This book is unique in describing the historical development of semiconductor devices and their applications to human needs. It describes these developments in human terms and can be enjoyed by students of physics, electrical engineering, and materials science as well as by a wide range of scientists from other disciplines.
1. Perspectives: The 'Information Age'; 2. The Cat's Whiskers: First applications, early days; 3. Minority Rule: The transistor, band structure; 4. Silicon, Silicon and Yet More Silicon; 5. The Compound Challenge: Light emitting devices, microwaves; 6. Low Dimensional Structures: Mesoscopic, electronic, optical devices; 7. Let There Be Light: Laser diodes; 8. Communicating with Light: Fibre optics, photodetectors; 9. Semiconductors in the Infra-Red: Quantum wells, superlattices and other modern wonders; 10. Polycrystalline and Amorphous Semiconductors: Solar cells, liquid crystal displays