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What is the essentail difference between local density of states and density of state

  1. Mar 17, 2006 #1
    what is the essentail difference between local density of states and density of state????

    It is very difficult to figure it out
     
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  3. Mar 21, 2006 #2

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    In a non-homogeneous material, there is no reason for the DOS to be spatially invariant. For instance, in a finite crystal, it is unwise to expect the DOS in the bulk to equal the DOS at the surface. So, instead of a macroscopically averaged density, n(E), we use a spatially dependent density n(E,x,y,z).

    The LDOS is typically probed by an STM, where the tunnel current is a function of the LDOS just beneath the tip.

    See also, Michael Marder, "Condensed Matter Physics", Ch. 8
     
  4. Mar 21, 2006 #3
    Thank you Gokul43201!
     
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