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The Physics of Semiconductors

An Introduction Including Nanophysics and Applications

  • Combines class-tested experience with broad scope and rich program of figures and diagrams

  • Treats semiconductor physics from the basics to modern applications, devices and nanostructures and current research topics

  • Reviews the basics and then takes readers to the level of supervised laboratory research

  • Expanded and updated throughout, with new coverage, e.g. of dopant diffusion, nanowires, recombination in organic semiconductors, and multi-junction solar cells


Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Marius Grundmann
    Pages 1-16
  3. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 19-33
    3. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 35-71
    4. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 73-102
    5. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 103-138
    6. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 139-183
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      Pages 185-233
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      Pages 235-263
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      Pages 265-307
    10. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 309-344
  4. Selected Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 347-378
    3. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 379-395
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      Pages 397-423
    5. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 425-439
    6. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 441-449
    7. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 451-463
    8. Marius Grundmann
      Pages 465-479

About this book


The Physics of Semiconductors contains ample material for a comprehensive upper-level undergraduate or beginning graduate course, guiding readers to the point where they can choose a special topic and begin supervised research. The textbook provides a balance between essential aspects of solid-state and semiconductor physics, on the one hand, and the principles of various semiconductor devices and their applications in electronic and photonic devices, on the other. It highlights many practical aspects of semiconductors such as alloys, strain, heterostructures, nanostructures, that are necessary in modern semiconductor research but typically omitted in textbooks. Coverage also includes additional advanced topics, such as Bragg mirrors, resonators, polarized and magnetic semiconductors. The text derives explicit formulas for many results to support better understanding of the topics. The Physics of Semiconductors requires little or no prior knowledge of solid-state physics and evolved from a highly regarded two-semester course. In the second edition many topics are extended and treated in more depth. e.g. dopant diffusion, nanowires, recombination in organic semiconductors, multi-junction solar cells, quantum dot and organic LEDs, thin film transistors, carbon-based nanostructures and transparent conductive oxides.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. Experimentelle Physik II, LS HalbleiterphysikUniv. LeipzigLeipzigGermany

About the authors

Professor Dr. Marius Grundman studied physics at the Technical University of Berlin. He worked on the epitaxy and characterization of electronic and optical properties of semiconductor heterostructures and nanostructures as well as devices made from them. He has been Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Leipzig since 2000.

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From the reviews of the second edition:

“This textbook is divided into three parts. … The book has 247 figures, many of them in color. It is a clearly written and modern textbook for undergraduate and graduate students.” (Mircea Dragoman, Optics & Photonics News, July, 2011)