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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Electric Field inside a diode

When a voltage is applied to a diode (Forward or Reversed bias) the depletion zone is changed due to charges change in this region. My question is in both case (Forward or Reversed bias), how the ...
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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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Density of states for graphene

I have seen a lot of plots for the density of states for graphene: but have been unable to find the calculation explicetely. I know the dispersion relation for graphene is $E_{\pm} (\textbf{k}) ...
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Conductive n-type material in pn junction

I'm interested in this question from the point of view of a solar cell. In a pn junction (example, p: CIGS, n: CdS), when the n-type material is very conductive, why will the junction not be ...
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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 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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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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Why for each electron – hole recombination, an electron from the negative terminal of the battery is released

Why for each electron – hole recombination, an electron from the negative terminal of the battery enters the N-region and then drifts towards the junction?
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How can I simulate a model electronic hole?

Suppose I can solve time-dependent Schrödinger equation for several 1D particles (currently 3). I'd like to see, what an electronic hole is and how it behaves — in a series of numerical experiments. ...
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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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Intersection of $\rho_{xx}$ and $\rho_{xy}$ in Drude magnetotransport

Okay, so I've recently been working through the rather elementary derivation of the Hall effect in a 2 dimensional electron gas, using the Drude model. The idea is that with an E field in the x ...
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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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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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Differences between Metal-Bridge-Metal system and Donor-Bridge-Acceptor system

What is the real difference between Metal-Bridge-Metal system and Donor-Bridge-Acceptor system? In MBM there are anchor groups between the molecule and the metal electrode, can’t the groups act as ...
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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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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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What causes depletion layer to form?

I am trying to understand why and how a depletion layer forms between a P type and N type semiconductor. Before putting into contact a P type and N type semiconductor, both are electrically neutral. ...
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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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Van der pauw method for an isolated hole

Van der pauw method is a way to measure the resistivity of a material with arbitrary shape while it meets some specifications ( being homogeneous and ...). One of the conditions is that the sample ...
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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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Selection rules in a finite quantum well

I have a finite quantum well made of two different semiconductors with different bandgaps and I want to calculate the different transitions between the energy levels possible that I calculated in that ...
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How is a CCD able to collect images in drastically different lighting conditions?

I have read the basics of how a digital camera works. As much as I have understood, the digital cameras have a device called a CCD on which photons coming from the lens are incident. The CCD then ...
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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 to use Anderson's rule to construct band discontinuities in heterojunctions

I'm having some trouble in applying Anderson's rule to get a crude approximation for the band diagram of heterostructures. To make it more specific, I'm considering a donor-doped AlGaAs layer on top ...
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Why are holes in p-type semiconductors considered positively charged?

This makes no sense to me and i think it's more of a convention. Even though we prefer talking about holes that are the majority carriers in p-type semiconductors, they have no charge and are not ...
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How do we get a 2DEG in a remote doped heterostructure?

I have a question regarding the way in which one often constructs a two-dimensional electron gas in heterostructures. I have a specific example in mind, although I believe this is quite a common way ...
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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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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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Where does the lowered effective mass of electrons come from?

It is a known fact that electrons in the conduction band of a semiconductor can (in certain scenario's) be described as having an approximate parabolic dispersion relation of the form $E_c(k) = E_c + ...
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Why do we have heavy and light hole bands in semiconductors?

On the topic of the valence band of a semiconductor (in this example GaAS), it is the case that the valence band has some structure to it. As shown in the illustration below, we see that at the ...
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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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Temperature dependence of the relaxation time in Boltzmann equation for impurity scattering in metals

Is there any temperature dependence of relaxation time in impurity scattering of conducting electrons? It seems to me that there is none. But, some people claim that there is. So if you could ...
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Would connecting p-type and n-type semiconductors work as a diode?

If we placed p-type and n-type semiconductors close enough to be touching (see fig. 1), would this arrangement work as a diode? ...
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Why are holes the majority carrier in P-Type semiconductor?

It is said that P-Type semiconductors' majority carriers are holes. But based on my current understanding, there should be no extra holes except for those generated by heat (i.e. electron-hole pairs ...
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Dielectric constant or permittivity of metals

I'm wondering what the dielectric constant or permittivity of metals is --particularly copper. Do metals have an infinite permittivity?
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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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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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Diode's volt-ampere characteristics

The Problem is that If the reverse saturation current is $10\ \text{nA}$ ($1\ \text{nA}=10^{-9}\ \text{A}$), Calculate the forward current while the forward voltage is $0.6\ \text{V}$. And explain ...
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What does it mean that an electron-hole pair is the fundamental unit of generation?

I wasn't certain to post this in chemistry or physics section. I was reading the wikipedia article on "Carrier generation and recombination" and in the second paragraph it says something that I ...
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Analogy in combination of batteries in series and pn junction diode circuit to find potential difference

Can I use the analogy of combination of two batteries to get the potential difference between two points in case a pn junction diode is used in the case of other battery? In doing so what is the basic ...
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Semi conductors (holes and electrons)

The following relation is mentioned in my text book for semiconductors in thermal equilibrium. $$n_e ×n_h = n_i^2$$ $n_e$ stands for the number of electrons. $n_h$ stands for the number of holes. ...
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Does drift current eventually stop in a p-n junction?

According to the Wikipedia's graph of electric field in a p-n junction, there is no electric field outside the deletion region and hence no minority charge carriers move into the other side. Also, the ...
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How do electrons move across depletion region in npn transistor? [duplicate]

Concerning the base-collector barrier, the electrons coming from the emitter move through the barrier using diffusion mainly and drift. Does carrier injection happen as a result of these two ...
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Doped Semiconductor and jump of electrons

This confuses me: In the wikipedia article it talks about how the majority charge carrier is electrons for an N-type semiconductor How come the electrons in the conduction band don't just jump into ...
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Cookbook recommendation for finite element semiconductor simulation possibly using Sentaurus

I've started work for my master's thesis using Synopsys Sentaurus for simulation of semiconductors. I'm interested in the device simulation, that is the physics, not the process simulations. The ...
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In a positively biased PN junction, where do the injection carriers come from?

I am not quite understand i-v character of PN-junction diode. Here is the model in textbook. The PN junction diode can be divided into three regions. They are One depletion region near the PN ...
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Simulate Band Bending and Band Alignment in Semiconductors

Are there softwares (simple ones preferred) where we can simulate the band alignments and band bending of a p-n junction, where we can vary properties of the junction materials such as carrier ...
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semiconductors-band theory [duplicate]

How conduction happens with the conduction band electrons? I mean does the electrons which are responsible for the conduction of holes(by just moving from one atom to other) are those which are ...
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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 ...