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  1. Photonic band gap materials

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    Soukoulis, C.M. |

    1993-12-31

    An overview of the theoretical and experimental efforts in obtaining a photonic band gap, a frequency band in three-dimensional dielectric structures in which electromagnetic waves are forbidden, is presented.

  2. Investigation on spectral response of micro-cavity structure by symmetrical tapered fiber tips

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    Liu, Yan; Li, Yang; Yan, Xiaojun; Li, Weidong

    2016-06-01

    We proposed and experimentally demonstrated a micro-cavity structure made of symmetrical tapered fiber tips. The waist of a conventional fiber taper fabricated from heating and stretching technique is symmetrically cleaved, and the aligned fiber tips with air gap constitute a Fabry-Perot micro-cavity due to the reflection at the tip facet. The spectral responses of such micro-cavity structure have been investigated both in beam propagation models and experiments. The multibeam interference in the micro-cavity and the impact of the waist diameter and cavity length on the spectral response has been successfully demonstrated. And a micro-cavity structure with 45 μm waist diameter was experimentally achieved, the measured spectra agree well with the simulation ones, indicating that the spectral response of the micro-cavity structure is contributed by both the multibeam interference and the Fabry-Perot micro-cavity.

  3. Photonic band gap structure simulator

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    Chen, Chiping; Shapiro, Michael A.; Smirnova, Evgenya I.; Temkin, Richard J.; Sirigiri, Jagadishwar R.

    2006-10-03

    A system and method for designing photonic band gap structures. The system and method provide a user with the capability to produce a model of a two-dimensional array of conductors corresponding to a unit cell. The model involves a linear equation. Boundary conditions representative of conditions at the boundary of the unit cell are applied to a solution of the Helmholtz equation defined for the unit cell. The linear equation can be approximated by a Hermitian matrix. An eigenvalue of the Helmholtz equation is calculated. One computation approach involves calculating finite differences. The model can include a symmetry element, such as a center of inversion, a rotation axis, and a mirror plane. A graphical user interface is provided for the user's convenience. A display is provided to display to a user the calculated eigenvalue, corresponding to a photonic energy level in the Brilloin zone of the unit cell.

  4. Direct Band Gap Wurtzite Gallium Phosphide Nanowires

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    2013-01-01

    The main challenge for light-emitting diodes is to increase the efficiency in the green part of the spectrum. Gallium phosphide (GaP) with the normal cubic crystal structure has an indirect band gap, which severely limits the green emission efficiency. Band structure calculations have predicted a direct band gap for wurtzite GaP. Here, we report the fabrication of GaP nanowires with pure hexagonal crystal structure and demonstrate the direct nature of the band gap. We observe strong photoluminescence at a wavelength of 594 nm with short lifetime, typical for a direct band gap. Furthermore, by incorporation of aluminum or arsenic in the GaP nanowires, the emitted wavelength is tuned across an important range of the visible light spectrum (555–690 nm). This approach of crystal structure engineering enables new pathways to tailor materials properties enhancing the functionality. PMID:23464761

  5. Array servo scanning micro EDM of 3D micro cavities

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    Tong, Hao; Li, Yong; Yi, Futing

    2010-12-01

    Micro electro discharge machining (Micro EDM) is a non-traditional processing technology with the special advantages of low set-up cost and few cutting force in machining any conductive materials regardless of their hardness. As well known, die-sinking EDM is unsuitable for machining the complex 3D micro cavity less than 1mm due to the high-priced fabrication of 3D microelectrode itself and its serous wear during EDM process. In our former study, a servo scanning 3D micro-EDM (3D SSMEDM) method was put forward, and our experiments showed it was available to fabricate complex 3D micro-cavities. In this study, in order to improve machining efficiency and consistency accuracy for array 3D micro-cavities, an array-servo-scanning 3D micro EDM (3D ASSMEDM) method is presented considering the complementary advantages of the 3D SSMEDM and the array micro electrodes with simple cross-section. During 3D ASSMEDM process, the array cavities designed by CAD / CAM system can be batch-manufactured by servo scanning layer by layer using array-rod-like micro tool electrodes, and the axial wear of the array electrodes is compensated in real time by keeping discharge gap. To verify the effectiveness of the 3D ASSMEDM, the array-triangle-micro cavities (side length 630 μm) are batch-manufactured on P-doped silicon by applying the array-micro-electrodes with square-cross-section fabricated by LIGA process. Our exploratory experiment shows that the 3D ASSMEDM provides a feasible approach for the batch-manufacture of 3D array-micro-cavities of conductive materials.

  6. Array servo scanning micro EDM of 3D micro cavities

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    Tong, Hao; Li, Yong; Yi, Futing

    2011-05-01

    Micro electro discharge machining (Micro EDM) is a non-traditional processing technology with the special advantages of low set-up cost and few cutting force in machining any conductive materials regardless of their hardness. As well known, die-sinking EDM is unsuitable for machining the complex 3D micro cavity less than 1mm due to the high-priced fabrication of 3D microelectrode itself and its serous wear during EDM process. In our former study, a servo scanning 3D micro-EDM (3D SSMEDM) method was put forward, and our experiments showed it was available to fabricate complex 3D micro-cavities. In this study, in order to improve machining efficiency and consistency accuracy for array 3D micro-cavities, an array-servo-scanning 3D micro EDM (3D ASSMEDM) method is presented considering the complementary advantages of the 3D SSMEDM and the array micro electrodes with simple cross-section. During 3D ASSMEDM process, the array cavities designed by CAD / CAM system can be batch-manufactured by servo scanning layer by layer using array-rod-like micro tool electrodes, and the axial wear of the array electrodes is compensated in real time by keeping discharge gap. To verify the effectiveness of the 3D ASSMEDM, the array-triangle-micro cavities (side length 630 μm) are batch-manufactured on P-doped silicon by applying the array-micro-electrodes with square-cross-section fabricated by LIGA process. Our exploratory experiment shows that the 3D ASSMEDM provides a feasible approach for the batch-manufacture of 3D array-micro-cavities of conductive materials.

  7. Narrow band gap amorphous silicon semiconductors

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    Madan, A.; Mahan, A.H.

    1985-01-10

    Disclosed is a narrow band gap amorphous silicon semiconductor comprising an alloy of amorphous silicon and a band gap narrowing element selected from the group consisting of Sn, Ge, and Pb, with an electron donor dopant selected from the group consisting of P, As, Sb, Bi and N. The process for producing the narrow band gap amorphous silicon semiconductor comprises the steps of forming an alloy comprising amorphous silicon and at least one of the aforesaid band gap narrowing elements in amount sufficient to narrow the band gap of the silicon semiconductor alloy below that of amorphous silicon, and also utilizing sufficient amounts of the aforesaid electron donor dopant to maintain the amorphous silicon alloy as an n-type semiconductor.

  8. Optically tuneable blue phase photonic band gaps

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    Liu, H.-Y.; Wang, C.-T.; Hsu, C.-Y.; Lin, T.-H.; Liu, J.-H.

    2010-03-22

    This study investigates an optically switchable band gap of photonic crystal that is based on an azobenzene-doped liquid crystal blue phase. The trans-cis photoisomerization of azobenzene deforms the cubic unit cell of the blue phase and shifts the photonic band gap. The fast back-isomerization of azobenzene was induced by irradiation with different wavelengths light. The crystal structure is verified using Kossel diffraction diagram. An optically addressable blue phase display, based on Bragg reflection from the photonic band gap, is also demonstrated. The tunable ranges are around red, green, and blue wavelengths and exhibit a bright saturated color.

  9. Semiconductor band gap localization via Gaussian function

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    Ullrich, B.; Brown, G. J.; Xi, H.

    2012-10-01

    To determine the band gap of bulk semiconductors with transmission spectroscopy alone is considered as an extremely difficult task because in the higher energy range, approaching and exceeding the band gap energy, the material is opaque yielding no useful data to be recorded. In this paper, by investigating the transmission of industrial GaSb wafers with a thickness of 500 µm, we demonstrate how these obstacles of transmission spectroscopy can be overcome. The key is the transmission spectrums’ derivative, which coincides with the Gaussian function. This understanding can be used to transfer Beers’ law in an integral form opening the pathway of band gap determinations based on mathematical parameters only. The work also emphasizes the correlation between the thermal band gap variation and Debye temperature.

  10. Multi Band Gap High Efficiency Converter (RAINBOW)

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    Bekey, I.; Lewis, C.; Phillips, W.; Shields, V.; Stella, P.

    1997-01-01

    The RAINBOW multi band gap system represents a unique combination of solar cells, concentrators and beam splitters. RAINBOW is a flexible system which can readily expand as new high efficiency components are developed.

  11. Modification in band gap of zirconium complexes

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    Sharma, Mayank; Singh, J.; Chouhan, S.; Mishra, A.; Shrivastava, B. D.

    2016-05-01

    The optical properties of zirconium complexes with amino acid based Schiff bases are reported here. The zirconium complexes show interesting stereo chemical features, which are applicable in organometallic and organic synthesis as well as in catalysis. The band gaps of both Schiff bases and zirconium complexes were obtained by UV-Visible spectroscopy. It was found that the band gap of zirconium complexes has been modified after adding zirconium compound to the Schiff bases.

  12. Bulk band gaps in divalent hexaborides

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    Denlinger, Jonathan; Clack, Jules A.; Allen, James W.; Gweon, Gey-Hong; Poirier, Derek M.; Olson, Cliff G.; Sarrao, John L.; Bianchi, Andrea D.; Fisk, Zachary

    2002-08-01

    Complementary angle-resolved photoemission and bulk-sensitive k-resolved resonant inelastic x-ray scattering of divalent hexaborides reveal a >1 eV X-point gap between the valence and conduction bands, in contradiction to the band overlap assumed in several models of their novel ferromagnetism. This semiconducting gap implies that carriers detected in transport measurements arise from defects, and the measured location of the bulk Fermi level at the bottom of the conduction band implicates boron vacancies as the origin of the excess electrons. The measured band structure and X-point gap in CaB6 additionally provide a stringent test case for proper inclusion of many-body effects in quasi-particle band calculations.

  13. Nonreciprocal microwave band-gap structures.

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    Belov, P A; Tretyakov, S A; Viitanen, A J

    2002-07-01

    An electrically controlled nonreciprocal electromagnetic band-gap material is proposed and studied. The new material is a periodic three-dimensional regular lattice of small magnetized ferrite spheres. In this paper, we consider plane electromagnetic waves in this medium and design an analytical model for the material parameters. An analytical solution for plane-wave reflection from a planar interface is also presented. In the proposed material, a new electrically controlled stop band appears for one of the two circularly polarized eigenwaves in a frequency band around the ferrimagnetic resonance frequency. This frequency can be well below the usual lattice band gap, which allows the realization of rather compact structures. The main properties of the material are outlined. PMID:12241501

  14. Robust photonic band gap from tunable scatterers

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    Zhang; Lei; Wang; Zheng; Tam; Chan; Sheng

    2000-03-27

    We show theoretically and experimentally that photonic band gaps can be realized using metal or metal-coated spheres as building blocks. Robust photonic gaps exist in any periodic structure built from such spheres when the filling ratio of the spheres exceeds a threshold. The frequency and the size of the gaps depend on the local order rather than on the symmetry or the global long range order. Good agreement between theory and experiment is obtained in the microwave regime. Calculations show that the approach can be scaled up to optical frequencies even in the presence of absorption. PMID:11018959

  15. Sculpting the band gap: a computational approach.

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    Prasai, Kiran; Biswas, Parthapratim; Drabold, D A

    2015-01-01

    Materials with optimized band gap are needed in many specialized applications. In this work, we demonstrate that Hellmann-Feynman forces associated with the gap states can be used to find atomic coordinates that yield desired electronic density of states. Using tight-binding models, we show that this approach may be used to arrive at electronically designed models of amorphous silicon and carbon. We provide a simple recipe to include a priori electronic information in the formation of computer models of materials, and prove that this information may have profound structural consequences. The models are validated with plane-wave density functional calculations. PMID:26490203

  16. Sculpting the band gap: a computational approach

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    Prasai, Kiran; Biswas, Parthapratim; Drabold, D. A.

    2015-01-01

    Materials with optimized band gap are needed in many specialized applications. In this work, we demonstrate that Hellmann-Feynman forces associated with the gap states can be used to find atomic coordinates that yield desired electronic density of states. Using tight-binding models, we show that this approach may be used to arrive at electronically designed models of amorphous silicon and carbon. We provide a simple recipe to include a priori electronic information in the formation of computer models of materials, and prove that this information may have profound structural consequences. The models are validated with plane-wave density functional calculations. PMID:26490203

  17. Phase Modulation of Photonic Band Gap Signal

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Gao, Mengqin; Mahesar, Abdul Rasheed; Zhang, Yanpeng

    2016-01-01

    We first investigate the probe transmission signal (PTS) and the four wave mixing band gap signal (FWM BGS) modulated simultaneously by the relative phase and the nonlinear phase shift in the photonic band gap (PBG) structure. The switch between the absorption enhancement of PTS and the transmission enhancement of PTS with the help of changing the relative phase and the nonlinear phase shift is obtained in inverted Y-type four level atomic system experimentally and theoretically. The corresponding switch in PTS can be used to realize all optical switches. On other hand, the relative phase and the nonlinear phase shift also play the vital role to modulate the intensity of FWM BGS reflected from the PBG structure. And it can be potentially used to realize the optical amplifier. PMID:27323849

  18. Phase Modulation of Photonic Band Gap Signal.

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Gao, Mengqin; Mahesar, Abdul Rasheed; Zhang, Yanpeng

    2016-01-01

    We first investigate the probe transmission signal (PTS) and the four wave mixing band gap signal (FWM BGS) modulated simultaneously by the relative phase and the nonlinear phase shift in the photonic band gap (PBG) structure. The switch between the absorption enhancement of PTS and the transmission enhancement of PTS with the help of changing the relative phase and the nonlinear phase shift is obtained in inverted Y-type four level atomic system experimentally and theoretically. The corresponding switch in PTS can be used to realize all optical switches. On other hand, the relative phase and the nonlinear phase shift also play the vital role to modulate the intensity of FWM BGS reflected from the PBG structure. And it can be potentially used to realize the optical amplifier. PMID:27323849

  19. Fabrication of photonic band gap materials

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    Constant, Kristen; Subramania, Ganapathi S.; Biswas, Rana; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2002-01-15

    A method for forming a periodic dielectric structure exhibiting photonic band gap effects includes forming a slurry of a nano-crystalline ceramic dielectric or semiconductor material and monodisperse polymer microspheres, depositing a film of the slurry on a substrate, drying the film, and calcining the film to remove the polymer microspheres therefrom. The film may be cold-pressed after drying and prior to calcining. The ceramic dielectric or semiconductor material may be titania, and the polymer microspheres may be polystyrene microspheres.

  20. Fabrication of Photonic band gap Materials

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    Constant, Kristen; Subramania, Ganapathi S.; Biswas, Rana; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2000-01-05

    A method for forming a periodic dielectric structure exhibiting photonic band gap effects includes forming a slurry of a nano-crystalline ceramic dielectric or semiconductor material and monodisperse polymer microsphere, depositing a film of the slurry on a substrate, drying the film, and calcining the film to remove the polymer microsphere there from. The film may be cold-pressed after drying and prior to calcining. The ceramic dielectric or semiconductor material may be titania, and the polymer microsphere may be polystyrenemicrosphere.

  1. Optical band gaps of organic semiconductor materials

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    Costa, José C. S.; Taveira, Ricardo J. S.; Lima, Carlos F. R. A. C.; Mendes, Adélio; Santos, Luís M. N. B. F.

    2016-08-01

    UV-Vis can be used as an easy and forthright technique to accurately estimate the band gap energy of organic π-conjugated materials, widely used as thin films/composites in organic and hybrid electronic devices such as OLEDs, OPVs and OFETs. The electronic and optical properties, including HOMO-LUMO energy gaps of π-conjugated systems were evaluated by UV-Vis spectroscopy in CHCl3 solution for a large number of relevant π-conjugated systems: tris-8-hydroxyquinolinatos (Alq3, Gaq3, Inq3, Al(qNO2)3, Al(qCl)3, Al(qBr)3, In(qNO2)3, In(qCl)3 and In(qBr)3); triphenylamine derivatives (DDP, p-TTP, TPB, TPD, TDAB, m-MTDAB, NPB, α-NPD); oligoacenes (naphthalene, anthracene, tetracene and rubrene); oligothiophenes (α-2T, β-2T, α-3T, β-3T, α-4T and α-5T). Additionally, some electronic properties were also explored by quantum chemical calculations. The experimental UV-Vis data are in accordance with the DFT predictions and indicate that the band gap energies of the OSCs dissolved in CHCl3 solution are consistent with the values presented for thin films.

  2. Elucidating the Band Gap of Niobium Dioxide

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    O'Hara, Andrew; Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Louie, Steven G.; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-03-01

    Like VO2, niobium dioxide (NbO2) belongs to the family of transition metal oxides with a temperature-driven metal-to-insulator transition. However, NbO2 has received considerably less attention, and several open questions about the material remain. One such question, of both practical and fundamental importance, is the nature and size of the band gap in the low-temperature, distorted rutile phase with a range reported for the gap of 0.5 eV to 1.2 eV. In this work, we investigate the low-temperature phase, utilizing several methodologies - density functional theory within the standard local density approximation (LDA), LDA +U, hybrid functional, and the GW approximation, to better understand the physics of the band gap in NbO2. Comparisons of the calculations are made to recent experimental work on NbO2 utilizing photoemission spectroscopy and ellipsometry. This work is supported by DOE under the SciDAC program, the NSF, and SRC.

  3. The band-gap enhanced photovoltaic structure

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    Tessler, Nir

    2016-05-01

    We critically examine the recently suggested structure that was postulated to potentially add 50% to the photo-conversion efficiency of organic solar cells. We find that the structure could be realized using stepwise increase in the gap as long as the steps are not above 0.1 eV. We also show that the charge extraction is not compromised due to an interplay between the contact's space charge and the energy level modification, which result in a flat energy band at the extracting contact.

  4. Highly dispersive photonic band-gap prism.

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    Lin, S Y; Hietala, V M; Wang, L; Jones, E D

    1996-11-01

    We propose the concept of a photonic band-gap (PBG) prism based on two-dimensional PBG structures and realize it in the millimeter-wave spectral regime. We recognize the highly nonlinear dispersion of PBG materials near Brillouin zone edges and utilize the dispersion to achieve strong prism action. Such a PBG prism is very compact if operated in the optical regime, ~20 mm in size for lambda ~ 700 nm, and can serve as a dispersive element for building ultracompact miniature spectrometers. PMID:19881796

  5. Electronic Band Gap of SrSe at High Pressure

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    Atkinson,T.; Chynoweth, K.; Cervantes, P.

    2006-01-01

    The electronic band gap of SrSe, in the CsCl-stuctured phase, was measured to 42 GPa via optical absorption studies. The indirect electronic band gap was found to close monotonically with pressure for the range of pressures studied. The change in band gap with respect to pressure, dE{sub gap}/dP, was determined to be -6.1(5)x10{sup -3} eV/GPa. By extrapolation of our line fit, we estimate band gap closure to occur at 180(20) GPa.

  6. Effect of size of silica microspheres on photonic band gap

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    Dhiman, N. Sharma, A. Gathania, A. K.; Singh, B. P.

    2014-04-24

    In present work photonic crystals of different size of silica microspheres have been fabricated. The optical properties of these developed photonic crystals have been studied using UV-visible spectroscopy. UV-visible spectroscopy shows that they have photonic band gap that can be tuned in visible and infrared regime by changing the size of silica microspheres. The photonic band gap structures of these photonic crystals have been calculated using MIT photonic band gap package. It also reveals that with the increase in size of silica microspheres the photonic band gap shifts to lower energy region.

  7. Designer disordered materials with large, complete photonic band gaps

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    Florescu, Marian; Torquato, Salvatore; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2009-01-01

    We present designs of 2D, isotropic, disordered, photonic materials of arbitrary size with complete band gaps blocking all directions and polarizations. The designs with the largest band gaps are obtained by a constrained optimization method that starts from a hyperuniform disordered point pattern, an array of points whose number variance within a spherical sampling window grows more slowly than the volume. We argue that hyperuniformity, combined with uniform local topology and short-range geometric order, can explain how complete photonic band gaps are possible without long-range translational order. We note the ramifications for electronic and phononic band gaps in disordered materials. PMID:19918087

  8. Controlling the band gap energy of cluster-assembled materials.

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    Mandal, Sukhendu; Reber, Arthur C; Qian, Meichun; Weiss, Paul S; Khanna, Shiv N; Sen, Ayusman

    2013-11-19

    Cluster-assembled materials combine the nanoscale size and composition-dependent properties of clusters, which have highly tunable magnetic and electronic properties useful for a great variety of potential technologies. To understand the emergent properties as clusters are assembled into hierarchical materials, we have synthesized 23 cluster-assembled materials composed of As7(3-)-based motifs and different countercations and measured their band gap energies. We found that the band gap energy varies from 1.09 to 2.21 eV. In addition, we have carried out first principles electronic structure studies to identify the physical mechanisms that enable control of the band gap edges of the cluster assemblies. The choice of counterion has a profound effect on the band gap energy in ionic cluster assemblies. The top of the valence band is localized on the arsenic cluster, while the conduction band edge is located on the alkali metal counterions. Changing the counterion changes the position of the conduction band edge, enabling control of the band gap energy. We can also vary the architecture of the ionic solid by incorporating cryptates as counterions, which provide charge but are separated from the clusters by bulky ligands. Higher dimensionality typically decreases the band gap energy through band broadening; however band gap energies increased upon moving from zero-dimensional (0D) to two-dimensional (2D) assemblies. This is because internal electric fields generated by the counterion preferentially stabilize the adjacent lone pair orbitals that mark the top of the valence band. Thus, the choice of the counterion can control the position of the conduction band edge of ionic cluster assemblies. In addition, the dimensionality of the solid via internal electric fields can control the valence band edge. Through covalently linking arsenic clusters into composite building blocks, we have also been able to tune the band gap energy. We used a theoretical description based on

  9. Highly dispersive photonic band-gap-edge optofluidic biosensors

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    Xiao, S.; Mortensen, N. A.

    2006-11-01

    Highly dispersive photonic band-gap-edge optofluidic biosensors are studied theoretically. We demonstrate that these structures are strongly sensitive to the refractive index of the liquid, which is used to tune dispersion of the photonic crystal. The upper frequency band-gap edge shifts about 1.8 nm for δ n=0.002, which is quite sensitive. Results from transmission spectra agree well with those obtained from the band structure theory.

  10. Band gap in tubular pillar phononic crystal plate.

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    Shu, Fengfeng; Liu, Yongshun; Wu, Junfeng; Wu, Yihui

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, a phononic crystal (PC) plate with tubular pillars is presented and investigated. The band structures and mode displacement profiles are calculated by using finite element method. The result shows that a complete band gap opens when the ratio of the pillar height to the plate thickness is about 1.6. However, for classic cylinder pillar structures, a band gap opens when the ratio is equal or greater than 3. A tubular pillar design with a void room in it enhances acoustic multiple scattering and gives rise to the opening of the band gap. In order to verify it, a PC structure with double tubular pillars different in size (one within the other) is introduced and a more than 2times band gap enlargement is observed. Furthermore, the coupling between the resonant mode and the plate mode around the band gap is characterized, as well as the effect of the geometrical parameters on the band gap. The behavior of such structure could be utilized to design a pillar PC with stronger structural stability and to enlarge band gaps. PMID:27376841

  11. Broadening of effective photonic band gaps in biological chiral structures: From intrinsic narrow band gaps to broad band reflection spectra

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    Vargas, W. E.; Hernández-Jiménez, M.; Libby, E.; Azofeifa, D. E.; Solis, Á.; Barboza-Aguilar, C.

    2015-09-01

    Under normal illumination with non-polarized light, reflection spectra of the cuticle of golden-like and red Chrysina aurigans scarabs show a structured broad band of left-handed circularly polarized light. The polarization of the reflected light is attributed to a Bouligand-type left-handed chiral structure found through the scarab's cuticle. By considering these twisted structures as one-dimensional photonic crystals, a novel approach is developed from the dispersion relation of circularly polarized electromagnetic waves traveling through chiral media, to show how the broad band characterizing these spectra arises from an intrinsic narrow photonic band gap whose spectral position moves through visible and near-infrared wavelengths.

  12. Resolution of the Band Gap Prediction Problem for Materials Design.

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    Crowley, Jason M; Tahir-Kheli, Jamil; Goddard, William A

    2016-04-01

    An important property with any new material is the band gap. Standard density functional theory methods grossly underestimate band gaps. This is known as the band gap problem. Here, we show that the hybrid B3PW91 density functional returns band gaps with a mean absolute deviation (MAD) from experiment of 0.22 eV over 64 insulators with gaps spanning a factor of 500 from 0.014 to 7 eV. The MAD is 0.28 eV over 70 compounds with gaps up to 14.2 eV, with a mean error of -0.03 eV. To benchmark the quality of the hybrid method, we compared the hybrid method to the rigorous GW many-body perturbation theory method. Surprisingly, the MAD for B3PW91 is about 1.5 times smaller than the MAD for GW. Furthermore, B3PW91 is 3-4 orders of magnitude faster computationally. Hence, B3PW91 is a practical tool for predicting band gaps of materials before they are synthesized and represents a solution to the band gap prediction problem. PMID:26944092

  13. Locally resonant periodic structures with low-frequency band gaps

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    Cheng, Zhibao; Shi, Zhifei; Mo, Y. L.; Xiang, Hongjun

    2013-07-01

    Presented in this paper are study results of dispersion relationships of periodic structures composited of concrete and rubber, from which the frequency band gap can be found. Two models with fixed or free boundary conditions are proposed to approximate the bound frequencies of the first band gap. Studies are conducted to investigate the low-frequency and directional frequency band gaps for their application to engineering. The study finds that civil engineering structures can be designed to block harmful waves, such as earthquake disturbance.

  14. Band gap effects of hexagonal boron nitride using oxygen plasma

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    Sevak Singh, Ram; Leong Chow, Wai; Yingjie Tay, Roland; Hon Tsang, Siu; Mallick, Govind; Tong Teo, Edwin Hang

    2014-04-21

    Tuning of band gap of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) has been a challenging problem due to its inherent chemical stability and inertness. In this work, we report the changes in band gaps in a few layers of chemical vapor deposition processed as-grown h-BN using a simple oxygen plasma treatment. Optical absorption spectra show a trend of band gap narrowing monotonically from 6 eV of pristine h-BN to 4.31 eV when exposed to oxygen plasma for 12 s. The narrowing of band gap causes the reduction in electrical resistance by ∼100 fold. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results of plasma treated hexagonal boron nitride surface show the predominant doping of oxygen for the nitrogen vacancy. Energy sub-band formations inside the band gap of h-BN, due to the incorporation of oxygen dopants, cause a red shift in absorption edge corresponding to the band gap narrowing.

  15. Tunable band gap of boron nitride interfaces under uniaxial pressure

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    Moraes, Elizane E.; Manhabosco, Taíse M.; de Oliveira, Alan B.; Batista, Ronaldo J. C.

    2012-11-01

    In this work we show, by means of a density functional theory formalism, that the interaction between hydrogen terminated boron nitride surfaces gives rise to a metallic interface with free carriers of opposite sign at each surface. A band gap can be induced by decreasing the surface separation. The size of the band gap changes continuously from zero up to 4.4 eV with decreasing separation, which is understood in terms of the interaction between surface states. Due to the high thermal conductivity of cubic boron nitride and the coupling between band gap and applied pressure, such tunable band gap interfaces may be used in highly stable electronic and electromechanical devices. In addition, the spatial separation of charge carriers at the interface may lead to photovoltaic applications.

  16. Tunable Band Gap of Boron Nitride Interfaces under Uniaxial Pressure

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    Moraes, Elizane; Manhabosco, Taise; de Oliveira, Alan; Batista, Ronaldo

    2013-03-01

    In this work we show, by means of a density functional theory formalism, that the interaction between hydrogen terminated boron nitride surfaces gives rise to a metallic interface with free carries of opposite sign at each surface. A band gap can be induced by decreasing the surface separation. The size of the band gap changes continuously from zero up to 4.4 eV with decreasing separation, which is understood in terms of the interaction between surface states.Due to the high thermal conductivity of cubic boron nitride and the coupling between band gap and applied pressure, such tunable band gap interfaces may be used in high stable electronic and electromechanical devices. In addition, the spacial separation of charge carries at the interface may lead to photovoltaic applications. The authors thank tha brazilian agencies Fapemig, CNPq and Capes

  17. Diluted II-VI oxide semiconductors with multiple band gaps.

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    Yu, K M; Walukiewicz, W; Wu, J; Shan, W; Beeman, J W; Scarpulla, M A; Dubon, O D; Becla, P

    2003-12-12

    We report the realization of a new mult-band-gap semiconductor. Zn(1-y)Mn(y)OxTe1-x alloys have been synthesized using the combination of oxygen ion implantation and pulsed laser melting. Incorporation of small quantities of isovalent oxygen leads to the formation of a narrow, oxygen-derived band of extended states located within the band gap of the Zn(1-y)Mn(y)Te host. When only 1.3% of Te atoms are replaced with oxygen in a Zn0.88Mn0.12Te crystal the resulting band structure consists of two direct band gaps with interband transitions at approximately 1.77 and 2.7 eV. This remarkable modification of the band structure is well described by the band anticrossing model. With multiple band gaps that fall within the solar energy spectrum, Zn(1-y)Mn(y)OxTe1-x is a material perfectly satisfying the conditions for single-junction photovoltaics with the potential for power conversion efficiencies surpassing 50%. PMID:14683137

  18. Effect of disorder on photonic band gaps

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    Sigalas, M. M.; Soukoulis, C. M.; Chan, C. T.; Biswas, R.; Ho, K. M.

    1999-05-01

    We study the transmission of electromagnetic waves propagating in three-dimensional disordered photonic crystals that are periodic on the average with a diamond symmetry. The transmission has been calculated using the transfer matrix method. We study two different geometries for the scatterers: spheres and rods connecting nearest neighbors. We find that the gaps of the periodic structure survive to a higher amount of disorder in the rods' case than in the spheres' case. We argue that this is due to the connectivity of the rod structure that exists for any amount of disorder.

  19. Tunable band gap in biased rhombohedral-stacked trilayer graphene

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    Mihiri Shashikala, H. B.; Wang, Xiao-Qian

    2012-03-01

    We have employed dispersion-corrected density-functional calculations to investigate the electronic characteristics of Bernal-stacked trilayer (ABA) and rhombohedral-stacked (ABC) trilayer graphene. In contrast to semimetallic behavior for Bernal-stacked trilayer, rhombohedral-stacked trilayer leads to a band gap opening with the applications of a perpendicular electric bias. The induced gap is shown to be attributed to the avoiding of level crossing among even and odd parity states that depends on the stacking pattern. The tunable band gap suggests a sensitive and effective way to tailor properties of trilayer graphene for future applications in nanoscale devices.

  20. Band gap engineering strategy via polarization rotation in perovskite ferroelectrics

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    Wang, Fenggong Grinberg, Ilya; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2014-04-14

    We propose a strategy to engineer the band gaps of perovskite oxide ferroelectrics, supported by first principles calculations. We find that the band gaps of perovskites can be substantially reduced by as much as 1.2 eV through local rhombohedral-to-tetragonal structural transition. Furthermore, the strong polarization of the rhombohedral perovskite is largely preserved by its tetragonal counterpart. The B-cation off-center displacements and the resulting enhancement of the antibonding character in the conduction band give rise to the wider band gaps of the rhombohedral perovskites. The correlation between the structure, polarization orientation, and electronic structure lays a good foundation for understanding the physics of more complex perovskite solid solutions and provides a route for the design of photovoltaic perovskite ferroelectrics.

  1. Complete band gaps and deaf bands of triangular and honeycomb water-steel phononic crystals

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    Hsiao, Fu-Li; Khelif, Abdelkrim; Moubchir, Hanane; Choujaa, Abdelkrim; Chen, Chii-Chang; Laude, Vincent

    2007-02-01

    Phononic crystals with triangular and honeycomb lattices are investigated experimentally and theoretically. They are composed of arrays of steel cylinders immersed in water. The measured transmission spectra reveal the existence of complete band gaps but also of deaf bands. Band gaps and deaf bands are identified by comparing band structure computations, obtained by a periodic-boundary finite element method, with transmission simulations, obtained using the finite difference time domain method. The appearance of flat bands and the polarization of the associated eigenmodes is also discussed. Triangular and honeycomb phononic crystals with equal cylinder diameter and smallest spacing are compared. As previously obtained with air-solid phononic crystals, it is found that the first complete band gap opens for the honeycomb lattice but not for the triangular lattice, thanks to symmetry reduction.

  2. Quantum electrodynamics near a photonic band-gap

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    Liu, Yanbing; Houck, Andrew

    Quantum electrodynamics predicts the localization of light around an atom in photonic band-gap (PBG) medium or photonic crystal. Here we report the first experimental realization of the strong coupling between a single artificial atom and an one dimensional PBG medium using superconducting circuits. In the photonic transport measurement, we observe an anomalous Lamb shift and a large band-edge avoided crossing when the artificial atom frequency is tuned across the band-edge. The persistent peak within the band-gap indicates the single photon bound state. Furthermore, we study the resonance fluorescence of this bound state, again demonstrating the breakdown of the Born-Markov approximation near the band-edge. This novel architecture can be directly generalized to study many-body quantum electrodynamics and to construct more complicated spin chain models.

  3. Wide band gap ferromagnetic semiconductors and oxides

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    Pearton, S. J.; Abernathy, C. R.; Overberg, M. E.; Thaler, G. T.; Norton, D. P.; Theodoropoulou, N.; Hebard, A. F.; Park, Y. D.; Ren, F.; Kim, J.; Boatner, L. A.

    2003-01-01

    Recent advances in the theory and experimental realization of ferromagnetic semiconductors give hope that a new generation of microelectronic devices based on the spin degree of freedom of the electron can be developed. This review focuses primarily on promising candidate materials (such as GaN, GaP and ZnO) in which there is already a technology base and a fairly good understanding of the basic electrical and optical properties. The introduction of Mn into these and other materials under the right conditions is found to produce ferromagnetism near or above room temperature. There are a number of other potential dopant ions that could be employed (such as Fe, Ni, Co, Cr) as suggested by theory [see, for example, Sato and Katayama-Yoshida, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., Part 2 39, L555 (2000)]. Growth of these ferromagnetic materials by thin film techniques, such as molecular beam epitaxy or pulsed laser deposition, provides excellent control of the dopant concentration and the ability to grow single-phase layers. The mechanism for the observed magnetic behavior is complex and appears to depend on a number of factors, including Mn-Mn spacing, and carrier density and type. For example, in a simple Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida carrier-mediated exchange mechanism, the free-carrier/Mn ion interaction can be either ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic depending on the separation of the Mn ions. Potential applications for ferromagnetic semiconductors and oxides include electrically controlled magnetic sensors and actuators, high-density ultralow-power memory and logic, spin-polarized light emitters for optical encoding, advanced optical switches and modulators and devices with integrated magnetic, electronic and optical functionality.

  4. The Band Gap of AlGaN Alloys

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    Biefeld, R.M.; Crawford, M.H.; Han, J.; Lee, S.R.; Petersen, G.A.; Wright, A.F.

    1999-01-29

    The band gap of AlXGal.XN is measured for the composition range 0s<0.45; the resulting bowing parameter, b=+O.69 eV, is compared to 20 previous works. A correlation is found between the measured band gaps and the methods used for epitaxial growth of the AlXGal_XN: directly nucleated or buffered growths of AlXGal-XN initiated at temperatures T>800 C on sapphire usually lead to stronger apparent bowing (b> +1.3 eV); while growths initiated using low-temperature buffers on sapphire, followed by high-temperature growth, lead to weaker bowing (b<+ 1.3 eV). Extant data suggests that the correct band-gap bowing parameter for AlXGal-XN is b=+O.62 (N.45) eV.

  5. Amorphous copper tungsten oxide with tunable band gaps

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    Chen Le; Shet, Sudhakar; Tang Houwen; Wang Heli; Yan Yanfa; Turner, John; Al-Jassim, Mowafak; Ahn, Kwang-soon

    2010-08-15

    We report on the synthesis of amorphous copper tungsten oxide thin films with tunable band gaps. The thin films are synthesized by the magnetron cosputtering method. We find that due to the amorphous nature, the Cu-to-W ratio in the films can be varied without the limit of the solubility (or phase separation) under appropriate conditions. As a result, the band gap and conductivity type of the films can be tuned by controlling the film composition. Unfortunately, the amorphous copper tungsten oxides are not stable in aqueous solution and are not suitable for the application of photoelectrochemical splitting of water. Nonetheless, it provides an alternative approach to search for transition metal oxides with tunable band gaps.

  6. Energy band gaps in graphene nanoribbons with corners

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    Szczȩśniak, Dominik; Durajski, Artur P.; Khater, Antoine; Ghader, Doried

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper, we study the relation between the band gap size and the corner-corner length in representative chevron-shaped graphene nanoribbons (CGNRs) with 120° and 150° corner edges. The direct physical insight into the electronic properties of CGNRs is provided within the tight-binding model with phenomenological edge parameters, developed against recent first-principle results. We show that the analyzed CGNRs exhibit inverse relation between their band gaps and corner-corner lengths, and that they do not present a metal-insulator transition when the chemical edge modifications are introduced. Our results also suggest that the band gap width for the CGNRs is predominantly governed by the armchair edge effects, and is tunable through edge modifications with foreign atoms dressing.

  7. Band gap modulation of functionalized metal-organic frameworks.

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    Musho, Terence; Li, Jiangtan; Wu, Nianqiang

    2014-11-21

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been envisioned as alternatives to planar metallic catalysts for solar-to-fuel conversion. This is a direct result of their porous structure and the ability to tailor their optical absorption properties. This study investigates the band gap modulation of Zr-UiO-66 MOFs from both the computational and experimental points of view for three linker designs that include benzenedicarboxylate (BDC), BDC-NO2, and BDC-NH2. Emphasis in this study was aimed at understanding the influence of the bonding between the aromatic ring and the functional group. A ground state density functional theory (DFT) calculation was carried out to investigate the projected density of states and the origins of the modulation. A time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculation of the hydrogen terminated linkers confirmed the modulation and accounted for the electron charge transfer providing comparable optical band gap predictions to experimental results. Computational results confirmed the hybridization of the carbon-nitrogen bond in conjunction with the donor state resulting from the NH2 functionalization. The NO2 functionalization resulted in an acceptor configuration with marginal modification to the valence band maximum. The largest modulation was BDC-NH2 with a band gap of 2.75 eV, followed by BDC-NO2 with a band gap of 2.93 eV and BDC with a band gap of 3.76 eV. The electron effective mass was predicted from the band structure to be 8.9 me for all MOF designs. PMID:25269595

  8. HAC: Band Gap, Photoluminescence, and Optical/Near-Infrared Absorption

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    Witt, Adolf N.; Ryutov, Dimitri; Furton, Douglas G.

    1996-01-01

    We report results of laboratory measurements which illustrate the wide range of physical properties found among hydrogenated amorphous carbon (HAC) solids. Within this range, HAC can match quantitatively the astronomical phenomena ascribed to carbonaceous coatings on interstellar grains. We find the optical band gap of HAC to be well correlated with other physical properties of HAC of astronomical interest, and conclude that interstellar HAC must be fairly hydrogen-rich with a band gap of E(sub g) is approx. greater than 2.0 eV.

  9. On band gap predictions for multiresonant metamaterials on plates.

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    Yoritomo, John Y; Weaver, Richard L; Roux, Philippe; Rupin, Matthieu; Williams, Earl G

    2016-03-01

    Recently wide frequency band gaps were observed in an experimental realization of a multiresonant metamaterial for Lamb waves propagating in thin plates. The band gaps rose from hybridization between the flexural plate (A0 Lamb waves) and longitudinal resonances in rods attached perpendicularly. Shortly thereafter a theory based on considering a one-dimensional periodic array of rods and the scattering matrix for a single rod successfully described the observations. This letter presents an alternative simpler theory, arguably accurate at high rod density, that treats the full two-dimensional array of rods and makes no assumption of periodicity. This theory also fits the measurements. PMID:27036264

  10. Below-Band-Gap Laser Ablation Of Diamond For TEM

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    George, Thomas; Foote, Marc C.; Vasquez, Richard P.; Fortier, Edward P.; Posthill, John B.

    1995-01-01

    Thin, electron-transparent layers of diamond for examination in transmission electron microscope (TEM) fabricated from thicker diamond substrates by using laser beam to ablate surface of substrate. Involves use of photon energy below band gap. Growing interest in use of diamond as bulk substrate and as coating material in variety of applications has given rise to increasing need for TEM for characterization of diamond-based materials. Below-band-gap laser ablation method helps to satisfy this need. Also applied in general to cutting and etching of diamonds.

  11. Special purpose modes in photonic band gap fibers

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    Spencer, James; Noble, Robert; Campbell, Sara

    2013-04-02

    Photonic band gap fibers are described having one or more defects suitable for the acceleration of electrons or other charged particles. Methods and devices are described for exciting special purpose modes in the defects including laser coupling schemes as well as various fiber designs and components for facilitating excitation of desired modes. Results are also presented showing effects on modes due to modes in other defects within the fiber and due to the proximity of defects to the fiber edge. Techniques and devices are described for controlling electrons within the defect(s). Various applications for electrons or other energetic charged particles produced by such photonic band gap fibers are also described.

  12. New insights into the opening band gap of graphene oxides

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    Tran, Ngoc Thanh Thuy; Lin, Shih-Yang; Lin, Ming-Fa

    Electronic properties of oxygen absorbed few-layer graphenes are investigated using first-principle calculations. They are very sensitive to the changes in the oxygen concentration, number of graphene layer, and stacking configuration. The feature-rich band structures exhibit the destruction or distortion of the Dirac cone, opening of band gap, anisotropic energy dispersions, O- and (C,O)-dominated energy dispersions, and extra critical points. The band decomposed charge distributions reveal the π-bonding dominated energy gap. The orbital-projected density of states (DOS) have many special structures mainly coming from a composite energy band, the parabolic and partially flat ones. The DOS and spatial charge distributions clearly indicate the critical orbital hybridizations in O-O, C-O and C-C bonds, being responsible for the diversified properties. All of the few-layer graphene oxides are semi-metals except for the semiconducting monolayer ones.

  13. Tuning the electronic band gap of graphene by oxidation

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    Dabhi, Shweta D.; Jha, Prafulla K.

    2015-06-24

    Using plane wave pseudo potential density functional theory, we studied the electronic properties of graphene with different C:O ratio. In this work, we discussed the changes that occur in electronic band structure of graphene functionalized with different amount of epoxy group. Electronic band gap depends on C:O ratio in graphene oxide containing epoxy group. The present work will have its implication for making devices with tunable electronic properties by oxidizing graphene.

  14. Electronic Band Structure and Sub-band-gap Absorption of Nitrogen Hyperdoped Silicon

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    Zhu, Zhen; Shao, Hezhu; Dong, Xiao; Li, Ning; Ning, Bo-Yuan; Ning, Xi-Jing; Zhao, Li; Zhuang, Jun

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the atomic geometry, electronic band structure, and optical absorption of nitrogen hyperdoped silicon based on first-principles calculations. The results show that all the paired nitrogen defects we studied do not introduce intermediate band, while most of single nitrogen defects can introduce intermediate band in the gap. Considering the stability of the single defects and the rapid resolidification following the laser melting process in our sample preparation method, we conclude that the substitutional nitrogen defect, whose fraction was tiny and could be neglected before, should have considerable fraction in the hyperdoped silicon and results in the visible sub-band-gap absorption as observed in the experiment. Furthermore, our calculations show that the substitutional nitrogen defect has good stability, which could be one of the reasons why the sub-band-gap absorptance remains almost unchanged after annealing. PMID:26012369

  15. Band-Gap and Band-Edge Engineering of Multicomponent Garnet Scintillators from First Principles

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    Yadav, Satyesh K.; Uberuaga, Blas P.; Nikl, Martin; Jiang, Chao; Stanek, Christopher R.

    2015-11-01

    Complex doping schemes in R3 Al5 O12 (where R is the rare-earth element) garnet compounds have recently led to pronounced improvements in scintillator performance. Specifically, by admixing lutetium and yttrium aluminate garnets with gallium and gadolinium, the band gap is altered in a manner that facilitates the removal of deleterious electron trapping associated with cation antisite defects. Here, we expand upon this initial work to systematically investigate the effect of substitutional admixing on the energy levels of band edges. Density-functional theory and hybrid density-functional theory (HDFT) are used to survey potential admixing candidates that modify either the conduction-band minimum (CBM) or valence-band maximum (VBM). We consider two sets of compositions based on Lu3 B5O12 where B is Al, Ga, In, As, and Sb, and R3Al5 O12 , where R is Lu, Gd, Dy, and Er. We find that admixing with various R cations does not appreciably affect the band gap or band edges. In contrast, substituting Al with cations of dissimilar ionic radii has a profound impact on the band structure. We further show that certain dopants can be used to selectively modify only the CBM or the VBM. Specifically, Ga and In decrease the band gap by lowering the CBM, while As and Sb decrease the band gap by raising the VBM, the relative change in band gap is quantitatively validated by HDFT. These results demonstrate a powerful approach to quickly screen the impact of dopants on the electronic structure of scintillator compounds, identifying those dopants which alter the band edges in very specific ways to eliminate both electron and hole traps responsible for performance limitations. This approach should be broadly applicable for the optimization of electronic and optical performance for a wide range of compounds by tuning the VBM and CBM.

  16. Dipole-allowed direct band gap silicon superlattices

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    Oh, Young Jun; Lee, In-Ho; Kim, Sunghyun; Lee, Jooyoung; Chang, Kee Joo

    2015-12-01

    Silicon is the most popular material used in electronic devices. However, its poor optical properties owing to its indirect band gap nature limit its usage in optoelectronic devices. Here we present the discovery of super-stable pure-silicon superlattice structures that can serve as promising materials for solar cell applications and can lead to the realization of pure Si-based optoelectronic devices. The structures are almost identical to that of bulk Si except that defective layers are intercalated in the diamond lattice. The superlattices exhibit dipole-allowed direct band gaps as well as indirect band gaps, providing ideal conditions for the investigation of a direct-to-indirect band gap transition. The fact that almost all structural portions of the superlattices originate from bulk Si warrants their stability and good lattice matching with bulk Si. Through first-principles molecular dynamics simulations, we confirmed their thermal stability and propose a possible method to synthesize the defective layer through wafer bonding.

  17. Dipole-allowed direct band gap silicon superlattices

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    Oh, Young Jun; Lee, In-Ho; Kim, Sunghyun; Lee, Jooyoung; Chang, Kee Joo

    2015-01-01

    Silicon is the most popular material used in electronic devices. However, its poor optical properties owing to its indirect band gap nature limit its usage in optoelectronic devices. Here we present the discovery of super-stable pure-silicon superlattice structures that can serve as promising materials for solar cell applications and can lead to the realization of pure Si-based optoelectronic devices. The structures are almost identical to that of bulk Si except that defective layers are intercalated in the diamond lattice. The superlattices exhibit dipole-allowed direct band gaps as well as indirect band gaps, providing ideal conditions for the investigation of a direct-to-indirect band gap transition. The fact that almost all structural portions of the superlattices originate from bulk Si warrants their stability and good lattice matching with bulk Si. Through first-principles molecular dynamics simulations, we confirmed their thermal stability and propose a possible method to synthesize the defective layer through wafer bonding. PMID:26656482

  18. Photonic Band Gap structures: A new approach to accelerator cavities

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    Kroll, N. |; Smith, D.R.; Schultz, S.

    1992-12-31

    We introduce a new accelerator cavity design based on Photonic Band Gap (PGB) structures. The PGB cavity consists of a two-dimensional periodic array of high dielectric, low loss cylinders with a single removal defect, bounded on top and bottom by conducting sheets. We present the results of both numerical simulations and experimental measurements on the PGB cavity.

  19. Multi-band gap and new solar cell options workshop

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    Hutchby, J.; Timmons, M.; Olson, J. M.

    1993-01-01

    Discussions of the multi-band gap (MBG) and new solar cell options workshop are presented. Topics discussed include: greater than 2 terminal cells; radiation damage preventing development of MBG cells for space; lattice matching; measurement of true performance; future of II-VI materials in MBG devices; and quaternaries.

  20. Anomalous dependence of band gaps of binary nanotubes on diameters

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    Adhikari, Kapil; Huda, Muhammad; Ray, Asok

    2012-02-01

    Using cluster approximation, AlN, BN, GaN, SiGe, SiC, and GeC armchair type 1 nanotubes have been spin optimized using the hybrid functional B3LYP, a double ζ basis set and the GAUSSIAN 03 software. The electronic structures of group III nitride and group IV-IV nanotubes indicate that the band gap increases with tube diameter contrary to behavior expected from quantum size effects. A detailed study indicates that, in a class of binary nanotubes with partial ionic contributions in the bonds, for example, AlN, BN, GaN, GeC, and SiC, ionicity of the bonds decreases as diameter decreases due to increased sp^3 contribution. This causes the band gap to increase with diameter. But in nanotubes with covalent bonding, for example SiGe, the gap decreases with diameter. A general trend for a class of binary nanotubes is established.

  1. Surface band gaps and superexchange interaction in transition metal oxides

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    Pothuizen, J.J.M.; Cohen, O.; Sawatzky, G.A.

    1996-11-01

    In this paper, the authors discuss the change in the band gap of charge transfer insulators for different surface terminations. They have calculated the Madelung potential of the unreconstructed (100) surfaces of the rocksalt structured TM-O compounds (TM = Mn, Fe, Co and Ni). They also considered possible step defects on a (100) surface. The presented results are calculated in both the purely ionic case (TM{sup 2+}O{sup 2{minus}}) and in the strong ligand p - cation 4s,p hybridization (TM{sup 1+}O{sup 1{minus}}) case. In both cases the charge transfer gap, {Delta}, for the surface is reduced compared to the bulk value. As a consequence of this reduction there is a large increase of the surface superexchange interaction, J{sub sur}, and a decrease of the band gap.

  2. Band gap anomaly and topological properties in lead chalcogenides

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    Simin, Nie; Xiao, Yan Xu; Gang, Xu; Zhong, Fang

    2016-03-01

    Band gap anomaly is a well-known issue in lead chalcogenides PbX (X = S, Se, Te, Po). Combining ab initio calculations and tight-binding (TB) method, we have studied the band evolution in PbX, and found that the band gap anomaly in PbTe is mainly related to the high on-site energy of Te 5s orbital and the large s-p hopping originated from the irregular extended distribution of Te 5s electrons. Furthermore, our calculations show that PbPo is an indirect band gap (6.5 meV) semiconductor with band inversion at L point, which clearly indicates that PbPo is a topological crystalline insulator (TCI). The calculated mirror Chern number and surface states double confirm this conclusion. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11204359), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB921700), and the Strategic Priority Research Program (B) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07020100).

