Energy Band Structures of Semiconductors

  • Chihiro Hamaguchi


It is well known that the physical properties of semiconductors are understood with the help of energy band structures. The energy states or energy band structures of electrons in crystals reflect the periodic potential of the crystals and they can be calculated when we know the exact shape and the magnitude of the crystal potentials. The shape and the magnitude of the potential are not determined directly from any experimental methods, and thus we have to calculate or estimate the energy bands by using the assumed potentials. Many different approaches to calculations of energy bands have been reported, but in this textbook we will deal with several methods, which are not so difficult to understand. We begin with the most simplified method to calculate electronic states in a model crystal.


Energy Band Brillouin Zone Fourier Coefficient Conduction Band Minimum Energy Band Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chihiro Hamaguchi
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  1. 1.Graduated School of Engineering, Department of Electronic EngineeringOsaka UniversitySuita City, OsakaJapan

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