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ERIC Number: EJ723749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
A Brief History of ... Semiconductors
Jenkins, Tudor
Physics Education, v40 n5 p430-439 Sep 2005
The development of studies in semiconductor materials is traced from its beginnings with Michael Faraday in 1833 to the production of the first silicon transistor in 1954, which heralded the age of silicon electronics and microelectronics. Prior to the advent of band theory, work was patchy and driven by needs of technology. However, the arrival of this successful quantum theory of solids, together with a concentration on the growth of pure silicon and germanium and an understanding of their properties, saw an explosion in activity in semiconductor studies that has continued to this day.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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