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[foh-toh-kon-duhk-tiv-i-tee] /ˌfoʊ toʊˌkɒn dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/
noun, Physics.
the increase in the electrical conductivity of a substance, often nonmetallic, caused by the absorption of electromagnetic radiation.
1925-30; photo- + conductivity Unabridged
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  • Finally, wavelength tuning is also useful in identifying impurity-activated photoconductivity in semiconducting materials.
  • Luminescence and photoconductivity of cerium compounds.
British Dictionary definitions for photoconductivity


the change in the electrical conductivity of certain substances, such as selenium, as a result of the absorption of electromagnetic radiation
Derived Forms
photoconductive (ˌfəʊtəʊkənˈdʌktɪv) adjective
photoconductor, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for photoconductivity

the increase in the electrical conductivity of semiconductors and insulators when they are exposed to light of sufficient energy. Photoconductivity serves as a tool to understand the internal processes in these materials, and it is also widely used to detect the presence of light and measure its intensity in light-sensitive devices.

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