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2 The electrons in a piece of n‐type semiconductor take 10 ps to cross from one end to
another end when a potential of 1 V is applied across it. Find the length of the
semiconductor bar.
Solution
L
 10 ps
V
V
L
2
L  10 ps  nV  10 ps  1350  1
But
V  n E and
E
L  1.16  104 cm  1.16  m
current of 0.05 μA flows through an n‐type silicon bar of length 0.2 μm and cross
section area of 0.01 μm  0.01 μm when a voltage of 1 V is applied across it. Find the doping
level at room temperature.
3 A
Solution
I  0.05 A
L  0.2 m
A  0.01 m  0.01 m  1  1012 cm 2
I tot  I drift  q  nn  p  p  AE
n 2 1.08  10 
p i 
n
n
2
n  1350cm / (V.s)
----(1)
10 2
 p  480 cm 2 /(V.s)
V
1V

 5  104 V / cm
L 0.2 m
Substituting these values in Eq. (1) we get
E

(1.08  1010 ) 2  480  12
4
0.05  106 A  1.6  1019  n  1350 
 10  5  10
n


n  4.63  1015 cm 3 .
4. Repeat Problem 2.3 for Ge. Assume μn=3900cm2/(V·s) and
μp =1900cm2/(V·s).
In order to obtain the doping level proceed as follows. We use the formula

1
q ( n n  p  p )
For n-type semiconductor n>>p, and hence
 1
nqn
Given:I  0.05 A
l  0.2 m
A  (0.01 m)2
V  1V
n  3900cm 2 / (V s)
 p  1900cm 2 / (V s)
Resistance of the Ge bar;
R
V
I
1V
0.05 A
 20MΩ

Therefore resistivity,
R
A
l
 20MΩ 
(0.01 m)2
0.2 m
 1cm
Again,  
or, n 
1
 e n
1
nen
Substituting the values, we get
1
1cm 1.6 10  3900cm 2 / (V s)
1

6.24 1016 cm3
 1.6 1015 cm3
ND  n 
19
Since at room temperature all the impurities are ionized and hence carrier
concentration n is equal to the doping density.
A Si semiconductor cube with side equal to 1 μm is doped with 4  1017 cm–3
phosphorous impurities. Calculate the drift current when a voltage of 5 V is applied across it.
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Solution
n  4  1017 cm 3
ni2 (1.08  1010 ) 2

 291.6
n
4  1017
n  1350 cm 2 /(V.s) and  p  480 cm 2 /(V.s)
p
E
V
5V

 5  104 V /cm
L 1m
A  1  m  1  m  108 cm 2
Since nn   p , we can write
I tot  qnn AE  0.0432 A
One side of pn junction is doped with pentavalent impurities which gives a net
doping of 5  1018 cm–3. Find the doping concentration to be added to the other side to get a
built‐in potential of 0.6 V at room temperature.
10
Solution
V0  VT ln
N A ND
ni2
N D  5  1018 cm 3 , VT  26 mV, ni  1.08  1010 cm 3 , V0  0.6 V
 N  5  1018 
0.6  0.026 ln  A
 N A  2.45  1011 cm 3
10 2 
 (1.08  10 ) 
The built‐in potential of an equally doped pn junction is 0.65 V at room temperature.
When the doping level in n‐side is doubled, keeping the doping of the p‐side unchanged,
calculate the new built‐in potential and the doping level in P and N region.
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Solution
V0  VT ln
N A ND
ni2
N A  N D , VT  26 mV, ni  1.08  1010 cm 3 , V0  0.65 V
 NA  NA 
0.65  0.026 ln 
 N A  2.89  1015 cm 3
10 2 
(1.08

10
)


 2  2.89  1015  2.89  1015 
V0  0.026 ln 
  0.668 V
(1.08  1010 ) 2


A silicon pn junction diode having ND = 1015 cm–3 and NA= 1017 cm–3 gives a total
depletion capacitance of 0.41 pF/m2. Determine the voltage applied across the diode.
12
Solution
V0  VT ln
C j0 
Cj 
NA ND
1015  1017

0.026
ln
 0.7144 V
(1.08  1010 ) 2
ni2
 si q N A N D
2 N A  ND

1
11.7  8.854  1014  1015  1017

 1.072  108 F/cm 2
2  (1015  1017 )  0.7144
V0
C j0
1
VR
V0
 C  2 
 1.072  108 
j0
 1  0.7144 
 4.167 V
VR  V0 

8 
 C j 

 0.41  10 


Two identical pn junction diodes are connected in series. Calculate the current
flowing through each diode when a forward bias of 1 V is applied across the series
combination. Assume the reverse saturation current is 1.44  10–17 A for each diode.
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Solution
.5
 VVF

 0.0026

17
T



I D  I S e  1  1.44  10  e
 1  3.23  10 9 A






Consider a pn junction in forward bias. Initially a current of 1 mA flows through it,
and the current increases by 10 times when the forward voltage is increased by 1.5 times.
Determine the initial bias applied and reverse saturation current.
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Solution
VF
I D  I S e VT
1 mA  I S e
VF
VT
10 mA  I S e
1.5VF
VT
VT
ln(100)  0.239 V
0.5
From Eq. (1), we get I S  107 A
VF 
(1)
(2)
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