  3. Robust band gap of TiS3 nanofilms.

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    Kang, Jun; Wang, Lin-Wang

    2016-06-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed on the band structure of mono- and few-layer TiS3 nanofilms. It is found that the band gap character of the TiS3 films is quite robust, almost independent of layer thickness, vertical strain and stacking order, which is in sharp contrast to most other two-dimensional materials, such as MoS2. The robustness of the band gap originates from the location of the CBM and VBM states, which are at the center atoms of TiS3, and are thus unaffected by the layer-layer coupling. Such a property of TiS3 nanofilms promises good application potential in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics, and also makes TiS3 a good platform to study the electronic properties of a material in the two-dimensional limit. PMID:27029227

  4. Band gaps of two-dimensional antiferromagnetic photonic crystal

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    Song, Yu-Ling; Ta, Jin-Xing; Wang, Xuan-Zhang

    2011-07-01

    In an external magnetic field, the band structure of a two-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) composed of parallel antiferromagnetic cylinders in a background dielectric is investigated with a Green's function method. The cylinders with two resonant frequencies form a square lattice and are characterized by a magnetic permeability tensor. In our numerical calculation, we find that this method allows fast convergence and is available in both the resonant and non-resonant frequency ranges. In the non-resonant range, the PC is similar in band structure to an ordinary dielectric PC. Two electromagnetic band gaps, however, appear in the resonant frequency region, and their frequency positions and widths are governed by the external field. The dependence of the electromagnetic gaps on the cylinder radius also is discussed.

  5. Continuously controlled optical band gap in oxide semiconductor thin films

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    Herklotz, Andreas; Rus, Stefania Florina; Ward, Thomas Zac

    2016-02-02

    The optical band gap of the prototypical semiconducting oxide SnO2 is shown to be continuously controlled through single axis lattice expansion of nanometric films induced by low-energy helium implantation. While traditional epitaxy-induced strain results in Poisson driven multidirectional lattice changes shown to only allow discrete increases in bandgap, we find that a downward shift in the band gap can be linearly dictated as a function of out-of-plane lattice expansion. Our experimental observations closely match density functional theory that demonstrates that uniaxial strain provides a fundamentally different effect on the band structure than traditional epitaxy-induced multiaxes strain effects. In conclusion, chargemore » density calculations further support these findings and provide evidence that uniaxial strain can be used to drive orbital hybridization inaccessible with traditional strain engineering techniques.« less

  6. Continuously Controlled Optical Band Gap in Oxide Semiconductor Thin Films.

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    Herklotz, Andreas; Rus, Stefania Florina; Ward, Thomas Zac

    2016-03-01

    The optical band gap of the prototypical semiconducting oxide SnO2 is shown to be continuously controlled through single axis lattice expansion of nanometric films induced by low-energy helium implantation. While traditional epitaxy-induced strain results in Poisson driven multidirectional lattice changes shown to only allow discrete increases in bandgap, we find that a downward shift in the band gap can be linearly dictated as a function of out-of-plane lattice expansion. Our experimental observations closely match density functional theory that demonstrates that uniaxial strain provides a fundamentally different effect on the band structure than traditional epitaxy-induced multiaxes strain effects. Charge density calculations further support these findings and provide evidence that uniaxial strain can be used to drive orbital hybridization inaccessible with traditional strain engineering techniques. PMID:26836282

  7. Band-gap and band-edge engineering of multicomponent garnet scintillators from first principles

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    Yadav, Satyesh K.; Uberuaga, Blas P.; Nikl, Martin; Jiang, Chao; Stanek, Christopher R.

    2015-11-24

    Complex doping schemes in R3Al5O12 (where R is the rare-earth element) garnet compounds have recently led to pronounced improvements in scintillator performance. Specifically, by admixing lutetium and yttrium aluminate garnets with gallium and gadolinium, the band gap is altered in a manner that facilitates the removal of deleterious electron trapping associated with cation antisite defects. Here, we expand upon this initial work to systematically investigate the effect of substitutional admixing on the energy levels of band edges. Density-functional theory and hybrid density-functional theory (HDFT) are used to survey potential admixing candidates that modify either the conduction-band minimum (CBM) or valence-bandmore » maximum (VBM). We consider two sets of compositions based on Lu3B5O12 where B is Al, Ga, In, As, and Sb, and R3Al5O12, where R is Lu, Gd, Dy, and Er. We find that admixing with various R cations does not appreciably affect the band gap or band edges. In contrast, substituting Al with cations of dissimilar ionic radii has a profound impact on the band structure. We further show that certain dopants can be used to selectively modify only the CBM or the VBM. Specifically, Ga and In decrease the band gap by lowering the CBM, while As and Sb decrease the band gap by raising the VBM, the relative change in band gap is quantitatively validated by HDFT. These results demonstrate a powerful approach to quickly screen the impact of dopants on the electronic structure of scintillator compounds, identifying those dopants which alter the band edges in very specific ways to eliminate both electron and hole traps responsible for performance limitations. Furthermore, this approach should be broadly applicable for the optimization of electronic and optical performance for a wide range of compounds by tuning the VBM and CBM.« less

  8. Anomalous Temperature Dependence of the Band Gap in Black Phosphorus.

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    Villegas, Cesar E P; Rocha, A R; Marini, Andrea

    2016-08-10

    Black phosphorus (BP) has gained renewed attention due to its singular anisotropic electronic and optical properties that might be exploited for a wide range of technological applications. In this respect, the thermal properties are particularly important both to predict its room temperature operation and to determine its thermoelectric potential. From this point of view, one of the most spectacular and poorly understood phenomena is indeed the BP temperature-induced band gap opening; when temperature is increased, the fundamental band gap increases instead of decreases. This anomalous thermal dependence has also been observed recently in its monolayer counterpart. In this work, based on ab initio calculations, we present an explanation for this long known and yet not fully explained effect. We show that it arises from a combination of harmonic and lattice thermal expansion contributions, which are in fact highly interwined. We clearly narrow down the mechanisms that cause this gap opening by identifying the peculiar atomic vibrations that drive the anomaly. The final picture we give explains both the BP anomalous band gap opening and the frequency increase with increasing volume (tension effect). PMID:27428304

  9. Approach to band gap alignment in confined semiconductors

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    Goldbach, Andreas; Saboungi, Marie-Louise; Iton, Lennox E.; Price, David L.

    2001-12-01

    Se has been sorbed into the pore system of Cu2+-ion exchanged Y zeolite to investigate the effect of transition metal countercations on the structure and electronic properties of the incorporated semiconductor. Results from anomalous x-ray scattering experiments at the Se K-absorption edge and Raman measurements show the formation of isolated, strongly disordered Sex chains (x→∞) with an intrachain bond length of 2.39 Å. The difference pair correlation function TSe(r) exhibits a short-range pair correlation at 3.30 Å, which is attributed to specific Cu2+-Sex interactions. The optical spectrum of the composite is characterized by a strong absorption band around 400 nm with a shoulder at 450 nm and an optical band gap of 2.09 eV. The strong Cu2+-Sex correlation is explained by charge transfer from the Sex chains to the cations, and the formation of band gap states is postulated to account for the unusually long intrachain bond length and the remarkably small band gap.

  10. Ultrafast band-gap oscillations in iron pyrite

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    Kolb, B; Kolpak, AM

    2013-12-20

    With its combination of favorable band gap, high absorption coefficient, material abundance, and low cost, iron pyrite, FeS2, has received a great deal of attention over the past decades as a promising material for photovoltaic applications such as solar cells and photoelectrochemical cells. Devices made from pyrite, however, exhibit open circuit voltages significantly lower than predicted, and despite a recent resurgence of interest in the material, there currently exists no widely accepted explanation for this disappointing behavior. In this paper, we show that phonons, which have been largely overlooked in previous efforts, may play a significant role. Using fully self-consistent GW calculations, we demonstrate that a phonon mode related to the oscillation of the sulfur-sulfur bond distance in the pyrite structure is strongly coupled to the energy of the conduction-band minimum, leading to an ultrafast (approximate to 100 fs) oscillation in the band gap. Depending on the coherency of the phonons, we predict that this effect can cause changes of up to +/- 0.3 eV relative to the accepted FeS2 band gap at room temperature. Harnessing this effect via temperature or irradiation with infrared light could open up numerous possibilities for novel devices such as ultrafast switches and adaptive solar absorbers.

  11. Hollow-Core Photonic Band Gap Fibers for Particle Acceleration

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    Noble, Robert J.; Spencer, James E.; Kuhlmey, Boris T.; /Sydney U.

    2011-08-19

    Photonic band gap (PBG) dielectric fibers with hollow cores are being studied both theoretically and experimentally for use as laser driven accelerator structures. The hollow core functions as both a longitudinal waveguide for the transverse-magnetic (TM) accelerating fields and a channel for the charged particles. The dielectric surrounding the core is permeated by a periodic array of smaller holes to confine the mode, forming a photonic crystal fiber in which modes exist in frequency pass-bands, separated by band gaps. The hollow core acts as a defect which breaks the crystal symmetry, and so-called defect, or trapped modes having frequencies in the band gap will only propagate near the defect. We describe the design of 2-D hollow-core PBG fibers to support TM defect modes with high longitudinal fields and high characteristic impedance. Using as-built dimensions of industrially-made fibers, we perform a simulation analysis of the first prototype PBG fibers specifically designed to support speed-of-light TM modes.

  12. Band gap engineering of MoS2 upon compression

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    López-Suárez, Miquel; Neri, Igor; Rurali, Riccardo

    2016-04-01

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a promising candidate for 2D nanoelectronic devices, which shows a direct band-gap for monolayer structure. In this work we study the electronic structure of MoS2 upon both compressive and tensile strains with first-principles density-functional calculations for different number of layers. The results show that the band-gap can be engineered for experimentally attainable strains (i.e., ±0.15). However, compressive strain can result in bucking that can prevent the use of large compressive strain. We then studied the stability of the compression, calculating the critical strain that results in the on-set of buckling for free-standing nanoribbons of different lengths. The results demonstrate that short structures, or few-layer MoS2, show semi-conductor to metal transition upon compressive strain without bucking.

  13. Engineering the hypersonic phononic band gap of hybrid Bragg stacks.

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    Schneider, Dirk; Liaqat, Faroha; El Boudouti, El Houssaine; El Hassouani, Youssef; Djafari-Rouhani, Bahram; Tremel, Wolfgang; Butt, Hans-Jürgen; Fytas, George

    2012-06-13

    We report on the full control of phononic band diagrams for periodic stacks of alternating layers of poly(methyl methacrylate) and porous silica combining Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy and theoretical calculations. These structures exhibit large and robust on-axis band gaps determined by the longitudinal sound velocities, densities, and spacing ratio. A facile tuning of the gap width is realized at oblique incidence utilizing the vector nature of the elastic wave propagation. Off-axis propagation involves sagittal waves in the individual layers, allowing access to shear moduli at nanoscale. The full theoretical description discerns the most important features of the hypersonic one-dimensional crystals forward to a detailed understanding, a precondition to engineer dispersion relations in such structures. PMID:22506610

  14. Band-Gap Engineering of Carbon Nanotubes with Grain Boundaries

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Zhou, Yungang; Zhang, Yanwen; Gao, Fei

    2012-01-26

    Structure and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with grain boundaries (GBs) are investigated using density-functional calculations, where the GBs parallel and perpendicular to the tube axis are considered. Simulation results show that the GBs have a great effect on the electronic properties of the CNTs. For the GBs along the tube axis, the CNTs are narrow or zero band gap (<0.16 eV) materials, independent of the misorientation angle and diameter. For the GBs perpendicular to the tube axis, localized electronic states appear within the GBs regions, leading to a larger band gap of up to 0.6 eV. It is convenient to transport and localize the electrons and holes by engineering the GBs. These findings are of great significance for developing carbon-based nanomaterials and electronic devices.

  15. Band-Gap Engineering of Carbon Nanotubes with Grain Boundaries

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Zhou, Yungang; Zhang, Yanwen; Gao, Fei

    2011-01-01

    Structure and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with grain boundaries (GBs) are investigated using density-functional calculations, where the GBs parallel and perpendicular to the tube axis are considered. Simulation results show that the GBs have a great effect on the electronic properties of the CNTs. For the GBs along the tube axis, the CNTs are narrow or zero band gap (<0.16 eV) materials, independent of the misoritentaion angle and diameter. For the GBs perpendicular to the tube axis, localized electronic states appear within the GBs regions, leading to a larger band gap of up to 0.6 eV. It is convenient to transport and localize the electrons and holes by engineering the GBs. These findings are of great significance for developing carbon-based nanomaterials and electronic devices.

  16. Direct band gap carbon superlattices with efficient optical transition

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    Oh, Young Jun; Kim, Sunghyun; Lee, In-Ho; Lee, Jooyoung; Chang, K. J.

    2016-02-01

    We report pure carbon-based superlattices that exhibit direct band gaps and excellent optical absorption and emission properties at the threshold energy. The structures are nearly identical to that of cubic diamond except that defective layers characterized by five- and seven-membered rings are intercalated in the diamond lattice. The direct band gaps lie in the range of 5.6-5.9 eV, corresponding to wavelengths of 210-221 nm. The dipole matrix elements of direct optical transition are comparable to that of GaN, suggesting that the superlattices are promising materials as an efficient deep ultraviolet light emitter. Molecular dynamics simulations show that the superlattices are thermally stable even at a high temperature of 2000 K. We provide a possible route to the synthesis of superlattices through wafer bonding of diamond (100) surfaces.

  17. Photonic Band Gap resonators for high energy accelerators

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    Schultz, S.; Smith, D.R.; Kroll, N. |

    1993-12-31

    We have proposed that a new type of microwave resonator, based on Photonic Band Gap (PBG) structures, may be particularly useful for high energy accelerators. We provide an explanation of the PBG concept and present data which illustrate some of the special properties associated with such structures. Further evaluation of the utility of PBG resonators requires laboratory testing of model structures at cryogenic temperatures, and at high fields. We provide a brief discussion of our test program, which is currently in progress.

  18. Twisted bilayer blue phosphorene: A direct band gap semiconductor

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    Ospina, D. A.; Duque, C. A.; Correa, J. D.; Suárez Morell, Eric

    2016-09-01

    We report that two rotated layers of blue phosphorene behave as a direct band gap semiconductor. The optical spectrum shows absorption peaks in the visible region of the spectrum and in addition the energy of these peaks can be tuned with the rotational angle. These findings makes twisted bilayer blue phosphorene a strong candidate as a solar cell or photodetection device. Our results are based on ab initio calculations of several rotated blue phosphorene layers.

  19. Two novel silicon phases with direct band gaps.

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    Fan, Qingyang; Chai, Changchun; Wei, Qun; Yang, Yintang

    2016-05-14

    Due to its abundance, silicon is the preferred solar-cell material despite the fact that many silicon allotropes have indirect band gaps. Elemental silicon has a large impact on the economy of the modern world and is of fundamental importance in the technological field, particularly in the solar cell industry. Looking for direct band gap silicon is still an important field in material science. Based on density function theory with the ultrasoft pseudopotential scheme in the frame of the local density approximation and the generalized gradient approximation, we have systematically studied the structural stability, absorption spectra, electronic, optical and mechanical properties and minimum thermal conductivity of two novel silicon phases, Cm-32 silicon and P21/m silicon. These are both thermally, dynamically and mechanically stable. The absorption spectra of Cm-32 silicon and P21/m silicon exhibit significant overlap with the solar spectrum and thus, excellent photovoltaic efficiency with great improvements over Fd3[combining macron]m Si. These two novel Si structures with direct band gaps could be applied in single p-n junction thin-film solar cells or tandem photovoltaic devices. PMID:27104737

  20. Electronic materials with a wide band gap: recent developments

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    Klimm, Detlef

    2014-01-01

    The development of semiconductor electronics is reviewed briefly, beginning with the development of germanium devices (band gap E g = 0.66 eV) after World War II. A tendency towards alternative materials with wider band gaps quickly became apparent, starting with silicon (E g = 1.12 eV). This improved the signal-to-noise ratio for classical electronic applications. Both semiconductors have a tetrahedral coordination, and by isoelectronic alternative replacement of Ge or Si with carbon or various anions and cations, other semiconductors with wider E g were obtained. These are transparent to visible light and belong to the group of wide band gap semiconductors. Nowadays, some nitrides, especially GaN and AlN, are the most important materials for optical emission in the ultraviolet and blue regions. Oxide crystals, such as ZnO and β-Ga2O3, offer similarly good electronic properties but still suffer from significant difficulties in obtaining stable and technologically adequate p-type conductivity. PMID:25295170

  1. Electronic materials with a wide band gap: recent developments.

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    Klimm, Detlef

    2014-09-01

    The development of semiconductor electronics is reviewed briefly, beginning with the development of germanium devices (band gap E g = 0.66 eV) after World War II. A tendency towards alternative materials with wider band gaps quickly became apparent, starting with silicon (E g = 1.12 eV). This improved the signal-to-noise ratio for classical electronic applications. Both semiconductors have a tetrahedral coordination, and by isoelectronic alternative replacement of Ge or Si with carbon or various anions and cations, other semiconductors with wider E g were obtained. These are transparent to visible light and belong to the group of wide band gap semiconductors. Nowadays, some nitrides, especially GaN and AlN, are the most important materials for optical emission in the ultraviolet and blue regions. Oxide crystals, such as ZnO and β-Ga2O3, offer similarly good electronic properties but still suffer from significant difficulties in obtaining stable and technologically adequate p-type conductivity. PMID:25295170

  2. Implications of mercury interactions with band-gap semiconductor oxides

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    Granite, E.J.; King, W.P.; Stanko, D.C.; Pennline, H.W.

    2008-09-01

    Titanium dioxide is a well-known photooxidation catalyst. It will oxidize mercury in the presence of ultraviolet light from the sun and oxygen and/or moisture to form mercuric oxide. Several companies manufacture self-cleaning windows. These windows have a transparent coating of titanium dioxide. The titanium dioxide is capable of destroying organic contaminants in air in the presence of ultraviolet light from the sun, thereby keeping the windows clean. The commercially available self-cleaning windows were used to sequester mercury from oxygen–nitrogen mixtures. Samples of the self-cleaning glass were placed into specially designed photo-reactors in order to study the removal of elemental mercury from oxygen–nitrogen mixtures resembling air. The possibility of removing mercury from ambient air with a self-cleaning glass apparatus is examined. The intensity of 365-nm ultraviolet light was similar to the natural intensity from sunlight in the Pittsburgh region. Passive removal of mercury from the air may represent an option in lieu of, or in addition to, point source clean-up at combustion facilities. There are several common band-gap semiconductor oxide photocatalysts. Sunlight (both the ultraviolet and visible light components) and band-gap semiconductor particles may have a small impact on the global cycle of mercury in the environment. The potential environmental consequences of mercury interactions with band-gap semiconductor oxides are discussed. Heterogeneous photooxidation might impact the global transport of elemental mercury emanating from flue gases.

  3. Electron Elevator: Excitations across the Band Gap via a Dynamical Gap State.

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    Lim, A; Foulkes, W M C; Horsfield, A P; Mason, D R; Schleife, A; Draeger, E W; Correa, A A

    2016-01-29

    We use time-dependent density functional theory to study self-irradiated Si. We calculate the electronic stopping power of Si in Si by evaluating the energy transferred to the electrons per unit path length by an ion of kinetic energy from 1 eV to 100 keV moving through the host. Electronic stopping is found to be significant below the threshold velocity normally identified with transitions across the band gap. A structured crossover at low velocity exists in place of a hard threshold. An analysis of the time dependence of the transition rates using coupled linear rate equations enables one of the excitation mechanisms to be clearly identified: a defect state induced in the gap by the moving ion acts like an elevator and carries electrons across the band gap. PMID:26871327

  4. Band gap engineering via doping: A predictive approach

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    Andriotis, Antonis N.; Menon, Madhu

    2015-03-28

    We employ an extension of Harrison's theory at the tight binding level of approximation to develop a predictive approach for band gap engineering involving isovalent doping of wide band gap semiconductors. Our results indicate that reasonably accurate predictions can be achieved at qualitative as well as quantitative levels. The predictive results were checked against ab initio ones obtained at the level of DFT/SGGA + U approximation. The minor disagreements between predicted and ab initio results can be attributed to the electronic processes not incorporated in Harrison's theory. These include processes such as the conduction band anticrossing [Shan et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 1221 (1999); Walukiewicz et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 1552 (2000)] and valence band anticrossing [Alberi et al., Phys. Rev. B 77, 073202 (2008); Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 162105 (2008); Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 051909 (2007); Phys. Rev. B 75, 045203 (2007)], as well as the multiorbital rehybridization. Another cause of disagreement between the results of our predictive approach and the ab initio ones is shown to be the result of the shift of Fermi energy within the impurity band formed at the edge of the valence band maximum due to rehybridization. The validity of our approach is demonstrated with example applications for the systems GaN{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}, GaP{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}, AlSb{sub 1−x}P{sub x}, AlP{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}, and InP{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}.

  5. Band-gap and band-edge engineering of multicomponent garnet scintillators from first principles

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    Yadav, Satyesh K.; Uberuaga, Blas P.; Nikl, Martin; Jiang, Chao; Stanek, Christopher R.

    2015-11-24

    Complex doping schemes in R3Al5O12 (where R is the rare-earth element) garnet compounds have recently led to pronounced improvements in scintillator performance. Specifically, by admixing lutetium and yttrium aluminate garnets with gallium and gadolinium, the band gap is altered in a manner that facilitates the removal of deleterious electron trapping associated with cation antisite defects. Here, we expand upon this initial work to systematically investigate the effect of substitutional admixing on the energy levels of band edges. Density-functional theory and hybrid density-functional theory (HDFT) are used to survey potential admixing candidates that modify either the conduction-band minimum (CBM) or valence-band maximum (VBM). We consider two sets of compositions based on Lu3B5O12 where B is Al, Ga, In, As, and Sb, and R3Al5O12, where R is Lu, Gd, Dy, and Er. We find that admixing with various R cations does not appreciably affect the band gap or band edges. In contrast, substituting Al with cations of dissimilar ionic radii has a profound impact on the band structure. We further show that certain dopants can be used to selectively modify only the CBM or the VBM. Specifically, Ga and In decrease the band gap by lowering the CBM, while As and Sb decrease the band gap by raising the VBM, the relative change in band gap is quantitatively validated by HDFT. These results demonstrate a powerful approach to quickly screen the impact of dopants on the electronic structure of scintillator compounds, identifying those dopants which alter the band edges in very specific ways to eliminate both electron and hole traps responsible for performance limitations. Furthermore, this approach should be broadly applicable for the optimization of electronic and optical performance for a wide range of compounds by tuning the VBM and CBM.

  6. Hydrogen production by Tuning the Photonic Band Gap with the Electronic Band Gap of TiO2

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    Waterhouse, G. I. N.; Wahab, A. K.; Al-Oufi, M.; Jovic, V.; Anjum, D. H.; Sun-Waterhouse, D.; Llorca, J.; Idriss, H.

    2013-10-01

    Tuning the photonic band gap (PBG) to the electronic band gap (EBG) of Au/TiO2 catalysts resulted in considerable enhancement of the photocatalytic water splitting to hydrogen under direct sunlight. Au/TiO2 (PBG-357 nm) photocatalyst exhibited superior photocatalytic performance under both UV and sunlight compared to the Au/TiO2 (PBG-585 nm) photocatalyst and both are higher than Au/TiO2 without the 3 dimensionally ordered macro-porous structure materials. The very high photocatalytic activity is attributed to suppression of a fraction of electron-hole recombination route due to the co-incidence of the PBG with the EBG of TiO2 These materials that maintain their activity with very small amount of sacrificial agents (down to 0.5 vol.% of ethanol) are poised to find direct applications because of their high activity, low cost of the process, simplicity and stability.

  7. Substrate effect on the band gap of semiconducting atomic wires

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    Simbeck, Adam J.; Nayak, Saroj K.

    2014-03-01

    The electronic structure of free-standing and supported semiconducting atomic wires is investigated using a combination of first-principles density functional theory (DFT) and many-body perturbation theory (MBPT). The band gaps predicted from DFT for SiH2 and GeH2 atomic wires are unaffected by the presence of the substrate, whereas the gaps calculated using MBPT under the GW approximation are reduced by about 1eV when the wires are supported. The reduction in the band gap is attributed to a change in the electronic correlation energy, which can be understood as a screened Coulomb interaction. These results highlight the importance of the role played by the substrate in manipulating the electronic and optical properties of quantum confined Si and Ge systems. Work supported by the Interconnect Focus Center (MARCO program), State of New York, NSF IGERT Program, Grant no. 0333314, NSF Petascale Simulations and Analysis (PetaApps) program, Grant No. 0749140, and computing resources of the CCNI at RPI.

  8. Identical band gaps in structurally re-entrant honeycombs.

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    Zhu, Zhu-Wei; Deng, Zi-Chen

    2016-08-01

    Structurally re-entrant honeycomb is a sort of artificial lattice material, characterized by star-like unit cells with re-entrant topology, as well as a high connectivity that the number of folded sheets jointing at each vertex is at least six. In-plane elastic wave propagation in this highly connected honeycomb is investigated through the application of the finite element method in conjunction with the Bloch's theorem. Attention is devoted to exploring the band characteristics of two lattice configurations with different star-like unit cells, defined as structurally square re-entrant honeycomb (SSRH) and structurally hexagonal re-entrant honeycomb (SHRH), respectively. Identical band gaps involving their locations and widths, interestingly, are present in the two considered configurations, attributed to the resonance of the sketch folded sheets, the basic component elements for SSRH and SHRH. In addition, the concept of heuristic models is implemented to elucidate the underlying physics of the identical gaps. The phenomenon of the identical bandgaps is not only beneficial for people to further explore the band characteristics of lattice materials, but also provides the structurally re-entrant honeycombs as potential host structures for the design of lattice-based metamaterials of interest for elastic wave control. PMID:27586722

  9. The Band-Gap and TRUE Band-Gap in Nominally Metallic Carbon Nanotubes: the Tight-Binding Study on Corrugation Effect

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    Lu, Hongxia; Wu, Jianbao; Wang, Jizhen; Shi, Shaocong; Zhang, Weiyi

    2014-11-01

    In this paper, the band-gap and true band-gap are analyzed for the corrugated structures of various types of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) within the tight binding approximation. We show that corrugation, combined with curvature effect, yields naturally the true small band-gap in all SWCNTs with small radius. The more stable corrugated structures of SWCNTs are backed by the abinitio total energy calculations for nominally metallic armchair SWCNTs.

  10. Electronic band gaps and transport in Cantor graphene superlattices

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    Xu, Yi; He, Ying; Yang, Yanfang; Zhang, Huifang

    2015-04-01

    The electronic band gap and transport in Cantor graphene superlattices are investigated theoretically. It is found that such fractal structure can possess an unusual Dirac point located at the energy corresponding to the zero-averaged wave number (zero- k ‾) . The location of the Dirac point shifts to lower energy with the increase of order number. The zero- k ‾ gap is robust against the lattice constants and less sensitive to the incidence angle. Moreover, multi-Dirac-points may appear by adjusting the lattice constants and the order, and an expression for their location is derived. The control of electron transport in such fractal structure may lead to potential applications in graphene-based electronic devices.

  11. Phononic and photonic band gap structures: modelling and applications

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    Armenise, Mario N.; Campanella, Carlo E.; Ciminelli, Caterina; Dell'Olio, Francesco; Passaro, Vittorio M. N.

    2010-01-01

    Photonic crystals (PhCs) are artificial materials with a permittivity which is a periodic function of the position, with a period comparable to the wavelength of light. The most interesting characteristic of such materials is the presence of photonic band gaps (PBGs). PhCs have very interesting properties of light confinement and localization together with the strong reduction of the device size, orders of magnitude less than the conventional photonic devices, allowing a potential very high scale of integration. These structures possess unique characteristics enabling to operate as optical waveguides, high Q resonators, selective filters, lens or superprism. The ability to mould and guide light leads naturally to novel applications in several fields. Band gap formation in periodic structures also pertains to elastic wave propagation. Composite materials with elastic coefficients which are periodic functions of the position are named phononic crystals. They have properties similar to those of photonic crystals and corresponding applications too. By properly choosing the parameters one may obtain phononic crystals (PhnCs) with specific frequency gaps. An elastic wave, whose frequency lies within an absolute gap of a phononic crystal, will be completely reflected by it. This property allows realizing non-absorbing mirrors of elastic waves and vibration-free cavities which might be useful in high-precision mechanical systems operating in a given frequency range. Moreover, one can use elastic waves to study phenomena such as those associated with disorder, in more or less the same manner as with electromagnetic waves. The authors present in this paper an introductory survey of the basic concepts of these new technologies with particular emphasis on their main applications, together with a description of some modelling approaches.

  12. Behaviour of hydrogen in wide band gap oxides

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    Li, H.; Robertson, J.

    2014-05-28

    The defect formation energies and atomic geometries of interstitial hydrogen in its different charge states in a number of wide band gap oxides are calculated by the Heyd, Scuseria, Ernzerhof hybrid functional. As in semiconductors, two behaviours are found, it acts either as an amphoteric defect or as a shallow donor. There are large scale lattice relaxations between the different charge states for the case of the amphoteric defect. Interestingly, we find that the +/− transition level does have a good alignment below the vacuum level, as was found previously for tetrahedral semiconductors.

  13. Behaviour of hydrogen in wide band gap oxides

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    Li, H.; Robertson, J.

    2014-05-01

    The defect formation energies and atomic geometries of interstitial hydrogen in its different charge states in a number of wide band gap oxides are calculated by the Heyd, Scuseria, Ernzerhof hybrid functional. As in semiconductors, two behaviours are found, it acts either as an amphoteric defect or as a shallow donor. There are large scale lattice relaxations between the different charge states for the case of the amphoteric defect. Interestingly, we find that the +/- transition level does have a good alignment below the vacuum level, as was found previously for tetrahedral semiconductors.

  14. Nonlinear Bloch waves in metallic photonic band-gap filaments

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    Kaso, Artan; John, Sajeev

    2007-11-15

    We demonstrate the occurrence of nonlinear Bloch waves in metallic photonic crystals (PCs). These periodically structured filaments are characterized by an isolated optical pass band below an effective plasma gap. The pass band occurs in a frequency range where the metallic filament exhibits a negative, frequency-dependent dielectric function and absorption loss. The metallic losses are counterbalanced by gain in two models of inhomogeneously broadened nonlinear oscillators. In the first model, we consider close-packed quantum dots that fill the void regions of a two-dimensional (2D) metallic PC, and whose inhomogeneously broadened emission spectrum spans the original optical pass band of the bare filament. In the second model, we consider thin (10-50 nm) layers of inhomogeneously broadened two-level resonators, with large dipole oscillator strength, that cover the interior surfaces of 2D metallic (silver and tungsten) PCs. These may arise from localized surface plasmon resonances due to small metal particles or an otherwise rough metal surface. For simplicity, we treat electromagnetic modes with electric field perpendicular to the plane of metal periodicity. In both models, a pumping threshold of the resonators is found, above which periodic nonlinear solutions of Maxwell's equations with purely real frequency within the optical pass band emerge. These nonlinear Bloch waves exhibit a laserlike input pumping to output amplitude characteristic. For strong surface resonances, these nonlinear waves may play a role in light emission from a hot tungsten (suitably microstructured) filament.

  15. Plasmon-pole models affect band gaps in GW calculations

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    Larson, Paul; Wu, Zhigang

    2013-03-01

    Density functional theory calculations have long been known to underestimate the band gaps in semiconductors. Significant improvements have been made by using GW calculations that uses the self energy, defined as the product of the Green function (G) and screened Coulomb exchange (W). However, many approximations are made in the GW method, specifically the plasmon-pole approximation. This approximation replaces the integration necessary to produce W with a simple approximation to the inverse dielectric function. Four different plasmon-pole approximations have been tested using the tight-binding program ABINIT: Godby-Needs, Hybertsen-Louie, von der Linden-Horsch, and Engel-Farid. For many materials, the differences in the GW band gaps for the different plasmon-pole models are negligible, but for systems with localized electrons, the difference can be larger than 1 eV. The plasmon-pole approximation is generally chosen to best agree with experimental data, but this is misleading in that this ignores all of the other approximations used in the GW method. Improvements in plasmon-pole models in GW can only come about by trying to reproduce the results of the numerical integration rather than trying to reproduce experimental results.

  16. Graded band gap GaInNAs solar cells

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    Langer, F.; Perl, S.; Kamp, M.; Höfling, S.

    2015-06-08

    Dilute nitride GaInN(Sb)As with a band gap (E{sub g}) of 1.0 eV is a promising material for the integration in next generation multijunction solar cells. We have investigated the effect of a compositionally graded GaInNAs absorber layer on the spectral response of a GaInNAs sub cell. We produced band gap gradings (ΔE{sub g}) of up to 39 meV across a 1 μm thick GaInNAs layer. Thereby, the external quantum efficiency—compared to reference cells—was increased due to the improved extraction of photo-generated carriers from 34.0% to 36.7% for the wavelength range from 900 nm to 1150 nm. However, this device figure improvement is accompanied by a small decrease in the open circuit voltage of about 20 mV and the shift of the absorption edge to shorter wavelengths.

  17. Uncover the electroluminescence in wide band gap polymers

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    Qiao, B.; Teyssedre, G.; Laurent, C.

    2015-10-01

    Due to the rapidly increasing demand of electric power, insulating materials used in electrical components are pushed up to their limits, where their electronic properties are of fundamental importance. Electroluminescence provides an elegant way to investigate electronic properties, high field effects and electrical ageing of polymers although the emission spectrum is still poorly understood. Unlike in organic semi-conductors, electroluminescence spectra of large band gap polymers exhibit specific spectral features that cannot be interpreted on the basis of the photo-physical properties of the material. By irradiating polypropylene thin films with electrons up to a few keV and by analyzing the emitted light, we were able to isolate the elementary components of the emission and to reconstruct the electroluminescence spectrum. For the first time, a comprehensive study of electroluminescence in polymers is provided and the underlying mechanisms of the emission are discussed. The results herein provide an univocal demonstration that the electroluminescence from wide band gap polymers results in part from chemical reactions, opening the way to the diagnosis and prognosis of polymeric materials under electrical stress.

  18. Computational investigation on tunable optical band gap in armchair polyacenes

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    Das, Mousumi

    2015-08-14

    Polyacenes in their armchair geometry (phenacenes) have recently been found to possess appealing electronic and optical properties with higher chemical stability and comparatively larger band gap as compared to linear polyacenes. They also behave as high-temperature superconductors upon alkali metal doping. Moreover, the optical properties of crystalline picene can be finely tuned by applying external pressure. We investigated the variation of optical gap as a function of altering the interplanar distances between parallel cofacial phenacene dimers. We employed both time-dependent density functional theory and density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) technique to investigate the lowest singlet excitations in phenacene dimer. Our study showed that the lowest singlet excitation in these systems evolved as a function of interplanar separation. The optical excitation energy gap decreases as a function of inverse interplanar separation of the phenacene dimer. The distant dependent variation of optical absorption at the dimer level may be comparable with experimental observation in picene crystal under pressure. DMRG study also demonstrates that besides picene, electronic properties of higher phenacenes can also be tunable by altering interplanar separation.

  19. Transport band gap opening at metal–organic interfaces

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    Haidu, Francisc Salvan, Georgeta; Zahn, Dietrich R. T.; Smykalla, Lars; Hietschold, Michael; Knupfer, Martin

    2014-07-01

    The interface formation between copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and two representative metal substrates, i.e., Au and Co, was investigated by the combination of ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and inverse photoelectron spectroscopy. The occupied and unoccupied molecular orbitals and thus the transport band gap of CuPc are highly influenced by film thickness, i.e., molecule substrate distance. Due to the image charge potential given by the metallic substrates the transport band gap of CuPc “opens” from (1.4 ± 0.3) eV for 1 nm thickness to (2.2 ± 0.3) eV, and saturates at this value above 10 nm CuPc thickness. The interface dipoles with values of 1.2 eV and 1.0 eV for Au and Co substrates, respectively, predominantly depend on the metal substrate work functions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements using synchrotron radiation provide detailed information on the interaction between CuPc and the two metal substrates. While charge transfer from the Au or Co substrate to the Cu metal center is present only at sub-monolayer coverages, the authors observe a net charge transfer from the molecule to the Co substrate for films in the nm range. Consequently, the Fermi level is shifted as in the case of a p-type doping of the molecule. This is, however, a competing phenomenon to the energy band shifts due to the image charge potential.

  20. Two-Dimensional Phosphorus Porous Polymorphs with Tunable Band Gaps.

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    Zhuo, Zhiwen; Wu, Xiaojun; Yang, Jinlong

    2016-06-01

    Exploring stable two-dimensional (2D) crystalline structures of phosphorus with tunable properties is of considerable importance partly due to the novel anisotropic behavior in phosphorene and potential applications in high-performance devices. Here, 21 new 2D phosphorus allotropes with porous structure are reported based on topological modeling method and first-principles calculations. We establish that stable 2D phosphorus crystals can be obtained by topologically assembling selected phosphorus monomer, dimer, trimer, tetramer, and hexamer. Nine of reported structures are predicted to be more stable than white phosphorus. Their dynamic and thermal stabilities are confirmed by the calculated vibration spectra and Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamic simulation at temperatures up to 1500 K. These phosphorus porous polymorphs have isotropic mechanic properties that are significantly softer than phosphorene. The electronic band structures calculated with the HSE06 method indicate that new structures are semiconductors with band gaps ranging widely from 0.15 to 3.42 eV, which are tuned by the basic units assembled in the network. Of particular importance is that the position of both conduction and valence band edges of some allotropes matches well with the chemical reaction potential of H2/H(+) and O2/H2O, which can be used as element photocatalysts for visible-light-driven water splitting. PMID:27171121

  1. Preprophase band formation and cortical division zone establishment: RanGAP behaves differently from microtubules during their band formation

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    Yabuuchi, Takatoshi; Nakai, Tomonori; Sonobe, Seiji; Yamauchi, Daisuke; Mineyuki, Yoshinobu

    2015-01-01

    Correct positioning of the division plane is a prerequisite for plant morphogenesis. The preprophase band (PPB) is a key intracellular structure of division site determination. PPB forms in G2 phase as a broad band of microtubules (MTs) that narrows in prophase and specializes few-micrometer-wide cortical belt region, named the cortical division zone (CDZ), in late prophase. The PPB comprises several molecules, some of which act as MT band organization and others remain in the CDZ marking the correct insertion of the cell plate in telophase. Ran GTPase-activating protein (RanGAP) is accumulated in the CDZ and forms a RanGAP band in prophase. However, little is known about when and how RanGAPs gather in the CDZ, and especially with regard to their relationships to MT band formation. Here, we examined the spatial and temporal distribution of RanGAPs and MTs in the preprophase of onion root tip cells using confocal laser scanning microscopy and showed that the RanGAP band appeared in mid-prophase as the width of MT band was reduced to nearly 7 µm. Treatments with cytoskeletal inhibitors for 15 min caused thinning or broadening of the MT band but had little effects on RanGAP band in mid-prophase and most of late prophase cells. Detailed image analyses of the spatial distribution of RanGAP band and MT band showed that the RanGAP band positioned slightly beneath the MT band in mid-prophase. These results raise a possibility that RanGAP behaves differently from MTs during their band formation. PMID:26237087

  2. Band Gap Engineering and Layer-by-Layer Band Gap Mapping of Selenium-doped Molybdenum Disulfide

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    Gong, Yongji; Liu, Zheng; Lupini, Andrew R; Lin, Junhao; Pantelides, Sokrates T; Pennycook, Stephen J; Zhou, Wu; Ajayan, Pullikel M

    2014-01-01

    Ternary two-dimensional dichalcogenide alloys exhibit compositionally modulated electronic structure and hence, control of dopant concentration within each layer of these layered compounds provides a powerful way to modify their properties. The challenge then becomes quantifying and locating the dopant atoms within each layer in order to better understand and fine-tune the desired properties. Here we report the synthesis of selenium substitutionally doped molybdenum disulfide atomic layers, with a broad range of selenium concentrations, resulting in band gap modulations of over 0.2 eV. Atomic scale chemical analysis using Z-contrast imaging provides direct maps of the dopant atom distribution in individual MoS2 layers and hence a measure of the local band gaps. Furthermore, in a bilayer structure, the dopant distribution of each layer is imaged independently. We demonstrate that each layer in the bilayer contains similar doping levels, randomly distributed, providing new insights into the growth mechanism and alloying behavior in two-dimensional dichalcogenide atomic layers. The results show that growth of uniform, ternary, two-dimensional dichalcogenide alloy films with tunable electronic properties is feasible.

  3. Inter-band optoelectronic properties in quantum dot structure of low band gap III-V semiconductors

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    Dey, Anup; Maiti, Biswajit; Chanda, Debasree

    2014-04-14

    A generalized theory is developed to study inter-band optical absorption coefficient (IOAC) and material gain (MG) in quantum dot structures of narrow gap III-V compound semiconductor considering the wave-vector (k{sup →}) dependence of the optical transition matrix element. The band structures of these low band gap semiconducting materials with sufficiently separated split-off valance band are frequently described by the three energy band model of Kane. This has been adopted for analysis of the IOAC and MG taking InAs, InSb, Hg{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Te, and In{sub 1−x}Ga{sub x}As{sub y}P{sub 1−y} lattice matched to InP, as example of III–V compound semiconductors, having varied split-off energy band compared to their bulk band gap energy. It has been found that magnitude of the IOAC for quantum dots increases with increasing incident photon energy and the lines of absorption are more closely spaced in the three band model of Kane than those with parabolic energy band approximations reflecting the direct the influence of energy band parameters. The results show a significant deviation to the MG spectrum of narrow-gap materials having band nonparabolicity compared to the parabolic band model approximations. The results reflect the important role of valence band split-off energies in these narrow gap semiconductors.

  4. Unfolding the band structure of non-crystalline photonic band gap materials

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    Tsitrin, Samuel; Williamson, Eric Paul; Amoah, Timothy; Nahal, Geev; Chan, Ho Leung; Florescu, Marian; Man, Weining

    2015-08-01

    Non-crystalline photonic band gap (PBG) materials have received increasing attention, and sizeable PBGs have been reported in quasi-crystalline structures and, more recently, in disordered structures. Band structure calculations for periodic structures produce accurate dispersion relations, which determine group velocities, dispersion, density of states and iso-frequency surfaces, and are used to predict a wide-range of optical phenomena including light propagation, excited-state decay rates, temporal broadening or compression of ultrashort pulses and complex refraction phenomena. However, band calculations for non-periodic structures employ large super-cells of hundreds to thousands building blocks, and provide little useful information other than the PBG central frequency and width. Using stereolithography, we construct cm-scale disordered PBG materials and perform microwave transmission measurements, as well as finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. The photonic dispersion relations are reconstructed from the measured and simulated phase data. Our results demonstrate the existence of sizeable PBGs in these disordered structures and provide detailed information of the effective band diagrams, dispersion relation, iso-frequency contours, and their angular dependence. Slow light phenomena are also observed in these structures near gap frequencies. This study introduces a powerful tool to investigate photonic properties of non-crystalline structures and provides important effective dispersion information, otherwise difficult to obtain.

  5. Unfolding the band structure of non-crystalline photonic band gap materials.

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    Tsitrin, Samuel; Williamson, Eric Paul; Amoah, Timothy; Nahal, Geev; Chan, Ho Leung; Florescu, Marian; Man, Weining

    2015-01-01

    Non-crystalline photonic band gap (PBG) materials have received increasing attention, and sizeable PBGs have been reported in quasi-crystalline structures and, more recently, in disordered structures. Band structure calculations for periodic structures produce accurate dispersion relations, which determine group velocities, dispersion, density of states and iso-frequency surfaces, and are used to predict a wide-range of optical phenomena including light propagation, excited-state decay rates, temporal broadening or compression of ultrashort pulses and complex refraction phenomena. However, band calculations for non-periodic structures employ large super-cells of hundreds to thousands building blocks, and provide little useful information other than the PBG central frequency and width. Using stereolithography, we construct cm-scale disordered PBG materials and perform microwave transmission measurements, as well as finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. The photonic dispersion relations are reconstructed from the measured and simulated phase data. Our results demonstrate the existence of sizeable PBGs in these disordered structures and provide detailed information of the effective band diagrams, dispersion relation, iso-frequency contours, and their angular dependence. Slow light phenomena are also observed in these structures near gap frequencies. This study introduces a powerful tool to investigate photonic properties of non-crystalline structures and provides important effective dispersion information, otherwise difficult to obtain. PMID:26289434

  6. Unfolding the band structure of non-crystalline photonic band gap materials

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    Tsitrin, Samuel; Williamson, Eric Paul; Amoah, Timothy; Nahal, Geev; Chan, Ho Leung; Florescu, Marian; Man, Weining

    2015-01-01

    Non-crystalline photonic band gap (PBG) materials have received increasing attention, and sizeable PBGs have been reported in quasi-crystalline structures and, more recently, in disordered structures. Band structure calculations for periodic structures produce accurate dispersion relations, which determine group velocities, dispersion, density of states and iso-frequency surfaces, and are used to predict a wide-range of optical phenomena including light propagation, excited-state decay rates, temporal broadening or compression of ultrashort pulses and complex refraction phenomena. However, band calculations for non-periodic structures employ large super-cells of hundreds to thousands building blocks, and provide little useful information other than the PBG central frequency and width. Using stereolithography, we construct cm-scale disordered PBG materials and perform microwave transmission measurements, as well as finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. The photonic dispersion relations are reconstructed from the measured and simulated phase data. Our results demonstrate the existence of sizeable PBGs in these disordered structures and provide detailed information of the effective band diagrams, dispersion relation, iso-frequency contours, and their angular dependence. Slow light phenomena are also observed in these structures near gap frequencies. This study introduces a powerful tool to investigate photonic properties of non-crystalline structures and provides important effective dispersion information, otherwise difficult to obtain. PMID:26289434

  7. Measurement of photonic band diagram in non-crystalline photonic band gap (PBG) materials

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    Man, Weining; Williamson, Eric; Hashemizad, Seyed; Yadak, Polin; Florescu, Marian

    2011-03-01

    Non-crystalline PBG materials have received increasing attention recently and sizeable PBGs have been reported in quasi-crystalline structures or even in disordered structures. Band calculations for periodic structures produce accurate dispersion relations in them and refraction properties at their surfaces. However, band calculations for non-periodic structures employ large super-cells of N >100 building blocks, and provide little useful information other than the PBG frequency and width. Since band is folded into N bands, within the first Brillouin zone of the supper-cell. Using stereolithography, we construct various quasi-crystalline or disordered PBG materials and perform transmission measurements. The dispersion relations of EM wave (band diagrams) are reconstructed from the measured phase data. Our experiments not only verify the existence of sizeable PBGs in these structures, but also provide detailed information of the effective band diagrams, dispersion relation, group velocity vector, and their angular dependence. Slow light phenomena are also observed in these structures near gap frequencies. This study presents a powerful tool to investigate photonic properties of non-crystalline structures and provides important dispersion information, which is otherwise impossible to obtain.

  8. Single-junction solar cells with the optimum band gap for terrestrial concentrator applications

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    Wanlass, Mark W.

    1994-01-01

    A single-junction solar cell having the ideal band gap for terrestrial concentrator applications. Computer modeling studies of single-junction solar cells have shown that the presence of absorption bands in the direct spectrum has the effect of "pinning" the optimum band gap for a wide range of operating conditions at a value of 1.14.+-.0.02 eV. Efficiencies exceeding 30% may be possible at high concentration ratios for devices with the ideal band gap.

  9. Introducing Defects in Photonic Band-Gap (PBG) Crystals

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    Johnson, Elliott C.; /North Dakota State U. /SLAC

    2007-11-07

    Photonic Band-Gap (PBG) fibers are a periodic array of optical materials arranged in a lattice called a photonic crystal. The use of PBG fibers for particle acceleration is being studied by the Advanced Accelerator Research Department (AARD) at SLAC. By introducing defects in such fibers, e.g. removing one or more capillaries from a hexagonal lattice, spatially confined modes suitable for particle acceleration may be created. The AARD has acquired several test samples of PBG fiber arrays with varying refractive index, capillary size, and length from an external vendor for testing. The PBGs were inspected with a microscope and characteristics of the capillaries including radii, spacing, and errors in construction were determined. Transmission tests were performed on these samples using a broad-range spectrophotometer. In addition, detailed E-field simulations of different PBG configurations were done using the CUDOS and RSOFT codes. Several accelerating modes for different configurations were found and studied in detail.

  10. Recent progress on photonic band gap accelerator cavities

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    Smith, D.R.; Li, D.; Vier, D.C.

    1997-02-01

    We report on the current status of our program to apply Photonic Band Gap (PBG) concepts to produce novel high-energy, high-intensity accelerator cavities. The PBG design on which we have concentrated our initial efforts consists of a square array of metal cylinders, terminated by conducting or superconducting sheets, and surrounded by microwave absorber on the periphery of the structure. A removed cylinder from the center of the array constitutes a site defect where a localized electromagnetic mode can occur. In previous work, we have proposed that this structure could be utilized as an accelerator cavity, with advantageous properties over conventional cavity designs. In the present work, we present further studies, including MAFIA-based numerical calculations and experimental measurements, demonstrating the feasibility of using the proposed structure in a real accelerator application.

  11. Colloidal dual-band gap cell for photocatalytic hydrogen generation.

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    Li, Wei; O'Dowd, Graeme; Whittles, Thomas J; Hesp, David; Gründer, Yvonne; Dhanak, Vinod R; Jäckel, Frank

    2015-10-28

    We report that the internal quantum efficiency for hydrogen generation in spherical, Pt-decorated CdS nanocrystals can be tuned by quantum confinement, resulting in higher efficiencies for smaller than for larger nanocrystals (17.3% for 2.8 nm and 11.4% for 4.6 nm diameter nanocrystals). We attribute this to a larger driving force for electron and hole transfer in the smaller nanocrystals. The larger internal quantum efficiency in smaller nanocrystals enables a novel colloidal dual-band gap cell utilising differently sized nanocrystals and showing larger external quantum efficiencies than cells with only one size of nanocrystals (9.4% for 2.8 nm particles only and 14.7% for 2.8 nm and 4.6 nm nanocrystals). This represents a proof-of-principle for future colloidal tandem cell. PMID:26415524

  12. Half-oxidized phosphorene: band gap and elastic properties modulation.

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    Drissi, L B; Sadki, S; Sadki, K

    2016-04-13

    Based on a first principles approach, we study structural, electronic and elastic properties, as well as stabilities of all possible half-oxidized phosphorene conformers. Stability analysis reveals that oxygen chemisorption is an exothermic process in the six configurations despite the formation of interstitial oxygen bridges in three of them. Electronic structure calculations show that oxidation induces a band gap modulation ranging between 0.54 and 1.57 eV in the generalized gradient approximation corrected to 1.19 and 2.88 eV using GW. The mechanical response of the conformers is sensitively dependent on direction and indicates that the new derivatives are incompressible materials and one configuration has an auxetic behavior. The present results provide a basis for tailoring the electronic and elastic properties of phosphorene via half oxidation. PMID:26964522

  13. Voltage-Matched, Monolithic, Multi-Band-Gap Devices

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    Wanlass, M. W.; Mascarenhas, A.

