gallium arsenide


: a synthetic compound GaAs used especially as a semiconducting material

Examples of gallium arsenide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bob Willett of Nokia Bell Labs has probably come the closest in his attempts to corral electrons in gallium arsenide, where promising but subtle signs of braiding exist. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 9 May 2023 LEDs previously had been made of gallium arsenide. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Sep. 2022 Physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, for instance, are testing liquid helium and gallium arsenide as detectors of lighter forms of dark matter. Korey Haynes, Discover Magazine, 14 June 2019 Today, such circuitry is largely made from GaAs (gallium arsenide), though GaAs offers nowhere near the same electron mobility [PC World] . Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2010 Physicist Tony Kent and his colleagues at the University of Nottingham in England managed to create such an amplifier from a thin, layered lattice made of two semiconductors, gallium arsenide and aluminum arsenide. Laurie Rich, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2010 In gallium arsenide, Wu’s theoretical research showed, very few properties of the reemitted light have to be known for a mathematical reconstruction of Bloch wave functions. Karmela Padavic-Callaghan, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2021 To make it to that next level, the team used two lasers and the semiconductor material gallium arsenide. Karmela Padavic-Callaghan, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2021 Gallium nitride, for example, emits blue light, whereas gallium arsenide emits red. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 2 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gallium arsenide was circa 1961

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