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Physics of Semiconductor Devices, 3rd Edition

Physics of Semiconductor Devices, 3rd Edition

Simon M. Sze, Kwok K. Ng

ISBN: 978-0-470-06832-8 April 2006 832 Pages

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The Third Edition of the standard textbook and reference in the field of semiconductor devices

This classic book has set the standard for advanced study and reference in the semiconductor device field. Now completely updated and reorganized to reflect the tremendous advances in device concepts and performance, this Third Edition remains the most detailed and exhaustive single source of information on the most important semiconductor devices. It gives readers immediate access to detailed descriptions of the underlying physics and performance characteristics of all major bipolar, field-effect, microwave, photonic, and sensor devices.

Designed for graduate textbook adoptions and reference needs, this new edition includes:

  • A complete update of the latest developments
  • New devices such as three-dimensional MOSFETs, MODFETs, resonant-tunneling diodes, semiconductor sensors, quantum-cascade lasers, single-electron transistors, real-space transfer devices, and more
  • Materials completely reorganized
  • Problem sets at the end of each chapter
  • All figures reproduced at the highest quality

Physics of Semiconductor Devices, Third Edition offers engineers, research scientists, faculty, and students a practical basis for understanding the most important devices in use today and for evaluating future device performance and limitations.

 A Solutions Manual is available from the editorial department.


Part I Semiconductor Physics.

Chapter 1 Physics and Properties of Semiconductors-A Review.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Crystal Structure.

1.3 Energy Bands and Energy Gap.

1.4 Carrier Concentration at Thermal Equilibrium.

1.5 Carrier-Transport Phenomena.

1.6 Phonon, Optical, and Thermal Properties.

1.7 Heterojunctions and Nanostructures.

1.8 Basic Equations and Examples.

Part II Device Building Blocks.

Chapter 2 p-n Junctions.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Depletion Region.

2.3 Current-Voltage Characteristics.

2.4 Junction Breakdown.

2.5 Transient Behavior and Noise.

2.6 Terminal Functions.

2.7 Heterojunctions.

Chapter 3 Metal-Semiconductor Contacts.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Formation of Barrier.

3.3 Current Transport Processes.

3.4 Measurement of Barrier Height.

3.5 Device Structures.

3.6 Ohmic Contact.

Chapter 4 Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Capacitors.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Ideal MIS Capacitor.

4.3 Silicon MOS Capacitor.

Part III Transistors.

Chapter 5 Bipolar Transistors.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Static Characteristics.

5.3 Microwave Characteristics.

5.4 Related Device Structures.

5.5 Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor.

Chapter 6 MOSFETs.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Basic Device Characteristics.

6.3 Nonuniform Doping and Buried-Channel Device.

6.4 Device Scaling and Short-Channel Effects.

6.5 MOSFET Structures.

6.6 Circuit Applications.

6.7 Nonvolatile Memory Devices.

6.8 Single-Electron Transistor.

Chapter 7 JFETs, MESFETs, and MODFETs.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 JFET and MESFET.


Part IV Negative-Resistance and Power Devices.

Chapter 8 Tunnel Devices.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Tunnel Diode.

8.3 Related Tunnel Devices.

8.4 Resonant-Tunneling Diode.

Chapter 9 IMPATT Diodes.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Static Characteristics.

9.3 Dynamic Characteristics.

9.4 Power and Efficiency.

9.5 Noise Behavior.

9.6 Device Design and Performance.

9.7 BARITT Diode.

9.8 TUNNETT Diode.

Chapter 10 Transferred-Electron and Real-Space-Transfer Devices.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Transferred-Electron Device.

10.3 Real-Space-Transfer Devices.

Chapter 11 Thyristors and Power Devices.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Thyristor Characteristics.

1 1.3 Thyristor Variations.

11.4 Other Power Devices.

Part V Photonic Devices and Sensors.

Chapter 12 LEDs and Lasers.

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Radiative Transitions.

12.3 Light-Emitting Diode (LED).

12.4 Laser Physics.

12.5 Laser Operating Characteristics.

12.6 Specialty Lasers.

Chapter 13 Photodetectors and Solar Cells.

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Photoconductor.

13.3 Photodiodes.

13.4 Avalanche Photodiode.

13.5 Phototransistor.

13.6 Charge-Coupled Device (CCD).

13.7 Metal-Semiconductor-Metal Photodetector.

13.8 Quantum-Well Infrared Photodetector.

13.9 Solar Cell.

Chapter 14 Sensors.

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 Thermal Sensors.

14.3 Mechanical Sensors.

14.4 Magnetic Sensors.

14.5 Chemical Sensors.


A. List of Symbols.

B. International System of Units.

C. Unit Prefixes.

D. Greek Alphabet.

E. Physical Constants.

F. Properties of Important Semiconductors.

G. Properties of Si and GaAs.

H. Properties of SiO, and Si3N.


This edition is significantly revised, with nearly 50% revision; in addition, new examples and end-of-chapter problems are found throughout the text.
  • Significantly revised -- last edition appeared in 1981, and this new edition is nearly 50% revised to reflect changes in the field
  • Highly illustrated -- more than 650 figures throughout
  • Includes a plethora of worked examples and end-of-chapter problems
  • Solutions Manual is available from the editorial department