    2006-08-22

    Monolithic, tandem, photonic cells include at least a first semiconductor layer and a second semiconductor layer, wherein each semiconductor layer includes an n-type region, a p-type region, and a given band-gap energy. Formed within each semiconductor layer is a string of electrically connected photonic sub-cells. By carefully selecting the numbers of photonic sub-cells in the first and second layer photonic sub-cell string(s), and by carefully selecting the manner in which the sub-cells in a first and second layer photonic sub-cell string(s) are electrically connected, each of the first and second layer sub-cell strings may be made to achieve one or more substantially identical electrical characteristics.

  14. Widely tunable band gaps of graphdiyne: an ab initio study.

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    Koo, Jahyun; Park, Minwoo; Hwang, Seunghyun; Huang, Bing; Jang, Byungryul; Kwon, Yongkyung; Lee, Hoonkyung

    2014-05-21

    Functionalization of graphdiyne, a two-dimensional atomic layer of sp-sp(2) hybrid carbon networks, was investigated through first-principles calculations. Hydrogen or halogen atoms preferentially adsorb on sp-bonded carbon atoms rather than on sp(2)-bonded carbon atoms, forming sp(2)- or sp(3)-hybridization. The energy band gap of graphdiyne is increased from ~0.5 eV to ~5.2 eV through the hydrogenation or halogenation. Unlike graphene, segregation of adsorbing atoms is energetically unfavourable. Our results show that hydrogenation or halogenation can be utilized for modifying the electronic properties of graphdiyne for applications to nano-electronics and -photonics. PMID:24691588

  15. Half-oxidized phosphorene: band gap and elastic properties modulation

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    Drissi, L. B.; Sadki, S.; Sadki, K.

    2016-04-01

    Based on a first principles approach, we study structural, electronic and elastic properties, as well as stabilities of all possible half-oxidized phosphorene conformers. Stability analysis reveals that oxygen chemisorption is an exothermic process in the six configurations despite the formation of interstitial oxygen bridges in three of them. Electronic structure calculations show that oxidation induces a band gap modulation ranging between 0.54 and 1.57 eV in the generalized gradient approximation corrected to 1.19 and 2.88 eV using GW. The mechanical response of the conformers is sensitively dependent on direction and indicates that the new derivatives are incompressible materials and one configuration has an auxetic behavior. The present results provide a basis for tailoring the electronic and elastic properties of phosphorene via half oxidation.

  16. Voltage-matched, monolithic, multi-band-gap devices

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    Wanlass, Mark W.; Mascarenhas, Angelo

    2006-08-22

    Monolithic, tandem, photonic cells include at least a first semiconductor layer and a second semiconductor layer, wherein each semiconductor layer includes an n-type region, a p-type region, and a given band-gap energy. Formed within each semiconductor layer is a sting of electrically connected photonic sub-cells. By carefully selecting the numbers of photonic sub-cells in the first and second layer photonic sub-cell string(s), and by carefully selecting the manner in which the sub-cells in a first and second layer photonic sub-cell string(s) are electrically connected, each of the first and second layer sub-cell strings may be made to achieve one or more substantially identical electrical characteristics.

  17. Colloidal dual-band gap cell for photocatalytic hydrogen generation

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    Li, Wei; O'Dowd, Graeme; Whittles, Thomas J.; Hesp, David; Gründer, Yvonne; Dhanak, Vinod R.; Jäckel, Frank

    2015-10-01

    We report that the internal quantum efficiency for hydrogen generation in spherical, Pt-decorated CdS nanocrystals can be tuned by quantum confinement, resulting in higher efficiencies for smaller than for larger nanocrystals (17.3% for 2.8 nm and 11.4% for 4.6 nm diameter nanocrystals). We attribute this to a larger driving force for electron and hole transfer in the smaller nanocrystals. The larger internal quantum efficiency in smaller nanocrystals enables a novel colloidal dual-band gap cell utilising differently sized nanocrystals and showing larger external quantum efficiencies than cells with only one size of nanocrystals (9.4% for 2.8 nm particles only and 14.7% for 2.8 nm and 4.6 nm nanocrystals). This represents a proof-of-principle for future colloidal tandem cell.We report that the internal quantum efficiency for hydrogen generation in spherical, Pt-decorated CdS nanocrystals can be tuned by quantum confinement, resulting in higher efficiencies for smaller than for larger nanocrystals (17.3% for 2.8 nm and 11.4% for 4.6 nm diameter nanocrystals). We attribute this to a larger driving force for electron and hole transfer in the smaller nanocrystals. The larger internal quantum efficiency in smaller nanocrystals enables a novel colloidal dual-band gap cell utilising differently sized nanocrystals and showing larger external quantum efficiencies than cells with only one size of nanocrystals (9.4% for 2.8 nm particles only and 14.7% for 2.8 nm and 4.6 nm nanocrystals). This represents a proof-of-principle for future colloidal tandem cell. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Full experimental details and additional experimental results. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04950d

  18. Two-dimensional tricycle arsenene with a direct band gap.

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    Ma, ShuangYing; Zhou, Pan; Sun, L Z; Zhang, K W

    2016-03-28

    Based on a comprehensive investigation including ab initio phonon and finite-temperature molecular dynamics calculations, we find that two-dimensional tricycle-shaped arsenene (T-As) is robust and even stable under high temperature. T-As is energetically comparable to previously reported chair-shaped arsenene (C-As) and more stable than stirrup-shaped arsenene (S-As). In contrast to C-As and S-As, the monolayer T-As is a direct band gap semiconductor with an energy gap of 1.377 eV. Our results indicate that the electronic structure of T-As can be effectively modulated by stacking, strain, and patterning, which shows great potential of T-As in future nano-electronics. Moreover, by absorbing H or F atoms on the surface of T-As along a specific direction, nanoribbons with desired edge type and even width can be obtained, which is suitable for the fabrication of nano-devices. PMID:26954607

  19. Wake-field studies on photonic band gap accelerator cavities

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    Li, Derun; Kroll, N.; Smith, D. R.; Schultz, S.

    1997-03-01

    We have studied the wake-field of several metal Photonic Band Gap (PBG) cavities which consist of either a square or a hexagonal array of metal cylinders, bounded on top and bottom by conducting or superconducting sheets, surrounded by placing microwave absorber at the periphery or by replacing outer rows of metal cylinders with lossy dielectric ones, or by metallic walls. A removed cylinder from the center of the array constitutes a site defect where a localized electromagnetic mode can occur. While both monopole and dipole wake-fields have been studied, we confine our attention here mainly to the dipole case. The dipole wake-field is produced by modes in the propagation bands which tend to fill the entire cavity more or less uniformly and are thus easy to damp selectively. MAFIA time domain simulation of the transverse wake-field has been compared with that of a cylindrical pill-box comparison cavity. Even without damping the wake-field of the metal PBG cavity is substantially smaller than that of the pill-box cavity and may be further reduced by increasing the size of the lattice. By introducing lossy material at the periphery we have been able to produce Q factors for the dipole modes in the 40 to 120 range without significantly degrading the accelerating mode.

  20. Hypersonic crystal band gaps in Ni/Cu superlattice nanowire arrays

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    Hu, Jia-Guang; Shen, Tie

    2016-03-01

    The hexagonal and tetragonal ordered arrays were prepared by Ni/Cu superlattice nanowires on the porous anodic alumina membrane template, and their phonon band structures were calculated by using the plane wave expansion method. Numerical results show that the hypersonic band gaps can be acquired by adjusting the structural parameters. Along the different wave-vector directions, the width and position of band gap would vary. If the nanowires'filling fraction is increased continuously, the width of the first band gap firstly increases and then decreases within a certain range. The height of superlattice nanowire elementary unit can only affect the width of band gap within a quite narrow range. When the height of elementary unit remains unchanged, the decrease of the Cu-component ratio can contribute to the formation of a wider band gap. Additionally, the wide band gap is more easily formed in tetragonal structure than in hexagonal structure.

  1. Modeling of Photonic Band Gap Crystals and Applications

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    Ihab Fathy El-Kady

    2002-08-27

    In this work, the authors have undertaken a theoretical approach to the complex problem of modeling the flow of electromagnetic waves in photonic crystals. The focus is to address the feasibility of using the exciting phenomena of photonic gaps (PBG) in actual applications. The authors start by providing analytical derivations of the computational electromagnetic methods used in their work. They also present a detailed explanation of the physics underlying each approach, as well as a comparative study of the strengths and weaknesses of each method. The Plane Wave expansion, Transfer Matrix, and Finite Difference time Domain Methods are addressed. They also introduce a new theoretical approach, the Modal Expansion Method. They then shift the attention to actual applications. They begin with a discussion of 2D photonic crystal wave guides. The structure addressed consists of a 2D hexagonal structure of air cylinders in a layered dielectric background. Comparison with the performance of a conventional guide is made, as well as suggestions for enhancing it. The studies provide an upper theoretical limit on the performance of such guides, as they assumed no crystal imperfections and non-absorbing media. Next, they study 3D metallic PBG materials at near infrared and optical wavelengths. The main objective is to study the importance of absorption in the metal and the suitability of observing photonic band gaps in such structures. They study simple cubic structures where the metallic scatters are either cubes or interconnected metallic rods. Several metals are studied (aluminum, gold, copper, and silver). The effect of topology is addressed and isolated metallic cubes are found to be less lossy than the connected rod structures. The results reveal that the best performance is obtained by choosing metals with a large negative real part of the dielectric function, together with a relatively small imaginary part. Finally, they point out a new direction in photonic crystal

  2. High-Power Fiber Lasers Using Photonic Band Gap Materials

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    DiDomenico, Leo; Dowling, Jonathan

    2005-01-01

    High-power fiber lasers (HPFLs) would be made from photonic band gap (PBG) materials, according to the proposal. Such lasers would be scalable in the sense that a large number of fiber lasers could be arranged in an array or bundle and then operated in phase-locked condition to generate a superposition and highly directed high-power laser beam. It has been estimated that an average power level as high as 1,000 W per fiber could be achieved in such an array. Examples of potential applications for the proposed single-fiber lasers include welding and laser surgery. Additionally, the bundled fibers have applications in beaming power through free space for autonomous vehicles, laser weapons, free-space communications, and inducing photochemical reactions in large-scale industrial processes. The proposal has been inspired in part by recent improvements in the capabilities of single-mode fiber amplifiers and lasers to produce continuous high-power radiation. In particular, it has been found that the average output power of a single strand of a fiber laser can be increased by suitably changing the doping profile of active ions in its gain medium to optimize the spatial overlap of the electromagnetic field with the distribution of active ions. Such optimization minimizes pump power losses and increases the gain in the fiber laser system. The proposal would expand the basic concept of this type of optimization to incorporate exploitation of the properties (including, in some cases, nonlinearities) of PBG materials to obtain power levels and efficiencies higher than are now possible. Another element of the proposal is to enable pumping by concentrated sunlight. Somewhat more specifically, the proposal calls for exploitation of the properties of PBG materials to overcome a number of stubborn adverse phenomena that have impeded prior efforts to perfect HPFLs. The most relevant of those phenomena is amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), which causes saturation of gain and power

  3. Micro-cavity lasers with large device size for directional emission

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    Yan, Chang-ling; Li, Peng; Shi, Jian-wei; Feng, Yuan; Hao, Yong-qin; Zhu, Dongda

    2014-10-01

    Optical micro-cavity structures, which can confine light in a small mode volume with high quality factors, have become an important platform not only for optoelectronic applications with densely integrated optical components, but also for fundamental studies such as cavity quantum electrodynamics and nonlinear optical processes. Micro-cavity lasers with directional emission feature are becoming a promising resonator for the compact laser application. In this paper, we presented the limason-shaped cavity laser with large device size, and fabricated this type of micro-cavity laser with quantum cascade laser material. The micro-cavity laser with large device size was fabricated by using InP based InGaAs/InAlAs quantum cascade lasers material at about 10um emitting wavelength, and the micro-cavity lasers with the large device size were manufactured and characterized with light output power, threshold current, and the far-field pattern.

  4. Multi-flexural band gaps in an Euler-Bernoulli beam with lateral local resonators

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    Wang, Ting; Sheng, Mei-Ping; Qin, Qing-Hua

    2016-02-01

    Flexural vibration suppression in an Euler-Bernoulli beam with attached lateral local resonators (LLR) is studied theoretically and numerically. Hamilton's principle and Bloch's theorem are employed to derive the dispersion relation which reveals that two band gaps are generated. Within both band gaps, the flexural waves are partially transformed into longitudinal waves through a four-link-mechanism and totally blocked. The band gaps can be flexibly tuned by changing the geometry parameter of the four-link-mechanism and the spring constants of the resonators. Frequency response function (FRF) from finite element analysis via commercial software of ANSYS shows large flexural wave attenuation within the band gaps and the effect of damping from the LLR substructures which helps smooth and lower the response peaks at the sacrifice of the band gap effect. The existence of the multi-flexural band gaps can be exploited for the design of flexural vibration control of beams.

  5. Ultra-wide acoustic band gaps in pillar-based phononic crystal strips

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    Coffy, Etienne Lavergne, Thomas; Addouche, Mahmoud; Euphrasie, Sébastien; Vairac, Pascal; Khelif, Abdelkrim

    2015-12-07

    An original approach for designing a one dimensional phononic crystal strip with an ultra-wide band gap is presented. The strip consists of periodic pillars erected on a tailored beam, enabling the generation of a band gap that is due to both Bragg scattering and local resonances. The optimized combination of both effects results in the lowering and the widening of the main band gap, ultimately leading to a gap-to-midgap ratio of 138%. The design method used to improve the band gap width is based on the flattening of phononic bands and relies on the study of the modal energy distribution within the unit cell. The computed transmission through a finite number of periods corroborates the dispersion diagram. The strong attenuation, in excess of 150 dB for only five periods, highlights the interest of such ultra-wide band gap phononic crystal strips.

  6. Ultra-wide acoustic band gaps in pillar-based phononic crystal strips

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    Coffy, Etienne; Lavergne, Thomas; Addouche, Mahmoud; Euphrasie, Sébastien; Vairac, Pascal; Khelif, Abdelkrim

    2015-12-01

    An original approach for designing a one dimensional phononic crystal strip with an ultra-wide band gap is presented. The strip consists of periodic pillars erected on a tailored beam, enabling the generation of a band gap that is due to both Bragg scattering and local resonances. The optimized combination of both effects results in the lowering and the widening of the main band gap, ultimately leading to a gap-to-midgap ratio of 138%. The design method used to improve the band gap width is based on the flattening of phononic bands and relies on the study of the modal energy distribution within the unit cell. The computed transmission through a finite number of periods corroborates the dispersion diagram. The strong attenuation, in excess of 150 dB for only five periods, highlights the interest of such ultra-wide band gap phononic crystal strips.

  7. Optical properties of silver nanocomposites and photonic band gap - Pressure dependence

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    Ramanujam, N. R.; Wilson, K. S. Joseph

    2016-06-01

    We theoretically investigate the effect of photonic band gaps in one dimensional photonic crystals based on nanocomposite of silver nanoparticles. The dielectric permittivity is computed based on the pressure dependence of plasma frequency and damping constant of silver nanoparticle. It leads to the tuning of photonic band gap. We have also investigated the change in photonic band gap due to the influence of filling factor and the size of the nanoparticles. Our results provide a guideline for designing potential photonic devices.

  8. Tensile-strain effect of inducing the indirect-to-direct band-gap transition and reducing the band-gap energy of Ge

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    Inaoka, Takeshi Furukawa, Takuro; Toma, Ryo; Yanagisawa, Susumu

    2015-09-14

    By means of a hybrid density-functional method, we investigate the tensile-strain effect of inducing the indirect-to-direct band-gap transition and reducing the band-gap energy of Ge. We consider [001], [111], and [110] uniaxial tensility and (001), (111), and (110) biaxial tensility. Under the condition of no normal stress, we determine both normal compression and internal strain, namely, relative displacement of two atoms in the primitive unit cell, by minimizing the total energy. We identify those strain types which can induce the band-gap transition, and evaluate the critical strain coefficient where the gap transition occurs. Either normal compression or internal strain operates unfavorably to induce the gap transition, which raises the critical strain coefficient or even blocks the transition. We also examine how each type of tensile strain decreases the band-gap energy, depending on its orientation. Our analysis clearly shows that synergistic operation of strain orientation and band anisotropy has a great influence on the gap transition and the gap energy.

  9. Infrared detectors and lasers operating in the 3-12 μm range using band-gap engineered structures with type II band-gap alignment

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    Swaminathan, Venkataraman; Little, John W.; Tober, Richard L.

    2006-02-01

    The Type II broken band-gap alignment in semiconductor structures wherein the conduction band minimum is in one semiconductor (e.g., InAs) and the valence band maximum is in another (e.g., GaInSb) offers certain unique advantages which can be utilized to realize band-gap engineered novel quantum electro-optic devices such as lasers and detectors. The advantages of the type II structures include reduced Auger recombination, extending the effective band-gap energy of materials wherein type I band-gap alignment would give rise to difficulties such as miscibility gap. In this paper we describe the work carried out at the Army Research Laboratory on type II semiconductor quantum electro-optic devices such as IR lasers and detectors operating in the 3-12 μm range. Specifically we will cover the progress made in GaSb based type II strained layer superlattice IR detectors and Interband Cascade IR Lasers. We will also present our recent work in self-assembled quantum dots which have type II band-gap alignment with the matrix material in which the dots are embedded.

  10. Tuning of full band gap in anisotropic photonic crystal slabs using a liquid crystal

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    Khalkhali, T. Fathollahi; Rezaei, B.; Ramezani, A. H.

    2012-11-01

    We analyze the tunability of full band gap in photonic crystal slabs created by square and triangular lattices of air holes in anisotropic tellurium background, considering that the regions above and below the slab are occupied by SiO2 and the holes are infiltrated with liquid crystals. Using the supercell method based on plane wave expansion, we study the variation of full band gap by changing the optical axis orientation of liquid crystal. Our results demonstrate the existence and remarkable tunability of full band gap in both square and triangular lattices, largest band gap and tunability being obtained for the triangular lattice.

  11. Granular micromechanics based micromorphic model predicts frequency band gaps

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    Misra, Anil; Poorsolhjouy, Payam

    2016-03-01

    Granular materials are typically characterized by complex structure and composition. Continuum modeling, therefore, remains the mainstay for describing properties of these material systems. In this paper, we extend the granular micromechanics approach by considering enhanced kinematic analysis. In this analysis, a decomposition of the relative movements of interacting grain pairs into parts arising from macro-scale strain as well as micro-scale strain measures is introduced. The decomposition is then used to formulate grain-scale deformation energy functions and derive inter-granular constitutive laws. The macro-scale deformation energy density is defined as a summation of micro-scale deformation energy defined for each interacting grain pair. As a result, a micromorphic continuum model for elasticity of granular media is derived and applied to investigate the wave propagation behavior. Dispersion graphs for different cases and different ratios between the microscopic stiffness parameters have been presented. It is seen that the model has the capability to present band gaps over a large range of wave numbers.

  12. Miniaturization of electromagnetic band gap structures for mobile applications

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    Goussetis, G.; Feresidis, A. P.; Palikaras, G. K.; Kitra, M.; Vardaxoglou, J. C.

    2005-12-01

    It is well known that interference of the human body affects the performance of the antennas in mobile phone handsets. In this contribution, we investigate the use of miniaturized metallodielectric electromagnetic band gap (MEBG) structures embedded in the case of a mobile handset as a means of decoupling the antenna from the user's hand. The closely coupled MEBG concept is employed to achieve miniaturization of the order of 15:1. Full wave dispersion relations for planar closely coupled MEBG arrays are presented and are validated experimentally. The performance of a prototype handset with an embedded conformal MEBG is assessed experimentally and is compared to a similar prototype without the MEBG. Reduction in the detuning of the antenna because of the human hand by virtue of the MEBG is demonstrated. Moreover, the efficiency of the handset when loaded with a human hand model is shown to improve when the MEBG is in place. The improvements are attributed to the decoupling of the antenna from the user's hand, which is achieved by means of suppressing the fields in the locality of the hand.

  13. Photonic-Band-Gap Traveling-Wave Gyrotron Amplifier

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    Nanni, E. A.; Lewis, S. M.; Shapiro, M. A.; Griffin, R. G.; Temkin, R. J.

    2014-01-01

    We report the experimental demonstration of a gyrotron traveling-wave-tube amplifier at 250 GHz that uses a photonic band gap (PBG) interaction circuit. The gyrotron amplifier achieved a peak small signal gain of 38 dB and 45 W output power at 247.7 GHz with an instantaneous −3 dB bandwidth of 0.4 GHz. The amplifier can be tuned for operation from 245–256 GHz. The widest instantaneous −3 dB bandwidth of 4.5 GHz centered at 253.25 GHz was observed with a gain of 24 dB. The PBG circuit provides stability from oscillations by supporting the propagation of transverse electric (TE) modes in a narrow range of frequencies, allowing for the confinement of the operating TE03-like mode while rejecting the excitation of oscillations at nearby frequencies. This experiment achieved the highest frequency of operation for a gyrotron amplifier; at present, there are no other amplifiers in this frequency range that are capable of producing either high gain or high output power. This result represents the highest gain observed above 94 GHz and the highest output power achieved above 140 GHz by any conventional-voltage vacuum electron device based amplifier. PMID:24476286

  14. Photonic-band-gap traveling-wave gyrotron amplifier.

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    Nanni, E A; Lewis, S M; Shapiro, M A; Griffin, R G; Temkin, R J

    2013-12-01

    We report the experimental demonstration of a gyrotron traveling-wave-tube amplifier at 250 GHz that uses a photonic band gap (PBG) interaction circuit. The gyrotron amplifier achieved a peak small signal gain of 38 dB and 45 W output power at 247.7 GHz with an instantaneous -3  dB bandwidth of 0.4 GHz. The amplifier can be tuned for operation from 245-256 GHz. The widest instantaneous -3  dB bandwidth of 4.5 GHz centered at 253.25 GHz was observed with a gain of 24 dB. The PBG circuit provides stability from oscillations by supporting the propagation of transverse electric (TE) modes in a narrow range of frequencies, allowing for the confinement of the operating TE03-like mode while rejecting the excitation of oscillations at nearby frequencies. This experiment achieved the highest frequency of operation for a gyrotron amplifier; at present, there are no other amplifiers in this frequency range that are capable of producing either high gain or high output power. This result represents the highest gain observed above 94 GHz and the highest output power achieved above 140 GHz by any conventional-voltage vacuum electron device based amplifier. PMID:24476286

  15. A 250 GHz Photonic Band Gap Gyrotron Amplifier

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    Nanni, Emilio A.; Lewis, Samantha M.; Shapiro, Michael A.; Temkin, Richard J.

    2012-10-01

    Initial results for a high power 250 GHz gyrotron traveling wave tube (gyro-TWT) amplifier will be presented. The amplifier uses a novel photonic band gap (PBG) interaction circuit that confines the TE03-like mode for operation. Stability from oscillations in lower order modes is provided by the PBG circuit. At 26.6 kV and 0.25 A the gyro-TWT operates with peak small signal gain of 27.3 dB at 251 GHz. The instantaneous -3 dB bandwidth of the amplifier at peak gain is 0.4 GHz. The amplifier can be tuned for operation from 245-254 GHz. A peak output power of 7.5 W has been measured. Experimental results taken over a wide range of parameters, 15-30 kV and 0.25-0.5 A, show good agreement with a theoretical model in the small signal gain regime. The theoretical model incorporates cold test measurements for the transmission line, input coupler, PBG waveguide and mode converter.

  16. Acoustic band gaps of three-dimensional periodic polymer cellular solids with cubic symmetry

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    Chen, Yanyu; Yao, Haimin; Wang, Lifeng

    2013-07-01

    The band structure and sound attenuation of the triply periodic co-continuous composite materials with simple cubic lattice, body-centered cubic lattice, and face-centered cubic lattice consisting of PMMA and air are investigated using finite element method. Complete band gaps are found in these structures and the width of band gaps is depending on volume fraction. It is shown that the width of band gaps along different directions in the first irreducible Brillouin zone enlarges as the volume fraction increases from 0.2 to 0.7. The largest complete band gap widths of the three types of co-continuous structures are 0.29, 0.54, and 0.55, respectively. As the complete band gaps appear in audible range of frequencies, these triply periodic co-continuous composite materials can be utilized to control noise.

  17. Narrow Band Gap Lead Sulfide Hole Transport Layers for Quantum Dot Photovoltaics.

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    Zhang, Nanlin; Neo, Darren C J; Tazawa, Yujiro; Li, Xiuting; Assender, Hazel E; Compton, Richard G; Watt, Andrew A R

    2016-08-24

    The band structure of colloidal quantum dot (CQD) bilayer heterojunction solar cells is optimized using a combination of ligand modification and QD band gap control. Solar cells with power conversion efficiencies of up to 9.33 ± 0.50% are demonstrated by aligning the absorber and hole transport layers (HTL). Key to achieving high efficiencies is optimizing the relative position of both the valence band and Fermi energy at the CQD bilayer interface. By comparing different band gap CQDs with different ligands, we find that a smaller band gap CQD HTL in combination with a more p-type-inducing CQD ligand is found to enhance hole extraction and hence device performance. We postulate that the efficiency improvements observed are largely due to the synergistic effects of narrower band gap QDs, causing an upshift of valence band position due to 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT) ligands and a lowering of the Fermi level due to oxidation. PMID:27421066

  18. Wind Tunnel Testing of Various Disk-Gap-Band Parachutes

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    Cruz, Juan R.; Mineck, Raymond E.; Keller, Donald F.; Bobskill, Maria V.

    2003-01-01

    Two Disk-Gap-Band model parachute designs were tested in the NASA Langley Transonic Dynamics Tunnel. The purposes of these tests were to determine the drag and static stability coefficients of these two model parachutes at various subsonic Mach numbers in support of the Mars Exploration Rover mission. The two model parachute designs were designated 1.6 Viking and MPF. These model parachute designs were chosen to investigate the tradeoff between drag and static stability. Each of the parachute designs was tested with models fabricated from MIL-C-7020 Type III or F-111 fabric. The reason for testing model parachutes fabricated with different fabrics was to evaluate the effect of fabric permeability on the drag and static stability coefficients. Several improvements over the Viking-era wind tunnel tests were implemented in the testing procedures and data analyses. Among these improvements were corrections for test fixture drag interference and blockage effects, and use of an improved test fixture for measuring static stability coefficients. The 1.6 Viking model parachutes had drag coefficients from 0.440 to 0.539, while the MPF model parachutes had drag coefficients from 0.363 to 0.428. The 1.6 Viking model parachutes had drag coefficients 18 to 22 percent higher than the MPF model parachute for equivalent fabric materials and test conditions. Model parachutes of the same design tested at the same conditions had drag coefficients approximately 11 to 15 percent higher when manufactured from F-111 fabric as compared to those fabricated from MIL-C-7020 Type III fabric. The lower fabric permeability of the F-111 fabric was the source of this difference. The MPF model parachutes had smaller absolute statically stable trim angles of attack as compared to the 1.6 Viking model parachutes for equivalent fabric materials and test conditions. This was attributed to the MPF model parachutes larger band height to nominal diameter ratio. For both designs, model parachutes

  19. Opening Loads Analyses for Various Disk-Gap-Band Parachutes

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    Cruz, J. R.; Kandis, M.; Witkowski, A.

    2003-01-01

    Detailed opening loads data is presented for 18 tests of Disk-Gap-Band (DGB) parachutes of varying geometry with nominal diameters ranging from 43.2 to 50.1 ft. All of the test parachutes were deployed from a mortar. Six of these tests were conducted via drop testing with drop test vehicles weighing approximately 3,000 or 8,000 lb. Twelve tests were conducted in the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex 80- by 120-foot wind tunnel at the NASA Ames Research Center. The purpose of these tests was to structurally qualify the parachute for the Mars Exploration Rover mission. A key requirement of all tests was that peak parachute load had to be reached at full inflation to more closely simulate the load profile encountered during operation at Mars. Peak loads measured during the tests were in the range from 12,889 to 30,027 lb. Of the two test methods, the wind tunnel tests yielded more accurate and repeatable data. Application of an apparent mass model to the opening loads data yielded insights into the nature of these loads. Although the apparent mass model could reconstruct specific tests with reasonable accuracy, the use of this model for predictive analyses was not accurate enough to set test conditions for either the drop or wind tunnel tests. A simpler empirical model was found to be suitable for predicting opening loads for the wind tunnel tests to a satisfactory level of accuracy. However, this simple empirical model is not applicable to the drop tests.

  20. Stacking orders induced direct band gap in bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures

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    Hu, Xiaohui; Kou, Liangzhi; Sun, Litao

    2016-01-01

    The direct band gap of monolayer semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides (STMDs) enables a host of new optical and electrical properties. However, bilayer STMDs are indirect band gap semiconductors, which limits its applicability for high-efficiency optoelectronic devices. Here, we report that the direct band gap can be achieved in bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures by alternating stacking orders. Specifically, when Se atoms from opposite layers are stacked directly on top of each other, AA and A’B stacked heterostructures show weaker interlayer coupling, larger interlayer distance and direct band gap. Whereas, when Se atoms from opposite layers are staggered, AA’, AB and AB’ stacked heterostructures exhibit stronger interlayer coupling, shorter interlayer distance and indirect band gap. Thus, the direct/indirect band gap can be controllable in bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures. In addition, the calculated sliding barriers indicate that the stacking orders of bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures can be easily formed by sliding one layer with respect to the other. The novel direct band gap in bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures provides possible application for high-efficiency optoelectronic devices. The results also show that the stacking order is an effective strategy to induce and tune the band gap of layered STMDs. PMID:27528196

  1. Stacking orders induced direct band gap in bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures.

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    Hu, Xiaohui; Kou, Liangzhi; Sun, Litao

    2016-01-01

    The direct band gap of monolayer semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides (STMDs) enables a host of new optical and electrical properties. However, bilayer STMDs are indirect band gap semiconductors, which limits its applicability for high-efficiency optoelectronic devices. Here, we report that the direct band gap can be achieved in bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures by alternating stacking orders. Specifically, when Se atoms from opposite layers are stacked directly on top of each other, AA and A'B stacked heterostructures show weaker interlayer coupling, larger interlayer distance and direct band gap. Whereas, when Se atoms from opposite layers are staggered, AA', AB and AB' stacked heterostructures exhibit stronger interlayer coupling, shorter interlayer distance and indirect band gap. Thus, the direct/indirect band gap can be controllable in bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures. In addition, the calculated sliding barriers indicate that the stacking orders of bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures can be easily formed by sliding one layer with respect to the other. The novel direct band gap in bilayer MoSe2-WSe2 lateral heterostructures provides possible application for high-efficiency optoelectronic devices. The results also show that the stacking order is an effective strategy to induce and tune the band gap of layered STMDs. PMID:27528196

  2. Maximizing phononic band gaps in piezocomposite materials by means of topology optimization.

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    Vatanabe, Sandro L; Paulino, Glaucio H; Silva, Emílio C N

    2014-08-01

    Phononic crystals (PCs) can exhibit phononic band gaps within which sound and vibrations at certain frequencies do not propagate. In fact, PCs with large band gaps are of great interest for many applications, such as transducers, elastic/acoustic filters, noise control, and vibration shields. Previous work in the field concentrated on PCs made of elastic isotropic materials; however, band gaps can be enlarged by using non-isotropic materials, such as piezoelectric materials. Because the main property of PCs is the presence of band gaps, one possible way to design microstructures that have a desired band gap is through topology optimization. Thus in this work, the main objective is to maximize the width of absolute elastic wave band gaps in piezocomposite materials designed by means of topology optimization. For band gap calculation, the finite element analysis is implemented with Bloch-Floquet theory to solve the dynamic behavior of two-dimensional piezocomposite unit cells. Higher order frequency branches are investigated. The results demonstrate that tunable phononic band gaps in piezocomposite materials can be designed by means of the present methodology. PMID:25096084

  3. Simultaneous existence of phononic and photonic band gaps in periodic crystal slabs.

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    Pennec, Y; Djafari Rouhani, B; El Boudouti, E H; Li, C; El Hassouani, Y; Vasseur, J O; Papanikolaou, N; Benchabane, S; Laude, V; Martinez, A

    2010-06-21

    We discuss the simultaneous existence of phononic and photonic band gaps in a periodic array of holes drilled in a Si membrane. We investigate in detail both the centered square lattice and the boron nitride (BN) lattice with two atoms per unit cell which include the simple square, triangular and honeycomb lattices as particular cases. We show that complete phononic and photonic band gaps can be obtained from the honeycomb lattice as well as BN lattices close to honeycomb. Otherwise, all investigated structures present the possibility of a complete phononic gap together with a photonic band gap of a given symmetry, odd or even, depending on the geometrical parameters. PMID:20588565

  4. Carrier Plasmon Induced Nonlinear Band Gap Renormalization in Two-Dimensional Semiconductors

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    Liang, Yufeng; Yang, Li

    2015-02-01

    In reduced-dimensional semiconductors, doping-induced carrier plasmons can strongly couple with quasiparticle excitations, leading to a significant band gap renormalization. However, the physical origin of this generic effect remains obscure. We develop a new plasmon-pole theory that efficiently and accurately captures this coupling. Using monolayer MoS2 and MoSe2 as prototype two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors, we reveal a striking band gap renormalization above 400 meV and an unusual nonlinear evolution of their band gaps with doping. This prediction significantly differs from the linear behavior that is observed in one-dimensional structures. Notably, our predicted band gap renormalization for MoSe2 is in excellent agreement with recent experimental results. Our developed approach allows for a quantitative understanding of many-body interactions in general doped 2D semiconductors and paves the way for novel band gap engineering techniques.

  5. Modulating the band gap of germanane nanoribbons for quantum well devices.

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    Zhou, Yungang; Li, Xuemei; Wang, Zhiguo; Li, Sean; Zu, Xiaotao

    2014-09-01

    The effective modulation of the band gaps in nanostructures is of both fundamental and technological interest because a tunable band gap gives great flexibility in the design and optimization of nanodevices. Using density functional theory calculations, we have shown that germanane nanoribbons of various widths or under various strains can provide rich band gaps. Width- and strain-induced changes in the band gaps of germanane nanoribbons result from a reduction in quantum confinement with width and the weakening of sp(3) hybridization with strain, respectively. Both changes represent a monotonous relationship. To utilize such a monotonous change in band gap, we designed a quantum well based on germanane nanoribbons in which photoexcited electrons and holes occupy the same spatial region, resulting in a desirable light-emitting device. PMID:25051154

  6. Compositional dependence of the band gap in Ga(NAsP) quantum well heterostructures

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    Jandieri, K. Ludewig, P.; Wegele, T.; Beyer, A.; Kunert, B.; Springer, P.; Baranovskii, S. D.; Koch, S. W.; Volz, K.; Stolz, W.

    2015-08-14

    We present experimental and theoretical studies of the composition dependence of the direct band gap energy in Ga(NAsP)/GaP quantum well heterostructures grown on either (001) GaP- or Si-substrates. The theoretical description takes into account the band anti-crossing model for the conduction band as well as the modification of the valence subband structure due to the strain resulting from the pseudomorphic epitaxial growth on the respective substrate. The composition dependence of the direct band gap of Ga(NAsP) is obtained for a wide range of nitrogen and phosphorus contents relevant for laser applications on Si-substrate.

  7. Direct Observation of Electrostatically Driven Band Gap Renormalization in a Degenerate Perovskite Transparent Conducting Oxide.

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    Lebens-Higgins, Z; Scanlon, D O; Paik, H; Sallis, S; Nie, Y; Uchida, M; Quackenbush, N F; Wahila, M J; Sterbinsky, G E; Arena, Dario A; Woicik, J C; Schlom, D G; Piper, L F J

    2016-01-15

    We have directly measured the band gap renormalization associated with the Moss-Burstein shift in the perovskite transparent conducting oxide (TCO), La-doped BaSnO_{3}, using hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We determine that the band gap renormalization is almost entirely associated with the evolution of the conduction band. Our experimental results are supported by hybrid density functional theory supercell calculations. We determine that unlike conventional TCOs where interactions with the dopant orbitals are important, the band gap renormalization in La-BaSnO_{3} is driven purely by electrostatic interactions. PMID:26824566

  8. Single-junction solar cells with the optimum band gap for terrestrial concentrator applications

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    Wanlass, M.W.

    1994-12-27

    A single-junction solar cell is described having the ideal band gap for terrestrial concentrator applications. Computer modeling studies of single-junction solar cells have shown that the presence of absorption bands in the direct spectrum has the effect of ''pinning'' the optimum band gap for a wide range of operating conditions at a value of 1.14[+-]0.02 eV. Efficiencies exceeding 30% may be possible at high concentration ratios for devices with the ideal band gap. 7 figures.

  9. Compositional dependence of the band gap in Ga(NAsP) quantum well heterostructures

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    Jandieri, K.; Ludewig, P.; Wegele, T.; Beyer, A.; Kunert, B.; Springer, P.; Baranovskii, S. D.; Koch, S. W.; Volz, K.; Stolz, W.

    2015-08-01

    We present experimental and theoretical studies of the composition dependence of the direct band gap energy in Ga(NAsP)/GaP quantum well heterostructures grown on either (001) GaP- or Si-substrates. The theoretical description takes into account the band anti-crossing model for the conduction band as well as the modification of the valence subband structure due to the strain resulting from the pseudomorphic epitaxial growth on the respective substrate. The composition dependence of the direct band gap of Ga(NAsP) is obtained for a wide range of nitrogen and phosphorus contents relevant for laser applications on Si-substrate.

  10. Measurements of the energy band gap and valence band structure of AgSbTe2

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    Jovovic, V.; Heremans, J. P.

    2008-06-01

    The de Haas-van Alphen effect, galvanomagnetic and thermomagnetic properties of high-quality crystals of AgSbTe2 are measured and analyzed. The transport properties reveal the material studied here to be a very narrow-gap semiconductor (Eg≈7.6±3meV) with ˜5×1019cm-3 holes in a valence band with a high density of states and thermally excited ˜1017cm-3 high-mobility (2200cm2/Vs) electrons at 300 K. The quantum oscillations are measured with the magnetic field oriented along the ⟨111⟩ axis. Taken together with the Fermi energy derived from the transport properties, the oscillations confirm the calculated valence band structure composed of 12 half-pockets located at the X -points of the Brillouin zone, six with a density-of-states effective mass mda∗≫0.21me and six with mdb∗≫0.55me , giving a total density-of-states effective mass, including Fermi pocket degeneracy, of md∗≈1.7±0.2me ( me is the free electron mass). The lattice term dominates the thermal conductivity, and the electronic contribution in samples with both electrons and holes present is in turn dominated by the ambipolar term. The low thermal conductivity and very large hole mass of AgSbTe2 make it a most promising p -type thermoelectric material.

  11. Band Gap Narrowing and Widening of ZnO Nanostructures and Doped Materials.

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    Kamarulzaman, Norlida; Kasim, Muhd Firdaus; Rusdi, Roshidah

    2015-12-01

    Band gap change in doped ZnO is an observed phenomenon that is very interesting from the fundamental point of view. This work is focused on the preparation of pure and single phase nanostructured ZnO and Cu as well as Mn-doped ZnO for the purpose of understanding the mechanisms of band gap narrowing in the materials. ZnO, Zn0.99Cu0.01O and Zn0.99Mn0.01O materials were prepared using a wet chemistry method, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that all samples were pure and single phase. UV-visible spectroscopy showed that materials in the nanostructured state exhibit band gap widening with respect to their micron state while for the doped compounds exhibited band gap narrowing both in the nano and micron states with respect to the pure ZnO materials. The degree of band gap change was dependent on the doped elements and crystallite size. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that there were shifts in the valence bands. From both UV-visible and XPS spectroscopy, it was found that the mechanism for band gap narrowing was due to the shifting of the valance band maximum and conduction band minimum of the materials. The mechanisms were different for different samples depending on the type of dopant and dimensional length scales of the crystallites. PMID:26319225

  12. A parametric study on the PD pulses activity within micro-cavities

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    Ganjovi, Alireza A.

    2016-03-01

    A two-dimensional kinetic model has been used to parametric investigation of the spark-type partial discharge pulses inside the micro-cavities. The model is based on particle-in-cell methods with Monte Carlo Collision techniques for modeling of collisions. Secondary processes like photo-emission and cathode-emission are considered. The micro-cavity may be sandwiched between two metallic conductors or two dielectrics. The discharge within the micro-cavity is studied in conjunction with the external circuit. The model is used to successfully simulate the evolution of the discharge and yield useful information about the build-up of space charge within the micro-cavity and the consequent modification of the applied electric field. The phase-space scatter plots for electrons, positive, and negative ions are obtained in order to understand the manner in which discharge progresses over time. The rise-time and the magnitude of the discharge current pulse are obtained and are seen to be affected by micro-cavity dimensions, gas pressure within the micro-cavity, and the permittivity of surrounding dielectrics. The results have been compared with existing experimental, theoretical, and computational results, wherever possible. An attempt has been made to understand the nature of the variations in terms of the physical processes involved.

  13. Tunable and Sizable Band Gap of Single Layer Graphene Sandwiched between Hexagonal Boron Nitride

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    Zheng, Jiaxin; Qu, Heruge; Liu, Qihang; Qin, Rui; Zhou, Jing; Yu, Dapeng; Gao, Zhengxiang; Lu, Jing; Luo, Guangfu; Nagase, Shigeru; Mei, Wai-Ning

    2012-02-01

    It is a big challenge to open a tunable and sizable band gap of single layer graphene without big loss in structural integrity and carrier mobility. By using density functional theory calculations, we show that the band gap of single layer graphene can be opened to 0.16 (without electrical field) and 0.34 eV (with a strong electrical field) when sandwiched between two hexagonal boron nitride single layers in a proper way. The zero-field band gaps are increased by about 50% when many-body effects are included. Ab initio quantum transport simulation of a dual-gated FET out of such a sandwich structure further confirms an electrical field-enhanced transport gap. The tunable and sizeable band gap and structural integrity render this sandwich structure a promising candidate for high-performance single layer graphene field effect transistors.

  14. Band gap bowing and electron localization of (GaxIn1-x)N

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    Lee, Byounghak; Wang, Lin-Wang

    2006-05-09

    The band gap bowing and the electron localization ofGaxIn1-xN are calculated using both the local density approximation (LDA)and screened-exchange local density functional (sX-LDA) methods. Thecalculated sX-LDA band gaps are in good agreement with the experimentallyobserved values, with errors of -0.26 and 0.09 eV for bulk GaN and InN,respectively. The LDA band gap errors are 1.33 and 0.81 eV for GaN andInN, in order. In contrast to the gap itself, the band gap bowingparameter is found to be very similar in sX-LDA and LDA. We identify thelocalization of hole states in GaxIn1-xN alloys along In-N-In chains. Thepredicted localizationis stronger in sX-LDA.

  15. Towards Tunable Band Gap and Tunable Dirac Point in Bilayer Graphene with Molecular Doping

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    Yu, Woo Jong; Liao, Lei; Chae, Sang Hoon; Lee, Young Hee; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2011-01-01

    The bilayer graphene has attracted considerable attention for potential applications in future electronics and optoelectronics because of the feasibility to tune its band gap with a vertical displacement field to break the inversion symmetry. Surface chemical doping in bilayer graphene can induce an additional offset voltage to fundamentally affect the vertical displacement field and band-gap opening in bilayer graphene. In this study, we investigate the effect of chemical molecular doping on band-gap opening in bilayer graphene devices with single or dual gate modulation. Chemical doping with benzyl viologen molecules modulates the displacement field to allow the opening of a transport band gap and the increase of the on/off ratio in the bilayer graphene transistors. Additionally, Fermi energy level in the opened gap can be rationally controlled by the amount of molecular doping to obtain bilayer graphene transistors with tunable Dirac points, which can be readily configured into functional devices such as complementary inverters. PMID:21985035

  16. Calculations of band gaps in polyaniline from theoretical studies of oligomers

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    Kwon, O.; McKee, M.L.

    2000-03-02

    Geometries and band gaps of polyaniline oligomers up to decamer have been systematically calculated and analyzed using various computational techniques such as molecular mechanics, semiempirical, and ab initio methods. On the basis of fully optimized geometries of neural and charged forms of polyaniline oligomers, excitation energies are calculated at the semiempirical ZINDO (INDO/S) level and extrapolated to the band gap value of the infinite chain. Band gaps are also approximately by extrapolating the HOMO/LUMO difference calculated at the density functional level (B3LYP/6--31G*). The SINDO//AM1 band gaps in the reduced and oxidized form of polyaniline (4.3 and 2.7 eV) are in good agreement with experimental values (3.8 {+-} 2 and 1.8 {+-} 3 eV, respectively). The doped form of polyaniline (two positive charges per four aniline units) has been computed with a spin-unrestricted method (UAM1) and the band gap approximated from an extrapolation of the tetramer and octamer. The calculated band gap of 1.3 eV (UZINDO//UAM1) is in good agreement with experiment (1.5 eV). The influence of ring torsional angle and interchain interaction on the band gap of the polyaniline system are also discussed.

  17. Band gap states of V and Cr in 6H-silicon carbide

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    Achtziger, N.; Grillenberger, J.; Witthuhn, W.

    Band gap states of Ti, V and Cr in n-type 6H-SiC were investigated by radiotracer deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). Doping with the radioactive isotopes 48V and 51Cr was done by recoil implantation followed by annealing (1600 K). Repeated DLTS measurements during the elemental transmutation of these isotopes to 48Ti and 51V respectively revealed the corresponding concentration changes of band gap states. Thus, three levels were identified in the band gap: a Cr level at 0.54 eV and two V levels at 0.71 and 0.75 eV below the conduction band edge. There are no deep levels of Ti in the upper part of the band gap.

  18. Low-frequency band gap mechanism of torsional vibration of lightweight elastic metamaterial shafts

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    Li, Lixia; Cai, Anjiang

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, the low-frequency band gap mechanism of torsional vibration is investigated for a kind of light elastic metamaterial (EM) shafts architecture comprised of a radial double-period element periodically as locally resonant oscillators with low frequency property. The dispersion relations are calculated by a method combining the transfer matrix and a lumped-mass method. The theoretical results agree well with finite method simulations, independent of the density of the hard material ring. The effects of the material parameters on the band gaps are further explored numerically. Our results show that in contrast to the traditional EM shaft, the weight of our proposed EM shaft can be reduced by 27% in the same band gap range while the vibration attenuation is kept unchanged, which is very convenient to instruct the potential engineering applications. Finally, the band edge frequencies of the lower band gaps for this light EM shaft are expressed analytically using physical heuristic models.

  19. Tunability of Band Gap in Multilayer Phosphorene by External Electric Fields and Electron Dopings

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    Baik, Seung Su; Choi, Hyoung Joon

    2015-03-01

    Black phosphorus (BP) and its two-dimensional derivative phosphorene are rapidly emerging nanoelectronic materials with potential applicability to field effect transistors and optoelectronic devices. Unlike the gapless semiconductor graphene, multilayer BP has a substantial band gap of ~ 0.2 eV and the band-gap size is reportedly varied by external electric fields. To explore the extensibility of such band-gap modulation, we have investigated electronic band structures of multilayer BP by using the first-principles density-functional method as implemented in the SIESTA code. By controlling the electron doping concentrations and the resultant electric fields therefrom, we examine the manageability of the band-gap size and the anisotropic carrier mobility. This work was supported by NRF of Korea (Grant No. 2011-0018306) and KISTI supercomputing center (Project No. KSC-2013-C3-062).

  20. Electrically controlled band gap and topological phase transition in two-dimensional multilayer germanane

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    Qi, Jingshan; Li, Xiao; Qian, Xiaofeng

    2016-06-01

    Electrically controlled band gap and topological electronic states are important for the next-generation topological quantum devices. In this letter, we study the electric field control of band gap and topological phase transitions in multilayer germanane. We find that although the monolayer and multilayer germananes are normal insulators, a vertical electric field can significantly reduce the band gap of multilayer germananes owing to the giant Stark effect. The decrease of band gap eventually leads to band inversion, transforming them into topological insulators with nontrivial Z2 invariant. The electrically controlled topological phase transition in multilayer germananes provides a potential route to manipulate topologically protected edge states and design topological quantum devices. This strategy should be generally applicable to a broad range of materials, including other two-dimensional materials and ultrathin films with controlled growth.

  1. X-Band Photonic Band-Gap Accelerator Structure Breakdown Experiment

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    Marsh, Roark A.; Shapiro, Michael A.; Temkin, Richard J.; Dolgashev, Valery A.; Laurent, Lisa L.; Lewandowski, James R.; Yeremian, A.Dian; Tantawi, Sami G.; /SLAC

    2012-06-11

    In order to understand the performance of photonic band-gap (PBG) structures under realistic high gradient, high power, high repetition rate operation, a PBG accelerator structure was designed and tested at X band (11.424 GHz). The structure consisted of a single test cell with matching cells before and after the structure. The design followed principles previously established in testing a series of conventional pillbox structures. The PBG structure was tested at an accelerating gradient of 65 MV/m yielding a breakdown rate of two breakdowns per hour at 60 Hz. An accelerating gradient above 110 MV/m was demonstrated at a higher breakdown rate. Significant pulsed heating occurred on the surface of the inner rods of the PBG structure, with a temperature rise of 85 K estimated when operating in 100 ns pulses at a gradient of 100 MV/m and a surface magnetic field of 890 kA/m. A temperature rise of up to 250 K was estimated for some shots. The iris surfaces, the location of peak electric field, surprisingly had no damage, but the inner rods, the location of the peak magnetic fields and a large temperature rise, had significant damage. Breakdown in accelerator structures is generally understood in terms of electric field effects. These PBG structure results highlight the unexpected role of magnetic fields in breakdown. The hypothesis is presented that the moderate level electric field on the inner rods, about 14 MV/m, is enhanced at small tips and projections caused by pulsed heating, leading to breakdown. Future PBG structures should be built to minimize pulsed surface heating and temperature rise.

