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With over 2000 terms defined and explained, Semiconductor Glossary is the most complete reference in the field of semiconductors on the market today.


Including some 500 new terms defined and remaining terms updated and modified, a 2nd edition book version of this glossary is now available.

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PV  Photovoltaics
photovoltaics,  a domain in semiconductor science and engineering dealing with devices converting energy of electromagnetic radiation (light) into electrical signal via a photo-voltaic effect, i.e. the effect in which such conversion occurs with no external bias applied to device terminals; concept of a solar cell is based on the photo-voltaic principles.
photovoltaic effect,  generation of a potential difference(open circuit voltage) at the terminals of an unbiased semiconductor diode (almost uniquely a p-n junction, altough, in principle, also a metal-semiconductor junction) as a result of illumination with light featuring energy higher than the energy gap (Eg) of semiconductor; fundation of the semiconductor solar cells operation.
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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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