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I Where is the Fermi Level located?

  1. Jan 26, 2017 #1
    Where does the fermi level lie at? I have an understanding that at absolute zero it would be lying halfway the band gap. Shouldn't it be lying at the top part of the valence band?
     
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  3. Jan 26, 2017 #2

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    The term "Fermi Level" is often "abused" or carelessly used especially when dealing with semiconductors.

    While it is very clear where the Fermi level is for conductors, in a semiconductors, there are two parameters that often get substituted with one another: the Fermi level, and the chemical potential.

    You may want to refer to an earlier thread on this:

    https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/fermi-level-in-semiconductor.829425/

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