|A vague discomfort at the thought of the chemical potential
is still characteristic of a physics education.
This intellectual gap is is due to the obscurity
of the writings of J. Willard Gibbs who
discovered and understood the matter 100 years ago.
|C. Kittel; Preface to his book: Introduction to Solid State Physics|
|This module is registered in the "basic" part of the Semiconductor course, beause the chemical potential belongs to basic thermodynamics. However, people with a mostly physical background (like me) may often have learned exciting things like Bose-Einstein condensations and the Liouville theorem in their thermodynamics courses, but not overly much about chemical potentials and chemical equilibrium.|
|If you want to refresh your memory; the link will take you to the "Defects in Crystals" Hyperscript which contains in its "Advanced" part a detailed discussion of the chemical potential.|
2.1.1 Essentials of the Free Electron Gas
2.2.4 Simple Junctions and Devices
Alternative Derivation of the Einstein Relation
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