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acceptor  element introduced to semiconductor to generate free hole (by "accepting" electron from semiconductor atom and "releasing" hole at the same time); acceptor atom must have one valence electron less than host semiconductor; boron (B) is the most common acceptor in silicon technology; alternatives include indium and gallium (gallium features high diffusivity in SiO2, and hence, oxide cannot be used as mask during Ga diffusion)
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donor  element introduced to semiconductor to generate free electron (by "donating" electron to semiconductor); must have one more valance electron than semiconductor; common donors in Si: P, As, Sb and in GaAs: S, Se, Sn, Si, and C.
dopant  element introduced into semiconductor to establish either p- type (acceptors) or n- type (donors) conductivity; common dopants in silicon: p-type, boron, B; n-type phosphorous, P, arsenic, As ,antimony, Sb.
boron  element from the IIIrd group of periodic table acting as an acceptor (p-type dopant) in silicon; the only p-type dopant used in silicon device manufacturing.
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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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