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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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short-circuit current  current of irradiated solar cell with shorted output.
Open-circuit voltage  voltage of irradiated solar cell measured between open output terminals
solar cell  two-terminal semiconductor device which converts solar light into electric signal; requires presence of potential barrier within semiconductor which is typically accomplished by the formation of a p-n junction; potential barrier separates hole and electrons generated by irradiation of semiconductor establishing different potential at device terminals; because of the low cost, solar cells using amorphous silicon are the very common in spite of the fact that their efficiency is lower than efficiency of solar cells made out of polycrystalline, multicrystalline or single-crystal silicon; semiconductors other than Si are also used to manufacture solar cells.
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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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