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The Story of Semiconductors

John W. Orton


This book provides an overview of the fascinating spectrum of semiconductor physics, devices, and applications, presented from a historical perspective. It covers the subject from its inception in the early 19th century up to the recent millennium. The first chapter introduces the essential properties of semiconductor materials, together with a brief account of their distribution within the Periodic Table, while the second chapter outlines their development from Faraday's work on silver sulphide up to their application in microwave radar during the Second World War. Chapter three deals with th ... More

Keywords: semiconductor, silicon, transistor, integrated circuit, power devices, light-emitting devices, communications, television, photovoltaics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199559107
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Orton, author
Department of Physics, University of Nottingham, UK