  2. Multilayer-split-tube resonators with low-frequency band gaps in phononic crystals

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    Jing, Li; Wu, Jiu Hui; Guan, Dong; Gao, Nansha

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, low-frequency band gaps in two-dimensional Helmholtz resonant phononic crystals (PCs) composed of multilayer-split-tube resonators are investigated. The band structures, transmission spectra, and pressure field of the acoustic modes of these PCs are calculated by using a finite element method (FEM). The numerical results show that the first band gap of the structure is from 88 to 140 Hz. The transmission spectra are in accordance with those of the dispersion relation calculations. The acoustic modes of the bands are analyzed to reveal the nature of this phenomenon. It is found that the interaction between the local resonance and the traveling wave modes in proposed structure is responsible for the formation of the first band gap. The influences of the structural parameters on the band gaps are investigated by using FEM and the electrical circuit analogy. Numerical results show that the band gaps can be modulated in an even wider frequency range by changing the structural parameters, such as the rotation angle, the number of tubes, and the radius of the outer tube. The structural design results provide an effective way for phononic crystals to obtain the low-frequency band gaps, which have potential application in the low-frequency noise reduction.

  3. Compositional dependence of optical band gap and refractive index in lead and bismuth borate glasses

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    Mallur, Saisudha B.; Czarnecki, Tyler; Adhikari, Ashish; Babu, Panakkattu K.

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Refractive indices increase with increasing PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. • Optical band gap arises due to direct forbidden transition. • Optical band gaps decrease with increasing PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. • New empirical relation between the optical band gap and the refractive index. - Abstract: We prepared a series of lead and bismuth borate glasses by varying PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content and studied refractive index and optical band gap as a function of glass composition. Refractive indices were measured very accurately using a Brewster’s angle set up while the optical band gaps were determined by analyzing the optical absorption edge using the Mott–Davis model. Using the Lorentz–Lorentz method and the effective medium theory, we calculated the refractive indices and then compared them with the measured values. Bismuth borate glasses show better agreement between the calculated values of the refractive index and experimental values. We used a differential method based on Mott–Davis model to obtain the type of transition and optical band gap (E{sub opt}) which in turn was compared with the value of E{sub opt} obtained using the extinction coefficient. Our analysis shows that in both lead and bismuth borate glasses, the optical band gap arises due to direct forbidden transition. With increasing PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content, the absorption edge shifts toward longer wavelengths and the optical band gap decreases. This behavior can be explained in terms of changes to the Pb−O/Bi−O chemical bonds with glass composition. We obtained a new empirical relation between the optical band gap and the refractive index which can be used to accurately determine the electronic oxide polarizability in lead and bismuth oxide glasses.

  4. Observation of band gaps in the gigahertz range and deaf bands in a hypersonic aluminum nitride phononic crystal slab

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    Gorisse, M.; Benchabane, S.; Teissier, G.; Billard, C.; Reinhardt, A.; Laude, V.; Defaÿ, E.; Aïd, M.

    2011-06-01

    We report on the observation of elastic waves propagating in a two-dimensional phononic crystal composed of air holes drilled in an aluminum nitride membrane. The theoretical band structure indicates the existence of an acoustic band gap centered around 800 MHz with a relative bandwidth of 6.5% that is confirmed by gigahertz optical images of the surface displacement. Further electrical measurements and computation of the transmission reveal a much wider attenuation band that is explained by the deaf character of certain bands resulting from the orthogonality of their polarization with that of the source.

  5. Engineering the electronic structure and band gap of boron nitride nanoribbon via external electric field

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    Chegel, Raad

    2016-06-01

    By using the third nearest neighbor modified tight binding (3NN-TB) method, the electronic structure and band gap of BNNRs under transverse electric fields are explored. The band gap of the BNNRs has a decreasing with increasing the intensity of the applied electric field, independent on the ribbon edge types. Furthermore, an analytic model for the dependence of the band gap in armchair and zigzag BNNRs on the electric field is proposed. The reduction of E g is similar for some N a armchair and N z zigzag BNNRs independent of their edges.

  6. Monolithic phononic crystals with a surface acoustic band gap from surface phonon-polariton coupling.

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    Yudistira, D; Boes, A; Djafari-Rouhani, B; Pennec, Y; Yeo, L Y; Mitchell, A; Friend, J R

    2014-11-21

    We theoretically and experimentally demonstrate the existence of complete surface acoustic wave band gaps in surface phonon-polariton phononic crystals, in a completely monolithic structure formed from a two-dimensional honeycomb array of hexagonal shape domain-inverted inclusions in single crystal piezoelectric Z-cut lithium niobate. The band gaps appear at a frequency of about twice the Bragg band gap at the center of the Brillouin zone, formed through phonon-polariton coupling. The structure is mechanically, electromagnetically, and topographically homogeneous, without any physical alteration of the surface, offering an ideal platform for many acoustic wave applications for photonics, phononics, and microfluidics. PMID:25479504

  7. Band-Gap Engineering at a Semiconductor-Crystalline Oxide Interface

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    Jahangir-Moghadam, Mohammadreza; Ahmadi-Majlan, Kamyar; Shen, Xuan; Droubay, Timothy; Bowden, Mark; Chrysler, Matthew; Su, Dong; Chambers, Scott A.; Ngai, Joseph H.

    2015-02-09

    The epitaxial growth of crystalline oxides on semiconductors provides a pathway to introduce new functionalities to semiconductor devices. Key to integrating the functionalities of oxides onto semiconductors is controlling the band alignment at interfaces between the two materials. Here we apply principles of band gap engineering traditionally used at heterojunctions between conventional semiconductors to control the band offset between a single crystalline oxide and a semiconductor. Reactive molecular beam epitaxy is used to realize atomically abrupt and structurally coherent interfaces between SrZrxTi1-xO₃ and Ge, in which the band gap of the former is enhanced with Zr content x. We presentmore » structural and electrical characterization of SrZrxTi1-xO₃-Ge heterojunctions and demonstrate a type-I band offset can be achieved. These results demonstrate that band gap engineering can be exploited to realize functional semiconductor crystalline oxide heterojunctions.« less

  8. Band-Gap Engineering at a Semiconductor-Crystalline Oxide Interface

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    Jahangir-Moghadam, Mohammadreza; Ahmadi-Majlan, Kamyar; Shen, Xuan; Droubay, Timothy; Bowden, Mark; Chrysler, Matthew; Su, Dong; Chambers, Scott A.; Ngai, Joseph H.

    2015-02-09

    The epitaxial growth of crystalline oxides on semiconductors provides a pathway to introduce new functionalities to semiconductor devices. Key to integrating the functionalities of oxides onto semiconductors is controlling the band alignment at interfaces between the two materials. Here we apply principles of band gap engineering traditionally used at heterojunctions between conventional semiconductors to control the band offset between a single crystalline oxide and a semiconductor. Reactive molecular beam epitaxy is used to realize atomically abrupt and structurally coherent interfaces between SrZrxTi1-xO₃ and Ge, in which the band gap of the former is enhanced with Zr content x. We present structural and electrical characterization of SrZrxTi1-xO₃-Ge heterojunctions and demonstrate a type-I band offset can be achieved. These results demonstrate that band gap engineering can be exploited to realize functional semiconductor crystalline oxide heterojunctions.

  9. Enlarged band gap and electron switch in graphene-based step-barrier structure

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    Lu, Wei-Tao Ye, Cheng-Zhi; Li, Wen

    2013-11-04

    We study the transmission through a step-barrier in gapped graphene and propose a method to enlarge the band gap. The step-barrier structure consists of two or more barriers with different strengths. It is found that the band gap could be effectively enlarged and controlled by adjusting the barrier strengths in the light of the mass term. Klein tunneling at oblique incidence is suppressed due to the asymmetry of step-barrier, contrary to the cases in single-barrier and superlattices. Furthermore, a tunable conductance channel could be opened up in the conductance gap, suggesting an application of the structure as an electron switch.

  10. Vibrational renormalisation of the electronic band gap in hexagonal and cubic ice

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    Engel, Edgar A. Needs, Richard J.; Monserrat, Bartomeu

    2015-12-28

    Electron-phonon coupling in hexagonal and cubic water ice is studied using first-principles quantum mechanical methods. We consider 29 distinct hexagonal and cubic ice proton-orderings with up to 192 molecules in the simulation cell to account for proton-disorder. We find quantum zero-point vibrational corrections to the minimum electronic band gaps ranging from −1.5 to −1.7 eV, which leads to improved agreement between calculated and experimental band gaps. Anharmonic nuclear vibrations play a negligible role in determining the gaps. Deuterated ice has a smaller band-gap correction at zero-temperature of −1.2 to −1.4 eV. Vibrations reduce the differences between the electronic band gaps of different proton-orderings from around 0.17 eV to less than 0.05 eV, so that the electronic band gaps of hexagonal and cubic ice are almost independent of the proton-ordering when quantum nuclear vibrations are taken into account. The comparatively small reduction in the band gap over the temperature range 0 − 240 K of around 0.1 eV does not depend on the proton ordering, or whether the ice is protiated or deuterated, or hexagonal, or cubic. We explain this in terms of the atomistic origin of the strong electron-phonon coupling in ice.

  11. Effect of interfacial lattice mismatch on bulk carrier concentration and band gap of InN

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    Kuyyalil, Jithesh; Tangi, Malleswararao; Shivaprasad, S. M.

    2012-10-15

    The issue of ambiguous values of the band gap (0.6 to 2 eV) of InN thin film in literature has been addressed by a careful experiment. We have grown wurtzite InN films by PA-MBE simultaneously on differently modified c-plane sapphire substrates and characterized by complementary structural and chemical probes. Our studies discount Mie resonances caused by metallic In segregation at grain boundaries as the reason for low band gap values ( Almost-Equal-To 0.6 eV) and also the formation of Indium oxides and oxynitrides as the cause for high band gap value ( Almost-Equal-To 2.0 eV). It is observed that polycrystallinity arising from azimuthal miss-orientation of c-oriented wurtzite InN crystals increases the carrier concentration and the band gap values. We have reviewed the band gap, carrier concentration, and effective mass of InN in literature and our own measurements, which show that the Moss-Burstein relation with a non-parabolic conduction band accounts for the observed variation of band gap with carrier concentration.

  12. Band gap engineering of FeS2 under biaxial strain: a first principles study.

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    Xiao, Pin; Fan, Xiao-Li; Liu, Li-Min; Lau, Woon-Ming

    2014-11-28

    The promising photovoltaic activity of pyrite (FeS2) is attributed to its excellent optical absorptivity and earth abundance, but its band gap, 0.95 eV, is slightly lower than the optimum value of 1.3 eV. Here we report the first investigation of strained FeS2, whose band gap can be increased by ∼0.3 eV. The influence of uniaxial and biaxial strains on the atomic structure as well as the electronic and optical properties of bulk FeS2 is systematically examined by the first principles calculations. We found that the biaxial strain can effectively increase the band gap with respect to uniaxial strain. Our results indicate that the band gap increases with increasing tensile strain to its maximum value at 6% strain, but under the increasing compressive strain, the band gap decreases almost linearly. Moreover, the low intensity states at the bottom of the conduction band disappear and a sharp increase in the intensity appears at the lower energy level under the tensile strain, which causes the red shift of the absorption edge and enhances the overall optical absorption. With the increase of the band gap and enhanced optical absorption, FeS2 will make a better photovoltaic material. PMID:25308322

  13. Systematic analysis of the unique band gap modulation of mixed halide perovskites.

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    Kim, Jongseob; Lee, Sung-Hoon; Chung, Choong-Heui; Hong, Ki-Ha

    2016-02-14

    Solar cells based on organic-inorganic hybrid metal halide perovskites have been proven to be one of the most promising candidates for the next generation thin film photovoltaic cells. Mixing Br or Cl into I-based perovskites has been frequently tried to enhance the cell efficiency and stability. One of the advantages of mixed halides is the modulation of band gap by controlling the composition of the incorporated halides. However, the reported band gap transition behavior has not been resolved yet. Here a theoretical model is presented to understand the electronic structure variation of metal mixed-halide perovskites through hybrid density functional theory. Comparative calculations in this work suggest that the band gap correction including spin-orbit interaction is essential to describe the band gap changes of mixed halides. In our model, both the lattice variation and the orbital interactions between metal and halides play key roles to determine band gap changes and band alignments of mixed halides. It is also presented that the band gap of mixed halide thin films can be significantly affected by the distribution of halide composition. PMID:26791587

  14. Hypersonic modulation of light in three-dimensional photonic and phononic band-gap materials.

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    Akimov, A V; Tanaka, Y; Pevtsov, A B; Kaplan, S F; Golubev, V G; Tamura, S; Yakovlev, D R; Bayer, M

    2008-07-18

    The elastic coupling between the a-SiO2 spheres composing opal films brings forth three-dimensional periodic structures which besides a photonic stop band are predicted to also exhibit complete phononic band gaps. The influence of elastic crystal vibrations on the photonic band structure has been studied by injection of coherent hypersonic wave packets generated in a metal transducer by subpicosecond laser pulses. These studies show that light with energies close to the photonic band gap can be efficiently modulated by hypersonic waves. PMID:18764257

  15. Hybrid phononic crystal plates for lowering and widening acoustic band gaps.

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    Badreddine Assouar, M; Sun, Jia-Hong; Lin, Fan-Shun; Hsu, Jin-Chen

    2014-12-01

    We propose hybrid phononic-crystal plates which are composed of periodic stepped pillars and periodic holes to lower and widen acoustic band gaps. The acoustic waves scattered simultaneously by the pillars and holes in a relevant frequency range can generate low and wide acoustic forbidden bands. We introduce an alternative double-sided arrangement of the periodic stepped pillars for an enlarged pillars' head diameter in the hybrid structure and optimize the hole diameter to further lower and widen the acoustic band gaps. The lowering and widening effects are simultaneously achieved by reducing the frequencies of locally resonant pillar modes and prohibiting suitable frequency bands of propagating plate modes. PMID:24996255

  16. A New Silicon Allotrope with a Direct Band Gap for Optoelectronic Applications

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    Guo, Yaguang; Wang, Qian; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Jena, Puru; Peking University Team; Kawazoe Collaboration; Jena Collaboration

    Silicon structures with direct band gaps have been hotly pursued for solar cell applications. To effectively harvest the sunlight in the whole frequency region, it is a good strategy to use arrays consisting of Si structures with different direct band gaps. However, the structure with a direct band gap about 0.6 eV has been missing according to current progress made in the direction. Here we report our findings that the missing structure can be constructed by using Si triangles as the building blocks, which is stable dynamically and thermally, not only exhibiting the desirable band gap, but also showing high intrinsic mobility and low mass density. These advantages over the existing Si structures would motivate new experimental effort in this direction.

  17. Band gap engineering of N-alloyed Ga2O3 thin films

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    Song, Dongyu; Li, Li; Li, Bingsheng; Sui, Yu; Shen, Aidong

    2016-06-01

    The authors report the tuning of band gap of GaON ternary alloy in a wide range of 2.75 eV. The samples were prepared by a two-step nitridation method. First, the samples were deposited on 2-inch fused silica substrates by megnetron sputtering with NH3 and Ar gas for 60 minutes. Then they were annealed in NH3 ambience at different temperatures. The optical band gap energies are calculated from transmittance measurements. With the increase of nitridation temperature, the band gap gradually decreases from 4.8 eV to 2.05 eV. X-ray diffraction results indicate that as-deposited amorphous samples can crystallize into monoclinic and hexagonal structures after they were annealed in oxygen or ammonia ambience, respectively. The narrowing of the band gap is attributed to the enhanced repulsion of N2p -Ga3d orbits and formation of hexagonal structure.

  18. Isotropic properties of the photonic band gap in quasicrystals with low-index contrast

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    Priya Rose, T.; di Gennaro, E.; Abbate, G.; Andreone, A.

    2011-09-01

    We report on the formation and development of the photonic band gap in two-dimensional 8-, 10-, and 12-fold symmetry quasicrystalline lattices of low-index contrast. Finite-size structures made of dielectric cylindrical rods were studied and measured in the microwave region, and their properties were compared with a conventional hexagonal crystal. Band-gap characteristics were investigated by changing the direction of propagation of the incident beam inside the crystal. Various angles of incidence from 0∘ to 30∘ were used to investigate the isotropic nature of the band gap. The arbitrarily high rotational symmetry of aperiodically ordered structures could be practically exploited to manufacture isotropic band-gap materials, which are perfectly suitable for hosting waveguides or cavities.

  19. Magnonic band gaps in two-dimension magnonic crystals with diffuse interfaces

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    Wang, Qi; Zhang, Huaiwu; Ma, Guokun; Tang, Xiaoli; Liao, Yulong; Zhong, Zhiyong

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, the plane wave method is extended to include the diffuse interface in the calculation of the dispersion of spin waves in two-dimension magnonic crystals. The diffuse interfaces with linear and sinusoidal profiles of variation in the spontaneous magnetization and exchange constant are considered and the effects of the thicknesses and profiles of diffuse interfaces on the magnonic band gaps are investigated. The results show that the thicknesses and profiles of diffuse interfaces are clearly seen to play a significant role in determining the size and position of the magnonic band gaps in the both square and triangular lattices in the exchange interaction regime. The smooth (linear or sinusoidal) interface does not lead to disappearance of the band gaps, instead it may lead to larger band gaps than those in the model with sharp (infinitely thin) diffuse interface under certain conditions.

  20. Further improvements in program to calculate electronic properties of narrow band gap materials

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    Patterson, James D.

    1991-01-01

    Research into the properties of narrow band gap materials during the period 15 Jun. to 15 Dec. 1991 is discussed. Abstracts and bibliographies from papers presented during this period are reported. Graphs are provided.

  1. Kekule-induced band-gap opening in graphene in contact with ZrO2

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    Goh, Jung Suk; Choi, Hyoung Joon

    2013-03-01

    We have studied pressure-dependent atomic and electronic structure of graphene in contact with (111) surface of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) using first-principles calculations. The atomic structures are optimized by relaxation, and we found that the lowest-energy configuration shows a band gap at the Dirac point at ambient pressure and the band gap increases as pressure increases. Our analysis shows that the band-gap opening is due to overlap of wavefunctions, change in potential energy, and in-plane distortion of graphene lattice. This in-plane distortion of graphene is found to be the Kekule distortion, which generates intervalley coupling. As pressure increases, the Kekule distortion in graphene increases and the band gap at the Dirac point is proportional to the size of the distortion. This work was supported by the NRF of Korea (Grant No. 2011-0018306) and KISTI Supercomputing Center (Project No. KSC-2012-C2-14).

  2. Thermophotovoltaic conversion using selective infrared line emitters and large band gap photovoltaic devices

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    Brandhorst, Jr., Henry W.; Chen, Zheng

    2000-01-01

    Efficient thermophotovoltaic conversion can be performed using photovoltaic devices with a band gap in the 0.75-1.4 electron volt range, and selective infrared emitters chosen from among the rare earth oxides which are thermally stimulated to emit infrared radiation whose energy very largely corresponds to the aforementioned band gap. It is possible to use thermovoltaic devices operating at relatively high temperatures, up to about 300.degree. C., without seriously impairing the efficiency of energy conversion.

  3. Enhanced thermoelectric performance of a BiCuSeO system via band gap tuning.

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    Liu, Yong; Lan, Jinle; Xu, Wei; Liu, Yaochun; Pei, Yan-Ling; Cheng, Bo; Liu, Da-Bo; Lin, Yuan-Hua; Zhao, Li-Dong

    2013-09-21

    Upon 20% Te substitution, the band gap decreases from 0.8 eV to 0.65 eV. Rising temperature promotes minority carrier jumps across the band gap, thereby improving electrical conductivity. With low thermal conductivity and large Seebeck coefficients, a remarkable ZT of 0.71 at 873 K is achieved for BiCuSe0.94Te0.06O. PMID:23912639

  4. One-dimensional electromagnetic band gap structures formed by discharge plasmas in a waveguide

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    Arkhipenko, V. I.; Simonchik, L. V. Usachonak, M. S.; Callegari, Th.; Sokoloff, J.

    2014-09-28

    We demonstrate the ability to develop one-dimensional electromagnetic band gap structure in X-band waveguide solely by using the positive columns of glow discharges in neon at the middle pressure. Plasma inhomogeneities are distributed uniformly along a typical X-band waveguide with cross section of 23×10 mm². It is shown that electron densities larger than 10¹⁴ cm ⁻³ are needed in order to create an effective one-dimensional electromagnetic band gap structure. Some applications for using the one-dimensional electromagnetic band gap structure in waveguide as a control of microwave (broadband filter and device for variation of pulse duration) are demonstrated.

  5. Reducing support loss in micromechanical ring resonators using phononic band-gap structures

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    Hsu, Feng-Chia; Hsu, Jin-Chen; Huang, Tsun-Che; Wang, Chin-Hung; Chang, Pin

    2011-09-01

    In micromechanical resonators, energy loss via supports into the substrates may lead to a low quality factor. To eliminate the support loss, in this paper a phononic band-gap structure is employed. We demonstrate a design of phononic-crystal (PC) strips used to support extensional wine-glass mode ring resonators to increase the quality factor. The PC strips are introduced to stop elastic-wave propagation by the band-gap and deaf-band effects. Analyses of resonant characteristics of the ring resonators and the dispersion relations, eigenmodes, and transmission properties of the PC strips are presented. With the proposed resonator architecture, the finite-element simulations show that the leaky power is effectively reduced and the stored energy inside the resonators is enhanced simultaneously as the operating frequencies of the resonators are within the band gap or deaf bands. Realization of a high quality factor micromechanical ring resonator with minimized support loss is expected.

  6. Local band gap measurements by VEELS of thin film solar cells.

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    Keller, Debora; Buecheler, Stephan; Reinhard, Patrick; Pianezzi, Fabian; Pohl, Darius; Surrey, Alexander; Rellinghaus, Bernd; Erni, Rolf; Tiwari, Ayodhya N

    2014-08-01

    This work presents a systematic study that evaluates the feasibility and reliability of local band gap measurements of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin films by valence electron energy-loss spectroscopy (VEELS). The compositional gradients across the Cu(In,Ga)Se2 layer cause variations in the band gap energy, which are experimentally determined using a monochromated scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). The results reveal the expected band gap variation across the Cu(In,Ga)Se2 layer and therefore confirm the feasibility of local band gap measurements of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 by VEELS. The precision and accuracy of the results are discussed based on the analysis of individual error sources, which leads to the conclusion that the precision of our measurements is most limited by the acquisition reproducibility, if the signal-to-noise ratio of the spectrum is high enough. Furthermore, we simulate the impact of radiation losses on the measured band gap value and propose a thickness-dependent correction. In future work, localized band gap variations will be measured on a more localized length scale to investigate, e.g., the influence of chemical inhomogeneities and dopant accumulations at grain boundaries. PMID:24690441

  7. Quasiparticle Band Gaps of Graphene and Graphone on Hexagonal Boron Nitride Substrate

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    Kharche, Neerav; Nayak, Saroj

    2012-02-01

    Graphene holds great promise for post-silicon electronics; however, it faces two main challenges: opening up a band gap and finding a suitable substrate material. Graphene on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) substrate provides a potential system to overcome these challenges. While theoretical studies suggested a possibility of a finite band gap of graphene on hBN, recent experimental studies find no band gap. We have studied graphene-hBN system using the first-principles density functional method and the many-body perturbation theory within GW approximation [1]. A Bernal stacked graphene on hBN has a band gap on the order of 0.1 eV, which disappears when graphene is misaligned with respect to hBN. The latter is the likely scenario in realistic devices. In contrast, if graphene supported on hBN is hydrogenated, the resulting system (graphone) exhibits band gaps larger than 2.5 eV. The graphone band gap is due to chemical functionalization and is robust in the presence of misalignment, however, it reduces by about 1 eV due to the polarization effects at the graphone/hBN interface.[4pt] [1] N. Kharche and S. K. Nayak, Nano Lett., DOI: 10.1021/nl202725w, (2011).

  8. Origin of band gaps in graphene on hexagonal boron nitride

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    Jung, Jeil; DaSilva, Ashley M.; MacDonald, Allan H.; Adam, Shaffique

    2015-01-01

    Recent progress in preparing well-controlled two-dimensional van der Waals heterojunctions has opened up a new frontier in materials physics. Here we address the intriguing energy gaps that are sometimes observed when a graphene sheet is placed on a hexagonal boron nitride substrate, demonstrating that they are produced by an interesting interplay between structural and electronic properties, including electronic many-body exchange interactions. Our theory is able to explain the observed gap behaviour by accounting first for the structural relaxation of graphene’s carbon atoms when placed on a boron nitride substrate, and then for the influence of the substrate on low-energy π-electrons located at relaxed carbon atom sites. The methods we employ can be applied to many other van der Waals heterojunctions. PMID:25695638

  9. Gap state analysis in electric-field-induced band gap for bilayer graphene.

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    Kanayama, Kaoru; Nagashio, Kosuke

    2015-01-01

    The origin of the low current on/off ratio at room temperature in dual-gated bilayer graphene field-effect transistors is considered to be the variable range hopping in gap states. However, the quantitative estimation of gap states has not been conducted. Here, we report the systematic estimation of the energy gap by both quantum capacitance and transport measurements and the density of states for gap states by the conductance method. An energy gap of ~ 250 meV is obtained at the maximum displacement field of ~ 3.1 V/nm, where the current on/off ratio of ~ 3 × 10(3) is demonstrated at 20 K. The density of states for the gap states are in the range from the latter half of 10(12) to 10(13) eV(-1) cm(-2). Although the large amount of gap states at the interface of high-k oxide/bilayer graphene limits the current on/off ratio at present, our results suggest that the reduction of gap states below ~ 10(11) eV(-1) cm(-2) by continual improvement of the gate stack makes bilayer graphene a promising candidate for future nanoelectronic device applications. PMID:26511395

  10. Gap state analysis in electric-field-induced band gap for bilayer graphene

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    Kanayama, Kaoru; Nagashio, Kosuke

    2015-01-01

    The origin of the low current on/off ratio at room temperature in dual-gated bilayer graphene field-effect transistors is considered to be the variable range hopping in gap states. However, the quantitative estimation of gap states has not been conducted. Here, we report the systematic estimation of the energy gap by both quantum capacitance and transport measurements and the density of states for gap states by the conductance method. An energy gap of ~250 meV is obtained at the maximum displacement field of ~3.1 V/nm, where the current on/off ratio of ~3 × 103 is demonstrated at 20 K. The density of states for the gap states are in the range from the latter half of 1012 to 1013 eV−1cm−2. Although the large amount of gap states at the interface of high-k oxide/bilayer graphene limits the current on/off ratio at present, our results suggest that the reduction of gap states below ~1011 eV−1cm−2 by continual improvement of the gate stack makes bilayer graphene a promising candidate for future nanoelectronic device applications. PMID:26511395

  11. Efficient Excitonic Photoluminescence in Direct and Indirect Band Gap Monolayer MoS2.

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    Steinhoff, A; Kim, J-H; Jahnke, F; Rösner, M; Kim, D-S; Lee, C; Han, G H; Jeong, M S; Wehling, T O; Gies, C

    2015-10-14

    We discuss the photoluminescence (PL) of semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides on the basis of experiments and a microscopic theory. The latter connects ab initio calculations of the single-particle states and Coulomb matrix elements with a many-body description of optical emission spectra. For monolayer MoS2, we study the PL efficiency at the excitonic A and B transitions in terms of carrier populations in the band structure and provide a quantitative comparison to an (In)GaAs quantum well-structure. Suppression and enhancement of PL under biaxial strain is quantified in terms of changes in the local extrema of the conduction and valence bands. The large exciton binding energy in MoS2 enables two distinctly different excitation methods: above-band gap excitation and quasi-resonant excitation of excitonic resonances below the single-particle band gap. The latter case creates a nonequilibrium distribution of carriers predominantly in the K-valleys, which leads to strong emission from the A-exciton transition and a visible B-peak even if the band gap is indirect. For above-band gap excitation, we predict a strongly reduced emission intensity at comparable carrier densities and the absence of B-exciton emission. The results agree well with PL measurements performed on monolayer MoS2 at excitation wavelengths of 405 nm (above) and 532 nm (below the band gap). PMID:26322814

  12. Band gap engineering for single-layer graphene by using slow Li(+) ions.

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    Ryu, Mintae; Lee, Paengro; Kim, Jingul; Park, Heemin; Chung, Jinwook

    2016-08-01

    In order to utilize the superb electronic properties of graphene in future electronic nano-devices, a dependable means of controlling the transport properties of its Dirac electrons has to be devised by forming a tunable band gap. We report on the ion-induced modification of the electronic properties of single-layer graphene (SLG) grown on a SiC(0001) substrate by doping low-energy (5 eV) Li(+) ions. We find the opening of a sizable and tunable band gap up to 0.85 eV, which depends on the Li(+) ion dose as well as the following thermal treatment, and is the largest band gap in the π-band of SLG by any means reported so far. Our Li 1s core-level data together with the valence band suggest that Li(+) ions do not intercalate below the topmost graphene layer, but cause a significant charge asymmetry between the carbon sublattices of SLG to drive the opening of the band gap. We thus provide a route to producing a tunable graphene band gap by doping Li(+) ions, which may play a pivotal role in the utilization of graphene in future graphene-based electronic nano-devices. PMID:27345294

  13. Band gap engineering for single-layer graphene by using slow Li+ ions

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    Ryu, Mintae; Lee, Paengro; Kim, Jingul; Park, Heemin; Chung, Jinwook

    2016-08-01

    In order to utilize the superb electronic properties of graphene in future electronic nano-devices, a dependable means of controlling the transport properties of its Dirac electrons has to be devised by forming a tunable band gap. We report on the ion-induced modification of the electronic properties of single-layer graphene (SLG) grown on a SiC(0001) substrate by doping low-energy (5 eV) Li+ ions. We find the opening of a sizable and tunable band gap up to 0.85 eV, which depends on the Li+ ion dose as well as the following thermal treatment, and is the largest band gap in the π-band of SLG by any means reported so far. Our Li 1s core-level data together with the valence band suggest that Li+ ions do not intercalate below the topmost graphene layer, but cause a significant charge asymmetry between the carbon sublattices of SLG to drive the opening of the band gap. We thus provide a route to producing a tunable graphene band gap by doping Li+ ions, which may play a pivotal role in the utilization of graphene in future graphene-based electronic nano-devices.

  14. Communication: excitation band modulation with high-order photonic band gap in PMMA:Eu(TTA)3(TPPO)2 opals.

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    Xu, Wen; Bai, Xue; Zhu, Yongsheng; Liu, Tong; Xu, Sai; Dong, Biao; Song, Hongwei

    2013-05-14

    Changes in the excitation spectra of luminescent species inserted in photorefractive crystals as a function of changes in the high-order photonic band gap (PBG) have not been previously observed. In this communication, we present our results monitoring the excitation band of Eu(TTA)3(TPPO)2 inserted in the PMMA opal photonic crystals as a function of the changes in the high-order PBG of the crystals. We find shifts in the complex excitation band and changes in the integrated emission intensity that correlates with shifts in the high-order PBG through coupling to the excitation transition. PMID:23676019

  15. Communication: Excitation band modulation with high-order photonic band gap in PMMA:Eu(TTA)3(TPPO)2 opals

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    Xu, Wen; Bai, Xue; Zhu, Yongsheng; Liu, Tong; Xu, Sai; Dong, Biao; Song, Hongwei

    2013-05-01

    Changes in the excitation spectra of luminescent species inserted in photorefractive crystals as a function of changes in the high-order photonic band gap (PBG) have not been previously observed. In this communication, we present our results monitoring the excitation band of Eu(TTA)3(TPPO)2 inserted in the PMMA opal photonic crystals as a function of the changes in the high-order PBG of the crystals. We find shifts in the complex excitation band and changes in the integrated emission intensity that correlates with shifts in the high-order PBG through coupling to the excitation transition.

  16. Small band gap superlattices as intrinsic long wavelength infrared detector materials

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    Smith, Darryl L.; Mailhiot, C.

    1990-01-01

    Intrinsic long wavelength (lambda greater than or equal to 10 microns) infrared (IR) detectors are currently made from the alloy (Hg, Cd)Te. There is one parameter, the alloy composition, which can be varied to control the properties of this material. The parameter is chosen to set the band gap (cut-off wavelength). The (Hg, Cd)Te alloy has the zincblend crystal structure. Consequently, the electron and light-hole effective masses are essentially inversely proportional to the band gap. As a result, the electron and light-hole effective masses are very small (M sub(exp asterisk)/M sub o approx. M sub Ih/M sub o approx. less than 0.01) whereas the heavy-hole effective mass is ordinary size (M sub hh(exp asterisk)/M sub o approx. 0.4) for the alloy compositions required for intrinsic long wavelength IR detection. This combination of effective masses leads to rather easy tunneling and relatively large Auger transition rates. These are undesirable characteristics, which must be designed around, of an IR detector material. They follow directly from the fact that (Hg, Cd)Te has the zincblend crystal structure and a small band gap. In small band gap superlattices, such as HgTe/CdTe, In(As, Sb)/InSb and InAs/(Ga,In)Sb, the band gap is determined by the superlattice layer thicknesses as well as by the alloy composition (for superlattices containing an alloy). The effective masses are not directly related to the band gap and can be separately varied. In addition, both strain and quantum confinement can be used to split the light-hole band away from the valence band maximum. These band structure engineering options can be used to reduce tunneling probabilities and Auger transition rates compared with a small band gap zincblend structure material. Researchers discuss the different band structure engineering options for the various classes of small band gap superlattices.

  17. Band gap of two-dimensional fiber-air photonic crystals

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    Yang, Shu; Li, Masha

    2016-04-01

    A two-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) composed of textile fiber and air is initially discussed in this paper. Textile materials are so called soft materials, which are different from the previous PCs composed of rigid materials. The plain wave expansion method is used to calculate band structure of different PCs by altering component properties or structural parameters. Results show that the dielectric constant of textile fibers, fiber filling ratio and lattice arrangement are effective factors which influence PCs' band gap. Yet lattice constant and fiber diameter make inconspicuous influence on the band gap feature.

  18. Superlattices of group IV elements, a new possibility to produce direct band gap material

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    Kasper, E.

    1991-01-01

    Consideration is given to the diamond lattice type group IV semiconductors C, SiC, Si and Ge, which exhibit an indirect band gap with the conduction band minimum outside the Brillouin zone center. Ultrathin superlattices are predicted to convert the indirect band gap into a quasi-direct one under certain circumstances. Attention is also given to the growth of Si/Ge strained monolayer superlattices (SMS) by molecular beam epitaxy and experimental results obtained with these structures. The existing investigations of Si/Ge SMS have shown folded quasi-direct conditions in group IV superlattices.

  19. Impurity-Band Model for GaP1-xNx

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    Fluegel, B.; Zhang, Y.; Geisz, J. F.; Mascarenhas, A.

    2005-11-01

    Low-temperature absorption studies on free-standing GaP1-xNx films provide direct experimental evidence that the host conduction-band minimum (CBM) near X1C does not plunge downward with increased nitrogen doping, contrary to what has been suggested recently; rather, it remains stationary for x up to 0.1%. This fact, combined with the results of earlier studies of the CBM at ..GAMMA.. and conduction-band edge near L, confirms that the giant bandgap lowering observed in GaP1-xNx results from a CBM that evolves purely from nitrogen impurity bands.

  20. Robust band gap and half-metallicity in graphene with triangular perforations

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    Gregersen, Søren Schou; Power, Stephen R.; Jauho, Antti-Pekka

    2016-06-01

    Ideal graphene antidot lattices are predicted to show promising band gap behavior (i.e., EG≃500 meV) under carefully specified conditions. However, for the structures studied so far this behavior is critically dependent on superlattice geometry and is not robust against experimentally realistic disorders. Here we study a rectangular array of triangular antidots with zigzag edge geometries and show that their band gap behavior qualitatively differs from the standard behavior which is exhibited, e.g., by rectangular arrays of armchair-edged triangles. In the spin unpolarized case, zigzag-edged antidots give rise to large band gaps compared to armchair-edged antidots, irrespective of the rules which govern the existence of gaps in armchair-edged antidot lattices. In addition the zigzag-edged antidots appear more robust than armchair-edged antidots in the presence of geometrical disorder. The inclusion of spin polarization within a mean-field Hubbard approach gives rise to a large overall magnetic moment at each antidot due to the sublattice imbalance imposed by the triangular geometry. Half-metallic behavior arises from the formation of spin-split dispersive states near the Fermi energy, reducing the band gaps compared to the unpolarized case. This behavior is also found to be robust in the presence of disorder. Our results highlight the possibilities of using triangular perforations in graphene to open electronic band gaps in systems with experimentally realistic levels of disorder, and furthermore, of exploiting the strong spin dependence of the system for spintronic applications.

  1. Analysis of longitudinal vibration band gaps in periodic carbon nanotube intramolecular junctions using finite element method

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    Li, Jiaqian; Shen, Haijun

    2015-12-01

    The longitudinal vibration band gaps in periodic (n, 0)-(2n, 0) single-walled carbon nanotube(SWCNT) intramolecular junctions(IMJs) are investigated based on the finite element calculation. The frequency ranges of band gaps in frequency response functions(FRF) simulated by finite element method (FEM) show good agreement with those in band structure obtained by simple spring-mass model. Moreover, a comprehensive parametric study is also conducted to highlight the influences of the geometrical parameters such as the size of unit cell, component ratios of the IMJs and diameters of the CNT segments as well as geometric imperfections on the first band gap. The results show that the frequency ranges and the bandwidth of the gap strongly depend on the geometrical parameters. Furthermore, the influences of geometrical parameters on gaps are nuanced in IMJs with different topological defects. The existence of vibration band gaps in periodic IMJs lends a new insight into the development of CNT-based nano-devices in application of vibration isolation.

  2. Band gap and electronic structure of MgSiN{sub 2}

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    Quirk, J. B. Råsander, M.; McGilvery, C. M.; Moram, M. A.; Palgrave, R.

    2014-09-15

    Density functional theory calculations and electron energy loss spectroscopy indicate that the electronic structure of ordered orthorhombic MgSiN{sub 2} is similar to that of wurtzite AlN. A band gap of 5.7 eV was calculated for both MgSiN{sub 2} (indirect) and AlN (direct) using the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof approximation. Correction with respect to the experimental room-temperature band gap of AlN indicates that the true band gap of MgSiN{sub 2} is 6.2 eV. MgSiN{sub 2} has an additional direct gap of 6.3 eV at the Γ point.

  3. Strain-induced band-gap engineering of graphene monoxide and its effect on graphene

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    Pu, H. H.; Rhim, S. H.; Hirschmugl, C. J.; Gajdardziska-Josifovska, M.; Weinert, M.; Chen, J. H.

    2013-02-01

    Using first-principles calculations we demonstrate the feasibility of band-gap engineering in two-dimensional crystalline graphene monoxide (GMO), a recently reported graphene-based material with a 1:1 carbon/oxygen ratio. The band gap of GMO, which can be switched between direct and indirect, is tunable over a large range (0-1.35 eV) for accessible strains. Electron and hole transport occurs predominantly along the zigzag and armchair directions (armchair for both) when GMO is a direct- (indirect-) gap semiconductor. A band gap of ˜0.5 eV is also induced in graphene at the K' points for GMO/graphene hybrid systems.

  4. Band gap engineering for graphene by using Na{sup +} ions

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    Sung, S. J.; Lee, P. R.; Kim, J. G.; Ryu, M. T.; Park, H. M.; Chung, J. W.

    2014-08-25

    Despite the noble electronic properties of graphene, its industrial application has been hindered mainly by the absence of a stable means of producing a band gap at the Dirac point (DP). We report a new route to open a band gap (E{sub g}) at DP in a controlled way by depositing positively charged Na{sup +} ions on single layer graphene formed on 6H-SiC(0001) surface. The doping of low energy Na{sup +} ions is found to deplete the π* band of graphene above the DP, and simultaneously shift the DP downward away from Fermi energy indicating the opening of E{sub g}. The band gap increases with increasing Na{sup +} coverage with a maximum E{sub g}≥0.70 eV. Our core-level data, C 1s, Na 2p, and Si 2p, consistently suggest that Na{sup +} ions do not intercalate through graphene, but produce a significant charge asymmetry among the carbon atoms of graphene to cause the opening of a band gap. We thus provide a reliable way of producing and tuning the band gap of graphene by using Na{sup +} ions, which may play a vital role in utilizing graphene in future nano-electronic devices.

  5. Indirect-to-direct band gap crossover in few-layer MoTe₂.

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    Lezama, Ignacio Gutiérrez; Arora, Ashish; Ubaldini, Alberto; Barreteau, Céline; Giannini, Enrico; Potemski, Marek; Morpurgo, Alberto F

    2015-04-01

    We study the evolution of the band gap structure in few-layer MoTe2 crystals, by means of low-temperature microreflectance (MR) and temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The analysis of the measurements indicate that in complete analogy with other semiconducting transition metal dichalchogenides (TMDs) the dominant PL emission peaks originate from direct transitions associated with recombination of excitons and trions. When we follow the evolution of the PL intensity as a function of layer thickness, however, we observe that MoTe2 behaves differently from other semiconducting TMDs investigated earlier. Specifically, the exciton PL yield (integrated PL intensity) is identical for mono and bilayer, decreases slightly for trilayer, and it is significantly lower in the tetralayer. The analysis of this behavior and of all our experimental observations is fully consistent with mono and bilayer MoTe2 being direct band gap semiconductors with tetralayer MoTe2 being an indirect gap semiconductor and with trilayers having nearly identical direct and indirect gaps. This conclusion is different from the one reached for other recently investigated semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides for which monolayers are found to be direct band gap semiconductors, and thicker layers have indirect band gaps that are significantly smaller (by hundreds of meV) than the direct gap. We discuss the relevance of our findings for experiments of fundamental interest and possible future device applications. PMID:25803208

  6. Band gap states of Ti, V, and Cr in 4H-silicon carbide

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    Achtziger, Norbert; Witthuhn, Wolfgang

    1997-07-01

    Band gap states of Ti, V, and Cr in n-type 4H-SiC were investigated by radiotracer deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). Doping with the radioactive isotopes 48V and 51Cr was done by recoil implantation followed by annealing (1600 K). Repeated DLTS measurements during the elemental transmutation of these isotopes to 48Ti and 51V, respectively, reveal the corresponding concentration changes of band gap states. Thus, six levels are identified in the band gap: Cr levels at 0.15, 0.18, and 0.74 eV, one V level at 0.97 eV, and two Ti levels at 0.13 and 0.17 eV below the conduction band edge.

  7. Simultaneous band-gap narrowing and carrier-lifetime prolongation of organic-inorganic trihalide perovskites.

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    Kong, Lingping; Liu, Gang; Gong, Jue; Hu, Qingyang; Schaller, Richard D; Dera, Przemyslaw; Zhang, Dongzhou; Liu, Zhenxian; Yang, Wenge; Zhu, Kai; Tang, Yuzhao; Wang, Chuanyi; Wei, Su-Huai; Xu, Tao; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-08-01

    The organic-inorganic hybrid lead trihalide perovskites have been emerging as the most attractive photovoltaic materials. As regulated by Shockley-Queisser theory, a formidable materials science challenge for improvement to the next level requires further band-gap narrowing for broader absorption in solar spectrum, while retaining or even synergistically prolonging the carrier lifetime, a critical factor responsible for attaining the near-band-gap photovoltage. Herein, by applying controllable hydrostatic pressure, we have achieved unprecedented simultaneous enhancement in both band-gap narrowing and carrier-lifetime prolongation (up to 70% to ∼100% increase) under mild pressures at ∼0.3 GPa. The pressure-induced modulation on pure hybrid perovskites without introducing any adverse chemical or thermal effect clearly demonstrates the importance of band edges on the photon-electron interaction and maps a pioneering route toward a further increase in their photovoltaic performance. PMID:27444014

  8. Fabrication of 3-D Photonic Band Gap Crystals Via Colloidal Self-Assembly

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    Subramaniam, Girija; Blank, Shannon

    2005-01-01

    The behavior of photons in a Photonic Crystals, PCs, is like that of electrons in a semiconductor in that, it prohibits light propagation over a band of frequencies, called Photonic Band Gap, PBG. Photons cannot exist in these band gaps like the forbidden bands of electrons. Thus, PCs lend themselves as potential candidates for devices based on the gap phenomenon. The popular research on PCs stem from their ability to confine light with minimal losses. Large scale 3-D PCs with a PBG in the visible or near infra red region will make optical transistors and sharp bent optical fibers. Efforts are directed to use PCs for information processing and it is not long before we can have optical integrated circuits in the place of electronic ones.

  9. Pentamode metamaterials with tunable acoustics band gaps and large figures of merit

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    Wang, Zhaohong; Cai, Chengxin; Li, Qingwei; Li, Jing; Xu, Zhuo

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we propose a class of pentamode metamaterials for which the frequency range of the acoustics band gaps can be tuned and large figures of merit can be obtained. The band structures of the pentamode metamaterials are calculated systematically by using the finite element method. The numerical results show that the lower edge frequency of the first acoustics band gaps of pentamode metamaterials can be tuned between 3.72 kHz and 10.6 kHz by changing the diameters of the bottom and top touch cones slightly, and the relative bandwidth of the first acoustics band gaps can also be expanded. In addition, compared with the results seen in the previous research in this area, the volume filling fraction of pentamode metamaterials can be decreased by 15.7%-24.4% and the maximum figure of merit can be increased by 39.2%.

  10. Band-Gap Modulation of GeCH3 Nanoribbons Under Elastic Strain: A Density Functional Theory Study

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    Ma, ShengQian; Li, Feng; Jiang, ChunLing

    2016-06-01

    Using the density functional theory method, we researched the band-gap modulation of GeCH3 nanoribbons under uniaxial elastic strain. The results indicated that the band gap of GeCH3 nanoribbons could be tuned along two directions, namely, stretching or compressing ribbons when ɛ was changed from -10% to 10% in 6-zigzag, 10-zigzag, 13-armchair, and 17-armchair nanoribbons, respectively. The band gap greatly changed with strain. In the case of tension, the amount of change in the band gap was bigger. But in the case of compression, the gradient was steeper. The band gap had a nearly linear relationship when ɛ ranges from 0% to 10%. We also investigated if the band gap is changed with widths. The results showed variation of the band gap did not rely on widths. Therefore, the GeCH3 nanoribbons had the greatest potential application in strain sensors and optical electronics at the nanoscale.

  11. Nonlinear band gap transmission in optical waveguide arrays.

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    Khomeriki, Ramaz

    2004-02-13

    The effect of nonlinear transmission in coupled optical waveguide arrays is theoretically investigated and a realistic experimental setup is suggested. The beam is injected in a single boundary waveguide, linear refractive index of which (n(0)) is larger than refractive indexes (n) of other identical waveguides in the array. Particularly, the effect holds if omega(n(0)-n)/c>2Q, where Q is a linear coupling constant between array waveguides, omega is a carrier wave frequency, and c is a light velocity. Numerical experiments show that the energy transfers from the boundary waveguide to the waveguide array above a certain threshold intensity of the injected beam. This effect is due to the creation and the propagation of gap solitons in full analogy with a similar phenomenon in sine-Gordon lattice [Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 134102 (2002)

  12. Near band edge anisotropic optical transitions in wide band gap semiconductor Cu2ZnSiS4

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    Levcenco, S.; Dumcenco, D.; Huang, Y. S.; Arushanov, E.; Tezlevan, V.; Tiong, K. K.; Du, C. H.

    2010-10-01

    In this study, anisotropic near band edge transitions of Cu2ZnSiS4 single crystals grown by chemical vapor transport were characterized by using polarization-dependent absorption, piezoreflectance (PzR) and surface photovoltage (SPV) spectroscopy techniques at room temperature. The measurements were carried out on the as grown basal plane with the normal along [2 1 0] and the axis c parallel to the long edge of the crystal platelet. Analysis of absorption and SPV spectra reveal indirect allowed transitions for the absorption edge of Cu2ZnSiS4. The estimated values of indirect band gap are 2.97 eV and 3.07 eV, respectively, for E ⊥c and E ∥c polarization configurations. The polarization-dependent PzR and SPV spectra in the vicinity of the direct band gap of Cu2ZnSiS4 reveal features E⊥ex and E∥ex at around 3.32 eV and 3.41 eV for E ⊥c and E ∥c polarizations, respectively. Both features E⊥ex and E∥ex are associated with the interband excitonic transitions at point Γ and can be explained by crystal-field splitting of valence band. Based on the experimental observations, a plausible band structure near band edge of Cu2ZnSiS4 is proposed.

  13. Hydrostatic pressure sensor based on micro-cavities developed by the catastrophic fuse effect

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    Domingues, M. F.; Paixão, T.; Mesquita, E.; Alberto, N.; Antunes, P.; Varum, H.; André, P. S.

    2015-09-01

    In this work, an optical fiber hydrostatic pressure sensor based in Fabry-Perot micro-cavities is presented. These micro structures were generated by the recycling of optical fiber previously damaged by the fiber fuse effect, resulting in a cost effective solution when compared with the traditional methods used to produce similar micro-cavities. The developed sensor was tested for pressures ranging from 20.0 to 190.0 cmH2O and a sensitivity of 53.7 +/- 2.6 pm/cmH2O for hydrostatic pressures below to 100 cmH2O was achieved.

  14. Strain-Induced Energy Band Gap Opening in Two-Dimensional Bilayered Silicon Film

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    Ji, Z.; Zhou, R.; Lew Yan Voon, L. C.; Zhuang, Y.

    2016-06-01

    This work presents a theoretical study of the structural and electronic properties of bilayered silicon film (BiSF) under in-plane biaxial strain/stress using density functional theory (DFT). Atomic structures of the two-dimensional (2-D) silicon films are optimized by using both the local-density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA). In the absence of strain/stress, five buckled hexagonal honeycomb structures of the BiSF with triangular lattice have been obtained as local energy minima, and their structural stability has been verified. These structures present a Dirac-cone shaped energy band diagram with zero energy band gaps. Applying a tensile biaxial strain leads to a reduction of the buckling height. Atomically flat structures with zero buckling height have been observed when the AA-stacking structures are under a critical biaxial strain. Increase of the strain between 10.7% and 15.4% results in a band-gap opening with a maximum energy band gap opening of ˜0.17 eV, obtained when a 14.3% strain is applied. Energy band diagrams, electron transmission efficiency, and the charge transport property are calculated. Additionally, an asymmetric energetically favorable atomic structure of BiSF shows a non-zero band gap in the absence of strain/stress and a maximum band gap of 0.15 eV as a -1.71% compressive strain is applied. Both tensile and compressive strain/stress can lead to a band gap opening in the asymmetric structure.

