Semiconductor resonator solitons above band gap
Taranenko, V. B.; Weiss, C. O.; Stolz, W.
2001-01-01
We show experimentally the existence of bright and dark spatial solitons in semiconductor resonators for excitation above the band gap energy. These solitons can be switched on, both spontaneously and with address pulses, without the thermal delay found for solitons below the band gap which is unfavorable for applications. The differences between soliton properties above and below gap energy are discussed.
Wide band gap semiconductor templates
Arendt, Paul N. (Los Alamos, NM); Stan, Liliana (Los Alamos, NM); Jia, Quanxi (Los Alamos, NM); DePaula, Raymond F. (Santa Fe, NM); Usov, Igor O. (Los Alamos, NM)
2010-12-14
The present invention relates to a thin film structure based on an epitaxial (111)-oriented rare earth-Group IVB oxide on the cubic (001) MgO terminated surface and the ion-beam-assisted deposition ("IBAD") techniques that are amendable to be over coated by semiconductors with hexagonal crystal structures. The IBAD magnesium oxide ("MgO") technology, in conjunction with certain template materials, is used to fabricate the desired thin film array. Similarly, IBAD MgO with appropriate template layers can be used for semiconductors with cubic type crystal structures.
Proceedings of wide band gap semiconductors
This book contains the proceedings of wide band gap semiconductors. Wide band gap semiconductors are under intense study because of their potential applications in photonic devices in the visible and ultraviolet part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and devices for high temperature, high frequency and high power electronics. Additionally, due to their unique mechanical, thermal, optical, chemical, and electronic properties many wide band gap semiconductors are anticipated to find applications in thermoelectric, electrooptic, piezoelectric and acoustooptic devices as well as protective coatings, hard coatings and heat sinks. Material systems covered in this symposium include diamond, II-VI compounds, III-V nitrides, silicon carbide, boron compounds, amorphous and microcrystalline semiconductors, chalcopyrites, oxides and halides. The various papers addressed recent experimental and theoretical developments. They covered issues related to crystal growth (bulk and thin films), structure and microstructure, defects, doping, optoelectronic properties and device applications. A theoretical session was dedicated to identifying common themes in the heteroepitaxy and the role of defects in doping, compensation and phase stability of this unique class of materials. Important experimental milestones included the demonstrations of bright blue injection luminescence at room temperatures from junctions based on III-V nitrides and a similar result from multiple quantum wells in a ZnSe double heterojunction at liquid nitrogen temperatures
Band-gap engineering at a semiconductor - crystalline oxide interface
Moghadam, J.; Ahmadi-Majlan, K.; Shen, X; Droubay, T.; Bowden, M; Chrysler, M.; Su, D.; Chambers, S. A.; Ngai, J. H.
2014-01-01
The epitaxial growth of crystalline oxides on semiconductors provides a pathway to introduce new functionalities to semiconductor devices. Key to electrically coupling crystalline oxides with semiconductors to realize functional behavior is controlling the manner in which their bands align at interfaces. Here we apply principles of band gap engineering traditionally used at heterojunctions between conventional semiconductors to control the band offset between a single crystalline oxide and a ...
Limitations to band gap tuning in nitride semiconductor alloys
Gorczyca, I.; Suski, T.; Christensen, Niels Egede;
2010-01-01
Relations between the band gaps of nitride alloys and their lattice parameters are presented and limits to tuning of the fundamental gap in nitride semiconductors are set by combining a large number of experimental data with ab initio theoretical calculations. Large band gap bowings obtained...
Optical band gaps of organic semiconductor materials
Costa, José C. S.; Taveira, Ricardo J. S.; Lima, Carlos F. R. A. C.; Mendes, Adélio; Santos, Luís M. N. B. F.
2016-08-01
UV-Vis can be used as an easy and forthright technique to accurately estimate the band gap energy of organic π-conjugated materials, widely used as thin films/composites in organic and hybrid electronic devices such as OLEDs, OPVs and OFETs. The electronic and optical properties, including HOMO-LUMO energy gaps of π-conjugated systems were evaluated by UV-Vis spectroscopy in CHCl3 solution for a large number of relevant π-conjugated systems: tris-8-hydroxyquinolinatos (Alq3, Gaq3, Inq3, Al(qNO2)3, Al(qCl)3, Al(qBr)3, In(qNO2)3, In(qCl)3 and In(qBr)3); triphenylamine derivatives (DDP, p-TTP, TPB, TPD, TDAB, m-MTDAB, NPB, α-NPD); oligoacenes (naphthalene, anthracene, tetracene and rubrene); oligothiophenes (α-2T, β-2T, α-3T, β-3T, α-4T and α-5T). Additionally, some electronic properties were also explored by quantum chemical calculations. The experimental UV-Vis data are in accordance with the DFT predictions and indicate that the band gap energies of the OSCs dissolved in CHCl3 solution are consistent with the values presented for thin films.
II-VI wide band gap semiconductors under hydrostatic pressure
We set an analytical expression for the gap as a function of hydrostatic deformation, Eg(ε), by diagonalizing in Γ the corresponding Empirical Tight-binding Hamiltonian (ETBH). In our ETBH we use the well known d-2 Harrison Scaling Law (HSL) to adjust the TB parameter (TBP) to the changes in interatomic distances. We do not consider cation-anion charge transfer. We calculate Eg(ε) for wide band gap II-VI semiconductors with zincblende crystal structure for deformations under pressure up to -5%. Our results are in quite good agreement with experiment for the compounds of lower ionicity but deviate as the ionicity of the compound increases. This is due to the neglect of charge transfer which should be included self-consistently as done, for example, by Bertho et al. starting from an Empirical Tight-binding description of the bands similar as the one presented here. They sometimes get nevertheless a negative second derivative of Eg(ε) with respect to ε which is never gotten in the experiments. Within our approximation we always find a positive sing independently of the material. It seems that the procedure in which self-consistency is achieved is the source of this wrong sign. Furthermore, the inclusion of deviations from HSL appear to be unimportant to this problem. (author). 15 refs, 4 figs, 2 tabs
Strain sensitivity of band gaps of Sn-containing semiconductors
Li, Hong; Castelli, Ivano Eligio; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer;
2015-01-01
functional theory and many-body perturbation theory calculations. We find that the band gaps of bulk Sn oxides with SnO6 octahedra are highly sensitive to volumetric strain. By applying a small isotropic strain of 2% (-2%), a decrease (increase) of band gaps as large as 0.8 to 1.0 eV are obtained. We...
Continuously Controlled Optical Band Gap in Oxide Semiconductor Thin Films.
Herklotz, Andreas; Rus, Stefania Florina; Ward, Thomas Zac
2016-03-01
The optical band gap of the prototypical semiconducting oxide SnO2 is shown to be continuously controlled through single axis lattice expansion of nanometric films induced by low-energy helium implantation. While traditional epitaxy-induced strain results in Poisson driven multidirectional lattice changes shown to only allow discrete increases in bandgap, we find that a downward shift in the band gap can be linearly dictated as a function of out-of-plane lattice expansion. Our experimental observations closely match density functional theory that demonstrates that uniaxial strain provides a fundamentally different effect on the band structure than traditional epitaxy-induced multiaxes strain effects. Charge density calculations further support these findings and provide evidence that uniaxial strain can be used to drive orbital hybridization inaccessible with traditional strain engineering techniques. PMID:26836282
Inter-band optoelectronic properties in quantum dot structure of low band gap III-V semiconductors
A generalized theory is developed to study inter-band optical absorption coefficient (IOAC) and material gain (MG) in quantum dot structures of narrow gap III-V compound semiconductor considering the wave-vector (k→) dependence of the optical transition matrix element. The band structures of these low band gap semiconducting materials with sufficiently separated split-off valance band are frequently described by the three energy band model of Kane. This has been adopted for analysis of the IOAC and MG taking InAs, InSb, Hg1−xCdxTe, and In1−xGaxAsyP1−y lattice matched to InP, as example of III–V compound semiconductors, having varied split-off energy band compared to their bulk band gap energy. It has been found that magnitude of the IOAC for quantum dots increases with increasing incident photon energy and the lines of absorption are more closely spaced in the three band model of Kane than those with parabolic energy band approximations reflecting the direct the influence of energy band parameters. The results show a significant deviation to the MG spectrum of narrow-gap materials having band nonparabolicity compared to the parabolic band model approximations. The results reflect the important role of valence band split-off energies in these narrow gap semiconductors
Effect of Temperature on Photonic Band Gaps in Semiconductor-Based One-Dimensional Photonic Crystal
J. V. Malik
2013-01-01
Full Text Available The effect of the temperature and angle of incidence on the photonic band gap (PBG for semiconductor-based photonic crystals has been investigated. The refractive index of semiconductor layers is taken as a function of temperature and wavelength. Three structures have been analyzed by choosing a semiconductor material for one of the two materials in a bilayer structure. The semiconductor material is taken to be ZnS, Si, and Ge with air in first, second, and third structures respectively. The shifting of band gaps with temperature is more pronounced in the third structure than in the first two structures because the change in the refractive index of Ge layers with temperature is more than the change of refractive index of both ZnS and Si layers with temperature. The propagation characteristics of the proposed structures are analyzed by transfer matrix method.
Role of excited states in Shockley-Read-Hall recombination in wide-band-gap semiconductors
Alkauskas, Audrius; Dreyer, Cyrus E.; Lyons, John L.; Van de Walle, Chris G.
2016-05-01
Defect-assisted recombination is an important limitation on efficiency of optoelectronic devices. However, since nonradiative capture rates decrease exponentially with the energy of the transition, the mechanisms by which such recombination can take place in wide-band-gap materials are unclear. Using electronic structure calculations we uncover the crucial role of electronic excited states in nonradiative recombination processes. The impact is elucidated with examples for the group-III nitrides, for which accumulating experimental evidence indicates that defect-assisted recombination limits efficiency. Our work provides insights into the physics of nonradiative recombination, and the mechanisms are suggested to be ubiquitous in wide-band-gap semiconductors.
Enhanced thermoelectric performance in the Rashba semiconductor BiTeI through band gap engineering
Wu, Lihua; Yang, Jiong; Zhang, Tiansong; Wang, Shanyu; Wei, Ping; Zhang, Wenqing; Chen, Lidong; Yang, Jihui
2016-03-01
Rashba semiconductors are of great interest in spintronics, superconducting electronics and thermoelectrics. Bulk BiTeI is a new Rashba system with a giant spin-split band structure. 2D-like thermoelectric response has been found in BiTeI. However, as optimizing the carrier concentration, the bipolar effect occurs at elevated temperature and deteriorates the thermoelectric performance of BiTeI. In this paper, band gap engineering in Rashba semiconductor BiTeI through Br-substitution successfully reduces the bipolar effect and improves the thermoelectric properties. By utilizing the optical absorption and Burstein-Moss-effect analysis, we find that the band gap in Rashba semiconductor BiTeI increases upon bromine substitution, which is consistent with theoretical predictions. Bipolar transport is mitigated due to the larger band gap, as the thermally-activated minority carriers diminish. Consequently, the Seebeck coefficient keeps increasing with a corresponding rise in temperature, and thermoelectric performance can thus be enhanced with a ZT = 0.5 at 570 K for BiTeI0.88Br0.12.
Enhanced thermoelectric performance in the Rashba semiconductor BiTeI through band gap engineering
Rashba semiconductors are of great interest in spintronics, superconducting electronics and thermoelectrics. Bulk BiTeI is a new Rashba system with a giant spin–split band structure. 2D-like thermoelectric response has been found in BiTeI. However, as optimizing the carrier concentration, the bipolar effect occurs at elevated temperature and deteriorates the thermoelectric performance of BiTeI. In this paper, band gap engineering in Rashba semiconductor BiTeI through Br-substitution successfully reduces the bipolar effect and improves the thermoelectric properties. By utilizing the optical absorption and Burstein–Moss-effect analysis, we find that the band gap in Rashba semiconductor BiTeI increases upon bromine substitution, which is consistent with theoretical predictions. Bipolar transport is mitigated due to the larger band gap, as the thermally-activated minority carriers diminish. Consequently, the Seebeck coefficient keeps increasing with a corresponding rise in temperature, and thermoelectric performance can thus be enhanced with a ZT = 0.5 at 570 K for BiTeI0.88Br0.12. (paper)
Navinder Singh
2005-01-01
A model calculation is given for the energy relaxation of a non-equilibrium distribution of hot electrons (holes) prepared in the conduction (valence) band of a polar indirect band-gap semiconductor, which has been subjected to homogeneous photoexcitation by a femtosecond laser pulse. The model assumes that the pulsed photoexcitation creates two distinct but spatially interpenetrating electron and hole non-equilibrium subsystems that initially relax non-radiatively through the electron (hole)–phonon processes towards the conduction (valence) band minimum (maximum), and finally radiatively through the phonon-assisted electron–hole recombination across the band-gap, which is a relatively slow process. This leads to an accumulation of electrons (holes) at the conduction (valence) band minimum (maximum). The resulting peaking of the carrier density and the entire evolution of the hot electron (hole) distribution has been calculated. The latter may be time resolved by a pump-probe study. The model is particularly applicable to a divided (nanometric) polar indirect band-gap semiconductor with a low carrier concentration and strong electron–phonon coupling, where the usual two-temperature model [1–4] may not be appropriate.
On the Integration of Wide Band-gap Semiconductors in Single Phase Boost PFC Converters
Hernandez Botella, Juan Carlos
compared to Si semiconductors. Moreover, both semiconductor materials are particularly interesting for high temperature operation. These characteristics makes integration of SiC and GaN devices as the next logical step to further increase efficiency and power density in SMPS. This work is part of the Ph...... diodes, or the introduction of silicon carbide (SiC) diodes, provided large steps in miniaturization and efficiency improvement of switched mode power converters. Gallium nitride (GaN) and SiC semiconductor devices have already been around for some years. The first one proliferated due to the necessity...... of high frequency operation in optoelectronics applications. On the other hand, Schottky SiC power diodes were introduced in 2001 as an alternative to eliminate reverse recovery issues in Si rectifiers. Wide band-gap semiconductors offer an increased electrical field strength and electron mobility...
EDITORIAL: Wide band gap semiconductors: present status, future prospects and frontiers
Soukiassian, Patrick G.
2007-10-01
Silicon became the material of the 20th century. However, during the last decades, new needs have driven research and development of a new class of semiconductors, the wide band gap materials, for high power, high temperature, high voltage and high frequency devices and sensors. For these applications, wide band gap semiconductors have figures of merit that are several orders of magnitude higher compared with conventional semiconductors. In addition, some of them also exhibit such interesting characteristics as (i) outstanding mechanical properties, (ii) resistance to radiation damage and/or (iii) biocompatibility, a very useful feature for interfacing with biology. In order to have wide band gap semiconducting materials that can be used for electronics, photonics, sensors, microelectromechanical devices and other high-tech applications, some of the mandatory requirements include: (i) the availability of high quality and large wafers, (ii) having p- and n-type doping capability providing usable Fermi level positions, (iii) understanding and controlling surfaces and interfaces, (iv) the ability to fabricate self-organized nanostructures and (v) the potential to achieve miniaturization and integration. The reviews in this Cluster Issue of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics cover several of these important issues including growth, doping, engineering surfaces and interfaces, defects, nanotechnology and bio-functionalization. Achievements, progress and prospects are addressed, along with the difficulties, forming a good basis to evaluate the present status and future prospects of this promising and exciting field of science and technology.
Charged defects in highly emissive organic wide-band-gap semiconductors
A combined photoluminescence (PL) -detected magnetic-resonance (PLDMR) and thermally stimulated current (TSC) study of defects in wide-band-gap para-phenylene-type semiconductors is described. As TSC probes the density of mobile charge carriers after detrapping and PLDMR reveals the influence of trapped charges on the PL, their combination yields the concentration of traps, their energetic position, and their contribution to PL quenching. The reported trap densities, which are 2x1016 for the polymer and 1x1014 cm-3, for the oligomer, are the lowest reported for para-phenylene-type materials. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics
Bahk, Je-Hyeong; Shakouri, Ali
2016-04-01
We present detailed theoretical predictions on the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit by minority carrier blocking with heterostructure barriers in bulk narrow-band-gap semiconductors. Bipolar carrier transport, which is often significant in a narrow-band-gap material, is detrimental to the thermoelectric energy conversion efficiency as it suppresses the Seebeck coefficient and increases the thermal conductivity. When the minority carriers are selectively prevented from participating in conduction while the transport of majority carriers is relatively unaffected by one-sided heterobarriers, the thermoelectric figure of merit can be drastically enhanced. Thermoelectric transport properties such as Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and electronic thermal conductivity including the bipolar term are calculated with and without the barriers based on the near-equilibrium Boltzmann transport equations under the relaxation time approximation to investigate the effects of minority carrier barriers on the thermoelectric figure of merit. For this, we provide details of carrier transport modeling and fitting results of experimental data for three important material systems, B i2T e3 -based alloys, M g2S i1 -xS nx , and S i1 -xG ex , that represent, respectively, near-room-temperature (300 K-500 K), midtemperature (600 K-900 K), and high-temperature (>1000 K ) applications. Theoretical maximum enhancement of thermoelectric figure of merit that can be achieved by minority carrier blocking is quantified and discussed for each of these semiconductors.
A generation/recombination model assisted with two trap centers in wide band-gap semiconductors
Yamaguchi, Ken; Kuwabara, Takuhito; Uda, Tsuyoshi
2013-03-01
A generation/recombination (GR) model assisted with two trap centers has been proposed for studying reverse current on pn junctions in wide band-gap semiconductors. A level (Et1) has been assumed to be located near the bottom of the conduction band and the other (Et2) to be near the top of the valence band. The GR model has been developed by assuming (1) a high-electric field; F, (2) a short distance; d, between trap centers, (3) reduction in an energy-difference; Δeff = |Et1 - Et2| - eFd, and (4) hopping or tunneling conductions between trap centers with the same energy-level (Δeff ≈ 0). The GR rate has been modeled by trap levels, capture cross-sections, trap densities, and transition rate between trap centers. The GR rate, about 1010 greater than that estimated from the single-level model, has been predicted on pn junctions in a material with band-gap of 3.1 eV. Device simulations using the proposed GR model have been demonstrated for SiC diodes with and without a guard ring. A reasonable range for reverse current at room temperature has been simulated and stable convergence has been obtained in a numerical scheme for analyzing diodes with an electrically floating region.
Temperature Dependent Switching Behavior of BFN Thin Films: a Wide Band Gap Semiconductor
Devang D. Shah
2011-01-01
Full Text Available The thin film of complex perovskite Ba(Fe0.5Nb0.5O3 (BFN was prepared through Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD technique. XRD and AFM studies show single cubic phase with well developed nano size grains of BFN compound. Swift Heavy Ion (SHI irradiation on BFN of O+7 ions up to 1 × 1013 ions per cc fluence does not show any crystal or morphological structural changes in the film, signifying materials stability up to the above ion dose. BFN compound exhibit its band gap in wide band semiconductor region (3.53 eV. A characteristic negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR to positive temperature coefficient of resistance (PTCR transition of large magnitude at ~ 350 °C makes BFN a promising candidate for electrical/magnetic switching device.
A model describing the pressure dependence of the band gap energy for the group III-V semiconductors
Zhao, Chuan-Zhen; Wei, Tong; Sun, Xiao-Dong; Wang, Sha-Sha; Lu, Ke-Qing
2016-08-01
A model describing the pressure dependence of the band gap energy for the group III-V semiconductors has been developed. It is found that the model describes the pressure dependence of the band gap energy very well. It is also found that, although the pressure dependence of the band gap energy for both the conventional III-V semiconductors and the dilute nitride alloys can be described well by the model in this work, the physical mechanisms for them are different. In addition, the influence of the nonlinear compression of the lattice on the band gap energy is smaller than that of the coupling interaction between the N level and the conduction band minimum of the host material.
The study of response of wide band gap semiconductor detectors using the Geant4
Hussain Riaz
2014-01-01
Full Text Available The energy dependence on the intrinsic efficiency, absolute efficiency, full energy peak absolute efficiency and peak-to-total ratio have been studied for various wide band gap semiconductor detectors using the Geant4 based Monte Carlo simulations. The detector thickness of 1-4 mm and the area in 16-100 mm2 range were considered in this work. In excellent agreement with earlier work (Rybka et al., [20], the Geant4 simulated values of detector efficiencies have been found to decrease with incident g-ray energy. Both for the detector thickness and the detector area, the increasing trends have been observed for total efficiency as well as for full-energy peak efficiency in 0.1 MeV-50 MeV range. For Cd1-xZnxTe, the detector response remained insensitive to changes in relative proportions of Zn. For various wide band gap detectors studied in this work, the detection efficiency of TlBr was found highest over the entire range of energy, followed by the HgI2, CdTe, and then by CZT.
Li, Jianwei, E-mail: jwl189@163.com; Zhao, Xinsheng [Laboratory for Quantum Design of Functional Material, School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou 221116 (China); Liu, Xinjuan [Center for Coordination Bond and Electronic Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Zheng, Xuejun [School of Mechanical Engineering, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, Hunan 411105 (China); Yang, Xuexian [Department of Physics, Jishou University, Jishou 416000, Hunan (China); Zhu, Zhe [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, Hunan 411105 (China)
2015-09-28
The band gap and melting temperature of a semiconductor are tunable with the size and shape of the specimen at the nanometer scale, and related mechanisms remain as yet unclear. In order to understand the common origin of the size and shape effect on these two seemingly irrelevant properties, we clarify, correlate, formulate, and quantify these two properties of GaAs, GaN, InP, and InN nanocrystals from the perspectives of bond order-length-strength correlation using the core-shell configuration. The consistency in the theoretical predictions, experimental observations, and numerical calculations verify that the broken-bond-induced local bond contraction and strength gain dictates the band gap expansion, while the atomic cohesive energy loss due to bond number reduction depresses the melting point. The fraction of the under-coordinated atoms in the skin shell quantitatively determines the shape and size dependency. The atomic under-coordination in the skin down to a depth of two atomic layers inducing a change in the local chemical bond is the common physical origin.
The band gap and melting temperature of a semiconductor are tunable with the size and shape of the specimen at the nanometer scale, and related mechanisms remain as yet unclear. In order to understand the common origin of the size and shape effect on these two seemingly irrelevant properties, we clarify, correlate, formulate, and quantify these two properties of GaAs, GaN, InP, and InN nanocrystals from the perspectives of bond order-length-strength correlation using the core-shell configuration. The consistency in the theoretical predictions, experimental observations, and numerical calculations verify that the broken-bond-induced local bond contraction and strength gain dictates the band gap expansion, while the atomic cohesive energy loss due to bond number reduction depresses the melting point. The fraction of the under-coordinated atoms in the skin shell quantitatively determines the shape and size dependency. The atomic under-coordination in the skin down to a depth of two atomic layers inducing a change in the local chemical bond is the common physical origin
Theoretical study of time-resolved luminescence in semiconductors. III. Trap states in the band gap
In the third part of this series, we study the influence of trap states in the band gap of semiconductors on the time-resolved luminescence decay (TRL) after a pulsed excitation. The results based on simulations with Synopsys TCAD® and analytical approximations are given for p-doped Cu(In,Ga)Se2 as a working example. We show that a single trap can be mostly described by two parameters which are assigned to minority carrier capture and emission. We analyze their influence on the luminescence decay and study the difference between a single trap and an energetic Gaussian trap distribution. It is found that trap states artificially increase the TRL decay and obscure the recombination dynamics. Thus, there is a demand for experimental methods which can reveal the recombination of minority carriers in a TRL experiment without trapping effect. In this regard, a variation of the device temperature, the excitation frequency, the injection level, as well as a bias illumination may be promising approaches. We study these methods, discuss advantages and disadvantages, and show experimental TRL for prove of concept. At the end, we validate our approach of simulating only band-to-band radiative recombination although photoluminescence spectra often exhibit free-to-bound radiative recombination of charge carriers
Semiconductors bonds and bands
Ferry, David K
2013-01-01
As we settle into this second decade of the twenty-first century, it is evident that the advances in micro-electronics have truly revolutionized our day-to-day lifestyle. The technology is built upon semiconductors, materials in which the band gap has been engineered for special values suitable to the particular application. This book, written specifically for a one semester course for graduate students, provides a thorough understanding of the key solid state physics of semiconductors. It describes how quantum mechanics gives semiconductors unique properties that enabled the micro-electronics revolution, and sustain the ever-growing importance of this revolution.
Temperature dependence of band gaps in semiconductors: electron-phonon interaction
Kremer, Reinhard K.; Cardona, M.; Lauck, R. [MPI for Solid State Research, Stuttgart (Germany); Bhosale, J.; Ramdas, A.K. [Physics Dept., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (United States); Burger, A. [Fisk University, Dept. of Life and Physical Sciences, Nashville, TN (United States); Munoz, A. [MALTA Consolider Team, Dept. de Fisica Fundamental II, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Instituto de Materiales y Nanotecnologia, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Romero, A.H. [CINVESTAV, Dept. de Materiales, Unidad Queretaro, Mexico (Mexico); MPI fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Halle an der Saale (Germany)
2013-07-01
We investigate the temperature dependence of the energy gap of several semiconductors with chalcopyrite structure and re-examine literature data and analyze own high-resolution reflectivity spectra in view of our new ab initio calculations of their phonon properties. This analysis leads us to distinguish between materials with d-electrons in the valence band (e.g. CuGaS{sub 2}, AgGaS{sub 2}) and those without d-electrons (e.g. ZnSnAs{sub 2}). The former exhibit a rather peculiar non-monotonic temperature dependence of the energy gap which, so far, has resisted cogent theoretical description. We demonstrate it can well be fitted by including two Bose-Einstein oscillators with weights of opposite sign leading to an increase at low-T and a decrease at higher T's. We find that the energy of the former correlates well with characteristic peaks in the phonon density of states associated with low-energy vibrations of the d-electron constituents.
Emission Channeling Studies on the Behaviour of Light Alkali Atoms in Wide-Band-Gap Semiconductors
Recknagel, E; Quintel, H
2002-01-01
% IS342 \\\\ \\\\ A major problem in the development of electronic devices based on diamond and wide-band-gap II-VI compound semiconductors, like ZnSe, is the extreme difficulty of either n- or p-type doping. The only reports of successful n-type doping of diamond involves ion implanted Li, which was found to be an intersititial donor. Recent theoretical calculations suggest that Na, P and N dopant atoms are also good candidates for n-type doping of diamond. No experimental evidence has been obtained up to now, mainly because of the complex and partly unresolved defect situation created during ion implantation, which is necessary to incorporate potential donor atoms into diamond. \\\\ \\\\In the case of ZnSe, considerable effort has been invested in trying to fabricate pn-junctions in order to make efficient, blue-light emitting diodes. However, it has proved to be very difficult to obtain p-type ZnSe, mainly because of electrical compensation related to background donor impurities. Li and Na are believed to be ampho...
Li, Jia, E-mail: jiali@hebut.edu.cn [School of Science, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Research Institute for Energy Equipment Materials, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Zhang, Zhidong [School of Science, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Lu, Zunming; Xie, Hongxian; Fang, Wei; Li, Shaomin; Liang, Chunyong; Yin, Fuxing [Research Institute for Energy Equipment Materials, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China)
2015-11-15
The Heusler alloy Ti{sub 2}CrGe is a stable L2{sub 1} phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy (∼ 0.18 eV) obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of −5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the −5% strain. The Ti{sub 1}, Ti{sub 2}, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of −5%– +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels.
The Heusler alloy Ti2CrGe is a stable L21 phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy (∼ 0.18 eV) obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of −5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the −5% strain. The Ti1, Ti2, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of −5%– +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels
Maeda, Kazuhiko; Ishimaki, Koki; Tokunaga, Yuki; Lu, Daling; Eguchi, Miharu
2016-07-11
Cobalt-based compounds, such as cobalt(II) hydroxide, are known to be good catalysts for water oxidation. Herein, we report that such cobalt species can also activate wide-band-gap semiconductors towards visible-light water oxidation. Rutile TiO2 powder, a well-known wide-band-gap semiconductor, was capable of harvesting visible light with wavelengths of up to 850 nm, and thus catalyzed water oxidation to produce molecular oxygen, when decorated with cobalt(II) hydroxide nanoclusters. To the best of our knowledge, this system constitutes the first example that a particulate photocatalytic material that is capable of water oxidation upon excitation by visible light can also operate at such long wavelengths, even when it is based on earth-abundant elements only. PMID:27225394
Energy Impacts of Wide Band Gap Semiconductors in U.S. Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Fleet.
