This primer quickly summarize some important semiconductor fundamentals. For those acquainted with semiconductors, this may be useful as a brief refresher. For those just getting started with semiconductors, my hope is that this primer 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 this 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:
-  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 lecture on this material can be view at Quick Review of Semiconductor Fundamentals