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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What is the reason behind band gap narrowing in semiconductors

I want to know why some semiconductors band gap decreases after doping with elements. Burstein-Moss band-filling effect can be useful to explain band gap widing in a semiconductor materials but i was ...
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Conductive glue

I would like to use some conductive glue to contact a silicon chip's back gate. Any suggestions on what to use? Can I use thermal silver paste? I would be operating at cryogenic temperatures below 4K. ...
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Nature of electron states in a semiconductor

Usually one is led to think of an electron moving from the valence band to the conduction band as an electron leaving the atom it is bound to in the lattice, and becoming free to move, while leaving ...
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Understanding Wikipedia's “Semiconductor Band Structure” diagram where the bandgap appears to increase with increasing density of states

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the semiconductor band gap diagram on Wikipedia: (from Band gap article). Why is the size of the band gap increasing with the Density of States (DOS) in the ...
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Why does a window layer is on top of the absorber layer in solar cells and not below it?

In solar cells there is a p-n junction. P-type semiconductor (for example CdTe) is often absorber layer because of its carrier lifetime and mobilities. In case of CdS/CdTe, CdS is n-type window layer ...
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How to understand exciton?

I know that exciton is an electron and hole orbiting around each other(at least that is what I have heard). So if the hole is a hypothetical particle with a plus sign, mining that it is a lack of an ...
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Why does the conductivity $\sigma$ decrease with the temperature $T$ in a semi-conductor?

We performed an undergrad experiment where we looked at the resistance $\rho$ and Hall constant $R_\text H$ of a doped InAs semiconductor with the van der Pauw method. Then we cooled it down to around ...
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Is there a difference in binding energy between a regular material and a doped one?

Say Silicon and boron doped silicon. Would the doping affect the binding energy? Could I see this in an XPS spectra?
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Semiconductors: why the mass action law is not valid for very low temperatures?

I thought that it was valid for very low temperatures since for it to be valid I think that it is necessary to be in the non-degeneracy condition, which requires $E_G >> k_B T$ (with $E_G$ being ...
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More physical explanation of impurity energy levels in a doped semiconductor?

I'm reading about doped semiconductors in Ashcroft and Mermin. They tell you that when donor impurities are added to a semiconductor, their energy level $E_d$ is just slightly below the conduction ...
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Change in the width of depletion layer with doping [duplicate]

I have previously learnt that increasing the doping will decrease the width of the depletion layer and vice-versa. However, I am unable to understand this. Does it have some relation with force of ...
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What's the typical material used as a low-k ILD in semiconductors?

Semiconductor companies (namely IBM, Intel, TSMC and etc.) may use different low-k materials as inter-layer dielectric (ILD) in their fabrication process. I'm wondering what is the most typical one. ...
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In an avalanche breakdown, where are the electrons that break free from?

In an avalanche breakdown, are the electrons that break free under the influence of the applied electric field from the depletion region or outside it? Also, under reverse bias, how exactly is the ...
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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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Hall effect with similar positive and negative carriers?

The Hall effect includes the transverse (to the flow of current) electric field set up by the charges which accumulate on the edges, to counter the magnetic component of the Lorentz force acting on ...
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Valence band and conduction band, trying to get a clear picture!

I am trying to get a clear picture of the valence band, conduction band, and the band gap. Now I've been researching it for a little while now and understand most of what's going on. I'm still a ...
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How do Zener diodes work?

I was going through some of the theory behind Zener diodes. I know what they're used to work at constant voltage, but I don't know how they work. Actually, I kind of get that too, I know that voltage ...
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Holes in a P-type semiconductor under external force E

Basically in almost every semiconductor texts, there will be all these concepts concerning electrons, holes, dopants, fermi-levels. However, I have been always confused about the picture of hole ...
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How are the finite speed of light and the atomic nature of mater related to the end of Moore's law?

In this article from 2007, Moore talks about the end of his Law. Can someone throw more light as to how the finite speed of light and the atomic nature of mater are related to the end of Moore's law?
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How do Zener diodes survive the breakdown during reverse bias?

My highschool textbook states that Zener diodes are a special type of diode which is made of highly doped p and n junctions, and which can survive reverse bias - unlike normal diodes, which get ...
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What does “although electrons enter and leave the diode, charge is carried by holes in the p-type region” mean? [closed]

I read this in an electronics book but I couldn't understand it: The flow of current through a forward-biased diode may be summarized like this. Electrons pass from the external circuit and ...
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Steady state of diffusion current in semiconductors

Consider a long semiconductor bar is doped uniformly with donor atoms so that the concentration given by $n = N_D$ and is independent of position. Radiation falls upon the end of the bar at $x=0$, ...
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Energy band diagram of a metal-silicon-metal device, bias voltage applied

I have an intrinsic silicon layer sandwiched in between two aluminum contacts. I'm trying to figure out the band diagram of the entire device when a positive bias (much larger than the work function ...
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Determining if a semiconductor is n-type, p-type or intrinsic

The probability that an energy state in the conduction band is occupied by an electron is 0.001. Would this semiconductor then be n-type, p-type, or intrinsic? Notation that I use: $E_F$ represents ...
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How can doped semiconductor be neutral?

I have studied about the two types of doping which result in p and n type semiconductors. I also came to know that they are neutral. But, how can it be? Is it that the positive charge(holes) in ...
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For semi-insulating GaAs is the bandgap bigger or smaller than the pure GaAs?

