1st Edition

Disordered Semiconductors Physics and Applications

Edited By Anatoly Popov Copyright 2010
    201 Pages 8 Color & 132 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    This textbook links characteristic features of atomic and electronic structures of disordered semiconductors to the device design process. It begins with a description of general concepts of disordered semiconductors, their atomic structures, the structure of energy bands, and their defects, as well as their electrical, optical, and photovoltaic properties. Since weak sensitivity to impurities is a distinguishing feature of disordered semiconductors, methods of property control and thin-film preparation methods are the areas of focus. Finally, applications of disordered semiconductors in various devices are considered.

    Definition of Disordered State
    Classification of Non-crystalline Systems
    Qualitative and Quantitative Characteristics of Glass-Formation
    Atomic Structure of Disordered Semiconductors
    Structural Characteristics of Solids
    Short Range and Medium Range Order
    Methods of Investigation of Disordered System Structure
    Simulation of Disordered Material Structure
    Results of Structural Research of Disordered Semiconductors
    Electronic Structure and Properties of Disordered Semiconductors
    Electronic Structure
    Electrical Properties of Disordered Semiconductors
    Optical Properties of Disordered Semiconductors
    Photoelectrical Properties of Disordered Semiconductors
    Methods for Controlling Properties of Disordered Semiconductors
    Doping of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon
    Chemical Modification of Chalcogenide Glassy Semiconductor Films
    Conductivity Type Inversion in Bulk Glassy Chalcogenide
    Structural Modification of Disordered Semiconductors Properties
    Preparation Methods of Disordered Semiconductor Films
    Technological Distinctions of Chalcogenide Glassy Film Preparation
    Preparation of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Films by GlowDischargeDecompositionMethod
    Preparation of AIV BIV Alloys on the Base of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon
    Preparation of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Films by ChemicalVaporDeposition(CVD)Methods
    Preparation of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Films by Radio-frequency Sputtering Method
    Optical Information Storage and Transmission Devices
    Devices Based on Charge Pattern Recording
    Devices based on Photo-induced Transformations in Chalcogenide Glasses
    Photoelectric and Electronic Devices Based on Disordered Semiconductors
    Photovoltaic Devices
    Switching and Memory Devices on the Basis of Chalcogenide Alloys
    Silicon Thin Film Transistors
    Color Inserts


    Anatoly Popov is professor and head of the Semiconductor Electronics Department at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia.

    "Readers of this book are taken on a logical journey beginning with three comprehensive chapters on the fundamental properties of disordered semiconductors, followed by two outlining the methods used to control the properties and fabricate thin films of these materials, and concluding with two chapters describing the current status of their applications. Students and scientists entering or working in the field will find it an exceedingly valuable and useful text."
    —Prof. E. A. Davis, University of Cambridge, UK

    "This book provides under a single cover and from a single perspective a description of physics and applications of disordered semiconductors. With complex issues explained using a simple language this book will be very valuable source of information for graduate and postgraduate students in the field of semiconductor physics and devices."
    —Dr Alex Kolobov, Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

    "This book comprehends a wide group of questions: atomic and electron structure, electrical, optical, photoelectric properties and application of disordered semiconductors, first of all the hydrogenated amorphous silicon, its alloys and chalcogenide glassy semiconductors. Important peculiarity of the book is the consideration of the main technologies of both thin films and devices fabrication. The book is interesting to all workers in the field."
    —Prof. Victor Lyubin, Ben-Gurion University, Israel