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Electronic Devices and Circuits, Second Edition by Battula Tirumala Krishna, Dharma Raj Cheruku

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Chapter 2

Semiconductors

Energy-band structure of (a) insulator, (b) semiconductor, and (c) metal

Chapter Outline

The concepts introduced in this chapter are:

  • Conductors and semiconductors
  • Different types of semiconductors
  • Current components in a semiconductor
  • The behaviour of minority carriers in semiconductors
  • Concept of semiconductor junction
2.1 INTRODUCTION

The physics of the materials used in the construction of various electronic devices is very important to understand the basic operation of the device. The materials used in the electronic devices are semiconductors. These are the materials which neither fall in the category of ...

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