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Going further


There are many excellent textbooks which give an introduction to semiconductors. The following textbooks are just a few examples:

  • Solid State Physics, N.W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin. (Harcourt Brace 1976)
  • Solid State Physics, J.S. Blakemore (Saunders 1974)
  • The Electronic Structure and Chemistry of Solids, P.A. Cox (Oxford, 1987)
  • Electronic Properties of Materials, R.E. Hummel (Springer-Verlag 2001)
  • Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, S.O. Kasap (McGraw-Hill 2006)
  • Introduction to Solid State Physics, C. Kittel (Wiley 1996)
  • Electronic Materials Science, J.W. Mayer and S.S. Lau (Macmillan 1990)
  • Introductory Semiconductor Device Physics, G. Parker (Institute of Physics 2004)
  • The Solid State, H.M. Rosenberg (OUP 1988)
  • Lectures on the Electrical Properties of Materials, L. Solymar and D. Walsh (OUP 1993)
  • Solid State Electronic Devices, B.G. Streetman and S.K. Banerjee (Pearson Prentice Hall 2006)

Some of these texts are deliberately written as introductory texts for undergraduates in physics, chemistry, materials science and electrical engineering, while others are meant for graduate students in these areas and lead the reader into research-level material.


There are now a great many web sites containing material relevant to this TLP. These web sites offer various levels of sophistication in their treatment of semiconductors. Examples are:

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