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Dear Prof Steve

Can Gallium Arsenide replace Silicon, Germanium and Carbon as semiconductors in the future?.

Thanks
Prashant

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Hello Prashant,

Perhaps. Gallium Arsenide does have features that are advantageous in electronics. It also has features that are disadvantageous. Taking advantage of the positive features requires managing the negative features. Gallium Arsenide has already been used in applications that need one or more of the positive features of Gallium Arsenide, such as operation at higher speed.

See these sites:
http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/9894/title/Gallium-Arsenid
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallium_arsenide
In the future, better techniques of managing its negative features will likely be found.

I hope this helps,
Steve

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