Best Reference Books – Semiconductor Physics

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Semiconductor Physics subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Semiconductor Physics along with reviews.

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1. “Fundamentals of Semiconductors” by P Y Yu and M Cardona

“Fundamentals of Semiconductors” Book Review: This book offers an excellent overview of the key theories and outlook of the topic. This book can be a solid link between general solid-state physics and research articles which have detailed explanations of the electronic, vibrational, transport, and optical properties of semiconductors. It covers topics like Electronic Band Structures, Vibrational Properties of Semiconductors, and Electron-Phonon Interactions, Electronic Properties of Defects, Electrical Transport, Optical Properties, Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Effect of Quantum Confinement on Electrons and Phonons in Semiconductors. A simple explanation is its most amazing feature as it touches foundation with an efficient style of exposition. It has some appendices and exercises which can help readers to strengthen skills.

2. “Basic Semiconductor Physics” by C Hamaguchi

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“Basic Semiconductor Physics” Book Review: The purpose of the book is to present the fundamentals of semiconductor physics in the clearest possible way along with detailed knowledge. This book is aimed at the readers who are involved with semiconductor research and development. The key focus is on explanations to make a clear view of the topic. This book covers some important topics like Energy Band Structures of Semiconductors, Cyclotron Resonance and Energy Band Structures, Wannier Function and Effective Mass Approximation, Electron-Phonon Interaction and Electron Transport, Magnetotransport Phenomena, Quantum Structures, Light Emission and Laser, including all important phenomena in semiconductors along with keeping the subject at the appropriate level. This book is well described and simple.

3. “Quantum Theory of the Optical and Electronic Properties of Semiconductors” by H Haug and S W Koch

“Quantum Theory of the Optical and Electronic Properties of Semiconductors” Book Review: This book covers the fundamentals so that the reader can grasp it and can also research semiconductor physics. This book is written in a student-friendly style and teaches real subjects. This book is presented with enough information and is for graduate students and researchers with a general background in quantum mechanics. This book covers topic like Oscillator Model, Atoms in a Classical Light Field, Periodic Lattice of Atoms, Mesoscopic Semiconductor Structures, Free Carrier Transitions, Ideal Quantum Gases, Plasmons and Plasma Screening, Excitons, etc. This book also has a derivation of ‘semiconductor luminescence equations’ and keeping the expression for the stationary luminescence spectrum. This book is well described and simple.

4. “Semiconductor Physics And Devices: Basic Principles” by Donald A Neamen

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“Semiconductor Physics and Devices: Basic Principles” Book Review: The book is written in student-friendly language and is resourceful for the context. This book also provides the fundamentals necessary to understand semiconductor device characteristics, operations, and limitations. The explanation and concepts are well presented here as the book sticks to the fundamentals for the student’s sound understanding of quantum mechanics and an introduction to the quantum theory of solids. This book is dynamic and has engaging style and helps students to nurture a deeper understanding of how essential physics, semiconductor material physics, and semiconductor device physics interrelate. This book covers topic like the Crystal Structure of Solids, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Theory of Solids, the Semiconductor in Equilibrium, Carrier Transport Phenomena, Nonequilibrium Excess Carriers in Semiconductors, The pn Junction, Metal-Semiconductor and Semiconductor Heterojunctions, Fundamentals of the Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor, Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect, Semiconductor Microwave and Power Devices along with appendices and selected solved problems.

5. “Physics of Semiconductor Devices” by Simon M Sze and Kwok K Ng

“Physics of Semiconductor Devices” Book Review: This book is highly readable, clear, and concise on the field of semiconductor devices. This book has advanced study and reference in the field. The purpose is to present the fundamentals of the subject in the clearest possible way. Throughout the book, the theory is well presented, allowing students to have a deep dive on the topic. This book covers topics like Properties of Semiconductors, p-n Junctions, Metal-Semiconductor Contacts, Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Capacitors, Transistors and Bipolar Transistors, MOSFETs, JFETs, MESFETs, and MODFETs, Tunnel Devices, Transferred-Electron and Real-Space-Transfer Devices, Thyristors and Power Devices, Photonic Devices and Sensors, LEDs and Lasers, Photodetectors and Solar Cells, Sensors in addition, new examples and end-of-chapter problems along with appendices are found throughout the text.

