what is the relationship between resistivity and semiconductor

We know that resistivity `rho=m/(e^2ngamma)` .

In a conductor, the value of n is large but almost constant with any change intemperature. However, with increasing temperature, the collision rate of electrons increase, and that causes `gamma` (mean time between collisions) to be smaller. That’s why resistivity increases with temperature in a conductor.

On the other hand, for a semiconductor, n is small but increases very fast, as the increased thermal agitation make more charge carriers available, and so resistivity decreases as temperature increases. Same as  a conductor, the `gamma`   value decreases as temperature goes up, but effect of increasing n is stronger then the decreasing in `gamma` , so the denominator in the formula is increasing, the whole formula has a decreasing value as temperature goes up, and  it makes sense that resistivity decreases as temperature increases in a seminconductor.

  • Subject : Science
  • Topic : Physics
  • Posted By : Jason
  • Created on : 03-07-2013

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