Semiconductors articles from across Nature Portfolio

Semiconductors are materials that have a small electronic bandgap. This bandgap prevents current from flowing at absolute zero, but thermally excited charge carriers can begin to flow at higher temperatures. Semiconductors, notably silicon, are at the heart of the modern microelectronics industry, and also have applications in light sources and detectors.

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    An optical spectroscopy approach unravels different layer-dependent correlated electron phases in a two-dimensional semiconductor heterobilayer.

    • Mauro Brotons-Gisbert
    •  & Brian D. Gerardot
    Nature Materials 22, 534-535
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    High-Tc superconducting nanowire detectors can detect single photons of telecom wavelengths at a temperature of 25 K and may enable applications in quantum sensing and quantum information processing.

    • Jin Chang
    •  & Iman Esmaeil Zadeh
    Nature Nanotechnology 18, 322-323
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    Despite its technological importance, there remain gaps in our understanding of silicon’s electronic behaviour, especially at low temperatures. Measurements close to a metal–insulator transition show signs of a collective many-body quantum state.

    • Mark Lee
    Nature Physics 19, 614-615
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    Transforming atomically thin materials by their magnetic neighbours reveals a surprising asymmetry that allows a versatile control of the valley degrees of freedom and band topology in van der Waals heterostructures.

    • Tong Zhou
    •  & Igor Žutić
    Nature Materials 22, 284-285