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Silicon in LEDs

  1. Sep 14, 2009 #1
    Why don't silicon diodes emit light?
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    No idea. However, I do know that gallium arsenide is used as a semiconductor in LEDs.
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2009 #2

    mgb_phys

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    They do - it's a big problem building astronomical cameras, every time you clock a pixel you get some light.

    It's not very efficent though compared to GaAS
     
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