular I can't understand ...
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Depletion region thickness in solar cells

It is well known that typical Si solar cells are rather thick (hundreds of micrometers). Now, Si has an indirect band-gap and therefore weak optical absorption at low energies (needing a phonon-...
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Why is GaN better than Si as a substrate for ZnO thin film?

in an attempt to grow a thin film using ZnO, I found many researches use silicon as a substrate and others use GaN. by further research I found that GaN is preferred than silicon but I don't know the ...
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What is the Al'tshuler-Aronov-Spivak effect?

What is the Al'tshuler-Aronov-Spivak effect (AAS)? How does it relate to the Aharonov-Bohm effect (AB)?
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semiconductors extrinsic and intrinsic carriers concentrations equations

I get why $n \cdot p = n_i^2$ in intrinsic semiconductors, but why is that equation also true in the case of extrinsic semiconductor? Here, $n$ is the charge density of the negatively charged ...
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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 ...
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Quasi-fermi levels in a solar cell?

I was wondering, if my fermi levels splits up due to n and p type doping into two fermi levels, one for the p type one for the n type, and now due to light radiation my fermi levels split up into 2 ...
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Can I use an IV curve alone to differentiate between metallic, semiconducting and insulating materials?

Assuming the size of the bandgap is expressed as resistance in the IV curve, could I tell between metals, semiconductors an insulators by only doing an IV sweep? For example very high slopes (large $\...
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What's the difference between semiconductor and insulator (besides band gap)?

The typical classification of electronic materials is metal-semiconductor-insulator. Is there any actual difference between a semiconductor and an insulator, besides the size of the bandgap?
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What is the difference between Rashba coupling effect and spin orbit coupling effect

We know standard spin-orbit coupling and spin Hall effect. But what is the differences in Rashba coupling effect? What changes in Rashba coupling effect?
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What would happen if an N doped semiconductor is connected to voltage?

I've been trying to learn electronics alone, and recently stumbled upon transistors. To my understanding, transistors are like two PN junctions back to back, but with the P region very thin. This way,...
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Fermi Level: chemical potential vs. electrochemical potential

In solid-state physics it is understood that the Fermi-Level is the electrochemical potential. The Fermi-Level is defined to: However, in thermodynamics this formula is referred to as the ...
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Extremely forward biased pn junction

When a pn-junction (e.g. an LED) is forward biased the height of the potential barrier is reduced... ...unless you apply a huge potential $V$, in which case the barrier gets inverted and the band ...
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What is a Fermi arc?

What is meant with a Fermi arc in the context of Weyl semimetals? Is this the just a one-dimensional Fermi surface? For example, in electron-doped graphene, the Fermi surface consists of 2 disjoint ...
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Silver vs Aluminum electrodes in silicon solar cells?

In a typical high efficiency solar cell, silver is used as a front contact and aluminum as the rear contact. Despite the lower resistivity of silver, the usage of aluminum as a front contact would ...
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How can a phosphorous ion dope silicon when it is already ionized?

In ion implantation dopant ions are directly bombarded into the semiconductor (silicon for example)? But if say P ions (P+) were implanted then it does not have an extra electron to donate into the ...
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Working principle of CIGS solar cells

can anybody explain me how CIGS solar cells working.when photon hits the window layer is there any EHP created or ,that buffer layer lets pass photon energy to absorber layer.please explain me by ...
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CIGS Photo Voltaic cells

Why n type layer is on top of p type layer in CIGS solar cells? does it do anything with wavelength of photon and thickness of window and absorber layer?
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Calculation of RMS current in half wave rectifier

While calculating RMS current in half wave rectifier, why we will consider only half wave that means only we consider the limits 0 to pi. But here RMS current is for AC input..so why don't we consider ...
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Are there measurable quantities which directly depends on the Fermi velocity?

The dispersion relation of electrons in, for example, graphene exhibits Dirac cones. The dispersion relation of a Dirac point at $\mathbf{k}=\mathbf{K}$ is linear in the momentum magnitude: $$E=\pm ...
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Does doping and size determine the characteristics of a semi-conductor?

Does the maximum voltage and current that a semiconductor can withstand (without being damaged) depend upon the size and doping of the semiconductor? If so, then please explain, 1.What is the reason ...