Warren, Joshua A; Riddle, Matthew E; Graziano, Diane J; Das, Sujit; Upadhyayula, Venkata K K; Masanet, Eric; Cresko, Joe
2015-09-01
Silicon carbide and gallium nitride, two leading wide band gap semiconductors with significant potential in electric vehicle power electronics, are examined from a life cycle energy perspective and compared with incumbent silicon in U.S. light-duty electric vehicle fleet. Cradle-to-gate, silicon carbide is estimated to require more than twice the energy as silicon. However, the magnitude of vehicle use phase fuel savings potential is comparatively several orders of magnitude higher than the marginal increase in cradle-to-gate energy. Gallium nitride cradle-to-gate energy requirements are estimated to be similar to silicon, with use phase savings potential similar to or exceeding that of silicon carbide. Potential energy reductions in the United States vehicle fleet are examined through several scenarios that consider the market adoption potential of electric vehicles themselves, as well as the market adoption potential of wide band gap semiconductors in electric vehicles. For the 2015-2050 time frame, cumulative energy savings associated with the deployment of wide band gap semiconductors are estimated to range from 2-20 billion GJ depending on market adoption dynamics. PMID:26247853
Gorczyca, I.; Kamińska, A.; Staszczak, G.;
2010-01-01
The pressure-induced changes in the electronic band structures of In-containing nitride alloys, InxGa1-xN and InxAl1-xN are examined experimentally as well as by ab initio calculations. It is found that the band gap pressure coefficients, dEg/dp, exhibit very large bowing with x, and calculations...... with existing data for InxGa1-xN layers. We discuss possible explanations of the anomalously large magnitude of the dEg/dp bowing in these nitride alloys....
Near band edge anisotropic optical transitions in wide band gap semiconductor Cu2ZnSiS4
Levcenco, S.; Dumcenco, D.; Huang, Y. S.; Arushanov, E.; Tezlevan, V.; Tiong, K. K.; Du, C. H.
2010-10-01
In this study, anisotropic near band edge transitions of Cu2ZnSiS4 single crystals grown by chemical vapor transport were characterized by using polarization-dependent absorption, piezoreflectance (PzR) and surface photovoltage (SPV) spectroscopy techniques at room temperature. The measurements were carried out on the as grown basal plane with the normal along [2 1 0] and the axis c parallel to the long edge of the crystal platelet. Analysis of absorption and SPV spectra reveal indirect allowed transitions for the absorption edge of Cu2ZnSiS4. The estimated values of indirect band gap are 2.97 eV and 3.07 eV, respectively, for E ⊥c and E ∥c polarization configurations. The polarization-dependent PzR and SPV spectra in the vicinity of the direct band gap of Cu2ZnSiS4 reveal features E⊥ex and E∥ex at around 3.32 eV and 3.41 eV for E ⊥c and E ∥c polarizations, respectively. Both features E⊥ex and E∥ex are associated with the interband excitonic transitions at point Γ and can be explained by crystal-field splitting of valence band. Based on the experimental observations, a plausible band structure near band edge of Cu2ZnSiS4 is proposed.
Tin oxide (SnO) thin films were synthesized using thermal evaporation technique. Ultra pure metallic tin was deposited on glass substrates using thermal evaporator under high vacuum. The thickness of the tin deposited films was kept at 100nm. Subsequently, the as-deposited tin films were annealed under oxygen environment for a period of 3hrs to obtain tin oxide films. To analyse the suitability of the synthesized tin oxide films as a wide band gap semiconductor, various properties were studied. Structural parameters were studied using XRD and SEM-EDX. The optical properties were studied using UV-Vis Spectrophotometry and the electrical parameters were calculated using the Hall-setup. XRD and SEM confirmed the formation of SnO phase. Uniform texture of the film can be seen through the SEM images. Presence of traces of unoxidised Sn has also been confirmed through the XRD spectra. The band gap calculated was around 3.6eV and the optical transparency around 50%. The higher value of band gap and lower value of optical transparency can be attributed to the presence of unoxidised Sn. The values of resistivity and mobility as measured by the Hall setup were 78Ωcm and 2.92cm2/Vs respectively. The reasonable optical and electrical parameters make SnO a suitable candidate for optoelectronic and electronic device applications
Sethi, Riti; Ahmad, Shabir; Aziz, Anver; Siddiqui, Azher Majid, E-mail: amsiddiqui@jmi.ac.in [Department of Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi-110025 (India)
2015-08-28
Tin oxide (SnO) thin films were synthesized using thermal evaporation technique. Ultra pure metallic tin was deposited on glass substrates using thermal evaporator under high vacuum. The thickness of the tin deposited films was kept at 100nm. Subsequently, the as-deposited tin films were annealed under oxygen environment for a period of 3hrs to obtain tin oxide films. To analyse the suitability of the synthesized tin oxide films as a wide band gap semiconductor, various properties were studied. Structural parameters were studied using XRD and SEM-EDX. The optical properties were studied using UV-Vis Spectrophotometry and the electrical parameters were calculated using the Hall-setup. XRD and SEM confirmed the formation of SnO phase. Uniform texture of the film can be seen through the SEM images. Presence of traces of unoxidised Sn has also been confirmed through the XRD spectra. The band gap calculated was around 3.6eV and the optical transparency around 50%. The higher value of band gap and lower value of optical transparency can be attributed to the presence of unoxidised Sn. The values of resistivity and mobility as measured by the Hall setup were 78Ωcm and 2.92cm{sup 2}/Vs respectively. The reasonable optical and electrical parameters make SnO a suitable candidate for optoelectronic and electronic device applications.
Effects of LO-phonon contribution on the electronic and the optical properties are investigated in a Cd0.8Zn0.2Se/ZnSe quantum dot in the presence of magnetic field strength. The magneto-polaron induced hydrogenic binding energy as a function of dot radius in the wide band gap quantum dot is calculated. The oscillator strength and the spontaneous lifetime are studied taking into account the spatial confinement, magnetic field strength and the phonon contribution. Numerical calculations are carried out using variational formulism within the single band effective mass approximation. The optical properties are computed with the compact density matrix method. The magneto-polaron induced optical gain as a function of photon energy is observed. The results show that the optical telecommunication wavelength in the fiber optic communications can be achieved using CdSe/ZnSe semiconductors and it can be tuned with the proper applications of external perturbations. (paper)
The IR emission and the corresponding low energy excitation spectra of the wide band gap semimagnetic semiconductors Zn1-xMnxTe, Cd1-xMnxTe, Zn1-xMnxSe, Cd1-xMnxSe, Zn1-xMnxS, and Cd1-xMnxS are critically discussed in the light of the models proposed until now. The similar shape of these spectra and the comparison with the spectra due to Mn in tetrahedral coordination lead to the conclusion that the longwave emission and excitation bands of these substances can tentatively be interpreted as due to cubically coordinated Mn2+ ions on interstitial sites or in octahedrally coordinated MnTe, MnSe, and MnS cluster. The crystal field parameters B, C, and Dq of these Mn2+ ions (Td or Oh symmetry) are determined on the basis of the experimental data. (author)
Naumov, P.; Barkalov, O.; Mirhosseini, H.; Felser, C.; Medvedev, S. A.
2016-09-01
Non-trivial electronic properties of silver telluride and other chalcogenides, such as the presence of a topological insulator state, electronic topological transitions, metallization, and the possible emergence of superconductivity under pressure have attracted attention in recent years. In this work, we studied the electronic properties of silver selenide (Ag2Se). We performed direct current electrical resistivity measurements, in situ Raman spectroscopy, and synchrotron x-ray diffraction accompanied by ab initio calculations to explore pressure-induced changes to the atomic and electronic structure of Ag2Se. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity was measured up to 30 GPa in the 4–300 K temperature interval. Resistivity data showed an unusual increase in the thermal energy gap of phase I, which is a semiconductor under ambient conditions. Recently, a similar effect was reported for the 3D topological insulator Bi2Se3. Raman spectroscopy studies revealed lattice instability in phase I indicated by the softening of observed vibrational modes with pressure. Our hybrid functional band structure calculations predicted that phase I of Ag2Se would be a narrow band gap semiconductor, in accordance with experimental results. At a pressure of ~7.5 GPa, Ag2Se underwent a structural transition to phase II with an orthorhombic Pnma structure. The temperature dependence of the resistivity of Ag2Se phase II demonstrated its metallic character. Ag2Se phase III, which is stable above 16.5 GPa, is also metallic according to the resistivity data. No indication of the superconducting transition is found above 4 K in the studied pressure range.
Diamond-like Cu-based multinary semiconductors are a rich family of materials that hold promise in a wide range of applications. Unfortunately, accurate theoretical understanding of the electronic properties of these materials is hindered by the involvement of Cu d electrons. Density functional theory (DFT) based calculations using the local density approximation or generalized gradient approximation often give qualitative wrong electronic properties of these materials, especially for narrow-gap systems. The modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) method has been shown to be a promising alternative to more elaborate theory such as the GW approximation for fast materials screening and predictions. However, straightforward applications of the mBJ method to these materials still encounter significant difficulties because of the insufficient treatment of the localized d electrons. We show that combining the promise of mBJ potential and the spirit of the well-established DFT + U method leads to a much improved description of the electronic structures, including the most challenging narrow-gap systems. A survey of the band gaps of about 20 Cu-based semiconductors calculated using the mBJ + U method shows that the results agree with reliable values to within ±0.2 eV
Band structure of semiconductors
Tsidilkovski, I M
2013-01-01
Band Structure of Semiconductors provides a review of the theoretical and experimental methods of investigating band structure and an analysis of the results of the developments in this field. The book presents the problems, methods, and applications in the study of band structure. Topics on the computational methods of band structure; band structures of important semiconducting materials; behavior of an electron in a perturbed periodic field; effective masses and g-factors for the most commonly encountered band structures; and the treatment of cyclotron resonance, Shubnikov-de Haas oscillatio
Ions in a plasma may be radially separated according to mass using a combination of an axial magnetic field and either a radial or azimuthal electric field. The separation is qualitatively different from that obtained by a plasma centrifuge and the characteristics of confined and unconfined ion orbits are analogous to the phenomenon of band gaps in semiconductors
Can Tauc plot extrapolation be used for direct-band-gap semiconductor nanocrystals?
Despite that Tauc plot extrapolation has been widely adopted for extracting bandgap energies of semiconductors, there is a lack of theoretical support for applying it to nanocrystals. In this paper, direct-allowed optical transitions in semiconductor nanocrystals have been formulated based on a purely theoretical approach. This result reveals a size-dependant transition of the power factor used in Tauc plot, increasing from one half used in the 3D bulk case to one in the 0D case. This size-dependant intermediate value of power factor allows a better extrapolation of measured absorption data. Being a material characterization technique, the generalized Tauc extrapolation gives a more reasonable and accurate acquisition of the intrinsic bandgap, while the unjustified purpose of extrapolating any elevated bandgap caused by quantum confinement is shown to be incorrect
Errandonea, D., E-mail: daniel.errandonea@uv.es [Departamento de Física Aplicada-ICMUV, Universitat de València, MALTA ConsoliderTeam, C/Dr. Moliner 50, 46100 Burjassot (Spain); Bandiello, E.; Segura, A. [Departamento de Física Aplicada-ICMUV, Universitat de València, MALTA ConsoliderTeam, C/Dr. Moliner 50, 46100 Burjassot (Spain); Hamlin, J.J.; Maple, M.B. [Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Rodriguez-Hernandez, P.; Muñoz, A. [Departamento de Física Fundamental II, Instituto de Materiales y Nanotecnología, Universidad de La Laguna, MALTA ConsoliderTeam, La Laguna, 38205 Tenerife (Spain)
2014-02-25
Highlights: • Electronic and optical properties of PbCrO{sub 4} are studied under compression. • Band-gap collapses are observed and correlated with structural phase transitions. • PbCrO{sub 4} band-gap is reduced from 2.3 to 0.8 eV in a 20 GPa range. • PbCrO{sub 4} is an n-type semiconductor with donor levels associated to Frenkel defects. • A deep-to-shallow donor transformation at HP induces a large resistivity decrease. -- Abstract: The electronic transport properties and optical properties of lead(II) chromate (PbCrO{sub 4}) have been studied at high pressure by means of resistivity, Hall-effect, and optical-absorption measurements. Band-structure first-principle calculations have been also performed. We found that the low-pressure phase is a direct band-gap semiconductor (Eg = 2.3 eV) that shows a high resistivity. At 3.5 GPa, associated to a structural phase transition, a band-gap collapse takes place, becoming Eg = 1.8 eV. At the same pressure the resistivity suddenly decreases due to an increase of the carrier concentration. In the HP phase, PbCrO{sub 4} behaves as an n-type semiconductor, with a donor level probably associated to the formation of oxygen vacancies. At 15 GPa a second phase transition occurs to a phase with Eg = 1.2 eV. In this phase, the resistivity increases as pressure does probably due to the self-compensation of donor levels and the augmentation of the scattering of electrons with ionized impurities. In the three phases the band gap red shifts under compression. At 20 GPa, Eg reaches a value of 0.8 eV, behaving PbCrO{sub 4} as a narrow-gap semiconductor.
An overview of the theoretical and experimental efforts in obtaining a photonic band gap, a frequency band in three-dimensional dielectric structures in which electromagnetic waves are forbidden, is presented
Svane, Axel; Christensen, Niels Egede; Gorczyca, I.; van Schilfgaarde, M.; Chantis, A. N.; Kotani, T.
2010-01-01
the basis of the local approximation to density functional theory, although generally overestimated by 0.2–0.3 eV in comparison with experimental gap values. Details of the electronic energies and the effective masses including their pressure dependence are compared with available experimental...... information. The band gap of InGaN2 is considerably smaller than what would be expected by linear interpolation implying a significant band gap bowing in InGaN alloys....
Crystal-field investigations of rare-earth-doped wide band gap semiconductors
Muller, S; Wahl, U
Crystal field investigations play a central role in the studies of rare earth doped semiconductors. Optical stark level spectroscopy and lattice location studies of radioactive rare earth isotopes implanted at ISOLDE have provided important insight into these systems during the last years. It has been shown that despite a major site preference of the probe atoms in the lattice, several defect configurations do exist. These sites are visible in the optical spectra but their origin and nature aren't deducible from these spectra alone. Hyperfine measurements on the other hand should reveal these defect configurations and yield the parameters necessary for a description of the optical properties at the atomic scale. In order to study the crystal field with this alternative approach, we propose a new concept for perturbed $\\gamma\\gamma$-angular correlation (PAC) experiments at ISOLDE based on digital signal processing in contrast to earlier analog setups. The general functionality of the spectrometer is explained ...
The shape of band-to-band spectrum of graded band-gap semiconductor under conditions of nonequilibrium carrier transfer caused by the built-in quasi-electric field E is calculated. It is shown that deformation of the short wave-length part of the spectrum results from the co-ordinate dependence of the radiation recombination probability in the half-band area of a crystal. The results of calculations are confirmed by experimental measurements of photoluminescence spectra of undoped (n ≤ 1 · 1016 cm-3) graded band-gap AlxGa1-xAs solid solution with E varying in 90-650 V/cm range at 300 K
Recombination in narrow-gapped semiconductors
In narrow-gapped semiconductors of the type Hgsub(1-x)Cdsub(x)Te as well as in lead chalcogenides and their mixed crystals with energy gaps of some tenths of eV, the band-band recombination processes dominate if the samples are sufficiently perfect in their crystal lattices. The relative importance of the radiative or Auger recombination depends on the width of the energy gap and the charge carrier concentration. In the extreme case of very narrow energy gaps plasmon and one-electron recombination occurs additionally
Optimum band gap of a thermoelectric material
Transport properties of direct-gap semiconductors are calculated in order to find the best thermoelectrics. Previous calculations on semiconductors with indirect band gaps found that the best thermoelectrics had gaps equal to nkBT, where n=6-10 and T is the operating temperature of the thermoelectric device. Here we report similar calculations on direct-gap materials. We find that the optimum gap is always greater than 6kBT, but can be much larger depending on the specific mechanism of electron scattering
Liu, Yi-Hsin; Porter, Spencer H.; Goldberger, Joshua E. (OSU)
2012-07-24
Reducing the dimensionality of inorganic lattices allows for the creation of new materials that have unique optoelectronic properties. We demonstrate that a layered metal chalcogenide lattice, TiS{sub 2}, can form a dimensionally reduced crystalline one-dimensional hybrid organic/inorganic TiS{sub 2}(ethylenediamine) framework when synthesized from molecular precursors in solution. This solid has strong absorption above 1.70 eV and pronounced emission in the near-IR regime. The energy dependence of the absorption, the near-IR photoluminescence, and electronic band structure calculations confirm that TiS{sub 2}(ethylenediamine) has a direct band gap.
Wide gap semiconductor microwave devices
A review of properties of wide gap semiconductor materials such as diamond, diamond-like carbon films, SiC, GaP, GaN and AlGaN/GaN that are relevant to electronic, optoelectronic and microwave applications is presented. We discuss the latest situation and perspectives based on experimental and theoretical results obtained for wide gap semiconductor devices. Parameters are taken from the literature and from some of our theoretical works. The correspondence between theoretical results and parameters of devices is critically analysed. (review article)
Yang, C; Zhou, Z F; Li, J W; Yang, X X; Qin, W; Jiang, R; Guo, N G; Wang, Y; Sun, C Q
2012-02-21
With structural miniaturization down to the nanoscale, the detectable quantities of solid materials no longer remain constant but become tunable. For the II-VI semiconductors example, the band gap expands, the elastic modulus increases, the melting point drops, and the Raman optical phonons experience red shift associated with creation of low frequency Raman acoustic modes that undergo blue shift with decreasing the dimensional scale. In order to understand the common origin of the size dependency of these seemingly irrelevant properties, we formulated these quantities for CdS, ZnS, and CdSe semiconductors from the perspectives of bond order-length-strength correlation and the local bond averaging approach. Consistency between the theory predictions and the measured size dependence of these quantities clarified that the undercoordination-induced local strain and quantum entrapment and the varied fraction of undercoordinated atoms of the entire solid correlate these quantities and dominate their size effect. PMID:22241243
Band structure engineering in organic semiconductors.
Schwarze, Martin; Tress, Wolfgang; Beyer, Beatrice; Gao, Feng; Scholz, Reinhard; Poelking, Carl; Ortstein, Katrin; Günther, Alrun A; Kasemann, Daniel; Andrienko, Denis; Leo, Karl
2016-06-17
A key breakthrough in modern electronics was the introduction of band structure engineering, the design of almost arbitrary electronic potential structures by alloying different semiconductors to continuously tune the band gap and band-edge energies. Implementation of this approach in organic semiconductors has been hindered by strong localization of the electronic states in these materials. We show that the influence of so far largely ignored long-range Coulomb interactions provides a workaround. Photoelectron spectroscopy confirms that the ionization energies of crystalline organic semiconductors can be continuously tuned over a wide range by blending them with their halogenated derivatives. Correspondingly, the photovoltaic gap and open-circuit voltage of organic solar cells can be continuously tuned by the blending ratio of these donors. PMID:27313043
Molla, Aniruddha; Sahu, Meenakshi; Hussain, Sahid
2016-05-01
Controlled shape and size with tuneable band gap (1.92–2.41 eV), nickel sulphide NPs was achieved in presence of thiourea or thioacetamide as sulphur sources with the variations of temperature and capping agents. Synthesized NPs were fully characterized by powder XRD, IR, UV-vis, DRS, FE-SEM, TEM, EDX, XPS, TGA and BET. Capping agent, temperature and sulphur sources have significant role in controlling the band gaps, morphology and surface area of NPs. The catalytic activities of NPs were tested for round the clock (light and dark) decomposition of crystal violet (CV), rhodamine B (RhB), methylene blue (MB), nile blue (NB) and eriochrome black T (EBT). Agitation speed, temperature, pH and ionic strength have significant role on its catalytic activities. The catalyst was found to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) both in presence and absence of light which is responsible for the decomposition of dyes into small fractions, identified with ESI-mass spectra.
Derzsi, Mariana; Stasiewicz, Juliusz; Grochala, Wojciech
2011-09-01
We demonstrate that DFT calculations performed with the local density approximation (LDA) allow for significantly better reproduction of lattice constants, the unit cell volume and the density of Ag(II)SO(4) than those done with generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The LDA+U scheme, which accounts for electronic correlation effects, enables the accurate prediction of the magnetic superexchange constant of this strongly correlated material and its band gap at the Fermi level. The character of the band gap places the compound on the borderline between a Mott insulator and a charge transfer insulator. The size of the band gap (0.82 eV) indicates that AgSO(4) is a ferrimagnetic semiconductor, and possibly an attractive material for spintronics. A bulk modulus of 27.0 GPa and a compressibility of 0.037 GPa(-1) were determined for AgSO(4) from the third-order Birch-Murnaghan isothermal equation of state up to 20 GPa. Several polymorphic types compete with the ambient pressure P-1 phase as the external pressure is increased. The P-1 phase is predicted to resist pressure-induced metallization up to at least 20 GPa. PMID:21267751
Kumar, A.; Ahluwalia, P. K.
2012-06-01
We report first principles calculations of the electronic structure of monolayer 1H-MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se, Te), using the pseudopotential and numerical atomic orbital basis sets based methods within the local density approximation. Electronic band structure and density of states calculations found that the states around the Fermi energy are mainly due to metal d states. From partial density of states we find a strong hybridisation between metal d and chalcogen p states below the Fermi energy. All studied compounds in this work have emerged as new direct band gap semiconductors. The electronic band gap is found to decrease as one goes from sulphides to the tellurides of both Mo and W. Reducing the slab thickness systematically from bulk to monolayers causes a blue shift in the band gap energies, resulting in tunability of the electronic band gap. The magnitudes of the blue shift in the band gap energies are found to be 1.14 eV, 1.16 eV, 0.78 eV, 0.64, 0.57 eV and 0.37 eV for MoS2, WS2, MoSe2, WSe2, MoTe2 and WTe2, respectively, as we go from bulk phase (indirect band gap) to monolayer limit (direct band gap). This tunability in the electronic band gap and transitions from indirect to direct band make these materials potential candidates for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices.
Sánchez-Cano, R.; Porras-Montenegro, N.
2016-04-01
We present numerical predictions for the photonic TE-like band gap ratio and the quality factors of symmetric localized defect as a function of the thickness slab and temperature by the use of plane wave expansion and the finite-difference time-domain methods. The photonic-crystal hole slab is composed of a 2D hexagonal array with identical air holes and a circular cross section, embedded in a non-dispersive III-V semiconductor quaternary alloy slab, which has a high value of dielectric function in the near-infrared region, and the symmetric defect is formed by increasing the radius of a single hole in the 2D hexagonal lattice. We show that the band gap ratio depends linearly on the temperature in the range 150-400 K. Our results show a strong temperature dependence of the quality factor Q, the maximum (Q = 7000) is reached at T = 350 hbox {K}, but if the temperature continues to increase, the efficiency drops sharply. Furthermore, we present numerical predictions for the electromagnetic field distribution at T = 350 hbox {K}.
A novel infrared optoelectronic material Tl4CdI6 was studied using the density functional theory (DFT)-based techniques. Its structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties were all calculated in the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) with the Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof (PBE) and the local density approximation (LDA) with the Ceperley-Alder–Perdew-Zunger (CA–PZ) functionals. The studied material is a direct band gap semiconductor with the calculated band gaps of 2.043 eV (GGA) and 1.627 eV (LDA). The wavelength dependence of the refractive index was fitted to the Sellmeier equation in the spectral range from 400 to 2000 nm. Good agreement between the GGA-calculated values of refractive index and experimental data was achieved. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first consistent theoretical description of the title compound, which includes calculations and analysis of the structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Infrared optoelectronic material Tl4CdI6 was studied using ab initio methods. • Structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties were calculated. • Independent components of the elastic constants tensor were calculated. • Good agreement with available experimental results was achieved
Piasecki, M., E-mail: m.piasecki@ajd.czest.pl [Institute of Physics, Jan Dlugosz University, Armii Krajowej 13/15, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Brik, M.G. [College of Sciences, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing 400065 (China); Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14C, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Kityk, I.V. [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University of Technology, Armii Krajowej 17, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland)
2015-08-01
A novel infrared optoelectronic material Tl{sub 4}CdI{sub 6} was studied using the density functional theory (DFT)-based techniques. Its structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties were all calculated in the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) with the Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof (PBE) and the local density approximation (LDA) with the Ceperley-Alder–Perdew-Zunger (CA–PZ) functionals. The studied material is a direct band gap semiconductor with the calculated band gaps of 2.043 eV (GGA) and 1.627 eV (LDA). The wavelength dependence of the refractive index was fitted to the Sellmeier equation in the spectral range from 400 to 2000 nm. Good agreement between the GGA-calculated values of refractive index and experimental data was achieved. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first consistent theoretical description of the title compound, which includes calculations and analysis of the structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Infrared optoelectronic material Tl{sub 4}CdI{sub 6} was studied using ab initio methods. • Structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties were calculated. • Independent components of the elastic constants tensor were calculated. • Good agreement with available experimental results was achieved.
Wide band-gap nanostructure based devices
Chen, Xinyi; 陈辛夷
2012-01-01
Wide band gap based nanostructures have being attracting much research interest because of their promise for application in optoelectronic devices. Among those wide band gap semiconductors, gallium nitride (GaN) and zinc oxide (ZnO) are the most commonly studied and optoelectronic devices based on GaN and ZnO have been widely investigated. This thesis concentrates on the growth, optical and electrical properties of GaN and ZnO nanostructures, plus their application in solar cells and light e...
Mahdy, M. R. C.; Al Sayem, Ayed; Shahriar, Arif; Shawon, Jubayer; Al-Quaderi, Golam Dastegir; Jahangir, Ifat; Matin, M. A.
2016-04-01
In this article, at first we propose a unified and compact classification of single negative electromagnetic metamaterial-based perfect transmission unit cells. The classes are named as: type-A, -B and -C unit cells. Then based on the classification, we have extended these ideas in semiconductor and graphene regimes. For type-A: Based on the idea of electromagnetic Spatial Average Single Negative bandgap, novel bandgap structures have been proposed for electron transmission in semiconductor heterostructures. For type-B: with dielectric-graphene-dielectric structure, almost all angle transparency is achieved for both polarizations of electromagnetic wave in the terahertz frequency range instead of the conventional transparency in the microwave frequency range. Finally the application of the gated dielectric-graphene-dielectric has been demonstrated for the modulation and switching purpose.
Refractive Indices of Semiconductors from Energy gaps
Tripathy, S K
2015-01-01
An empirical relation based on energy gap and refractive index data has been proposed in the present study to calculate the refractive index of semiconductors. The proposed model is then applied to binary as well as ternary semiconductors for a wide range of energy gap. Using the relation, dielectric constants of some III-V group semiconductors are calculated. The calculated values for different group of binary semiconductors, alkali halides and ternary semiconductors fairly agree with other calculations and known values over a wide range of energy gap. The temperature variation of refractive index for some binary semiconductors have been calculated.
Qiu, Ming; Xie, Yuanyuan; Gao, Xianfeng; Li, Jianyang; Deng, Yelin; Guan, Dongsheng; Ma, Lulu; Yuan, Chris
2016-02-14
Band gap opening and modulating are critical in dictating the functionalities of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in a broad array of nano-devices. Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, a class of semiconducting armchair SWCNTs with a distinctive BN line defect are studied, showing a super capacity to open the band gap of (4, 4) SWCNT to as large as 0.86 eV, while the opened band gap are found decreasing with the increasing diameters of SWCNTs. The opened band gap of SWCNTs can also be successfully modulated through both mechanical and electrical approaches by applying compressive uniaxial strain and electric field. This study provides novel insights into the large band gap opening and modulating of SWCNTs and could be useful in facilitating future applications of SWCNTs in electronic, optical and thermoelectric devices. PMID:26794602
Bonds and bands in semiconductors
Phillips, Jim
2009-01-01
This classic work on the basic chemistry and solid state physics of semiconducting materials is now updated and improved with new chapters on crystalline and amorphous semiconductors. Written by two of the world's pioneering materials scientists in the development of semiconductors, this work offers in a single-volume an authoritative treatment for the learning and understanding of what makes perhaps the world's most important engineered materials actually work. Readers will find: --' The essential principles of chemical bonding, electron energy bands and their relationship to conductive and s
Microstrip microwave band gap structures
V Subramanian
2008-04-01
Microwave band gap structures exhibit certain stop band characteristics based on the periodicity, impedance contrast and effective refractive index contrast. These structures though formed in one-, two- and three-dimensional periodicity, are huge in size. In this paper, microstrip-based microwave band gap structures are formed by removing the substrate material in a periodic manner. This paper also demonstrates that these structures can serve as a non-destructive characterization tool for materials, a duplexor and frequency selective coupler. The paper presents both experimental results and theoretical simulation based on a commercially available finite element methodology for comparison.
