Synopses & Reviews
This book provides an overview of the fascinating spectrum of semiconductor physics, devices and applications, presented from a historical perspective. It covers the development of the subject from its inception in the early nineteenth century to the recent millennium. Written in a lively and informal style, it emphasises the interaction between pure scientific push and commercial pull, on the one hand, and basic physics, materials and devices, on the other. It also sets the various device developments in the context of systems requirements and explains how such develpments met wide-ranging consumer demands. It is written so as to appeal to students at all levels in physics, electrical engineering and materials science as well as to teachers, lecturers and professionals working in the field and to a non-specialist scientific readership.
Table of Contents
1. Perspectives: The 'Information Age'
2. The Cat's Whiskers: First applications, early days
3. Minority Rule: The transistor, band structure
4. Silicon, Silicon and Yet More Silicon
5. The Compound Challenge: Light emitting devices, microwaves
6. Low Dimensional Structures: Mesoscopic, electronic, optical devices
7. Let There Be Light: Laser diodes
8. Communicating with Light: Fibre optics, photodetectors
9. Semiconductors in the Infra-Red: Quantum wells, superlattices and other modern wonders
10. Polycrystalline and Amorphous Semiconductors: Solar cells, liquid crystal displays