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Low-dimensional systems have revolutionized semiconductor physics and had a tremendous impact on technology. Using simple physical explanations, with reference to examples from actual devices, this book introduces the general principles essential to low-dimensional semiconductors. The author presents a formalism that describes low-dimensional semiconductor systems, studying two key systems in detail: the two-dimensional electron gas, employed in field-effect transistors, and the quantum well, whose optical properties have multiple applications in lasers and other opto-electronic devices. The book will be invaluable to undergraduate and first-year graduate physics or electrical engineering students taking courses in low-dimensional systems or heterostructure device physics.Read more
- Covers both electronic and optical properties, with reference to actual devices
- Strong appeal to both physics and electrical engineering audiences
- Complete with nearly 200 exercises and lots of examples taken from real applications
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- Date Published: December 1997
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521481489
- length: 458 pages
- dimensions: 262 x 185 x 29 mm
- weight: 1.015kg
- contains: 175 b/w illus. 5 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Electrons and phonons in crystals
4. Quantum wells and low-dimensional systems
5. Tunnelling transport
6. Electric and magnetic fields
7. Approximate methods
8. Scattering rates: the Golden Rule
9. The two-dimensional electron gas
10. Optical properties of quantum wells
Appendix 1. Table of physical constants
Appendix 2. Properties of important semiconductors
Appendix 3. Properties of GaAs-AlAs alloys at room temperature
Appendix 4. Hermite's equation: harmonic oscillator
Appendix 5. Airy functions: triangular well
Appendix 6. Kramers-Kronig relations and response functions
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