Direct band gap silicon allotropes.
Wang, Qianqian; Xu, Bo; Sun, Jian; Liu, Hanyu; Zhao, Zhisheng; Yu, Dongli; Fan, Changzeng; He, Julong
2014-07-16
Elemental silicon has a large impact on the economy of the modern world and is of fundamental importance in the technological field, particularly in solar cell industry. The great demand of society for new clean energy and the shortcomings of the current silicon solar cells are calling for new materials that can make full use of the solar power. In this paper, six metastable allotropes of silicon with direct or quasidirect band gaps of 0.39-1.25 eV are predicted by ab initio calculations at ambient pressure. Five of them possess band gaps within the optimal range for high converting efficiency from solar energy to electric power and also have better optical properties than the Si-I phase. These Si structures with different band gaps could be applied to multiple p-n junction photovoltaic modules. PMID:24971657
Device Physics of Narrow Gap Semiconductors
Chu, Junhao
2010-01-01
Narrow gap semiconductors obey the general rules of semiconductor science, but often exhibit extreme features of these rules because of the same properties that produce their narrow gaps. Consequently these materials provide sensitive tests of theory, and the opportunity for the design of innovative devices. Narrow gap semiconductors are the most important materials for the preparation of advanced modern infrared systems. Device Physics of Narrow Gap Semiconductors offers descriptions of the materials science and device physics of these unique materials. Topics covered include impurities and defects, recombination mechanisms, surface and interface properties, and the properties of low dimensional systems for infrared applications. This book will help readers to understand not only the semiconductor physics and materials science, but also how they relate to advanced opto-electronic devices. The last chapter applies the understanding of device physics to photoconductive detectors, photovoltaic infrared detector...
1999-01-01
An optical fibre having a periodicidal cladding structure provididing a photonic band gap structure with superior qualities. The periodical structure being one wherein high index areas are defined and wherein these are separated using a number of methods. One such method is the introduction of...
Thermionic gap with p-semiconductor
It is shown that the volt-ampere characteristics of the thermoemission transformer with the p-semiconductor in the interelectrode gap should correspond to the characteristics for the case of thermoemission transformer with the n-semiconductor. The difference consists only in the current polarity and electromotive force
We have investigated the thermoelectric properties of the 3C, 2H, 4H, and 6H polytypes of the wide-band-gap(n-type) semiconductors SiC, GaN, and ZnO based on first-principles calculations and Boltzmann transport theory. Our results show that the thermoelectric performance increases from 3C to 6H, 4H, and 2H structures with an increase of hexagonality for SiC. However, for GaN and ZnO, their power factors show a very weak dependence on the polytype. Detailed analysis of the thermoelectric properties with respect to temperature and carrier concentration of 4H-SiC, 2H-GaN, and 2H-ZnO shows that the figure of merit of these three compounds increases with temperature, indicating the promising potential applications of these thermoelectric materials at high temperature. The significant difference of the polytype-dependent thermoelectric properties among SiC, GaN, and ZnO might be related to the competition between covalency and ionicity in these semiconductors. Our calculations may provide a new way to enhance the thermoelectric properties of wide-band-gap semiconductors through atomic structure design, especially hexagonality design for SiC
Zheng Huang
2015-09-01
Full Text Available We have investigated the thermoelectric properties of the 3C, 2H, 4H, and 6H polytypes of the wide-band-gap(n-type semiconductors SiC, GaN, and ZnO based on first-principles calculations and Boltzmann transport theory. Our results show that the thermoelectric performance increases from 3C to 6H, 4H, and 2H structures with an increase of hexagonality for SiC. However, for GaN and ZnO, their power factors show a very weak dependence on the polytype. Detailed analysis of the thermoelectric properties with respect to temperature and carrier concentration of 4H-SiC, 2H-GaN, and 2H-ZnO shows that the figure of merit of these three compounds increases with temperature, indicating the promising potential applications of these thermoelectric materials at high temperature. The significant difference of the polytype-dependent thermoelectric properties among SiC, GaN, and ZnO might be related to the competition between covalency and ionicity in these semiconductors. Our calculations may provide a new way to enhance the thermoelectric properties of wide-band-gap semiconductors through atomic structure design, especially hexagonality design for SiC.
Sub-band-gap laser micromachining of lithium niobate
Christensen, F. K.; Müllenborn, Matthias
1995-01-01
Laser processing of insulators and semiconductors is usually realized using photon energies exceeding the band-gap energy. This makes laser processing of insulators difficult since high photon energies typically require either a pulsed laser or a frequency-doubled continuous-wave laser. A new...... method is reported which enables us to do laser processing of lithium niobate using sub-band-gap photons. Using high scan speeds, moderate power densities, and sub-band-gap photon energies results in volume removal rates in excess of 106µm3/s. This enables fast micromachining of small piezoelectric...
Zhang, Haiyuan; Pokhrel, Suman; Ji, Zhaoxia; Meng, Huan; Wang, Xiang; Lin, Sijie; Chang, Chong Hyun; Li, LinJiang; Li, Ruibin; Sun, Bingbing; Wang, Meiying; Liao, Yu-Pei; Liu, Rong; Xia, Tian; Mädler, Lutz
2014-01-01
We demonstrate through PdO doping that creation of heterojunctions on Co3O4 nanoparticles can quantitatively adjust band-gap and Fermi energy levels to study the impact of metal oxide nanoparticle semiconductor properties on cellular redox homeostasis and hazard potential. Flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) was used to synthesize a nanoparticle library in which the gradual increase in the PdO content (0–8.9%) allowed electron transfer from Co3O4 to PdO to align Fermi energy levels across the heteroj...
Modeling charged defects inside density functional theory band gaps
Density functional theory (DFT) has emerged as an important tool to probe microscopic behavior in materials. The fundamental band gap defines the energy scale for charge transition energy levels of point defects in ionic and covalent materials. The eigenvalue gap between occupied and unoccupied states in conventional DFT, the Kohn–Sham gap, is often half or less of the experimental band gap, seemingly precluding quantitative studies of charged defects. Applying explicit and rigorous control of charge boundary conditions in supercells, we find that calculations of defect energy levels derived from total energy differences give accurate predictions of charge transition energy levels in Si and GaAs, unhampered by a band gap problem. The GaAs system provides a good theoretical laboratory for investigating band gap effects in defect level calculations: depending on the functional and pseudopotential, the Kohn–Sham gap can be as large as 1.1 eV or as small as 0.1 eV. We find that the effective defect band gap, the computed range in defect levels, is mostly insensitive to the Kohn–Sham gap, demonstrating it is often possible to use conventional DFT for quantitative studies of defect chemistry governing interesting materials behavior in semiconductors and oxides despite a band gap problem
The junction behavior of different narrow band-gap multi-quantum-well (MQW) laser diodes (LDs) confirmed that the jump in the junction voltage in the threshold region is a general characteristic of narrow band-gap LDs. The relative change in the 1310 nm LD is the most obvious. To analyze this sudden voltage change, the threshold region is divided into three stages by Ithl and Ithu, as shown in Fig. 2; Ithl is the conventional threshold, and as long as the current is higher than this threshold, lasing exists and the IdV/dI-I plot drops suddenly; Ithu is the steady lasing point, at which the separation of the quasi-Fermi levels of electron and holes across the active region (Vj) is suddenly pinned. Based on the evolutionary model of dissipative structure theory, the rate equations of the photons in a single-mode LD were deduced in detail at Ithl and Ithu. The results proved that the observed behavior of stimulated emission suddenly substituting for spontaneous emission, in a manner similar to biological evolution, must lead to a sudden increase in the injection carriers in the threshold region, which then causes the sudden increase in the junction voltage in this region
Feng, Liefeng, E-mail: fengliefeng@tju.edu.cn, E-mail: lihongru@nankai.edu.cn; Yang, Xiufang; Wang, Cunda; Yao, Dongsheng [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials Physics and Preparing Technology, Faculty of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Li, Yang [Business and Vocational College of Hainan, Haikou 570203 (China); Li, Ding; Hu, Xiaodong [Research Center for Wide Band Gap Semiconductors, State Key Laboratory for Artificial Microstructure and Mesoscopic Physics, School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Li, Hongru, E-mail: fengliefeng@tju.edu.cn, E-mail: lihongru@nankai.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Medicinal Chemistry and Biology, College of Pharmacy, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China)
2015-04-15
The junction behavior of different narrow band-gap multi-quantum-well (MQW) laser diodes (LDs) confirmed that the jump in the junction voltage in the threshold region is a general characteristic of narrow band-gap LDs. The relative change in the 1310 nm LD is the most obvious. To analyze this sudden voltage change, the threshold region is divided into three stages by I{sub th}{sup l} and I{sub th}{sup u}, as shown in Fig. 2; I{sub th}{sup l} is the conventional threshold, and as long as the current is higher than this threshold, lasing exists and the IdV/dI-I plot drops suddenly; I{sub th}{sup u} is the steady lasing point, at which the separation of the quasi-Fermi levels of electron and holes across the active region (V{sub j}) is suddenly pinned. Based on the evolutionary model of dissipative structure theory, the rate equations of the photons in a single-mode LD were deduced in detail at I{sub th}{sup l} and I{sub th}{sup u}. The results proved that the observed behavior of stimulated emission suddenly substituting for spontaneous emission, in a manner similar to biological evolution, must lead to a sudden increase in the injection carriers in the threshold region, which then causes the sudden increase in the junction voltage in this region.
Photonic band gap structure simulator
Chen, Chiping; Shapiro, Michael A.; Smirnova, Evgenya I.; Temkin, Richard J.; Sirigiri, Jagadishwar R.
2006-10-03
A system and method for designing photonic band gap structures. The system and method provide a user with the capability to produce a model of a two-dimensional array of conductors corresponding to a unit cell. The model involves a linear equation. Boundary conditions representative of conditions at the boundary of the unit cell are applied to a solution of the Helmholtz equation defined for the unit cell. The linear equation can be approximated by a Hermitian matrix. An eigenvalue of the Helmholtz equation is calculated. One computation approach involves calculating finite differences. The model can include a symmetry element, such as a center of inversion, a rotation axis, and a mirror plane. A graphical user interface is provided for the user's convenience. A display is provided to display to a user the calculated eigenvalue, corresponding to a photonic energy level in the Brilloin zone of the unit cell.
Band gaps of primary metallic carbon nanotubes
Kleiner, Alex; Eggert, Sebastian
2000-01-01
Primary metallic, or small gap semiconducting nanotubes, are tubes with band gaps that arise solely from breaking the bond symmetry due to the curvature. We derive an analytic expression for these gaps by considering how a general symmetry breaking opens a gap in nanotubes with a well defined chiral wrapping vector. This approach provides a straightforward way to include all types of symmetry breaking effects, resulting in a simple unified gap equation as a function of chirality and deformati...
Maximizing band gaps in plate structures
Halkjær, Søren; Sigmund, Ole; Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard
2006-01-01
Band gaps, i.e., frequency ranges in which waves cannot propagate, can be found in elastic structures for which there is a certain periodic modulation of the material properties or structure. In this paper, we maximize the band gap size for bending waves in a Mindlin plate. We analyze an infinite...
Low band gap polymers for organic photovoltaics
Bundgaard, Eva; Krebs, Frederik C
2007-01-01
Low band gap polymer materials and their application in organic photovoltaics (OPV) are reviewed. We detail the synthetic approaches to low band gap polymer materials starting from the early methodologies employing quinoid homopolymer structures to the current state of the art that relies...
Anhydrous crystals of DNA bases are wide gap semiconductors
Maia, F. F.; Freire, V. N.; Caetano, E. W. S.; Azevedo, D. L.; Sales, F. A. M.; Albuquerque, E. L.
2011-05-01
We present the structural, electronic, and optical properties of anhydrous crystals of DNA nucleobases (guanine, adenine, cytosine, and thymine) found after DFT (Density Functional Theory) calculations within the local density approximation, as well as experimental measurements of optical absorption for powders of these crystals. Guanine and cytosine (adenine and thymine) anhydrous crystals are predicted from the DFT simulations to be direct (indirect) band gap semiconductors, with values 2.68 eV and 3.30 eV (2.83 eV and 3.22 eV), respectively, while the experimentally estimated band gaps we have measured are 3.83 eV and 3.84 eV (3.89 eV and 4.07 eV), in the same order. The electronic effective masses we have obtained at band extremes show that, at low temperatures, these crystals behave like wide gap semiconductors for electrons moving along the nucleobases stacking direction, while the hole transport are somewhat limited. Lastly, the calculated electronic dielectric functions of DNA nucleobases crystals in the parallel and perpendicular directions to the stacking planes exhibit a high degree of anisotropy (except cytosine), in agreement with published experimental results.
One-Dimensional Anisotropic Band Gap Structure
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2000-01-01
The band gap structure of one-dimensional anisotropic photonic crystal has been studied by means of the transfer matrix formalism. From the analytic expressions and numeric calculations we see some general characteristics of the band gap structure of anisotropic photonic crystals, each band separates into two branches and the two branches react to polarization sensitively. In the practical case of oblique incidence, gaps move towards high frequency when the angle of incidence increases. Under some special conditions, the two branches become degenerate again.
Bulk band gaps in divalent hexaborides
Denlinger, Jonathan; Clack, Jules A.; Allen, James W.; Gweon, Gey-Hong; Poirier, Derek M.; Olson, Cliff G.; Sarrao, John L.; Bianchi, Andrea D.; Fisk, Zachary
2002-08-01
Complementary angle-resolved photoemission and bulk-sensitive k-resolved resonant inelastic x-ray scattering of divalent hexaborides reveal a >1 eV X-point gap between the valence and conduction bands, in contradiction to the band overlap assumed in several models of their novel ferromagnetism. This semiconducting gap implies that carriers detected in transport measurements arise from defects, and the measured location of the bulk Fermi level at the bottom of the conduction band implicates boron vacancies as the origin of the excess electrons. The measured band structure and X-point gap in CaB6 additionally provide a stringent test case for proper inclusion of many-body effects in quasi-particle band calculations.
Zhang, Haiyuan; Pokhrel, Suman; Ji, Zhaoxia; Meng, Huan; Wang, Xiang; Lin, Sijie; Chang, Chong Hyun; Li, Linjiang; Li, Ruibin; Sun, Bingbing; Wang, Meiying; Liao, Yu-Pei; Liu, Rong; Xia, Tian; Mädler, Lutz; Nel, André E
2014-04-30
We demonstrate through PdO doping that creation of heterojunctions on Co3O4 nanoparticles can quantitatively adjust band-gap and Fermi energy levels to study the impact of metal oxide nanoparticle semiconductor properties on cellular redox homeostasis and hazard potential. Flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) was used to synthesize a nanoparticle library in which the gradual increase in the PdO content (0-8.9%) allowed electron transfer from Co3O4 to PdO to align Fermi energy levels across the heterojunctions. This alignment was accompanied by free hole accumulation at the Co3O4 interface and production of hydroxyl radicals. Interestingly, there was no concomitant superoxide generation, which could reflect the hole dominance of a p-type semiconductor. Although the electron flux across the heterojunctions induced upward band bending, the E(c) levels of the doped particles showed energy overlap with the biological redox potential (BRP). This allows electron capture from the redox couples that maintain the BRP from -4.12 to -4.84 eV, causing disruption of cellular redox homeostasis and induction of oxidative stress. PdO/Co3O4 nanoparticles showed significant increases in cytotoxicity at 25, 50, 100, and 200 μg/mL, which was enhanced incrementally by PdO doping in BEAS-2B and RAW 264.7 cells. Oxidative stress presented as a tiered cellular response involving superoxide generation, glutathione depletion, cytokine production, and cytotoxicity in epithelial and macrophage cell lines. A progressive series of acute pro-inflammatory effects could also be seen in the lungs of animals exposed to incremental PdO-doped particles. All considered, generation of a combinatorial PdO/Co3O4 nanoparticle library with incremental heterojunction density allowed us to demonstrate the integrated role of E(v), E(c), and E(f) levels in the generation of oxidant injury and inflammation by the p-type semiconductor, Co3O4. PMID:24673286
Quasiparticle band structure of thirteen semiconductors and insulators
By using a model dielectric matrix in electron self-energy evaluations the computational effort of a quasiparticle band-structure calculation for a semiconductor is greatly reduced. Applications to various systems with or without inversion symmetry, having narrow or wide band gaps, and semiconductor alloys demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of the method. Calculations have been performed for thirteen semiconducting or insulating materials: Si, LiCl, AlP, AlAs, AlSb, GaP, GaAs, GaSb, InP, InAs, InSb, and the Al0.5Ga0.5As and In0.53Ga0.47As alloys. Excellent agreement with experimental results is obtained for the quasiparticle energies for these materials. The only three exceptions, E(Γ1c) of AlP, E(L1c) of AlAs, and E(L1c) of AlSb are discussed and attributed to various experimental uncertainties. Several other quasiparticle-excitation-related properties are also examined in this work. The many-body corrections to the eigenvalues of the valence-band-maximum states obtained from the local-density approximation are calculated for the zinc-blende-structure semiconductors, which are widely used in semiconductor-interface studies. In the present approach, the static screening of the Coulomb interaction between two electrons in a crystal is determined using a model that depends only on the local charge densities at these two points. Since a direct quantitative modeling of the electron self-energy operator has proven difficult, the successful application of the present model-dielectric-function scheme in self-energy calculations makes possible detailed studies of the quasiparticle properties of rather complex systems, which would be otherwise computationally too demanding
Band-gap measurements of bulk and nanoscale hematite by soft x-ray spectroscopy
Gilbert, B.; Frandsen, Cathrine; Maxey, E.R.;
2009-01-01
Chemical and photochemical processes at semiconductor surfaces are highly influenced by the size of the band gap, and ability to control the band gap by particle size in nanomaterials is part of their promise. The combination of soft x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies provides band......-gap determination in bulk and nanoscale itinerant electron semiconductors such as CdS and ZnO, but this approach has not been established for materials such as iron oxides that possess band-edge electronic structure dominated by electron correlations. We performed soft x-ray spectroscopy at the oxygen K-edge to...... reveal band-edge electronic structure of bulk and nanoscale hematite. Good agreement is found between the hematite band gap derived from optical spectroscopy and the energy separation of the first inflection points in the x-ray absorption and emission onset regions. By applying this method to two sizes...
Photonic band gap materials: design, synthesis, and applications
Full text: Unlike semiconductors which facilitate the coherent propagation of electrons, photonic band gap (PBG) materials execute their novel functions through the coherent localization of photons. I review and discuss our recent synthesis of a large scale three-dimensional silicon photonic crystal with a complete photonic band gap near 1.5 microns. When a PBG material is doped with impurity atoms which have an electronic transition that lies within the gap, spontaneous emission of light from the atom is inhibited. Inside the gap, the photon forms a bound state to the atom. Outside the gap, radiative dynamics in the colored vacuum is highly non Markovian. I discuss the influence of these memory effects on laser action. When spontaneous emission is absent, the next order radiative effect (resonance dipole dipole interaction between atoms) must be incorporated leading to anomalous nonlinear optical effects which occur at a much lower threshold than in ordinary vacuum. I describe the collective switching of two-level atoms near a photonic band edge, by external laser field, from a passive state to one exhibiting population inversion. This effect is forbidden in ordinary vacuum. However, in the context of a PBG material, this effect may be utilized for an all-optical transistor. Finally, I discuss the prospects for a phase sensitive, single atom quantum memory device, onto which information may be written by an external laser pulse
Rtimi, S., E-mail: sami.rtimi@epfl.ch [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL-SB-ISIC-GPAO, Station 6, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); UR Catalyse/Matériaux pour l‘Environnement et les Procédés (URCMEP), Faculté des Sciences de Gabès, Université de Gabès, 6072 Gabès (Tunisia); Sanjines, R. [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL-SB-IPMC-LNNME, Bat PH, Station 3, CH1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Pulgarin, C., E-mail: cesar.pulgarin@epfl.ch [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL-SB-ISIC-GPAO, Station 6, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Houas, A. [UR Catalyse/Matériaux pour l‘Environnement et les Procédés (URCMEP), Faculté des Sciences de Gabès, Université de Gabès, 6072 Gabès (Tunisia); Lavanchy, J.-C. [Université de Lausanne, IMG, Centre d’Analyse Minérale, Bat Anthropole, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Kiwi, J. [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL-SB-ISIC-LPI, Bat Chimie, Station 6, CH1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
2013-09-15
Highlights: • Design, preparation, testing and characterization of uniform sputtered films. • Interfacial charge transfer from the Ag{sub 2}O (cb) to the lower laying Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} (cb). • The optical absorption of TaON and TaON/Ag was proportional to E. coli inactivation. • Self-cleaning of the TaON/Ag polyester enables repetitive E. coli inactivation. -- Abstract: This study reports the design, preparation, testing and surface characterization of uniform films deposited by sputtering Ag and Ta on non-heat resistant polyester to evaluate the Escherichia coli inactivation by TaON, TaN/Ag, Ag and TaON/Ag polyester. Co-sputtering for 120 s Ta and Ag in the presence of N{sub 2} and O{sub 2} led to the faster E. coli inactivation by a TaON/Ag sample within ∼40 min under visible light irradiation. The deconvolution of TaON/Ag peaks obtained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) allowed the assignment of the Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} and Ag-species. The shifts observed for the XPS peaks have been assigned to AgO to Ag{sub 2}O and Ag{sup 0}, and are a function of the applied sputtering times. The mechanism of interfacial charge transfer (IFCT) from the Ag{sub 2}O conduction band (cb) to the lower laying Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} (cb) is discussed suggesting a reaction mechanism. The optical absorption of the TaON and TaON/Ag samples found by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) correlated well with the kinetics of E. coli inactivation. The TaON/Ag sample microstructure was characterized by contact angle (CA) and by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Self-cleaning of the TaON/Ag polyester after each disinfection cycle enabled repetitive E. coli inactivation.
Band gap engineering of MoS2 upon compression
López-Suárez, Miquel; Neri, Igor; Rurali, Riccardo
2016-04-01
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a promising candidate for 2D nanoelectronic devices, which shows a direct band-gap for monolayer structure. In this work we study the electronic structure of MoS2 upon both compressive and tensile strains with first-principles density-functional calculations for different number of layers. The results show that the band-gap can be engineered for experimentally attainable strains (i.e., ±0.15). However, compressive strain can result in bucking that can prevent the use of large compressive strain. We then studied the stability of the compression, calculating the critical strain that results in the on-set of buckling for free-standing nanoribbons of different lengths. The results demonstrate that short structures, or few-layer MoS2, show semi-conductor to metal transition upon compressive strain without bucking.
Phononic band gap structures as optimal designs
Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard; Sigmund, Ole
2003-01-01
In this paper we use topology optimization to design phononic band gap structures. We consider 2D structures subjected to periodic loading and obtain the distribution of two materials with high contrast in material properties that gives the minimal vibrational response of the structure. Both in...
Kim, Jimin; Baik, Seung Su; Ryu, Sae Hee; Sohn, Yeongsup; Park, Soohyung; Park, Byeong-Gyu; Denlinger, Jonathan; Yi, Yeonjin; Choi, Hyoung Joon; Kim, Keun Su
2015-08-14
Black phosphorus consists of stacked layers of phosphorene, a two-dimensional semiconductor with promising device characteristics. We report the realization of a widely tunable band gap in few-layer black phosphorus doped with potassium using an in situ surface doping technique. Through band structure measurements and calculations, we demonstrate that a vertical electric field from dopants modulates the band gap, owing to the giant Stark effect, and tunes the material from a moderate-gap semiconductor to a band-inverted semimetal. At the critical field of this band inversion, the material becomes a Dirac semimetal with anisotropic dispersion, linear in armchair and quadratic in zigzag directions. The tunable band structure of black phosphorus may allow great flexibility in design and optimization of electronic and optoelectronic devices. PMID:26273052
Sculpting the band gap: a computational approach.
Prasai, Kiran; Biswas, Parthapratim; Drabold, D A
2015-01-01
Materials with optimized band gap are needed in many specialized applications. In this work, we demonstrate that Hellmann-Feynman forces associated with the gap states can be used to find atomic coordinates that yield desired electronic density of states. Using tight-binding models, we show that this approach may be used to arrive at electronically designed models of amorphous silicon and carbon. We provide a simple recipe to include a priori electronic information in the formation of computer models of materials, and prove that this information may have profound structural consequences. The models are validated with plane-wave density functional calculations. PMID:26490203
Hard gap in epitaxial semiconductor-superconductor nanowires
Chang, W.; Albrecht, S. M.; Jespersen, T. S.;
2015-01-01
Many present and future applications of superconductivity would benefit from electrostatic control of carrier density and tunneling rates, the hallmark of semiconductor devices. One particularly exciting application is the realization of topological superconductivity as a basis for quantum...... information processing. Proposals in this direction based on proximity effect in semiconductor nanowires are appealing because the key ingredients are currently in hand. However, previous instances of proximitized semiconductors show significant tunneling conductance below the superconducting gap, suggesting...... a continuum of subgap states---a situation that nullifies topological protection. Here, we report a hard superconducting gap induced by proximity effect in a semiconductor, using epitaxial Al-InAs superconductor-semiconductor nanowires. The hard gap, along with favorable material properties and gate...
Hard gap in epitaxial semiconductor-superconductor nanowires.
Chang, W; Albrecht, S M; Jespersen, T S; Kuemmeth, F; Krogstrup, P; Nygård, J; Marcus, C M
2015-03-01
Many present and future applications of superconductivity would benefit from electrostatic control of carrier density and tunnelling rates, the hallmark of semiconductor devices. One particularly exciting application is the realization of topological superconductivity as a basis for quantum information processing. Proposals in this direction based on the proximity effect in semiconductor nanowires are appealing because the key ingredients are currently in hand. However, previous instances of proximitized semiconductors show significant tunnelling conductance below the superconducting gap, suggesting a continuum of subgap states--a situation that nullifies topological protection. Here, we report a hard superconducting gap induced by the proximity effect in a semiconductor, using epitaxial InAs-Al semiconductor-superconductor nanowires. The hard gap, together with favourable material properties and gate-tunability, makes this new hybrid system attractive for a number of applications, as well as fundamental studies of mesoscopic superconductivity. PMID:25581886
Synthesis and Characterization of Small Band-gap Conjugated Polymers - Poly(pyrrolyl methines)
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2002-01-01
A kind of small band-gap conjugated polymers-poly (pyrrolyl methines) and their precursors-(poly pyrrolyl methanes) have been synthesized by a simple method and characterized by 1HNMR, FT-IR, TGA and UV-Vis. These polymers can be dissolved in high polar solvents such as DMSO, DMF or NMP. The results reveals that the band-gap of the synthesized conjugated polymers are in the range of 0.96～1.14 eV and they all belong to the small band-gap polymers. The conductivity of doped products with iodine is in the range of semiconductor.
Highly dispersive photonic band-gap prism
We propose the concept of a photonic band-gap (PBG) prism based on two-dimensional PBG structures and realize it in the millimeter-wave spectral regime. We recognize the highly nonlinear dispersion of PBG materials near Brillouin zone edges and utilize the dispersion to achieve strong prism action. Such a PBG prism is very compact if operated in the optical regime, ∼20μm in size for λ∼700nm, and can serve as a dispersive element for building ultracompact miniature spectrometers. copyright 1996 Optical Society of America
Highly dispersive photonic band-gap prism.
