100 years of semiconductor science
The Ukrainian contribution
How old is semiconductor science? The answer is not obvious even for researchers who worked in this field for their whole life. Mankind has been dealing with semiconductors like silicon for centuries – although not with their electrical properties. The first electrical experiments with semiconductors were performed more than 200 years ago. However, the concept of semiconductors as a separate class of materials, between conductors and insulators, appeared rather late – in the first two decades of the 20th century.
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