Theory of electronic structure in superlattices

L. J. Sham, Yan Ten Lu

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This review begins with a survey of various methods of calculating the subband structures of semiconductor superlattices, showing the complementary nature of the self-consistent potential approach and the bulk-based empirical approach. The nature of the subbands is described in terms of a group theory analysis. Finally, as an example, the subbands of the GaAs/AlAs superlattice are synthesized from the results of computations and of experiments. Physical pictures for key features, such as the fundamental gap and various valley mixings, are explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-221
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 1989 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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