degenerate semiconductor

degenerate semiconductor

[di′jen·ə·rət ′sem·i·kən‚dək·tər]
(solid-state physics)
A semiconductor in which the number of electrons in the conduction band approaches that of a metal.
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This is a typical behavior of a degenerate semiconductor, since the increased extrinsic majority carriers suppress the contribution of the minority carriers and hence increase the onset temperature of intrinsic conduction.
In principle, the reduced [m.sup.*] enables the energetic movement of charge carriers in the highly degenerate semiconductors, resulting in the decrease of S.