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n. pl. pho·to·con·duc·tiv·i·ties
Electrical conductivity affected by exposure to light.

pho′to·con·duc′tion n.
pho′to·con·duc′tive adj.
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(General Physics) the change in the electrical conductivity of certain substances, such as selenium, as a result of the absorption of electromagnetic radiation
photoconductive adj
ˌphotoconˈductor n
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(ˌfoʊ toʊˌkɒn dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti)

the increase in the electrical conductivity of a substance, caused by the absorption of electromagnetic radiation.
pho`to•con•duc′tive (-kənˈdʌk tɪv) adj.
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Noun1.photoconductivity - change in the electrical conductivity of a substance as a result of absorbing electromagnetic radiation
electrical conduction - the passage of electricity through a conductor
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The BiFeO3/LaAlO3 film also exhibited some interesting photoelectric effects, such as persistent photoconductivity (improved electrical conductivity).
Experiments revealed that ZnO films printed by aerosol jet and inkjet techniques exhibited five orders of magnitude photoconductivity, indicating that such films are viable options for use in flexible photodetectors.
Once the free carrier distribution inside the wafer is determined, the corresponding photoconductivity profile can be calculated using:
Mott, "Conduction in non-crystalline systems conductivity, optical absorption and photoconductivity in amorphous semiconductors," Philosophical Magazine, vol.
This result is in qualitative agreement with the data of other papers on the UV photoconductivity of zinc oxide and related materials like doped ZnO [2, 3, 5-7].
Du, "Photochemical doping of graphene oxide thin film with nitrogen for photoconductivity enhancement," Carbon, vol.
Furthermore, [In.sub.2][S.sub.3] shows property of high photosensitivity and photoconductivity, stable chemical and physical characteristics, and low toxicity; it has great potential for visible-light-driven photodegradation of pollutants [9,10].
Hence, CdS thin films have become an important material for their use as window layers in the fabrication of thin-film solar cells because of the presence of suitable photoconductivity, high optical transmittance in the visible and infrared regions, and compact and uniform morphology to avoid short circuit effects [4].
Farahani, "The influence of hydrazine hydrate on the photoconductivity of PbS thin film," Materials Science and Engineering: B, vol.
Photoconductivity of germanium nanowire arrays incorporated in anodic aluminum oxide.