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phonon  a “packet”, or quantum, of energy of lattice vibrational wave, i.e. periodic variation in the lattice spacing moving across the crystal with a speed of sound; e.g. generated during absorption-emission processes in indirect bandgap semiconductors.
indirect bandgap semiconductor  semiconductor in which bottom of the conduction band does not occur at effective momentum k=0, i.e. is shifted with respect to the top of the valence band which occurs at k=0; energy released during electron recombination with a hole is converted primarily into phonon; e.g. Si, Ge, GaP.
lattice  periodic arrangement of atoms in a crystal specific to a given material; lattice constant, a, defines distance between atoms in cubic-cell crystals.
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Jerzy Ruzyllo is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Penn State University.

This book gives a complete account of semiconductor engineering covering semiconductor properties, semiconductor materials, semiconductor devices and their uses, process technology, fabrication processes, and semiconductor materials and process characterization.

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