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why Si is used widely as smiconductor materials other than Ge,Sn?
(not considering cost and abundance)

Answer
Silicon is used because it has the best electrical properties.  Germanium  has too much leakage and is too temperature dependent.

Here is a really good tutorial on the subject:

http://www.faculty.umb.edu/greg_sun/courses/phys621/lecture/chapter2.pdf

Hope this helps.  

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