Synopses & Reviews
This book examines the fundamental physics underlying this rich complexity of photoelectronic properties of semiconductors, and will familiarize the reader with the relatively simple models that are useful in describing these fundamentals. Following introductory material on the basic concepts, the book moves on to consider a wide range of phenomena, including photoconductivity, recombination effects, photoelectronic methods of defect analysis, photoeffects at grain boundaries, amorphous semiconductors, photovoltaic effects, and photoeffects in quantum wells and superlattices.
"...recommended as a resource that provides valuable insights for today's graduate students and more seasoned researchers alike. Here they will find a conceptual framework of basic principles to serve as a guide as they venture into new materials or devices or encounter unfamiliar photoconductive phenomena." J. Mort, Optical Engineering
This text examines the fundamental physics underlying the rich complexity of photoelectronic properties of semiconductors, and will familiarize the reader with the relatively simple models that are useful in describing them.
The interaction between light and electrons in semiconductors forms the basis for many interesting and practically significant properties. Readers will find this volume to be an up-to-date and concise summary of the major concepts, models and results relating to this rich complexity of photoelectronic properties of semiconductors. The author is Professor of Materials Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and has taught this material for many years. He is an experienced author, his earlier books having found wide acceptance and use. The book is intended as a text for graduate students, but will be an important resource for anyone researching in this interesting field.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -314) and index.
Table of Contents
1. Introductory concepts; 2. Photoconductivity; 3. One-center recombination models; 4. The Shockley-Read one-center model; 5. Two-center recombination effects; 6. Recombination mechanisms; 7. Steady-state photoelectronic analysis; 8. Transient photoelectronic analysis; 9. Photoeffects at grain boundaries; 10. Amorphous semiconductors; 11. Photovoltaic effects; 12. Quantum wells and superlattices; Bibliography; Index.