  15. Direct band gaps in group IV-VI monolayer materials: Binary counterparts of phosphorene

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    Kamal, C.; Chakrabarti, Aparna; Ezawa, Motohiko

    2016-03-01

    We perform systematic investigation on the geometric, energetic, and electronic properties of group IV-VI binary monolayers (XY ), which are the counterparts of phosphorene, by employing density functional theory based electronic structure calculations. For this purpose, we choose the binary systems X Y consisting of equal numbers of group IV (X = C, Si, Ge, Sn) and group VI elements (Y = O, S, Se, Te) in three geometrical configurations, the puckered, buckled and planar structures. The results of binding energy calculations show that all the binary systems studied are energetically stable. It is observed that, the puckered structure, similar to that of phosphorene, is the energetically most stable geometric configuration. Moreover, the binding energies of buckled configuration are very close to those of the puckered configuration. Our results of electronic band structure predict that puckered SiO and CSe are direct band semiconductors with gaps of 1.449 and 0.905 eV, respectively. Band structure of CSe closely resembles that of phosphorene. Remaining group IV-VI binary monolayers in the puckered configuration and all the buckled monolayers are also semiconductors, but with indirect band gaps. Importantly, we find that the difference between indirect and direct band gaps is very small for many puckered monolayers. Thus there is a possibility of making these systems undergo transition from indirect to direct band gap semiconducting state by a suitable external influence. Indeed, we show in the present work that seven binary monolayers, namely, SnS, SiSe, GeSe, SnSe, SiTe, GeTe, and SnTe become direct band gap semiconductors when they are subjected to a small mechanical strain (≤3 % ). This makes nine out of sixteen binary monolayers studied in the present work direct band gap semiconductors. Thus there is a possibility of utilizing these binary counterparts of phosphorene in future light-emitting diodes and solar cells.

  16. TiS3 nanoribbons: Width-independent band gap and strain-tunable electronic properties

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    Kang, Jun; Sahin, Hasan; Ozaydin, H. Duygu; Senger, R. Tugrul; Peeters, François M.

    2015-08-01

    The electronic properties, carrier mobility, and strain response of TiS3 nanoribbons (TiS3 NRs) are investigated by first-principles calculations. We found that the electronic properties of TiS3 NRs strongly depend on the edge type (a or b). All a-TiS3 NRs are metallic with a magnetic ground state, while b-TiS3 NRs are direct band gap semiconductors. Interestingly, the size of the band gap and the band edge position are almost independent of the ribbon width. This feature promises a constant band gap in a b-TiS3 NR with rough edges, where the ribbon width differs in different regions. The maximum carrier mobility of b-TiS3 NRs is calculated by using the deformation potential theory combined with the effective mass approximation and is found to be of the order 103cm2V-1s-1 . The hole mobility of the b-TiS3 NRs is one order of magnitude lower, but it is enhanced compared to the monolayer case due to the reduction in hole effective mass. The band gap and the band edge position of b-TiS3 NRs are quite sensitive to applied strain. In addition we investigate the termination of ribbon edges by hydrogen atoms. Upon edge passivation, the metallic and magnetic features of a-TiS3 NRs remain unchanged, while the band gap of b-TiS3 NRs is increased significantly. The robust metallic and ferromagnetic nature of a-TiS3 NRs is an essential feature for spintronic device applications. The direct, width-independent, and strain-tunable band gap, as well as the high carrier mobility, of b-TiS3 NRs is of potential importance in many fields of nanoelectronics, such as field-effect devices, optoelectronic applications, and strain sensors.

  17. Single Material Band Gap Engineering in GaAs Nanowires

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    Spirkoska, D.; Abstreiter, G.; Efros, A.; Conesa-Boj, S.; Morante, J. R.; Arbiol, J.; Fontcuberta i Morral, A.

    2011-12-23

    The structural and optical properties of GaAs nanowire with mixed zinc-blende/wurtzite structure are presented. High resolution transmission electron microscopy indicates the presence of a variety of shorter and longer segments of zinc-blende or wurtzite crystal phases. Sharp photoluminescence lines are observed with emission energies tuned from 1.515 eV down to 1.43 eV. The downward shift of the emission peaks can be understood by carrier confinement at the wurtzite/zinc-blende heterojunction, in quantum wells and in random short period superlattices existent in these nanowires, assuming the theoretical staggered band-offset between wurtzite and zinc-blende GaAs.

  18. Acoustic band gaps of the woodpile sonic crystal with the simple cubic lattice

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    Wu, Liang-Yu; Chen, Lien-Wen

    2011-02-01

    This study theoretically and experimentally investigates the acoustic band gap of a three-dimensional woodpile sonic crystal. Such crystals are built by blocks or rods that are orthogonally stacked together. The adjacent layers are perpendicular to each other. The woodpile structure is embedded in air background. Their band structures and transmission spectra are calculated using the finite element method with a periodic boundary condition. The dependence of the band gap on the width of the stacked rods is discussed. The deaf bands in the band structure are observed by comparing with the calculated transmission spectra. The experimental transmission spectra for the Γ-X and Γ-X' directions are also presented. The calculated results are compared with the experimental results.

  19. Direct Band Gap Gallium Antimony Phosphide (GaSbxP1−x) Alloys

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    Russell, H. B.; Andriotis, A. N.; Menon, M.; Jasinski, J. B.; Martinez-Garcia, A.; Sunkara, M. K.

    2016-01-01

    Here, we report direct band gap transition for Gallium Phosphide (GaP) when alloyed with just 1–2 at% antimony (Sb) utilizing both density functional theory based computations and experiments. First principles density functional theory calculations of GaSbxP1−x alloys in a 216 atom supercell configuration indicate that an indirect to direct band gap transition occurs at x = 0.0092 or higher Sb incorporation into GaSbxP1−x. Furthermore, these calculations indicate band edge straddling of the hydrogen evolution and oxygen evolution reactions for compositions ranging from x = 0.0092 Sb up to at least x = 0.065 Sb making it a candidate for use in a Schottky type photoelectrochemical water splitting device. GaSbxP1−x nanowires were synthesized by reactive transport utilizing a microwave plasma discharge with average compositions ranging from x = 0.06 to x = 0.12 Sb and direct band gaps between 2.21 eV and 1.33 eV. Photoelectrochemical experiments show that the material is photoactive with p-type conductivity. This study brings attention to a relatively uninvestigated, tunable band gap semiconductor system with tremendous potential in many fields. PMID:26860470

  20. Direct band gap silicon crystals predicted by an inverse design method

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    Oh, Young Jun; Lee, In-Ho; Lee, Jooyoung; Kim, Sunghyun; Chang, Kee Joo

    2015-03-01

    Cubic diamond silicon has an indirect band gap and does not absorb or emit light as efficiently as other semiconductors with direct band gaps. Thus, searching for Si crystals with direct band gaps around 1.3 eV is important to realize efficient thin-film solar cells. In this work, we report various crystalline silicon allotropes with direct and quasi-direct band gaps, which are predicted by the inverse design method which combines a conformation space annealing algorithm for global optimization and first-principles density functional calculations. The predicted allotropes exhibit energies less than 0.3 eV per atom and good lattice matches, compared with the diamond structure. The structural stability is examined by performing finite-temperature ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and calculating the phonon spectra. The absorption spectra are obtained by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation together with the quasiparticle G0W0 approximation. For several allotropes with the band gaps around 1 eV, photovoltaic efficiencies are comparable to those of best-known photovoltaic absorbers such as CuInSe2. This work is supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (2005-0093845 and 2008-0061987), Samsung Science and Technology Foundation (SSTF-BA1401-08), KIAS Center for Advanced Computation, and KISTI (KSC-2013-C2-040).

  1. Band gaps in InN/GaN superlattices: Nonpolar and polar growth directions

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    Gorczyca, I. Skrobas, K.; Suski, T.; Christensen, N. E.; Svane, A.

    2013-12-14

    The electronic structures of nonpolar short-period InN/GaN superlattices (SLs) grown in the wurtzite a- and m-directions have been calculated and compared to previous calculations for polar superlattices (grown in the c-direction). The variation of the band gaps with the composition (m, n) of the mInN/nGaN unit cells of the superlattices was examined. The band structures were obtained by self-consistent calculations based on the local density approximation to the density functional theory using the Linear-Muffin-Tin-Orbital method with a semi-empirical correction for the band gaps. The calculated band gaps and their pressure coefficients for nonpolar superlattices are similar to those calculated for bulk InGaN alloys with an equivalent In/Ga concentration ratio. This is very different from what has been found in polar superlattices where the band gaps are much smaller and vanish when the number m of InN layers in the unit cell exceeds three. A strong internal electric field is responsible for this behavior of polar structures. Experimental photoluminescence data for polar SLs agree very well with gaps calculated for the nonpolar structures. It is suggested that this is caused by screening of the electric field in the polar structures by carriers originating from unintentional defects.

  2. Band-gap measurements of direct and indirect semiconductors using monochromated electrons

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    Gu Lin; Srot, Vesna; Sigle, Wilfried; Koch, Christoph; Aken, Peter van; Ruehle, Manfred; Scholz, Ferdinand; Thapa, Sarad B.; Kirchner, Christoph; Jetter, Michael

    2007-05-15

    With the development of monochromators for transmission electron microscopes, valence electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (VEELS) has become a powerful technique to study the band structure of materials with high spatial resolution. However, artifacts such as Cerenkov radiation pose a limit for interpretation of the low-loss spectra. In order to reveal the exact band-gap onset using the VEELS method, semiconductors with direct and indirect band-gap transitions have to be treated differently. For direct semiconductors, spectra acquired at thin regions can efficiently minimize the Cerenkov effects. Examples of hexagonal GaN (h-GaN) spectra acquired at different thickness showed that a correct band-gap onset value can be obtained for sample thicknesses up to 0.5 t/{lambda}. In addition, {omega}-q maps acquired at different specimen thicknesses confirm the thickness dependency of Cerenkov losses. For indirect semiconductors, the correct band-gap onset can be obtained in the dark-field mode when the required momentum transfer for indirect transition is satisfied. Dark-field VEEL spectroscopy using a star-shaped entrance aperture provides a way of removing Cerenkov effects in diffraction mode. Examples of Si spectra acquired by displacing the objective aperture revealed the exact indirect transition gap E{sub g} of 1.1 eV.

  3. Residual stress dependant anisotropic band gap of various (hkl) oriented BaI{sub 2} films

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    Kumar, Pradeep; Gulia, Vikash; Vedeshwar, Agnikumar G. E-mail: agvedeshwar@gmail.com

    2013-11-21

    The thermally evaporated layer structured BaI{sub 2} grows in various completely preferred (hkl) film orientations with different growth parameters like film thickness, deposition rate, substrate temperature, etc. which were characterized by structural, morphological, and optical absorption measurements. Structural analysis reveals the strain in the films and the optical absorption shows a direct type band gap. The varying band gaps of these films were found to scale linearly with their strain. The elastic moduli and other constants were also calculated using Density Functional Theory (DFT) formalism implemented in WIEN2K code for converting the strain into residual stress. Films of different six (hkl) orientations show stress free anisotropic band gaps (2.48–3.43 eV) and both positive and negative pressure coefficients. The negative and positive pressure coefficients of band gap are attributed to the strain in I-I (or Ba-Ba or both) and Ba-I distances along [hkl], respectively. The calculated band gaps are also compared with those experimentally determined. The average pressure coefficient of band gap of all six orientations (−0.071 eV/GPa) found to be significantly higher than that calculated (−0.047 eV/GPa) by volumetric pressure dependence. Various these issues have been discussed with consistent arguments. The electron effective mass m{sub e}{sup *}=0.66m{sub 0} and the hole effective mass m{sub h}{sup *}=0.53m{sub 0} have been determined from the calculated band structure.

  4. Microscopic theoretical model study of band gap opening in AA-stacked bi-layer graphene

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    Sahu, Sivabrata; Parashar, S. K. S.; Rout, G. C.

    2016-05-01

    We address here a tight-binding theoretical model calculation for AA-stacked bi-layer graphene taking into account of a biased potential between two layers to study the density of states and the band dispersion within the total Brillouin zone. We have calculated the electronic Green's function for electron operator corresponding to A and B sub lattices by Zubarev's Green's function technique from which the electronic density of states and the electron band energy dispersion are calculated. The numerically computed density of states and band energy dispersions are investigated by tuning the biased potential to exhibit the band gap by varying the different physical parameters.

  5. Band gap structure modification of amorphous anodic Al oxide film by Ti-alloying

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    Canulescu, S. Schou, J.; Rechendorff, K.; Pleth Nielsen, L.; Borca, C. N.; Jones, N. C.; Hoffmann, S. V.; Bordo, K.; Ambat, R.

    2014-03-24

    The band structure of pure and Ti-alloyed anodic aluminum oxide has been examined as a function of Ti concentration varying from 2 to 20 at. %. The band gap energy of Ti-alloyed anodic Al oxide decreases with increasing Ti concentration. X-ray absorption spectroscopy reveals that Ti atoms are not located in a TiO{sub 2} unit in the oxide layer, but rather in a mixed Ti-Al oxide layer. The optical band gap energy of the anodic oxide layers was determined by vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy in the energy range from 4.1 to 9.2 eV (300–135 nm). The results indicate that amorphous anodic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} has a direct band gap of 7.3 eV, which is about ∼1.4 eV lower than its crystalline counterpart (single-crystal Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}). Upon Ti-alloying, extra bands appear within the band gap of amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, mainly caused by Ti 3d orbitals localized at the Ti site.

  6. Reliability of the Tran-Blaha functional in predicting band gaps and widths

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    Rignanese, Gian-Marco; David, Waroquiers; Lherbier, Aurélien; Miglio, Anna; Stankovski, Martin; Ponce, Samuel; Oliveira, Micael; Giantomassi, Matteo; Gonze, Xavier

    2013-03-01

    For a set of oxides and semiconductors, we compute the electronic band structures (gaps and widths) within Density-Functional theory (DFT) using the Tran-Blaha (TB09) functional [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 226401 (2009)]. We compare them with those obtained from (i) DFT using the local-density approximation (LDA), (ii) many-body perturbation theory (MBPT), and (iii) experiments. TB09 leads to band gaps in much better agreement with experiment than the LDA. However, the valence (and conduction) band widths are often underestimated (noticeably more than in LDA). MBPT corrections are obtained peforming one-shot GW calculations using DFT eigenenergies and wavefunctions as starting point (both LDA and TB09 are considered). These corrections lead to a much better agreement with experimental data for the band widths. The MBPT band gaps obtained starting TB09 are close to those from quasi-particle self-consistent GW calculations, at a much reduced cost. Finally, we explore the possibility to tune a semi-empirical parameter present in the TB09 functional aiming to obtain simultaneously better gaps and band widths. We find that these requirements are conflicting.

  7. Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Photonic Band gaps in Artificial Opals

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    Wang, Lei; Yin, Ming; Arammash, Fouzi; Datta, Timir

    2014-03-01

    Photonic band structure and band gap were numerically computed for a number of closed packed simple cubic and Hexagonal arrangements of non-conducting spheres using ``Finite Difference Time Domain Method''. Photonic gaps were found to exist in the simple cubic overlapping spheres with index of refraction (n) >3.2. Gap increased linearly from 0.117- 0.161 (1/micron) as lattice constant decreased from 0.34 to 0.18 (micron). For less than 3.2 no gap was obtained. Also, no gaps were obtained for hexagonal packing. UV-VIS reflectivity and transmission measurements of polycrystalline bulk artificial opals of silica (SiO2) spheres, ranging from 250nm to 300nm in sphere diameter indicate a reflection peak in the 500-600 nm regimes. Consistent with photonic band gap behavior we find that reflectivity is enhanced in the same wavelength where transmission is reduced. To the best of our knowledge this is the first observation of photonic gap in the visible wave length under ambient conditions. The wave length at the reflectance peak increases with the diameter of the SiO2 spheres, and is approximately twice the diameter following Bragg reflection. DOD Award No 60177-RT-H from ARO.

  8. Effects of corrugation shape on frequency band-gaps for longitudinal wave motion in a periodic elastic layer.

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    Sorokin, Vladislav S

    2016-04-01

    The paper concerns determining frequency band-gaps for longitudinal wave motion in a periodic waveguide. The waveguide may be considered either as an elastic layer with variable thickness or as a rod with variable cross section. As a result, widths and locations of all frequency band-gaps are determined by means of the method of varying amplitudes. For the general symmetric corrugation shape, the width of each odd band-gap is controlled only by one harmonic in the corrugation series with its number being equal to the number of the band-gap. Widths of even band-gaps, however, are influenced by all the harmonics involved in the corrugation series, so that the lower frequency band-gaps can emerge. These are band-gaps located below the frequency corresponding to the lowest harmonic in the corrugation series. For the general non-symmetric corrugation shape, the mth band-gap is controlled only by one, the mth, harmonic in the corrugation series. The revealed insights into the mechanism of band-gap formation can be used to predict locations and widths of all frequency band-gaps featured by any corrugation shape. These insights are general and can be valid also for other types of wave motion in periodic structures, e.g., transverse or torsional vibration. PMID:27106336

  9. Zero-coupling-gap degenerate band edge resonators in silicon photonics.

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    Burr, Justin R; Reano, Ronald M

    2015-11-30

    Resonances near regular photonic band edges are limited by quality factors that scale only to the third power of the number of periods. In contrast, resonances near degenerate photonic band edges can scale to the fifth power of the number periods, yielding a route to significant device miniaturization. For applications in silicon integrated photonics, we present the design and analysis of zero-coupling-gap degenerate band edge resonators. Complex band diagrams are computed for the unit cell with periodic boundary conditions that convey characteristics of propagating and evanescent modes. Dispersion features of the band diagram are used to describe changes in resonance scaling in finite length resonators. Resonators with non-zero and zero coupling gap are compared. Analysis of quality factor and resonance frequency indicates significant reduction in the number of periods required to observe fifth power scaling when degenerate band edge resonators are realized with zero-coupling-gap. High transmission is achieved by optimizing the waveguide feed to the resonator. Compact band edge cavities with large optical field distribution are envisioned for light emitters, switches, and sensors. PMID:26698725

  10. Enhancement of band gap and photoconductivity in gamma indium selenide due to swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Sreekumar, R.; Jayakrishnan, R.; Sudha Kartha, C.; Vijayakumar, K. P.; Khan, S. A.; Avasthi, D. K.

    2008-01-01

    γ-In2Se3 thin films prepared at different annealing temperatures ranging from 100to400°C were irradiated using 90MeV Si ions with a fluence of 2×1013ions/cm2. X-ray diffraction analysis proved that there is no considerable variation in structural properties of the films due to the swift heavy ion irradiation. However, photosensitivity and sheet resistance of the samples increased due to irradiation. It was observed that the sample, which had negative photoconductivity, exhibited positive photoconductivity, after irradiation. The negative photoconductivity was due to the combined effect of trapping of photoexcited electrons, at traps 1.42 and 1.26eV, above the valence band along with destruction of the minority carriers, created during illumination, through recombination. Photoluminescence study revealed that the emission was due to the transition to a recombination center, which was 180meV above the valence band. Optical absorption study proved that the defects present at 1.42 and 1.26eV were annealed out by the ion beam irradiation. This allowed photoexcited carriers to reach conduction band, which resulted in positive photoconductivity. Optical absorption study also revealed that the band gap of the material could be increased by ion beam irradiation. The sample prepared at 400°C had a band gap of 2eV and this increased to 2.8eV, after irradiation. The increase in optical band gap was attributed to the annihilation of localized defect bands, near the conduction and valence band edges, on irradiation. Thus, by ion beam irradiation, one could enhance photosensitivity as well as the optical band gap of γ-In2Se3, making the material suitable for applications such as window layer in solar cells.

  11. Enhancement of band gap and photoconductivity in gamma indium selenide due to swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Sreekumar, R.; Jayakrishnan, R.; Sudha Kartha, C.; Vijayakumar, K. P.; Khan, S. A.; Avasthi, D. K.

    2008-01-15

    {gamma}-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} thin films prepared at different annealing temperatures ranging from 100 to 400 deg. C were irradiated using 90 MeV Si ions with a fluence of 2x10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. X-ray diffraction analysis proved that there is no considerable variation in structural properties of the films due to the swift heavy ion irradiation. However, photosensitivity and sheet resistance of the samples increased due to irradiation. It was observed that the sample, which had negative photoconductivity, exhibited positive photoconductivity, after irradiation. The negative photoconductivity was due to the combined effect of trapping of photoexcited electrons, at traps 1.42 and 1.26 eV, above the valence band along with destruction of the minority carriers, created during illumination, through recombination. Photoluminescence study revealed that the emission was due to the transition to a recombination center, which was 180 meV above the valence band. Optical absorption study proved that the defects present at 1.42 and 1.26 eV were annealed out by the ion beam irradiation. This allowed photoexcited carriers to reach conduction band, which resulted in positive photoconductivity. Optical absorption study also revealed that the band gap of the material could be increased by ion beam irradiation. The sample prepared at 400 deg. C had a band gap of 2 eV and this increased to 2.8 eV, after irradiation. The increase in optical band gap was attributed to the annihilation of localized defect bands, near the conduction and valence band edges, on irradiation. Thus, by ion beam irradiation, one could enhance photosensitivity as well as the optical band gap of {gamma}-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3}, making the material suitable for applications such as window layer in solar cells.

  12. A New Silicon Phase with Direct Band Gap and Novel Optoelectronic Properties.

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    Guo, Yaguang; Wang, Qian; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Jena, Puru

    2015-01-01

    Due to the compatibility with the well-developed Si-based semiconductor industry, there is considerable interest in developing silicon structures with direct energy band gaps for effective sunlight harvesting. In this paper, using silicon triangles as the building block, we propose a new silicon allotrope with a direct band gap of 0.61 eV, which is dynamically, thermally and mechanically stable. Symmetry group analysis further suggests that dipole transition at the direct band gap is allowed. In addition, this new allotrope displays large carrier mobility (~10(4) cm/V · s) at room temperature and a low mass density (1.71 g/cm(3)), making it a promising material for optoelectronic applications. PMID:26395926

  13. A New Silicon Phase with Direct Band Gap and Novel Optoelectronic Properties

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    Guo, Yaguang; Wang, Qian; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Jena, Puru

    2015-09-01

    Due to the compatibility with the well-developed Si-based semiconductor industry, there is considerable interest in developing silicon structures with direct energy band gaps for effective sunlight harvesting. In this paper, using silicon triangles as the building block, we propose a new silicon allotrope with a direct band gap of 0.61 eV, which is dynamically, thermally and mechanically stable. Symmetry group analysis further suggests that dipole transition at the direct band gap is allowed. In addition, this new allotrope displays large carrier mobility (~104 cm/V · s) at room temperature and a low mass density (1.71 g/cm3), making it a promising material for optoelectronic applications.

  14. A New Silicon Phase with Direct Band Gap and Novel Optoelectronic Properties

    PubMed Central

    Guo, Yaguang; Wang, Qian; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Jena, Puru

    2015-01-01

    Due to the compatibility with the well-developed Si-based semiconductor industry, there is considerable interest in developing silicon structures with direct energy band gaps for effective sunlight harvesting. In this paper, using silicon triangles as the building block, we propose a new silicon allotrope with a direct band gap of 0.61 eV, which is dynamically, thermally and mechanically stable. Symmetry group analysis further suggests that dipole transition at the direct band gap is allowed. In addition, this new allotrope displays large carrier mobility (~104 cm/V · s) at room temperature and a low mass density (1.71 g/cm3), making it a promising material for optoelectronic applications. PMID:26395926

  15. Local strain effect on the band gap engineering of graphene by a first-principles study

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    Gui, Gui; Booske, John; Ma, Zhenqiang E-mail: mazq@engr.wisc.edu; Morgan, Dane; Zhong, Jianxin E-mail: mazq@engr.wisc.edu

    2015-02-02

    We have systematically investigated the effect of local strain on electronic properties of graphene by first-principles calculations. Two major types of local strain, oriented along the zigzag and the armchair directions, have been studied. We find that local strain with a proper range and strength along the zigzag direction results in opening of significant band gaps in graphene, on the order of 10{sup −1 }eV; whereas, local strain along the armchair direction cannot open a significant band gap in graphene. Our results show that appropriate local strain can effectively open and tune the band gap in graphene; therefore, the electronic and transport properties of graphene can also be modified.

  16. Experimental Work With Photonic Band Gap Fiber: Building A Laser Electron Accelerator

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    Lincoln, Melissa; Ischebeck, Rasmus; Nobel, Robert; Siemann, Robert; /SLAC

    2006-09-29

    In the laser acceleration project E-163 at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, work is being done toward building a traveling wave accelerator that uses as its accelerating structure a length of photonic band gap fiber. The small scale of the optical fiber allows radiation at optical wavelengths to be used to provide the necessary accelerating energy. Optical wavelength driving energy in a small structure yields higher accelerating fields. The existence of a speed-of-light accelerating mode in a photonic band gap fiber has been calculated previously [1]. This paper presents an overview of several of the experimental challenges posed in the development of the proposed photonic band gap fiber accelerator system.

  17. General band gap condition in one-dimensional resonator-based acoustic metamaterial

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    Liu, Yafei; Hou, Zhilin; Fu, Xiujun

    2016-03-01

    A one-dimensional model for resonator-based acoustic metamaterials is introduced. The condition for band gap in such kind of structure is obtained. According to this condition, the dispersion relation is in general a result of the scattering phase and propagating phase. The phenomenon that the band gap is less dependent on lattice structure appears only in the special system in which the coupling between the resonators and the host medium is weak enough. For strong coupled systems, the dispersion of wave can be significantly adjusted by the propagating phase. Based on the understanding, a general guide for band gap optimization is given and the mechanism for structures with the defect states at subwavelength scale is revealed.

  18. Bragg band gaps tunability in an homogeneous piezoelectric rod with periodic electrical boundary conditions

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    Degraeve, S.; Granger, C.; Dubus, B.; Vasseur, J. O.; Pham Thi, M.; Hladky-Hennion, A.-C.

    2014-05-01

    An homogeneous piezoelectric rod is shown to exhibit Bragg band gaps when an electrical boundary condition is applied periodically with the help of metallic electrodes. An analytical model is developed which formulation depends on the applied electric boundary condition and reveals that Bragg band gaps occurring in this very peculiar phononic crystal are related to the electric charge located on the electrodes. Moreover, via an accurate boundary condition (electrodes connected in short circuit, in open circuit, or through an external capacitance), full tunability of the Bragg band gaps can be achieved. Measurements of ultrasonic transmission present an overall excellent agreement with the theoretical results. This phononic crystal can be easily manufactured and presents many potential applications as frequency filters especially for radio frequency telecommunications.

  19. Synthesis of copper quantum dots by chemical reduction method and tailoring of its band gap

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    Prabhash, P. G.; Nair, Swapna S.

    2016-05-01

    Metallic copper nano particles are synthesized with citric acid and CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) as surfactant and chlorides as precursors. The particle size and surface morphology are analyzed by High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy. The average size of the nano particle is found to be 3 - 10 nm. The optical absorption characteristics are done by UV-Visible spectrophotometer. From the Tauc plots, the energy band gaps are calculated and because of their smaller size the particles have much higher band gap than the bulk material. The energy band gap is changed from 3.67 eV to 4.27 eV in citric acid coated copper quantum dots and 4.17 eV to 4.52 eV in CTAB coated copper quantum dots.

  20. Method of manufacturing flexible metallic photonic band gap structures, and structures resulting therefrom

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    Gupta, Sandhya; Tuttle, Gary L.; Sigalas, Mihail; McCalmont, Jonathan S.; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2001-08-14

    A method of manufacturing a flexible metallic photonic band gap structure operable in the infrared region, comprises the steps of spinning on a first layer of dielectric on a GaAs substrate, imidizing this first layer of dielectric, forming a first metal pattern on this first layer of dielectric, spinning on and imidizing a second layer of dielectric, and then removing the GaAs substrate. This method results in a flexible metallic photonic band gap structure operable with various filter characteristics in the infrared region. This method may be used to construct multi-layer flexible metallic photonic band gap structures. Metal grid defects and dielectric separation layer thicknesses are adjusted to control filter parameters.

  1. Band gap engineering in polymers through chemical doping and applied mechanical strain.

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    Lanzillo, Nicholas A; Breneman, Curt M

    2016-08-17

    We report simulations based on density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory exploring the band gaps of common crystalline polymers including polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene. Our reported band gaps of 8.6 eV for single-chain polyethylene and 9.1 eV for bulk crystalline polyethylene are in excellent agreement with experiment. The effects of chemical doping along the polymer backbone and side-groups are explored, and the use mechanical strain as a means to modify the band gaps of these polymers over a range of several eV while leaving the dielectric constant unchanged is discussed. This work highlights some of the opportunities available to engineer the electronic properties of polymers with wide-reaching implications for polymeric dielectric materials used for capacitive energy storage. PMID:27324304

  2. Band gap engineering in polymers through chemical doping and applied mechanical strain

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    Lanzillo, Nicholas A.; Breneman, Curt M.

    2016-08-01

    We report simulations based on density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory exploring the band gaps of common crystalline polymers including polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene. Our reported band gaps of 8.6 eV for single-chain polyethylene and 9.1 eV for bulk crystalline polyethylene are in excellent agreement with experiment. The effects of chemical doping along the polymer backbone and side-groups are explored, and the use mechanical strain as a means to modify the band gaps of these polymers over a range of several eV while leaving the dielectric constant unchanged is discussed. This work highlights some of the opportunities available to engineer the electronic properties of polymers with wide-reaching implications for polymeric dielectric materials used for capacitive energy storage.

  3. Identification of zero density of states domains in band gap fibers using a single binary function.

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    Li, Guangrui; Schmidt, Markus A

    2016-07-11

    Here we introduce a new calculation method to find the domains of zero density of states for photonic band gap guiding fibers consisting of arrays of high refractive index strands in a low refractive index cladding. We find an analytic expression that associates any combination of geometric parameter, effective index, material and wavelength with a single binary function which allows direct determination whether the density of cladding states is zero or not. The method neither requires the typically used root finding procedure for dispersion tracking nor simulation volume discretization. We verify the validity of our approach on well-established results and reveal as example that band gap regions are mainly determined by the two lowest order Bessel function orders. Our method allows for extensive parameter scans and evaluation of photonic band gap structures against structural and material inaccuracies with substantially reduced simulation effort. PMID:27410888

  4. Tuning the band gap and magnetic properties of BN sheets impregnated with graphene flakes

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    Kan, M.; Zhou, J.; Wang, Q.; Sun, Q.; Jena, P.

    2011-11-01

    The BN sheet is a nonmagnetic wide-band-gap semiconductor. Using density functional theory, we show that these properties can be fundamentally altered by embedding graphene flakes. Not only do graphene flakes preserve the two-dimensional (2D) planar structure of the BN sheet, but by controlling their shape and size, unexpected electronic and magnetic properties also emerge. The electronic band structure can be tuned from a direct gap to an indirect gap, the energy gap can be further modulated by changing the bonding patterns, and both hole injecting or electron injecting can be achieved by tailoring the triangular embedding pattern. Furthermore, the Lieb theorem still holds, and the embedded triangular graphene flakes become ferromagnetic with full spin polarizations of the introduced electrons or holes, opening the door to their use as spin filters. The study sheds new light on hybrid single-atomic-layer engineering for unprecedented applications of 2D nanomaterials.

  5. Towards direct-gap silicon phases by the inverse band structure design approach.

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    Xiang, H J; Huang, Bing; Kan, Erjun; Wei, Su-Huai; Gong, X G

    2013-03-15

    Diamond silicon (Si) is the leading material in the current solar cell market. However, diamond Si is an indirect band gap semiconductor with a large energy difference (2.3 eV) between the direct gap and the indirect gap, which makes it an inefficient absorber of light. In this work, we develop a novel inverse band structure design approach based on the particle swarming optimization algorithm to predict the metastable Si phases with better optical properties than diamond Si. Using our new method, we predict a cubic Si(20) phase with quasidirect gaps of 1.55 eV, which is a promising candidate for making thin-film solar cells. PMID:25166584

  6. Photoemission and density functional theory study of Ir(111); energy band gap mapping

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    Pletikosić, I.; Kralj, M.; Šokčević, D.; Brako, R.; Lazić, P.; Pervan, P.

    2010-04-01

    We have performed combined angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) experiments and density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the electronic structure of the Ir(111) surface, with the focus on the existence of energy band gaps. The investigation was motivated by the experimental results suggesting Ir(111) as an ideal support for the growth of weakly bonded graphene. Therefore, our prime interest was electronic structure around the \\bar {\\mathrm {K}} symmetry point. In accordance with DFT calculations, ARPES has shown a wide energy band gap with the shape of a parallelogram centred around the \\bar {\\mathrm {K}} point. Within the gap three surface states were identified; one just below the Fermi level and two spin-orbit split surface states at the bottom of the gap.

  7. The electronic structures of vanadate salts: Cation substitution as a tool for band gap manipulation

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    Dolgos, Michelle R.; Paraskos, Alexandra M.; Stoltzfus, Matthew W.; Yarnell, Samantha C.; Woodward, Patrick M.

    2009-07-01

    The electronic structures of six ternary metal oxides containing isolated vanadate ions, Ba 3(VO 4) 2, Pb 3(VO 4) 2, YVO 4, BiVO 4, CeVO 4 and Ag 3VO 4 were studied using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations. While the electronic structure near the Fermi level originates largely from the molecular orbitals of the vanadate ion, both experiment and theory show that the cation can strongly influence these electronic states. The observation that Ba 3(VO 4) 2 and YVO 4 have similar band gaps, both 3.8 eV, shows that cations with a noble gas configuration have little impact on the electronic structure. Band structure calculations support this hypothesis. In Pb 3(VO 4) 2 and BiVO 4 the band gap is reduced by 0.9-1.0 eV through interactions of (a) the filled cation 6 s orbitals with nonbonding O 2 p states at the top of the valence band, and (b) overlap of empty 6 p orbitals with antibonding V 3 d-O 2 p states at the bottom of the conduction band. In Ag 3VO 4 mixing between filled Ag 4 d and O 2 p states destabilizes states at the top of the valence band leading to a large decrease in the band gap ( Eg=2.2 eV). In CeVO 4 excitations from partially filled 4 f orbitals into the conduction band lower the effective band gap to 1.8 eV. In the Ce 1-xBi xVO 4 (0≤ x≤0.5) and Ce 1-xY xVO 4 ( x=0.1, 0.2) solid solutions the band gap narrows slightly when Bi 3+ or Y 3+ are introduced. The nonlinear response of the band gap to changes in composition is a result of the localized nature of the Ce 4 f orbitals.

  8. Fundamental Role of Oxygen Stoichiometry in Controlling the Band Gap and Reactivity of Cupric Oxide Nanosheets.

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    Fishman, Zachary S; Rudshteyn, Benjamin; He, Yulian; Liu, Bolun; Chaudhuri, Subhajyoti; Askerka, Mikhail; Haller, Gary L; Batista, Victor S; Pfefferle, Lisa D

    2016-08-31

    CuO is a nonhazardous, earth-abundant material that has exciting potential for use in solar cells, photocatalysis, and other optoelectronic applications. While progress has been made on the characterization of properties and reactivity of CuO, there remains significant controversy on how to control the precise band gap by tuning conditions of synthetic methods. Here, we combine experimental and theoretical methods to address the origin of the wide distribution of reported band gaps for CuO nanosheets. We establish reaction conditions to control the band gap and reactivity via a high-temperature treatment in an oxygen-rich environment. SEM, TEM, XRD, and BET physisorption reveals little to no change in nanostructure, crystal structure, or surface area. In contrast, UV-vis spectroscopy shows a modulation in the material band gap over a range of 330 meV. A similar trend is found in H2 temperature-programmed reduction where peak H2 consumption temperature decreases with treatment. Calculations of the density of states show that increasing the oxygen to copper coverage ratio of the surface accounts for most of the observed changes in the band gap. An oxygen exchange mechanism, supported by (18)O2 temperature-programmed oxidation, is proposed to be responsible for changes in the CuO nanosheet oxygen to copper stoichiometry. The changes induced by oxygen depletion/deposition serve to explain discrepancies in the band gap of CuO, as reported in the literature, as well as dramatic differences in catalytic performance. PMID:27454546

  9. Characterization of wide band gap semiconductors and multiferroic materials

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    Cai, Bo

    Structural, optical and electrical properties of zinc oxide (ZnO), aluminum nitride (AlN), and lutetium ferrite (LuFe2O4) have been investigated. Temperature dependent Hall Effect measurements were performed between 80 and 800 K for phosphorus (P) and arsenic (As) doped ZnO thin films grown on c-plane sapphire substrate by RF magnetron sputtering. These samples exhibited n-type conductivity throughout the temperature range with carrier concentration of 3.85 x 1016 cm-3 and 3.65 x 10 17 cm-3 at room temperature for P-doped and As-doped ZnO films, respectively. The Arrhenius plots of free electron concentration of those doped samples showed double thermal activation processes with a small activation energy of about 0.04 eV due to shallow donors and a large activation energy of about 0.8 eV due to deep donors. The deep donor level could be related to oxygen vacancy. For undoped ZnO layer, growth condition was optimized to use as low background electron buffer layer. Hall Effect measurements showed that the resistivity and background electron concentration of the films decreases as the substrate temperature increases. The film deposited at 900 oC has more than two orders less background electron concentration than that deposited at 300 °C. Based on photoluminescence and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analysis, the ZnO grown under this condition is formed to be a greatly reduced density of stacking faults. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was employed to investigate dislocations in aluminum nitride (AlN) epilayers grown on sapphire substrate using three-step growth method by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). AlN epilayers grown by this method have smooth surfaces, narrow width of X-ray rocking curves, and strong band edge photoluminescence (PL) emissions with low impurity emissions. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that most of the threading dislocations are annihilated within 300 nm. Stacking faults are greatly reduced in the

  10. Spin and band-gap engineering in copper-doped BN sheet

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    Zhou, Yungang; Jiang, Xiao-dong; Duan, G.; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.

    2010-05-01

    We perform first-principles calculations on single- or dimer-Cu absorbed BN sheet. It was found that the band gap of BN sheet was reduced due to the emergence of certain impurity states arisen from Cu atom. The value of band gap depends on the adsorption configuration. Unpaired electron in absorbed single-Cu atom is polarized causing a magnetic moment of 1.0 μB, while no magnetic moment has been detected after dimer-Cu adsorption. Comparing the analogous carbon nanostructures, Cu-absorbed BN sheet is more resistant to oxidation and thereby is more experimentally accessible.

  11. Polarization-induced Zener tunnel junctions in wide-band-gap heterostructures.

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    Simon, John; Zhang, Ze; Goodman, Kevin; Xing, Huili; Kosel, Thomas; Fay, Patrick; Jena, Debdeep

    2009-07-10

    The large electronic polarization in III-V nitrides allows for novel physics not possible in other semiconductor families. In this work, interband Zener tunneling in wide-band-gap GaN heterojunctions is demonstrated by using polarization-induced electric fields. The resulting tunnel diodes are more conductive under reverse bias, which has applications for zero-bias rectification and mm-wave imaging. Since interband tunneling is traditionally prohibitive in wide-band-gap semiconductors, these polarization-induced structures and their variants can enable a number of devices such as multijunction solar cells that can operate under elevated temperatures and high fields. PMID:19659229

  12. Structural studies and band gap tuning of Cr doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Srinet, Gunjan Kumar, Ravindra Sajal, Vivek

    2014-04-24

    Structural and optical properties of Cr doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by the thermal decomposition method are presented. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the substitution of Cr on Zn sites without changing the wurtzite structure of ZnO. Modified form of W-H equations was used to calculate various physical parameters and their variation with Cr doping is discussed. Significant red shift was observed in band gap, i.e., a band gap tuning is achieved by Cr doping which could eventually be useful for optoelectronic applications.

  13. Band gap engineering of early transition-metal-doped anatase TiO₂: first principles calculations.

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    Li, C; Zhao, Y F; Gong, Y Y; Wang, T; Sun, C Q

    2014-10-21

    The thermal stability and electronic structures of anatase TiO2 doped with early transition metals (TM) (group III-B = Sc, Y and La; group IV-B = Zr and Hf; group V-B = V, Nb and Ta) have been studied using first principles calculations. It was found that all doped systems are thermodynamically stable, and their band gaps were reduced by 1-1.3 eV compared to pure TiO2. Doping with transition metals affects the strength of the hybrid orbital of TM-O bonding, and the band gap increases approximately linearly with the MP value of TM-O bonding. PMID:25183457

  14. Role of excited states in Shockley-Read-Hall recombination in wide-band-gap semiconductors

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    Alkauskas, Audrius; Dreyer, Cyrus E.; Lyons, John L.; Van de Walle, Chris G.

    2016-05-01

    Defect-assisted recombination is an important limitation on efficiency of optoelectronic devices. However, since nonradiative capture rates decrease exponentially with the energy of the transition, the mechanisms by which such recombination can take place in wide-band-gap materials are unclear. Using electronic structure calculations we uncover the crucial role of electronic excited states in nonradiative recombination processes. The impact is elucidated with examples for the group-III nitrides, for which accumulating experimental evidence indicates that defect-assisted recombination limits efficiency. Our work provides insights into the physics of nonradiative recombination, and the mechanisms are suggested to be ubiquitous in wide-band-gap semiconductors.

  15. Single-Crystal Semiconductors with Narrow Band Gaps for Solar Water Splitting.

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    Wang, Tuo; Gong, Jinlong

    2015-09-01

    Solar water splitting provides a clean and renewable approach to produce hydrogen energy. In recent years, single-crystal semiconductors such as Si and InP with narrow band gaps have demonstrated excellent performance to drive the half reactions of water splitting through visible light due to their suitable band gaps and low bulk recombination. This Minireview describes recent research advances that successfully overcome the primary obstacles in using these semiconductors as photoelectrodes, including photocorrosion, sluggish reaction kinetics, low photovoltage, and unfavorable planar substrate surface. Surface modification strategies, such as surface protection, cocatalyst loading, surface energetics tuning, and surface texturization are highlighted as the solutions. PMID:26227831

  16. Modulating the band gap of a boron nitride bilayer with an external electric field for photocatalyst

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    Tang, Y. R.; Zhang, Y.; Cao, J. X.

    2016-05-01

    By virtue of first principle calculations, we propose an approach to reduce the band gap of layered semiconductors through the application of external electric fields for photocatalysis. As a typical example, the band gap of a boron nitride (BN) bilayer was reduced in the range from 4.45 eV to 0.3 eV by varying the external electric field strength. More interestingly, it is found that the uppermost valence band and the lowest conduction band are dominated by the N-pz and B-pz from different layers of the BN sheet, which suggests a wonderful photoexcited electron and hole separation system for photocatalysis. Our results imply that the strong external electric field can present an abrupt polarized surface.

  17. Wave propagation in single column woodpile phononic crystals: Formation of tunable band gaps

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    Kim, Eunho; Yang, Jinkyu

    2014-11-01

    We study the formation of frequency band gaps in single column woodpile phononic crystals composed of orthogonally stacked slender cylinders. We focus on investigating the effect of the cylinders' local vibrations on the dispersion of elastic waves along the stacking direction of the woodpile phononic crystals. We experimentally verify that their frequency band structures depend significantly on the bending resonant behavior of unit cells. We propose a simple theoretical model based on a discrete element method to associate the behavior of locally resonant cylindrical rods with the band gap formation mechanism in woodpile phononic crystals. The findings in this work imply that we can achieve versatile control of frequency band structures in phononic crystals by using woodpile architectures. The woodpile phononic crystals can form a new type of vibration filtering devices that offer an enhanced degree of freedom in manipulating stress wave propagation.

  18. Plasmonic Photosensitization of a Wide Band Gap Semiconductor: Converting Plasmons to Charge Carriers

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    Mubeen, Syed; Hernandez-Sosa, Gerardo; Moses, Daniel; Lee, Joun; Moskovits, Martin

    2011-10-31

    A fruitful paradigm in the development of low-cost and efficient photovoltaics is to dope or otherwise photosensitize wide band gap semiconductors in order to improve their light harvesting ability for light with sub-band-gap photon energies. Here, we report significant photosensitization of TiO₂ due to the direct injection by quantum tunneling of hot electrons produced in the decay of localized surface-plasmon polaritons excited in gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) embedded in the semiconductor (TiO₂). Surface plasmon decay produces electron–hole pairs in the gold. We propose that a significant fraction of these electrons tunnel into the semiconductor’s conduction band resulting in a significant electron current in the TiO₂ even when the device is illuminated with light with photon energies well below the semiconductor’s band gap. Devices fabricated with (nonpercolating) multilayers of AuNPs in a TiO₂ film produced over 1000-fold increase in photoconductance when illuminated at 600 nm over what TiO₂ films devoid of AuNPs produced. The overall current resulting from illumination with visible light is ~50% of the device current measured with UV (ℏω > Eg band gap) illumination. The above observations suggest that plasmonic nanostructures (which can be fabricated with absorption properties that cover the full solar spectrum) can function as a viable alternative to organic photosensitizers for photovoltaic and photodetection applications.

  19. Band gap bowing in NixMg1−xO

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    Niedermeier, Christian A.; Råsander, Mikael; Rhode, Sneha; Kachkanov, Vyacheslav; Zou, Bin; Alford, Neil; Moram, Michelle A.

    2016-01-01

    Epitaxial transparent oxide NixMg1−xO (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) thin films were grown on MgO(100) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. High-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis indicate that the thin films are compositionally and structurally homogeneous, forming a completely miscible solid solution. Nevertheless, the composition dependence of the NixMg1−xO optical band gap shows a strong non-parabolic bowing with a discontinuity at dilute NiO concentrations of x < 0.037. Density functional calculations of the NixMg1−xO band structure and the density of states demonstrate that deep Ni 3d levels are introduced into the MgO band gap, which significantly reduce the fundamental gap as confirmed by optical absorption spectra. These states broaden into a Ni 3d-derived conduction band for x > 0.074 and account for the anomalously large band gap narrowing in the NixMg1−xO solid solution system. PMID:27503808

  20. Band gap engineering via electrostatic chemical strain in cation ordered LaSrAlO4

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    Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Rondinelli, James M.

    2014-03-01

    In this work, we employ density functional theory to examine a novel design route that employs A-site cation ordering to engineer the band gaps of (A,A')BO4 Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) oxides. Using LaSrAlO4 as a model material, we show that the band gap is highly sensitive to the A-site cation ordering ranging from 3-4.5 eV. When the [AlO2]-1 layers are interleaved between two chemically equivalent [LaO]1+ or [SrO]0+ layers, we obtain the smallest band gap with a reduction of ~1 eV determined from the Heyd, Scuseria, and Ernzerhof (HSE) hybrid exchange-correlation functional. We relate the observed band gap reduction to the local bond distortions arising from electrostatic chemical strain induced changes to the O 2 p and La 5 d states in the valence and conduction bands, respectively. The project was supported by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (grant no. N66001-12-4224). The views, opinions, and/or findings reported here are solely those of the authors and do not represent official views of DARPA or DOD.

  1. Band gap bowing in NixMg1‑xO

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    Niedermeier, Christian A.; Råsander, Mikael; Rhode, Sneha; Kachkanov, Vyacheslav; Zou, Bin; Alford, Neil; Moram, Michelle A.

    2016-08-01

    Epitaxial transparent oxide NixMg1‑xO (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) thin films were grown on MgO(100) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. High-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis indicate that the thin films are compositionally and structurally homogeneous, forming a completely miscible solid solution. Nevertheless, the composition dependence of the NixMg1‑xO optical band gap shows a strong non-parabolic bowing with a discontinuity at dilute NiO concentrations of x < 0.037. Density functional calculations of the NixMg1‑xO band structure and the density of states demonstrate that deep Ni 3d levels are introduced into the MgO band gap, which significantly reduce the fundamental gap as confirmed by optical absorption spectra. These states broaden into a Ni 3d-derived conduction band for x > 0.074 and account for the anomalously large band gap narrowing in the NixMg1‑xO solid solution system.

  2. Band gap bowing in NixMg1-xO.

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    Niedermeier, Christian A; Råsander, Mikael; Rhode, Sneha; Kachkanov, Vyacheslav; Zou, Bin; Alford, Neil; Moram, Michelle A

    2016-01-01

    Epitaxial transparent oxide NixMg1-xO (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) thin films were grown on MgO(100) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. High-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis indicate that the thin films are compositionally and structurally homogeneous, forming a completely miscible solid solution. Nevertheless, the composition dependence of the NixMg1-xO optical band gap shows a strong non-parabolic bowing with a discontinuity at dilute NiO concentrations of x < 0.037. Density functional calculations of the NixMg1-xO band structure and the density of states demonstrate that deep Ni 3d levels are introduced into the MgO band gap, which significantly reduce the fundamental gap as confirmed by optical absorption spectra. These states broaden into a Ni 3d-derived conduction band for x > 0.074 and account for the anomalously large band gap narrowing in the NixMg1-xO solid solution system. PMID:27503808

  3. Chemical effects of band filling and band-gap renormalization on heavily doped ZnO:MIII (Al, Ga and In): A band anti-crossing approach

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    Sans, J. A.; Sanchez-Royo, J. F.; Tobias-Rossell, G.; Canadell-Casanova, E.; Segura, A.

    2010-01-01

    Previous results show that the discrepancy between the experimental measurements and standard model theoretical calculations can be related with our assumption of unperturbed dispersion in the conduction band of the material. For overcoming this limitation, it has been proposed the band anti-crossing (BAC) model, based on the interaction of an antibonding state of Ga-O with the conduction band. Extending this model to other doping elements from III-group (Al, Ga and In), coherent results for the optical band-gap energy were obtained. These results have been supported by theoretical calculus of the electronic band structure, carried out by numerical atomic orbitals density functional theory (DFT) approach. This method is designed for efficient calculations in large systems and implemented in the SIESTA code.

  4. Robust topology optimization of three-dimensional photonic-crystal band-gap structures.

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    Men, H; Lee, K Y K; Freund, R M; Peraire, J; Johnson, S G

    2014-09-22

    We perform full 3D topology optimization (in which "every voxel" of the unit cell is a degree of freedom) of photonic-crystal structures in order to find optimal omnidirectional band gaps for various symmetry groups, including fcc (including diamond), bcc, and simple-cubic lattices. Even without imposing the constraints of any fabrication process, the resulting optimal gaps are only slightly larger than previous hand designs, suggesting that current photonic crystals are nearly optimal in this respect. However, optimization can discover new structures, e.g. a new fcc structure with the same symmetry but slightly larger gap than the well known inverse opal, which may offer new degrees of freedom to future fabrication technologies. Furthermore, our band-gap optimization is an illustration of a computational approach to 3D dispersion engineering which is applicable to many other problems in optics, based on a novel semidefinite-program formulation for nonconvex eigenvalue optimization combined with other techniques such as a simple approach to impose symmetry constraints. We also demonstrate a technique for robust topology optimization, in which some uncertainty is included in each voxel and we optimize the worst-case gap, and we show that the resulting band gaps have increased robustness to systematic fabrication errors. PMID:25321732

  5. Robust topology optimization of three-dimensional photonic-crystal band-gap structures

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    Men, H.; Lee, K. Y. K.; Freund, R. M.; Peraire, J.; Johnson, S. G.

