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I am currently doing research on semiconductor materials, so I need a very strong background in band theory to understand the literature. I am currently trying to understand the relationship between bonding-antibonding splitting and the formation of the band energy gap in solids. What are some good references on how bonding-antibonding splitting comes about, and what its implications are in the electronic structure of solids?

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There are numerous excellent reviews out, two that come to mind are:

R. Hoffmann in Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 26, 846

R. Hoffmann in Rev Mod Phys, 60, 601

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