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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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 ...
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Resistance of Light Dependent Resistor (LDR)

Is there a mathematical expression relating the resistance of Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) with light intensity?
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Looking for a reference book, or book chapter to learn about piezoelectricity

I'm looking for an introduction to the treatment of piezoelectricity, specially in semiconductors emphasizing the dependence on the orientation of the unit cell and the interactive effects with the ...
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Explanation of NMOS processes

Gate (poly-Si + $SiO_2$) and $p^{-}$ silicon operate as capacitors. But how are voltages and charges applied? In order for inversion to occur, there should be charges formed in poly-Si, right? How ...
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Mobility in semiconductors

Good afternoon everybody. I am reading on a book about semiconductor mobility. I have fully understood the definition, but I also noticed that often one talks about high or low mobility. My question ...
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Capacitance per unit area and CMOS case

In a modern 0.35μm CMOS processor, the gate oxide thickness is around 80Å = 8nm. This gives us a capacitance per unit area of $430nF/cm^2$ I am not getting how one gets this capacitance per unit ...
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The direction of electric field in a diode

Why electric field pointing to left? (The middle area is depletion region.) (This is without any external electrical voltage applied.)
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Current through the reverse biased junction in transistor [closed]

A transistor is a three terminal device. One terminal is called emitter, one collector and in between them is base. Now, during biasing the junction between emitter and base is made forward biased and ...
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Semiconductors and localization of the electrons

When looking at the band diagram of a semi-conductor, direct conclusion of the invariance under discrete translations, for a filled state with an electron, one does know precisely it's momentum, so my ...
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How creation of point defects in semiconductors is affected by strain?

When the effect of the strain on solids is discussed, normally the explanation is the following: increasing stress, first point defects created, then dislocations, then plastic deformation starts, ...
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Charge carrier injection in heterostructures - help with concept definition

I have this report to do on "Charge injection in heterostructures". I have been searching and reading but I still have some trouble with the basics, i.e. defining the concept. As far as I understood ...
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Characteristic of a common emitter transistor [closed]

How is Base emitter junction and collector emitter junction biased? How do we determine the value of potential difference between emitter and collector required to be maintained in order to determine ...
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Semiconductor problem: how much Boron is required to establish a certain amount of charge carrier density

The problem description is as follows: Boron is used to dope 1 kg of germanium (Ge). How much boron (B) is required to establish a charge carrier density of 3.091 x 10^17 / cm^3. One mole of ...
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How do Zener diodes maintain the potential across their terminals?

My physics book has a topic about Zener diodes being used as voltage regulators in the reverse bias. Well, I'm curious to know how does a Zener diode maintain the potential across its terminals after ...
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Metal rod between a capacitor

In my experiment, I am filling liquid crystal between two glass plates. Nn AC voltage is applied on them. The thickness of the liquid crystal cell is around $200 \mu m$. One glass plate is with +V and ...
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Quantum Mechanics Text for Electrical Engineers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good introductory book on quantum mechanics? What is a good introductory text on quantum mechanics that could be used to train electrical engineers in device ...
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Why do the drift and diffusion components cancel for each type of carrier if EHP generation plays such big role in p-n-junctions?

I have always argued to myself that drift and diffusion components of the current though a p-n-junction cancel for each type of carrier because any electron diffusing from n into p will sooner or ...
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Why does the Gallum-Arsenite bandgap narrow for higher temperatures and is this because of unavoidable impurities?

I found this sentence: GaAs at 300K contains 10^15 acceptor atoms per cubic centimeter. The bandgaps for Gallium Arsenite are: 0 Kelvin : 1.518 eV 300 Kelvin: 1.424 eV Now I am wondering: ...
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Solving a system of PDE equation in mathematica using a steady-state and time-evolution method [closed]

I'm working to solve the steady-state short circuit current of a solar cells, using the coupled continuity equations with a drift-diffusion expression and Poisson's equation: ...
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Reference for understanding characteristic length and time scales in a system (in particular electronic transport)

I am working on the transport properties of two dimensional electron gas in semiconductor heterostructures and am interested in the characteristic length and time scales of the system like elastic ...
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Why minibands are formed in superlattices?

In a single, finite quantum well, there are energy levels defined by the eigenstates - the solutions of the Schroedinger's Equation. The corresponding wavefunctions leak to the barrier because of its ...
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Derivation of Schrodinger equation for a system with position dependent effective mass

How to derive the Schrodinger equation for a system with position dependent effective mass? For example, I encountered this equation when I first studied semiconductor hetero-structures. All the books ...
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Why is the valence band maximum at the gamma point in the bandstructure view of dispersion relation?

Why is the valence band maximum for most semiconductors at the gamma point in the bandstructure view of dispersion relation
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Does anyone know the difference and relation between $k\cdot p$ method and tight binding (TB) method?

Among the methods of calculating energy bands for crystals, first-principles method is the most accurate. Besides first principles, two commonly used modeling methods are the $k\cdot p$ method and ...
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What is effective mass approximation

Currently i am studing about quantum confinement in semiconductors and came across effective mass approximation.but i am unable to understand this concept. what is the use of effective mass ...
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Problems in the modern semiconductor/electronics technology?

From what I have read, the problem with modern semiconductors/electronics seems to be quantum tunnelling and heat. The root of these problems is the size of the devices. The electrons are leaking out, ...
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Doping of pentavalent atom with hexavalent atom

We know that a tetra valent element can be a semiconductor and doping of pentavalent and trivalent impurities would give a extrinsic semiconductor. I got a question now. Can we use an element of ...