# Fermi energy question

## Homework Statement

Part 1) Use the fermi dirac probability function for t=150k, t=300k, and t=600k to fill in the table below.

Part 2) Also show a sample calculation for (e-ef)=0.06eV and T=300k.

Part 3)(Same as part 2?) Calculate the probabilities of a state at E -EF =0.06 eV being empty for T =150 K , T = 300 K , and T = 600 K .

## Homework Equations

F=1/((e^((E-Ef)/T)+1)

## The Attempt at a Solution

So for E-Ef =(-0.15) in the first row, and T=150k..

F=1/((e^((-0.15+1)/150)+1)*100
=49.86% for (-.150) at 150K

1/((e^((-0.15+1)/300)+1) * 100
=49.93% for (-.150) at 300K

1/((e^(-0.15+1)/600)+1)*100
=49.96% for (-.150) at 600k

That is the three values for row 1, -.150 E-Ef

Repeat with the rest of the values using the same formula, switching the (-.150) for the appropriate value in the chart.

For part 2, I'm a bit lost. So for a sample calculation, would it be 1/((e^((-0.06+1)/300)+1)? That comes out to be 49.99%.

Part 3) The way I'm reading it, it's asking for basically the same as part 2, except it wants when the state is empty and not filled? So would it be 100%- the probability of an electron being inside? Here's my calculation for it using that logic:

1/((e^((-0.06+1)/150)+1) * 100 = 49.84%
100%-49.84%=50.2% the state is empty

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mfb
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Why do you add 1 in the exponents?
I think the Boltzmann constant is missing there.

For energies below the Fermi energy, the states should be more than 50% occupied.

Part 2: Just write down the formulas you used for part 1 I think. Pay attention to the sign of the energy difference.

Part 3:
100%-49.84%=50.2% the state is empty
That's the correct approach, but the number has to get fixed.

I redid all my calculations using the Boltzmann constant

1/((e^((-0.15)/(150*(8.62*10^-5)))+1)
=99.99%

1/((e^((-0.15)/(150*(8.62*10^-5)))+1)
=99.7%
1/((e^((-0.15)/(600*(8.62*10^-5)))+1)
=94.79%

Part 2...
1/((e^((0.06)/(300*(8.62*10^-5)))+1) = 0.089
=8.90%?

Part 3...

1/((e^((0.06)/(150*(8.62*10^-5)))+1) = 0.00956
=0.956%? 100%-0.956%=99.04%

1/((e^((0.06)/(300*(8.62*10^-5)))+1) = .0895
100%-8.95% = 91.05%

1/((e^((0.06)/(600*(8.62*10^-5)))+1)=.2387
100%-23.87%=76.13%

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mfb
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Those numbers look much more realistic.