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The Physics of Semiconductors

An Introduction Including Nanophysics and Applications


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. Marius Grundmann
    Pages 1-21
  3. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
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      Pages 25-39
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  4. Selected Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 383-383
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About this book


The 3rd edition of this successful textbook 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, nanowires, quantum dots, multi-junction solar cells, thin film transistors, carbon-based nanostructures and transparent conductive oxides. 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 third edition several topics are extended and treated in more depth including surfaces, disordered materials, amorphous semiconductors, polarons, thermopower and noise. More than 1800 references guide the reader to historic and current literature including original and review papers and books.


Band structure Electronic defect states Magnetic semiconductors Optical properties of semiconductors Organic semiconductors Polarized semiconductors Semiconductor devices Semiconductor heterostructures Semiconductor nanostructures Semiconductor physics textbook

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. für Experimentelle Physik IIUniversität 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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