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Indirect and direct band gaps in silicon

  1. Apr 18, 2008 #1

    This semester my group and I are calculating the band structure of silicone (bulk and nano crystals).
    In bulk silicon a indirect band gap occurs, where the highest occupied valence band and the lowest unoccupied conduction band are situated at different k-values.

    Does anyone know why this actually happens? If you have some literature that gives a valid explanation I would appreciate it.

    Another interesting thing is when quantum confining silicon structure the indirect band gap becomes direct. Does anyone know why reducing the size of silicon result in a more direct band gap? Also here if anyone has some literature that explains it I would appreciate it.

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