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Do III-V based photovoltaics “glow” (photo-luminesce) when illuminated but not loaded?

In this nice answer I learned that when the silicon photovoltaics cells on the International Space Station are exposed to the sun, they tend to be cooler when electrically loaded than when no current ...
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Energy-band diagrams of heterojunctions

I'm studying heterojunctions and I'm struggling with drawing their energy-band diagrams. I've been looking for books or something to look up how the diagrams can turn out to be with different types of ...
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Proper definition of the Wannier function

I am studying the construction of the Wannier functions for 1D system with periodic boundary conditions and my reasoning seems to be a little bit different from what I can find in textbooks. First ...
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Why does a higher gate voltage increase electron density + mobility in a 2DEG?

I have a question concerning a 2DEG created in a n-AlGaAs / GaAs heterostructure: If the n-doped AlGaAs is on the left side and the GaAs on the right side, the following band structure will appear: ...
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What is the physical meaning of an electronic system evolving adiabatically through a closed path?

I am trying to understand Physics behind the Weyl Fermion in Condensed Matter Systems. Electrons show Weyl fermionic behaviour in the vicinity of so called 'Diabolical Points' in the band structure. ...
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Why are magnetic quantum numbers assigned like they are assigned in the paper on WS2 monolayers?

Now I'm reading the following paper: Sie, E.J., et al., 2015. Valley-Selective Optical Stark Effect in Monolayer WS2. ‎Nat. Mater., 14, 290-294 And they assigned magnetic quantum number to valence ...
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how do electrons in 2 separate atoms change its energy level when atoms come close together to form molecule?

The question is just as the title. It's said that electron must receive a specific amount of energy in order to go or drop to another energy level. So how can electrons of separate atoms which have ...
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Energy-band diagram of forward-biased pn junction

When a p-n junction is forward biased then its energy-band diagram looks like this: What would happen if $V_a>V_{bi}$? ($V_{bi}$ is the built-in potential and $V_a$ is the externally applied ...
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Why are the $d$- or $f$-orbitals considered localised?

Why is it said that the $d$ and $f$ orbitals are localized and the on-site electron correlations could be important? How should one understand this in the context of solid-state physics?
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Projected band structure plot - orbital characteristics plotted vs the K values?

I'm not understanding what is it that I have to plot for obtaining the orbital characteristics of a band in the band structure diagram. Usually we plot the energy eigenvalues for a given k point. ...
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Where can I learn about band theory?

I'm studying quantum mechanics and I want to understand perfectly where the bands of the electronic sturcture come from. I've read that it is related with the periodic potential, Bloch waves and ...
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Why is there a band gap in semiconductors but no band gap in conductors?

At this point, I understand that at least one fundamental difference between conductors and semiconductors is that in conductors, there is typically no band gap because the valence band and ...
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What is it about the “conduction band” of a material that is distinct from the valence band?

I'm taking a course in nanotech and we're discussing nanoelectronics. This has led to a discussion of conductors, semiconductors, and insulators. I have a number of lovely diagrams explaining the fact ...
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How to determine the Fermi energy in Schottky barrier FET(SB-FET) channel?

The structure of Schottky Barrier FET(SB-FET) is almost the same with MOSFET. The difference between SBFET and MOSFET is the contacts change from Ohmic contacts to Schottky contacts. I know the way ...
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Number of electrons in conduction band

As mentioned in a previous question, the number of electrons in conduction band in a semiconductor can be computed as follows: $$N = \int_{E_c}^{+\infty} g_c(E)f(E)dE$$ where $g_c(E)$ is the density ...
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Third Brillouin zone for a quadratic 2D lattice

As far as I understand, the construction of Brillouin zones stems from the relation $$ 2 \vec{k}\cdot \vec{G} +G^2 = 0$$, where k is the wave vector and and G is the reciprocal lattice vector. This ...
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Effective masses for different direction

Assume we have an indirect semiconductor where the effective mass becomes anisotropic in different directions. Usually, one talks about a mass in parallel and perpendicular direction referring to ...
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Out-of-plane electronic band structure for 2D materials?

