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Physics - Optics & Lasers | Physics and Properties of Narrow Gap Semiconductors

Physics and Properties of Narrow Gap Semiconductors

Series: Microdevices

Chu, Junhao, Sher, Arden

2008, XII, 606 p.

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  • About this book

  • Combines experimental results with theoretical analysis of the physics of narrow gap semiconductors
  • Provides clear descriptions of crystal growth, materials science, and opto-electronic device physics
  • Establishes a bridge between fundamental principles and advanced IR technology

Narrow gap semiconductors obey the general rules of semiconductor science, but often exhibit extreme features of these rules because of the same properties that produce their narrow gaps. Consequently, these materials provide sensitive tests of theory, and the opportunity for the design of innovative devices. For example, narrow gap semiconductors are the most important materials for the preparation of advanced modern infrared systems.

In this book, the authors offer clear descriptions of crystal growth and the fundamental structure and properties of these unique materials. Topics covered include band structure, optical and transport properties, and lattice vibrations and spectra. Physics and Properties of Narrow Gap Semiconductors helps readers to understand semiconductor physics and related areas of materials science and how they relate to advanced opto-electronic devices.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Absorption - Laser - Semiconductor - crystal - liquid - magnetic field - semiconductor physics - thin film - thin films

Related subjects » Characterization & Evaluation of Materials - Engineering - Optical & Electronic Materials - Optics & Lasers

Table of contents 

Introduction. -Narrow Gap Semiconductors. -Modern Physics of Infrared Photo-Electronics. -References. -Crystal. -The Basic Theory of Crystal Growth. -Growth Method for Bulk Crystal. -Liquid Phase Epitaxy. -Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth of Thin Films. -Perfection of Crystals. -References. -The Band Structure 3.1 A Brief Description of Energy Band Structures 3.2 The Perturbation Method and its Eigen Values 3.3 The Calculation of Band Structures 3.4 Parameters of Energy Bands References Chapter 4 Optical Properties 4.1 Optical Constants and Dielectric Functions 4.2 Interband Optical Transitions: Theory and Experiment 4.3 Intrinsic Absorption Spectrum Expressions 4.4 Direct Measurements of Optical Constants 4.5 Optical Effects of Free Carriers 4.6 Optical Characterization of Materials References Chapter 5 Transport Properties 5.1 Carrier Concentration and the Fermi Level 5.2 Conductivity and Mobility 5.3 Transport Properties in a Magnetic Field 5.4 Mobility Spectrum in Multi-Carrier Systems 5.5 Quantum Effects 5.6 Thermo-Electronic Effects References Chapter 6 Lattice Vibrations 6.1 Phonon Spectra 6.2 Reflectivity Spectra of Phonons 6.3 Transmittance Spectra of Phonons 6.4 Phonon Raman Scattering References

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