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Homework Help: 1D atomic chain, Localized states

  1. Nov 15, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    1D atomic chain with one atom in the primitive cell and the lattice constant a. The system in described within the tight binding model and contains N-->∞ primitive cells indexed by the integer n. The electronic Hamiltonian is $$H_{0} = \sum_{n} (|n \rangle E_{at} \langle n | -|n+1 \rangle \beta \langle n| - |n \rangle \beta \langle n+1 | )$$

    with Eat being the energy on one electron in the state ##|n \rangle ##at site n and## \beta >0 ## represents the energy overlap integral responsable for the interaction between first neighbors. We assume that the atomic orbitals | n \rangle are orthonormalized and neglect the overlap of atomic orbitals on different sites, thus ## \langle n|n' \rangle = \delta_{nn'} ##

    First off, show that the electronic states described by :

    $$ | k \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{N!}}\sum_{n} e^{ikna} |n \rangle $$

    are eigenstates of H0 and calculate the corresponding eigenvalues E0(k) in the first Brillouin zone
    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    We start by plugging H0 into the equation $$ H_{0}|k \rangle = E_{0} | k \rangle $$ and thus obtaining

    $$(\sum_{n} (|n \rangle E_{at} \langle n | -|n+1 \rangle \beta \langle n| - |n \rangle \beta \langle n+1 | ))| k \rangle$$

    and now replacing the form of ##|k \rangle"## one gets

    $$(\sum_{n} (|n \rangle E_{at} \langle n | -|n+1 \rangle \beta \langle n| - |n \rangle \beta \langle n+1 | ))(\frac{1}{\sqrt{N!}}\sum_{n} e^{ikna} |n \rangle)$$

    moving on with

    $$ H_{0}|k \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt(N!)}\sum_{n}|n \rangle E_{at} \langle n |e^{ikna}|n \rangle - |n+1 \rangle \beta \langle n|e^{ikna}|n \rangle - |n \rangle \beta \langle n+1 | e^{ikna}|n \rangle $$

    and here is where I get stuck. I don t know how to evaluate ##\langle n |e^{ikna}|n \rangle## and ## |n \rangle \beta \langle n+1 | e^{ikna}|n \rangle ##

    From my intuition I think that after solving the LHS of the Schrodinger equation like I started to do above, at one point I should get that the expression above is of form ## Y|k \rangle ## with Y being a number and thus showing that the ket k is a eigenstate of H0.

    Thank you
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  3. Nov 20, 2017 #2
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  4. Nov 21, 2017 #3

    Chandra Prayaga

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    You should start by using a different summation index in the Hamiltonian and the state. You used n as the index of sites in the Hamiltonian. Use some other index, say m, when you write |k>. Then use the orthogonality of states at different sites. Also notice that a matrix element like <n| eikna |n> = eikna.
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