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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When a pn junction is formed, why is a positive region of charge formed on the n side of the junction?

I understand that when electrons diffuse from n-side to p-side, negative charge is developed on the p-side. But the mere absence of electrons on the n-side doesn't make that positively charged. The ...
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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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What is the dependance of voltages in a MOSFET on its Performance? [migrated]

The Wikipedia page says that (in context of scaling) To maintain performance, the threshold voltage (Vth) of the MOSFET has to be reduced as well. And also, this paper says, For high ...
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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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What is the relationship between Raman peaks and phonon vibration modes?

I've seen Raman spectra, such as here, where peaks at certain wavenumbers were identified with phonon vibration modes (TO, LO, TA, LA). What is the relationship behind this, and how could I make such ...
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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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Flaw in Einstein's explanation of the photoelectric effect?

The essence of Einstein's idea is like this: if a system is in some bound state with energy $-E_b$ with $E_b> 0$ (the threshold of the continuum band is taken as zero), and we drive the system ...
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The meaning of the temperature in the Shockley Equation

In the Shockley equation, which is the model of the $I$-$V$ curve of a p-n junction, what does the Temperature refer to, carrier temperature or lattice temperature? When a p-n junction subjected on a ...
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Relation between carrier temperature and lattice temperature, under injections

When we are learning the semiconductor physics, we always encounter a key concept, which is the carrier temperature. However, there is not any detailed definition of such carrier temperature. Do we ...
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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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(If and) Why does cold temperature affect semiconductors?

I had a college student build an overclocked PC using phase-change technology. (This is essentially an air-conditioning unit with the evaporator attached directly to the motherboard.) He said that ...
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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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Do electrons in the conduction band have a quantum number?

Sorry if this is a silly question, but I haven't seen the concept anywhere and was wondering why. If valence electrons can have a quantum number, why can't conduction electrons? Is there something ...
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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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Conceptually problem with npn transistor [migrated]

suppose it has 3 leads (let a,b,c) and i touch b and c by moist fingers and a to positive lead of ammeter and c to negatice lead of ammeter large deflection is found, then how can i recognize a,b,c?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...