why the mass action law is not valid for very low temperatures??

by Ger3
Tags: action, band energy gap, low temperature, mass, quantum atom theory, semiconductor, statistical mechanic, valid
Ger3 is offline
Dec5-13, 05:25 AM
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In the context of semiconductors, I was asked why the mass action law is not valid for very low temperatures. I thought that it was valid, since for very low temperature it holds the non-degeneracy condition [tex] E_g >> k_B T [/tex] (I think so...). But maybe for some other reason it breaks. Does someone know why??? Thanks!
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hjelmgart is offline
Dec15-13, 09:53 AM
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I am not sure, but perhaps it is related to the behavior of electrons in the lattice, which becomes more prominent at lower temperatures (or low energies)?

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