This series presents monographs on semiconductor materials processing and device technology, discussing theory formation and experimental characterization of solid-state devices in relation to their application in electronic systems, their manufacturing, their reliability, and their limitations (fundamental or technology dependent). This area is highly interdisciplinary and embraces the cross-section of physics of condensed matter, materials science and electrical engineering.
Undisputedly during the second half of this century world society is rapidly changing owing to the revolutionary impact of new solid-state based concepts. Underlying this spectacular product development is a steady progress in solid-state electronics, an area of applied physics exploiting basic physical concepts established during the first half of this century. Since their invention, transistors of various types and their corresponding integrated circuits (ICs) have been widely exploited covering progress in such areas as microminiaturization, megabit complexity, gigabit speed, accurate data conversion and/or high power applications. In addition, a growing number of devices are being developed exploiting the interaction between electrons and radiation, heat, pressure, etc., preferably by merging with ICs.
Possible themes are (sub)micron structures and nanostructures (applying thin layers, multi-layers and multi-dimensional configurations); micro-optic and micro- (electro)mechanical devices; high-temperature superconducting devices; high-speed and high-frequency electronic devices; sensors and actuators; integrated opto-electronic devices (glass-fibre communications, optical recording and storage, flat-panel displays); and systems employing such devices.
The texts will be of a level suitable for graduate students, researchers in the above fields, practitioners, engineers, consultants, etc., with an emphasis on readability, clarity, relevance and applicability.