Lin, S Y; Hietala, V M; Wang, L; Jones, E D
1996-11-01
We propose the concept of a photonic band-gap (PBG) prism based on two-dimensional PBG structures and realize it in the millimeter-wave spectral regime. We recognize the highly nonlinear dispersion of PBG materials near Brillouin zone edges and utilize the dispersion to achieve strong prism action. Such a PBG prism is very compact if operated in the optical regime, ~20 mm in size for lambda ~ 700 nm, and can serve as a dispersive element for building ultracompact miniature spectrometers. PMID:19881796
The band-gap enhanced photovoltaic structure
Tessler, Nir
2016-05-01
We critically examine the recently suggested structure that was postulated to potentially add 50% to the photo-conversion efficiency of organic solar cells. We find that the structure could be realized using stepwise increase in the gap as long as the steps are not above 0.1 eV. We also show that the charge extraction is not compromised due to an interplay between the contact's space charge and the energy level modification, which result in a flat energy band at the extracting contact.
Photonic-Band-Gap Resonator Gyrotron
We report the design and experimental demonstration of a gyrotron oscillator using a photonic-band-gap (PBG) structure to eliminate mode competition in a highly overmoded resonator. The PBG cavity supports a TE041 -like mode at 140GHz and is designed to have no competing modes over a minimum frequency range δω/ω of 30% about the design mode. Experimental operation of a PBG gyrotron at 68kV and 5A produced 25kW of peak power in the design mode. No other modes were observed over the full predicted operating range about the design mode. PBG cavities show great promise for applications in vacuum electron devices in the millimeter- and submillimeter-wave bands
Size effects in band gap bowing in nitride semiconducting alloys
Gorczyca, I.; Suski, T.; Christensen, Niels Egede;
2011-01-01
Chemical and size contributions to the band gap bowing of nitride semiconducting alloys (InxGa1-xN, InxAl1-xN, and AlxGa1-xN) are analyzed. It is shown that the band gap deformation potentials of the binary constituents determine the gap bowing in the ternary alloys. The particularly large gap...
Band anticrossing effects in highly mismatched semiconductor alloys
Wu, Junqiao
2002-09-09
The first five chapters of this thesis focus on studies of band anticrossing (BAC) effects in highly electronegativity- mismatched semiconductor alloys. The concept of bandgap bowing has been used to describe the deviation of the alloy bandgap from a linear interpolation. Bowing parameters as large as 2.5 eV (for ZnSTe) and close to zero (for AlGaAs and ZnSSe) have been observed experimentally. Recent advances in thin film deposition techniques have allowed the growth of semiconductor alloys composed of significantly different constituents with ever- improving crystalline quality (e.g., GaAs{sub 1-x}N{sub x} and GaP{sub 1-x}N{sub x} with x {approx}< 0.05). These alloys exhibit many novel and interesting properties including, in particular, a giant bandgap bowing (bowing parameters > 14 eV). A band anticrossing model has been developed to explain these properties. The model shows that the predominant bowing mechanism in these systems is driven by the anticrossing interaction between the localized level associated with the minority component and the band states of the host. In this thesis I discuss my studies of the BAC effects in these highly mismatched semiconductors. It will be shown that the results of the physically intuitive BAC model can be derived from the Hamiltonian of the many-impurity Anderson model. The band restructuring caused by the BAC interaction is responsible for a series of experimental observations such as a large bandgap reduction, an enhancement of the electron effective mass, and a decrease in the pressure coefficient of the fundamental gap energy. Results of further experimental investigations of the optical properties of quantum wells based on these materials will be also presented. It will be shown that the BAC interaction occurs not only between localized states and conduction band states at the Brillouin zone center, but also exists over all of k-space. Finally, taking ZnSTe and ZnSeTe as examples, I show that BAC also occurs between
Band-gap engineering of functional perovskites through quantum confinement and tunneling
Castelli, Ivano Eligio; Pandey, Mohnish; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel
2015-01-01
An optimal band gap that allows for a high solar-to-fuel energy conversion efficiency is one of the key factors to achieve sustainability. We investigate computationally the band gaps and optical spectra of functional perovskites composed of layers of the two cubic perovskite semiconductors BaSnO3...... and BaTaO2N. Starting from an indirect gap of around 3.3 eV for BaSnO3 and a direct gap of 1.8 eV for BaTaO2N, different layerings can be used to design a direct gap of the functional perovskite between 2.3 and 1.2 eV. The variations of the band gap can be understood in terms of quantum confinement...
Formation of Degenerate Band Gaps in Layered Systems
Alexey P. Vinogradov
2012-06-01
Full Text Available In the review, peculiarities of spectra of one-dimensional photonic crystals made of anisotropic and/or magnetooptic materials are considered. The attention is focused on band gaps of a special type—the so called degenerate band gaps which are degenerate with respect to polarization. Mechanisms of formation and properties of these band gaps are analyzed. Peculiarities of spectra of photonic crystals that arise due to the linkage between band gaps are discussed. Particularly, it is shown that formation of a frozen mode is caused by linkage between Brillouin and degenerate band gaps. Also, existence of the optical Borrmann effect at the boundaries of degenerate band gaps and optical Tamm states at the frequencies of degenerate band gaps are analyzed.
Transport gap of organic semiconductors in organic modified Schottky contacts
Two different organic molecules with similar structure, 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) and N,N'-dimethyl-3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (DiMe-PTCDI), were used for the modification of Ag Schottky contacts on sulphur passivated GaAs(1 0 0) (S-GaAs). Such diodes were investigated recording in situ current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. As a function of the PTCDA thickness the effective barrier height of Ag/PTCDA/S-GaAs contacts initially increases from 0.59±0.01 to 0.72±0.01 eV, and then decreases to 0.54±0.01 eV, while only a decrease in barrier height from 0.54±0.01 to 0.45±0.01 eV is observed for DiMe-PTCDI interlayers. The initial increase and decrease in effective barrier height for PTCDA and DiMe-PTCDI respectively, is correlated with the energy level alignment of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) with respect to the conduction band minimum (CBM) of S-GaAs at the organic/inorganic semiconductor interface. Whilst there is an additional barrier for electrons at the PTCDA/S-GaAs interface of about 150 meV, i.e. the LUMO lies above CBM, the LUMO is aligned or below CBM in the DiMe-PTCDI case. The results also shine light on the important issue of the transport gap in organic semiconductors for which an estimation can be obtained
On the theory of phonoriton in cubic semiconductors with a degenerate valence band
The ''phonoriton'' is an elementary excitation constructed from an exciton polariton and phonon in semiconductors under intense excitation by an electromagnetic wave near the exciton resonance (L.V. Keldysh and A.L. Ivanov, 1982). In this paper we develop a theory of phonoriton in direct band gap cubic semiconductor with a degenerate valence band using the simple model of J.L. Birman and B.S. Wang (1990). In addition to experimental proofs of the existence of phonoriton we propose an experiment to measure its flight time. (author). 33 refs
Uncover the electroluminescence in wide band gap polymers
Qiao, B.; Teyssedre, G.; Laurent, C.
2015-10-01
Due to the rapidly increasing demand of electric power, insulating materials used in electrical components are pushed up to their limits, where their electronic properties are of fundamental importance. Electroluminescence provides an elegant way to investigate electronic properties, high field effects and electrical ageing of polymers although the emission spectrum is still poorly understood. Unlike in organic semi-conductors, electroluminescence spectra of large band gap polymers exhibit specific spectral features that cannot be interpreted on the basis of the photo-physical properties of the material. By irradiating polypropylene thin films with electrons up to a few keV and by analyzing the emitted light, we were able to isolate the elementary components of the emission and to reconstruct the electroluminescence spectrum. For the first time, a comprehensive study of electroluminescence in polymers is provided and the underlying mechanisms of the emission are discussed. The results herein provide an univocal demonstration that the electroluminescence from wide band gap polymers results in part from chemical reactions, opening the way to the diagnosis and prognosis of polymeric materials under electrical stress.
Subpicosecond shifting of the photonic band gap in a three-dimensional photonic crystal
Mazurenko, DA; Kerst, R; Dijkhuis, JI; Akimov, AV; Golubev, VG; Kaplyanskii, AA; Kurdyukov, DA; Pevtsov, AB
2005-01-01
We demonstrate spectral shifting of the photonic band gap in a three-dimensional photonic crystal within a time of less than 350 fs. Single 120 fs high-power optical pulses are capable to induce the transition from the semiconductor to the metallic phase of VO2 in the pores of our artificial silica
Electronic band gap of SrSe at high pressure
David Atkinson, Timothy; Chynoweth, Katie Mae; Cervantes, Phillip
2006-08-01
The electronic band gap of SrSe, in the CsCl-stuctured phase, was measured to 42 GPa via optical absorption studies. The indirect electronic band gap was found to close monotonically with pressure for the range of pressures studied. The change in band gap with respect to pressure, dE gap/dP, was determined to be -6.1(5)×10 -3 eV/GPa. By extrapolation of our line fit, we estimate band gap closure to occur at 180(20) GPa.
A model for the direct-to-indirect band-gap transition in monolayer MoSe2 under strain
Ruma Das; Priya Mahadevan
2015-06-01
A monolayer of MoSe2 is found to be a direct band-gap semiconductor. We show, within ab-initio electronic structure calculations, that a modest biaxial tensile strain of 3% can drive it into an indirect band-gap semiconductor with the valence band maximum (VBM) shifting from point to point. An analysis of the charge density reveals that while Mo–Mo interactions contribute to the VBM at 0% strain, Mo–Se interactions contribute to the highest occupied band at point. A scaling of the hopping interaction strengths within an appropriate tight binding model can capture the transition.
Hypersonic band gap in an AlN-TiN bilayer phononic crystal slab
Hemon, S.; Akjouj, A.; Soltani, A.; Pennec, Y.; El Hassouani, Y.; Talbi, A.; Mortet, Vincent; Djafari-Rouhani, B.
2014-01-01
Roč. 104, č. 6 (2014), "063101-1"-"063101-5". ISSN 0003-6951 Grant ostatní: AVČR(CZ) Purkyně Fellowhip Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : band gap * III-V semiconductors * AIN films * photonic bandgap materials * thin film deposition * band structure * surface acoustic waves * bulk materials Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.302, year: 2014
Photonic band gap materials: Technology, applications and challenges
Last century has been the age of Artificial Materials. One material that stands out in this regard is the semiconductor. The revolution in electronic industry in the 20th century was made possible by the ability of semiconductors to microscopically manipulate the flow of electrons. Further advancement in the field made scientists suggest that the new millennium will be the age of photonics in which artificial materials will be synthesized to microscopically manipulate the flow of light. One of these will be Photonic Band Gap material (PBG). PBG are periodic dielectric structures that forbid propagation of electromagnetic waves in a certain frequency range. They are able to engineer most fundamental properties of electromagnetic waves such as the laws of refraction, diffraction, and emission of light from atoms. Such PBG material not only opens up variety of possible applications (in lasers, antennas, millimeter wave devices, efficient solar cells photo-catalytic processes, integrated optical communication etc.) but also give rise to new physics (cavity electrodynamics, localization, disorder, photon-number-state squeezing). Unlike electronic micro-cavity, optical waveguides in a PBG microchip can simultaneously conduct hundreds of wavelength channels of information in a three dimensional circuit path. In this article we have discussed some aspects of PBG materials and their unusual properties, which provided a foundation for novel practical applications ranging from clinical medicine to information technology. (author)
Band alignment of semiconductors from density-functional theory and many-body perturbation theory
Hinuma, Yoyo; Grüneis, Andreas; Kresse, Georg; Oba, Fumiyasu
2014-10-01
The band lineup, or alignment, of semiconductors is investigated via first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) and many-body perturbation theory (MBPT). Twenty-one semiconductors including C, Si, and Ge in the diamond structure, BN, AlP, AlAs, AlSb, GaP, GaAs, GaSb, InP, InAs, InSb, ZnS, ZnSe, ZnTe, CdS, CdSe, and CdTe in the zinc-blende structure, and GaN and ZnO in the wurtzite structure are considered in view of their fundamental and technological importance. Band alignments are determined using the valence and conduction band offsets from heterointerface calculations, the ionization potential (IP) and electron affinity (EA) from surface calculations, and the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum relative to the branch point energy, or charge neutrality level, from bulk calculations. The performance of various approximations to DFT and MBPT, namely the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) semilocal functional, the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE) hybrid functional, and the GW approximation with and without vertex corrections in the screened Coulomb interaction, is assessed using the GWΓ1 approximation as a reference, where first-order vertex corrections are included in the self-energy. The experimental IPs, EAs, and band offsets are well reproduced by GWΓ1 for most of the semiconductor surfaces and heterointerfaces considered in this study. The PBE and HSE functionals show sizable errors in the IPs and EAs, in particular for group II-VI semiconductors with wide band gaps, but are much better in the prediction of relative band positions or band offsets due to error cancellation. The performance of the GW approximation is almost on par with GWΓ1 as far as relative band positions are concerned. The band alignments based on average interfacial band offsets for all pairs of 17 semiconductors and branch point energies agree with explicitly calculated interfacial band offsets with small mean absolute errors of both ˜0.1eV, indicating a
Chantis, Athanasios N.; Christensen, Niels Egede; Svane, Axel;
2010-01-01
first, the spin splitting is completely suppressed for one of the bands and doubled for the other. In the second, the absolute value of the splitting is markedly enhanced for both bands approaching the magnitude of the hybridization gap. We demonstrate these effects in zinc-blende semiconductors with...
Two-dimensional tricycle arsenene with a direct band gap.
Ma, ShuangYing; Zhou, Pan; Sun, L Z; Zhang, K W
2016-03-16
Based on a comprehensive investigation including ab initio phonon and finite-temperature molecular dynamics calculations, we find that two-dimensional tricycle-shaped arsenene (T-As) is robust and even stable under high temperature. T-As is energetically comparable to previously reported chair-shaped arsenene (C-As) and more stable than stirrup-shaped arsenene (S-As). In contrast to C-As and S-As, the monolayer T-As is a direct band gap semiconductor with an energy gap of 1.377 eV. Our results indicate that the electronic structure of T-As can be effectively modulated by stacking, strain, and patterning, which shows great potential of T-As in future nano-electronics. Moreover, by absorbing H or F atoms on the surface of T-As along a specific direction, nanoribbons with desired edge type and even width can be obtained, which is suitable for the fabrication of nano-devices. PMID:26954607
Strain-induced band-gap engineering of graphene monoxide and its effect on graphene
Pu, H. H.; Rhim, S. H.; Hirschmugl, C. J.; Gajdardziska-Josifovska, M.; Weinert, M.; Chen, J. H.
2013-02-01
Using first-principles calculations we demonstrate the feasibility of band-gap engineering in two-dimensional crystalline graphene monoxide (GMO), a recently reported graphene-based material with a 1:1 carbon/oxygen ratio. The band gap of GMO, which can be switched between direct and indirect, is tunable over a large range (0-1.35 eV) for accessible strains. Electron and hole transport occurs predominantly along the zigzag and armchair directions (armchair for both) when GMO is a direct- (indirect-) gap semiconductor. A band gap of ˜0.5 eV is also induced in graphene at the K' points for GMO/graphene hybrid systems.
Solid-State Nanopore Confinement for Band Gap Engineering of Metal-Halide Perovskites
Demchyshyn, Stepan; Groiss, Heiko; Heilbrunner, Herwig; Ulbricht, Christoph; Apaydin, Dogukan; Rütt, Uta; Bertram, Florian; Hesser, Günter; Scharber, Markus; Nickel, Bert; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar; Bauer, Siegfried; Głowacki, Eric Daniel; Kaltenbrunner, Martin
2016-01-01
Tuning the band gap of semiconductors via quantum size effects launched a technological revolution in optoelectronics, advancing solar cells, quantum dot light-emitting displays, and solid state lasers. Next generation devices seek to employ low-cost, easily processable semiconductors. A promising class of such materials are metal-halide perovskites, currently propelling research on emerging photovoltaics. Their narrow band emission permits very high colour purity in light-emitting devices and vivid life-like displays paired with low-temperature processing through printing-compatible methods. Success of perovskites in light-emitting devices is conditional upon finding reliable strategies to obtain tunability of the band gap. So far, colour can be tuned chemically by mixed halide stoichiometry, or by synthesis of colloidal particles. Here we introduce a general strategy of controlling shape and size of perovskite nanocrystallites (less than 10 nm) in domains that exhibit strong quantum size effects. Without ma...
Influence of process parameters on band gap of AI-doped ZnO film
Diqiu HUANG; Xiangbin ZENG; Yajuan ZHENG; Xiaojin WANG; Yanyan YANG
2013-01-01
This paper presents the influence of process parameters, such as argon （Ar） flow rate, sputtering power and substrate temperature on the band gap of Al-doped ZnO film, Al-doped ZnO thin films were fabricated by radio frequency （RF） magnetron sputtering technology and deposited on polyimide and glass substrates. Under different Ar flow rates varied from 30 to 70 sccm, the band gap of thin films were changed from 3.56 to 3.67 eV. As sputtering power ranged from 125 to 200 W, the band gap was varied from 3.28 to 3.82 eV; the band gap was between 3.41 and 3.88 eV as substrate temperature increases from 150℃ to 300℃. Furthermore, the correlation between carrier concentration and band gap was investigated by HALL. These results demonstrate that the band gap of the Al-doped ZnO thin film can be adjusted by changing the Ar flow rate, sputtering power and substrate temperature, which can improve the performance of semiconductor devices related to Al-doped ZnO thin film.
Band-gap and band-edge engineering of multicomponent garnet scintillators from first principles
Yadav, S.K.; Uberuaga, B.P.; Nikl, Martin; Jiang, C.; Stanek, C.R.
2015-01-01
Roč. 4, č. 5 (2015), "054012-1"-"054012-9". ISSN 2331-7019 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP204/12/0805 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : scintillator * electronic band gap structure * garnets * band gap engineering Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism
Optical absorption spectrum of highly excited direct gap semiconductors
The effects of many body interactions on the absorption (gain) spectrum of highly excited direct gap semiconductors are investigated using two-times Green's function method. The equation of motion for an appropriate Green's function when linearized in an exchange decoupling approximation, reproduces results of some recent calculations. We also propose a frequency moment conserving decoupling approximation. The result obtained is in a form which shows the enhancement of the free particle spectrum due to electron-hole correlations. (author)
First-principles study of doping and band gap anomalies in delafossite transparent conductive oxides
Nie, Xiliang; Wei, Su-Huai; Zhang, S. B.
2002-03-01
Despite the success of n-type transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) in flat panel display, solar cell, and touch panel applications, p-type TCOs are rare. Recently, however, several p-type TCO films such as SrCu_2O2 and delafossite CuM^IIIO2 where M^III=Al, Ga, and In have been successfully demonstrated. These materials have some very unusual properties: (i) The band gaps increase with increasing atomic number. This contradicts the trend in normal semiconductors including those with the same group III elements. (ii) Bipolar doping (namely both p- and n-type doping) is observed only in the largest band gap CuInO_2. This contradicts the doping limit rule [1] as no similar trend has ever been observed in any other semiconductors. Here, using first-principles method, we calculate the electronic and optical properties of CuM^IIIO_2. We found that the fundamental direct gap decreases with the increase of the atomic number, following the general trend in conventional semiconductors. But the optical band gap (which has been used in the above experiments to define the band gap) follows an opposite trend. This happens because optical transition at the fundamental direct gap is forbidden as both states have the same parity (even). On the other hand, CuInO2 has exceptionally low conduction band minimum (CBM), 1.48 eV lower than CuAlO_2. According to the doping limit rule [1], low CBM implies good n-type dopability. Our findings explain the puzzling combination of good transparency with bipolar dopability in CuInO_2. This work was supported by the U. S. DOE-SC-BES under contract No. DE-AC36-99GO10337. [1] S. B. Zhang, S. -H. Wei, and A. Zunger, J. Appl. Phys. 83, 3192 (1998).
Band Gaps of an Amorphous Photonic Materials
WANG Yi-Quan; FENG Zhi-Fang; HU Xiao-Yong; CHENG Bing-Ying; ZHANG Dao-Zhong
2004-01-01
@@ A new kind of amorphous photonic materials is presented. Both the simulated and experimental results show that although the disorder of the whole dielectric structure is strong, the amorphous photonic materials have two photonic gaps. This confirms that the short-range order is an essential factor for the formation of the photonic gaps.
Suppressing band gap of MoS2 by the incorporation of four- and eight-membered rings
A stable planar allotrope of MoS2, formed by introducing four- and eight-membered rings into its hexagonal network (H468), is identified to be a narrow direct-band-gap semiconductor by first principle calculations, which is remarkably different from the large band gap semiconductor of conventional MoS2 and also the zero band gap allotrope consisting of four- and eight-membered rings (H48) only. The medium-sized direct band gap indicates that H468 would find applications in nanoelectronics and near-infrared optoelectronic devices. Furthermore, the distinctive simulated scanning tunneling microscope images under positive and negative biases might be a unique characteristic for the experimental identification of such an allotrope of MoS2
Suppressing band gap of MoS{sub 2} by the incorporation of four- and eight-membered rings
Zhu, Liyan; Zhang, Tingting, E-mail: ttzhang@hytc.edu.cn [Huaiyin Normal University, School of Physics and Electronic & Electrical Engineering, and Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Modern Measurement Technology and Intelligent Systems (China)
2015-05-15
A stable planar allotrope of MoS{sub 2}, formed by introducing four- and eight-membered rings into its hexagonal network (H468), is identified to be a narrow direct-band-gap semiconductor by first principle calculations, which is remarkably different from the large band gap semiconductor of conventional MoS{sub 2} and also the zero band gap allotrope consisting of four- and eight-membered rings (H48) only. The medium-sized direct band gap indicates that H468 would find applications in nanoelectronics and near-infrared optoelectronic devices. Furthermore, the distinctive simulated scanning tunneling microscope images under positive and negative biases might be a unique characteristic for the experimental identification of such an allotrope of MoS{sub 2}.
Alidoust, Nima; Lessio, Martina; Carter, Emily A.
2016-01-01
Solar cells based on single pn junctions, employing single-gap semiconductors can ideally achieve efficiencies as high as 34%. Developing solar cells based on intermediate-band semiconductors (IBSCs), which can absorb light across multiple band gaps, is a possible way to defy this theoretical limit and achieve efficiencies as high as 60%. Here, we use first principles quantum mechanics methods and introduce CoO and Co0.25Ni0.75O as possible IBSCs. We show that the conduction band in both of these materials is divided into two distinct bands separated by a band gap. We further show that the lower conduction band (i.e., the intermediate band) is wider in Co0.25Ni0.75O compared with CoO. This should enhance light absorption from the valence band edge to the intermediate band, making Co0.25Ni0.75O more appropriate for use as an IBSC. Our findings provide the basis for future attempts to partially populate the intermediate band and to reduce the lower band gap in Co0.25Ni0.75O in order to enhance the potential of this material for use in IBSC solar cell technologies. Furthermore, with proper identification of heterojunctions and dopants, CoO and Co0.25Ni0.75O could be used in multi-color light emitting diode and laser technologies.
Vargas, W. E.; Hernández-Jiménez, M.; Libby, E.; Azofeifa, D. E.; Solis, Á.; Barboza-Aguilar, C.
2015-09-01
Under normal illumination with non-polarized light, reflection spectra of the cuticle of golden-like and red Chrysina aurigans scarabs show a structured broad band of left-handed circularly polarized light. The polarization of the reflected light is attributed to a Bouligand-type left-handed chiral structure found through the scarab's cuticle. By considering these twisted structures as one-dimensional photonic crystals, a novel approach is developed from the dispersion relation of circularly polarized electromagnetic waves traveling through chiral media, to show how the broad band characterizing these spectra arises from an intrinsic narrow photonic band gap whose spectral position moves through visible and near-infrared wavelengths.
Transport Gap and exciton binding energy determination in organic semiconductors
Krause, Stefan; Schoell, Achim; Reinert, Friedrich; Umbach, Eberhard [University of Wuerzburg (Germany). Experimental Physics II; Casu, Benedetta [Inst. f. Physik. u. Theor. Chemie, Tuebingen (Germany)
2008-07-01
The transport gap of an organic semiconductor is defined as the energy difference between the HOMO and LUMO levels in the presence of a hole or electron, respectively, after relaxation has occurred. Its knowledge is mandatory for the optimisation of electronic devices based on these materials. UV photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and inverse photoelectron spectroscopy (IPES) are routinely applied to measure these molecular levels. However, the precise determination of the transport gap on the basis of the respective data is not an easy task. It involves fundamental questions about the properties of organic molecules and their condensates, about their reaction on the experimental probe, and on the evaluation of the spectroscopic data. In particular electronic relaxation processes, which occur on the time scale of the photo excitation, have to be considered adequately. We determined the transport gap for the organic semiconductors PTCDA, Alq3, DIP, CuPc, and PBI-H4. After careful data analysis and comparison to the respective values for the optical gap we obtain values for the exciton binding energies between 0.1-0.5 eV. This is considerably smaller than commonly believed and indicates a significant delocalisation of the excitonic charge over various molecular units.
Resolution of the Band Gap Prediction Problem for Materials Design.
Crowley, Jason M; Tahir-Kheli, Jamil; Goddard, William A
2016-04-01
An important property with any new material is the band gap. Standard density functional theory methods grossly underestimate band gaps. This is known as the band gap problem. Here, we show that the hybrid B3PW91 density functional returns band gaps with a mean absolute deviation (MAD) from experiment of 0.22 eV over 64 insulators with gaps spanning a factor of 500 from 0.014 to 7 eV. The MAD is 0.28 eV over 70 compounds with gaps up to 14.2 eV, with a mean error of -0.03 eV. To benchmark the quality of the hybrid method, we compared the hybrid method to the rigorous GW many-body perturbation theory method. Surprisingly, the MAD for B3PW91 is about 1.5 times smaller than the MAD for GW. Furthermore, B3PW91 is 3-4 orders of magnitude faster computationally. Hence, B3PW91 is a practical tool for predicting band gaps of materials before they are synthesized and represents a solution to the band gap prediction problem. PMID:26944092
The Development of Layered Photonic Band Gap Structures Using a Micro-Transfer Molding Technique
Kevin Jerome Sutherland
2001-05-01
Photonic band gap (PBG) crystals are periodic dielectric structures that manipulate electromagnetic radiation in a manner similar to semiconductor devices manipulating electrons. Whereas a semiconductor material exhibits an electronic band gap in which electrons cannot exist, similarly, a photonic crystal containing a photonic band gap does not allow the propagation of specific frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. This phenomenon results from the destructive Bragg diffraction interference that a wave propagating at a specific frequency will experience because of the periodic change in dielectric permitivity. This gives rise to a variety of optical applications for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of opto-electronic devices. These applications are reviewed later. Several methods are currently used to fabricate photonic crystals, which are also discussed in detail. This research involves a layer-by-layer micro-transfer molding ({mu}TM) and stacking method to create three-dimensional FCC structures of epoxy or titania. The structures, once reduced significantly in size can be infiltrated with an organic gain media and stacked on a semiconductor to improve the efficiency of an electronically pumped light-emitting diode. Photonic band gap structures have been proven to effectively create a band gap for certain frequencies of electro-magnetic radiation in the microwave and near-infrared ranges. The objective of this research project was originally two-fold: to fabricate a three dimensional (3-D) structure of a size scaled to prohibit electromagnetic propagation within the visible wavelength range, and then to characterize that structure using laser dye emission spectra. As a master mold has not yet been developed for the micro transfer molding technique in the visible range, the research was limited to scaling down the length scale as much as possible with the current available technology and characterizing these structures with other methods.
Electronic Band Structures of the Highly Desirable III-V Semiconductors: TB-mBJ DFT Studies
Rehman, Gul; Shafiq, M.; Saifullah; Ahmad, Rashid; Jalali-Asadabadi, S.; Maqbool, M.; Khan, Imad; Rahnamaye-Aliabad, H.; Ahmad, Iftikhar
2016-05-01
The correct band gaps of semiconductors are highly desirable for their effective use in optoelectronic and other photonic devices. However, the experimental and theoretical results of the exact band gaps are quite challenging and sometimes tricky. In this article, we explore the electronic band structures of the highly desirable optical materials, III-V semiconductors. The main reason of the ineffectiveness of the theoretical band gaps of these compounds is their mixed bonding character, where large proportions of electrons reside outside atomic spheres in the intestinal regions, which are challenging for proper theoretical treatment. In this article, the band gaps of the compounds are revisited and successfully reproduced by properly treating the density of electrons using the recently developed non-regular Tran and Blaha's modified Becke-Johnson (nTB-mBJ) approach. This study additionally suggests that this theoretical scheme could also be useful for the band gap engineering of the III-V semiconductors. Furthermore, the optical properties of these compounds are also calculated and compared with the experimental results.
