• J. Grabmaier
Conference proceedings

Part of the Crystals book series (CRYSTALS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-iv
  2. Wolfgang Dietze, Wolfgang Keller, Alfred Mühlbauer
    Pages 1-42
  3. Josef Dietl, Dieter Helmreich, Erhard Sirtl
    Pages 43-107
  4. Fritz V. Wald
    Pages 147-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-199

About these proceedings


1.1 The Role of Silicon as a Semiconductor Silicon is unchallenged as a semiconductor base material in our present electronics indu­ stry. The reasons why it qualifies so strongly for this particular purpose are manyfold. The attractive combination of physical (electrical) properties of silicon and the unique properties of its native oxide layer have been the original factors for its breathtaking evolution in device technology. The majority of reasons, however, for its present status are correlated with industrial prosessing in terms of charge units ( economy), reliability (reproducibility), and flexibility, but also its availability. The latter point, in particular, plays an important role in the different long-term projects on the terrestrial application of solar cells. Practically inexhaustive resources of silicon dioxide form a sound basis even for the most pretentious programs on future alternatives to relieve the present situation in electrical power generation by photovol­ taics. Assuming a maximum percentage of 10% to be replaced by the year 2000 would roughly mean a cumulative annual production of 2 million metric tons of crude silicon (based on present solar cell standards)!). To illustrate the orders of magnitude that have to be discussed in pertinent programs: Today, the industrial silicon capacity of non-communistic countries (including ferrosili­ con and other alloys by their relative Si-content) amounts to some 2 million tons per year.


Kristallisation Silizium base cell cells crystallization electronics evolution power generation semiconductor silicon solar units

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Grabmaier
    • 1
  1. 1.Siemens AG, ForschungslaboratorienMünchen 83Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-68177-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-68175-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-5076
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