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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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hole  positive charge carrier in semiconductors which materially does not exist; lack of electron moving in the direction opposite to that of electron and carrying positive charge; features higher effective mass than electron, hence, lower mobility.
electron  negatively charged particle in an atom; carrier of smallest (elemental) electric charge of 1.60X10-19 C; carrier of negative charge in semiconductors.
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hole mobility  parameter which is a measure of hole scattering in a semiconductor; proportionality factor between hole drift velocity and electric field as well as conductivity and hole concentration in semiconductor; due to its higher effective mass, hole mobility is typically significantly lower than electron mobility.
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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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