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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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Nearly Free Electron Model and the Reduced Zone Scheme

When for example studying the vibrational modes of a one dimensional diatomic chain we find that the dispersion relation $\omega(k)$ is periodic in the one dimensional reciprocal lattice vector ...
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Which is the best DFT functional for band gap calculation?

Density Functional Theory (DFT) does not predict the correct band gap (E$_{g})$ of the materials. Which exchange and correlation functional predicts the E$_{g}$ value exactly? What about the ...
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electron blocking layer and hole blocking layer

What is basically an electron blocking layer and a hole blocking layer in contrast to an electron transport layer or a hole transport layer? In terms of the bandgap, I think if the case is one of a ...
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Single particle approximation for a conduction band electron?

I have a problem which on some levels appears very simple, but others quite complex so I thought I'd ask here to make sure I am on the right track before going ahead any further I have a 3D potential ...
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Derivation of existence of energy band gap in semiconductor (solid State)

I am looking for both a mathematical and a physical reason for energy band gap in metals. For Physical reason, I was told that at each reciprocal lattice, you could have Bragg scattering, that would ...
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What is the secondary electron cutoff in ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy?

While the fasted emitted electrons comes from the fermi level of the material in UPS measurement, where does the slowest, which is called secondary electron cut-off orginate from? I really can't ...
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Can a perfect insulator, i.e. matter devoid of all electrons conduct electricity?

Few weeks ago an article on Nautilus was published on Neutron stars. After reading that, a question was asked by a friend of mine. He asked if matter in neutron star would be able to transfer ...
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Hartree-Fock correction to $e$-$e$ interaction

The corrections to the energy per electron in a jellium model (uniform distribution of positive ion charge approximation to the regulated long range order ionic array) is given by (in units of Ry) ...
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Why are reciprocal lattice vector periodic, and time-frequency not?

k-space vectors are related to each other by $k=k'+G$, where $G$ is the reciprocal lattice vector $G=2\pi/a$. This means that the frequency of oscillation in real space of a plane wave $e^{ikx}$ is ...
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Basic question about valence/conduction bands

In most introductions to solid state physics that I've read, they explain the origin, basically, of the band gap as follows: By doing a superposition of the standing waves inside a BZ, one can find ...
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Why for each electron – hole recombination, an electron from the negative terminal of the battery is released

Why for each electron – hole recombination, an electron from the negative terminal of the battery enters the N-region and then drifts towards the junction?
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Does momentum space have a speed limit?

In ordinary $xyz$ space, the maximum velocity of propagation for mass-energy and/or information is $c$. So, my question: Is there also a maximum velocity of propagation in momentum ${p_x}{p_y}{p_z}$ ...
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Why is diamond transparent while graphite is not?

Diamond and graphite are both made of the same atom, carbon. Diamond has a tetrahedron structure while graphite has a flat hexagonal structure. Why is diamond transparent while graphite is not (at ...
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Magnitude of the band gap

In Kittels book on solid state physics (Introduction to solid state physics, p. 167, 8th ed.), he defines the band gap energy $E_g$ as $E_g = \int_0^1 U(x) [|\psi (+)|^2 - |\psi (-)|^2]$ where ...
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DOS integral when surface is not closed

According to the density of states (DOS) formula $$\rho(\varepsilon)\propto \int_{\varepsilon=\text{const}}\frac{dS}{|\nabla_k \varepsilon_k|}$$ Since there is an integral on the constant energy ...
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Band gap origin

Many introductory books on solid state physics use images that I find confusing. For instance, one picture I see alot when reading about the band gap, is similar to this one: I understand that the ...
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Why do we have heavy and light hole bands in semiconductors?

On the topic of the valence band of a semiconductor (in this example GaAS), it is the case that the valence band has some structure to it. As shown in the illustration below, we see that at the ...
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Relation between energy bands and Brillouin zones

In almost every book about solid state theory, electrons in a periodic potential are introduced and calculations for the dispersion relation $E(k)$ are presented. One obtains the usual pictures in ...
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What does it mean that an electron-hole pair is the fundamental unit of generation?

I wasn't certain to post this in chemistry or physics section. I was reading the wikipedia article on "Carrier generation and recombination" and in the second paragraph it says something that I ...
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Translating Electronic Bands back to first Brilluoin Zone

For phonons, I understand why we can translate everything back into the first Brillouin Zone: there is a minimum wavelength defined by two lattice sites. For electrons, which are delocalized, I see ...
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In a positively biased PN junction, where do the injection carriers come from?

I am not quite understand i-v character of PN-junction diode. Here is the model in textbook. The PN junction diode can be divided into three regions. They are One depletion region near the PN ...
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Fermi level and conductivity

Can someone in a simple way explain me what the Fermi level is and what does it have to do with conductivity. My teacher said that Cu conducts electric current better than Al because of something in ...
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Valence band and conduction band, trying to get a clear picture!

I am trying to get a clear picture of the valence band, conduction band, and the band gap. Now I've been researching it for a little while now and understand most of what's going on. I'm still a ...