Holes in Conductor

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by trailblazer, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. trailblazer

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    Oct 5, 2009
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    Hi,

    Can holes exist in Conductors.
    Is there a possibility of hole current in conductors.
     
  2. Ratch

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    trailblazer,

    Not a chance in <snip>. A good conductor like a metal wire has a sea of loosely bound free moving electrons that will immediately fill the hole faster than you can comprehend the action. Only in semiconductors, where the crystalline structure of the silicon binds the electrons, and very small amounts of dopants can cause a deficiency of electrons to form holes, is it possible for them to exist. Any good book on semiconductors will show this.

    Ratch
     
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  3. studiot

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    A hole is just a slang term for an unfilled energy level or quantum state.

    You won't find any of these in a conductor.
     
  4. Wendy

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    Swiss copper anyone? :D

    Just remember, questions are good. Welcome aboard trailblazer.
     
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