I found that people often measure "electrical conductivity", but some may say "electronic conductivity". Can anyone explain the terms "electrical" and "electronic" in the context of conductivity?
Electric conductivity can be created by particles other than electrons (like ions in solution), or by electrons moving in some more sophisticated way than straightforward (hole conductivity in semiconductors). Electronic conductivity is a conductivity created by electrons and can be compared with other kinds of conductivity.
Electrical or electronic conductivity could refer to the device that is conducting.
- Electrical devices have electrical conductivity.
- Electronic devices have electronic conductivity.
A good generic definition for electrical vs electronic devices cannot be given.
Traditionally, electrical devices are for handling electric power whereas electronic devices are for handling information/data. This definition is not holding up for, for example PV convertors or SMPS's.
Electrical devices are mostly mechanical. For example: wire, switches, and relays. Electronic devices are made of semiconductors.