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Giancoli's Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th Edition
Molecules and Solids
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29-1 to 29-3: Molecular Bonds
29-4: Molecular Spectra
29-5: Bonding in Solids
29-7: Band Theory of Solids
29-8: Semiconductors and Doping
29-9: Diodes
29-10: Transistors

Question by Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th Ed., ©2014, Reprinted by permission of Pearson Education Inc., New York.
Problem 20

The band gap of silicon is 1.12 eV.

  1. For what range of wavelengths will silicon be transparent? (See Example 29–5.) In what region of the electromagnetic spectrum does this transparent range begin?
  2. If window glass is transparent for all visible wavelengths, what is the minimum possible band gap value for glass (assume λ\lambda = 400 nm to 700 nm)? [Hint: If the photon has less energy than the band gap, the photon will pass through the solid without being absorbed.]
  1. λ>1.1  μm, infrared\lambda > 1.1 \; \mu \textrm{m, infrared}
  2. 3.1 eV3.1 \textrm{ eV}
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