    2014-09-01

    We perform full 3D topology optimization (in which "every voxel" of the unit cell is a degree of freedom) of photonic-crystal structures in order to find optimal omnidirectional band gaps for various symmetry groups, including fcc (including diamond), bcc, and simple-cubic lattices. Even without imposing the constraints of any fabrication process, the resulting optimal gaps are only slightly larger than previous hand designs, suggesting that current photonic crystals are nearly optimal in this respect. However, optimization can discover new structures, e.g. a new fcc structure with the same symmetry but slightly larger gap than the well known inverse opal, which may offer new degrees of freedom to future fabrication technologies. Furthermore, our band-gap optimization is an illustration of a computational approach to 3D dispersion engineering which is applicable to many other problems in optics, based on a novel semidefinite-program formulation for nonconvex eigenvalue optimization combined with other techniques such as a simple approach to impose symmetry constraints. We also demonstrate a technique for \\emph{robust} topology optimization, in which some uncertainty is included in each voxel and we optimize the worst-case gap, and we show that the resulting band gaps have increased robustness to systematic fabrication errors.

  6. Tunable band gap near the Dirac point in nonlinear negative-zero-positive index metamaterial waveguide

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    Shen Ming; Ruan Linxu; Shi Jielong; Wang Qi; Wang Xinglin

    2011-04-15

    We make theoretical investigations of the nonlinear guided modes near the Dirac point (DP) in nonlinear negative-zero-positive index metamaterial (NZPIM) waveguide. When the nonlinearity is self-focusing, an asymmetric forbidden band exists near the DP that can be modulated by the strength of the nonlinearity. However, the self-defocusing nonlinearity can completely eliminate the asymmetric band gap. We also study the nonlinear surface waves in such nonlinear NZPIM waveguide. These results may predict analogous phenomena in nonlinear graphene.

  7. Generalized thermoelastic wave band gaps in phononic crystals without energy dissipation

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    Wu, Ying; Yu, Kaiping; Li, Xiao; Zhou, Haotian

    2016-01-01

    We present a theoretical investigation of the thermoelastic wave propagation in the phononic crystals in the context of Green-Nagdhi theory by taking thermoelastic coupling into account. The thermal field is assumed to be steady. Thermoelastic wave band structures of 3D and 2D are derived by using the plane wave expansion method. For the 2D problem, the anti-plane shear mode is not affected by the temperature difference. Thermoelastic wave bands of the in-plane x-y mode are calculated for lead/silicone rubber, aluminium/silicone rubber, and aurum/silicone rubber phononic crystals. The new findings in the numerical results indicate that the thermoelastic wave bands are composed of the pure elastic wave bands and the thermal wave bands, and that the thermal wave bands can serve as the low boundary of the first band gap when the filling ratio is low. In addition, for the lead/silicone rubber phononic crystals the effects of lattice type (square, rectangle, regular triangle, and hexagon) and inclusion shape (circle, oval, and square) on the normalized thermoelastic bandwidth and the upper/lower gap boundaries are analysed and discussed. It is concluded that their effects on the thermoelastic wave band structure are remarkable.

  8. Systematic topology optimization of solid-solid phononic crystals for multiple separate band-gaps with different polarizations.

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    Liu, Zong-Fa; Wu, Bin; He, Cun-Fu

    2016-02-01

    Phononic crystals (PnCs) have attracted considerable interest due to their unique and outstanding band-gap characteristics. In many applications, it is desirable to have a unit cell with specific band-gaps. The distribution of elastic materials within a unit cell has significant effect on the band-gaps, which is extremely difficult to be determined without systematic synthesis method. In this paper, topology optimization techniques are utilized to obtain two-dimensional (2D) square lattice PnCs with maximized relative band-gaps between multiple consecutive bands. The optimization follows two-stage design process using Genetic algorithms (GAs) in combination with finite element method (FEM). Three numerical examples are given to optimize 2D steel/epoxy PnCs in one-eighth symmetry for coupled mode, shear mode and mixed mode respectively. The results show that the optimized PnCs with different band-gaps, which can easily be found by the developed method, have different materials layout, and the PnCs with the lowest order band-gap are simple lattice and have the highest value of application in noise reduction and vibration isolation. Some optimized PnCs with higher order band-gaps have the same lattice as those with the lowest order band-gap, and whose absolute band-gaps are inversely proportional to the minimum feature size of primitive cells. PMID:26456279

  9. Electronic structure of graphene on a reconstructed Pt(100) surface: Hydrogen adsorption, doping, and band gaps

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    Ulstrup, Søren; Nilsson, Louis; Miwa, Jill A.; Balog, Richard; Bianchi, Marco; Hornekær, Liv; Hofmann, Philip

    2013-09-01

    We probe the structure and electronic band structure of graphene grown on a Pt(100) substrate using scanning tunneling microscopy, low energy electron diffraction, and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. It is found that the graphene layer lacks a well-defined azimuthal orientation with respect to the substrate, causing a circular smearing of the π band instead of a well-defined Dirac cone near the Fermi level. The graphene is found to be electron doped placing the Dirac point ˜0.45 eV below the Fermi level, and a gap of 0.15±0.03 eV is found at the Dirac point. We dose atomic hydrogen and monitor the coverage on the graphene by analyzing the impurity-induced broadening of the π-band width. Saturation of graphene on Pt(100) with hydrogen does not expand the band gap, but instead hydrogen-mediated broadening and rehybridization of the graphene sp2 bonds into sp3 leads to a complete disruption of the graphene π band, induces a lifting of the Pt(100) reconstruction, and introduces a dispersing Pt state near the Fermi level. Deposition of rubidium on graphene on Pt(100) leads to further electron doping, pushing the Dirac point to a binding energy of ˜1.35 eV, and increasing the band gap to 0.65±0.04 eV.

  10. Resolution characteristics of graded band-gap reflection-mode AlGaAs/GaAs photocathodes

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    Deng, Wenjuan; Zhang, Daoli; Zou, Jijun; Peng, Xincun; Wang, Weilu; Zhang, Yijun; Chang, Benkang

    2015-12-01

    The modulation transfer function (MTF) of graded band-gap AlGaAs/GaAs reflection-mode photocathodes was determined using two-dimensional Poisson and continuity equations through numerical method. Based on the MTF model, we calculated the theoretical MTF of graded and uniform band-gap reflection-mode photocathodes. We then analyzed the effects of Al composition, wavelength of incident photon, and thicknesses of AlGaAs and GaAs layer on the resolution. Calculation results show that graded band-gap structures can increase the resolution of reflection-mode photocathodes. When the spatial frequency is 800 lp/mm and wavelength is 600 nm, the resolution of graded band-gap photocathodes generally increases by 15.4-29.6%. The resolution improvement of graded band-gap photocathodes is attributed to the fact that the built-in electric field in graded band-gap photocathodes reduces the lateral diffusion distance of photoelectrons.

  11. First-principles study of doping and band gap anomalies in delafossite transparent conductive oxides

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    Nie, Xiliang; Wei, Su-Huai; Zhang, S. B.

    2002-03-01

    Despite the success of n-type transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) in flat panel display, solar cell, and touch panel applications, p-type TCOs are rare. Recently, however, several p-type TCO films such as SrCu_2O2 and delafossite CuM^IIIO2 where M^III=Al, Ga, and In have been successfully demonstrated. These materials have some very unusual properties: (i) The band gaps increase with increasing atomic number. This contradicts the trend in normal semiconductors including those with the same group III elements. (ii) Bipolar doping (namely both p- and n-type doping) is observed only in the largest band gap CuInO_2. This contradicts the doping limit rule [1] as no similar trend has ever been observed in any other semiconductors. Here, using first-principles method, we calculate the electronic and optical properties of CuM^IIIO_2. We found that the fundamental direct gap decreases with the increase of the atomic number, following the general trend in conventional semiconductors. But the optical band gap (which has been used in the above experiments to define the band gap) follows an opposite trend. This happens because optical transition at the fundamental direct gap is forbidden as both states have the same parity (even). On the other hand, CuInO2 has exceptionally low conduction band minimum (CBM), 1.48 eV lower than CuAlO_2. According to the doping limit rule [1], low CBM implies good n-type dopability. Our findings explain the puzzling combination of good transparency with bipolar dopability in CuInO_2. This work was supported by the U. S. DOE-SC-BES under contract No. DE-AC36-99GO10337. [1] S. B. Zhang, S. -H. Wei, and A. Zunger, J. Appl. Phys. 83, 3192 (1998).

  12. Improvement of band gap profile in Cu(InGa)Se{sub 2} solar cells through rapid thermal annealing

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    Chen, D.S.; Yang, J.; Yang, Z.B.; Xu, F.; Du, H.W.; Ma, Z.Q.

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • Proper RTA treatment can effectively optimize band gap profile to more expected level. • Inter-diffusion of atoms account for the improvement of the graded band gap profile. • The variation of the band gap profile created an absolute gain in the efficiency by 1.22%. - Abstract: In the paper, the effect of rapid thermal annealing on non-optimal double-graded band gap profiles was investigated by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and capacitance–voltage measurement techniques. Experimental results revealed that proper rapid thermal annealing treatment can effectively improve band gap profile to more optimal level. The annealing treatment could not only reduce the values of front band gap and minimum band gap, but also shift the position of the minimum band gap toward front electrode and enter into space charge region. In addition, the thickness of Cu(InGa)Se{sub 2} thin film decreased by 25 nm after rapid thermal annealing treatment. All of these modifications were attributed to the inter-diffusion of atoms during thermal treatment process. Simultaneously, the variation of the band gap profile created an absolute gain in the efficiency by 1.22%, short-circuit current density by 2.16 mA/cm{sup 2} and filled factor by 3.57%.

  13. Energy Dependence and Scaling Property of Localization Length near a Gapped Flat Band

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    Ge, Li; Tureci, Hakan

    Using a tight-binding model for a one-dimensional Lieb lattice, we show that the localization length near a gapped flat band behaves differently from the typical Urbach tail in a band gap: instead of reducing monotonically as the energy E moves away from the flat band energy Ef, the presence of the flat band causes a nonmonotonic energy dependence of the localization length. This energy dependence follows a scaling property when the energy is within the spread (W) of uniformly distributed diagonal disorder, i.e. the localization length is only a function of (E-Ef)/W. Several other lattices are compared to distinguish the effect of the flat band on the localization length, where we eliminate, shift, or duplicate the flat band, without changing the dispersion relations of other bands. Using the top right element of the Green's matrix, we derive an analytical relation between the density of states and the localization length, which shines light on these properties of the latter, including a summation rule for its inverse. This work is partially supported by NSF under Grant No. DMR-1506987.

  14. Asymmetric functionalization as a promising route to open the band gap of silicene: A theoretical prediction

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    Wang, Nan; Guo, Hao; Liu, Yue-jie; Zhao, Jing-xiang; Cai, Qing-hai; Wang, Xuan-zhang

    2015-09-01

    Recent studies have suggested that chemical functionalization is a promising avenue to tailor the band gap of silicene, which plays an important role on widening its application. Here, we propose a new route to functionalize silicene, that is asymmetrically modification of silicene (Janus silicene or X-silicene-Y), which is produced by co-grafting of two different groups (X and Y) on both sides of silicene. By performing density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we demonstrate the stability and electronic properties of X-silicene-Y sheets. The results indicate that chemical functionalization on one side can greatly enhance the chemical reactivity of the opposite side, suggesting the communication between the two adsorbed groups and enhancing the stability of the hybrids. Compared to the pristine silicene with a zero band gap, X-silicene-Y sheets exhibit semiconducting nature with a non-zero band gap, which is dependent on the coverage of X/Y. Our results provide a novel and effective method to engineer the band gap of silicene, which would be useful to design novel silicene-based devices with multiple functions.

  15. Temperature dependence of band gaps in Si and Ge in the quasi-ion model

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    Klenner, M.; Falter, C.; Ludwig, W.

    We have calculated the temperature dependence of the direct and indirect band gaps in silicon and germanium. The electron-phonon potential as well as the phonon frequencies and eigenvectors are calculated consistently within the rigid quasi-ion model. Comparison is made with experiment and with the theoretical results of Allen and Cardona and Lautenschlager et al.

  16. Band-gap boundaries and fundamental solitons in complex two-dimensional nonlinear lattices

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    Ablowitz, Mark J.; Antar, Nalan; Bakirtas, Ilkay; Ilan, Boaz

    2010-03-15

    Nonlinear Schroedinger (NLS) equation with external potentials (lattices) possessing crystal and quasicrystal structures are studied. The fundamental solitons and band gaps are computed using a spectral fixed-point numerical scheme. Nonlinear and linear stability properties of the fundamental solitons are investigated by direct simulations and the linear stability properties of the fundamental solitons are confirmed by analysis the linearized eigenvalue problem.

  17. Structural characteristic correlated to the electronic band gap in Mo S2

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    Chu, Shengqi; Park, Changyong; Shen, Guoyin

    2016-07-01

    The structural evolution with pressure in bulk Mo S2 has been investigated by high-pressure x-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation. We found that the out-of-plane S-Mo-S bond angle θ increases and that in in-plane angle ϕ decreases linearly with increasing pressure across the known semiconducting-to-metal phase transition, whereas the Mo-S bond length and the S-Mo-S trilayer thickness display only little change. Extrapolating the experimental result along the in-plane lattice parameter with pressure, both S-Mo-S bond angles trend to those found in monolayer Mo S2 , which manifests as a structural characteristic closely correlating the electronic band gap of Mo S2 to its physical forms and phases, e.g., monolayer as direct band gap semiconductor, multilayer or bulk as indirect band gap semiconductor, and high-pressure (>19 GPa ) bulk form as metal. Combined with the effects of bond strength and van der Waals interlayer interactions, the structural correlations between the characteristic bond angle and electronic band gaps are readily extendible to other transition metal dichalcogenide systems (M X2 , where M =Mo , W and X =S , Se, Te).

  18. Size of the Organic Cation Tunes the Band Gap of Colloidal Organolead Bromide Perovskite Nanocrystals.

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    Mittal, Mona; Jana, Atanu; Sarkar, Sagar; Mahadevan, Priya; Sapra, Sameer

    2016-08-18

    A few approaches have been employed to tune the band gap of colloidal organic-inorganic trihalide perovskites (OTPs) nanocrystals by changing the halide anion. However, to date, there is no report of electronic structure tuning of perovskite NCs upon changing the organic cation. We report here, for the first time, the room temperature colloidal synthesis of (EA)x(MA)1-xPbBr3 nanocrystals (NCs) (where, x varies between 0 and 1) to tune the band gap of hybrid organic-inorganic lead perovskite NCs from 2.38 to 2.94 eV by varying the ratio of ethylammonium (EA) and methylammonium (MA) cations. The tuning of band gap is confirmed by electronic structure calculations within density functional theory, which explains the increase in the band gap upon going toward larger "A" site cations in APbBr3 NCs. The photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of these NCs lies between 5% to 85% and the average lifetime falls in the range 1.4 to 215 ns. A mixture of MA cations and its higher analog EA cations provide a versatile tool to tune the structural as well as optoelectronic properties of perovskite NCs. PMID:27494515

  19. Growth of Wide Band Gap II-VI Compound Semiconductors by Physical Vapor Transport

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Sha, Yi-Gao

    1995-01-01

    The studies on the crystal growth and characterization of II-VI wide band gap compound semiconductors, such as ZnTe, CdS, ZnSe and ZnS, have been conducted over the past three decades. The research was not quite as extensive as that on Si, III-V, or even narrow band gap II-VI semiconductors because of the high melting temperatures as well as the specialized applications associated with these wide band gap semiconductors. In the past several years, major advances in the thin film technology such as Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) and Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) have demonstrated the applications of these materials for the important devices such as light-emitting diode, laser and ultraviolet detectors and the tunability of energy band gap by employing ternary or even quaternary systems of these compounds. At the same time, the development in the crystal growth of bulk materials has not advanced far enough to provide low price, high quality substrates needed for the thin film growth technology.

  20. Electronegativity calculation of bulk modulus and band gap of ternary ZnO-based alloys

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    Li, Keyan; Kang, Congying; Xue, Dongfeng; State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022

    2012-10-15

    In this work, the bulk moduli and band gaps of M{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O (M = Be, Mg, Ca, Cd) alloys in the whole composition range were quantitatively calculated by using the electronegativity-related models for bulk modulus and band gap, respectively. We found that the change trends of bulk modulus and band gap with an increase of M concentration x are same for Be{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O and Cd{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O, while the change trends are reverse for Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O and Ca{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O. It was revealed that the bulk modulus is related to the valence electron density of atoms whereas the band gap is strongly influenced by the detailed chemical bonding behaviors of constituent atoms. The current work provides us a useful guide to compositionally design advanced alloy materials with both good mechanical and optoelectronic properties.

  1. Optical study of the band structure of wurtzite GaP nanowires

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    Assali, S.; Greil, J.; Zardo, I.; Belabbes, A.; de Moor, M. W. A.; Koelling, S.; Koenraad, P. M.; Bechstedt, F.; Bakkers, E. P. A. M.; Haverkort, J. E. M.

    2016-07-01

    We investigated the optical properties of wurtzite (WZ) GaP nanowires by performing photoluminescence (PL) and time-resolved PL measurements in the temperature range from 4 K to 300 K, together with atom probe tomography to identify residual impurities in the nanowires. At low temperature, the WZ GaP luminescence shows donor-acceptor pair emission at 2.115 eV and 2.088 eV, and Burstein-Moss band-filling continuum between 2.180 and 2.253 eV, resulting in a direct band gap above 2.170 eV. Sharp exciton α-β-γ lines are observed at 2.140-2.164-2.252 eV, respectively, showing clear differences in lifetime, presence of phonon replicas, and temperature-dependence. The excitonic nature of those peaks is critically discussed, leading to a direct band gap of ˜2.190 eV and to a resonant state associated with the γ-line ˜80 meV above the Γ8C conduction band edge.

  2. InAsSbBi, a direct band-gap, III-V, LWIR material

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    Stringfellow, G. B.; Jones, Colin E.; Frodsham, John

    1990-01-01

    In the last several years Dr. Stringfellow's group at the University of Utah has reported success in incorporating over 3 percent Bi in InAs and 1.5 percent in InAsSb using Organometallic Vapor Phase Epitaxy (OMVPE) growth techniques. For InAs the lattice constant increase is linear with a=6.058+0.966x (InAs(1-x)Bi(x)), and a decrease in band gap energy of dEg / dx = -55meV / at a percentage Bi. Extrapolating this to the ternary minimum band gap at InAs(0.35)Sb(0.65), an addition of 1 to 2 percent Bi should drop the band gap to the 0.1 to 0.05eV range (10 to 20 microns). These alloys are direct band gap semiconductors making them candidates for far IR detectors. The current status of the InAsSbBi alloys is that good crystal morphology and x ray diffraction data has been obtained for up to 3.4 percent Bi. The Bi is metastable at these concentrations but the OMVPE grown material has been able to withstand the 400 C growth temperature for several hours without phase separation.

  3. The size and shape dependence of graphene domain on the band gap of h-BN

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    Kah, Cherno B.; Kirigeehanage, Saliya; Smith, Lyle; Yu, Ming; Jayanthi, Chakram; Wu, Shiyu

    2015-03-01

    This talk will report the structure and electronic characteristics of graphene domains embedded in a hexagonal boron-nitride sheet (h-BN) with the goal of band gap tuning in mind. Different shapes (triangular, circular, rectangular, and irregular structures) and sizes of graphene domains will be studied. The structural stability of these hybrid materials will be studied using a new generation of the semi-empirical Hamiltonian (SCED-LCAO) developed recently [arXiv:1408.4931]. It is found that the lattice mismatch between graphene domains and the h-BN generates large strain, leading to a reduction or a symmetry breaking of the hexagonal lattice of h-BN. The extent of the strain depends on the shape and the size of the domain, as well as on the distribution of B atoms around the graphene domains. This effect also creates impurity states in the band gap of h-BN and changes the band gap. The interplay between the shape and size of graphene domains, the local strain around the domains and the nature of the impurity states on the band gap of h-BN will be discussed.

  4. Tuning characteristic of band gap and waveguide in a multi-stub locally resonant phononic crystal plate

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    Wang, Xiao-Peng; Jiang, Ping; Chen, Tian-Ning; Zhu, Jian

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, the tuning characteristics of band gaps and waveguides in a locally resonant phononic crystal structure, consisting of multiple square stubs deposited on a thin homogeneous plate, are investigated. Using the finite element method and supercell technique, the dispersion relationships and power transmission spectra of those structures are calculated. In contrast to a system of one square stub, systems of multiple square stubs show wide band gaps at lower frequencies and an increased quantity of band gaps at higher frequencies. The vibration modes of the band gap edges are analyzed to clarify the mechanism of the generation of the lowest band gap. Additionally, the influence of the stubs arrangement on the band gaps in multi-stub systems is investigated. The arrangements of the stubs were found to influence the band gaps; this is critical to understand for practical applications. Based on this finding, a novel method to form defect scatterers by changing the arrangement of square stubs in a multi-stub perfect phononic crystal plate was developed. Defect bands can be induced by creating defects inside the original complete band gaps. The frequency can then be tuned by changing the defect scatterers' stub arrangement. These results will help in fabricating devices such as acoustic filters and waveguides whose band frequency can be modulated.

  5. Strain engineering band gap, effective mass and anisotropic Dirac-like cone in monolayer arsenene

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    Wang, Can; Xia, Qinglin; Nie, Yaozhuang; Rahman, Mavlanjan; Guo, Guanghua

    2016-03-01

    The electronic properties of two-dimensional puckered arsenene have been investigated using first-principles calculations. The effective mass of electrons exhibits highly anisotropic dispersion in intrinsic puckered arsenene. Futhermore, we find that out-of-plane strain is effective in tuning the band gap, as the material undergoes the transition into a metal from an indirect gap semiconductor. Remarkably, we observe the emergence of Dirac-like cone with in-plane strain. Strain modulates not only the band gap of monolayer arsenene, but also the effective mass. Our results present possibilities for engineering the electronic properties of two-dimensional puckered arsenene and pave a way for tuning carrier mobility of future electronic devices.

  6. Electronic band gaps and transport properties in periodically alternating mono- and bi-layer graphene superlattices

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    Fan, Xiong; Huang, Wenjun; Ma, Tianxing; Wang, Li-Gang; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the electronic band structure and transport properties of periodically alternating mono- and bi-layer graphene superlattices (MBLG SLs). In such MBLG SLs, there exists a zero-averaged wave vector (zero-\\overline{k} ) gap that is insensitive to the lattice constant. This zero-\\overline{k} gap can be controlled by changing both the ratio of the potential widths and the interlayer coupling coefficient of the bilayer graphene. We also show that there exist extra Dirac points; the conditions for these extra Dirac points are presented analytically. Lastly, we demonstrate that the electronic transport properties and the energy gap of the first two bands in MBLG SLs are tunable through adjustment of the interlayer coupling and the width ratio of the periodic mono- and bi-layer graphene.

  7. Electronic band gaps and transport properties in periodically alternating mono- and bi-layer graphene superlattices

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    Fan, Xiong; Huang, Wenjun; Ma, Tianxing; Wang, Li-Gang; Lin, Hai-Qing

    We investigated electronic band structure and transport properties of periodically alternating mono- and bi-layer graphene superlattices (MBLG SLs). In such MBLG SLs, there exists the zero-averaged wave vector (zero- k) gap, which is insensitive to the lattice constant, and this zero- k gap can be controlled via changing both the ratio of potentials' widths and the interlayer coupling coefficient of bilayer graphene. It is also found that there exist the extra Dirac points and their conditions are analytically presented. Lastly, it shows that the electronic transport properties and the energy gap (Eg) of the first two bands in MBLG SLs are tunable by the interlayer coupling and the widths' ratio of the periodic mono- and bi-layer graphene.

  8. Light reflector, amplifier, and splitter based on gain-assisted photonic band gaps

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    Zhang, Yan; Liu, Yi-Mou; Zheng, Tai-Yu; Wu, Jin-Hui

    2016-07-01

    We study both the steady and the dynamic optical response of cold atoms trapped in an optical lattice and driven to the three-level Λ configuration. These atoms are found to exhibit gain without population inversion when an incoherent pump is applied to activate spontaneously generated coherence. Gain-assisted double photonic band gaps characterized by reflectivities over 100% then grow up near the probe resonance due to the periodic distribution of the atomic density. These band gaps along with the neighboring allowed bands of transmissivities over 100% can be tuned by modulating the control field in amplitude, frequency, and, especially, phase. Consequently it is viable to realize a reflector, an amplifier, or a splitter when a weak incident light pulse is totally reflected in the photonic band gaps, totally transmitted in the allowed bands, or equally reflected and transmitted in the intersecting regions. Our results have potential applications in all-optical networks with respect to fabricating dynamically switchable devices for manipulating photon flows at low-light levels.

  9. Modeling and Design of Two-Dimensional Guided-Wave Photonic Band-Gap Devices

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    Ciminelli, Caterina; Peluso, Francesco; Armenise, Mario N.

    2005-02-01

    The model of two-dimensional (2-D) guided-wave photonic band-gap structures based on the Bloch-Floquet theory is proposed for the first time for both infinite and finite length devices. The efficient computation of dispersion curves and field distribution is carried out in very short computer time. Both guided and radiated modes can be easily identified to give a physical insight, even in defective structures. The accuracy of the model has been tested through the design of a very compact narrow-band 2-D guided-wave photonic band-gap filter at 1.55 μm. The filter has a channel isolation of 22 dB, a large number of channel (>80) with a channel spacing of 50 GHz, and a very short length (24 μm).

  10. A pressure dependence model for the band gap energy of the dilute nitride GaNP

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    Zhao, Chuan-Zhen; Wei, Tong; Li, Na-Na; Wang, Sha-Sha; Lu, Ke-Qing

    2014-08-01

    The pressure dependence of the band gap energy of the dilute nitride GaNP is analyzed. It is found that the pressure dependence of the Г conduction band minimum (CBM) is stronger than that of the X CBM. We also find that the energy difference between the X CBM and the Г CBM in GaNP becomes large with increasing N content. In order to describe the pressure dependence of the band gap energy of the dilute nitride GaNP, a model is developed. Based on the model, we obtain the energy difference between the X CBM and the Г CBM in GaNP at standard atmospheric pressure. It agrees well with the results obtained by other method.

  11. Strain Engineered Direct-indirect Band Gap Transition and its Mechanism in 2D Phosphorene

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    Peng, Xihong; Wei, Qun; Copple, Andrew

    Phosphorene, a two-dimensional puckered honeycomb structure of black phosphorus, showed promising properties for applications in nano-electronics. In this work, we report strain effect on the electronic band structure of phosphorene, using first principles density-functional theory (DFT) including standard DFT and hybrid functional methods. It was found that phosphorene can withstand a tensile strain up to 30%. The band gap of phosphorene experiences a direct-indirect-direct transition when axial strain is applied. The origin of the gap transition was revealed and a general mechanism was developed to explain energy shifts with strain according to the bond nature of near-band-edge electronic orbitals. Effective masses of carriers in the armchair direction are an order of magnitude smaller than that of the zigzag axis indicating the armchair direction is favored for carrier transport. Ref: X.-H. Peng, Qun Wei, A. Copple, Phys. Rev. B 90, 085402 (2014).

  12. Effect of Sn on the optical band gap determined using absorption spectrum fitting method

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    Heera, Pawan; Kumar, Anup; Sharma, Raman

    2015-05-15

    We report the preparation and the optical studies on tellurium rich glasses thin films. The thin films of Se{sub 30}Te{sub 70-x} Sn{sub x} system for x= 0, 1.5, 2.5 and 4.5 glassy alloys prepared by melt quenching technique are deposited on the glass substrate using vacuum thermal evaporation technique. The analysis of absorption spectra in the spectral range 400nm–4000 nm at room temperature obtained from UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer [Perkin Elmer Lamda-750] helps us in the optical characterization of the thin films under study. The absorption spectrum fitting method is applied by using the Tauc’s model for estimating the optical band gap and the width of the band tail of the thin films. The optical band gap is calculated and is found to decrease with the Sn content.

  13. The Development of Layered Photonic Band Gap Structures Using a Micro-Transfer Molding Technique

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    Kevin Jerome Sutherland

    2001-05-01

    Photonic band gap (PBG) crystals are periodic dielectric structures that manipulate electromagnetic radiation in a manner similar to semiconductor devices manipulating electrons. Whereas a semiconductor material exhibits an electronic band gap in which electrons cannot exist, similarly, a photonic crystal containing a photonic band gap does not allow the propagation of specific frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. This phenomenon results from the destructive Bragg diffraction interference that a wave propagating at a specific frequency will experience because of the periodic change in dielectric permitivity. This gives rise to a variety of optical applications for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of opto-electronic devices. These applications are reviewed later. Several methods are currently used to fabricate photonic crystals, which are also discussed in detail. This research involves a layer-by-layer micro-transfer molding ({mu}TM) and stacking method to create three-dimensional FCC structures of epoxy or titania. The structures, once reduced significantly in size can be infiltrated with an organic gain media and stacked on a semiconductor to improve the efficiency of an electronically pumped light-emitting diode. Photonic band gap structures have been proven to effectively create a band gap for certain frequencies of electro-magnetic radiation in the microwave and near-infrared ranges. The objective of this research project was originally two-fold: to fabricate a three dimensional (3-D) structure of a size scaled to prohibit electromagnetic propagation within the visible wavelength range, and then to characterize that structure using laser dye emission spectra. As a master mold has not yet been developed for the micro transfer molding technique in the visible range, the research was limited to scaling down the length scale as much as possible with the current available technology and characterizing these structures with other methods.

  14. Band gaps from the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson approach: A systematic investigation

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    Jiang, Hong

    2013-04-01

    The semi-local Becke-Johnson (BJ) exchange-correlation potential and its modified form proposed by Tran and Blaha (TB-mBJ) have attracted a lot of interest recently because of the surprisingly accurate band gaps they can deliver for many semiconductors and insulators. In this work, we have investigated the performance of the TB-mBJ potential for the description of electronic band structures in a comprehensive set of semiconductors and insulators. We point out that a perturbative use of the TB-mBJ potential can give overall better results. By investigating a set of IIB-VI and III-V semiconductors, we point out that although the TB-mBJ approach can describe the band gap of these materials quite well, the binding energies of semi-core d-states in these materials deviate strongly from experiment. The difficulty of the TB-mBJ potential to describe the localized states is likely the cause for the fact that the electronic band structures of Cu2O and La2O3 are still poorly described. Based on these observations, we propose to combine the TB-mBJ approach with the Hubbard U correction for localized d/f states, which is able to provide overall good descriptions for both the band gaps and semi-core states binding energies. We further apply the approach to calculate the band gaps of a set of Ti(IV)-oxides, many of which have complicated structures so that the more advanced methods like GW are expensive to treat directly. An overall good agreement with experiment is obtained, which is remarkable considering its little computational efforts compared to GW.

  15. Band-Gap Engineering at a Semiconductor-Crystalline Oxide Interface

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    Moghadam, Mohammadreza J.; Ahmadi-Majlan, K.; Shen, Xuan; Droubay, Timothy C.; Bowden, Mark E.; Chrysler, M.; Su, Dong; Chambers, Scott A.; Ngai, Joseph

    2015-02-09

    The epitaxial growth of crystalline oxides on semiconductors provides a pathway to introduce new functionalities to semiconductor devices. Key to electrically coupling crystalline oxides with semiconductors to realize functional behavior is controlling the manner in which their bands align at interfaces. Here we apply principles of band gap engineering traditionally used at heterojunctions between conventional semiconductors to control the band offset between a single crystalline oxide and a semiconductor. Reactive molecular beam epitaxy is used to realize atomically abrupt and structurally coherent interfaces between SrZrxTi1-xO3 and Ge, in which the band gap of the former is enhanced with Zr content x. We present structural, electrical and photoemission characterization of SrZrxTi1-xO33-Ge heterojunctions for x = 0.2 to 0.75 and demonstrate the band offset can be tuned from type-II to type-I. The type-I band offset provides a platform to integrate the dielectric, ferroelectric and ferromagnetic functionalities of oxides with semiconducting devices.

  16. Band gap narrowing in BaTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles facilitated by multiple mechanisms

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    Ramakanth, S.; James Raju, K. C.

    2014-05-07

    In the present work, BaTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles of four different size ranges were prepared by sol-gel method. The optical band gap of these particles at some size ranges has come down to 2.53 eV from 3.2 eV, resulting in substantial increase in optical absorption by these ferroelectric nanoparticles making them potential candidates for light energy harvesting. XRD results show the presence of higher compressive strain in 23 nm and 54 nm size particles, they exhibit a higher band gap narrowing, whereas tensile strain is observed in 31 nm and 34 nm particles, and they do not show the marginal band gap narrowing. The 23 nm and 54 nm particles also show a coupling of free carriers to phonons by increasing the intensity of LO phonon mode at 715 cm{sup −1}. The higher surface charge density is expected in case of enhanced surface optical Raman modes (638 cm{sup −1}) contained in 31 and 34 nm size particles. In addition to this, the red shift in an LO mode Raman spectral line at 305 cm{sup −1} with decrease in particle size depicts the presence of phonon confinement in it. The enhanced optical absorption in 23 nm and 54 nm size particles with a narrowed band gap of 3 eV and 2.53 eV is due to exchange correlation interactions between the carriers present in these particles. In 31 nm and 34 nm range particles, the absorption got bleached exhibiting increased band gaps of 3.08 eV and 3.2 eV, respectively. It is due to filling up of conduction band resulting from weakening of exchange correlation interactions between the charge carriers. Hence, it is concluded that the band gap narrowing in the nanoparticles of average size 23 nm/54 nm is a consequence of multiple effects like strain, electron-phonon interaction, and exchange correlation interactions between the carriers which is subdued in some other size ranges like 31 nm/34 nm.

  17. Band gap narrowing in BaTiO3 nanoparticles facilitated by multiple mechanisms

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    Ramakanth, S.; James Raju, K. C.

    2014-05-01

    In the present work, BaTiO3 nanoparticles of four different size ranges were prepared by sol-gel method. The optical band gap of these particles at some size ranges has come down to 2.53 eV from 3.2 eV, resulting in substantial increase in optical absorption by these ferroelectric nanoparticles making them potential candidates for light energy harvesting. XRD results show the presence of higher compressive strain in 23 nm and 54 nm size particles, they exhibit a higher band gap narrowing, whereas tensile strain is observed in 31 nm and 34 nm particles, and they do not show the marginal band gap narrowing. The 23 nm and 54 nm particles also show a coupling of free carriers to phonons by increasing the intensity of LO phonon mode at 715 cm-1. The higher surface charge density is expected in case of enhanced surface optical Raman modes (638 cm-1) contained in 31 and 34 nm size particles. In addition to this, the red shift in an LO mode Raman spectral line at 305 cm-1 with decrease in particle size depicts the presence of phonon confinement in it. The enhanced optical absorption in 23 nm and 54 nm size particles with a narrowed band gap of 3 eV and 2.53 eV is due to exchange correlation interactions between the carriers present in these particles. In 31 nm and 34 nm range particles, the absorption got bleached exhibiting increased band gaps of 3.08 eV and 3.2 eV, respectively. It is due to filling up of conduction band resulting from weakening of exchange correlation interactions between the charge carriers. Hence, it is concluded that the band gap narrowing in the nanoparticles of average size 23 nm/54 nm is a consequence of multiple effects like strain, electron-phonon interaction, and exchange correlation interactions between the carriers which is subdued in some other size ranges like 31 nm/34 nm.

  18. Understanding of sub-band gap absorption of femtosecond-laser sulfur hyperdoped silicon using synchrotron-based techniques

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    Limaye, Mukta V.; Chen, S. C.; Lee, C. Y.; Chen, L. Y.; Singh, Shashi B.; Shao, Y. C.; Wang, Y. F.; Hsieh, S. H.; Hsueh, H. C.; Chiou, J. W.; Chen, C. H.; Jang, L. Y.; Cheng, C. L.; Pong, W. F.; Hu, Y. F.

    2015-06-01

    The correlation between sub-band gap absorption and the chemical states and electronic and atomic structures of S-hyperdoped Si have been extensively studied, using synchrotron-based x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES), extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), valence-band photoemission spectroscopy (VB-PES) and first-principles calculation. S 2p XPS spectra reveal that the S-hyperdoped Si with the greatest (~87%) sub-band gap absorption contains the highest concentration of S2- (monosulfide) species. Annealing S-hyperdoped Si reduces the sub-band gap absorptance and the concentration of S2- species, but significantly increases the concentration of larger S clusters [polysulfides (Sn2-, n > 2)]. The Si K-edge XANES spectra show that S hyperdoping in Si increases (decreased) the occupied (unoccupied) electronic density of states at/above the conduction-band-minimum. VB-PES spectra evidently reveal that the S-dopants not only form an impurity band deep within the band gap, giving rise to the sub-band gap absorption, but also cause the insulator-to-metal transition in S-hyperdoped Si samples. Based on the experimental results and the calculations by density functional theory, the chemical state of the S species and the formation of the S-dopant states in the band gap of Si are critical in determining the sub-band gap absorptance of hyperdoped Si samples.

  19. Enhanced thermoelectric performance in the Rashba semiconductor BiTeI through band gap engineering

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    Wu, Lihua; Yang, Jiong; Zhang, Tiansong; Wang, Shanyu; Wei, Ping; Zhang, Wenqing; Chen, Lidong; Yang, Jihui

    2016-03-01

    Rashba semiconductors are of great interest in spintronics, superconducting electronics and thermoelectrics. Bulk BiTeI is a new Rashba system with a giant spin-split band structure. 2D-like thermoelectric response has been found in BiTeI. However, as optimizing the carrier concentration, the bipolar effect occurs at elevated temperature and deteriorates the thermoelectric performance of BiTeI. In this paper, band gap engineering in Rashba semiconductor BiTeI through Br-substitution successfully reduces the bipolar effect and improves the thermoelectric properties. By utilizing the optical absorption and Burstein-Moss-effect analysis, we find that the band gap in Rashba semiconductor BiTeI increases upon bromine substitution, which is consistent with theoretical predictions. Bipolar transport is mitigated due to the larger band gap, as the thermally-activated minority carriers diminish. Consequently, the Seebeck coefficient keeps increasing with a corresponding rise in temperature, and thermoelectric performance can thus be enhanced with a ZT  =  0.5 at 570 K for BiTeI0.88Br0.12.

  20. Enhanced thermoelectric performance in the Rashba semiconductor BiTeI through band gap engineering.

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    Wu, Lihua; Yang, Jiong; Zhang, Tiansong; Wang, Shanyu; Wei, Ping; Zhang, Wenqing; Chen, Lidong; Yang, Jihui

    2016-03-01

    Rashba semiconductors are of great interest in spintronics, superconducting electronics and thermoelectrics. Bulk BiTeI is a new Rashba system with a giant spin-split band structure. 2D-like thermoelectric response has been found in BiTeI. However, as optimizing the carrier concentration, the bipolar effect occurs at elevated temperature and deteriorates the thermoelectric performance of BiTeI. In this paper, band gap engineering in Rashba semiconductor BiTeI through Br-substitution successfully reduces the bipolar effect and improves the thermoelectric properties. By utilizing the optical absorption and Burstein-Moss-effect analysis, we find that the band gap in Rashba semiconductor BiTeI increases upon bromine substitution, which is consistent with theoretical predictions. Bipolar transport is mitigated due to the larger band gap, as the thermally-activated minority carriers diminish. Consequently, the Seebeck coefficient keeps increasing with a corresponding rise in temperature, and thermoelectric performance can thus be enhanced with a ZT  =  0.5 at 570 K for BiTeI0.88Br0.12. PMID:26829207

  1. Direct optical band gap measurement in polycrystalline semiconductors: A critical look at the Tauc method

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    Dolgonos, Alex; Mason, Thomas O.; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R.

    2016-08-01

    The direct optical band gap of semiconductors is traditionally measured by extrapolating the linear region of the square of the absorption curve to the x-axis, and a variation of this method, developed by Tauc, has also been widely used. The application of the Tauc method to crystalline materials is rooted in misconception-and traditional linear extrapolation methods are inappropriate for use on degenerate semiconductors, where the occupation of conduction band energy states cannot be ignored. A new method is proposed for extracting a direct optical band gap from absorption spectra of degenerately-doped bulk semiconductors. This method was applied to pseudo-absorption spectra of Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO)-converted from diffuse-reflectance measurements on bulk specimens. The results of this analysis were corroborated by room-temperature photoluminescence excitation measurements, which yielded values of optical band gap and Burstein-Moss shift that are consistent with previous studies on In2O3 single crystals and thin films.

  2. Determining the band gap and mean kinetic energy of atoms from reflection electron energy loss spectra

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    Vos, M.; Marmitt, G. G.; Finkelstein, Y.; Moreh, R.

    2015-09-14

    Reflection electron energy loss spectra from some insulating materials (CaCO{sub 3}, Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, and SiO{sub 2}) taken at relatively high incoming electron energies (5–40 keV) are analyzed. Here, one is bulk sensitive and a well-defined onset of inelastic excitations is observed from which one can infer the value of the band gap. An estimate of the band gap was obtained by fitting the spectra with a procedure that includes the recoil shift and recoil broadening affecting these measurements. The width of the elastic peak is directly connected to the mean kinetic energy of the atom in the material (Doppler broadening). The experimentally obtained mean kinetic energies of the O, C, Li, Ca, and Si atoms are compared with the calculated ones, and good agreement is found, especially if the effect of multiple scattering is taken into account. It is demonstrated experimentally that the onset of the inelastic excitation is also affected by Doppler broadening. Aided by this understanding, we can obtain a good fit of the elastic peak and the onset of inelastic excitations. For SiO{sub 2}, good agreement is obtained with the well-established value of the band gap (8.9 eV) only if it is assumed that the intensity near the edge scales as (E − E{sub gap}){sup 1.5}. For CaCO{sub 3}, the band gap obtained here (7 eV) is about 1 eV larger than the previous experimental value, whereas the value for Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} (7.5 eV) is the first experimental estimate.

  3. Band-gap shrinkage calculations and analytic model for strained bulk InGaAsP

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    Connelly, Michael J.

    2015-02-01

    Band-gap shrinkage is an important effect in semiconductor lasers and optical amplifiers. In the former it leads to an increase in the lasing wavelength and in the latter an increase in the gain peak wavelength as the bias current is increased. The most common model used for carrier-density dependent band-gap shrinkage is a cube root dependency on carrier density, which is strictly only true for high carrier densities and low temperatures. This simple model, involves a material constant which is treated as a fitting parameter. Strained InGaAsP material is commonly used to fabricate polarization insensitive semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs). Most mathematical models for SOAs use the cube root bandgap shrinkage model. However, because SOAs are often operated over a wide range of drive currents and input optical powers leading to large variations in carrier density along the amplifier length, for improved model accuracy it is preferable to use band-gap shrinkage calculated from knowledge of the material bandstructure. In this letter the carrier density dependent band-gap shrinkage for strained InGaAsP is calculated by using detailed non-parabolic conduction and valence band models. The shrinkage dependency on temperature and both tensile and compressive strain is investigated and compared to the cube root model, for which it shows significant deviation. A simple power model, showing an almost square-root dependency, is derived for carrier densities in the range usually encountered in InGaAsP laser diodes and SOAs.

  4. Simple Experimental Verification of the Relation between the Band-Gap Energy and the Energy of Photons Emitted by LEDs

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    Precker, Jurgen W.

    2007-01-01

    The wavelength of the light emitted by a light-emitting diode (LED) is intimately related to the band-gap energy of the semiconductor from which the LED is made. We experimentally estimate the band-gap energies of several types of LEDs, and compare them with the energies of the emitted light, which ranges from infrared to white. In spite of…

  5. P and n-type microcrystalline semiconductor alloy material including band gap widening elements, devices utilizing same

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    Guha, Subhendu; Ovshinsky, Stanford R.

    1988-10-04

    An n-type microcrystalline semiconductor alloy material including a band gap widening element; a method of fabricating p-type microcrystalline semiconductor alloy material including a band gap widening element; and electronic and photovoltaic devices incorporating said n-type and p-type materials.

  6. Pool boiling on surfaces with mini-fins and micro-cavities

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    Pastuszko, Robert; Piasecka, Magdalena

    2012-11-01

    The experimental studies presented here focused on pool boiling heat transfer on mini-fin arrays, mini-fins with perforated covering and surfaces with micro-cavities. The experiments were carried out for water and fluorinert FC-72 at atmospheric pressure. Mini-fins of 0.5 and 1 mm in height were uniformly spaced on the base surface. The copper foil with holes of 0.1 mm in diameter (pitch 0.2/0.4 mm), sintered with the fin tips, formed a system of connected perpendicular and horizontal tunnels. The micro-cavities were obtained through spark erosion. The maximal depth of the craters of these cavities was 15 - 30 μm and depended on the parameters of the branding-pen settings. At medium and small heat fluxes, structures with mini-fins showed the best boiling heat transfer performance both for water and FC-72. At medium and high heat fluxes (above 70 kW/m2 for water and 25 kW/m2 for FC-72), surfaces with mini-fins without porous covering and micro-cavities produced the highest heat transfer coefficients. The surfaces obtained with spark erosion require a proper selection of geometrical parameters for particular liquids - smaller diameters of cavities are suitable for liquids with lower surface tension (FC-72).

  7. An investigation of the optical constants and band gap of chromium disilicide

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    Bost, M. C.; Mahan, John E.

    1988-01-01

    Optical properties of polycrystalline thin films of CrSi2 grown by the diffusion couple method on silicon substrates were investigated. An analysis of the energy dependence of the absorption coefficient indicates that the material is an indirect forbidden gap semiconductor with a band-gap value of slightly less than 0.35 eV. This result was confirmed by measurements of the temperature dependence of the intrinsic conductivity. The value of the bandgap corresponds well to an important window of transparency in the earth's atmosphere (3-5 microns), which makes the material of potential interest for IR detector applications.

  8. Strong interaction of a transmon qubit with 1D band-gap medium

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    Liu, Yanbing; Sadri, Darius; Houck, Andrew; Bronn, Nicholas; Chow, Jerry; Gambetta, Jay

    2015-03-01

    The spontaneous emission of an atom will be enhanced or suppressed in a structured vacuum, commonly known as Purcell effect. Moreover, in a frequency gap medium, an atom-photon bound state is predicted to exist in the band gap, causing the localization of light. Here using the technology of circuit quantum electrodynamics, we experimentally explore this mechanism by fabricating a microwave step-impedance filter strongly coupled to a transmon qubit. Standard transmission and spectroscopy measurements support the existence of atom-photon bound states in the system. Correlation measurement shows that the atom-photon interaction induces strong correlation of the transmitted light through the system. Thanks support from IARPA

  9. High band gap 2-6 and 3-5 tunneling junctions for silicon multijunction solar cells

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    Daud, Taher (Inventor); Kachare, Akaram H. (Inventor)

    1986-01-01

    A multijunction silicon solar cell of high efficiency is provided by providing a tunnel junction between the solar cell junctions to connect them in series. The tunnel junction is comprised of p+ and n+ layers of high band gap 3-5 or 2-6 semiconductor materials that match the lattice structure of silicon, such as GaP (band gap 2.24 eV) or ZnS (band gap 3.6 eV). Each of which has a perfect lattice match with silicon to avoid defects normally associated with lattice mismatch.

  10. Formation of Bragg band gaps in anisotropic phononic crystals analyzed with the empty lattice model

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    Wang, Yan -Feng; Maznev, Alexei; Laude, Vincent

    2016-05-11

    Bragg band gaps of phononic crystals generally, but not always, open at Brillouin zone boundaries. The commonly accepted explanation stems from the empty lattice model: assuming a small material contrast between the constituents of the unit cell, avoided crossings in the phononic band structure appear at frequencies and wavenumbers corresponding to band intersections; for scalar waves the lowest intersections coincide with boundaries of the first Brillouin zone. However, if a phononic crystal contains elastically anisotropic materials, its overall symmetry is not dictated solely by the lattice symmetry. We construct an empty lattice model for phononic crystals made of isotropic andmore » anisotropic materials, based on their slowness curves. We find that, in the anisotropic case, avoided crossings generally do not appear at the boundaries of traditionally defined Brillouin zones. Furthermore, the Bragg "planes" which give rise to phononic band gaps, are generally not flat planes but curved surfaces. Lastly, the same is found to be the case for avoided crossings between shear (transverse) and longitudinal bands in the isotropic case.« less

  11. The band gap of perfectly disordered'' Ga[sub 0. 52]In[sub 0. 48]P

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    DeLong, M.C.; Mowbray, D.J.; Hogg, R.A.; Skolnick, M.S. ); Williams, J.E.; Meehan, K. ); Kurtz, S.R.; Olson, J.M. ); Wu, M.C. ); Hopkinson, M. )

    1994-06-30

    Because the phenomenon of ordering in Ga[sub 0.52]In[sub 0.48]P reduces the optical band gap, the amount of band gap reduction is often taken as an indicator of the extent of ordering. For such an association to be meaningful, the band gap of the perfectly disordered'' material must be known. Values have been reported which vary by as much as 40 meV, whereas the total ordering-induced band gap reduction measured to date is less than 135 meV. In this paper we report that studies of Ga[sub 0.52]In[sub 0.48]P grown by a variety of techniques and, in some cases, subsequently subjected to disordering conditions lead to a value of the low temperature band gap of 2.015[plus minus]0.007 eV.

  12. Theoretical aspects of photonic band gap in 1D nano structure of LN: MgLN periodic layer

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    Sisodia, Namita

    2015-06-24

    By using the transfer matrix method, we have analyzed the photonic band gap properties in a periodic layer of LN:MgLN medium. The Width of alternate layers of LN and MgLN is in the range of hundred nanometers. The birefringent and ferroelectric properties of the medium (i.e ordinary, extraordinary refractive indices and electric dipole moment) is given due considerations in the formulation of photonic band gap. Effect of electronic transition dipole moment of the medium on photonic band gap is also taken into account. We find that photonic band gap can be modified by the variation in the ratio of the width of two medium. We explain our findings by obtaining numerical values and the effect on the photonic band gap due to variation in the ratio of alternate medium is shown graphically.

  13. Metallic photonic-band-gap filament architectures for optimized incandescent lighting

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    John, Sajeev; Wang, Rongzhou

    2008-10-01

    We identify an optimized three-dimensional metallic photonic-band-gap filament architecture for electrically pumped, quasithermal, visible light emission. This identification is based on extensive band structure and finite-difference time-domain calculations of metallic photonic crystals. The optimum structure consists of an inverse square-spiral photonic crystal, exhibiting a large bandwidth optical passband below the effective plasma screening frequency of the periodically structured metal. Light emission from the interior surfaces of the filament to the interior air channels occurs exclusively into the passband modes, enabling high-efficiency conversion of electrical energy into visible light.

