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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.


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lifetime,  the length of time between generation/injection of an minority carrier in a semiconductor region and its anihilation via recombination.
generation  process of free charge carriers formation in semiconductor; in band-to-band generation electron acquiring energy in excess of energy gap moves from the energy state in the valance band to the energy state in the conduction band leaving free hole in the valance band; formation of electron-hole pair.
minority carriers  one of two carrier types (electrons of holes)whose equilibrium concentration is lower than that of the other type; holes in n-type semiconductors, electrons in p-type semiconductors.
recombination  process resulting in annihilation of free charge carriers in semiconductor; reversal of the generation process; typically electron recombining with hole looses energy and moves from the conduction band to valence band.
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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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