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Homework Help: Fermi Dirac probabilty/density confusion

  1. Oct 6, 2012 #1
    -Admin, If possible, please delete the similar looking question posted in the introductory physics category

    I'm having trouble understanding the concept of the Fermi Dirac probability. What I understand so far, its based upon two variables, cubic length and energy level. In addition, I understand that



    and that


    I end up having trouble when trying to integrate this. Using a textbook example of intrinsic silicon at T=300 Kelvin, (solving for the density of carriers in the conduction band) it mentions the answer as [itex]N(E)=1.102*1010 cm-3 [/itex].

    If I recall correctly:
    [itex]\int\sqrt{x}=\frac{2}{3}*(x)(3/2)[/itex] Since the Energy variable is being integrated, I approach this problem in this fashion

    [itex]N(E)=\frac{1}{1+e\frac{E-EF}{kT}*(\frac{2}{3}*(ΔE)(3/2))[/itex] (within the textbook the limits are Ec and Ec+1ev)

    Since I already know the Boltzmann constant, the temperature, the Energy gap (1.12eV) and the Fermi Energy (given as Energy/2), I'm able to plug in most of the values. What is troubling me is when I preform the math, I end up with a value of 2.073*1012cm-3 and not 1.102*1010

    the values I'm using for e is (Ec)-(Ec-Eg/2), and (300k)*(Boltzmann constant) resulting in

    I do convert the delta E into Joules

    what I don't understand is, why am getting the wrong answer? The textbook doesn't fully explain nor is the professor approachable
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  3. Oct 7, 2012 #2

    rude man

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    For some reason I'm not getting your itex decoded.
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