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Sunday, December 7, 2014

#313 Einstein and semiconductors

The name Albert Einstein is synonymous with the great contributions to theoretical physics. It brings almost instantaneously to mind a theory of relativity which is generally considered as his greatest, or at least the best known, accomplishment.


It was not an accomplishment for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize, however. It was his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect for which he was recognized with this most coveted prize.


What matters more to the semiconductor community is Einstein’s role in defining fundaments of charge carriers’ kinetics in semiconductors. The relationship between diffusion coefficient and mobility of charge carriers in semiconductor is known as Einstein relationship.


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