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Homework Help: Density of carriers in a Conduction band

  1. Oct 5, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the density of carriers N in the conduction band of intrinsic silicon at room temperature

    2. Relevant equations

    lower integrand Ec, upper integrand= Ec+1*qe,


    kb=1.38065*10^-23J/K ,



    3. The attempt at a solution

    for fF(E): 1/(1+e^(0.56/0.0259)= 4.07239*10^-10

    for g(E): 4*pi*(2*m*n)^(3/2)/h^3*(E-Ec)^(1/2)= 1.159*10^56*(E-Ec)^(1/2)

    intergating from Ec to Ec+1*qe: 3.23869*10^46*[Ec+1*qe-Ec]

    converting the eV values to Joules, and simplifying the interrogation: 3.23869*10^46*[1.6*10^-19]

    the value I got is 2.07276*10^18 m^-3

    The value I should have received is 1.102*10^16 m^-3

    in the process of solving for the density function, I symbolical replaced E-Ec with a delta E and integrated to get 2/3*(E-Ef)^(3/2), and took to the limits between Ec and Ec+1*qe, effectively leaving a difference of 1*qe. Solving just for the density I have no problem. The trouble I'm having lies with the Fermi Dirac probability function.

    When solving for the Fermi Dirac, I found online (Microelectronics I: Introduction to the quantum Theory of Solids): e^(Ec-(Ec-Ef))/kT. Since I was given Ef as Eg/2 (0.56eV), I end up getting a value for the probability function of 4.07239*10^-10, which apparently is wrong.

    What am I doing wrong?
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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