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Density of states arbitrary units

  1. Oct 24, 2011 #1
    So the problem is following. The density of states in energy space (3D case) represents the number of states per unit volume per energy. This means that the unit is #(number of states)/(cm^3 eV). This result can be seen in many solid-state physics books.
    I am reading some articles where the density of states for different layers is calculated using computer simulations and where the density of states is given in arbitrary units in energy space. What is the meaning of using the arbitrary units for DOS? Shouldn't it be in some form of number of states per unit volume (area or length) per energy? How do I convert that results to #/(cm^3 eV)
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