Superlattice kp models for calculating electronic structure

N. F. Johnson, H. Ehrenreich, G. Y. Wu, T. C. McGill

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A quantitative comparison is presented of two realistic superlattice k p electronic structure calculations. The first is an analytic approach based on an extended bulk Kane model; the second is an extended-basis treatment, developed by McGill and collaborators, based on bulk pseudopotential calculations. Both approaches are applied to HgTe/CdTe superlattices. Energies, wave functions, effective masses, and oscillator strengths are found to agree within 10%. The limited-basis approach based on the Kane model is seen to be adequate for superlattices whose bulk constituents have direct gaps in the conduction- and valence-band regions near the superlattice band gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13095-13098
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number18
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Johnson, N. F., Ehrenreich, H., Wu, G. Y., & McGill, T. C. (1988). Superlattice kp models for calculating electronic structure. Physical Review B, 38(18), 13095-13098.