Quantum Processes in Semiconductors

Paperback | September 15, 2013

byBrian K. Ridley

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This book sets out the fundamental quantum processes that are important in the physics and technology of semiconductors in a relatively informal style that graduate students will find very attractive. The fifth edition includes new chapters that expand the coverage of semiconductor physicsrelevant to its accompanying technology. One of the problems encountered in high-power transistors is the excessive production of phonons and the first new chapter examines the hot-phonon phenomenon and the lifetime of polar optical phonons in the nitrides. In the burgeoning field of spintronics acrucial parameter is the lifetime of a spin-polarised electron gas, and this is treated in detail in the second of the new chapters. The third new chapter moves from the treatment of bulk properties to the unavoidable effects of the spatial limitation of the semiconductor, and to the influence ofsurface states and the pinning of the Fermi level.As with previous editions the text restricts its attention to bulk semiconductors. The account progresses from quantum processes describable by density matrices, through the semi-classical Boltzmann equation and its solutions, to the drift-diffusion description of space-charge waves, the latterappearing in the contexts of negative differential resistance, acoustoelectric and recombination instabilities. Besides being a useful reference for workers in the field, this book will be a valuable text for graduate courses.

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This book sets out the fundamental quantum processes that are important in the physics and technology of semiconductors in a relatively informal style that graduate students will find very attractive. The fifth edition includes new chapters that expand the coverage of semiconductor physicsrelevant to its accompanying technology. One of...

B. K. Ridley, FRS, is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Essex.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pagesPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199677220

ISBN - 13:9780199677221

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Table of Contents

1. Band structure of semiconductors2. Energy levels3. Lattice scattering4. Impurity scattering5. Radiative transitions6. Non-radiative processes7. Quantum processes in a magnetic field8. Scattering in a degenerate gas9. Dynamic screening10. Phonon processes11. Quantum transport12. Semiclassical transport13. Space-charge waves14. Hot phonons15. Spin processes16. Surfaces and interfaces

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"This new edition covers the material included in the earlier editions, supplemented by sections on mixed and entangled quantum states treated by a single particle density matrix method; more on the use of the Boltzmann equation and on transport phenomena; and further treatment of hot-electronphenomena. The main aim of the book is to interpret theoretical quantum phenomena for graduate experimental solid-state physicists." --Aslib Book Guide