Electronic Band Structures of the Highly Desirable III-V Semiconductors: TB-mBJ DFT Studies
Rehman, Gul; Shafiq, M.; Saifullah; Ahmad, Rashid; Jalali-Asadabadi, S.; Maqbool, M.; Khan, Imad; Rahnamaye-Aliabad, H.; Ahmad, Iftikhar
2016-07-01
The correct band gaps of semiconductors are highly desirable for their effective use in optoelectronic and other photonic devices. However, the experimental and theoretical results of the exact band gaps are quite challenging and sometimes tricky. In this article, we explore the electronic band structures of the highly desirable optical materials, III-V semiconductors. The main reason of the ineffectiveness of the theoretical band gaps of these compounds is their mixed bonding character, where large proportions of electrons reside outside atomic spheres in the intestinal regions, which are challenging for proper theoretical treatment. In this article, the band gaps of the compounds are revisited and successfully reproduced by properly treating the density of electrons using the recently developed non-regular Tran and Blaha's modified Becke-Johnson (nTB-mBJ) approach. This study additionally suggests that this theoretical scheme could also be useful for the band gap engineering of the III-V semiconductors. Furthermore, the optical properties of these compounds are also calculated and compared with the experimental results.
Design for maximum band-gaps in beam structures
Olhoff, Niels; Niu, Bin; Cheng, Gengdong
2012-01-01
This paper aims to extend earlier optimum design results for transversely vibrating Bernoulli-Euler beams by determining new optimum band-gap beam structures for (i) different combinations of classical boundary conditions, (ii) much larger values of the orders n and n-1 of adjacent upper and lower...... eigenfrequencies of maximized band-gaps, and (iii) different values of a minimum cross-sectional area constraint. The periodicity of the optimum beams and the attenuation of their band-gaps are also discussed....
Structural characteristic correlated to the electronic band gap in Mo S2
Chu, Shengqi; Park, Changyong; Shen, Guoyin
2016-07-01
The structural evolution with pressure in bulk Mo S2 has been investigated by high-pressure x-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation. We found that the out-of-plane S-Mo-S bond angle θ increases and that in in-plane angle ϕ decreases linearly with increasing pressure across the known semiconducting-to-metal phase transition, whereas the Mo-S bond length and the S-Mo-S trilayer thickness display only little change. Extrapolating the experimental result along the in-plane lattice parameter with pressure, both S-Mo-S bond angles trend to those found in monolayer Mo S2 , which manifests as a structural characteristic closely correlating the electronic band gap of Mo S2 to its physical forms and phases, e.g., monolayer as direct band gap semiconductor, multilayer or bulk as indirect band gap semiconductor, and high-pressure (>19 GPa ) bulk form as metal. Combined with the effects of bond strength and van der Waals interlayer interactions, the structural correlations between the characteristic bond angle and electronic band gaps are readily extendible to other transition metal dichalcogenide systems (M X2 , where M =Mo , W and X =S , Se, Te).
Band gap effects of hexagonal boron nitride using oxygen plasma
Tuning of band gap of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) has been a challenging problem due to its inherent chemical stability and inertness. In this work, we report the changes in band gaps in a few layers of chemical vapor deposition processed as-grown h-BN using a simple oxygen plasma treatment. Optical absorption spectra show a trend of band gap narrowing monotonically from 6 eV of pristine h-BN to 4.31 eV when exposed to oxygen plasma for 12 s. The narrowing of band gap causes the reduction in electrical resistance by ∼100 fold. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results of plasma treated hexagonal boron nitride surface show the predominant doping of oxygen for the nitrogen vacancy. Energy sub-band formations inside the band gap of h-BN, due to the incorporation of oxygen dopants, cause a red shift in absorption edge corresponding to the band gap narrowing
Tunable Band Gap of Boron Nitride Interfaces under Uniaxial Pressure
Moraes, Elizane; Manhabosco, Taise; de Oliveira, Alan; Batista, Ronaldo
2013-03-01
In this work we show, by means of a density functional theory formalism, that the interaction between hydrogen terminated boron nitride surfaces gives rise to a metallic interface with free carries of opposite sign at each surface. A band gap can be induced by decreasing the surface separation. The size of the band gap changes continuously from zero up to 4.4 eV with decreasing separation, which is understood in terms of the interaction between surface states.Due to the high thermal conductivity of cubic boron nitride and the coupling between band gap and applied pressure, such tunable band gap interfaces may be used in high stable electronic and electromechanical devices. In addition, the spacial separation of charge carries at the interface may lead to photovoltaic applications. The authors thank tha brazilian agencies Fapemig, CNPq and Capes
Photonic band gap engineering in 2D photonic crystals
Yogita Kalra; R K Sinha
2006-12-01
The polarization-dependent photonic band gaps (TM and TE polarizations) in two-dimensional photonic crystals with square lattices composed of air holes in dielectric and vice versa i.e., dielectric rods in air, using the plane-wave expansion method are investigated. We then study, how the photonic band gap size is affected by the changing ellipticity of the constituent air holes/dielectric rods. It is observed that the size of the photonic band gap changes with changing ellipticity of the constituent air holes/dielectric rods. Further, it is reported, how the photonic band gap size is affected by the change in the orientation of the constituent elliptical air holes/dielectric rods in 2D photonic crystals.
Luminescence from wide band gap materials and their applications
Shinde, S. L.; Senapati, S.; Nanda, K. K.
2015-03-01
We demonstrate ZnO and In2O3 microcrystals as an optical probe for wide range thermometry. Both ZnO and In2O3 microcrystals exhibit a monotonic decrease in luminescence intensities with increase in temperature. The variation has been explored to develop a thermometer in a wide temperature range. We also demonstrate enhanced brightness from broad-luminescent-wide band gap materials when sensitized with low band gap CdTe quantum dots. Wide band gap materials act as acceptors, while CdTe act as donors. One of the major implications is the designing of weak-luminescent-wide-band gap materials as bright white light emitting phosphors that can convert the ultraviolet into visible light. Invited talk at the 7th International Workshop on Advanced Materials Science and Nanotechnology IWAMSN2014, 2-6 November, 2014, Ha Long, Vietnam.
Band Gap Engineering of Two-Dimensional Nitrogene
Lee, Jason; Wang, Wei-Liang; Yao, Dao-Xin
2016-01-01
Recently, two-dimensional honeycomb monolayers of pnictogen have been predicted. In particular, the honeycomb monolayer of nitrogen has been studied, and we call it nitrogene. In this paper, we investigate the band structure of nitrogene under various conditions: stacking of monolayers, biaxial tensile strain, and perpendicular electric field. The band gap of nitrogene is found to decrease with increasing number of layers. The perpendicular electric field can also decrease the energy gap, and...
An active viscoelastic metamaterial with enhanced band gap properties
Reynolds, Matthew; Gao, Yan; Daley, Stephen
2013-01-01
Metamaterials have been the subject of significant interest over the past decade due to their ability to produce novel acoustic behaviour beyond that seen in naturally occurring media. Of particular interest is the appearance of band gaps which lead to very high levels of attenuation across the material within narrow frequency ranges. Unlike traditional periodic materials which have been employed at high frequencies, the resonant elements within metamaterials allow band gaps to form within th...
Direct band gap silicon crystals predicted by an inverse design method
Oh, Young Jun; Lee, In-Ho; Lee, Jooyoung; Kim, Sunghyun; Chang, Kee Joo
2015-03-01
Cubic diamond silicon has an indirect band gap and does not absorb or emit light as efficiently as other semiconductors with direct band gaps. Thus, searching for Si crystals with direct band gaps around 1.3 eV is important to realize efficient thin-film solar cells. In this work, we report various crystalline silicon allotropes with direct and quasi-direct band gaps, which are predicted by the inverse design method which combines a conformation space annealing algorithm for global optimization and first-principles density functional calculations. The predicted allotropes exhibit energies less than 0.3 eV per atom and good lattice matches, compared with the diamond structure. The structural stability is examined by performing finite-temperature ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and calculating the phonon spectra. The absorption spectra are obtained by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation together with the quasiparticle G0W0 approximation. For several allotropes with the band gaps around 1 eV, photovoltaic efficiencies are comparable to those of best-known photovoltaic absorbers such as CuInSe2. This work is supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (2005-0093845 and 2008-0061987), Samsung Science and Technology Foundation (SSTF-BA1401-08), KIAS Center for Advanced Computation, and KISTI (KSC-2013-C2-040).
TiS3 nanoribbons: Width-independent band gap and strain-tunable electronic properties
Kang, Jun; Sahin, Hasan; Ozaydin, H. Duygu; Senger, R. Tugrul; Peeters, François M.
2015-08-01
The electronic properties, carrier mobility, and strain response of TiS3 nanoribbons (TiS3 NRs) are investigated by first-principles calculations. We found that the electronic properties of TiS3 NRs strongly depend on the edge type (a or b). All a-TiS3 NRs are metallic with a magnetic ground state, while b-TiS3 NRs are direct band gap semiconductors. Interestingly, the size of the band gap and the band edge position are almost independent of the ribbon width. This feature promises a constant band gap in a b-TiS3 NR with rough edges, where the ribbon width differs in different regions. The maximum carrier mobility of b-TiS3 NRs is calculated by using the deformation potential theory combined with the effective mass approximation and is found to be of the order 103cm2V-1s-1 . The hole mobility of the b-TiS3 NRs is one order of magnitude lower, but it is enhanced compared to the monolayer case due to the reduction in hole effective mass. The band gap and the band edge position of b-TiS3 NRs are quite sensitive to applied strain. In addition we investigate the termination of ribbon edges by hydrogen atoms. Upon edge passivation, the metallic and magnetic features of a-TiS3 NRs remain unchanged, while the band gap of b-TiS3 NRs is increased significantly. The robust metallic and ferromagnetic nature of a-TiS3 NRs is an essential feature for spintronic device applications. The direct, width-independent, and strain-tunable band gap, as well as the high carrier mobility, of b-TiS3 NRs is of potential importance in many fields of nanoelectronics, such as field-effect devices, optoelectronic applications, and strain sensors.
Photonic band gap of 2D complex lattice photonic crystal
GUAN Chun-ying; YUAN Li-bo
2009-01-01
It is of great significance to present a photonic crystal lattice structure with a wide photonic bandgap. A two-dimension complex lattice photonic crystal is proposed. The photonic crystal is composed of complex lattices with triangular structure, and each single cell is surrounded by six scatterers in an hexagon. The photonic band gaps are calculated based on the plane wave expansion (PWE) method. The results indicate that the photonic crystal has tunable large TM polarization band gap, and a gap-midgap ratio of up to 45.6%.
Strain- and electric field-induced band gap modulation in nitride nanomembranes.
Amorim, Rodrigo G; Zhong, Xiaoliang; Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Pandey, Ravindra; Rocha, Alexandre R; Karna, Shashi P
2013-05-15
The hexagonal nanomembranes of the group III-nitrides are a subject of interest due to their novel technological applications. In this paper, we investigate the strain- and electric field-induced modulation of their band gaps in the framework of density functional theory. For AlN, the field-dependent modulation of the bandgap is found to be significant whereas the strain-induced semiconductor-metal transition is predicted for GaN. A relatively flat conduction band in AlN and GaN nanomembranes leads to an enhancement of their electronic mobility compared to that of their bulk counterparts. PMID:23604312
Valence-band of cubic semiconductors: Clifford algebra approach II
Dargys, A, E-mail: dargys@pfi.l [Semiconductor Physics Institute, A. Gostauto 11, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania)
2010-07-15
Application of Clifford algebra in the analysis of valence-band spin properties in semiconductors is considered. In the first part (Dargys A 2009 Phys. Scr. 80 065701), for this purpose the isomorphism between multivectors and their matrix representations was used to transform the problem to Clifford algebra. Here equivalence rules are established between the spinors of Hilbert space and basis elements of the five-dimensional Clifford algebra Cl{sub 4,1}. Then, the rules are applied to the total angular momentum components and the two-band hole Hamiltonian. The resulting biquaternionic Schroedinger equation for hole spin is solved as an example.
Valence-band of cubic semiconductors: Clifford algebra approach II
Application of Clifford algebra in the analysis of valence-band spin properties in semiconductors is considered. In the first part (Dargys A 2009 Phys. Scr. 80 065701), for this purpose the isomorphism between multivectors and their matrix representations was used to transform the problem to Clifford algebra. Here equivalence rules are established between the spinors of Hilbert space and basis elements of the five-dimensional Clifford algebra Cl4,1. Then, the rules are applied to the total angular momentum components and the two-band hole Hamiltonian. The resulting biquaternionic Schroedinger equation for hole spin is solved as an example.
Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) thin films were deposited on glass substrates by a radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique. The optical properties of the deposited GZO films were evaluated using an optical transmission measurement. The optical band gap increased from 3.32 eV to 3.45 eV with the increasing carrier density from 2.0 × 1020 cm−3 to 3.24 × 1020 cm−3. Based on the experimental results, the optical band gap as a function of carrier density is systematically investigated with four available theoretical models taken into consideration. The blueshift of the optical band gap in GZO films can be well interpreted with a complex model which combines the Burstein–Moss effect, the band gap renormalization effect and the nonparabolic nature of conduction band. In addition, the BM contribution is almost offset by the BGR effect in both conduction band and valence band due to the approximate equality between electron and hole effective masses in GZO films with a nonparabolic conduction band. The tunability of optical band gap in GZO thin films by carrier density offers a number of potential advantages in the development of semiconductor optoelectronic devices. - Highlights: • The effects of electron concentration on optical band gap were analyzed. • The measured optical band gap corresponded well with the calculated ones. • The Burstein–Moss (BM) and band gap renormalization (BGR) effects were considered. • Nonparabolic conduction band parameters were used in theoretical analysis. • The BM effect was offset by the BGR effect in both conduction band and valence band
Semiconductor nano-gap antennas with high quality factor
Uemoto, Mitsuharu; Ajiki, Hiroshi
2013-03-01
Metallic islands with nano-gap structure are one of the most popular optical antennas. We theoretically propose a new nano-gap antenna utilizing exciton resonance of semiconductor. A light field at the nano-gap (hot spot) formed between two CuCl islands is significantly enhanced by a factor of metallic antennas. However, the hot spot of the semiconducting antenna exhibits much higher quality factor (Q ~104) at T = 40 K than those of metallic antennas which do not exceed Q ~ 100 . Our result suggests the semiconducting antenna would function as a new type of photonic cavity. The calculation method is based on a finite element method which can take into account exciton resonance. We also systematically study the geometry dependence of the enhancement factor and Q factor. In contrast to metallic antenna, blunt edges of semiconducting islands at the gap are preferable in order to achieve high enhancement factor. This is because of the fact that exciton wave function extends near the edge for blunt geometry.
Hard proximity induced superconducting gap in semiconductor - superconductor epitaxial hybrids
Jespersen, Thomas; Krogstrup, Peter; Ziino, Nino; Albrecht, Sven; Chang, Willy; Madsen, Morten; Johnson, Erik; Kuemmeth, Ferdinand; Nygård, Jesper; Marcus, Charles
2015-03-01
We present molecular beam epitaxy grown InAs semiconductor nanowires capped with a shell of aluminum (superconductor). The hybrid wires are grown without breaking vacuum, resulting in an epitaxial interface between the two materials as demonstrated by detailed transmission electron microscopy and simulations. The domain matching at the interface is discussed. Incorporating the epitaxial nanowire hybrids in electrical devices we performed detailed tunneling spectroscopy of the proximity induced superconducting gap in the InAs core at 20 mK. We find the sub-gap conductance being at least a factor 200 smaller than the normal state value (gap hardness). This is a significant improvement compared to devices fabricated by conventional lithographic methods and metal evaporation showing no more than a factor of ~ 5 . The epitaxial hybrids seem to solve the soft gap problem associated with the use of nanowire hybrids for future applications in topological quantum information based on Majorana zero modes. Research supported by Microsoft Station Q, Danish National Research Foundation, Villum Foundation, Lundbeck Foundation, and the European Commission.
Optimum design of band-gap beam structures
Olhoff, Niels; Niu, Bin; Cheng, Gengdong
2012-01-01
of a single, linearly elastic material without damping. Numerical results are presented for different combinations of classical boundary conditions, prescribed orders of the upper and lower natural frequencies of maximized natural frequency gaps, and a given minimum constraint value for the beam......The design of band-gap structures receives increasing attention for many applications in mitigation of undesirable vibration and noise emission levels. A band-gap structure usually consists of a periodic distribution of elastic materials or segments, where the propagation of waves is impeded or...... significantly suppressed for a range of external excitation frequencies. Maximization of the band-gap is therefore an obvious objective for optimum design. This problem is sometimes formulated by optimizing a parameterized design model which assumes multiple periodicity in the design. However, it is shown in...
Band gap engineering strategy via polarization rotation in perovskite ferroelectrics
We propose a strategy to engineer the band gaps of perovskite oxide ferroelectrics, supported by first principles calculations. We find that the band gaps of perovskites can be substantially reduced by as much as 1.2 eV through local rhombohedral-to-tetragonal structural transition. Furthermore, the strong polarization of the rhombohedral perovskite is largely preserved by its tetragonal counterpart. The B-cation off-center displacements and the resulting enhancement of the antibonding character in the conduction band give rise to the wider band gaps of the rhombohedral perovskites. The correlation between the structure, polarization orientation, and electronic structure lays a good foundation for understanding the physics of more complex perovskite solid solutions and provides a route for the design of photovoltaic perovskite ferroelectrics
Kou, Liangzhi; Frauenheim, Thomas; Chen, Changfeng
2013-05-16
Using density functional theory calculations, we unveil intriguing electronic properties of nanoscale multilayer transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) heterostructures, (MoX2)n(MoY2)m (X, Y = S, Se or Te). Our results show that the structural stability and electronic band structure of the TMDC heterostructures depend sensitively on the choice of constituent components and their relative thickness. In particular, the electronic band gap can be tuned over a wide range by the intrinsic mismatch strain and spontaneous electrical polarization at the interface of the heterostructures, which suggests desirable design strategies for TMDC-based devices with an easily adjustable band gap. These interfacial effects also make the electronic properties more susceptible to the influence of a bias electric field, which can induce sensitive and considerable changes in the band gap and even produce a semiconductor-metal transition at relatively low electric fields. Such effective electronic band gap engineering via a combination of internal (i.e., the composition and layer thickness) and external (i.e., a bias field) control makes the TMDC-based heterostructures promising candidates for applications in a variety of nanodevices. PMID:26282986
Valence bands offset between depleted semiconductors measured by photoelectron spectroscopy
A modified method to measure the valence bands offset by photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) between low doped and depleted semiconductors have been used. The surface photovoltage (SPV) and the charging effects modify the PES spectra of depleted semiconductors. The valence bands offset at the heterojunction of depleted ZnSe film and doped GaAs substrate have been measured. These samples were prepared by the laser ablation technique. The shift of PES spectra of ZnSe by about 6 eV has been observed due to the charging and SPV effects. The charging and SPV effects on PES spectra, have been reduced to negligible values in the presence of excess plasma (due to absorption from a secondary white light source) density of the order of 1018 cm-3. The effect of the charging and SPV is very small on the value of the valence bands offset measured in the presence of the excess plasma. This method to measure the valence bands offset is useful for samples prepared in ex situ conditions and with film thickness of the order of 100 nm
Optical characterization of wide-gap detector-grade semiconductors
temperature range from 300 K to 110 K. The experimental data was analyzed using a trapping model. In CZT, because the majority carrier concentration is close to the intrinsic carrier concentration, the trapping time increases exponentially as the temperature decreases below about 160 K. While, in Tl Br, the majority carrier concentration is many orders of magnitude greater than the intrinsic carrier concentration and the trapping time followed a (√1/T) temperature dependence over the range of temperatures studied. The results of the model suggest that a moderately deep compensation center, located approximately 200 MeV from the middle of the bandgap, could be used to significantly increase the room temperature trapping time in Tl Br. The results of this model demonstrate that the room temperature trapping time in Tl Br can, in principle, approach 0.1 ms through the introduction of a moderately deep compensation level but without decreasing the overall trap concentration. This strategy is not possible in CZT, because the band gap is too small to use a moderately deep compensation level while still maintaining high material resistivity. Carrier trapping times were measured in three polycrystalline Tl Br samples produced by melting commercial Tl Br beads in a sealed quartz ampoule for two hours at three different temperatures near the melting point. The trapping time decreased with increasing melting temperature, presumably due to the thermal generation of a trap state.
Energy band gaps in graphene nanoribbons with corners
Szczȩśniak, Dominik; Durajski, Artur P.; Khater, Antoine; Ghader, Doried
2016-05-01
In the present paper, we study the relation between the band gap size and the corner-corner length in representative chevron-shaped graphene nanoribbons (CGNRs) with 120° and 150° corner edges. The direct physical insight into the electronic properties of CGNRs is provided within the tight-binding model with phenomenological edge parameters, developed against recent first-principle results. We show that the analyzed CGNRs exhibit inverse relation between their band gaps and corner-corner lengths, and that they do not present a metal-insulator transition when the chemical edge modifications are introduced. Our results also suggest that the band gap width for the CGNRs is predominantly governed by the armchair edge effects, and is tunable through edge modifications with foreign atoms dressing.
Band-gap shrinkage calculations and analytic model for strained bulk InGaAsP
Connelly, Michael J.
2015-02-01
Band-gap shrinkage is an important effect in semiconductor lasers and optical amplifiers. In the former it leads to an increase in the lasing wavelength and in the latter an increase in the gain peak wavelength as the bias current is increased. The most common model used for carrier-density dependent band-gap shrinkage is a cube root dependency on carrier density, which is strictly only true for high carrier densities and low temperatures. This simple model, involves a material constant which is treated as a fitting parameter. Strained InGaAsP material is commonly used to fabricate polarization insensitive semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs). Most mathematical models for SOAs use the cube root bandgap shrinkage model. However, because SOAs are often operated over a wide range of drive currents and input optical powers leading to large variations in carrier density along the amplifier length, for improved model accuracy it is preferable to use band-gap shrinkage calculated from knowledge of the material bandstructure. In this letter the carrier density dependent band-gap shrinkage for strained InGaAsP is calculated by using detailed non-parabolic conduction and valence band models. The shrinkage dependency on temperature and both tensile and compressive strain is investigated and compared to the cube root model, for which it shows significant deviation. A simple power model, showing an almost square-root dependency, is derived for carrier densities in the range usually encountered in InGaAsP laser diodes and SOAs.
Band-gap shrinkage calculations and analytic model for strained bulk InGaAsP
Band-gap shrinkage is an important effect in semiconductor lasers and optical amplifiers. In the former it leads to an increase in the lasing wavelength and in the latter an increase in the gain peak wavelength as the bias current is increased. The most common model used for carrier-density dependent band-gap shrinkage is a cube root dependency on carrier density, which is strictly only true for high carrier densities and low temperatures. This simple model, involves a material constant which is treated as a fitting parameter. Strained InGaAsP material is commonly used to fabricate polarization insensitive semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs). Most mathematical models for SOAs use the cube root bandgap shrinkage model. However, because SOAs are often operated over a wide range of drive currents and input optical powers leading to large variations in carrier density along the amplifier length, for improved model accuracy it is preferable to use band-gap shrinkage calculated from knowledge of the material bandstructure. In this letter the carrier density dependent band-gap shrinkage for strained InGaAsP is calculated by using detailed non-parabolic conduction and valence band models. The shrinkage dependency on temperature and both tensile and compressive strain is investigated and compared to the cube root model, for which it shows significant deviation. A simple power model, showing an almost square-root dependency, is derived for carrier densities in the range usually encountered in InGaAsP laser diodes and SOAs. (paper)
Amorphous Photonic Lattices: Band Gaps, Effective Mass and Suppressed Transport
Rechtsman, Mikael; Dreisow, Felix; Heinrich, Matthias; Keil, Robert; Nolte, Stefan; Segev, Mordechai
2010-01-01
We present, theoretically and experimentally, amorphous photonic lattices exhibiting a band-gap yet completely lacking Bragg diffraction: 2D waveguides distributed randomly according to a liquid-like model responsible for the absence of Bragg peaks as opposed to ordered lattices containing disorder, which always exhibit Bragg peaks. In amorphous lattices the bands are comprised of localized states, but we find that defect states residing in the gap are more localized than the Anderson localization length. Finally, we show how the concept of effective mass carries over to amorphous lattices.
On band gap predictions for multiresonant metamaterials on plates.
Yoritomo, John Y; Weaver, Richard L; Roux, Philippe; Rupin, Matthieu; Williams, Earl G
2016-03-01
Recently wide frequency band gaps were observed in an experimental realization of a multiresonant metamaterial for Lamb waves propagating in thin plates. The band gaps rose from hybridization between the flexural plate (A0 Lamb waves) and longitudinal resonances in rods attached perpendicularly. Shortly thereafter a theory based on considering a one-dimensional periodic array of rods and the scattering matrix for a single rod successfully described the observations. This letter presents an alternative simpler theory, arguably accurate at high rod density, that treats the full two-dimensional array of rods and makes no assumption of periodicity. This theory also fits the measurements. PMID:27036264
HAC: Band Gap, Photoluminescence, and Optical/Near-Infrared Absorption
Witt, Adolf N.; Ryutov, Dimitri; Furton, Douglas G.
1996-01-01
We report results of laboratory measurements which illustrate the wide range of physical properties found among hydrogenated amorphous carbon (HAC) solids. Within this range, HAC can match quantitatively the astronomical phenomena ascribed to carbonaceous coatings on interstellar grains. We find the optical band gap of HAC to be well correlated with other physical properties of HAC of astronomical interest, and conclude that interstellar HAC must be fairly hydrogen-rich with a band gap of E(sub g) is approx. greater than 2.0 eV.
Two-dimensional boron-nitrogen-carbon monolayers with tunable direct band gaps.
Zhang, Miao; Gao, Guoying; Kutana, Alex; Wang, Yanchao; Zou, Xiaolong; Tse, John S; Yakobson, Boris I; Li, Hongdong; Liu, Hanyu; Ma, Yanming
2015-07-28
The search for new candidate semiconductors with direct band gaps of ∼1.4 eV has attracted significant attention, especially among the two-dimensional (2D) materials, which have become potential candidates for next-generation optoelectronics. Herein, we systematically studied 2D B(x)/2N(x/2)C(1-x) (0 optimization method (CALYPSO) in conjunction with density functional theory. Furthermore, we examine more stoichiometries by the cluster expansion technique based on a hexagonal lattice. The results reveal that all monolayer B(x)/2N(x/2)C(1-x) stoichiometries adopt a planar honeycomb character and are dynamically stable. Remarkably, electronic structural calculations show that most of B(x)/2N(x/2)C(1-x) phases possess direct band gaps within the optical range, thereby they can potentially be used in high-efficiency conversion of solar energy to electric power, as well as in p-n junction photovoltaic modules. The present results also show that the band gaps of B(x)/2N(x/2)C(1-x) can be widely tuned within the optical range by changing the concentration of carbon, thus allowing the fast development of band gap engineered materials in optoelectronics. These new findings may enable new approaches to the design of microelectronic devices. PMID:26111661
Validity of the concept of band edge in organic semiconductors
Horowitz, Gilles
2015-09-01
Because most organic semiconductors are disordered, the more appropriate function to describe their density of states (DOS) is the Gaussian distribution. A striking difference between the Gaussian DOS and the parabolic DOS found in conventional inorganic semiconductors is the fact that it does not allow for a simple and straightforward definition of the band edge. The most usual way found in the literature to define the band edge of a Gaussian DOS consists of extrapolating the tangent to the inflection point of the Gaussian curve. The aim of this paper is to discuss the validity of such a way of conduct. An analysis of data found in the literature shows that the width of the Gaussian distribution is significantly larger than what usually retained in transport models. It is also shown that the validity of the usual definition for the band edge is questioned by the fact that the density of charge carriers behave as a degenerate distribution, even at relatively low doping levels.
