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 affect it.

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How do High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMT) work?

I am studying High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMT), but I simply cannot understand how they work in the way described by the references I've read on the Internet. This is what I understand so ...
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Need an intermediate resistivity part/material

I need a part or material for a planned experiment (the experiment is similar to those described in my articles http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.0066 and http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.1626 ). The problem is that ...
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Why are there two quasi Fermi levels and only one Equilibrium Fermi level?

I am reading a book and I'm trying to understand the concept of quasi Fermi levels. For example, A steady state of Electron Hole pairs are created at the rate of $10^{13}\ \mathrm{cm}^{-3}$ per ...
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Why do electrons in graphene behave as Dirac fermions near the Dirac points?

I've been learning about graphene, and I recently calculated the band structure for it using a nearest-neighbor tight-binding model for the $\pi$ electrons: $$\varepsilon(\vec k)=\pm t\sqrt{3+2 \cos ...
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When recombination in PN junction occurs, which atom becomes an ion?

In an unbiased PN junction, when the carriers recombine to form a depletion layer , it is said that immobile ions are formed. We know that the conduction band electrons in N type are not associated ...
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Layered CMOS structure question

I am trying to understand the workings of a CMOS image sensor. I understand that increasing wavelength results in an increased penetration depth in the silicon often used in CMOS image sensors. What ...
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weight of fully loaded RAM

I had read a post Is a hard drive heavier when it is full? It states, there is some difference in the weight of fully loaded hard drive and an empty hard drive due to different orientation of ...
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Is it viable or possible to make your own transistor?

Just wondering if it is possible/viable to construct your own transistor, not small like todays, but the same scale as the one created at Bell Labs.
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Donors/Acceptors in Metal Oxides

Can anyone explain to me why most articles describe chromium as an acceptor in titanium dioxide? In TiO2, titanium has the charge state Ti$^{4+}$ and oxygen has the charge state O$^{2-}$. When Cr ...
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In solar cells, do photons break apart electron-hole pairs, or create them?

Some sources say that when a photon hits the PV cell, it breaks apart electron-hole pairs. Other sources say that photons create electron-hole pairs. Can anyone explain which one is right? I've read ...
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Are $A$ and $J$ in Black's equation (for electromigration reliability of wires/interconnections) independent?

Black's equation is an empirical model to estimate the MTTF (mean time to failure) of a wire, taking electromigration into consideration. Since then, the formula has been getting popularity in ...
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Would HgTe be a topological insulator?

In "Quantum Spin Hall Insulator State in HgTe Quantum Wells", researchers observed a 2D topological insulator by sandwiching HgTe between CdTe. Is the CdTe really necessary? Would Vacuum/HgTe/Vacuum ...
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Constructing Tauc Plots

How can we construct a tauc plot using data from the transmission spectra? How does one calculate the absorption coefficient for plotting tauc plots?
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Influence of the temperature on the ionization energies for impurities in silicon

Is there any dependence of the impurities ionization energy on temperature in silicon? I mean if there are any interactions between localized electron and phonons which leads to renormalization of ...
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DFT for bandstructure

Density Functional Theory (DFT) is not appropriate in predicting the band gap of the materials. However, which functional gives close value to the experimentally observed band gap of semiconductors? ...
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Producing electricity from all wavelengths of electromagnetic spectrum

Is it possible to produce electricity from all wavelengths of electromagnetic spectrum beside visible light ?Like using gamma rays or x-rays .
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How did the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor work?

How did the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor work? What are the conditions under which a Schottky barrier injects minority carriers? In a bipolar junction transistor the forward-biased ...
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How does current flow from the emitter, through the base and to the collector in a NPN transistor?

So, I understand that for a NPN transistor to work the emitter-base junction needs to be forward biased and the collector-base junction needs to be reverse biased. I understand how current flows from ...
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Photon Absorption and Emission: Conductors v. Semiconductors

I'm having a hard time understanding how photon absorption and emission in metals (conductors) compares to semiconductors. Obviously, in SCs, absorbed photons lead to electron-hole pairs and emitted ...
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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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Semi-conductors

Suppose there is a semiconductor with Fermi energy $E_f$ and that there are $N$ bound electron states. I'd like to know why the mean number of excited electrons takes the form $$\bar n={N\over ...
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Estimation of the internal electric field strength in the pn-junction

I would like to compare my result in an order of magnitude. So, How can I estimate the strength of the electric field in a typical Si PN-junction?
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Tunneling v. Hopping

Can someone explain the difference between hopping and tunneling? The context I'm considering is conduction in semiconductors, specifically between impurity states within the bandgap. It's always ...
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Fermi level in equilibrium and non-equilibrium situations

Why do the Fermi level for electrons and holes coincide in equilibrium condition and why do they separate as quasi-Fermi levels in non equilibrium situations?
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Fermi and Boltzmann distribution of carriers in semiconductor

What are the requirements for describing charge carriers (e.g. electrons) in a semiconducting material by - Fermi distribution - Boltzmann distribution When do we apply the one or the other? If the ...
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Working of a p-n junction diode when forward biased

If p-type semiconductor and n-type semiconductor of a diode are equally doped, and if the diode is forward biased, then holes will move toward the n-type semiconductor and electrons will move toward ...
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Electrical conductivity of an intrinsic semiconductor

On which factor does the electrical conductivity of an intrinsic semiconductor depend? It doesn't have an excess of charge carriers in fact, does it?
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Can electrons move through vacuum?

