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How Semiconductors and Transistors Work

By John C. Bean

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA



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This animation shows how semiconductor crystals work and how they are used to make transistor switches.


John Bean, University of Virginia
Virtual Science Lab

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  • John C. Bean (2005), "How Semiconductors and Transistors Work,"

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