Electron charge densities at conduction-band edges of semiconductors
We demonstrate that both the empirical pseudopotential method (EPM) and the linear combination of atomiclike orbitals (LCAO) approach are capable of producing consistent electronic charge distributions in a compound semiconductor. Since the EPM approach is known to produce total valence electron charge densities which compare well with experimental x-ray data (e.g., Si), this work serves as a further test for the LCAO method. In particular, the EPM scheme, which uses an extended plane-wave basis, and the LCAO scheme, which employs a localized Gaussian basis, are used, with the same empirical potential as input, to analyze both the total valence electron charge density and the charge density of the first conduction band at the GAMMA, L, and X k points of the Brillouin zone. These charge densities are decomposed into their s-, p-, and d-orbital contributions, and this information is used to interpret the differences in the topologies of the conduction bands at GAMMA, L, and X. Such differences are crucial for a comprehensive understanding of interstitial impurities and the response of specific band states to perturbations in compound semiconductors
Double-hole codoped huge-gap semiconductor ZrO2 for visible-light photocatalysis.
Wang, Jiajun; Huang, Jing; Meng, Jie; Li, Qunxiang; Yang, Jinlong
2016-06-29
Double-hole doping is an effective approach to engineer the band structures of semiconductors for enhancing the photoelectrochemical performance. Here, we explore the anionic monodoping (i.e. N, C, and P) and codoping (i.e. N + N, C + S, and N + P pairs) effects on the electronic structures and photocatalytic activities of ZrO2 by performing extensive density functional theory calculations. Upon anionic monodoping, several unoccupied impurity states appear within the band gap, which may trap the photogenerated carriers and then reduce the photocatalytic efficiency. Remarkably, double-hole doping via introducing three anionic (N + N), (C + S), and (N + P) codoping pairs in ZrO2 can not only effectively narrow the band gap, but can also create several fully filled delocalized intermediate bands for preventing the recombination of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs. Moreover, the band edge positions matching well with the redox potentials of water and the improved visible light absorption ability indicate that the three examined codoped ZrO2 systems are promising photocatalysts for visible light water splitting. In short, double-hole doping via anionic pairs provides an effective path to tune the huge-gap semiconductor band structures and to develop high efficient catalysts for solar-driven water splitting. PMID:27301769
In situ measurement of the energy gap of a semiconductor using a microcontroller-based system
This paper describes a microcontroller-based laboratory technique for automatic in situ measurement of the energy gap of germanium. The design is based on the original undergraduate laboratory experiment in which students manually measure the variation of the reverse saturation current of a germanium diode with temperature using a current-to-voltage converter. After collecting the results students later analyse them to determine the energy gap of the semiconductor. The objective of this work was to introduce interfacing and computerized measurement systems in the undergraduate laboratory. The microcontroller-based data acquisition system and its implementation in automatic in situ measurement of the band gap of germanium diode is presented. The system which uses an LM335 temperature sensor for measuring temperature transmits the measured data to the computer via the RS232 serial port while a C++ software program developed to run on the computer monitors the serial port for incoming information sent by the microcontroller. This information is displayed on the computer screen as it comes and automatically saved to a data file. Once all the data are received, the computer performs least-squares fit to the data to compute the energy gap which is displayed on the screen together with its error estimate. For the IN34A germanium diode used the value of the energy gap obtained was 0.50 ± 0.02 eV
A model for thickness effect on the band gap of amorphous germanium film
Wang, Xiao-Dong; Wang, Hai-Feng; Chen, Bo; Li, Yun-Peng; Ma, Yue-Ying
2013-05-01
A Mott-Davis-Paracrystalline model was proposed to interpret thickness effect of the band gap for amorphous germanium (a-Ge). We believe that a-Ge has a semiconductor-alloy-like structure, it may contain medium-range order (MRO) and continuous random network (CRN) simultaneously and there is a dependence of MRO/CRN ratio on film thickness and preparation methods/parameters. For MRO is dominant, thickness effect can be described by one-dimensional quantum confinement (ODQC) effect of nanocrystals and strain-induced shrinkage of the band gap; For CRN is dominant, thickness dependence can be interpreted by changes in the quality of a CRN and ODQC effect of nanoamorphous phase.
Fabrication of Ceramic Layer-by-Layer Infrared Wavelength Photonic Band Gap Crystals
Henry Hao-Chuan Kang
2004-12-19
Photonic band gap (PBG) crystals, also known as photonic crystals, are periodic dielectric structures which form a photonic band gap that prohibit the propagation of electromagnetic (EM) waves of certain frequencies at any incident angles. Photonic crystals have several potential applications including zero-threshold semiconductor lasers, the inhibition of spontaneous emission, dielectric mirrors, and wavelength filters. If defect states are introduced in the crystals, light can be guided from one location to another or even a sharp bending of light in micron scale can be achieved. This generates the potential for optical waveguide and optical circuits, which will contribute to the improvement in the fiber-optic communications and the development of high-speed computers.
Band-Gap and Band-Edge Engineering of Multicomponent Garnet Scintillators from First Principles
Yadav, Satyesh K.; Uberuaga, Blas P.; Nikl, Martin; Jiang, Chao; Stanek, Christopher R.
2015-11-01
Complex doping schemes in R3 Al5 O12 (where R is the rare-earth element) garnet compounds have recently led to pronounced improvements in scintillator performance. Specifically, by admixing lutetium and yttrium aluminate garnets with gallium and gadolinium, the band gap is altered in a manner that facilitates the removal of deleterious electron trapping associated with cation antisite defects. Here, we expand upon this initial work to systematically investigate the effect of substitutional admixing on the energy levels of band edges. Density-functional theory and hybrid density-functional theory (HDFT) are used to survey potential admixing candidates that modify either the conduction-band minimum (CBM) or valence-band maximum (VBM). We consider two sets of compositions based on Lu3 B5O12 where B is Al, Ga, In, As, and Sb, and R3Al5 O12 , where R is Lu, Gd, Dy, and Er. We find that admixing with various R cations does not appreciably affect the band gap or band edges. In contrast, substituting Al with cations of dissimilar ionic radii has a profound impact on the band structure. We further show that certain dopants can be used to selectively modify only the CBM or the VBM. Specifically, Ga and In decrease the band gap by lowering the CBM, while As and Sb decrease the band gap by raising the VBM, the relative change in band gap is quantitatively validated by HDFT. These results demonstrate a powerful approach to quickly screen the impact of dopants on the electronic structure of scintillator compounds, identifying those dopants which alter the band edges in very specific ways to eliminate both electron and hole traps responsible for performance limitations. This approach should be broadly applicable for the optimization of electronic and optical performance for a wide range of compounds by tuning the VBM and CBM.
Alidoust, Nima [Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544-5263 (United States); Lessio, Martina [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544-1009 (United States); Carter, Emily A., E-mail: eac@princeton.edu [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544-5263 (United States)
2016-01-14
Solar cells based on single pn junctions, employing single-gap semiconductors can ideally achieve efficiencies as high as 34%. Developing solar cells based on intermediate-band semiconductors (IBSCs), which can absorb light across multiple band gaps, is a possible way to defy this theoretical limit and achieve efficiencies as high as 60%. Here, we use first principles quantum mechanics methods and introduce CoO and Co{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.75}O as possible IBSCs. We show that the conduction band in both of these materials is divided into two distinct bands separated by a band gap. We further show that the lower conduction band (i.e., the intermediate band) is wider in Co{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.75}O compared with CoO. This should enhance light absorption from the valence band edge to the intermediate band, making Co{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.75}O more appropriate for use as an IBSC. Our findings provide the basis for future attempts to partially populate the intermediate band and to reduce the lower band gap in Co{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.75}O in order to enhance the potential of this material for use in IBSC solar cell technologies. Furthermore, with proper identification of heterojunctions and dopants, CoO and Co{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.75}O could be used in multi-color light emitting diode and laser technologies.
Photonic Band Gap structures: A new approach to accelerator cavities
Kroll, N. [California Univ., San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics]|[Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA (United States); Smith, D.R.; Schultz, S. [California Univ., San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics
1992-12-31
We introduce a new accelerator cavity design based on Photonic Band Gap (PGB) structures. The PGB cavity consists of a two-dimensional periodic array of high dielectric, low loss cylinders with a single removal defect, bounded on top and bottom by conducting sheets. We present the results of both numerical simulations and experimental measurements on the PGB cavity.
Photonic Band Gap structures: A new approach to accelerator cavities
We introduce a new accelerator cavity design based on Photonic Band Gap (PGB) structures. The PGB cavity consists of a two-dimensional periodic array of high dielectric, low loss cylinders with a single removal defect, bounded on top and bottom by conducting sheets. We present the results of both numerical simulations and experimental measurements on the PGB cavity
Topological Design of Cellular Phononic Band Gap Crystals
Yang Fan Li
2016-03-01
Full Text Available This paper systematically investigated the topological design of cellular phononic crystals with a maximized gap size between two adjacent bands. Considering that the obtained structures may sustain a certain amount of static loadings, it is desirable to ensure the optimized designs to have a relatively high stiffness. To tackle this issue, we conducted a multiple objective optimization to maximize band gap size and bulk or shear modulus simultaneously with a prescribed volume fraction of solid material so that the resulting structures can be lightweight, as well. In particular, we first conducted the finite element analysis of the phononic band gap crystals and then adapted a very efficient optimization procedure to resolve this problem based on bi-directional evolutionary structure optimization (BESO algorithm in conjunction with the homogenization method. A number of optimization results for maximizing band gaps with bulk and shear modulus constraints are presented for out-of-plane and in-plane modes. Numerical results showed that the optimized structures are similar to those obtained for composite case, except that additional slim connections are added in the cellular case to support the propagation of shear wave modes and meanwhile to satisfy the prescribed bulk or shear modulus constraints.
Band gap bowing in quaternary nitride semiconducting alloys
Gorczyka, Isabela; Suski, T.; Christensen, Niels Egede;
2011-01-01
Structural properties of InxGayAl1−x−yN alloys are derived from total-energy minimization within the local-density approximation (LDA). The electronic properties are studied by band structure calculations including a semiempirical correction for the “LDA gap error.” The effects of varying the...
We performed ab initio calculations of the electronic structures of bulk CdSe and CdTe, and their interface band alignments on the CdSe in-plane lattice parameters. For this, we employed the LDA-1/2 self-energy correction scheme to obtain corrected band gaps and band offsets. Our calculations include the spin–orbit effects for the bulk cases, which have shown to be of importance for the equilibrium systems and are possibly degraded in these strained semiconductors. Therefore, the SO showed reduced importance for the band alignment of this particular system. Moreover, the electronic structure calculated along the transition region across the CdSe/CdTe interface shows an interesting non-monotonic variation of the band gap in the range 0.8–1.8 eV, which may enhance the absorption of light for corresponding frequencies at the interface between these two materials in photovoltaic applications.
Ribeiro, M. [Centro de Pesquisas Avancadas Wernher von Braun, Av. Alice de Castro P.N. Mattosinho 301, CEP 13098-392 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Ferreira, L.G. [Departamento de Fisica dos Materiais e Mecanica, Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, 05315-970 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Fonseca, L.R.C. [Center for Semiconductor Components, State University of Campinas, R. Pandia Calogeras 90, 13083-870 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Ramprasad, R. [Department of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, 97 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)
2012-09-20
We performed ab initio calculations of the electronic structures of bulk CdSe and CdTe, and their interface band alignments on the CdSe in-plane lattice parameters. For this, we employed the LDA-1/2 self-energy correction scheme to obtain corrected band gaps and band offsets. Our calculations include the spin-orbit effects for the bulk cases, which have shown to be of importance for the equilibrium systems and are possibly degraded in these strained semiconductors. Therefore, the SO showed reduced importance for the band alignment of this particular system. Moreover, the electronic structure calculated along the transition region across the CdSe/CdTe interface shows an interesting non-monotonic variation of the band gap in the range 0.8-1.8 eV, which may enhance the absorption of light for corresponding frequencies at the interface between these two materials in photovoltaic applications.
Robust band gap of TiS3 nanofilms.
Kang, Jun; Wang, Lin-Wang
2016-06-01
First-principles calculations have been performed on the band structure of mono- and few-layer TiS3 nanofilms. It is found that the band gap character of the TiS3 films is quite robust, almost independent of layer thickness, vertical strain and stacking order, which is in sharp contrast to most other two-dimensional materials, such as MoS2. The robustness of the band gap originates from the location of the CBM and VBM states, which are at the center atoms of TiS3, and are thus unaffected by the layer-layer coupling. Such a property of TiS3 nanofilms promises good application potential in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics, and also makes TiS3 a good platform to study the electronic properties of a material in the two-dimensional limit. PMID:27029227
Krivosheeva, A V; Shaposhnikov, V L; Krivosheev, A E; Borisenko, V E
2002-01-01
The effect of isotopic and unaxial deformation of the crystal lattice on the electronic band structure of indirect band gap semiconductors Mg sub 2 Si and Mg sub 2 Ge has been simulated by means of the linear augmented plane wave method. The reduction of the lattice constant down to 95 % results in a linear increase of the direct transition in magnesium silicide by 48%. The stresses arising under unaxial deformation shift the bands as well as result in splitting of degenerated states. The dependence of the interband transitions on the lattice deformation is nonlinear in this case
Ishioka, Kunie, E-mail: ishioka.kunie@nims.go.jp [Nano Characterization Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Brixius, Kristina; Beyer, Andreas; Stolz, Wolfgang; Volz, Kerstin; Höfer, Ulrich [Faculty of Physics and Materials Sciences Center, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 35032 Marburg (Germany); Rustagi, Avinash; Stanton, Christopher J. [Department of Physics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States); Petek, Hrvoje [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Pittsburgh Quantum Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (United States)
2016-02-01
We demonstrate an all-optical approach to probe electronic band structure at buried interfaces involving polar semiconductors. Femtosecond optical pulses excite coherent phonons in epitaxial GaP films grown on Si(001) substrate. We find that the coherent phonon amplitude critically depends on the film growth conditions, specifically in the presence of antiphase domains, which are independently characterized by transmission electron microscopy. We determine the Fermi levels at the buried interface of GaP/Si from the coherent phonon amplitudes and demonstrate that the internal electric fields are created in the nominally undoped GaP films as well as the Si substrates, possibly due to the carrier trapping at the antiphase boundaries and/or at the interface.
Dual-band electromagnetic band gap structure for noise isolation in mixed signal SiP
Rotaru, M. D.; Sykulski, J. K.
2010-01-01
A compact dual-band electromagnetic band-gap (EBG) structure is proposed. It is shown through numerical simulation using 3D electromagnetic finite element modelling that by adding a slit to the classical mushroom shape an extra resonance is introduced and thus dual-band EBG structures can be built by cascading these new elements. It is also demonstrated that this novel approach can be used to isolate noise in a system such as a dual band transceiver integrated into a mixed signal system in a ...
Joseph H. Simmons
2002-08-13
The behavior of semiconductor clusters precipitated in an insulated matrix was investigated. Semiconductor compositions of CdTe, Si and Ge were studies and the insulating matrix was amorphous SiO2. As a function of size, quantum confinement effects were observed in all three composite systems. However significant differences were observed between the direct-gap column 2-6 semiconductors and the indirect-gap column 4 semiconductors. As observed by others, the direct-gap 2-6 semiconductors showed a distinct saturation in the energy-gap blue shift with decreasing size. Theoretical studies using a 20-band k dot p calculation of the electronic and valence bands for a 3-dimensionally confined CdTe semiconductor showed that mixing of the conduction band states leads to a flattening of the central valley. This increases the electron mass drastically and saturates the size dependent blue shift in the bandgap. In contrast, the blue shift in the Si and Ge nanocrystals showed no sign of saturation and increased drastically with decreasing size. In fact, Si and Ge crystals were formed with blue shift values that moved the bandgap to the near UV region. We examined the absorption curves to determine whether the bandgap was direct or indirect in the quantum dots. The results are that the absorption shows an indirect gap for all but the smallest Si crystals and an indirect gap for all Ge crystals. Raman studies showed negligible size dependence due to a lack of phonon confinement in the matrix embedded clusters. Exciton saturation and recovery times were found to be very short (of the order of 400fs) and are the fastest reported for any quantum dot system. Work to examine the type of confinement obtained in a matrix that consists of a transparent conductor is under way. Studies of the photoinduced absorption change in GeSe glasses showed a significant effect of photodarkening, regardless of composition. The photodarkening effect appears to be composed of permanent and transient
Band gap determination of Ni–Zn ferrites
G P Joshi; N S Saxena; R Mangal; A Mishra; T P Sharma
2003-06-01
Nanocomposites of Ni–Zn with copolymer matrix of aniline and formaldehyde in presence of varying concentrations of zinc ions have been studied at room temperature and normal pressure. The energy band gap of these materials are determined by reflection spectra in the wavelength range 400–850 nm by spectrophotometer at room temperature. From the analysis of reflection spectra, nanocomposites of copolymer of aniline and formaldehyde with Ni$_{1–x}$Zn$_x$Fe2O4 ( = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) have been found to have direct band gaps ranging from 1.50–1.66 eV.
Energy-band diagram configuration of Al2O3/oxygen-terminated p-diamond metal-oxide-semiconductor
Maréchal, A.; Aoukar, M.; Vallée, C.; Rivière, C.; Eon, D.; Pernot, J.; Gheeraert, E.
2015-10-01
Diamond metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors were prepared using atomic layer deposition at 250 °C of Al2O3 on oxygen-terminated boron doped (001) diamond. Their electrical properties were investigated in terms of capacitance and current versus voltage measurements. Performing X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy based on the measured core level energies and valence band maxima, the interfacial energy band diagram configuration of the Al2O3/O-diamond is established. The band diagram alignment is concluded to be of type I with valence band offset Δ E v of 1.34 ± 0.2 eV and conduction band offset Δ E c of 0.56 ± 0.2 eV considering an Al2O3 energy band gap of 7.4 eV. The agreement with electrical measurement and the ability to perform a MOS transistor are discussed.
Band gap engineering of indium zinc oxide by nitrogen incorporation
Highlights: • IZON thin films were deposited by RF reactive sputtering at room temperature. • The effects of nitrogen on physical properties of IZO were analyzed. • Optical properties of IZON were studied by SE and UV–vis spectroscopy. • Adachi and classical parameters were quantitative and qualitatively congruent. • Nitrogen induces a gradual narrowing band gap from 3.5 to 2.5 eV on IZON films. - Abstract: The effects of nitrogen incorporation in indium zinc oxide films, as grown by RF reactive magnetron sputtering, on the structural, electrical and optical properties were studied. It was determined that the variation of the N2/Ar ratio, in the reactive gas flux, was directly proportional to the nitrogen percentage measured in the sample, and the incorporated nitrogen, which substituted oxygen in the films induces changes in the band gap of the films. This phenomenon was observed by measurement of absorption and transmission spectroscopy in conjunction with spectral ellipsometry. To fit the ellipsometry spectra, the classical and Adachi dispersion models were used. The obtained optical parameters presented notable changes related to the increment of the nitrogen in the film. The band gap narrowed from 3.5 to 2.5 eV as the N2/Ar ratio was increased. The lowest resistivity obtained for these films was 3.8 × 10−4 Ω cm with a carrier concentration of 5.1 × 1020 cm−3
Band gap engineering of indium zinc oxide by nitrogen incorporation
Ortega, J.J., E-mail: jjosila@hotmail.com [Unidad Académica de Física, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Calzada Solidaridad esq. Paseo la Bufa, Fracc. Progreso, C.P. 98060 Zacatecas (Mexico); Doctorado Institucional de Ingeniería y Ciencia de Materiales, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Av. Salvador Nava, Zona Universitaria, C.P. 78270 San Luis Potosí (Mexico); Aguilar-Frutis, M.A.; Alarcón, G. [Centro de Investigación en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Unidad Legaría, Calz. Legaría No. 694, Col. Irrigación, C.P. 11500 México D.F. (Mexico); Falcony, C. [Departamento de Física, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional campus Zacatenco, Av. Instituto Politécnico Nacional 2508, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, C.P. 07360 México D.F. (Mexico); and others
2014-09-15
Highlights: • IZON thin films were deposited by RF reactive sputtering at room temperature. • The effects of nitrogen on physical properties of IZO were analyzed. • Optical properties of IZON were studied by SE and UV–vis spectroscopy. • Adachi and classical parameters were quantitative and qualitatively congruent. • Nitrogen induces a gradual narrowing band gap from 3.5 to 2.5 eV on IZON films. - Abstract: The effects of nitrogen incorporation in indium zinc oxide films, as grown by RF reactive magnetron sputtering, on the structural, electrical and optical properties were studied. It was determined that the variation of the N{sub 2}/Ar ratio, in the reactive gas flux, was directly proportional to the nitrogen percentage measured in the sample, and the incorporated nitrogen, which substituted oxygen in the films induces changes in the band gap of the films. This phenomenon was observed by measurement of absorption and transmission spectroscopy in conjunction with spectral ellipsometry. To fit the ellipsometry spectra, the classical and Adachi dispersion models were used. The obtained optical parameters presented notable changes related to the increment of the nitrogen in the film. The band gap narrowed from 3.5 to 2.5 eV as the N{sub 2}/Ar ratio was increased. The lowest resistivity obtained for these films was 3.8 × 10{sup −4} Ω cm with a carrier concentration of 5.1 × 10{sup 20} cm{sup −3}.
Two novel silicon phases with direct band gaps.
Fan, Qingyang; Chai, Changchun; Wei, Qun; Yang, Yintang
2016-05-14
Due to its abundance, silicon is the preferred solar-cell material despite the fact that many silicon allotropes have indirect band gaps. Elemental silicon has a large impact on the economy of the modern world and is of fundamental importance in the technological field, particularly in the solar cell industry. Looking for direct band gap silicon is still an important field in material science. Based on density function theory with the ultrasoft pseudopotential scheme in the frame of the local density approximation and the generalized gradient approximation, we have systematically studied the structural stability, absorption spectra, electronic, optical and mechanical properties and minimum thermal conductivity of two novel silicon phases, Cm-32 silicon and P21/m silicon. These are both thermally, dynamically and mechanically stable. The absorption spectra of Cm-32 silicon and P21/m silicon exhibit significant overlap with the solar spectrum and thus, excellent photovoltaic efficiency with great improvements over Fd3[combining macron]m Si. These two novel Si structures with direct band gaps could be applied in single p-n junction thin-film solar cells or tandem photovoltaic devices. PMID:27104737
Veal, T D
2002-01-01
The electronic properties of n-type narrow gap III-V semiconductor surfaces and interfaces are investigated using high-resolution electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (HREELS). Changing the incident electron energy, alters the wave-vector transfer parallel to the surface, allowing the probing depth to be varied over typical space-charge layer widths (100 - 2000 A). Semi-classical dielectric theory simulations of the HREEL spectra are performed to extract quantitative information from the probing energy-dependence of the surface plasmon and phonon peaks. The plasma frequency used in the simulations is related to the electron concentration and effective mass using the Kane model of the non-parabolic conduction band. Space-charge layer parameters are obtained by comparing calculated smooth charge profiles with the histogram profiles that are used in the simulations. Complementary experimental techniques are employed to correlate the reconstruction, chemical composition and morphology of the surface with the electro...
Quantum confinement induced band gaps in MgB2 nanosheets
Xu, Bo Z.; Beckman, Scott P.
2016-09-01
The discovery of two-dimensional semiconducting materials, a decade ago, spawned an entire sub-field within solid-state physics that is focused on the development of nanoelectronics. Here we present a new class of semiconducting two-dimensional material based on hexagonal MgB2. Although MgB2 is a semimetal, similar to the other well-studied transition metal diborides, we demonstrate that, unlike the transition metal diborides, thinning MgB2, to create nanosheets, opens a band gap in the density of states. We predict that a 7 Å thick MgB2 nanosheet will have a band gap of 0.51 eV. MgB2 nanosheets differ from other two-dimensional semiconductors in that the band gap is introduced by (001) surfaces and is opened by the quantum confinement effect. The implications of these findings are that nanostructured MgB2 is not merely a new composition, but also has intrinsic mechanisms for tuning its electronic properties, which may facilitate the development of nanoelectronics.
Electron Elevator: Excitations across the Band Gap via a Dynamical Gap State.
Lim, A; Foulkes, W M C; Horsfield, A P; Mason, D R; Schleife, A; Draeger, E W; Correa, A A
2016-01-29
We use time-dependent density functional theory to study self-irradiated Si. We calculate the electronic stopping power of Si in Si by evaluating the energy transferred to the electrons per unit path length by an ion of kinetic energy from 1 eV to 100 keV moving through the host. Electronic stopping is found to be significant below the threshold velocity normally identified with transitions across the band gap. A structured crossover at low velocity exists in place of a hard threshold. An analysis of the time dependence of the transition rates using coupled linear rate equations enables one of the excitation mechanisms to be clearly identified: a defect state induced in the gap by the moving ion acts like an elevator and carries electrons across the band gap. PMID:26871327
Two-dimensional silica: Structural, mechanical properties, and strain-induced band gap tuning
Two-dimensional silica is of rising interests not only for its practical applications as insulating layers in nanoelectronics, but also as a model material to understand crystals and glasses. In this study, we examine structural and electronic properties of hexagonal and haeckelite phases of silica bilayers by performing first-principles calculations. We find that the corner-sharing SiO4 tetrahedrons in these two phases are locally similar. The robustness and resilience of these tetrahedrons under mechanical perturbation allow effective strain engineering of the electronic structures with band gaps covering a very wide range, from of that for insulators, to wide-, and even narrow-gap semiconductors. These findings suggest that the flexible 2D silica holds great promises in developing nanoelectronic devices with strain-tunable performance, and lay the ground for the understanding of crystalline and vitreous phases in 2D, where bilayer silica provides an ideal test-bed
Two-dimensional silica: Structural, mechanical properties, and strain-induced band gap tuning
Gao, Enlai; Xie, Bo [Applied Mechanics Laboratory, Department of Engineering Mechanics, and Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Xu, Zhiping, E-mail: xuzp@tsinghua.edu.cn [Applied Mechanics Laboratory, Department of Engineering Mechanics, and Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); State Key Laboratory of Mechanics and Control of Mechanical Structures, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China)
2016-01-07
Two-dimensional silica is of rising interests not only for its practical applications as insulating layers in nanoelectronics, but also as a model material to understand crystals and glasses. In this study, we examine structural and electronic properties of hexagonal and haeckelite phases of silica bilayers by performing first-principles calculations. We find that the corner-sharing SiO{sub 4} tetrahedrons in these two phases are locally similar. The robustness and resilience of these tetrahedrons under mechanical perturbation allow effective strain engineering of the electronic structures with band gaps covering a very wide range, from of that for insulators, to wide-, and even narrow-gap semiconductors. These findings suggest that the flexible 2D silica holds great promises in developing nanoelectronic devices with strain-tunable performance, and lay the ground for the understanding of crystalline and vitreous phases in 2D, where bilayer silica provides an ideal test-bed.
Two-dimensional silica: Structural, mechanical properties, and strain-induced band gap tuning
Gao, Enlai; Xie, Bo; Xu, Zhiping
2016-01-01
Two-dimensional silica is of rising interests not only for its practical applications as insulating layers in nanoelectronics, but also as a model material to understand crystals and glasses. In this study, we examine structural and electronic properties of hexagonal and haeckelite phases of silica bilayers by performing first-principles calculations. We find that the corner-sharing SiO4 tetrahedrons in these two phases are locally similar. The robustness and resilience of these tetrahedrons under mechanical perturbation allow effective strain engineering of the electronic structures with band gaps covering a very wide range, from of that for insulators, to wide-, and even narrow-gap semiconductors. These findings suggest that the flexible 2D silica holds great promises in developing nanoelectronic devices with strain-tunable performance, and lay the ground for the understanding of crystalline and vitreous phases in 2D, where bilayer silica provides an ideal test-bed.
Bouhafs B.