There's been much recent interest in 2D materials since they can form monolayer-thick films. Since their crystal structure is periodic along the in-plane directions, the electronic band structure ...
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What is the physics behind “Bulk-edge correspondence”?

There is a frequently mentioned concept in the field of topological insulator called "bulk-edge correspondence" or "bulk-boundary correspondence", which basically gives the relationship between the ...
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Do energy levels such as $E_c$, $E_v$ have negative values in semiconductors?

In energy band diagram of a semiconductor, do energy levels such as $E_c$, $E_v$ have negative values? Also, why electrons in semiconductor have energy? What is the formula for energy of an ...
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The d-orbital splittings in WS2 monolayer

According to this paper (and many others), the formely degenerate $d$ orbitals of the tungsten atoms in the $WS_2$ monolayer are split into three groups: (1) $d_{z^2}$, (2) $d_{x^2-y^2}, d_{xy}$ and (...
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Bands in semiconductors: $E$ vs. $k$ diagram

I always thought that in a semiconductor there was one gap, one conduction band and one valence band. However, reading a book I came across this picture And now I'm very confused. Apparently there ...
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Tight binding Hamiltonian in the k-space

I want to find the band structure of this 2 dimensional lattice which isn't completely flat: Using a tight binding model.And take unit cells as they are shown in the figure. And assuming that each ...
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Electronic or excitonic band structure?

Usually, in the papers the electronic band structure for monolayers $WS_2$ is something like in the figure below: As you can see the direct bandgap is around ~2.0 eV. When we excite electrons at the ...
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Why are numbers not consistent? (Identifying phonon's frequency)

I am trying to connect several facts between each other to acquire a consistent picture. Fact 1. Monolayers of tungsten disulphide $WS_2$ have hexagonal crystal lattice, and the first Brillouin zone ...
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How does bilayer 2d materials break inversion symmetry and how does it lead to a bandgap?

Some (?) monolayer 2d materials have inversion symmetry, however bilayer materials don't (?). This opens up a bandgap in bilayer graphene. 1) How does bilayer break inversion symmetry? In which cases ...
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What is the shape of a band electron in momentum space?

Band electrons occupy adjacent sharply defined momentum states that in xyz space take the form of a spectrum of wave functions. These wave functions span the entire xyz volume of any compact unit of ...
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How Periodic Boundary Condition (PBC) is related to Band Structure of Quantum Dot?

I am reading about relationship between different lattices and their band structures.I have few questions about them: Q 1. Is is possible to find out band structure of a quantum dot (which is a ...
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Conduction bands and Valence Bands, so do electrons really exist in Conduction bands?

My understanding is that conduction bands are energy bands created from the electrons in the valence shells/bands absorbing energy to jump to the next level (is this true)? Now, do the conduction ...
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How should I interpret the x-axis of an electronic band structure diagram ? Is it the direction an electron is moving?

Recently I've come in contact with electronic structure diagrams for my thesis and I have some difficulties getting an intuitive interpretation of reading these diagrams. What I think is happening: ...
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Notations for high symmetry points in the 1st Brillouin zone

I am trying to understand how I should interpret the letters like Г,K,M,T etc., that are usually there in the electronic band structure diagrams. So, let's assume we have graphene with its hexagonal ...
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Relationship between energy bands, DOS and magnetic ordering

I'm struggling to understand whether we can tell if a system will have magnetic ordering (e.g. antiferromagnetic) based on the aspect of an energy bands plot or/and the form of the DOS. My thought ...
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Photoemission to measure band gaps?

Photoemission works by conservation of energy: $$\bar{h}\omega = E_{kin} + E_i + \phi$$, where $\bar{h}\omega$ is the incident photon, $E_{kin}$ is the measured kinetic energy of the ejected ...
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what is the effect of temperature on the resistance of a photoconductor?

