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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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