2012-06-01
Full Text Available The band structure of semiconductors was described by several theorists since the Fifties. The main objective of the present paper is to do a comparative study between various families of semi-conductors IV (Si,Ge, III-V (GaAs, GaP and II-VI (ZnSe, ZnTe with both methods; tight Binding1 method and pseudo potential method2. This work enables us to understand as well as the mechanism of conduction process in these semiconductors and powers and limits of the above methods. The obtained results allow to conclude that both methods are in a good agreement to describe the morphology of band structures of the cited semiconductors. This encourages us to study in the future the electronic behaviour through the structure of bands for more complex systems such as the heterostructures.
Computational nano-materials design for high-TC ferromagnetism in wide-gap magnetic semiconductors
We propose materials design of high-TC wide band-gap dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMSs) based on first-principles calculations by using the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker coherent potential approximation (KKR-CPA) method. First, we discuss a unified physical picture of ferromagnetism in II-VI and III-V DMSs and show that DMS family is categorized into two groups depending on the electronic structure. One is the system where Zener's double exchange mechanism dominates in the ferromagnetic interaction, and in the other systems Zener's p-d exchange mechanism dominates. Next, we develop an accurate method for TC calculation for the DMSs and show that the mean field approximation completely fails to predict Curie temperature of DMS in particular for wide-gap DMS where the exchange interaction is short-ranged. The calculated TC of homogeneous DMSs by using the present method agrees very well with available experimental values. For more realistic material design, we simulate spinodal nano-decomposition by applying the Monte Carlo method to the Ising model with ab initio chemical pair interactions between magnetic impurities in DMS. It is found that by controlling the dimensionality of the decomposition various characteristic phases occur in DMS such as 3D Dairiseki-phase and 1D Konbu-phase, and it is suggested that super-paramagnetic blocking phenomena should be important to understand the magnetism of wide-gap DMS. Based on the present simulations for spinodal nano-decomposition, we propose a new crystal growth method of positioning by seeding and shape controlling method in 100 Tera-bit density of nano-magnets in the semiconductor matrix with high-TC (or high-TB)
Yost, Brandon T; Cushing, Scott K; Meng, Fanke; Bright, Joeseph; Bas, Derek A; Wu, Nianqiang; Bristow, Alan D
2015-12-14
Doping a semiconductor can extend the light absorption range, however, it usually introduces mid-gap states, reducing the charge carrier lifetime. This report shows that doping lanthanum dititinate (La2Ti2O7) with nitrogen extends the valence band edge by creating a continuum of dopant states, increasing the light absorption edge from 380 nm to 550 nm without adding mid-gap states. The dopant states are experimentally resolved in the excited state by correlating transient absorption spectroscopy with a supercontinuum probe and DFT prediction. The lack of mid-gap states is further confirmed by measuring the excited state lifetimes, which reveal the shifted band edge only increased carrier thermalization rates to the band edge and not interband charge recombination under both ultraviolet and visible excitation. Terahertz (time-domain) spectroscopy also reveals that the conduction mechanism remains unchanged after doping, suggesting the states are delocalized. PMID:26531849
Band gap determination of thin praseodymium oxide layers on aluminium oxynitride films
High-k dielectrics are important as never before in semiconductor industry. We investigate Pr2O3 as one representative of this group on silicon and silicon-aluminium oxynitride substrates. In earlier work we observed the positive influence of this AlOxNy intermediate layer on the electrical properties of the Pr2O3 layer. Now we present in-situ EELS, XPS and UPS measurements of gradually grown thin Pr2O3 on AlOxNy. From these measurements we determine the band structure and find a very fast change of the band gap for the first few A, coupled with n-type behaviour for the Pr2O3 film. These results are compared with RIXS measurements of a 5 nm Pr2O3 on a 1 nm thick AlOxNy layer
Feroz A. Mir
2014-01-01
Full Text Available Recently, we carried out structural, optical and dielectric studies on micro-crystals of Oxypeucedanin (C16H14O5, isolated from the roots of plant Prangos pabularia (Mir et al. (2014 [3,4]. The obtained trend in frequency exponent (s with frequency (ω indicates that the universal dynamic response is followed by this compound. From optical absorption spectroscopy, the optical band gap (Eg was estimated around 3.76 eV and system is showing indirect allowed transition. Using Eg in certain relation of s, a close value of s (as much close obtained by fitting ac conductivity was obtained. This method was further used for other similar systems and again same trend was obtained. So a general conclusion was made that the high transmitting wide band insulators or semiconductors may follow bipolaron hopping transport mechanism.
Zacharias, Marios; Giustino, Feliciano
2016-08-01
Recently, Zacharias et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 177401 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.177401] developed an ab initio theory of temperature-dependent optical absorption spectra and band gaps in semiconductors and insulators. In that work, the zero-point renormalization and the temperature dependence were obtained by sampling the nuclear wave functions using a stochastic approach. In the present work, we show that the stochastic sampling of Zacharias et al. can be replaced by fully deterministic supercell calculations based on a single optimal configuration of the atomic positions. We demonstrate that a single calculation is able to capture the temperature-dependent band-gap renormalization including quantum nuclear effects in direct-gap and indirect-gap semiconductors, as well as phonon-assisted optical absorption in indirect-gap semiconductors. In order to demonstrate this methodology, we calculate from first principles the temperature-dependent optical absorption spectra and the renormalization of direct and indirect band gaps in silicon, diamond, and gallium arsenide, and we obtain good agreement with experiment and with previous calculations. In this work we also establish the formal connection between the Williams-Lax theory of optical transitions and the related theories of indirect absorption by Hall, Bardeen, and Blatt, and of temperature-dependent band structures by Allen and Heine. The present methodology enables systematic ab initio calculations of optical absorption spectra at finite temperature, including both direct and indirect transitions. This feature will be useful for high-throughput calculations of optical properties at finite temperature and for calculating temperature-dependent optical properties using high-level theories such as G W and Bethe-Salpeter approaches.
Corrected electron inelastic mean free paths (IMFPs) for selected wide band semiconductors
Krawczyk, M.
2008-03-01
Elastic peak electron spectroscopy (EPES) has been widely used to determine the electron inelastic mean free paths (IMFPs) in solids. In this work, we investigated quantitatively the influence of surface excitations on electron IMFPs determined by EPES. We used IMFPs obtained from the early EPES measurements of the electron elastic backscattering probability from GaN and Cd0.88Mn0.12 Te wideband-gap semiconductors, and the Ni standard in the energy range 200-2000 eV. The total surface-excitation parameter (SEP) was evaluated using Chen and Werner approaches, and was applied for correcting the EPES IMFPs. These corrected values were then compared with those predicted by the TPP-2M formula. We found that implementation of the surface-excitation correction improved agreement between the resulting IMFPs for selected wide band semiconductors and the TPP-2M values at low-energy (E > 500 eV) electrons. The extent to which the IMFPs measured by EPES differ from the corresponding bulk values (on account of surface excitations) was found to depend on the semiconductor material with finite surface. Our results also clearly demonstrated the importance of accounting for surface excitations for accuracy of the IMFPs measured for GaN.
Wide band-gap materials for high power electronics
The wide gap semiconductors are the basis for the third generation of microelectronics and specially for the high end of the temperature range. In this presentation we will review the prospects and status of two members of this group: Diamond and Silicon Carbide (SiC). The two are at different stages of technological development and their respective modes of application at present are quite different. SiC devices can operate at up to 105 deg C. High power and high frequency devices have been demonstrated. Diamond is not yet ready for real electronic devices but its many extreme properties find their applications in several cases. The prospects of the future applications will be described in view of the semiconducting characteristics of these materials
Mechanism of photonic band gap, optical properties, tuning and applications
Mechanism of occurrence of Photonic Band Gap (PBG) is presented for 3-D structure using close packed face centered cubic lattice. Concepts and our work, specifically optical properties of 3-D photonic crystal, relative width, filling fraction, effective refractive index, alternative mechanism of photonic band gap scattering strength and dielectric contrast, effect of fluctuations and minimum refractive index contrast, are reported. The temperature tuning and anisotropy of nematic and ferroelectric liquid crystal infiltrated opal for different phase transitions are given. Effective dielectric constant with filling fraction using Maxwell Garnet theory (MG), multiple modified Maxwell Garnet (MMMG) and Effective Medium theory (EM) and results are compared with experiment to understand the occurrence of PBG. Our calculations of Lamb shifts including fluctuations are given and compared with those of literature values. We have also done band structure calculations including anisotropy and compared isotropic characteristic of liquid crystal. A possibility of lowest refractive index contrast useful for the fabrication of PBG is given. Our calculations for relative width as a function of refractive index contrast are reported and comparisons with existing theoretical and experimental optimal values are briefed. Applications of photonic crystals are summarized. The investigations conducted on PBG materials and reported here may pave the way for understanding the challenges in the field of PBG. (author)
Group IV direct band gap photonics: Methods, Challenges and Opportunities
Richard eGeiger
2015-07-01
Full Text Available The concept of direct band gap group IV materials offers a paradigm change for Si-photonics concerning the monolithic implementation of light emitters: The idea is to integrate fully compatible group IV materials with equally favorable optical properties as the chemically incompatible group III-V-based systems. The concept involves either mechanically applied strain on Ge or alloying of Ge with Sn and permits to drastically improve the insufficient radiative efficiency of Ge. The favorable optical properties result from a modified band structure transformed from an indirect to a direct one. The first demonstration of such a direct band gap laser, accomplished in GeSn, exemplifies the capability of this new concept. These systems may permit a qualitative as well as a quantitative expansion of Si-photonics into traditional but also new areas of applications, provided they can be operated energy efficiently, under ambient conditions and integrated with current Si technologies. This review aims to discuss the challenges along this path in terms of fabrication, characterization and fundamental understanding, and will elaborate on evoking opportunities of this new class of group IV-based laser materials.
Transparent rectifying contacts on wide-band gap oxide semiconductors
Lajn, Alexander
2013-01-01
Die vorliegenden Arbeit befasst sich mit der Herstellung und Charakterisierung von transparenten Metall-Halbleiter- Feldeffekttransistoren. Dazu werden im ersten Kapitel transparente gleichrichtende Kontakte, basierend auf dem Konzept von Metalloxidkontakten, hergestellt und im Hinblick auf chemische Zusammensetzung des Kontaktmaterials, Barriereninhomogenität und Kompatibilität mit amorphen Halbleitern untersucht. Außerdem wird die Anwendbarkeit der Kontakte als UV-Sensor studiert. I...
Liu, Z.Q. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576 (Singapore); Chim, W.K., E-mail: elecwk@nus.edu.sg [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576 (Singapore); Chiam, S.Y., E-mail: chiamsy@imre.a-star.edu.sg [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 3 Research Link, Singapore 117602 (Singapore); Pan, J.S. [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 3 Research Link, Singapore 117602 (Singapore); Ng, C.M. [GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore Pte. Ltd, 60 Woodlands Street 2, Singapore 738406 (Singapore)
2013-05-01
We studied the effects of adding yttrium (Y) in bulk lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO{sub 3} or LAO) by investigating the quaternary compound oxide, lanthanum yttrium aluminum oxide La{sub 0.3}Y{sub 0.7}AlO{sub 3} (LYAO), on silicon (Si). It is found that the inclusion of Y to LAO increases the band gap by ∼ 0.9 eV without compromising the dielectric constant. The enhancement in the band gap results in larger band offsets in LYAO and we also observe a decrease in leakage current at low voltage accumulation bias for Al/LYAO/Si as compared to Al/LAO/Si. In addition, the interface trap density of the Al/LYAO/Si structure remains comparable to that of Al/LAO/Si. Our findings show that LYAO is an attractive high dielectric constant material for use in next-generation low standby power devices. - Highlights: • We studied the inclusion of yttrium in LaAlO{sub 3} by investigating La{sub 0.3}Y{sub 0.7}AlO{sub 3} on Si. • Inclusion of yttrium in LaAlO{sub 3} (LAO) increases the band gap by 0.9 eV. • Enhancement in the band gap results in larger band offsets in La{sub 0.3}Y{sub 0.7}AlO{sub 3} (LYAO). • Decrease in leakage current at low voltage for Al/LYAO/Si compared to Al/LAO/Si. • LYAO is an attractive high-k material for low standby power devices.
We studied the effects of adding yttrium (Y) in bulk lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3 or LAO) by investigating the quaternary compound oxide, lanthanum yttrium aluminum oxide La0.3Y0.7AlO3 (LYAO), on silicon (Si). It is found that the inclusion of Y to LAO increases the band gap by ∼ 0.9 eV without compromising the dielectric constant. The enhancement in the band gap results in larger band offsets in LYAO and we also observe a decrease in leakage current at low voltage accumulation bias for Al/LYAO/Si as compared to Al/LAO/Si. In addition, the interface trap density of the Al/LYAO/Si structure remains comparable to that of Al/LAO/Si. Our findings show that LYAO is an attractive high dielectric constant material for use in next-generation low standby power devices. - Highlights: • We studied the inclusion of yttrium in LaAlO3 by investigating La0.3Y0.7AlO3 on Si. • Inclusion of yttrium in LaAlO3 (LAO) increases the band gap by 0.9 eV. • Enhancement in the band gap results in larger band offsets in La0.3Y0.7AlO3 (LYAO). • Decrease in leakage current at low voltage for Al/LYAO/Si compared to Al/LAO/Si. • LYAO is an attractive high-k material for low standby power devices
Enlargement of the band gaps of water waves over one-dimensional combination bottom structures
The phenomena of band gaps and propagation of water waves over one-dimensional periodic bottoms and combination bottoms is investigated by the transfer matrix method. For the periodic bottoms (PBs), the effect of the steps' numbers, their height and width on the band gaps are discussed, respectively. For two kinds of combination periodic-bottoms (CPBs), namely height-CPBs and width-CPBs, both corresponding whole band gaps are gained, respectively. Each of whole band gaps is the juxtaposition of the gaps of two kind of PBs, without covering. The numerical results show that the band gaps could be enlarged effectively by choosing the steps' height or width properly
CZTS stoichiometry effects on the band gap energy
Malerba, Claudia, E-mail: claudia.malerba-1@ing.unitn.it [University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento (Italy); ENEA, Casaccia Research Center, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Roma (Italy); Biccari, Francesco [ENEA, Casaccia Research Center, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Roma (Italy); Azanza Ricardo, Cristy Leonor [University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento (Italy); Valentini, Matteo [Sapienza – University of Rome, Department of Physics, p.le A. Moro 5, 00185 Roma (Italy); ENEA, Casaccia Research Center, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Roma (Italy); Chierchia, Rosa [ENEA, Casaccia Research Center, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Roma (Italy); Müller, Melanie [University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento (Italy); Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Heisenberg str. 1, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Santoni, Antonino [ENEA, Frascati Research Center, via E. Fermi 45, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Esposito, Emilia [ENEA, Portici Research Center, Piazzale E. Fermi, 80055 Portici (Napoli) (Italy); Mangiapane, Pietro [ENEA, Casaccia Research Center, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Roma (Italy); Scardi, Paolo [University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento (Italy); Mittiga, Alberto [ENEA, Casaccia Research Center, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Roma (Italy)
2014-01-05
Highlights: • CZTS films with different compositions were grown from stacked-layer precursors. • The band-gap energy varies from 1.48 to 1.63 eV as the [Sn]/[Cu] ratio increases. • The Zn content seems not to be a critical parameter for the optical properties. • PDS data show an increase of the sub-gap absorption as the Sn content is reduced. • Formation of defects at low Sn content was proposed to explain the Eg variation. -- Abstract: The considerable spread of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) optical properties reported in the literature is discussed in terms of material stoichiometry. To this purpose, kesterite thin films were prepared by sulfurization of multilayered precursors of ZnS, Cu and Sn, changing the relative amounts to obtain CZTS layers with different compositions. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDX) spectroscopy, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy were used for structural and compositional analysis. XRD quantitative phase analysis provides the amount of spurious phases and information on Sn-site occupancy. The optical properties were investigated by spectrophotometric and Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy (PDS) measurements to assess the absorption coefficient of samples with different compositions. The PDS data show an increase of the sub-band absorption as the Sn content decreases. The results are interpreted assuming the formation of additional defects as the tin content is reduced. Those defects can also be responsible for the decrease of the band gap energy value as the Sn/Cu ratio is decreased.
Analysis of photonic band-gap structures in stratified medium
Tong, Ming-Sze; Yinchao, Chen; Lu, Yilong;
2005-01-01
Purpose - To demonstrate the flexibility and advantages of a non-uniform pseudo-spectral time domain (nu-PSTD) method through studies of the wave propagation characteristics on photonic band-gap (PBG) structures in stratified medium Design/methodology/approach - A nu-PSTD method is proposed in...... the occasions where the spatial distributions contain step of up to five times larger than the original size, while simultaneously the flexibility of non-uniform sampling offers further savings on computational storage. Research limitations/implications - Research has been mainly limited to the simple...
Band gap engineering in simultaneous phononic and photonic crystal slabs
Djafari Rouhani, B.; Pennec, Y.; Vasseur, J.O.; Hassouani, Y.El; Li, C.; Akjouj, A. [Universite de Lille1 Sciences et Technologies, Cite Scientifique, Institut d' Electronique, de Microelectronique et de Nanotechnologie, UMR CNRS 8520, Villeneuve d' Ascq (France); Boudouti, E.H.El; Bria, D. [Universite de Lille1 Sciences et Technologies, Cite Scientifique, Institut d' Electronique, de Microelectronique et de Nanotechnologie, UMR CNRS 8520, Villeneuve d' Ascq (France); Universite d' Oujda, Laboratoire de Dynamique et d' Optique des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences, Oujda (Morocco)
2011-06-15
We discuss the simultaneous existence of phononic and photonic band gaps in two types of phononic crystals slabs, namely periodic arrays of nanoholes in a Si membrane and of Si nanodots on a SiO{sub 2} membrane. In the former geometry, we investigate in detail both the boron nitride lattice and the square lattice with two atoms per unit cell (these include the square, triangular and honeycomb lattices as particular cases). In the latter geometry, some preliminary results are reported for a square lattice. (orig.)
Photonic band gap resonators for high energy accelerators
The authors have proposed that a new type of microwave resonator, based on Photonic Band Gap (PBG) structures, may be particularly useful for high energy accelerators. The authors provide an explanation of the PBG concept and present data which illustrate some of the special properties associated with such structures. Further evaluation of the utility of PBG resonators requires laboratory testing of model structures at cryogenic temperatures, and at high fields. They provide a brief discussion of their test program, which is currently in progress
Flexible design of band gaps in the biopolymer photonic crystals
One-dimensional photonic crystals (PC) are fabricated in dichromate-sensitized biopolymer as volume holograms. The flexibility of the PC band gap (BG) parameters was investigated. The spectral position of a BG can be varied by changing the exposure for two concentrations of sensitizer during the fabrication process. The spectral measurements show that the BG centre shifts towards longer wavelengths with decreasing exposure and concentration of the sensitizer. A tuning of the position of the BG for about 120 nm was obtained.
Karcher, Christian
2012-03-16
Isolectronic impurities and their impact on the properties of compound semiconductors is discussed in two systems: Nitrogen in Ga(As,P) quantum wells on the one hand and Sulfur and Selenium in bulk ZnTe. The properties are reduced to two experimentally observable aspects: Band Bowing, i.e. the non-linearity of the band gap of the compound semiconductor and disorder, i.e. in particular the formation of a strongly localized density of states beneath the fundamental band gap. Apart of the pure experimental studies an insight into the theoretical model of disorder-induced temperature dependent luminescence properties of the compound semiconductors by means of Monte Carlo Simulations is given.
Optical absorption of nanoporous silicon: quasiparticle band gaps and absorption spectra
Shi, Guangsha; Kioupakis, Emmanouil
2013-03-01
Silicon is an earth-abundant material of great importance in semiconductors electronics, but its photovoltaic applications are limited by the low absorption coefficient in the visible due to its indirect band gap. One strategy to improve the absorbance is to perforate silicon with nanoscale pores, which introduce carrier scattering that enables optical transitions across the indirect gap. We used density functional and many-body perturbation theory in the GW approximation to investigate the electronic and optical properties of porous silicon for various pore sizes, spacings, and orientations. Our calculations include up to 400 atoms in the unit cell. We will discuss the connection of the band-gap value and absorption coefficient to the underlying nanopore geometry. The absorption coefficient in the visible range is found to be optimal for appropriately chosen nanopore size, spacing, and orientation. Our work allows us to predict porous-silicon structures that may have optimal performance in photovoltaic applications. This research was supported as part of CSTEC, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. Computational resources were provided by the DOE NERSC facility.
Optimization of Beam Properties with Respect to Maximum Band-Gap
Halkjær, Søren; Sigmund, Ole
2004-01-01
We study numerically the frequency band-gap phenomenon for bending waves in an infinite periodic beam. The outcome of the analysis is then subjected to an optimization problem in order to maximize these band-gaps. The band-gap maximization may be performed with respect to material parameters and...
Enlargement of Photonic Band Gaps and Physical Picture of Photonic Band Structures
ZHANG Yan; SHI Jun-Jie
2006-01-01
@@ Light propagation in a one-dimensional photonic crystal (PC), consisting of alternative slabs with refractive indices (layer thicknesses) n1 (a) and n2 (b), is investigated. An important optimal parameter matching condition,n1a ≈ n2b, is obtained for the largest photonic band gap (PBG). Moreover, we find that the exact analytical solutions for the electric/magnetic field eigenmodes at the band edges are standing waves with odd or even symmetry about the centre of each layer. The electric/magnetic field eigenfunctions at the top and bottom of the nth band have n and n - 1 nodes in one period of PC, respectively. The PBG arises from the symmetric differences of the field eigenfunctions at the band edges.
Nguyen, Chuong V.; Hieu, Nguyen N.; Ilyasov, Victor V.
2016-08-01
In this work, we investigate band-gap tuning in bilayer MoS2 by an external electric field and by applied biaxial strain. Our calculations show that the band gaps of bilayer MoS2 can be tuned by the perpendicular electric field or biaxial strain. The band gaps of bilayer MoS2 decrease with increasing applied electric field or biaxial strain. When the electric field was introduced, electronic levels are split due to the separation of the valence sub-band and the conduction sub-band states. Our calculations also show that the change in the band gap of bilayer MoS2 is due to the separation of electronic levels by electric field via the Stark effect. At the electric field E_{Field} = 5.5 V/nm or biaxial strain ɛ = 15%, bilayer MoS2 becomes metallic. The semiconductor-metal phase transition in bilayer MoS2 plays an important role in its application for nanodevices.
Nguyen, Chuong V.; Hieu, Nguyen N.; Ilyasov, Victor V.
2016-05-01
In this work, we investigate band-gap tuning in bilayer MoS2 by an external electric field and by applied biaxial strain. Our calculations show that the band gaps of bilayer MoS2 can be tuned by the perpendicular electric field or biaxial strain. The band gaps of bilayer MoS2 decrease with increasing applied electric field or biaxial strain. When the electric field was introduced, electronic levels are split due to the separation of the valence sub-band and the conduction sub-band states. Our calculations also show that the change in the band gap of bilayer MoS2 is due to the separation of electronic levels by electric field via the Stark effect. At the electric field E_{Field} = 5.5 V/nm or biaxial strain \\varepsilon = 15%, bilayer MoS2 becomes metallic. The semiconductor-metal phase transition in bilayer MoS2 plays an important role in its application for nanodevices.
Lamb wave band gaps in locally resonant phononic crystal strip waveguides
Using finite element method, we have made a theoretically study of the band structure of Lamb wave in a locally resonant phononic crystal strip waveguide with periodic soft rubber attached on the two sides of epoxy main plate. The numerical results show that the Lamb wave band gap based on local resonant mechanism can be opened up in the stub strip waveguides, and the width of the local resonant band gap is narrower than that based on the Bragg scattering mechanism. The results also show that the stub shape and width have influence on the frequency and width of the Lamb wave band gap. -- Highlights: ► The local resonant Lamb wave band gap can be opened up in a stub strip waveguides. ► The width of the local resonant band gap is narrower than that Bragg scattering band gap. ► The shape and width of the stub have strongly influence on the local resonant band gap.
Transmission and photonic band gaps in Fibonacci superlattices
J. Garus
2013-12-01
Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the article was to broaden the knowledge about the behavior of Fibonacci superlattices as filters electromagnetic waves. Design/methodology/approach: Simulations of multi-layer systems is usually carried out by using two complementary methods. The first, matrix method which allows the study of the properties of structures using transmission maps and the second method used is the Finite-Difference Time Domain (FDTD algorithm allows on the study of electromagnetic wave propagation in the structure. Findings: It can be seen that the lighting of the filter with monochromatic light in the wavelength range of the band gap filter at the output causes propagation of low intensity in the range other than the wavelength of the incident beam. Research limitations/implications: The simulation was not considered the impact of losses in the material. Practical implications: Present clear differences depending on the polarization allow the use of superlattices as polarizers for specific ranges of wavelengths and angles of incidence. Originality/value: Fibonacci superlattices have been pre-tested in. The purpose of the article was to broaden the knowledge about the behavior of these structures as filters electromagnetic waves with a wavelength range from the near infrared, the effect of the material surrounding the transmission and increasing knowledge of the formation of band gaps.
Investigations into low band-gap, semiconducting polymers
The physical and electronic characteristics of the low band-gap polymers, poly(4-dicyanomethylene-4H-cyclopenta[1,2-b;3,4-b']dithiophene) (PCDM) and poly(7-benzo[1,3]dithiol-2-ylidine-7H-3,4-dithia-cyclopenta[a]pentalene) (PBDT), have been examined. The polymers were studied using microscopic and spectroscopic methods to determine the chemical and morphological properties of the polymer films. Micrographs of the polymer surfaces revealed PCDM to consist of a relatively smooth surface covered by large aggregations. PBDT had a much rougher surface with a large surface area, possibly suitable for the production of a polymeric battery. Polymer band-gaps were estimated using UV-vis spectra to be 1.38 eV and 1.29 eV respectively for PCDM and PBDT. XPS measurements allied with the PCDM and PBDT band-gaps have been used to produce preliminary band diagrams for ITO/polymer/Al diodes. Diodes of PCDM and PBDT were fabricated to allow study of the electrical behaviour of the polymers using DC current-voltage (I-V) measurements and AC impedance spectroscopy. Equivalent RC circuits of ITO/PCDM/Al diodes have been used to model the presence of 2 dispersions in the admittance plots and to explain the effects of increasing temperature, polymer film thickness and contact material. The DC electrical measurements for PCDM reveal almost symmetrical current-voltage characteristics. A hysteresis effect dependent on the direction of the voltage sweep observed in the DC characteristics has a potential application in the production of a polymeric ''memory element''. For sweep voltages starting above approximately ±4 V, ''high'' and ''low'' conductance states occur when sweeping from negative to positive and positive to negative bias respectively. The ''low'' state is stable for many months whereas the ''high'' state decays exponentially with time constants of approximately 2000 s. Characteristic values for PCDM films have been estimated using the experimental results. An investigation of
Computational investigation on tunable optical band gap in armchair polyacenes
Polyacenes in their armchair geometry (phenacenes) have recently been found to possess appealing electronic and optical properties with higher chemical stability and comparatively larger band gap as compared to linear polyacenes. They also behave as high-temperature superconductors upon alkali metal doping. Moreover, the optical properties of crystalline picene can be finely tuned by applying external pressure. We investigated the variation of optical gap as a function of altering the interplanar distances between parallel cofacial phenacene dimers. We employed both time-dependent density functional theory and density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) technique to investigate the lowest singlet excitations in phenacene dimer. Our study showed that the lowest singlet excitation in these systems evolved as a function of interplanar separation. The optical excitation energy gap decreases as a function of inverse interplanar separation of the phenacene dimer. The distant dependent variation of optical absorption at the dimer level may be comparable with experimental observation in picene crystal under pressure. DMRG study also demonstrates that besides picene, electronic properties of higher phenacenes can also be tunable by altering interplanar separation
Influence of tip-induced band bending on tunnelling spectra of semiconductor surfaces
A theory based on the Bardeen formalism is developed for computing the tunnel current between a metal tip and a semiconductor surface. Tip-induced band bending in the semiconductor is included, with the electrostatic potential computed in a fully three-dimensional model whereas the tunnel current is computed in the limit of large tip radii. Localized states forming at the semiconductor surface as well as wavefunction tailing through the semiconductor depletion region are fully accounted for. Numerical results are provided and compared with data obtained from p-type GaAs surfaces, and generalization of the method to semiconductor heterojunctions is discussed
Increased visible-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2 via band gap manipulation
Pennington, Ashley Marie
Hydrogen gas is a clean burning fuel that has potential applications in stationary and mobile power generation and energy storage, but is commercially produced from non-renewable fossil natural gas. Using renewable biomass as the hydrocarbon feed instead could provide sustainable and carbon-neutral hydrogen. We focus on photocatalytic oxidation and reforming of methanol over modified titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles to produce hydrogen gas. Methanol is used as a model for biomass sugars. By using a photocatalyst, we aim to circumvent the high energy cost of carrying out endothermic reactions at commercial scale. TiO2 is a semiconductor metal oxide of particular interest in photocatalysis due to its photoactivity under ultraviolet illumination and its stability under catalytic reaction conditions. However, TiO2 primarily absorbs ultraviolet light, with little absorption of visible light. While an effective band gap for absorbance of photons from visible light is 1.7 eV, TiO2 polymorphs rutile and anatase, have band gaps of 3.03 eV and 3.20 eV respectively, which indicate ultraviolet light. As most of incident solar radiation is visible light, we hypothesize that decreasing the band gap of TiO2 will increase the efficiency of TiO2 as a visible-light active photocatalyst. We propose to modify the band gap of TiO2 by manipulating the catalyst structure and composition via metal nanoparticle deposition and heteroatom doping in order to more efficiently utilize solar radiation. Of the metal-modified Degussa P25 TiO2 samples (P25), the copper and nickel modified samples, 1%Cu/P25 and 1%Ni/P25 yielded the lowest band gap of 3.05 eV each. A difference of 0.22 eV from the unmodified P25. Under visible light illumination 1%Ni/P25 and 1%Pt/P25 had the highest conversion of methanol of 9.9% and 9.6%, respectively.
