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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Numerical Solution of 1D Boltzmann Transport Equation

I need to solve the one-dimensional Boltzmann transport equation in a semiconductor numerically, and I want to take a deterministic approach toward the problem (i.e. not use Monte-Carlo or similar ...
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Effective masses for different direction

Assume we have an indirect semiconductor where the effective mass becomes anisotropic in different directions. Usually, one talks about a mass in parallel and perpendicular direction referring to ...
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Calculating Hall Effect in Semiconductors Without the Hole Convention

** Edited to be a clearer separate question from some existing ones ** We should be able to do solid state physics without recourse to the hole convention (although less convenient: Holes in a P-type ...
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Why do the free electrons in N-type want to diffuse?

I'm trying to understand how a diode works and for this I've used(among other resources) the book written by Albert Malvino, Electronic Principles. Everywhere I read about this topic, it says that ...
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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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How to check the ohmic contact to the film?

I have a thin semiconductor film deposited on an isolating substrate. I would like to check different metals to find out do they form the ohmic contact or Schottky barrier. What is the best way to do ...
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Activation energy as a function of defects

Electrical conductivity has a form of Arrhenius equation. It is assumed that activation energy decreases with defect density in the insulating state and becomes zero in the conducting state. Can one ...
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Factors on which barrier potential in a p n junction depends

I have a few queries regarding the barrier potential in a p-n junction diode. Is the barrier potential dependent on temperature? Why/why not? Does the barrier potential depend on doping ...
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How does a minority carrier diffuse?

I have gone through a lot of questions but none of them ask how do the minority carriers approach the depletion layer in the first place. When a p-n junction is formed, negative space charge ...
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How holes conduct current?

I had questions about holes in semiconductor, when i checked the net it is said holes are said to be equivalent positive charge and they say because the hole moves from one place to another when it is ...
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Transistor as Oscillator [migrated]

While I was studying the use of Transistor as an Oscillator from my Fundamentals Of Physics By Halliday, Resnick and Walker , I faced several confusions. My book says that when the switch S1 is ...
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Difference between equilibrium and steady state with example s

Difference between equilibrium and steady state with examples in case of charge carriers in semiconductors (difference) Reaching equilibrium or steady State
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What controls the on-off speed in a microprocessor? [closed]

I've been spending some time reading about semiconductors and even about computer architecture in order to understand how computers actually works in lowest levels, but until now nothing what I read ...
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Complex dielectric constant in ultraviolet range

Dielectric constant of a material could be a complex number, which is dependent of the frequency of electromagnetic wave. From the Springer material website, I learn that both the real part and ...
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why activation energy of semiconductor changes as temperature changes

why activation energy of semiconductor thin films changes as temperature changes. I know that this is due to different conduction mechanisms. Intrinsic conduction mechanism which occurs at high ...
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How does the saturation current of a heterojunction depend on on the band gap difference?

In my textbook, they demonstrate that, for a regular n-Si/p-Si pn junction, the electron saturation current density (it's pretty much the same for the holes, but with hole properties instead of ...
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Why does the minority carrier drift current at PN junction remain constant when reverse biased?

I understand the source of this drift current is thermally excited electron hole pair minority carriers, and that minority carrier excitation is constant (and quite low) at constant temperature. ...
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Resistance of depletion region of PN Junction

It seems that in picture D, the Depletion region is gone because quantitatively we have V= Vj+RI where Vj is the opposite of the built in potential of the depletion region but R is the resistance of ...
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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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Question about electron-hole pair generation in depletion layer for a p-n junction photodiode

At the heart of operation of p-n (or p-i-n) junction photodiodes is the absorption of photons leading to generation of electron-hole pairs. If the diode is, e.g., reverse biased, then the motion of ...
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Such high mobility value for degrading structural properties

I have prepared Cu enriched ZnSe thin films with different concentrations of copper. The XRD and RAMAN results showed improvement in structural properties as the Cu content is increased up to 10%. ...
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What factors cause the velocity saturation to occur at different electric fields for different materials?

In semiconductors the velocity of carriers gets saturated after a certain value of electric field. In silicon it occurs at around $10^4 kV/cm$ and in GaAs at some other value. What factors are ...
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Resistance of depletion region

The ideal diode equation is : I=Io[exp(qv/kT)-1]. My question is when we want to represent this ideal diode, it will be represented by a resistance of depletion region right? but is this resistance ...
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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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What sort of math deals with thermodynamics inside of semiconductors?

