The Story of Semiconductors

Paperback | November 12, 2008

byJohn W. Orton

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The book provides an overview of the fascinating spectrum of semiconductor physics, devices and applications, presented from a historical perspective. It covers the development of the subject from its inception in the early nineteenth century to the recent millennium. Written in a lively,informal style, it emphasizes the interaction between pure scientific push and commercial pull, on the one hand, and between basic physics, materials, and devices, on the other. It also sets the various device developments in the context of systems requirements and explains how such developments metwide ranging consumer demands. It is written so as to appeal to students at all levels in physics, electrical engineering, and materials science, to teachers, lecturers, and professionals working in the field, as well as to a non-specialist scientific readership.

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The book provides an overview of the fascinating spectrum of semiconductor physics, devices and applications, presented from a historical perspective. It covers the development of the subject from its inception in the early nineteenth century to the recent millennium. Written in a lively,informal style, it emphasizes the interaction be...

John W. Orton is in the Department of Physics at the Univesrity of Nottingham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:November 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199559104

ISBN - 13:9780199559107

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Table of Contents

1. Perspectives: The 'Information Age'2. The Cat's Whiskers: First applications, early days3. Minority Rule: The transistor, band structure4. Silicon, Silicon and Yet More Silicon5. The Compound Challenge: Light emitting devices, microwaves6. Low Dimensional Structures: Mesoscopic, electronic, optical devices7. Let There Be Light: Laser diodes8. Communicating with Light: Fibre optics, photodetectors9. Semiconductors in the Infra-Red: Quantum wells, superlattices and other modern wonders10. Polycrystalline and Amorphous Semiconductors: Solar cells, liquid crystal displays

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`Orton has been a major contributor to compound semiconductor growth and devices therefore bringing a unique perspective to the task of presenting semiconductor physics from both a fundamental and technology viewpoint[...] I recommend the book unreservedly to all electronic materials studentsand researchers as an invaluable reference guide to the science and history behind the materials that dominate our lives.'Books and Media update