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Radiation Diode Detector Doping question.

  1. May 14, 2012 #1
    I'm reading up on semiconductors and there seems to be a few fundamentals I cannot find answers for if anyone can help?

    I understand that n-type substrate is doped with a donor and p-type substrate is doped with an acceptor creating excess electrons and holes. When you put the p-type and n-type together you get a diode with a depletion layer.

    My problem comes with radiation detectors. In the paper below it states that a p-type diode (not substrate) is when you dope small amounts of donor impurities into a p-type substrate. Also a n-type diode (not substrate) is when you dope small amounts of acceptor impurities into a p-type substrate. Why dope the n-type with the opposite (p-type) donor? Is this not just undoing the original doping?

    So if this is right, you dope the n-portion of a p-n junction with the opposite doping (acceptors) to form an N-type diode?

    Paper: "Modeling the instantaneous dose rate dependance of radiation diode detectors" Jie Shie and William E. Simon Med. Phys 30(9), Sept 2003

    Please clarify! Any help is appreciated!
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  4. May 17, 2012 #3
    Bump! Can anyone provide any help/resources?
  5. May 17, 2012 #4
    The most convenient way to make a diode is taking a substrate and doping one side with different polarity.
  6. May 18, 2012 #5
    Thanks for the reply, to clarify:

    Do you mean taking an n-type substrate and doping acceptors on one side of the substrate with a high enough concentraton to change the majority carriers from electrons to holes?
    Thus you would have a bigger minority carrier concentration on the p-side then just joining n-type and p-type substrates together to form the junction?
  7. May 18, 2012 #6
    Minority carrier concentration depends on built-in potential, doping etc.
    To make a diode by joining n and p type you have to fuse the junction to make a contact. The high temperature damages the crystal.
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