I studied that electronics is the branch of physics which deals with the practical applications of moving electrons through vacuum, semi-conductors and gasses. Can electrons move through vacuum?
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What limits the maximum attainable Fermi Energy for a material experimentally?

Either through doping or gating. What are some good terms to search for if I'm looking for some experimentally obtained values for particular materials? I'm particularly interested in what the limit ...
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Electron Relaxation/Polarization for and n-type Semiconductor

Please help me understand the following (general) statement, referring to electrons in a full valence band of an n-type semiconductor: "An electron filling up the last empty state in the valence band ...
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Why does silicon have an indirect gap?

Is there an intuitive explanation as to why silicon has an indirect gap? I have heard that this can explained using pseudopotentials.
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1 Mohm Resistivity at cryogenic temperature for doped silicon

I would like to pick the correct doping of silicon to get 1 Mohm cm resistivity at liquid helium temperature of 4.2 K. The metal insulator transition implies that I need a very accurate doping. Are ...
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Carbon in the form of graphite a conductor?

Well, it happens a I have a glucose test strip (One Touch Ultra) which has three electrodes (Counter, Working and Reference) and I'm guessing this electrodes are made from graphite mixed with a ...
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Why is spectral sensivity of a photodiode expressed in A/W

Can someone explain me the meaning of the A/W unit of the photosensivity when reading a spectral response function of the wavelength characteristic of a photodiode?
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Semi-conductors and induced charge

Can a semi-conductor ( germanium or silicon) or a semi-metal ( graphite ) carry an induced charge ?
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Ionized Depletion Region, Why aren't those charged being excited?

Ok so I understand the PN junction, and how when 2 Semiconductor materials are placed together the Electrons will jump into the Holes near the junction creating a Negatively Ionized Atoms on the ...
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Semi-conductor band-gap and deformation potential

Submitting a semi-conductor to stress leads to a deformation in the energy-bands, roughly described by:$$H_{ij} = {\cal{D}}_{ij}^{\alpha\beta}\;\epsilon_{\alpha\beta}$$ $\epsilon$ being the strain ...
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Is it feasible to convert the energy of gamma-photons from gamma-emitting nuclear isomers into electrical power?

It is known that gamma rays emitted by nuclear isomers, naturally occurring or manufactured, carry huge amounts of energy. Co-60 for example decays into the isomeric state of Ni-60 by $\beta ^-$ ...
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How local is the stress tensor?

I am confused by the definition of the stress tensor in a crystal (let's say a semi-conductor), I don't see how it could be "more local" than over an unit cell. I know that in field theory the stress ...
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Carrier Electrons Generation and Recombination Time

When a Electron gets promoted to the conduction band from valence band (In generation) lets say for example in Silicon at room temperature. Is there any way to determine (on average) how long it will ...
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Orientation in GaAs

I can't find the precise definition of what is the orientation of a GaAs lattice. Being the superposition of two fcc lattices (one of Ga, the other of As), I would think that it is the direction of ...
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In the diode equation, why the exponential $\exp$ and the ideality factor $n$ are there? What do they represent & what is their significance?

In the Shockley diode equation, why the exponential $\exp$ and the ideality factor $n$ are there? What do they represent & what is their significance? I have to work on Solar Photovoltaics, and ...
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How can electrons be confined in Quantum dots?

Atoms are in the range of $1$ Angstrom while Quantum dots are in the range of $2$-$10$ nm. In any atom, $99.9$% is unoccupied. So if I have a Quantum dots of size $3$ nm and suppose in my Quantum dot, ...
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Why should the Fermi level of a n-doped semiconductor be below the one of a p-doped?

In a pn-junction, the difference in Fermi level between the p doped and the n doped regions causes the apparition of a built-in electric field at equilibrium. This electric field goes from the n to ...
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PN Junction Depletion Region

So it took me a little bit to understand this, but I want to make sure I have a few things right. First of all, when a Crystal Structure with One side N-Doped, One Side P-Doped are in the same ...
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Regarding “Holes” in bands, and Photons

So from learning Band theory, and PN Junction and such, I've learned that photons are created when "holes" are filled in a band, and this is what can create light (Isn't this how LEDs work?) Anyways, ...
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Exciton energy splitting in indirect semiconductor

Let's take an indirect bulk semiconductor and imagine the exciton that build up at the indirect gap. Since we have a bulk semiconductor we should find three p-like orbitals: $p_x,p_y,p_z$. Would their ...
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Piezoelectricity in GaAs

I am studying the piezoelectricity in Gallium arsenide (GaAs), $[110]$ and $[\bar{1}10]$ oriented. Piezoelectricity is usually described microscopically by a 3 index tensor, $d_{ijk}$ where i,j and k ...
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Band Gap/Energy Bands in Semiconductors?

I think i've finally nailed down the Semiconductor Physics (Well the general part, whats and why's etc, as per my previous question) Anyways there is one small part that confuses me, and thats BAND ...
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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 ...