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March 12, 1925|
|Alma mater||University of Tokyo|
|Known for||electron tunneling, Esaki diode|
Stuart Ballantine Medal (1961)|
Nobel Prize in Physics (1973)
IEEE Medal of Honor
He is known for his invention of the Esaki diode, which exploited that phenomenon. This research was done when he was with Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (now known as Sony). He has also contributed in being a pioneer of the semiconductor superlattice while he was with IBM.
- Esaki, L.; Tsu, R. (1970). "Superlattice and Negative Differential Conductivity in Semiconductors". IBM Journal of Research and Development 14: 61. .
- Esaki, Leo, "Long Journey into Tunneling," Nobel Lecture, Dec 12, 1973.
- Leo Esaki – Biography. Retrieved Aug. 5, 2003 from http://www.nobel.se/physics/laureates/1973/esaki-bio.html
- IBM record
- IEEE History Center – Leo Esaki. Retrieved Jul. 19, 2011 from http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Leo_Esaki
- Sony History – The Esaki Diode. Retrieved Aug. 5, 2003 from http://www.sony.net/Fun/SH/1-7/h5.html
- Freeview video 'An Interview with Leo Esaki' by the Vega Science Trust