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II. Conduction in Semiconductors

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  • In this section we will go over the conduction mechanisms for semiconductors, the way by which charged particles move through the material. We will discuss how doping semiconductors allows us to create a separation of charge, a voltage, within semiconductors and turn a piece of semiconductor into a diode. Furthermore, by understanding how charge carriers move through semiconductors we can develop a model for its current, which will be crucial for modeling solar cells as electronic devices in a circuit.