The carrier concentrations are lower in semi insulating semiconductors, therefore, can we say that their bang gap is wider in terms of energy (eV)? If they have wider band gap how much bigger is it ...
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How does temperature affect a semiconductor band gap?

From this link, I've read that An increased interatomic spacing decreases the potential seen by the electrons in the material, which in turn reduces the size of the energy bandgap. Can this ...
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Probability to create an electron - hole pair inside Si

Given a slab of Silicon and a photon flux $\Phi[\frac{\gamma}{cm^2sec}]$ incident on the slab of thickness $h$, the incident power $I$ given by $\Phi$ will be absorbed following the Beer - Lambert ...
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Difference between inorganic and organic semiconductors: electronic structure or configuration, or?

Organic semiconductors differ from inorganic semiconductors. In organic semiconductors the molecules are held together by weak van der Waals interactions and in inorganic semiconductors by covalent ...
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What happens to the impinging light if its wavelength is smaller than the absorption band of a semiconductor?

Are all wavelengths absorbed in the semiconductor regardless of material's absorption band?
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Is carrier charge density and carrier mobility constant in a given material?

If we assume the semi-conductor is doped by a variable amount, is there some way I can look up carrier charge density for the material in a reference somewhere? What about carrier mobility?
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Does Saturation velocity in semiconductors have a relation with the wavelength in which the peak in the absorption spectrum occurs?

Saturation velocity is the maximum velocity a charge carrier in a semiconductor, generally an electron, attains in the presence of very high electric fields. (source) I want to know if the ...
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What are the values of effective mass approximation

For my research work i am trying to calculate band gap of zinc oxide theoratically and found this paper (Determination of the Particle Size Distribution of Quantum Nanocrystals from Absorbance ...
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Depletion region

In a semiconductor diode. There is a depletion region formed, it is formed when electrons from n type side migrate to p type side, now which electrons transfer? Valence band ones present at the ...
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How do the effects of semiconductor doping affect the Hall effect?

For instance, consider number 4 and 5 in the following sample: Using the right hand rule, B points downwards, conventional current points to the right (because of the 5V battery), and therefore, ...
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A change of sign in the electron-hole second quantization form

It is common to see people do a change of sign in the so called electron-hole representation, namely, $$ b^{\dagger}_{-k}=a_{v,k} $$ similar argument also seen in 1992 mattuck's book "guide to ...
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Energy of electric field

In a semi conductor, for an electron in valence band to transfer to conduction band, it needs energy which can be provided by applying an electric field such that a force is applied on it until it ...
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Domain of validity for semiconductor equations

If I understand correctly, the distinction between semiconductors and insulators is a matter of convention? A semiconductor is basically an insulator with an (enough) narrow band gap, usually around ...
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generation / destruction of fermions by phonons

my Hamiltonian consists of 1D free fermions coupled to a bosonic bath. The interaction is dictated both by scattering terms $H^{scatt}=\sum_{kq}\alpha^S_{kq}c^\dagger_kc_{k+q}X_q+h.c.$ as well as ...
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Need help understanding Semiconductor physics

I am trying to read Kittel for a project, and he mentions the properties on silicon and germanium so briefly, that I don't understand it at all. He talks about p states, and I don't really know what ...
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silicon oxide - aluminium interface voltage

Let us consider a MOS (metal oxide semiconductor FET) system. Now the threshold voltage of aluminium of the gate of such a FET of 4.1 eV and that of the silicon oxide layer is different. My book ...
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Comparing LED light with fluorescence light, which one is better in terms of energy conservation?

Comparing LED light with fluorescence light, which one is better in terms of energy conservation and why? I want to switch to one of the choice for above for home lighting, so any advise would be ...
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Bending of energy bands

To me energy band diagram is a one dimensional plot which shows the differences between the energy bands of a material. In case of an insulator an energy band diagram shows a huge gap between the ...
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Is it possible to excite a semiconductor @ k=0?

Let us assume a direct semiconductor with parabolic band structure around the $\Gamma$ point (which is not bad for most semiconductors) in momentum ($k$) space. Now we excite it with light: I ...
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What can justify the decrease of the electrical conductivity with the increase of light intensity?

I have currently been working with a sample that "appears to" decrease its resistance when I cover it and protect it from light. Basically it presents the opposite behaviour of a photoresistor. What ...
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Why are there direct bandgaps?

This Question has been bugging me for sometime. Some semiconductors have direct bandgaps and indirect bandgaps. So what causes a direct bandgap to occur? The physics behind ,why there are direct ...
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Quantum Cascade Laser [closed]

I want to learn about quantum cascade laser in a six month time. Can anyone please suggest me any reading materials or video lectures. I have background in calculus and linear algebra. I am learning ...
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How bandgap engineering works?

Currently i am reading about bandgap engineering in zinc oxide. I read that using external dopents likes magnesium or cadmium we can increase or decrease bandgap of zinc oxide,thus giving unique ...
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Doped semiconductors

I have a quick question I hope someone can answer. Why do you dope a semiconductor ? Is that only to get more carriers to conduct, or is it also to make the energy gap between the valance- and ...
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intrinsic concentration of charge carriers

In case of semiconductor the intrinsic charge carrier concentration N, always remains constant. This explains the decrease in number of holes when donor impurities are added to an intrinsic ...