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solid-phase crystallization, SPC  process in the course of which adequately executed heat treatments cause conversion of amorphous phase in the solid into crystalline phase.
crystal  solid featuring periodic spatial arrangement of atoms referred to as "long-range order"; single-crystal materials feature long-range order throughout the entire piece of material while poly-crystalline materials feature long-range order only within limited grains.
amorphous material  non-crystalline solid; no periodicity and long-range order at all; lower quality than crystalline materials but cheaper to form; amorphous semiconductors are useful in large-area applications such as solar cells and flat panel displays; insulators used in semiconductor technology, e.g. SiO2 and Si3N4, are typically amorphous.

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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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