In continuing our roll of Science for Everyone series, we now come to book by A. M. Polyakov titled Semiconductors Made Simple.
The back cover of the book says:
Semiconductors have made an enormous impact on 20th century science and technology. This is because components made from semiconductors have very favourable properties such as low energy consumption, compactness, and high reliability, and so they now dominate electronics and radio engineering. Semiconductors are indispensable for space exploration and where the requirements of small size, low weight and low energy consumption are especially stringent.
The book uses quantum-mechanical concepts and band theory to present the theory of semiconductors in a comprehensible for. It also describes how basic semiconductor devices (e.g. diodes, transistors, and lasers) operate. The book was written for senior high-school students interested in physics.
The book was translated from the Russian by Natasha Deineko and was first published by Mir in 1985.
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The book has following chapters and sections.
Chapter 1. THE BAND THEORY OF SOLIDS 7
Sec. 1. Structure of Atoms. Hydrogen Atom 8
Sec. 2. Many-Electron Atoms 19
Sec. 3. Degeneracy of Energy Levels in Free Atoms. Removal of Degeneracy of External Effects 24
Sec. 4. Formation of Energy Bands in Crystals 27
Sec. 5. Filling of Energy Bands by Electrons 31
Sec. 6. Division of Solids into Conductors, Semiconductors, and Dielectrics 34
Chapter 2. ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY OF SOLIDS 38
Sec. 7 Bonding Forces in a Crystal Lattice 38
Sec. 8 Electrical Conductivity of Metals 45
Sec. 9 Conductivity of Semiconductors 50
Sec. 10 Effect of Temperature on the charge carrier concentration in semiconductors 64
Sec. 11 Temperature Dependence of Electrical Conductivity of Semiconductors 75
Chapter 3 NONEQUILIBRIUM PROCESSES IN SEMICONDUCTORS 83
Sec. 12. Generation and Recombination of Nonequilibrium Charge Carriers
Sec. 13. Diffusion Phenomena in Semiconductors
Sec. 14. Photoconduction and Absorption of Light
Sec. 15. Luminescence
Chapter 4 CONTACT PHENOMENA 121
Sec. 16. Work Function of Metals 121
Sec. 17. The Fermi Level in Metals and the Fermi-Dirac Distribution Function 127
Sec. 18. The Fermi Level in Semiconductors 133
Sec. 19. The Contact Potential Difference 143
Sec. 20. Metal-to-Semiconductor Contact 147
Sec. 21. Rectifier Properties of the Metal-Semiconductor Junction 152
Sec. 22. p-n Junction 161
Sec. 23. Rectifying Effect of the p-n junction 175
Sec. 24. Breakdown of the p-n junction 186
Sec. 25. Electric Capacitance of the p-n Junction
Chapter 5 SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES 193
Sec. 26. Hall Effect and Hall Pickups 193
Sec. 27. Semiconductor Diodes 205
Sec. 28. Tunnel Diodes 211
Sec. 29. Transistors 223
Sec. 30. Semiconductor Injection (Diode) Lasers 233
Sec. 31. Semiconductors at Present and in Future 241