This lecture quickly summarizes some important semiconductor fundamentals. For those acquainted with semiconductors, it may be useful as a brief refresher. For those just getting started with semiconductors, my hope is that this lecture provides just enough understanding to allow you to begin exploring semiconductor devices.
A much deeper understanding of semiconductor fundamentals will be necessary to get very far in the device field. The two references below are good places to start.
- For an introduction to semiconductor fundamentals and to semiconductor devices, see:
-  Robert F. Pierret Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, 2nd Ed., Addison-Wesley Publishing Co, 1996.
- For a more advanced treatment of semiconductor fundamentals, see:
-  Robert F. Pierret Advanced Semiconductor Fundamentals, 2nd Ed., Vol. VI, Modular Series on Solid-State Devices, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., USA, 2003.
A written version of this lecture (which covers just a little more material) is also available. See: A Primer on Semiconductor Fundamentals.
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