As we know, for a photo conductor resistance tends to decrease with increase in irradiance, but with greater irradiance comes greater temperature. Also we know, photo conductors are semiconductors,...
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Momentum operator in effective mass approximation

When we calculate the band structure of some solid then we often find that in the bottom of the conduction band the dispersion looks approximately quadratic with some new effective mass: $$E(k) = \...
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Why according to Hund's first rule all electron with same spin should occupy orbitals when partially filling?

I get that because of coulomb repulsion initially all the electrons will not occupy the same site but will single occupy the orbitals.But while doing so how do they know to keep their spins aligned ...
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Effect symmetry on points in momentum space

I have to study some material for a condensed matter physics course and cam across a passage that I don't understand. "In momentum space time reversal symmetry and particle hole symmetry only have ...
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effect of inversion symmetry on the bandstructure

I have a very general question, but I hope that someone can answer it. Can someone describe what the effect of inversion symmetry is on the bandstructure. (Or is there not a general effect?). ...
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Energies in Band Alignments

There is something that I would like to confirm regarding the energy when aligning the bands of heterostructures. There seems to be a general consensus that there is no simple rule to align two ...
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Are there measurable quantities which directly depends on the Fermi velocity?

The dispersion relation of electrons in, for example, graphene exhibits Dirac cones. The dispersion relation of a Dirac point at $\mathbf{k}=\mathbf{K}$ is linear in the momentum magnitude: $$E=\pm ...
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Why singlet and triplet states are not mentioned when dealing with inorganic semiconductors or other heavy materials?

Singlet and triplet states get attention in organic materials (fluorescence, phosphorescence, upconversion). Why singlet/triplet states are never mentioned in the context of inorganic semiconductors, ...
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How does electrical current affect electronic band density?

When sending a current through a conductor, electrons in the valence band gain energy. What does that mean concretely? Are electrons excited uniformly, i.e. all electrons in the valence band gain ...
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Electronic Transport not covered by Bandstructure in Solid State Physics

From what I have read, most of the electronic transport phenomena in solids state physics seems to able to be determined with the bandstructure. Schottky Barriers, bandgaps, band discontinuities can ...
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Are Dirac points the norm for 2D band structure?

I've been doing simulations of band structure for 2D optical lattices, and something I've noticed is that, for sufficiently shallow lattices, there are typically points on the edge of the first ...
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Tight-binding model parameters fitting from ab-initio calculation results

Or the problem can be rephrased as: How to extract the tight-binding parameters from first principle calculations? I have searched some articles but all of them just give vague descriptions when ...
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Metallic and Semiconducting Nanotubes, symmetry discussion

I'm interested in band gaps of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs). I know that there are three kinds of SWNTs: Zigzag : $(n,0)$ Armchair : $(n,n)$ Chiral : $(n,m)$ Electical properties of ...
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Can the electron go below ground state due to the Zeeman effect?

I've read that the Zeeman effect can cause a single allowed energy level to split into two, one of which is higher in energy by some value \Delta E'. The other level is shifted down by the same amount....
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Could Hamiltonian near band touching point be non-linear?

We all know the Hamiltonian of weyl semimetal is +/- $\vec k\cdot \vec \sigma$, thus give the +/- 1 total flux of each weyl point. And in the band structure of real materials, if the perturbation ...
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Obtaining a Positive Hall Coefficient for Electrons Near the Top of a Valence Band

Using a Drude model of charge carriers with a charge $q$ and a mass $m$ (which I allow to take either sign at this stage) in a sample with an applied electric field $\mathbf{E}$ and magnetic field $\...
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What is invalidated when turning on many body interactions in a crystal?

I have just started to think about strongly interacting particles and Fermi liquid theory, and I have two questions. For non interacting particles moving in an potential field, we know that the ...