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This webpage contains an interactive simulation that is a schematic illustration of conduction in semiconductors. Users can create doped semiconductors and PN junctions and explore their behavior as a function of applied voltage. The simulation gives a representation of how the electron population created by doping results in physical properties of semiconductor devices.

This page also contains sample learning goals as well as a teacher's guide for use with the simulation.

This simulation is part of a large and growing collection. It has been designed using principles from physics education research and refined based on student interviews.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Semiconductors and Tubes
= Diodes
= Semiconductors
General Physics
- Properties of Matter
Modern Physics
- Condensed Matter
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2005 PHET and University of Colorado
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PN junction, band gap, diode, doping, n-type, p-type, semiconductor
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created October 2, 2006 by Gifford Weber
Record Updated:
August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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August 11, 2006
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PhET Simulation: Semiconductors. (2006, August 11). Retrieved July 25, 2024, from PhET:
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PhET. PhET Simulation: Semiconductors. Boulder: PhET, August 11, 2006. (accessed 25 July 2024).
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