Hydrogen production by Tuning the Photonic Band Gap with the Electronic Band Gap of TiO2
Waterhouse, G. I. N.
2013-10-10
Tuning the photonic band gap (PBG) to the electronic band gap (EBG) of Au/TiO
Band Gap Engineering and Layer-by-Layer Band Gap Mapping of Selenium-doped Molybdenum Disulfide
Gong, Yongji [Rice University; Liu, Zheng [Rice University; Lupini, Andrew R [ORNL; Lin, Junhao [ORNL; Pantelides, Sokrates T [ORNL; Pennycook, Stephen J [ORNL; Zhou, Wu [ORNL; Ajayan, Pullikel M [Rice University
2014-01-01
Ternary two-dimensional dichalcogenide alloys exhibit compositionally modulated electronic structure and hence, control of dopant concentration within each layer of these layered compounds provides a powerful way to modify their properties. The challenge then becomes quantifying and locating the dopant atoms within each layer in order to better understand and fine-tune the desired properties. Here we report the synthesis of selenium substitutionally doped molybdenum disulfide atomic layers, with a broad range of selenium concentrations, resulting in band gap modulations of over 0.2 eV. Atomic scale chemical analysis using Z-contrast imaging provides direct maps of the dopant atom distribution in individual MoS2 layers and hence a measure of the local band gaps. Furthermore, in a bilayer structure, the dopant distribution of each layer is imaged independently. We demonstrate that each layer in the bilayer contains similar doping levels, randomly distributed, providing new insights into the growth mechanism and alloying behavior in two-dimensional dichalcogenide atomic layers. The results show that growth of uniform, ternary, two-dimensional dichalcogenide alloy films with tunable electronic properties is feasible.
A theory of phonon-assisted two-phonon exciton transitions in an indirect-band-gap semiconductor layered Quantum Wells (QW) and Quantum Well Wires (QWW) is developed. The expressions for the two-photon absorption coefficients in one-dimensional (1D), α(1)ex, 2D, α(2)ex and 3D (bulk), α(3)ex have been calculated. The spectra dependence of these expressions, at the vicinity of the band edge, are found to obey a law (2(h/2π)ω±(h/2π)Ω-EG+Ebex)β where (h/2π)ω((h/2π)Ω) is the photon (phonon) energy, EG is the effective indirect gap and Ebex is the exciton binding energy. The values of β varies from -1/2 up to 3/2 depending on the dimension of the system and the type of the coupling matrix element involved in each transition process. Before the edge, the final exciton states are of s-symmetry or p-symmetry according to the photon polarizations w.r.t. the confinement directions in the QW's and to the selection rules allowed by the momentum matrix elements. A numerical estimation for the case Si0.5Ge0.5 show that α(1)ex for both photon polarizations (parallel and perpendicular to the confinement directions of the QW's) is enhanced over the values of α(2)ex and α(3)ex (allowed and forbidden transitions). Furthermore α(2)ex is also enhanced over α(3)ex values for bulk materials. This behaviour of αex's is interpreted as due to (i) the additional confinement of the carriers which occur going from 3D → 2D → 1D systems (ii) the photon polarization configurations w.r.t. the confinement directions (iii) the coupling matrix elements. (author). 18 refs, 3 figs
Compositional dependence of the band-gap of Ge1-x-ySixSny alloys
Wendav, Torsten; Fischer, Inga A.; Montanari, Michele; Zoellner, Marvin Hartwig; Klesse, Wolfgang; Capellini, Giovanni; von den Driesch, Nils; Oehme, Michael; Buca, Dan; Busch, Kurt; Schulze, Jörg
2016-06-01
The group-IV semiconductor alloy Ge1-x-ySixSny has recently attracted great interest due to its prospective potential for use in optoelectronics, electronics, and photovoltaics. Here, we investigate molecular beam epitaxy grown Ge1-x-ySixSny alloys lattice-matched to Ge with large Si and Sn concentrations of up to 42% and 10%, respectively. The samples were characterized in detail by Rutherford backscattering/channeling spectroscopy for composition and crystal quality, x-ray diffraction for strain determination, and photoluminescence spectroscopy for the assessment of band-gap energies. Moreover, the experimentally extracted material parameters were used to determine the SiSn bowing and to make predictions about the optical transition energy.
The interaction of platinum with GaP(110): band bending and surface photovoltage effects
Evans, D. A.; Chen, T. P.; Chassé, Th.; Horn, K.
The study of metals deposited on semiconductor surfaces is important to determine the chemical and electronic properties of these interfaces. In the present study, the formation of Pt sbnd GaP(110) interfaces at 150 and 300 K was monitored by core and valence level photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation. Detailed analysis of band-bending reveals a strong surface photovoltage (SPV) effect, even at the higher temperature. The measured barrier height (φ bn = 1.5eV) is similar to values for chemically very different metal contacts on n-GaP(110). The temperature, metal coverage and photon flux dependence of the SPV is determined and interpreted in terms of calculations which consider the relevant current transport mechanism across the developing interface.
Photoconductivity of composites based on CdSe quantum dots and low-band-gap polymers
Dayneko, Sergey; Linkov, Pavel; Martynov, Igor; Tameev, Alexey; Tedoradze, Marine; Samokhvalov, Pavel; Nabiev, Igor; Chistyakov, Alexander
2016-05-01
Photoconductivity of thin layers prepared by spin coating of blends of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and a low-band-gap polymer PCDTBT or PTB7 has been studied. It has been found that photocurrent in the composites containing QDs of 10-nm in size is significantly higher than in those of containing 5-nm QDs. Analysis of the results showed that the photoresponse of the thin layers is mainly determined by the relative positions of the frontier energy levels of the materials used, organic semiconductors and QDs. Therefore, the ability to tune the relative positions of these levels by varying the QD size is of special importance, thus allowing the optimization of photodetectors and photovoltaic cells.
Peculiarities of Tamm states formed in degenerate photonic band gaps
Merzlikin, A.M., E-mail: merzlikin_a@mail.r [Institution for Theoretical and Applied Electromagnetics, Russian Academy of Science, 13/19 Izhorskaya ul., 125412 Moscow (Russian Federation); Vinogradov, A.P.; Lagarkov, A.N. [Institution for Theoretical and Applied Electromagnetics, Russian Academy of Science, 13/19 Izhorskaya ul., 125412 Moscow (Russian Federation); Levy, M. [Department of Physics, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive Houghton, MI 49931-1295 (United States); Bergman, D.J. [Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978 (Israel); Strelniker, Y.M. [Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University, IL-52900 Ramat-Gan (Israel)
2010-07-15
The structure of the Tamm state localized at the interface between anisotropic magnetophotonic crystal (anisotropic MPC) and a photonic crystal (PC) made of isotropic dielectrics is studied. It is shown that if the frequency of this state appears within the degenerate band gap then its structure qualitatively differs from the structure of a well-known Tamm state localized at the interface between two one-dimensional PC made of isotropic materials. Since inside the degenerate BG the real part of the Bloch wavenumber differs from the Brillouin value, two Bloch waves with different signs in the real part of the wavenumber and the same sign in the imaginary part have different input impedance values. Moreover, contrary to the case of a PC made of isotropic materials the impedance of each Bloch wave is a tensor. As a consequence to construct a surface state at least three evanescent Bloch waves are required. The conditions that determine the Tamm state frequency also change.
Peculiarities of Tamm states formed in degenerate photonic band gaps
The structure of the Tamm state localized at the interface between anisotropic magnetophotonic crystal (anisotropic MPC) and a photonic crystal (PC) made of isotropic dielectrics is studied. It is shown that if the frequency of this state appears within the degenerate band gap then its structure qualitatively differs from the structure of a well-known Tamm state localized at the interface between two one-dimensional PC made of isotropic materials. Since inside the degenerate BG the real part of the Bloch wavenumber differs from the Brillouin value, two Bloch waves with different signs in the real part of the wavenumber and the same sign in the imaginary part have different input impedance values. Moreover, contrary to the case of a PC made of isotropic materials the impedance of each Bloch wave is a tensor. As a consequence to construct a surface state at least three evanescent Bloch waves are required. The conditions that determine the Tamm state frequency also change.
Half-oxidized phosphorene: band gap and elastic properties modulation
Based on a first principles approach, we study structural, electronic and elastic properties, as well as stabilities of all possible half-oxidized phosphorene conformers. Stability analysis reveals that oxygen chemisorption is an exothermic process in the six configurations despite the formation of interstitial oxygen bridges in three of them. Electronic structure calculations show that oxidation induces a band gap modulation ranging between 0.54 and 1.57 eV in the generalized gradient approximation corrected to 1.19 and 2.88 eV using GW. The mechanical response of the conformers is sensitively dependent on direction and indicates that the new derivatives are incompressible materials and one configuration has an auxetic behavior. The present results provide a basis for tailoring the electronic and elastic properties of phosphorene via half oxidation. (paper)
Yi, Wei; Narayanamurti, Venkatesh; Lu, Hong; Scarpulla, Michael A.; Gossard, Arthur C.
2010-06-01
Utilizing three-terminal tunnel emission of ballistic electrons and holes in a planar tunnel transistor with a Mott-barrier collector, we have developed a method to self-consistently determine the energy gap of a semiconductor and band discontinuities at a semiconductor heterojunction without using a priori material parameters. Measurements are performed on lattice-matched GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs (100) single-barrier double heterostructures with AlxGa1-xAs as the model ternary III-V compounds. Electronic band gaps of the AlGaAs alloys and band offsets at the GaAs/AlGaAs (100) interfaces are measured with a resolution of several meV at 4.2 K. The direct-gap Γ band offset ratio for the GaAs/AlGaAs (100) interface is found to be 59:41 (±3%) . Reexamination of our previous experiment [W. Yi , Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 112102 (2009)10.1063/1.3224914] revealed that, in the indirect-gap regime, ballistic electrons from direct tunnel emissions probe the X valley in the conduction band, while those from Auger-like scattering processes in the metal base film probe the higher-lying L valley. Such selective electron collection may be explained by their different momentum distributions and parallel momentum conservation at the quasiepitaxial Al/GaAs (100) interface. We argue that the present method is in principle applicable to arbitrary type-I semiconductor heterostructures.
Esaki Diodes in van der Waals Heterojunctions with Broken-Gap Energy Band Alignment.
Yan, Rusen; Fathipour, Sara; Han, Yimo; Song, Bo; Xiao, Shudong; Li, Mingda; Ma, Nan; Protasenko, Vladimir; Muller, David A; Jena, Debdeep; Xing, Huili Grace
2015-09-01
van der Waals (vdW) heterojunctions composed of two-dimensional (2D) layered materials are emerging as a solid-state materials family that exhibits novel physics phenomena that can power a range of electronic and photonic applications. Here, we present the first demonstration of an important building block in vdW solids: room temperature Esaki tunnel diodes. The Esaki diodes were realized in vdW heterostructures made of black phosphorus (BP) and tin diselenide (SnSe2), two layered semiconductors that possess a broken-gap energy band offset. The presence of a thin insulating barrier between BP and SnSe2 enabled the observation of a prominent negative differential resistance (NDR) region in the forward-bias current-voltage characteristics, with a peak to valley ratio of 1.8 at 300 K and 2.8 at 80 K. A weak temperature dependence of the NDR indicates electron tunneling being the dominant transport mechanism, and a theoretical model shows excellent agreement with the experimental results. Furthermore, the broken-gap band alignment is confirmed by the junction photoresponse, and the phosphorus double planes in a single layer of BP are resolved in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for the first time. Our results represent a significant advance in the fundamental understanding of vdW heterojunctions and broaden the potential applications of 2D layered materials. PMID:26226296
The chemical composition and band gap of amorphous Si:C:N:H layers
Swatowska, Barbara; Kluska, Stanislawa; Jurzecka-Szymacha, Maria; Stapinski, Tomasz; Tkacz-Smiech, Katarzyna
2016-05-01
In this work we presented the correlation between the chemical composition of amorphous Si:C:N:H layers of various content of silicon, carbon and nitrogen, and their band gap. The series of amorphous Si:C:N:H layers were obtained by plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition method in which plasma was generated by RF (13.56 MHz, 300 W) and MW (2.45 GHz, 2 kW) onto monocrystalline silicon Si(001) and borosilicate glass. Structural studies were based on FTIR transmission spectrum registered within wavenumbers 400-4000 cm-1. The presence of Sisbnd C, Sisbnd N, Csbnd N, Cdbnd N, Cdbnd C, Ctbnd N, Sisbnd H and Csbnd H bonds was shown. The values band gap of the layers have been determined from spectrophotometric and ellipsometric measurements. The respective values are contained in the range between 1.64 eV - characteristic for typical semiconductor and 4.21 eV - for good dielectric, depending on the chemical composition and atomic structure of the layers.
Silicon carbide embedded in carbon nanofibres: structure and band gap determination.
Minella, Anja Bonatto; Pohl, Darius; Täschner, Christine; Erni, Rolf; Ummethala, Raghu; Rümmeli, Mark H; Schultz, Ludwig; Rellinghaus, Bernd
2014-11-28
Materials drastically alter their electronic properties when being reduced to the nanoscale due to quantum effects. Concerning semiconductors, the band gap is expected to broaden as a result of the quantum confinement. In this study we report on the successful synthesis of wide bandgap SiC nanowires (with great potential for applications) and the local determination of their band gap. Their value was found to be higher with respect to bulk SiC. The nanowires are grown as a heterostructure, i.e. encapsulated in carbon nanofibres via dc hot-filament Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition on the Si/SiO2 substrate. The structure of the as-produced carbon nanofibres was characterized by means of aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Two different pure SiC polytypes, namely the 3C (cubic) and the 6H (hexagonal) as well as distorted structures are observed. The SiC nanowires have diameters in the range of 10-15 nm and lengths of several hundred nanometers. The formation of the SiC is a result of the substrate etching during the growth of the CNFs and a subsequent simultaneous diffusion of not only carbon, but also silicon through the catalyst particle. PMID:25307877
Study of optical band gap of zinc-borate glasses
The present study deals with binary xZnO-(100-x)B/sub 2/O/sub 3) (x=50-60%) and ternary yV/sub 2/O/sub 5/-50ZnO-(50-y)B/sub 2/O/sub 3/ (y=5-10%) glass systems. The mass density, oxygen packing density, molar volume and optical energy gap of these glasses were measured at room temperature. The density varies in the range of 2.92 - 3.57 g cm/sup 03/. The absorption spectra of these glasses were recorded in the UV-visible range. The optical band gap energies for these glasses were estimated from absorption data using the Mott and Davis relation and found to be in the range of 1.14 approx. equal to 2.92 eV. These results show that E/sub opt/ decreases with decreasing concentration of ZnO in binary glasses. In ternary glasses E/sub opt/ decreases with increasing concentration of V/sub 2/O/sub 5/ for a fixed amount of ZnO.(author)
Electronic structure of MoSe2, MoS2, and WSe2. II. The nature of the optical band gaps
Coehoorn, R.; Haas, C.; de Groot, R. A.
1987-01-01
From band-structure calculations it is shown that MoSe2, MoS2, and WSe2 are indirect-gap semiconductors. The top of the valence band is at the Γ point and the bottom of the conduction band is along the line T of the hexagonal Brillouin zone, halfway between the points Γ and K. The A and B excitons correspond to the smallest direct gap at the K point. This assignment of the exciton peaks is shown to be consistent with the polarization dependence of their intensities, their effective masses, an...
Hypersonic crystal band gaps in Ni/Cu superlattice nanowire arrays
Hu, Jia-Guang; Shen, Tie
2016-03-01
The hexagonal and tetragonal ordered arrays were prepared by Ni/Cu superlattice nanowires on the porous anodic alumina membrane template, and their phonon band structures were calculated by using the plane wave expansion method. Numerical results show that the hypersonic band gaps can be acquired by adjusting the structural parameters. Along the different wave-vector directions, the width and position of band gap would vary. If the nanowires'filling fraction is increased continuously, the width of the first band gap firstly increases and then decreases within a certain range. The height of superlattice nanowire elementary unit can only affect the width of band gap within a quite narrow range. When the height of elementary unit remains unchanged, the decrease of the Cu-component ratio can contribute to the formation of a wider band gap. Additionally, the wide band gap is more easily formed in tetragonal structure than in hexagonal structure.
Phononic Band Gaps in 2D Quadratic and 3D Cubic Cellular Structures
Franziska Warmuth
2015-12-01
Full Text Available The static and dynamic mechanical behaviour of cellular materials can be designed by the architecture of the underlying unit cell. In this paper, the phononic band structure of 2D and 3D cellular structures is investigated. It is shown how the geometry of the unit cell influences the band structure and eventually leads to full band gaps. The mechanism leading to full band gaps is elucidated. Based on this knowledge, a 3D cellular structure with a broad full band gap is identified. Furthermore, the dependence of the width of the gap on the geometry parameters of the unit cell is presented.
Modeling of Photonic Band Gap Crystals and Applications
Ihab Fathy El-Kady
2002-08-27
In this work, the authors have undertaken a theoretical approach to the complex problem of modeling the flow of electromagnetic waves in photonic crystals. The focus is to address the feasibility of using the exciting phenomena of photonic gaps (PBG) in actual applications. The authors start by providing analytical derivations of the computational electromagnetic methods used in their work. They also present a detailed explanation of the physics underlying each approach, as well as a comparative study of the strengths and weaknesses of each method. The Plane Wave expansion, Transfer Matrix, and Finite Difference time Domain Methods are addressed. They also introduce a new theoretical approach, the Modal Expansion Method. They then shift the attention to actual applications. They begin with a discussion of 2D photonic crystal wave guides. The structure addressed consists of a 2D hexagonal structure of air cylinders in a layered dielectric background. Comparison with the performance of a conventional guide is made, as well as suggestions for enhancing it. The studies provide an upper theoretical limit on the performance of such guides, as they assumed no crystal imperfections and non-absorbing media. Next, they study 3D metallic PBG materials at near infrared and optical wavelengths. The main objective is to study the importance of absorption in the metal and the suitability of observing photonic band gaps in such structures. They study simple cubic structures where the metallic scatters are either cubes or interconnected metallic rods. Several metals are studied (aluminum, gold, copper, and silver). The effect of topology is addressed and isolated metallic cubes are found to be less lossy than the connected rod structures. The results reveal that the best performance is obtained by choosing metals with a large negative real part of the dielectric function, together with a relatively small imaginary part. Finally, they point out a new direction in photonic crystal
Determination of the band gap of TiO2-Al2O3 films as a function of processing parameters
In this work the study of band gap is based on the processing parameters and was calculated using the Indirect Transition Model. An experimental design was done, in order to have a sequence of 18 samples to analyze. The alumina doped titania thin films were prepared by combining electrophoretic deposition (EPD) with sputtering. The addition of alumina to the titania was with the purpose to reduce the band gap of the semiconductor. Several researches have tried to dope titania with other materials, because it has photocatalytic activity only in the UV spectrum. Then, reducing the band gap of the titania, it will have activity in the entire visible spectrum, and its applications increase considerably. Comparing with the adsorption line in the ultraviolet region for all the samples, the results show the adsorption edge for samples doped with fewer amounts of alumina shifts a little toward a lower energy region, leading to a band gap reduction.
Multi-flexural band gaps in an Euler-Bernoulli beam with lateral local resonators
Wang, Ting; Sheng, Mei-Ping; Qin, Qing-Hua
2016-02-01
Flexural vibration suppression in an Euler-Bernoulli beam with attached lateral local resonators (LLR) is studied theoretically and numerically. Hamilton's principle and Bloch's theorem are employed to derive the dispersion relation which reveals that two band gaps are generated. Within both band gaps, the flexural waves are partially transformed into longitudinal waves through a four-link-mechanism and totally blocked. The band gaps can be flexibly tuned by changing the geometry parameter of the four-link-mechanism and the spring constants of the resonators. Frequency response function (FRF) from finite element analysis via commercial software of ANSYS shows large flexural wave attenuation within the band gaps and the effect of damping from the LLR substructures which helps smooth and lower the response peaks at the sacrifice of the band gap effect. The existence of the multi-flexural band gaps can be exploited for the design of flexural vibration control of beams.
Ultra-wide acoustic band gaps in pillar-based phononic crystal strips
An original approach for designing a one dimensional phononic crystal strip with an ultra-wide band gap is presented. The strip consists of periodic pillars erected on a tailored beam, enabling the generation of a band gap that is due to both Bragg scattering and local resonances. The optimized combination of both effects results in the lowering and the widening of the main band gap, ultimately leading to a gap-to-midgap ratio of 138%. The design method used to improve the band gap width is based on the flattening of phononic bands and relies on the study of the modal energy distribution within the unit cell. The computed transmission through a finite number of periods corroborates the dispersion diagram. The strong attenuation, in excess of 150 dB for only five periods, highlights the interest of such ultra-wide band gap phononic crystal strips
Photonic band gaps with layer-by-layer double-etched structures
Periodic layer-by-layer dielectric structures with full three-dimensional photonic band gaps have been designed and fabricated. In contrast to previous layer-by-layer structures the rods in each successive layer are at an angle of 70.5 degree to each other, achieved by etching both sides of a silicon wafer. Photonic band-structure calculations are utilized to optimize the photonic band gap by varying the structural geometry. The structure has been fabricated by double etching Si wafers producing millimeter wave photonic band gaps between 300 and 500 GHz, in excellent agreement with band calculations. Overetching this structure produces a multiply connected geometry and increases both the size and frequency of the photonic band gap, in very good agreement with experimental measurements. This new robust double-etched structure doubles the frequency possible from a single Si wafer, and can be scaled to produced band gaps at higher frequencies. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics
True photonic band-gap mode-control in VCSEL structures
Romstad, F.; Madsen, M.; Birkedal, Dan;
2003-01-01
Photonic band-gap mode confinement in novel nano-structured large area VCSEL structures is confirmed by the amplified spontaneous emission spectrum. Both guide and anti-guide VCSEL structures are experimentally characterised to verify the photonic band-gap effect.......Photonic band-gap mode confinement in novel nano-structured large area VCSEL structures is confirmed by the amplified spontaneous emission spectrum. Both guide and anti-guide VCSEL structures are experimentally characterised to verify the photonic band-gap effect....
One-dimensional tunable magnetic photonic band-gap materials at microwave frequency
The microwave transmission characteristics of one-dimensional magnetic photonic band-gap (MPBG) materials, in which a ferromagnetic composite layer is sandwiched by periodic dielectric layers, are studied. The magnetic photonic band gaps (MBPGs) are obtained related to the existence of ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) in the vicinity of the band-gap frequency. We investigate the effects of period structure and the applied magnetic field on the MPBGs as well as the ferromagnetic resonance. The photonic band gaps of the TE mode shift to lower frequencies. The MPBG effect is strongly dependent on the periodic structure of the MPBG materials. While the FMR effect is dominated by the applied magnetic field
Miniaturization of electromagnetic band gap structures for mobile applications
Goussetis, G.; Feresidis, A. P.; Palikaras, G. K.; Kitra, M.; Vardaxoglou, J. C.
2005-12-01
It is well known that interference of the human body affects the performance of the antennas in mobile phone handsets. In this contribution, we investigate the use of miniaturized metallodielectric electromagnetic band gap (MEBG) structures embedded in the case of a mobile handset as a means of decoupling the antenna from the user's hand. The closely coupled MEBG concept is employed to achieve miniaturization of the order of 15:1. Full wave dispersion relations for planar closely coupled MEBG arrays are presented and are validated experimentally. The performance of a prototype handset with an embedded conformal MEBG is assessed experimentally and is compared to a similar prototype without the MEBG. Reduction in the detuning of the antenna because of the human hand by virtue of the MEBG is demonstrated. Moreover, the efficiency of the handset when loaded with a human hand model is shown to improve when the MEBG is in place. The improvements are attributed to the decoupling of the antenna from the user's hand, which is achieved by means of suppressing the fields in the locality of the hand.
Indirect Band Gap Emission by Hot Electron Injection in Metal/MoS2 and Metal/WSe2 Heterojunctions
Li, Zhen; Ezhilarasu, Goutham; Chatzakis, Ioannis; Dhall, Rohan; Chen, Chun-Chung; Cronin, Stephen
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), such as MoS2 and WSe2, are free of dangling bonds, therefore make more `ideal' Schottky junctions than bulk semiconductors, which produce recombination centers at the interface with metals, inhibiting charge transfer. Here, we observe a more than 10X enhancement in the indirect band gap PL of TMDCs deposited on various metals, while the direct band gap emission remains unchanged. We believe the main mechanism of light emission arises from photoexcited hot electrons in the metal that are injected into the conduction band of MoS2 and WSe2, and subsequently recombine radiatively with minority holes. Since the conduction band at the K-point is 0.5eV higher than at the Σ-point, a lower Schottky barrier of the Σ-point band makes electron injection more favorable. Also, the Σ band consists of the sulfur pz orbital, which overlaps more significantly with the electron wavefunctions in the metal. This enhancement only occurs for thick flakes, and is absent in monolayer and few-layer flakes. Here, the flake thickness must exceed the depletion width of the Schottky junction, in order for efficient radiative recombination to occur in the TMDC. The intensity of this indirect peak decreases at low temperatures. Reference: DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b00885
Effects of inclusion shapes on the band gaps in two-dimensional piezoelectric phononic crystals
In this paper, the elastic wave propagation in piezoelectric phononic crystals with several inclusion shapes is investigated by taking the electromechanical coupling into account. The band structures for five different shapes of scatterers (regular triangle, square, hexagon, circle, and oval) with square lattice are calculated using the plane-wave expansion method. The effects of the inclusion shapes on the normalized band width are discussed. The largest complete band gap is obtained by selecting the scatterers with the same symmetry of lattice for the first band gap, but this rule is not valid for the second band gap
Effect of band gap energy on the electrical conductivity in doped ZnO thin film
The transparent conductive pure and doped zinc oxide thin films with aluminum, cobalt and indium were deposited by ultrasonic spray technique on glass substrate at 350 °C. This paper is to present a new approach to the description of correlation between electrical conductivity and optical gap energy with dopants' concentration of Al, Co and In. The correlation between the electrical and optical properties with doping level suggests that the electrical conductivity of the films is predominantly estimated by the band gap energy and the concentrations of Al, Co and In. The measurement in the electrical conductivity of doped films with correlation is equal to the experimental value, the error of this correlation is smaller than 13%. The minimum error value was estimated in the cobalt-doped ZnO thin films. This result indicates that such Co-doped ZnO thin films are chemically purer and have far fewer defects and less disorder owing to an almost complete chemical decomposition. (semiconductor materials)