The Nature of the Electrical Conductivity of Vitreous Semiconductors

  • Rudol’f L. Myuller


The band theory of conduction is based on the assumption of a perfect crystalline structure of solids. Experimental investigations of the conductivity of liquids and amorphous bodies have shown that this condition is not always satisfied [1]. The fact that long-range order is not essential, and that the electron energy spectrum remains unchanged on melting if short-range order is retained, has now conferred primary importance on problems relating to structural coordination numbers and the nature of the chemical bonds in semiconductors [2, 3], Even at the time when Wilson first postulated a band theory [4], Le Blanc had suggested that there was a correlation between electronic conduction and the covalent nature of the chemical bond and had noted that chemical compounds with well-defined polar-ionic bonds in the lattice exhibit ionic conduction [5].


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  • Rudol’f L. Myuller
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  1. 1.Leningrad State UniversityLeningradUSSR

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