6. “Fundamentals of Semiconductors: Physics and Materials Properties” by Peter YU and Manuel Cardona

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“Fundamentals of Semiconductors: Physics and Materials Properties” Book Review: The narrative approach of this book to the topic focuses on the central goal of the topic so that students can understand the topic and fill the gap between a general solid-state physics book and research articles by providing detailed explanations of the topics. The material here is demonstrated here in a simple style. The book covers topics like Electronic Band Structures, Vibrational Properties of Semiconductors, and Electron-Phonon Interactions, Electronic Properties of Defects, Electrical Transport, Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Effect of Quantum Confinement on Electrons and Phonons in Semiconductors. This book aims to both students and researchers and emphasises on deep insight of the topic.

7. “Semiconductor Physics And Devices” by Donald Neamen

“Semiconductor Physics and Devices” Book Review: This book offers an excellent overview of the key theories and outlook of the topic. This book hit the microlevel of the concepts of the topic through which the student can understand it better. This book is readable, clear, and concise. This book has many problems. Those exercises can help you strengthen your skills. The book covers topics like Nonequilibrium Excess Carriers In Semiconductors, p-n Junction Diode and Semiconductor Heterostructure, Special Semiconductor Devices and Advance Processes, Introduction to the Quantum Theory of Solids, and Physics and Crystal Properties of Semiconductors. This book aims to the undergraduate students who are pursuing their degree in the subject.

8. “Physics of Semiconductor Devices” by Simon M Sze

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“Physics of Semiconductor Devices” Book Review: This book is highly readable, clear, and concise on the field of semiconductor devices. This book has advanced study and reference in the field. The purpose is to present the fundamentals of the subject in the clearest possible way. Throughout the book, the theory is well presented, allowing students to have a deep dive on the topic. This book covers topics like Properties of Semiconductors, p-n Junctions, Metal-Semiconductor Contacts, Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Capacitors, Transistors and Bipolar Transistors, MOSFETs, JFETs, MESFETs, and MODFETs, Tunnel Devices, Transferred-Electron and Real-Space-Transfer Devices, Thyristors and Power Devices, Photonic Devices and Sensors, LEDs and Lasers, Photodetectors and Solar Cells, Sensors in addition, new examples and end-of-chapter problems along with appendices are found throughout the text.

9. “Semiconductor Device Fundamentals” by Robert F Pierret

“Semiconductor Device Fundamentals” Book Review: This book makes the course more accessible and useful. This book goes from the elementary level and easily catches up with advanced topics along with covering all the standard topics along with covering basic terminology, models, properties, and concepts associated with semiconductors and semiconductor devices. This book also has some teaching resources and also provides a full fletch working structure of devices as the pn junction diode, Schottky diode, BJT, and MOSFET along with some additional topics such as solar cells, LEDs, HBTs, and modern field effect devices. This book has many exercises at the end of each chapter as well as appendices. It covers topics like Electronic Band Structures, Vibrational Properties of Semiconductors, and Electron-Phonon Interactions, Electronic Properties of Defects, Electrical Transport, Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Effect of Quantum Confinement on Electrons and Phonons in Semiconductors, etc.

10. “Semiconductor Physics and Devices” by D A Neamen and Donald A Neamen

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“Semiconductor Physics and Devices” Book Review: This book offers an excellent overview of the key theories and outlook of the topic. This book hit the microlevel of the concepts of the topic through which the student can understand it better. This book is readable, clear, and concise. This book has many problems. Those exercises can help you strengthen your skills. The book covers topics like Nonequilibrium Excess Carriers In Semiconductors, p-n Junction Diode and Semiconductor Heterostructure, Special Semiconductor Devices and Advance Processes, Introduction to the Quantum Theory of Solids, and Physics and Crystal Properties of Semiconductors. This book aims to the undergraduate students who are pursuing their degree in the subject.

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