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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.


(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


(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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Photoconductivity of germanium nanowire arrays incorporated in anodic aluminum oxide.
He covers critical indices of the metal-insulator transition, different types of hopping conductivity including nearest-neighbor hopping and variable-range hopping with and without the existence of a soft Coulomb gap at the Fermi level, hopping spectroscopy, nontrivial effects such as negative magneto-resistance and electron-electron interaction-assisted hopping, 1/f noise and electronic devices based on hopping conduction, and inter-impurity radiative recombination and hopping photoconductivity.
The photoconductivity of quinacridones has been reported in a few vapor deposited organic solar cells back in 1980s [14, 15].
The photoconductivity of selenium found its use in a photometer by Siemens, 1875, a photophone by Graham Bell, 1880, an optophone by Fourniere d'Albe, 1912 and then talking films in 1921 [61].
yields further improvements such as increased dielectric constant, photoconductivity and etc.
Taelea BM, Narayana H, Mukaro R (2008) Hopping photoconductivity and the effectiveness of phonon detection in GaAs:Zn bolometers.
Persistent and transient photoconductivity in oxygen-deficient La2/3Srl/3Mn03- o thin films.
Moss (1950) proposed a relation between these two properties using the general theory of photoconductivity which was based on photo effect studies.
Electron acceptors of the fluorene series are known for their ability to increase the photoconductivity of semi-conductive polymers and are widely used as sensitizers for hole transport materials and as electron transport materials.
Charge separation and transport in conjugated-polymer/semiconductor-nanocrystal composites studied by photoluminescence quenching and photoconductivity.