  14. Research on the large band gaps in multilayer radial phononic crystal structure

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    Gao, Nansha; Wu, Jiu Hui; Guan, Dong

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we study the band gaps (BGs) of new proposed radial phononic crystal (RPC) structure composed of multilayer sections. The band structure, transmission spectra and eigenmode displacement fields of the multilayer RPC are calculated by using finite element method (FEM). Due to the vibration coupling effects between thin circular plate and intermediate mass, the RPC structure can exhibit large BGs, which can be effectively shifted by changing the different geometry values. This study shows that multilayer RPC can unfold larger and lower BGs than traditional phononic crystals (PCs) and RPC can be composed of single material.

  15. Single-layer MoS2 on Au(111): Band gap renormalization and substrate interaction

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    Bruix, Albert; Miwa, Jill A.; Hauptmann, Nadine; Wegner, Daniel; Ulstrup, Søren; Grønborg, Signe S.; Sanders, Charlotte E.; Dendzik, Maciej; Grubišić Čabo, Antonija; Bianchi, Marco; Lauritsen, Jeppe V.; Khajetoorians, Alexander A.; Hammer, Bjørk; Hofmann, Philip

    2016-04-01

    The electronic structure of epitaxial single-layer MoS2 on Au(111) is investigated by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, scanning tunneling spectroscopy, and first-principles calculations. While the band dispersion of the supported single layer is close to a free-standing layer in the vicinity of the valence-band maximum at K ¯ and the calculated electronic band gap on Au(111) is similar to that calculated for the free-standing layer, significant modifications to the band structure are observed at other points of the two-dimensional Brillouin zone: at Γ ¯, the valence-band maximum has a significantly higher binding energy than in the free MoS2 layer and the expected spin-degeneracy of the uppermost valence band at the M ¯ point cannot be observed. These band structure changes are reproduced by the calculations and can be explained by the detailed interaction of the out-of-plane MoS2 orbitals with the substrate.

  16. The strain induced band gap modulation from narrow gap semiconductor to half-metal on Ti{sub 2}CrGe: A first principles study

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    Li, Jia; Zhang, Zhidong; Lu, Zunming; Xie, Hongxian; Fang, Wei; Li, Shaomin; Liang, Chunyong; Yin, Fuxing

    2015-11-15

    The Heusler alloy Ti{sub 2}CrGe is a stable L2{sub 1} phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy (∼ 0.18 eV) obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of −5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the −5% strain. The Ti{sub 1}, Ti{sub 2}, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of −5%– +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels.

  17. Vibrational effects on surface energies and band gaps in hexagonal and cubic ice

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    Engel, Edgar A.; Monserrat, Bartomeu; Needs, Richard J.

    2016-07-01

    Surface energies of hexagonal and cubic water ice are calculated using first-principles quantum mechanical methods, including an accurate description of anharmonic nuclear vibrations. We consider two proton-orderings of the hexagonal and cubic ice basal surfaces and three proton-orderings of hexagonal ice prism surfaces, finding that vibrations reduce the surface energies by more than 10%. We compare our vibrational densities of states to recent sum frequency generation absorption measurements and identify surface proton-orderings of experimental ice samples and the origins of characteristic absorption peaks. We also calculate zero point quantum vibrational corrections to the surface electronic band gaps, which range from -1.2 eV for the cubic ice basal surface up to -1.4 eV for the hexagonal ice prism surface. The vibrational corrections to the surface band gaps are up to 12% smaller than for bulk ice.

  18. Fabrication of Ceramic Layer-by-Layer Infrared Wavelength Photonic Band Gap Crystals

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    Henry Hao-Chuan Kang

    2004-12-19

    Photonic band gap (PBG) crystals, also known as photonic crystals, are periodic dielectric structures which form a photonic band gap that prohibit the propagation of electromagnetic (EM) waves of certain frequencies at any incident angles. Photonic crystals have several potential applications including zero-threshold semiconductor lasers, the inhibition of spontaneous emission, dielectric mirrors, and wavelength filters. If defect states are introduced in the crystals, light can be guided from one location to another or even a sharp bending of light in micron scale can be achieved. This generates the potential for optical waveguide and optical circuits, which will contribute to the improvement in the fiber-optic communications and the development of high-speed computers.

  19. Direct and quasi-direct band gap silicon allotropes with remarkable stability

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    He, Chaoyu; Zhang, Chunxiao; Li, Jin; Peng, Xiangyang; Meng, Lijun; Tang, Chao; Zhong, Jianxin

    In our present work, five previously proposed sp$^3$ carbon crystals were suggested as silicon allotropes and their stabilities, electronic and optical properties were investigated by first-principles method. We find that these allotropes with direct or quasi-direct band gaps in range of 1.2-1.6 eV are very suitable for applications in thin-film solar cells. They display strong adsorption coefficients in the visible range of the sunlight in comparison with diamond silicon. These five silicon allotropes are confirmed possessing positive dynamical stability and remarkable themodynamical stability close to that of diamond silicon. Especially, the direct band gap M585-silicon possessing energy higher than diamond silicon only 25 meV per atom is expected to be experimentally produced for thin-film solar cells.

  20. Band gap and chemically ordered domain structure of a graphene analogue BCN

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    Venu, K.; Kanuri, S.; Raidongia, K.; Hembram, K. P. S. S.; Waghmare, U. V.; Datta, R.

    2010-12-01

    Chemically synthesized few layer graphene analogues of B xC yN z are characterized by aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) to determine the local phase, electronic structure and band gap. HREELS band gap studies of a B xC yN z composition reveal absorption edges at 2.08, 3.43 and 6.01 eV, indicating that the B xC yN z structure may consist of domains of different compositions. The K-absorption edge energy position of the individual elements in B xC yN z is determined and compared with h-BN and graphite. An understanding of these experimental findings is developed with complementary first-principles based calculations of the various ordered configurations of B xC yN z.

  1. Stable porous crystalline silicon with nanotubular structure: A predicted allotrope with direct band gap

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    Tang, Chi-Pui; Cao, Jie; Xiong, Shi-Jie

    2015-06-01

    On basis of the first principle calculation we show that a crystalline structure of silicon, as a novel allotrope with nanotubular holes along two perpendicular directions, is stable. The calculations on geometrical and electronic properties reveal that this allotrope possesses a direct band gap wider by 0.5 eV than the indirect one of silicon with diamond structure. The crystal belongs to I41/AMD space group, showing anisotropic optical properties and Young modulus. The bulk modulus is 64.4 GPa and the density is 1.9 g/cm3, lower than that of the diamond silicon due to the presence of nanotubular holes. It is hopeful that the allotrope may widely expand applications of silicon in many fields due to its direct band gap and specific nanotubular structure.

  2. Role of excited states in Shockley-Read-Hall recombination in wide band-gap semiconductors

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    Alkauskas, Audrius; Dreyer, Cyrus E.; Lyons, John L.; van de Walle, Chris G.

    Defect-assisted recombination is an important limitation on efficiency of optoelectronic devices. However, since nonradiative capture rates decrease exponentially with energy of the transition, the mechanisms by which such recombination can take place in wide-band-gap materials are unclear. We investigate the role of electronic excited states in the recombination process, focusing on group-III nitrides, for which accumulating experimental evidence indicates that defect-assisted recombination is an important limiting factor in efficiency. Based on first-principles electronic structure calculations, we show that excited states of gallium vacancy complexes make these defects very efficient recombination centers. Our work provides new insights into the physics of nonradiative recombination. The mechanism discussed in this work is suggested to be very critical and ubiquitous in wide-band-gap semiconductors. This work was supported by DOE and the European Union.

  3. Periodic dielectric structure for production of photonic band gap and method for fabricating the same

    DOEpatents

    Ozbay, E.; Tuttle, G.; Michel, E.; Ho, K.M.; Biswas, R.; Chan, C.T.; Soukoulis, C.

    1995-04-11

    A method is disclosed for fabricating a periodic dielectric structure which exhibits a photonic band gap. Alignment holes are formed in a wafer of dielectric material having a given crystal orientation. A planar layer of elongate rods is then formed in a section of the wafer. The formation of the rods includes the step of selectively removing the dielectric material of the wafer between the rods. The formation of alignment holes and layers of elongate rods and wafers is then repeated to form a plurality of patterned wafers. A stack of patterned wafers is then formed by rotating each successive wafer with respect to the next-previous wafer, and then placing the successive wafer on the stack. This stacking results in a stack of patterned wafers having a four-layer periodicity exhibiting a photonic band gap. 42 figures.

  4. Optimization of band gap of photonic crystals fabricated by holographic lithography

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    Yang, X.-L.; Cai, L.-Z.; Wang, Y.-R.; Feng, C.-S.; Dong, G.-Y.; Shen, X.-X.; Meng, X.-F.; Hu, Y.

    2008-01-01

    Generally the photonic band gap (PBG) is a multi-variable function of several parameters related to the shape and size of the dielectric columns of photonic crystals (PhCs), and a time-consuming step-by-step scanning process for each parameter has to be used to find their best combination yielding maximum PBG. In this letter, the widely used Nelder-Mead simplex algorithm is introduced to optimize these parameters simultaneously to find a larger PBG for a new kind of two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal GaAs-Air PhC. This structure can be conveniently produced by the single-exposure holographic lithography, and the specific holographic design is also systematically investigated. This study reveals that the band gaps of PhCs made by holographic lithography may be widened by introducing irregularity of the columns and lowering the symmetry of the structure.

  5. UV-VIS regime band gap in a 3-d photonic system

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    Yin, Ming; Arammash, Fouzi; Datta, Timir; Tsu, Ray

    2013-03-01

    Synthetic opals are self-organized bulk, close packed systems that are three-dimensionally ordered with periodicity determined by the sphere diameter. These materials have been used as templates for nano devices with novel properties. For example, in carbon inverse opals show quantum hall effect and related magneto electric responses. Inverse are also reported to show photonic band gap. It is expected that devices based on these materials will be an alternative to electronic devices. These opal specimens were hexagonal or face centered cubic crystals with silica sphere diameter ranging between 220 nm and 270nm. Here we will present results of structural and imaging studies such as SEM, AFM and XRD. In addition results of the (UV-VIS) optical behavior will be provided. The optical response will be analyzed in terms of photonic band gaps in the sub-micrometer optical and UV regime.

  6. Simultaneous large band gaps and localization of electromagnetic and elastic waves in defect-free quasicrystals.

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    Yu, Tianbao; Wang, Zhong; Liu, Wenxing; Wang, Tongbiao; Liu, Nianhua; Liao, Qinghua

    2016-04-18

    We report numerically large and complete photonic and phononic band gaps that simultaneously exist in eight-fold phoxonic quasicrystals (PhXQCs). PhXQCs can possess simultaneous photonic and phononic band gaps over a wide range of geometric parameters. Abundant localized modes can be achieved in defect-free PhXQCs for all photonic and phononic polarizations. These defect-free localized modes exhibit multiform spatial distributions and can confine simultaneously electromagnetic and elastic waves in a large area, thereby providing rich selectivity and enlarging the interaction space of optical and elastic waves. The simulated results based on finite element method show that quasiperiodic structures formed of both solid rods in air and holes in solid materials can simultaneously confine and tailor electromagnetic and elastic waves; these structures showed advantages over the periodic counterparts. PMID:27137236

  7. Cross-phase-modulation-instability band gap in a birefringence-engineered photonic-crystal fiber

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    Kibler, B.; Amrani, F.; Morin, P.; Kudlinski, A.

    2016-01-01

    We report the cancellation of the cross-phase-modulation-instability (XPMI) gain over a large spectral window (which we term the XPMI band gap) in a highly birefringent photonic-crystal fiber with zero group birefringence. The XPMI ceases to occur when single-frequency pumping of orthogonally polarized modes takes place in such a spectral band gap whose frequency bandwidth depends on the pump power itself. The suppression of XPMI sidebands is confirmed experimentally when Raman scattering remains negligible. At high powers the Raman Stokes wave, generated by the pump, implies novel dual-frequency pump configurations with large group-velocity mismatch, thus leading to another type of Raman-induced XPMI sidebands. The experimental results are in good agreement with analytical phase-matching calculations and numerical simulations.

  8. Band gaps and internal electric fields in semipolar short period InN/GaN superlattices

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    Gorczyca, I.; Skrobas, K.; Suski, T.; Christensen, N. E.; Svane, A.

    2014-06-09

    The electronic structures and internal electric fields of semipolar short-period mInN/nGaN superlattices (SLs) have been calculated for several compositions (m, n). Two types of SL are considered, (112{sup ¯}2) and (202{sup ¯}1), corresponding to growth along the wurtzite s2 and s6 directions, respectively. The results are compared to similar calculations for polar SLs (grown in the c-direction) and nonpolar SLs (grown in the a- and m-directions). The calculated band gaps for the semipolar SLs lie between those calculated for the nonpolar and polar SLs: For s2-SLs they fall slightly below the band gaps of a-plane SLs, whereas for s6-SLs they are considerably smaller.

  9. Interfacial Stresses and Strains Effect on Band-Gap Emission from Silicon

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    Abedrabbo, Sufian; Fiory, Anthony

    Czochralski silicon wafer materials were interfaced with silica films formed by sol-gel deposition and thermal annealing. Under optimal annealing conditions (~700 °C), stresses in the silica films induce variations in elastic strains on the order of 1% in the silicon. Concomitantly, emission of band-gap photons at 1.1 eV observed by photoluminescence is increased by two orders of magnitude relative to unperturbed silicon. The enhancement in photon emission is produced by band-gap modulations estimated as ~0.1 eV. Elastic reversibility of the strains is inferred from recovery of relatively weak photon emission for annealing above the glass reflow temperature of deposited silica films (~950 °C). Films with largest stress variations exhibit enhanced absorption signatures in the infrared and broadening of Si-O-Si stretching vibrations. Examples of Si-based photonics based on the observed effect will be presented.

  10. Excitation, Ionization, and Desorption: How Sub-band gap Photons Modify the Structure of Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Trevisanutto, P. E.; Sushko, Petr V.; Beck, Kenneth M.; Joly, Alan G.; Hess, Wayne P.; Shluger, Alexander L.

    2009-01-29

    Nanoparticles of wide-band-gap materials MgO and CaO, subjected to low-intensity ultraviolet irradiation with 266 nm (4.66 eV) photons, emit hyperthermal oxygen atoms with kinetic energies up to ~ 0.4 eV. We use ab initio embedded cluster methods to study theoretically a variety of elementary photoinduced processes at both ideal and defect-containing surfaces of these nanoparticles and develop a mechanism for the desorption process. The proposed mechanism includes multiple local photoexcitations resulting in sequential formation of localized excitons, their ionization, and further excitations. It is suggested that judicious choice of sub-band-gap photon energies can be used to selectively modify surfaces of nanomaterials.

  11. Negative capacitance switching via VO{sub 2} band gap engineering driven by electric field

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    He, Xinfeng; Xu, Jing; Xu, Xiaofeng Gu, Congcong; Chen, Fei; Wu, Binhe Wang, Chunrui Xing, Huaizhong; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Chu, Junhao

    2015-03-02

    We report the negative capacitance behavior of an energy band gap modulation quantum well with a sandwich VO{sub 2} layer structure. The phase transition is probed by measuring its capacitance. With the help of theoretical calculations, it shows that the negative capacitance changes of the quantum well device come from VO{sub 2} band gap by continuously tuning the temperature or voltage. Experiments reveal that as the current remains small enough, joule heating can be ignored, and the insulator-metal transition of VO{sub 2} can be induced by the electric field. Our results open up possibilities for functional devices with phase transitions induced by external electric fields other than the heating or electricity-heat transition.

  12. Periodic dielectric structure for production of photonic band gap and method for fabricating the same

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    Ozbay, Ekmel; Tuttle, Gary; Michel, Erick; Ho, Kai-Ming; Biswas, Rana; Chan, Che-Ting; Soukoulis, Costas

    1995-01-01

    A method for fabricating a periodic dielectric structure which exhibits a photonic band gap. Alignment holes are formed in a wafer of dielectric material having a given crystal orientation. A planar layer of elongate rods is then formed in a section of the wafer. The formation of the rods includes the step of selectively removing the dielectric material of the wafer between the rods. The formation of alignment holes and layers of elongate rods and wafers is then repeated to form a plurality of patterned wafers. A stack of patterned wafers is then formed by rotating each successive wafer with respect to the next-previous wafer, and then placing the successive wafer on the stack. This stacking results in a stack of patterned wafers having a four-layer periodicity exhibiting a photonic band gap.

  13. Band gap tuning in transition metal oxides by site-specific substitution

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    Lee, Ho Nyung; Chisholm, Jr., Matthew F; Jellison, Jr., Gerald Earle; Singh, David J; Choi, Woo Seok

    2013-12-24

    A transition metal oxide insulator composition having a tuned band gap includes a transition metal oxide having a perovskite or a perovskite-like crystalline structure. The transition metal oxide includes at least one first element selected form the group of Bi, Ca, Ba, Sr, Li, Na, Mg, K, Pb, and Pr; and at least one second element selected from the group of Ti, Al, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ru, Rh, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, and Pt. At least one correlated insulator is integrated into the crystalline structure, including REMO.sub.3, wherein RE is at least one Rare Earth element, and wherein M is at least one element selected from the group of Co, V, Cr, Ni, Mn, and Fe. The composition is characterized by a band gap of less of 4.5 eV.

  14. Breaking inversion symmetry in a state-dependent honeycomb lattice: artificial graphene with tunable band gap

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    Weinberg, M.; Staarmann, C.; Ölschläger, C.; Simonet, J.; Sengstock, K.

    2016-06-01

    Here, we present the application of a novel method for controlling the geometry of a state-dependent honeycomb lattice: the energy offset between the two sublattices of the honeycomb structure can be adjusted by rotating the atomic quantization axis. This enables us to continuously tune between a homogeneous graphene-like honeycomb lattice and a triangular lattice and to open an energy gap at the characteristic Dirac points. We probe the symmetry of the lattice with microwave spectroscopy techniques and investigate the behavior of atoms excited to the second energy band. We find a striking influence of the energy gap at the Dirac cones onto the lifetimes of bosonic atoms in the excited band.

  15. Printable, wide band-gap chalcopyrite thin films for power generating window applications

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    Moon, Sung Hwan; Park, Se Jin; Hwang, Yun Jeong; Lee, Doh-Kwon; Cho, Yunae; Kim, Dong-Wook; Min, Byoung Koun

    2014-03-01

    Printable, wide band-gap chalcopyrite compound films (CuInGaS2, CIGS) were synthesized on transparent conducting oxide substrates. The wide band-gap and defective nature of the films reveal semi-transparent and bifacial properties that are beneficial for power generating window applications. Importantly, solar cell devices with these films demonstrate a synergistic effect for bifacial illumination resulting in a 5.4-16.3% increase of the apparent power conversion efficiency compared to the simple sum of the efficiencies of the front and rear side illumination only. We also confirmed that this extra output power acquisition due to bifacial irradiation is apparently not influenced by the light intensity of the rear side illumination, which implies that weak light (e.g., indoor light) can be efficiently utilized to improve the overall solar cell efficiency of bifacial devices.

  16. Printable, wide band-gap chalcopyrite thin films for power generating window applications.

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    Moon, Sung Hwan; Park, Se Jin; Hwang, Yun Jeong; Lee, Doh-Kwon; Cho, Yunae; Kim, Dong-Wook; Min, Byoung Koun

    2014-01-01

    Printable, wide band-gap chalcopyrite compound films (CuInGaS2, CIGS) were synthesized on transparent conducting oxide substrates. The wide band-gap and defective nature of the films reveal semi-transparent and bifacial properties that are beneficial for power generating window applications. Importantly, solar cell devices with these films demonstrate a synergistic effect for bifacial illumination resulting in a 5.4-16.3% increase of the apparent power conversion efficiency compared to the simple sum of the efficiencies of the front and rear side illumination only. We also confirmed that this extra output power acquisition due to bifacial irradiation is apparently not influenced by the light intensity of the rear side illumination, which implies that weak light (e.g., indoor light) can be efficiently utilized to improve the overall solar cell efficiency of bifacial devices. PMID:24637380

  17. Study of sub band gap absorption of Sn doped CdSe thin films

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    Kaur, Jagdish; Rani, Mamta; Tripathi, S. K.

    2014-04-01

    The nanocrystalline thin films of Sn doped CdSe at different dopants concentration are prepared by thermal evaporation technique on glass substrate at room temperature. The effect of Sn doping on the optical properties of CdSe has been studied. A decrease in band gap value is observed with increase in Sn concentration. Constant photocurrent method (CPM) is used to study the absorption coefficient in the sub band gap region. Urbach energy has been obtained from CPM spectra which are found to increase with amount of Sn dopants. The refractive index data calculated from transmittance is used for the identification of oscillator strength and oscillator energy using single oscillator model which is found to be 7.7 and 2.12 eV, 6.7 and 2.5 eV for CdSe:Sn 1% and CdSe:Sn 5% respectively.

  18. Study of sub band gap absorption of Sn doped CdSe thin films

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    Kaur, Jagdish; Rani, Mamta; Tripathi, S. K.

    2014-04-24

    The nanocrystalline thin films of Sn doped CdSe at different dopants concentration are prepared by thermal evaporation technique on glass substrate at room temperature. The effect of Sn doping on the optical properties of CdSe has been studied. A decrease in band gap value is observed with increase in Sn concentration. Constant photocurrent method (CPM) is used to study the absorption coefficient in the sub band gap region. Urbach energy has been obtained from CPM spectra which are found to increase with amount of Sn dopants. The refractive index data calculated from transmittance is used for the identification of oscillator strength and oscillator energy using single oscillator model which is found to be 7.7 and 2.12 eV, 6.7 and 2.5 eV for CdSe:Sn 1% and CdSe:Sn 5% respectively.

  19. Spatially graded TiO₂-SiO₂ Bragg reflector with rainbow-colored photonic band gap.

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    Singh, Dhruv Pratap; Lee, Seung Hee; Choi, Il Yong; Kim, Jong Kyu

    2015-06-29

    A simple single-step method to fabricate spatially graded TiO2-SiO2 Bragg stack with rainbow colored photonic band gap is presented. The gradation in thickness of the Bragg stack was accomplished with a modified glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique with dynamic shadow enabled by a block attached to one edge of the rotating substrate. A linear gradation in thickness over a distance of about 17 mm resulted in a brilliant colorful rainbow pattern. Interestingly, the photonic band gap position can be changed across the whole visible wavelength range by linearly translating the graded Bragg stack over a large area substrate. The spatially graded Bragg stack may find potential applications in the tunable optical devices, such as optical filters, reflection gratings, and lasers. PMID:26191764

  20. Energy Band Gap Study of Semiconducting Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Bundle

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    Elkadi, Asmaa; Decrossas, Emmanuel; El-Ghazaly, Samir

    2013-01-01

    The electronic properties of multiple semiconducting single walled carbon nanotubes (s-SWCNTs) considering various distribution inside a bundle are studied. The model derived from the proposed analytical potential function of electron density for na individual s-SWCNT is general and can be easily applied to multiple nanotubes. This work demonstrates that regardless the number of carbon nanotubes, the strong coupling occurring between the closet neighbors reduces the energy band gap of the bundle by 10%. As expected, the coupling is strongly dependent on the distance separating the s-SWCNTs. In addition, based on the developed model, it is proposed to enhance this coupling effect by applying an electric field across the bundle to significantly reduce the energy band gap of the bundle by 20%.

  1. Energy Band Gap Study of Semiconducting Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Bundle

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    Elkadi, Asmaa; Decrossas, Emmanuel; El-Ghazaly, Samir

    2013-01-01

    The electronic properties of multiple semiconducting single walled carbon nanotubes (s-SWCNTs) considering various distribution inside a bundle are studied. The model derived from the proposed analytical potential function of the electron density for an individual s-SWCNT is general and can be easily applied to multiple nanotubes. This work demonstrates that regardless the number of carbon nanotubes, the strong coupling occurring between the closest neighbours reduces the energy band gap of the bundle by 10%. As expected, the coupling is strongly dependent on the distance separating the s-SWCNTs. In addition, based on the developed model, it is proposed to enhance this coupling effect by applying an electric field across the bundle to significantly reduce the energy band gap of the bundle by 20%.

  2. Printable, wide band-gap chalcopyrite thin films for power generating window applications

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    Moon, Sung Hwan; Park, Se Jin; Hwang, Yun Jeong; Lee, Doh-Kwon; Cho, Yunae; Kim, Dong-Wook; Min, Byoung Koun

    2014-01-01

    Printable, wide band-gap chalcopyrite compound films (CuInGaS2, CIGS) were synthesized on transparent conducting oxide substrates. The wide band-gap and defective nature of the films reveal semi-transparent and bifacial properties that are beneficial for power generating window applications. Importantly, solar cell devices with these films demonstrate a synergistic effect for bifacial illumination resulting in a 5.4–16.3% increase of the apparent power conversion efficiency compared to the simple sum of the efficiencies of the front and rear side illumination only. We also confirmed that this extra output power acquisition due to bifacial irradiation is apparently not influenced by the light intensity of the rear side illumination, which implies that weak light (e.g., indoor light) can be efficiently utilized to improve the overall solar cell efficiency of bifacial devices. PMID:24637380

  3. Optical band gap study of a-Se and Se-Sb thin films

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    Kaur, Ramandeep; Singh, Palwinder; Thakur, Anup

    2016-05-01

    Amorphous selenium (a-Se) and a-Se95Sb5 alloy were prepared using melt quenching technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern confirmed the amorphous nature of the prepared samples. Composition of the prepared samples has been determined using Energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) technique. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) confirmed the glassy nature of the prepared samples. Thin films of the prepared samples were deposited on glass substrate using thermal evaporation method. Amorphous nature of the deposited films was confirmed using XRD. Optical properties of these films were obtained from the UV-VIS transmission spectra, at normal incidence, over 200-1100 nm spectral range. The optical absorption edge was described by using the model given by the Tauc. Optical band gap of the deposited films was calculated using Tauc plot. Optical characterization showed that average transmission and optical band gap decreased with the addition of antinomy.

  4. Tuning the Band Gap of Bilayer Graphene by Sandwich-Like Stacking

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    Hu, Zhenpeng

    As far as we know, graphene has been taken as a potential host material for next-generation electric devices. However, this attractive prospect has been blocked by the metallic character of graphene. Although many methods have been proposed to get a moderate energy gap, such as hydrogenated graphene (graphane), but all the intrinsic advantages (carrier's mobility, etc...) of graphene have been destroyed. Here, we report that a large energy gap of graphene bilayer can be opened without breaking its natural characters by sandwiching it between functionalized BN substrates. Also, we show that the band gap of graphene bilayer can be tuned from 0.35 eV to 0.50 eV, depending on the substrates. The gap value is much larger than any other methods, and the structure of graphene bilayer is perfectly kept. And the energy gap is robust, namely, once the sandwiched substrates are selected, the relative position of substrates and graphene bilayer hardly changes the energy gap. Since the proposed way is easy to be realized in experiments, our results will hopefully accelerate the application of graphene in semiconductor devices and promote the development of the graphene technology. This work is supported by NSFC 21203099.

  5. Is it effective to harvest visible light by decreasing the band gap of photocatalytic materials?

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    Fu, Ning; Tang, Xinhu; Li, Dongyang

    2012-02-01

    In situ variations in the electron work function and photo-current of TiO2 nanotubes demonstrate that long-wavelength illumination only has a minor effect on the excitation of electrons in the nanotubes after being exposed to short-wavelength light or when the short-wavelength light coexisted, indicating that the solar spectrum may not be utilized as efficiently as expected by extending the absorption spectrum of the photocatalytic material to visible light range with decreased band gaps.

  6. High resolution 4.2 K near band-gap photoluminescence spectrum of mercuric iodide

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    Bao, X. J.; Schlesinger, T. E.; James, R. B.; Ortale, C.; van den Berg, L.

    1990-09-01

    We have investigated in detail (resolution up to 0.35 Å) the near-band-gap 4.2 K photoluminescence spectrum of undoped Hgl2 in its red tetragonal form. At least 26 emission lines are resolved in the wavelength region between 5290 and 5400 Å. Many of these are reported for the first time. We have also tabulated the steplike emission lines between 5220 and 5290 Å.

  7. Pre-Stressed Viscoelastic Composites: Effective Incremental Moduli and Band-Gap Tuning

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    Parnell, William J.

    2010-09-30

    We study viscoelastic wave propagation along pre-stressed nonlinear elastic composite bars. In the pre-stressed state we derive explicit forms for the effective incremental storage and loss moduli with dependence on the pre-stress. We also derive a dispersion relation for the effective wavenumber in the case of arbitrary frequency, hence permitting a study of viscoelastic band-gap tuning via pre-stress.

  8. Two-dimensional boron-nitrogen-carbon monolayers with tunable direct band gaps.

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    Zhang, Miao; Gao, Guoying; Kutana, Alex; Wang, Yanchao; Zou, Xiaolong; Tse, John S; Yakobson, Boris I; Li, Hongdong; Liu, Hanyu; Ma, Yanming

    2015-07-28

    The search for new candidate semiconductors with direct band gaps of ∼1.4 eV has attracted significant attention, especially among the two-dimensional (2D) materials, which have become potential candidates for next-generation optoelectronics. Herein, we systematically studied 2D B(x)/2N(x/2)C(1-x) (0 < x < 1) compounds in particular focus on the four stoichiometric B(x)/2N(x/2)C(1-x) (x = 2/3, 1/2, 2/5 and 1/3) using a recently developed global optimization method (CALYPSO) in conjunction with density functional theory. Furthermore, we examine more stoichiometries by the cluster expansion technique based on a hexagonal lattice. The results reveal that all monolayer B(x)/2N(x/2)C(1-x) stoichiometries adopt a planar honeycomb character and are dynamically stable. Remarkably, electronic structural calculations show that most of B(x)/2N(x/2)C(1-x) phases possess direct band gaps within the optical range, thereby they can potentially be used in high-efficiency conversion of solar energy to electric power, as well as in p-n junction photovoltaic modules. The present results also show that the band gaps of B(x)/2N(x/2)C(1-x) can be widely tuned within the optical range by changing the concentration of carbon, thus allowing the fast development of band gap engineered materials in optoelectronics. These new findings may enable new approaches to the design of microelectronic devices. PMID:26111661

  9. Engineering of the band gap and optical properties of thin films of yttrium hydride

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    You, Chang Chuan; Mongstad, Trygve; Maehlen, Jan Petter; Karazhanov, Smagul

    2014-07-21

    Thin films of oxygen-containing yttrium hydride show photochromic effect at room temperature. In this work, we have studied structural and optical properties of the films deposited at different deposition pressures, discovering the possibility of engineering the optical band gap by variation of the oxygen content. In sum, the transparency of the films and the wavelength range of photons triggering the photochromic effect can be controlled by variation of the deposition pressure.

  10. Theoretical study on the two-band degenerate-gaps superconductors: Application to SrPt3P

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    Huang, Hai; Hou, Li-Chao; Zhao, Bin-Peng

    2016-09-01

    We study the magnetic properties of two-band degenerate-gaps superconductors with two-band isotropic Ginzburg-Landau theory. The exact solutions of upper critical field and London penetration depth are obtained, and the calculations reproduce the experimental data of the recently observed superconducting crystal SrPt3P in a broad temperature range. It directly underlies that SrPt3P is a multi-band superconductor with equal gaps in two Fermi surface sheets.

  11. Analogy of transistor function with modulating photonic band gap in electromagnetically induced grating

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Ullah, Zakir; Gao, Mengqin; Zhang, Dan; Zhang, Yiqi; Gao, Hong; Zhang, Yanpeng

    2015-01-01

    Optical transistor is a device used to amplify and switch optical signals. Many researchers focus on replacing current computer components with optical equivalents, resulting in an optical digital computer system processing binary data. Electronic transistor is the fundamental building block of modern electronic devices. To replace electronic components with optical ones, an equivalent optical transistor is required. Here we compare the behavior of an optical transistor with the reflection from a photonic band gap structure in an electromagnetically induced transparency medium. A control signal is used to modulate the photonic band gap structure. Power variation of the control signal is used to provide an analogy between the reflection behavior caused by modulating the photonic band gap structure and the shifting of Q-point (Operation point) as well as amplification function of optical transistor. By means of the control signal, the switching function of optical transistor has also been realized. Such experimental schemes could have potential applications in making optical diode and optical transistor used in quantum information processing. PMID:26349444

  12. Prediction of direct band gap silicon superlattices with dipole-allowed optical transition

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    Kim, Sunghyun; Oh, Young Jun; Lee, In-Ho; Lee, Jooyoung; Chang, K. J.

    While cubic diamond silicon (c-Si) is an important element in electronic devices, it has poor optical properties owing to its indirect gap nature, thereby limiting its applications to optoelectronic devices. Here, we report Si superlattice structures which are computationally designed to possess direct band gaps and excellent optical properties. The computational approach adopts density functional calculations and conformational space annealing for global optimization. The Si superlattices, which consist of alternating stacks of Si(111) layers and a defective layer with Seiwatz chains, have either direct or quasi-direct band gaps depending on the details of attacking layers. The photovoltaic efficiencies are calculated by solving Bethe-Salpeter equation together with quasiparticle G0W0 calculations. The strong direct optical transition is attributed to the overlap of the valence and conduction band edge states in the interface region. Our Si superlattices exhibit high thermal stability, with the energies lower by an order of magnitude than those of the previously reported Si allotropes. We discuss a possible route to the synthesis of the superlattices through wafer bonding. This work is supported by Samsung Science and Technology Foundation under Grant No. SSTF-BA1401-08.

  13. Band gap engineered nano perforated graphene microstructures for field effect transistor

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    Palla, Penchalaiah; Tiwari, Durgesh Laxman; Ansari, Hasan Raza; Babu, Taraprasanna Saha; Ethiraj, Anita Sagadevan; Raina, J. P.

    2016-05-01

    To make use of exceptional properties of graphene in Field effect Transistor (FETs) for switching devices a band gap must be introduced in order to switch -off the device. Through periodic nano perforations a semi-metallic graphene is converted into semiconducting graphene. To understand the device physics behind the reported experiments theoretical simulations has been carried out. The present paper illustrates nano perforated semiconducting graphene Field effect Transistor (FETs) with micron scale dimensions. The simulation has been performed using drift-diffusion semi-classical and tight-binding based non-equilibrium green's function (NEGF) methods. The obtained simulation results are compared with previously reported experimental work. The device dimensions considered for simulations and the experiment are similar with neck width, hole periodicity and channel length of 6.3 nm, 16.3 nm and 1 µm respectively. The interesting and new finding in this work is the p-type I-V characteristics for small band gap devices and n-type behavior for large band gap devices.

  14. EDITORIAL: Wide band gap semiconductors: present status, future prospects and frontiers

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    Soukiassian, Patrick G.

    2007-10-01

    Silicon became the material of the 20th century. However, during the last decades, new needs have driven research and development of a new class of semiconductors, the wide band gap materials, for high power, high temperature, high voltage and high frequency devices and sensors. For these applications, wide band gap semiconductors have figures of merit that are several orders of magnitude higher compared with conventional semiconductors. In addition, some of them also exhibit such interesting characteristics as (i) outstanding mechanical properties, (ii) resistance to radiation damage and/or (iii) biocompatibility, a very useful feature for interfacing with biology. In order to have wide band gap semiconducting materials that can be used for electronics, photonics, sensors, microelectromechanical devices and other high-tech applications, some of the mandatory requirements include: (i) the availability of high quality and large wafers, (ii) having p- and n-type doping capability providing usable Fermi level positions, (iii) understanding and controlling surfaces and interfaces, (iv) the ability to fabricate self-organized nanostructures and (v) the potential to achieve miniaturization and integration. The reviews in this Cluster Issue of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics cover several of these important issues including growth, doping, engineering surfaces and interfaces, defects, nanotechnology and bio-functionalization. Achievements, progress and prospects are addressed, along with the difficulties, forming a good basis to evaluate the present status and future prospects of this promising and exciting field of science and technology.

  15. Influences of gradient profile on the band gap of two-dimensional phononic crystal

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    Cai, Bei; Wei, P. J.

    2011-11-01

    Propagation characteristics of elastic waves in two-dimensional (2D) phononic crystal consisting of parallel cylinders or cylindrical shells embedded periodically in a homogeneous host are investigated. The cylinders or cylindrical shells with varying material parameters along the radial direction are considered. The influences of the gradient profile on the band gap are the main concern. First, the multiple scattering method and the Bloch theorem are used to derive the dispersive equation. Second, the transfer matrix of graded medium is derived based on the laminated cylindrical shell model. Three cases of combination are considered: (1) Solid cylinders embedded in solid host (solid-solid type). (2) Solid cylinders embedded in liquid host (solid-liquid type). (3) Hollow cylinder filled with liquid embedded in liquid host (liquid-solid-liquid type). Next, the dispersive curves and the band gaps between them are evaluated numerically in the reduced Brillouin zone. Five kinds of typical gradient profiles and two limited cases are considered. At last, the influence of the graded medium with different gradient profiles upon dispersive curves and the band gaps are discussed based on the numerical results.

  16. Tuning quantum dot luminescence below the bulk band gap using tensile strain.

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    Simmonds, Paul J; Yerino, Christopher D; Sun, Meng; Liang, Baolai; Huffaker, Diana L; Dorogan, Vitaliy G; Mazur, Yuriy; Salamo, Gregory; Lee, Minjoo Larry

    2013-06-25

    Self-assembled quantum dots (SAQDs) grown under biaxial tension could enable novel devices by taking advantage of the strong band gap reduction induced by tensile strain. Tensile SAQDs with low optical transition energies could find application in the technologically important area of mid-infrared optoelectronics. In the case of Ge, biaxial tension can even cause a highly desirable crossover from an indirect- to a direct-gap band structure. However, the inability to grow tensile SAQDs without dislocations has impeded progress in these directions. In this article, we demonstrate a method to grow dislocation-free, tensile SAQDs by employing the unique strain relief mechanisms of (110)-oriented surfaces. As a model system, we show that tensile GaAs SAQDs form spontaneously, controllably, and without dislocations on InAlAs(110) surfaces. The tensile strain reduces the band gap in GaAs SAQDs by ~40%, leading to robust type-I quantum confinement and photoluminescence at energies lower than that of bulk GaAs. This method can be extended to other zinc blende and diamond cubic materials to form novel optoelectronic devices based on tensile SAQDs. PMID:23701255

  17. Direct-Coated Photoconducting Nanocrystalline PbS Thin Films with Tunable Band Gap

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    Vankhade, Dhaval; Kothari, Anjana; Chaudhuri, Tapas K.

    2016-06-01

    Nanocrystalline PbS thin films are deposited on glass by direct coating from a precursor solution of lead acetate and thiourea in methanol. A single coating has a thickness of 50 nm and greater thicknesses are obtained from layer by layer deposition. The films are smooth and shiny with roughness (rms) of about 1.5 nm. X-ray diffraction studies show that films are cubic PbS with crystallite size about 10 nm. The films are p-type with dark electrical conductivities in the range of 0.4-0.5 S/cm. These films are basically photoconducting. Photoconductivity monotonically increases with increase in thickness. The band gap of the films strongly depends on the thickness of the films. The band gap decreases from 2.4 eV to 1.6 eV as the thickness is increased from 50 nm to 450 nm. The tunability of the band gap is useful for technical applications, such as solar cells and photodetectors.

  18. Wave propagation in relaxed micromorphic continua: modeling metamaterials with frequency band-gaps

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    Madeo, A.; Neff, P.; Ghiba, I. D.; Placidi, L.; Rosi, G.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, the relaxed micromorphic model proposed in Ghiba et al. (Math Mech Solids, 2013), Neff et al. (Contin Mech Thermodyn, 2013) has been used to study wave propagation in unbounded continua with microstructure. By studying dispersion relations for the considered relaxed medium, we are able to disclose precise frequency ranges (band-gaps) for which propagation of waves cannot occur. These dispersion relations are strongly nonlinear so giving rise to a macroscopic dispersive behavior of the considered medium. We prove that the presence of band-gaps is related to a unique elastic coefficient, the so-called Cosserat couple modulus μ c , which is also responsible for the loss of symmetry of the Cauchy force stress tensor. This parameter can be seen as the trigger of a bifurcation phenomenon since the fact of slightly changing its value around a given threshold drastically changes the observed response of the material with respect to wave propagation. We finally show that band-gaps cannot be accounted for by classical micromorphic models as well as by Cosserat and second gradient ones. The potential fields of application of the proposed relaxed model are manifold, above all for what concerns the conception of new engineering materials to be used for vibration control and stealth technology.

  19. Accurate band gaps of semiconductors and insulators from Quantum Monte Carlo calculations

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    Nazarov, Roman; Hood, Randolph; Morales, Miguel

    2015-03-01

    Ab initio calculations are useful tools in developing materials with targeted band gaps for semiconductor industry. Unfortunately, the main workhorse of ab initio calculations - density functional theory (DFT) in local density approximation (LDA) or generalized gradient approximation (GGA) underestimates band gaps. Several approaches have been proposed starting from empirical corrections to more elaborate exchange-correlation functionals to deal with this problem. But none of these work well for the entire range of semiconductors and insulators. Deficiencies of DFT as a mean field method can be overcome using many-body techniques. Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods can obtain a nearly exact numerical solutions of both total energies and spectral properties. Diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC), the most widely used QMC method, has been shown to provide gold standard results for different material properties, including spectroscopic constants of dimers and clusters, equation of state for solids, accurate descriptions of defects in metals and insulators. To test DMC's accuracy in a wider range of semiconductors and insulators we have computed band gaps of several semiconductors and insulators. We show that DMC can provide superior agreement with experiment compared with more traditional DFT approaches including high level exchange-correlation functionals (e.g. HSE).

  20. Photonic-band-gap properties for two-component slow light

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    Ruseckas, J.; Kudriasov, V.; Juzeliunas, G.; Unanyan, R. G.; Otterbach, J.; Fleischhauer, M.

    2011-06-15

    We consider two-component ''spinor'' slow light in an ensemble of atoms coherently driven by two pairs of counterpropagating control laser fields in a double tripod-type linkage scheme. We derive an equation of motion for the spinor slow light (SSL) representing an effective Dirac equation for a massive particle with the mass determined by the two-photon detuning. By changing the detuning the atomic medium acts as a photonic crystal with a controllable band gap. If the frequency of the incident probe light lies within the band gap, the light experiences reflection from the sample and can tunnel through it. For frequencies outside the band gap, the transmission and reflection probabilities oscillate with the increasing length of the sample. In both cases the reflection takes place into the complementary mode of the probe field. We investigate the influence of the finite excited state lifetime on the transmission and reflection coefficients of the probe light. We discuss possible experimental implementations of the SSL using alkali-metal atoms such as rubidium or sodium.

  1. Quantum confinement induced band gaps in MgB2 nanosheets

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    Xu, Bo Z.; Beckman, Scott P.

    2016-09-01

    The discovery of two-dimensional semiconducting materials, a decade ago, spawned an entire sub-field within solid-state physics that is focused on the development of nanoelectronics. Here we present a new class of semiconducting two-dimensional material based on hexagonal MgB2. Although MgB2 is a semimetal, similar to the other well-studied transition metal diborides, we demonstrate that, unlike the transition metal diborides, thinning MgB2, to create nanosheets, opens a band gap in the density of states. We predict that a 7 Å thick MgB2 nanosheet will have a band gap of 0.51 eV. MgB2 nanosheets differ from other two-dimensional semiconductors in that the band gap is introduced by (001) surfaces and is opened by the quantum confinement effect. The implications of these findings are that nanostructured MgB2 is not merely a new composition, but also has intrinsic mechanisms for tuning its electronic properties, which may facilitate the development of nanoelectronics.

  2. High Photoluminescence Quantum Yield in Band Gap Tunable Bromide Containing Mixed Halide Perovskites.

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    Sutter-Fella, Carolin M; Li, Yanbo; Amani, Matin; Ager, Joel W; Toma, Francesca M; Yablonovitch, Eli; Sharp, Ian D; Javey, Ali

    2016-01-13

    Hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskite based semiconductor materials are attractive for use in a wide range of optoelectronic devices because they combine the advantages of suitable optoelectronic attributes and simultaneously low-cost solution processability. Here, we present a two-step low-pressure vapor-assisted solution process to grow high quality homogeneous CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx perovskite films over the full band gap range of 1.6-2.3 eV. Photoluminescence light-in versus light-out characterization techniques are used to provide new insights into the optoelectronic properties of Br-containing hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites as a function of optical carrier injection by employing pump-powers over a 6 orders of magnitude dynamic range. The internal luminescence quantum yield of wide band gap perovskites reaches impressive values up to 30%. This high quantum yield translates into substantial quasi-Fermi level splitting and high "luminescence or optically implied" open-circuit voltage. Most importantly, both attributes, high internal quantum yield and high optically implied open-circuit voltage, are demonstrated over the entire band gap range (1.6 eV ≤ Eg ≤ 2.3 eV). These results establish the versatility of Br-containing perovskite semiconductors for a variety of applications and especially for the use as high-quality top cell in tandem photovoltaic devices in combination with industry dominant Si bottom cells. PMID:26691065

  3. Analogy of transistor function with modulating photonic band gap in electromagnetically induced grating

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Ullah, Zakir; Gao, Mengqin; Zhang, Dan; Zhang, Yiqi; Gao, Hong; Zhang, Yanpeng

    2015-09-01

    Optical transistor is a device used to amplify and switch optical signals. Many researchers focus on replacing current computer components with optical equivalents, resulting in an optical digital computer system processing binary data. Electronic transistor is the fundamental building block of modern electronic devices. To replace electronic components with optical ones, an equivalent optical transistor is required. Here we compare the behavior of an optical transistor with the reflection from a photonic band gap structure in an electromagnetically induced transparency medium. A control signal is used to modulate the photonic band gap structure. Power variation of the control signal is used to provide an analogy between the reflection behavior caused by modulating the photonic band gap structure and the shifting of Q-point (Operation point) as well as amplification function of optical transistor. By means of the control signal, the switching function of optical transistor has also been realized. Such experimental schemes could have potential applications in making optical diode and optical transistor used in quantum information processing.

  4. Photonic band gaps in one-dimensional magnetized plasma photonic crystals with arbitrary magnetic declination

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    Zhang Haifeng; Liu Shaobin; Kong Xiangkun

    2012-12-15

    In this paper, the properties of photonic band gaps and dispersion relations of one-dimensional magnetized plasma photonic crystals composed of dielectric and magnetized plasma layers with arbitrary magnetic declination are theoretically investigated for TM polarized wave based on transfer matrix method. As TM wave propagates in one-dimensional magnetized plasma photonic crystals, the electromagnetic wave can be divided into two modes due to the influence of Lorentz force. The equations for effective dielectric functions of such two modes are theoretically deduced, and the transfer matrix equation and dispersion relations for TM wave are calculated. The influences of relative dielectric constant, plasma collision frequency, incidence angle, plasma filling factor, the angle between external magnetic field and +z axis, external magnetic field and plasma frequency on transmission, and dispersion relation are investigated, respectively, and some corresponding physical explanations are also given. From the numerical results, it has been shown that plasma collision frequency cannot change the locations of photonic band gaps for both modes, and also does not affect the reflection and transmission magnitudes. The characteristics of photonic band gaps for both modes can be obviously tuned by relative dielectric constant, incidence angle, plasma filling factor, the angle between external magnetic field and +z axis, external magnetic field and plasma frequency, respectively. These results would provide theoretical instructions for designing filters, microcavities, and fibers, etc.

  5. Band-gap tunable dielectric elastomer filter for low frequency noise

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    Jia, Kun; Wang, Mian; Lu, Tongqing; Zhang, Jinhua; Wang, Tiejun

    2016-05-01

    In the last decades, diverse materials and technologies for sound insulation have been widely applied in engineering. However, suppressing the noise radiation at low frequency still remains a challenge. In this work, a novel membrane-type smart filter, consisting of a pre-stretched dielectric elastomer membrane with two compliant electrodes coated on the both sides, is presented to control the low frequency noise. Since the stiffness of membrane dominates its acoustic properties, sound transmission band-gap of the membrane filter can be tuned by adjusting the voltage applied to the membrane. The impedance tube experiments have been carried out to measure the sound transmission loss (STL) of the filters with different electrodes, membrane thickness and pre-stretch conditions. The experimental results show that the center frequency of sound transmission band-gap mainly depends on the stress in the dielectric elastomer, and a large band-gap shift (more than 60 Hz) can be achieved by tuning the voltage applied to the 85 mm diameter VHB4910 specimen with pre-stretch {λ }0=3. Based on the experimental results and the assumption that applied electric field is independent of the membrane behavior, 3D finite element analysis has also been conducted to calculate the membrane stress variation. The sound filter proposed herein may provide a promising facility to control low frequency noise source with tonal characteristics.

  6. Surface origin and control of resonance Raman scattering and surface band gap in indium nitride

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    Alarcón-Lladó, Esther; Brazzini, Tommaso; Ager, Joel W.

    2016-06-01

    Resonance Raman scattering measurements were performed on indium nitride thin films under conditions where the surface electron concentration was controlled by an electrolyte gate. As the surface condition is tuned from electron depletion to accumulation, the spectral feature at the expected position of the (E 1, A 1) longitudinal optical (LO) near 590 cm‑1 shifts to lower frequency. The shift is reversibly controlled with the applied gate potential, which clearly demonstrates the surface origin of this feature. The result is interpreted within the framework of a Martin double resonance, where the surface functions as a planar defect, allowing the scattering of long wavevector phonons. The allowed wavevector range, and hence the frequency, is modulated by the electron accumulation due to band gap narrowing. A surface band gap reduction of over 500 meV is estimated for the conditions of maximum electron accumulation. Under conditions of electron depletion, the full InN bandgap (E g  =  0.65 eV) is expected at the surface. The drastic change in the surface band gap is expected to influence the transport properties of devices which utilize the surface electron accumulation layer.

  7. Tuning the electronic band-gap of fluorinated 3C-silicon carbide nanowires

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    Miranda Durán, Álvaro; Trejo Baños, Alejandro; Pérez, Luis Antonio; Cruz Irisson, Miguel

    The possibility of control and modulation of the electronic properties of silicon carbide nanowires (SiCNWs) by varying the wire diameter is well known. SiCNWs are particularly interesting and technologically important, due to its electrical and mechanical properties, allowing the development of materials with specific electronic features for the design of stable and robust electronic devices. Tuning the band gap by chemical surface passivation constitutes a way for the modification of the electronic band gap of these nanowires. We present, the structural and electronic properties of fluorinated SiCNWs, grown along the [111] crystallographic direction, which are investigated by first principles. We consider nanowires with six diameters, varying from 0.35 nm to 2.13 nm, and eight random covering schemes including fully hydrogen- and fluorine terminated ones. Gibbs free energy of formation and electronic properties were calculated for the different surface functionalization schemes and diameters considered. The results indicate that the stability and band gap of SiCNWs can be tuned by surface passivation with fluorine atoms This work was supported by CONACYT infrastructure project 252749 and UNAM-DGAPA-PAPIIT IN106714. A.M. would like to thank for financial support from CONACyT-Retención. Computing resources from proyect SC15-1-IR-27 of DGTIC-UNAM are acknowledged.

