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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the field of power semiconductors, ubiquitous devices that play an ever more important role in technology and in our lives. After a careful introduction to the fundamentals of semiconductor physics and a discussion of the pn-junction, the most commonly used power devices are discussed in detail (the pin-diode, the thyristor, the GTO and GCT, the power MOSFET, and the IGBT). The components are explained both in terms of their detailed behavior under a wide range of operating conditions and their relative strengths and weaknesses in power electronics applications. Selecting a suitable power semiconductor component for a targeted application is often a delicate task. This book provides an objective basis with which such decisions can be made to assure maximum performance, high reliability, and minimum cost. Written by one of the recognized experts in the field, the book includes both the basic foundations to be used in undergraduate and graduate level courses, as well as an insight into power semiconductors that professional electrical engineers will find extremely useful.


  • Preface and Introduction
  • Fundamentals of Semiconductor physics
  • The PN junction
  • The PIN diode
  • The bipolar transistor
  • The thyristor
  • The GTO and GCT/IGCT
  • The power MOSFET
  • The IGBT
  • References and additional reading
  • List of symboles
  • Constants Units
  • Unit prefixes
  • Writing conventions
  • Circuit symbols in electricial engineering
  • Material properties at 300 K
  • Acronyms Index.


Publisher: EPFL Press English Imprint

Author(s): Stefan Linder

Collection: Electrical engineering

Published: 11 april 2006

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 268

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Weight (in grammes): 627

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782940222094

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