That is to say, how would one consider the thermodynamics of a complex chip like a modern CPU? I hear that designing the thermal efficiency of such systems is very difficult. I'm not sure why, ...
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Electron-Hole Spin Exchange Interaction

I am stuck with this seemingly "simple" Hamiltonian. I am dealing with an exchange term of a Hamiltonian for two different spin species: $$H_\text{exchange} = - \lambda J \cdot S = ...
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Internal Resistor in a Diode

When we talk about the resistance of a diode (of the P and N region), is this resistance like the one inside an Electro-Motive Force or it acts like a normal resistor (external electric field exist)? ...
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Definition of a semiconductor

Originally I had learned that solids are split into two categories: isolators/semiconductors, and metals. The fundamental difference between the two is the existence of a bandgap. Metals don't have ...
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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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Diffusion current and resistance of a diode

In a diode, there is a resistance in the p and n region, and electric field is required to move the charges in forward bias conditions. My question is: when there is diffusion current is the electric ...
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Does reverse biasing hold any meaning in case if both terminals are n type semiconductors?

When we talk about an n-p-n transistor in common emitter configuration, we often say that emitter-collector circuit (the one towards right) is reverse biased. In what sense it is reverse biased? Here, ...
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What is the difference between the Franz-Keldysh effect and free carrier absorption?

What is the difference between the Franz-Keldysh effect and free carrier absorption? My first guess to this is that the Franz-Keldysh effect involves a bandgap potential of non-zero volts D.C. while ...
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Semiconductor intrinsic carrier concentration is given by ni=BT^(3/2)*exp(-E/2kT), how is this derived?

The glorious book Sedra/Smith Microelectronic Circuits states that for a semiconductor the intrinsic charge concentration is is given by: $$ n_i = BT^{3/2}e^{-E_g/2kT} $$ Where $n_i$ is the ...
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Optical mode leakage through a layer of gold

The geometry of my semiconductor device is given below. The blue regions are gold, the grey ones - gallium arsenide (n-doped to $2.9 \times 10^{15} \mathrm{cm^{-3}}$). The dimensions are μm, i.e. it ...
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Why is an exciton only observed when we excite to the conduction band and not to other electronic level inside the bandgap?

Excitons can be observed when we excite electrons to the conduction band. I don't know about excitons being observed when we excite the electrons to an electronic level that would eventually be in ...
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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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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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How is periodic potential approximation justified in semiconductor physics?

In semiconductor physics the usual approximation is that of infinite crystal. This seems to allow one to write Hamiltonian for electron subsystem (in adiabatic approximation) as having periodic ...
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Diffusion and Drift currents in a PN junction

In a forward-biased PN junction, the potential barrier decreases, allowing more majority carriers from one side to diffuse to the other side where they are minority carriers. After they cross the ...
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Cryogenic Conductivity of a Defective Semiconductor

If I have a semiconductor with a lot of defects what happens to its conductivity at at mK type temperatures? I'm expecting that defects would give rise to greater conductivity than for a perfect ...
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selection of p substrate as wafer in typical cmos process flow

why is p-substrate typically used as wafer in the typical cmos process flow? why not n substrate?with respect to memories, Has it got anything to do with the aplha-paritcle radiation induced errors ...
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Don't electrons have discrete energy levels in semiconductors?

I am having a hard time understanding the relation between the fermi distribution of electrons in a semiconductor, and the fact the electron energy states are discrete. The fermi distribution is ...
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Why is the law of the p-n junction valid under forward bias?

I'm currently studying the physics of the PN junction. I went though the derivation of the built-in potential in the PN junction under equilibrium: $$ {Diffusion\ current\ density} = {Drift\ current\ ...
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How did the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor work?

I've been trying to understand how the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor worked. The point-contact transistor uses Schottky barriers (metal/semi-conductor junctions), so under what conditions ...
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Confusion about depletion layer in pn-junction?

Here: external link Seek: around (2:53) Since n-type and more electrons than p-type and vice versa for holes, they diffuse and in the process neutralize in the central region. How is the ...
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Why can solar cells be made of indirect and direct semiconductors? (Comparison between some pn-junction devices)

Various textbooks mention, but not go into detail, how semiconductor devices are optimized for their particular function. E-k space is trascendental to understand this, given that it depends on the ...
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Why do we have Indirect bandgap semiconductor?

If the energy of an electron is proportional to square of the momentum k, how come we have a Indirect Bandgap material in which the minimum of the energy in conduction band is not at k not zero. P.S. ...
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What is the effect of doping silicon with an excessive amount of group V donors?

What is actually the effect of doping silicon with an excessive amount of group V / donor atoms? I read it reduces the conductivity but I dont understand why.
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Can the Fermi level go above the conduction band energy if doped heavily enough?

So for n-type Si with donor density $N_d$ and donor energy level $E_d$, $N_d^+ = N_d(1+\frac{1}{1+e^{\beta (E_d - E_f)}/2})$ is the number of ionized donors, so we get an relation between the number ...
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Increasing the efficiency of photovoltaic power cells

Given that solar cells use one or more semiconductor materials to convert light to electricity, and that the efficiency of that conversion is dependent on the material and the wavelength of the light, ...