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Review of Semiconductor Physics

  • Richard Dalven

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is a brief discussion of some topics in semiconductor physics that will be useful in our discussion of applications. Since it is assumed that the reader has had an introductory course in solid state physics at the level of the book by Kittel,(1) some of the chapter will be review material. However, since some of the topics may be new to some readers, references to more complete and/or advanced treatments are given.

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Conduction Band Valence Band Fermi Level Carrier Lifetime Valence Band Maximum 
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References and Comments

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Suggested Reading

  1. C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics,Sixth Edition, John Wiley, New York (1986). This modern classic is our basic background reference on solid state physics. Chapter 8 provides an introduction to semiconductor physics and also contains tables of values of semiconductor parameters. (Chapter 1 includes tables of values of crystallographic quantities.) Earlier editions of this book will sometimes be referred to.Google Scholar
  2. A. J. Dekker, Solid State Physics,Prentice-Hall, New York (1957). This text is now somewhat out of date but is clearly written. It also contains some interesting material not readily found elsewhere at the introductory level. Chapters 12 and 13 discuss semiconductors.Google Scholar
  3. R. A. Smith, Semiconductors, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press (1978). This book provides detailed discussions of many topics (especially transport properties) in semiconductor physics.Google Scholar
  4. D. Long, Energy Bands in Semiconductors, John Wiley, New York (1968). This short book provides, among other things, a compendium of band structures and other data on semiconductors. Even though more than twenty years old, it is still quite useful.Google Scholar
  5. B. G. Streetman, Solid State Electronic Devices,Second Edition, Prentice-Hall, New York (1980). Chapter 3 of this fine textbook provides an introduction to semiconductor physics, written with applications in mind.Google Scholar
  6. N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics,Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, New York (1976). Chapter 28 of this advanced-level textbook discusses the physics of semiconductors.Google Scholar
  7. T. S. Moss (series editor), Handbook on Semiconductors, North-Holland (1981). This four-volume treatise contains review articles, written by different experts, on just about every aspect of semiconductor physics, including devices. The treatments are advanced and authoritative.Google Scholar
  8. P. N. Butcher, N. H. March, and M. P. Tost (editors), Crystalline Semiconducting Materials and Devices, Plenum Press, New York (1986). A shorter and more recent treatise than the series edited by Moss, this single volume is a group of rather theoretically oriented review articles. While these papers discuss a number of subjects of interest for applications, the presentations are definitely not of an introductory nature.Google Scholar
  9. J. S. Blakemore, editor, Gallium Arsenide, American Institute of Physics (1987); W. T. Lindley, editor, Gallium Arsenide and Related Compounds, 1986, Institute of Physics (1986). These collections of review and research papers discuss GaAs, which is of increasing importance for semiconductor devices.Google Scholar
  10. M. L. Cohen and J. R. Chelikowsky, Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of Semiconductors, Springer-Verlag, Berlin (1988). This monograph includes band structures, optical properties, and charge densities of semiconductors and an extensive list of references.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. C. M. Wolfe, N. Holonyak, and G. E. Stillman, Physical Properties of Semiconductors, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs (1989). This recent text at the graduate level presupposes a knowledte of semiconductors equivalent to the treatment in Streetman’s book listed above. The discussion covers the basic topics in semiconductor physics, and also includes chapters on surfaces and on heterostructures.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Dalven
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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