Semiconductor Physics and Devices Textbook

In summary, the conversation is asking for recommendations for an intermediate textbook on Semiconductor Physics and Semiconductor Devices. The suggested books are "Sze, Physics of Semiconductor Devices" and "Solid State Electronic Devices" by Streetman. The conversation also mentions a previous successful recommendation for a Quantum Mechanics textbook.
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Hey everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone out there could recommend a great intermediate textbook for studying Semiconductor Physics and Semiconductor Devices (PN junctions, BJTs, etc.). Right now I'm using a textbook by Neaman, which is alright but not great.

I've asked people the same question for Quantum Mechanics, and that's how I found the Griffiths Textbook, which was a godsend. Is there are similarly awesome book for Semiconductor Physics?
 
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1. What is a semiconductor?

A semiconductor is a material that has electrical conductivity between that of a conductor and an insulator. It is typically made up of a single crystal or a combination of crystals, and its conductivity can be controlled by adding impurities or applying electric fields.

2. What is the difference between a semiconductor and a conductor?

The main difference between a semiconductor and a conductor is their level of electrical conductivity. Conductors, such as metals, have high electrical conductivity and allow the flow of electrons easily. In contrast, semiconductors have lower conductivity and require external factors, like temperature or doping, to increase their conductivity.

3. How do semiconductors work?

Semiconductors work by utilizing the properties of their specific material to control the flow of electrons. At low temperatures, the electrons in a semiconductor are tightly bound to the atoms and cannot move freely. However, as the temperature increases, some electrons are able to break free and move around, creating an electric current.

4. What are some common applications of semiconductors?

Semiconductors have a wide range of applications, including in electronic devices such as computers, smartphones, and televisions. They are also used in solar panels, LED lights, and medical devices. In addition, semiconductors play a crucial role in the development of new technologies, such as quantum computing and nanotechnology.

5. What is the role of doping in semiconductor devices?

Doping is the process of intentionally adding impurities to a semiconductor material to alter its electrical properties. This is a crucial step in the production of semiconductor devices, as it allows for the creation of different types of semiconductors with specific properties, such as p-type and n-type semiconductors. This allows for the development of more complex electronic devices with a range of functions.

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