  8. Spherical silicon-shell photonic band gap structures fabricated by laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition

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    Wang, H.; Yang, Z. Y.; Lu, Y. F.

    2007-02-01

    Laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition was applied in fabricating three-dimensional (3D) spherical-shell photonic band gap (PBG) structures by depositing silicon shells covering silica particles, which had been self-assembled into 3D colloidal crystals. The colloidal crystals of self-assembled silica particles were formed on silicon substrates using the isothermal heating evaporation approach. A continuous wave Nd:YAG laser (1064nm wavelength) was used to deposit silicon shells by thermally decomposing disilane gas. Periodic silicon-shell/silica-particle PBG structures were obtained. By removing the silica particles enclosed in the silicon shells using hydrofluoric acid, hollow spherical silicon-shell arrays were produced. This technique is capable of fabricating structures with complete photonic band gaps, which is predicted by simulations with the plane wave method. The techniques developed in this study have the potential to flexibly engineer the positions of the PBGs by varying both the silica particle size and the silicon-shell thickness. Ellipsometry was used to investigate the specific photonic band gaps for both structures.

  9. Band-gap engineering via tailored line defects in boron-nitride nanoribbons, sheets, and nanotubes.

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    Li, Xiuling; Wu, Xiaojun; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Yang, Jinlong

    2012-05-22

    We perform a comprehensive study of the effects of line defects on electronic and magnetic properties of monolayer boron-nitride (BN) sheets, nanoribbons, and single-walled BN nanotubes using first-principles calculations and Born-Oppenheimer quantum molecular dynamic simulation. Although line defects divide the BN sheet (or nanotube) into domains, we show that certain line defects can lead to tailor-made edges on BN sheets (or imperfect nanotube) that can significantly reduce the band gap of the BN sheet or nanotube. In particular, we find that the line-defect-embedded zigzag BN nanoribbons (LD-zBNNRs) with chemically homogeneous edges such as B- or N-terminated edges can be realized by introducing a B(2), N(2), or C(2) pentagon-octagon-pentagon (5-8-5) line defect or through the creation of the antisite line defect. The LD-zBNNRs with only B-terminated edges are predicted to be antiferromagnetic semiconductors at the ground state, whereas the LD-zBNNRs with only N-terminated edges are metallic with degenerated antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic states. In addition, we find that the hydrogen-passivated LD-zBNNRs as well as line-defect-embedded BN sheets (and nanotubes) are nonmagnetic semiconductors with markedly reduced band gap. The band gap reduction is attributed to the line-defect-induced impurity states. Potential applications of line-defect-embedded BN nanomaterials include nanoelectronic and spintronic devices. PMID:22482995

  10. Numerical modelling of Mars supersonic disk-gap-band parachute inflation

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    Gao, Xinglong; Zhang, Qingbin; Tang, Qiangang

    2016-06-01

    The transient dynamic behaviour of supersonic disk-gap-band parachutes in a Mars entry environment involving fluid structure interactions is studied. Based on the multi-material Arbitrary Lagrange-Euler method, the coupling dynamic model between a viscous compressible fluid and a flexible large deformation structure of the parachute is solved. The inflation performance of a parachute with a fixed forebody under different flow conditions is analysed. The decelerating parameters of the parachute, including drag area, opening loads, and coefficients, are obtained from the supersonic wind tunnel test data from NASA. Meanwhile, the evolution of the three-dimensional shape of the disk-gap-band parachute during supersonic inflation is presented, and the structural dynamic behaviour of the parachute is predicted. Then, the influence of the presence of the capsule on the flow field of the parachute is investigated, and the wake of unsteady fluid and the distribution of shock wave around the supersonic parachute are presented. Finally, the structural dynamic response of the canopy fabric under high-pressure conditions is comparatively analysed. The results show that the disk-gap-band parachute is well inflated without serious collapse. As the Mach numbers increase from 2.0 to 2.5, the drag coefficients gradually decrease, along with a small decrease in inflation time, which corresponds with test results, and proves the validity of the method proposed in this paper.

  11. Synthesis, structure and band gap energy of covalently linked cluster-assembled materials.

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    Mandal, Sukhendu; Reber, Arthur C; Qian, Meichun; Liu, Ran; Saavedra, Hector M; Sen, Saikat; Weiss, Paul S; Khanna, Shiv N; Sen, Ayusman

    2012-10-28

    We have synthesized a series of cluster assembled materials in which the building blocks are As(7)(3-) clusters linked by group 12 metals, Zn, Cd and Hg, to investigate the effect of covalent linkers on the band gap energy. The synthesized assemblies include zero dimensional assemblies of [Zn(As(7))(2)](4-), [Cd(As(7))(2)](4-), [Hg(2)(As(7))(2)](4-), and [HgAsAs(14)](3-) in which the clusters are separated by cryptated counterions, and assemblies in which [Zn(As(7))(2)](4-), [Cd(As(7))(2)](4-) are linked by free alkali atoms into unusual three-dimensional structures. These covalently linked cluster-assembled materials have been characterized by elemental analysis, EDX and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal structure analysis revealed that in the case of Zn and Cd, the two As(7)(3-) units are linked by the metal ion, while in the case of Hg, two As(7)(3-) units are linked by either Hg-Hg or Hg-As dimers. Optical measurements indicate that the band gap energy ranges from 1.62 eV to 2.21 eV. A theoretical description based on cluster orbital theory is used to provide a microscopic understanding of the electronic character of the composite building blocks and the observed variations in the band gap energy. PMID:22940817

  12. Optical Properties and Band Gap of Single- and Few-Layer MoTe2 Crystals

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    Aslan, Ozgur Burak; Ruppert, Claudia; Heinz, Tony

    2015-03-01

    Single- and few-layer crystals of exfoliated MoTe2 have been characterized spectroscopically by photoluminescence, Raman scattering, and optical absorption measurements. We find that MoTe2 in the monolayer limit displays strong photoluminescence. On the basis of complementary optical absorption results, we conclude that monolayer MoTe2 is a direct-gap semiconductor with an optical band gap of 1.10 eV. This new monolayer material extends the spectral range of atomically thin direct-gap materials from the visible to the near-infrared. Supported by the NSF through Grant DMR-1124894 for sample preparation and characterization by the O?ce of Naval Research for analysis. C.R. acknowledges support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

  13. Frequency-selective plasmonic wave propagation through the overmoded waveguide with photonic-band-gap slab arrays

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    Shin, Young-Min

    2012-05-15

    Confined propagation of guided waves through the periodically corrugated channel sandwiched between two staggered dielectric photonic-band-gap slab arrays is investigated with the band-response analysis. Numerical simulations show that longitudinally polarized evanescent waves within the band gap propagate with insertion loss of {approx}-0.2 to 1 dB (-0.05 to 0.4 dB/mm at G-band) in the hybrid band filter. This structure significantly suppresses low energy modes and higher-order-modes beyond the band-gap, including background noises, down to {approx}-45 dB. This would enable the single-mode propagation in the heavily over-moded waveguide (TEM-type), minimizing abnormal excitation probability of trapped modes. This band filter could be integrated with active and passive RF components for electron beam and optoelectronic devices.

  14. Achieving omnidirectional photonic band gap in sputter deposited TiO2/SiO2 one dimensional photonic crystal

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    Jena, S.; Tokas, R. B.; Sarkar, P.; Haque, S. Maidul; Misal, J. S.; Rao, K. D.; Thakur, S.; Sahoo, N. K.

    2015-06-01

    The multilayer structure of TiO2/SiO2 (11 layers) as one dimensional photonic crystal (1D PC) has been designed and then fabricated by using asymmetric bipolar pulse DC magnetron sputtering technique for omnidirectional photonic band gap. The experimentally measured photonic band gap (PBG) in the visible region is well matched with the theoretically calculated band structure (ω vs. k) diagram. The experimentally measured omnidirectional reflection band of 44 nm over the incident angle range of 0°-70° is found almost matching within the theoretically calculated band.

  15. Metal-induced gap states in ferroelectric capacitors and its relationship with complex band structures

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    Junquera, Javier; Aguado-Puente, Pablo

    2013-03-01

    At metal-isulator interfaces, the metallic wave functions with an energy eigenvalue within the band gap decay exponentially inside the dielectric (metal-induced gap states, MIGS). These MIGS can be actually regarded as Bloch functions with an associated complex wave vector. Usually only real values of the wave vectors are discussed in text books, since infinite periodicity is assumed and, in that situation, wave functions growing exponentially in any direction would not be physically valid. However, localized wave functions with an exponential decay are indeed perfectly valid solution of the Schrodinger equation in the presence of defects, surfaces or interfaces. For this reason, properties of MIGS have been typically discussed in terms of the complex band structure of bulk materials. The probable dependence on the interface particulars has been rarely taken into account explicitly due to the difficulties to include them into the model or simulations. We aim to characterize from first-principles simulations the MIGS in realistic ferroelectric capacitors and their connection with the complex band structure of the ferroelectric material. We emphasize the influence of the real interface beyond the complex band structure of bulk materials. Financial support provided by MICINN Grant FIS2009-12721-C04-02, and by the European Union Grant No. CP-FP 228989-2 ``OxIDes''. Computer resources provided by the RES.

  16. Degradation of wide band-gap electrolumienscent materials by exciton-polaron interactions (Presentation Recording)

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    Aziz, Hany; Wang, Qi

    2015-10-01

    The limited performance stability and gradual loss in the electroluminescence efficiency of OLEDs utilizing wide band-gap materials, such as blue-emitting phosphorescent and fluorescent devices, continues to be a challenge for wider technology adoption. We recently found that interactions between excitons and polarons play an important role in the aging behavior of electroluminescent materials, and that a correlation exists between the susceptibility of these materials to this aging mode and their band-gap. This degradation mode is also found to be often associated with the emergence of new bands - at longer wavelength - in the electroluminescence spectra of the materials, that can often be detected after prolonged electrical driving. Such bands contribute to the increased spectral broadening and color purity loss often observed in these devices over time. Exciton-polaron interactions, and the associated degradation, are also found to occur most significantly in the vicinity of device inter-layer interfaces such as at the interface between the emitter layer and the electron or hole transport layers. New results obtained from investigations of these phenomena in a wide range of commonly used host and guest OLED materials will be presented.

  17. A generation/recombination model assisted with two trap centers in wide band-gap semiconductors

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    Yamaguchi, Ken; Kuwabara, Takuhito; Uda, Tsuyoshi

    2013-03-01

    A generation/recombination (GR) model assisted with two trap centers has been proposed for studying reverse current on pn junctions in wide band-gap semiconductors. A level (Et1) has been assumed to be located near the bottom of the conduction band and the other (Et2) to be near the top of the valence band. The GR model has been developed by assuming (1) a high-electric field; F, (2) a short distance; d, between trap centers, (3) reduction in an energy-difference; Δeff = |Et1 - Et2| - eFd, and (4) hopping or tunneling conductions between trap centers with the same energy-level (Δeff ≈ 0). The GR rate has been modeled by trap levels, capture cross-sections, trap densities, and transition rate between trap centers. The GR rate, about 1010 greater than that estimated from the single-level model, has been predicted on pn junctions in a material with band-gap of 3.1 eV. Device simulations using the proposed GR model have been demonstrated for SiC diodes with and without a guard ring. A reasonable range for reverse current at room temperature has been simulated and stable convergence has been obtained in a numerical scheme for analyzing diodes with an electrically floating region.

  18. Photoswitching properties of photonic band gap materials containing azo-polymer liquid crystal

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    Moritsugu, Masaki; Shirota, Tomomi; Kubo, Shoichi; Kim, Sun-nam; Ogata, Tomonari; Nonaka, Takamasa; Sato, Osamu; Kurihara, Seiji

    2008-08-01

    Photochemically tunable photonic band gap materials were prepared by infiltration of liquid crystal polymers having azobenzene groups into voids of SiO2 inverse opal films. Linearly polarized light irradiation resulted in transformation from a random to an anisotropic molecular orientation of azobenzene side chains in the voids of the SiO2 inverse opal film, leading to the reversible and stable shift of the reflection band to longer wavelength more than 15 nm. In order to improve switching properties, we used copolymers with azobenzene monomer and tolane monomer, which indicate higher birefringence, as infiltration materials into the voids. The azo-tolane copolymers were found to show the higher birefringence than azobenzene homopolymers by the linearly polarized light irradiation. Thus, the reflection band of the SiO2 inverse opal film infiltrated with the azo-tolane copolymers was shifted to long wavelength region more than 55 nm by the irradiation of linearly polarized light.

  19. Increased visible-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2 via band gap manipulation

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    Pennington, Ashley Marie

    Hydrogen gas is a clean burning fuel that has potential applications in stationary and mobile power generation and energy storage, but is commercially produced from non-renewable fossil natural gas. Using renewable biomass as the hydrocarbon feed instead could provide sustainable and carbon-neutral hydrogen. We focus on photocatalytic oxidation and reforming of methanol over modified titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles to produce hydrogen gas. Methanol is used as a model for biomass sugars. By using a photocatalyst, we aim to circumvent the high energy cost of carrying out endothermic reactions at commercial scale. TiO2 is a semiconductor metal oxide of particular interest in photocatalysis due to its photoactivity under ultraviolet illumination and its stability under catalytic reaction conditions. However, TiO2 primarily absorbs ultraviolet light, with little absorption of visible light. While an effective band gap for absorbance of photons from visible light is 1.7 eV, TiO2 polymorphs rutile and anatase, have band gaps of 3.03 eV and 3.20 eV respectively, which indicate ultraviolet light. As most of incident solar radiation is visible light, we hypothesize that decreasing the band gap of TiO2 will increase the efficiency of TiO2 as a visible-light active photocatalyst. We propose to modify the band gap of TiO2 by manipulating the catalyst structure and composition via metal nanoparticle deposition and heteroatom doping in order to more efficiently utilize solar radiation. Of the metal-modified Degussa P25 TiO2 samples (P25), the copper and nickel modified samples, 1%Cu/P25 and 1%Ni/P25 yielded the lowest band gap of 3.05 eV each. A difference of 0.22 eV from the unmodified P25. Under visible light illumination 1%Ni/P25 and 1%Pt/P25 had the highest conversion of methanol of 9.9% and 9.6%, respectively.

  20. Temperature effects on the band gaps of Lamb waves in a one-dimensional phononic-crystal plate (L).

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    Cheng, Y; Liu, X J; Wu, D J

    2011-03-01

    This study investigates the temperature-tuned band gaps of Lamb waves in a one-dimensional phononic-crystal plate, which is formed by alternating strips of ferroelectric ceramic Ba(0.7)Sr(0.3)TiO(3) and epoxy. The sensitive and continuous temperature-tunability of Lamb wave band gaps is demonstrated using the analyses of the band structures and the transmission spectra. The width and position of Lamb wave band gaps shift prominently with variation of temperature in the range of 26 °C-50 °C. For example, the width of the second band gap increases from 0.066 to 0.111 MHz as the temperature is increased from 26 °C to 50 °C. The strong shift promises that the structure could be suitable for temperature-tuned multi-frequency Lamb wave filters. PMID:21428478

  1. A model describing the pressure dependence of the band gap energy for the group III-V semiconductors

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    Zhao, Chuan-Zhen; Wei, Tong; Sun, Xiao-Dong; Wang, Sha-Sha; Lu, Ke-Qing

    2016-08-01

    A model describing the pressure dependence of the band gap energy for the group III-V semiconductors has been developed. It is found that the model describes the pressure dependence of the band gap energy very well. It is also found that, although the pressure dependence of the band gap energy for both the conventional III-V semiconductors and the dilute nitride alloys can be described well by the model in this work, the physical mechanisms for them are different. In addition, the influence of the nonlinear compression of the lattice on the band gap energy is smaller than that of the coupling interaction between the N level and the conduction band minimum of the host material.

  2. Wave propagation in ordered, disordered, and nonlinear photonic band gap materials

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    Lidorikis, Elefterios

    1999-12-10

    Photonic band gap materials are artificial dielectric structures that give the promise of molding and controlling the flow of optical light the same way semiconductors mold and control the electric current flow. In this dissertation the author studied two areas of photonic band gap materials. The first area is focused on the properties of one-dimensional PBG materials doped with Kerr-type nonlinear material, while, the second area is focused on the mechanisms responsible for the gap formation as well as other properties of two-dimensional PBG materials. He first studied, in Chapter 2, the general adequacy of an approximate structure model in which the nonlinearity is assumed to be concentrated in equally-spaced very thin layers, or 6-functions, while the rest of the space is linear. This model had been used before, but its range of validity and the physical reasons for its limitations were not quite clear yet. He performed an extensive examination of many aspects of the model's nonlinear response and comparison against more realistic models with finite-width nonlinear layers, and found that the d-function model is quite adequate, capturing the essential features in the transmission characteristics. The author found one exception, coming from the deficiency of processing a rigid bottom band edge, i.e. the upper edge of the gaps is always independent of the refraction index contrast. This causes the model to miss-predict that there are no soliton solutions for a positive Kerr-coefficient, something known to be untrue.

  3. Effect of silver incorporation in phase formation and band gap tuning of tungsten oxide thin films

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    Jolly Bose, R.; Kumar, R. Vinod; Sudheer, S. K.; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P.; Reddy, V. R.; Ganesan, V.

    2012-12-01

    Silver incorporated tungsten oxide thin films are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique. The effect of silver incorporation in micro structure evolution, phase enhancement, band gap tuning and other optical properties are investigated using techniques such as x-ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and UV-Visible spectroscopy. Effect of silver addition in phase formation and band gap tuning of tungsten oxide thin films are investigated. It is found that the texturing and phase formation improves with enhancement in silver content. It is also found that as the silver incorporation enhances the thickness of the films increases at the same time the strain in the film decreases. Even without annealing the desired phase can be achieved by doping with silver. A broad band centered at the wavelength 437 nm is observed in the absorption spectra of tungsten oxide films of higher silver incorporation and this can be attributed to surface plasmon resonance of silver atoms present in the tungsten oxide matrix. The transmittance of the films is decreased with increase in silver content which can be due to increase in film thickness, enhancement of scattering, and absorption of light caused by the increase of grain size, surface roughness and porosity of films and enhanced absorption due to surface plasmon resonance of silver. It is found that silver can act as the seed for the growth of tungsten oxide grains and found that the grain size increases with silver content which in turn decreases the band gap of tungsten oxide from 3.14 eV to 2.70 eV.

  4. Role of Short-Range Order and Hyperuniformity in the Formation of Band Gaps in Disordered Photonic Materials

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    Froufe-Pérez, Luis S.; Engel, Michael; Damasceno, Pablo F.; Muller, Nicolas; Haberko, Jakub; Glotzer, Sharon C.; Scheffold, Frank

    2016-07-01

    We study photonic band gap formation in two-dimensional high-refractive-index disordered materials where the dielectric structure is derived from packing disks in real and reciprocal space. Numerical calculations of the photonic density of states demonstrate the presence of a band gap for all polarizations in both cases. We find that the band gap width is controlled by the increase in positional correlation inducing short-range order and hyperuniformity concurrently. Our findings suggest that the optimization of short-range order, in particular the tailoring of Bragg scattering at the isotropic Brillouin zone, are of key importance for designing disordered PBG materials.

  5. Tunable complete photonic band gap in anisotropic photonic crystal slabs with non-circular air holes using liquid crystals

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    Fathollahi Khalkhali, T.; Bananej, A.

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we analyze the tunability of complete photonic band gap of square and triangular photonic crystal slabs composed of square and hexagonal air holes in anisotropic tellurium background with SiO2 as cladding material. The non-circular holes are infiltrated with liquid crystal. Using the supercell method based on plane wave expansion, we study the variation of complete band gap by changing the optical axis orientation of liquid crystal. Our numerical results show that noticeable tunability of complete photonic band gap can be obtained in both square and triangular structures with non-circular holes.

  6. Role of Short-Range Order and Hyperuniformity in the Formation of Band Gaps in Disordered Photonic Materials.

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    Froufe-Pérez, Luis S; Engel, Michael; Damasceno, Pablo F; Muller, Nicolas; Haberko, Jakub; Glotzer, Sharon C; Scheffold, Frank

    2016-07-29

    We study photonic band gap formation in two-dimensional high-refractive-index disordered materials where the dielectric structure is derived from packing disks in real and reciprocal space. Numerical calculations of the photonic density of states demonstrate the presence of a band gap for all polarizations in both cases. We find that the band gap width is controlled by the increase in positional correlation inducing short-range order and hyperuniformity concurrently. Our findings suggest that the optimization of short-range order, in particular the tailoring of Bragg scattering at the isotropic Brillouin zone, are of key importance for designing disordered PBG materials. PMID:27517772

  7. Biologically inspired band-edge laser action from semiconductor with dipole-forbidden band-gap transition

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    Wang, Cih-Su; Liau, Chi-Shung; Sun, Tzu-Ming; Chen, Yu-Chia; Lin, Tai-Yuan; Chen, Yang-Fang

    2015-01-01

    A new approach is proposed to light up band-edge stimulated emission arising from a semiconductor with dipole-forbidden band-gap transition. To illustrate our working principle, here we demonstrate the feasibility on the composite of SnO2 nanowires (NWs) and chicken albumen. SnO2 NWs, which merely emit visible defect emission, are observed to generate a strong ultraviolet fluorescence centered at 387 nm assisted by chicken albumen at room temperature. In addition, a stunning laser action is further discovered in the albumen/SnO2 NWs composite system. The underlying mechanism is interpreted in terms of the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from the chicken albumen protein to SnO2 NWs. More importantly, the giant oscillator strength of shallow defect states, which is served orders of magnitude larger than that of the free exciton, plays a decisive role. Our approach therefore shows that bio-materials exhibit a great potential in applications for novel light emitters, which may open up a new avenue for the development of bio-inspired optoelectronic devices. PMID:25758749

  8. Biologically inspired band-edge laser action from semiconductor with dipole-forbidden band-gap transition

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    Wang, Cih-Su; Liau, Chi-Shung; Sun, Tzu-Ming; Chen, Yu-Chia; Lin, Tai-Yuan; Chen, Yang-Fang

    2015-03-01

    A new approach is proposed to light up band-edge stimulated emission arising from a semiconductor with dipole-forbidden band-gap transition. To illustrate our working principle, here we demonstrate the feasibility on the composite of SnO2 nanowires (NWs) and chicken albumen. SnO2 NWs, which merely emit visible defect emission, are observed to generate a strong ultraviolet fluorescence centered at 387 nm assisted by chicken albumen at room temperature. In addition, a stunning laser action is further discovered in the albumen/SnO2 NWs composite system. The underlying mechanism is interpreted in terms of the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from the chicken albumen protein to SnO2 NWs. More importantly, the giant oscillator strength of shallow defect states, which is served orders of magnitude larger than that of the free exciton, plays a decisive role. Our approach therefore shows that bio-materials exhibit a great potential in applications for novel light emitters, which may open up a new avenue for the development of bio-inspired optoelectronic devices.

  9. Photonic-band-gap engineering for volume plasmon polaritons in multiscale multilayer hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei V.; Orlov, Alexey A.; Babicheva, Viktoriia E.; Lavrinenko, Andrei V.; Sipe, J. E.

    2014-07-01

    We study theoretically the propagation of large-wave-vector waves (volume plasmon polaritons) in multilayer hyperbolic metamaterials with two levels of structuring. We show that when the parameters of a subwavelength metal-dielectric multilayer (substructure) are modulated (superstructured) on a larger, wavelength scale, the propagation of volume plasmon polaritons in the resulting multiscale hyperbolic metamaterials is subject to photonic-band-gap phenomena. A great degree of control over such plasmons can be exerted by varying the superstructure geometry. When this geometry is periodic, stop bands due to Bragg reflection form within the volume plasmonic band. When a cavity layer is introduced in an otherwise periodic superstructure, resonance peaks of the Fabry-Pérot nature are present within the stop bands. More complicated superstructure geometries are also considered. For example, fractal Cantor-like multiscale metamaterials are found to exhibit characteristic self-similar spectral signatures in the volume plasmonic band. Multiscale hyperbolic metamaterials are shown to be a promising platform for large-wave-vector bulk plasmonic waves, whether they are considered for use as a kind of information carrier or for far-field subwavelength imaging.

  10. Increasing the band gap of iron pyrite by alloying with oxygen

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    Law, Matthew; Hu, Jun; Zhang, Yanning; Wu, Ruqian

    2013-03-01

    Systematic density functional theory studies and model analyses have been used to show that the band gap of iron pyrite (FeS2) can be increased from ~ 1.0 to 1.2 -1.3 eV by replacing ~ 10% of the sulfur atoms with oxygen atoms (i.e., ~ 10% OS impurities). OS formation is exothermic, and the oxygen atoms tend to avoid O-O dimerization, which favors the structural stability of homogeneous FeS2-xOx alloys and frustrates phase separation into FeS2 and iron oxides. With an ideal band gap, absence of OSinduced gap states, high optical absorptivity, and low electron effective mass, FeS2-xOx alloys are promising for the development of pyrite-based heterojunction solar cells that feature large photovoltages and high device efficiencies. Acknowledgement: We thank the NSF SOLAR Program (Award CHE-1035218) and the UCI School of Physical Sciences Center for Solar Energy for support of this work. Calculations were performed on parallel computers at NERSC and at NSF supercomputer centers.

  11. Strain Engineering of the Band Gap of HgTe Quantum Wells Using Superlattice Virtual Substrates.

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    Leubner, Philipp; Lunczer, Lukas; Brüne, Christoph; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens W

    2016-08-19

    The HgTe quantum well (QW) is a well-characterized two-dimensional topological insulator (2D TI). Its band gap is relatively small (typically on the order of 10 meV), which restricts the observation of purely topological conductance to low temperatures. Here, we utilize the strain dependence of the band structure of HgTe QWs to address this limitation. We use CdTe-Cd_{0.5}Zn_{0.5}Te strained-layer superlattices on GaAs as virtual substrates with adjustable lattice constant to control the strain of the QW. We present magnetotransport measurements, which demonstrate a transition from a semimetallic to a 2D-TI regime in wide QWs, when the strain is changed from tensile to compressive. Most notably, we demonstrate a much enhanced energy gap of 55 meV in heavily compressively strained QWs. This value exceeds the highest possible gap on common II-VI substrates by a factor of 2-3, and extends the regime where the topological conductance prevails to much higher temperatures. PMID:27588871

  12. A novel Ka-band coaxial transit-time oscillator with a four-gap buncher

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    Song, Lili; He, Juntao; Ling, Junpu

    2015-05-15

    A novel Ka-band coaxial transit-time oscillator (TTO) with a four-gap buncher is proposed and investigated. Simulation results show that an output power of 1.27 GW and a frequency of 26.18 GHz can be achieved with a diode voltage of 447 kV and a beam current of 7.4 kA. The corresponding power efficiency is 38.5%, and the guiding magnetic field is 0.6 T. Studies and analysis indicate that a buncher with four gaps can modulate the electron beam better than the three-gap buncher in such a Ka-band TTO. Moreover, power efficiency increases with the coupling coefficient between the buncher and the extractor. Further simulation demonstrates that power efficiency can reach higher than 30% with a guiding magnetic field of above 0.5 T. Besides, the power efficiency exceeds 30% in a relatively large range of diode voltage from 375 kV to 495 kV.

  13. Optical absorption of nanoporous silicon: quasiparticle band gaps and absorption spectra

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    Shi, Guangsha; Kioupakis, Emmanouil

    2013-03-01

    Silicon is an earth-abundant material of great importance in semiconductors electronics, but its photovoltaic applications are limited by the low absorption coefficient in the visible due to its indirect band gap. One strategy to improve the absorbance is to perforate silicon with nanoscale pores, which introduce carrier scattering that enables optical transitions across the indirect gap. We used density functional and many-body perturbation theory in the GW approximation to investigate the electronic and optical properties of porous silicon for various pore sizes, spacings, and orientations. Our calculations include up to 400 atoms in the unit cell. We will discuss the connection of the band-gap value and absorption coefficient to the underlying nanopore geometry. The absorption coefficient in the visible range is found to be optimal for appropriately chosen nanopore size, spacing, and orientation. Our work allows us to predict porous-silicon structures that may have optimal performance in photovoltaic applications. This research was supported as part of CSTEC, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. Computational resources were provided by the DOE NERSC facility.

  14. Nanoscale Imaging of Band Gap and Defects in Polycrystalline CdTe Photovoltaic Devices

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    Zhitenev, Nikolai; Yoon, Yohan; Chae, Jungseok; Katzenmeyer, Aaron; Yoon, Heayoung; An, Sangmin; Shumacher, Joshua; Centrone, Andrea

    To further increase the power efficiency of polycrystalline thin film photovoltaic (PV) technology, a detailed understanding of microstructural properties of the devices is required. In this work, we investigate the microstructure of CdTe PV devices using two optical spectroscopies. Sub-micron thickness lamella samples were cut out from a PV device, either in cross-section or in-plane, by focused ion beam. The first technique is the photothermal induced resonance (PTIR) used to obtain absorption spectra over a broad range of wavelengths. In PTIR, a wavelength tunable pulsed laser is combined with an atomic force microscope to detect the local thermal expansion of lamella CdTe sample induced by light absorption. The second technique based on a near-field scanning optical microscope maps the local absorption at fixed near-IR wavelengths with energies at or below CdTe band-gap energy. The variation of the band gap throughout the CdTe absorber determined from PTIR spectra is ~ 20 meV. Both techniques detect strong spatial variation of shallow defects over different grains. The spatial distribution of mid-gap defects appears to be more uniform. The resolution, the sensitivity and the applicability of these two approaches are compared.

  15. Band gap engineering by lanthanide doping in the photocatalyst LaOF: First-principles study

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    Long, Jin-Ping; Wan, Zhou; Yan, Xin-Guo; Huang, Wei-Qing; Huang, Gui-Fang; Peng, Ping

    2014-02-01

    Recent experiment [Xie et al., Catal. Commun., 27, 21 (2012)] reported that LaOF is an active catalyst for water reduction: the catalytic activity per surface area of LaOF is about ten times higher than that of anatase TiO2. First-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed on Ln-doped LaOF (Ln = Ce, Pr, Nd and Pm) to evaluate the effect of lanthanide doping on the electronic and optical properties. It is found that the lowest conduction band (CB) edge potential of LaOF is less than zero (versus normal hydrogen electrode (NHE)), confirming it has enough driving force for photocatalytic water splitting. The band gap of LaOF could be reduced significantly by lanthanide doping. Electronic structure analysis shows that the impurity states appear deep inside the band gap of LaOF, which is in favor of the separation center of photogenerated carriers due to large effective mass differences between electron and hole. Moreover, doping both Pm and Nd into LaOF is an effective approach to extend the optical absorption edge to the visible light. These findings suggest that LaOF doped with lanthanide element is a promising candidate for the photocatalytic hydrogen generation from water and pollutant decomposition.

  16. Flexible band gap tuning of hexagonal boron nitride sheets interconnected by acetylenic bonds.

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    Zhang, Hongyu; Luo, Youhua; Feng, Xiaojuan; Zhao, Lixia; Zhang, Meng

    2015-08-21

    The energetic and electronic properties of acetylenic-bond-interconnected hexagonal boron nitride sheets (BNyne), in which the number of rows of BN hexagonal rings (denoted as BN width) between neighboring arrays of acetylenic linkages increases consecutively, have been explored using first-principles calculations. Depending on the spatial position of B/N atoms with respect to the acetylenic linkages, there are two different types of configurations. The band structure features and band gap evolutions of BNyne structures as a function of the BN width can be categorized into two families, corresponding to two distinct types of configurations. In particular, for both types of BNyne structures, the band gap variations exhibit odd-even oscillating behavior depending on the BN width, which is related to the different symmetries of acetylenic chains in the unit cell. These results suggest that the embedded linear acetylenic chains can provide more flexibility for manipulation of the atomic and electronic properties of hexagonal boron nitride. These sp-sp(2) hybrid structures might promise importantly potential applications for developing nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices. PMID:26194068

  17. Full-band envelope-function approach for type-II broken-gap superlattices

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    Andlauer, Till; Vogl, Peter

    2009-07-01

    We present a charge self-consistent mesoscopic electronic-structure method for type-II broken-gap superlattices that is based on the multiband kṡp envelope-function method. This scheme avoids the separate classification and occupation of electron and hole states that causes the standard effective-mass theory to fail once conduction- and valence-band states strongly intermix. The computational efficiency of envelope-function methods is maintained. Free or bound charge-carrier redistributions can be taken into account self-consistently. With this method that we term as full-band envelope-function approach, we calculate effective band gaps, effective masses, and optical transition energies of InAs/GaSb superlattices as a function of the layer width. Good agreement with experiment is obtained. We also discuss semiconductor to semimetal transitions in wide layer structures. We find the charge carriers to form a two-dimensional gas of approximately massless Dirac particles at a critical layer width.

  18. Electronic band-gap modified passive silicon optical modulator at telecommunications wavelengths

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    Zhang, Rui; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Liu, Xiangdong; Lu, Qingming; Wang, Jiyang

    2015-01-01

    The silicon optical modulator is considered to be the workhorse of a revolution in communications. In recent years, the capabilities of externally driven active silicon optical modulators have dramatically improved. Self-driven passive modulators, especially passive silicon modulators, possess advantages in compactness, integration, low-cost, etc. Constrained by a large indirect band-gap and sensitivity-related loss, the passive silicon optical modulator is scarce and has been not advancing, especially at telecommunications wavelengths. Here, a passive silicon optical modulator is fabricated by introducing an impurity band in the electronic band-gap, and its nonlinear optics and applications in the telecommunications-wavelength lasers are investigated. The saturable absorption properties at the wavelength of 1.55 μm was measured and indicates that the sample is quite sensitive to light intensity and has negligible absorption loss. With a passive silicon modulator, pulsed lasers were constructed at wavelengths at 1.34 and 1.42 μm. It is concluded that the sensitive self-driven passive silicon optical modulator is a viable candidate for photonics applications out to 2.5 μm. PMID:26563679

  19. Impurity photovoltaic effect with defect relaxation: Implications for low band gap semiconductors such as silicon

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    Brown, Andrew S.; Green, Martin A.

    2004-09-01

    The impurity photovoltaic solar cell can, in principle, increase the sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency of a conventional single junction solar cell by the introduction of optically active impurities or defects into the device. These "defects" ideally allow electrons to be excited from the valence band to the conduction band via the mid-gap defect level through the absorption of previously wasted sub-band-gap photons. In this work the maximum efficiency limits for such a device are calculated for the special case where the energy of the partly excited electron relaxes to a lower energy partly through the two-stage excitation process. This relaxation in energy by the electron when occupying the defect state is shown to give an efficiency improvement over the case where no defect relaxation occurs. In the case of silicon, an efficiency limit of 39.7% under the airmass 1.5G solar spectrum is obtained, compared to 33.0% when no defects are present and 30.5% when a defect is present but no relaxation is allowed.

  20. Improving solar cell efficiencies by up-conversion of sub-band-gap light

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    Trupke, T.; Green, M. A.; Würfel, P.

    2002-10-01

    A system for solar energy conversion using the up-conversion of sub-band-gap photons to increase the maximum efficiency of a single-junction conventional, bifacial solar cell is discussed. An up-converter is located behind a solar cell and absorbs transmitted sub-band-gap photons via sequential ground state absorption/excited state absorption processes in a three-level system. This generates an excited state in the up-converter from which photons are emitted which are subsequently absorbed in the solar cell and generate electron-hole pairs. The solar energy conversion efficiency of this system in the radiative limit is calculated for different cell geometries and different illumination conditions using a detailed balance model. It is shown that in contrast to an impurity photovoltaic solar cell the conditions of photon selectivity and of complete absorption of high-energy photons can be met simultaneously in this system by restricting the widths of the bands in the up-converter. The upper limit of the energy conversion efficiency of the system is found to be 63.2% for concentrated sunlight and 47.6% for nonconcentrated sunlight.

  1. Band Gap Engineering of PbI2 by Incommensurate Van der Waals Epitaxy

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    Wang, Yiping; Shi, Jian

    Van der Waals epitaxial growth had been thought to have trivial contribution on inducing substantial epitaxial strain in thin films due to its weak nature of Van der Waals interfacial energy. Due to this, electrical and optical structure engineering via Van der Waals epitaxial strain has been rarely studied. However, by appropriate film-substrate selection, we show that significant band structure engineering could be achieved in a soft thin film material PbI2 via Van der Waals epitaxy. The thickness dependent photoluminescence of single crystal PbI2 flakes was studied and attributed to the substrate-film coupling effect via incommensurate Van der Waals epitaxy. It is proposed that the Van der Waals strain is resulted from the soft nature of PbI2 and large Van der Waals interaction due to the involvement of heavy elements. Such strain plays vital roles in modifying the band gap of PbI2. The deformation potential theory is used to quantitatively unveil the correlation between thickness, strain and band gap change. Our hypothesis is confirmed by the subsequent mechanical bending test and Raman characterization.

  2. Crystal Structure and Band Gap Engineering in Polyoxometalate-Based Inorganic-Organic Hybrids.

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    Roy, Soumyabrata; Sarkar, Sumanta; Pan, Jaysree; Waghmare, Umesh V; Dhanya, R; Narayana, Chandrabhas; Peter, Sebastian C

    2016-04-01

    We have demonstrated engineering of the electronic band gap of the hybrid materials based on POMs (polyoxometalates), by controlling its structural complexity through variation in the conditions of synthesis. The pH- and temperature-dependent studies give a clear insight into how these experimental factors affect the overall hybrid structure and its properties. Our structural manipulations have been successful in effectively tuning the optical band gap and electronic band structure of this kind of hybrids, which can find many applications in the field of photovoltaic and semiconducting devices. We have also addressed a common crystallographic disorder observed in Keggin-ion (one type of heteropolyoxometalate [POMs])-based hybrid materials. Through a combination of crystallographic, spectroscopic, and theoretical analysis of four new POM-based hybrids synthesized with tactically varied reaction conditions, we trace the origin and nature of the disorder associated with it and the subtle local structural coordination involved in its core picture. While the crystallography yields a centrosymmetric structure with planar coordination of Si, our analysis with XPS, IR, and Raman spectroscopy reveals a tetrahedral coordination with broken inversion symmetry, corroborated by first-principles calculations. PMID:26986739

  3. Electronic band-gap modified passive silicon optical modulator at telecommunications wavelengths.

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    Zhang, Rui; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Liu, Xiangdong; Lu, Qingming; Wang, Jiyang

    2015-01-01

    The silicon optical modulator is considered to be the workhorse of a revolution in communications. In recent years, the capabilities of externally driven active silicon optical modulators have dramatically improved. Self-driven passive modulators, especially passive silicon modulators, possess advantages in compactness, integration, low-cost, etc. Constrained by a large indirect band-gap and sensitivity-related loss, the passive silicon optical modulator is scarce and has been not advancing, especially at telecommunications wavelengths. Here, a passive silicon optical modulator is fabricated by introducing an impurity band in the electronic band-gap, and its nonlinear optics and applications in the telecommunications-wavelength lasers are investigated. The saturable absorption properties at the wavelength of 1.55 μm was measured and indicates that the sample is quite sensitive to light intensity and has negligible absorption loss. With a passive silicon modulator, pulsed lasers were constructed at wavelengths at 1.34 and 1.42 μm. It is concluded that the sensitive self-driven passive silicon optical modulator is a viable candidate for photonics applications out to 2.5 μm. PMID:26563679

  4. Electronic band-gap modified passive silicon optical modulator at telecommunications wavelengths

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    Zhang, Rui; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Liu, Xiangdong; Lu, Qingming; Wang, Jiyang

    2015-11-01

    The silicon optical modulator is considered to be the workhorse of a revolution in communications. In recent years, the capabilities of externally driven active silicon optical modulators have dramatically improved. Self-driven passive modulators, especially passive silicon modulators, possess advantages in compactness, integration, low-cost, etc. Constrained by a large indirect band-gap and sensitivity-related loss, the passive silicon optical modulator is scarce and has been not advancing, especially at telecommunications wavelengths. Here, a passive silicon optical modulator is fabricated by introducing an impurity band in the electronic band-gap, and its nonlinear optics and applications in the telecommunications-wavelength lasers are investigated. The saturable absorption properties at the wavelength of 1.55 μm was measured and indicates that the sample is quite sensitive to light intensity and has negligible absorption loss. With a passive silicon modulator, pulsed lasers were constructed at wavelengths at 1.34 and 1.42 μm. It is concluded that the sensitive self-driven passive silicon optical modulator is a viable candidate for photonics applications out to 2.5 μm.

  5. Band gap engineering and \\vec{k}\\cdot \\vec{\\pi } electronic structure of lead and tin tellurides

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    Behera, S. S.; Tripathi, G. S.

    2016-06-01

    We study the effect of the variation of energy gap on the k\\cdot π electronic structure of PbTe and SnTe, using a six-level basis at the L point. The basis functions in both the systems have the same transformation properties. However, the basis functions of the band edge states in SnTe are reversed with respect to the same in PbTe. Band dispersions are obtained analytically for a two band model. As the band gap decreases, the bands become linear. Far bands are included in the electronic dispersion, using perturbation theory. Fermi energy and the Density of States at the Fermi energy, { D }({\\varepsilon }F), are calculated for different carrier concentrations and energy gaps through a self-consistent approach. Interesting results are seen when the energy gap is reduced from the respective equilibrium values. For both the systems, the Fermi energy increases as the gap is decreased. The behavior of { D }({\\varepsilon }F) is, however, different. It decreases with the gap. It is also on expected lines. Calculated values of the electronic effective mass, as a function of temperature, energy gap and carrier concentration, are compared with previously published data. As distinguished from a first principles calculation, the work has focused on the carrier dependent electronic parameters for use both by theorists and experimenters as well.

  6. Band gap and effective mass of multilayer BN/graphene/BN: van der Waals density functional approach

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    Hashmi, Arqum; Hong, Jisang

    2014-05-01

    Using the van der Waals density functional theory method (DFT-D2), we have investigated thickness dependent energy band gaps and effective masses of multilayer BN/graphene/BN structures by changing the stacking order. The band gap is substantially dependent on the stacking order. For instance, the calculated band gap in ABA stacking is about 150 meV, whereas it becomes 31 meV in ABC stacking. No significant thickness dependent band gap is observed in both ABA and ABC stackings although the band gap is gradually increasing with the BN thickness in ABA stacking. In addition, the effective mass is found to be strongly dependent on the stacking order. The effective mass in ABA stacking is much larger than that found in ABC stacking. On the other hand, the effective mass along K-M direction is smaller than that along K-Γ direction in ABA stacking. However, it is independent on the band direction in ABC stacking. We have found that the inclusion of van der Waals interaction alters thickness dependent band gap and effective mass of BN/graphene/BN multilayer systems compared with those found with standard density functional theory.

  7. Understanding of sub-band gap absorption of femtosecond-laser sulfur hyperdoped silicon using synchrotron-based techniques

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    Limaye, Mukta V.; Chen, S. C.; Lee, C. Y.; Chen, L. Y.; Singh, Shashi B.; Shao, Y. C.; Wang, Y. F.; Hsieh, S. H.; Hsueh, H. C.; Chiou, J. W.; Chen, C. H.; Jang, L. Y.; Cheng, C. L.; Pong, W. F.; Hu, Y. F.

    2015-01-01

    The correlation between sub-band gap absorption and the chemical states and electronic and atomic structures of S-hyperdoped Si have been extensively studied, using synchrotron-based x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES), extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), valence-band photoemission spectroscopy (VB-PES) and first-principles calculation. S 2p XPS spectra reveal that the S-hyperdoped Si with the greatest (~87%) sub-band gap absorption contains the highest concentration of S2− (monosulfide) species. Annealing S-hyperdoped Si reduces the sub-band gap absorptance and the concentration of S2− species, but significantly increases the concentration of larger S clusters [polysulfides (Sn2−, n > 2)]. The Si K-edge XANES spectra show that S hyperdoping in Si increases (decreased) the occupied (unoccupied) electronic density of states at/above the conduction-band-minimum. VB-PES spectra evidently reveal that the S-dopants not only form an impurity band deep within the band gap, giving rise to the sub-band gap absorption, but also cause the insulator-to-metal transition in S-hyperdoped Si samples. Based on the experimental results and the calculations by density functional theory, the chemical state of the S species and the formation of the S-dopant states in the band gap of Si are critical in determining the sub-band gap absorptance of hyperdoped Si samples. PMID:26098075

  8. Microwave band gap and cavity mode in spoof-insulator-spoof waveguide with multiscale structured surface

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    Zhang, Qiang; Xiao, Jun Jun; Han, Dezhuan; Qin, Fei Fei; Zhang, Xiao Ming; Yao, Yong

    2015-05-01

    We propose a multiscale spoof-insulator-spoof (SIS) waveguide by introducing periodic geometry modulation in the wavelength scale to a SIS waveguide made of a perfect electric conductor. The MSIS consists of multiple SIS subcells. The dispersion relationship of the fundamental guided mode of the spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SSPPs) is studied analytically within the small gap approximation. It is shown that the multiscale SIS possesses microwave band gap (MBG) due to the Bragg scattering. The ‘gap maps’ in the design parameter space are provided. We demonstrate that the geometry of the subcells can efficiently adjust the effective refraction index of the elementary SIS and therefore further control the width and the position of the MBG. The results are in good agreement with numerical calculations by the finite element method (FEM). For finite-sized MSIS of given geometry in the millimeter scale, FEM calculations show that the first-order symmetric SSPP mode has zero transmission in the MBG within frequency range from 4.29 to 5.1 GHz. A cavity mode is observed inside the gap at 4.58 GHz, which comes from a designer ‘point defect’ in the multiscale SIS waveguide. Furthermore, ultrathin MSIS waveguides are shown to have both symmetric and antisymmetric modes with their own MBGs, respectively. The deep-subwavelength confinement and the great degree of control of the propagation of SSPPs in such structures promise potential applications in miniaturized microwave device.

  9. Two-pattern compound photonic crystals with a large complete photonic band gap

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    Jia Lin; Thomas, Edwin L.

    2011-09-15

    We present a set of two-dimensional aperiodic structures with a large complete photonic band gap (PBG), which are named two-pattern photonic crystals. By superposing two substructures without regard to registration, we designed six new aperiodic PBG structures having a complete PBG larger than 15% for {epsilon}{sub 2}/{epsilon}{sub 1} = 11.4. The rod-honeycomb two-pattern photonic crystal provides the largest complete PBG to date. An aperiodic structure becomes the champion structure with the largest PBG. Surprisingly, the TM and TE gaps of a two-pattern photonic crystal are much less interdependent than the PBGs of conventional photonic crystals proposed before, affording interesting capabilities for us to tune the TM and TE PBGs separately. By altering the respective substructures, optical devices for different polarizations (TE, TM, or both) can readily be designed.

  10. Two-dimensional silica: Structural, mechanical properties, and strain-induced band gap tuning

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    Gao, Enlai; Xie, Bo; Xu, Zhiping

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional silica is of rising interests not only for its practical applications as insulating layers in nanoelectronics, but also as a model material to understand crystals and glasses. In this study, we examine structural and electronic properties of hexagonal and haeckelite phases of silica bilayers by performing first-principles calculations. We find that the corner-sharing SiO4 tetrahedrons in these two phases are locally similar. The robustness and resilience of these tetrahedrons under mechanical perturbation allow effective strain engineering of the electronic structures with band gaps covering a very wide range, from of that for insulators, to wide-, and even narrow-gap semiconductors. These findings suggest that the flexible 2D silica holds great promises in developing nanoelectronic devices with strain-tunable performance, and lay the ground for the understanding of crystalline and vitreous phases in 2D, where bilayer silica provides an ideal test-bed.

  11. Method and apparatus for measuring minority carrier lifetime in a direct band-gap semiconductor

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    Vonroos, Oldwig (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    A direct band-gap semiconductor is exposed to intensity-modulated photon radiation having a characteristic energy at least as great as the energy gap of the semiconductor. This produces a time dependent concentration of excess charge carriers through the material, producing a luminescence signal modulated at the same frequency as the incident radiation but shifted in phase by an amount related to the lifetime of minority carriers. In a preferred embodiment, the phase shift of the luminescence signal is determined by transforming it to a modulated electrical signal and mixing the electrical signal with a reference signal modulated at the same frequency and having a phase which is known relative to the incident radiation. Minority carrier lifetime is calculated by integrating a direct current component of the mixed signal (F sub dc) over a 2 pi range in phase of the reference signal.

  12. Experimental observation of locally-resonant and Bragg band gaps for surface guided waves in a phononic crystal of pillars

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    Achaoui, Younes; Khelif, Abdelkrim; Benchabane, Sarah; Robert, Laurent; Laude, Vincent

    2011-03-01

    We report on the experimental study of the propagation of surface guided waves in a periodic arrangement of pillars on a semi-infinite medium. Samples composed of nickel pillars grown on a lithium niobate substrate were prepared and wide bandwidth transducers were used for the electrical generation of surface elastic waves. We identify a complete band gap for surface guided waves appearing at frequencies markedly lower than the Bragg band gap. Using optical measurements of the surface vibrations and by comparison with a finite element model, we argue that the low frequency band gap arises because of local resonances in the pillars. When resonance is reached, the acoustic energy is confined inside the pillars and transmission through the array is strongly reduced. At higher frequencies and inside the Bragg band gap, the incident surface elastic waves are almost completely reflected and the observed exponential decay of the transmission is similar to the case of phononic crystals made of holes in a substrate.

  13. A high efficiency bulk graded band gap/PN junction solar cell structure at high concentration ratios

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    Borrego, J.M.; Gandhi, S.K.; Page, D.A.

    1984-05-01

    This paper presents an analysis of a solar cell structure for achieving high efficiency at high concentration ratios. The structure consists of a bulk graded band gap P region followed by a PN junction at the smaller band gap side. The advantage of this structure is that the open circuit voltage is determined by the value of the higher band gap and the short circuit current by the lower band gap. A structure with E /SUB G1/ = 2.0 eV and E /SUB G2/ = 0.7 eV has an estimated efficiency of 45% at 1000 suns. Material systems which can be used for the realization of this structure are briefly described.

  14. Acoustic band gaps with diffraction gratings in a two-dimensional phononic crystal with a square lattice in water

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    Lee, Kang Il; Kang, Hwi Suk; Yoon, Suk Wang

    2016-04-01

    The present work reports a combined experimental and theoretical study on the acoustic band gaps in a two-dimensional (2D) phononic crystal (PC) consisting of periodic square arrays of stainless-steel cylinders with diameters of 1.0 mm and a lattice constant of 1.5 mm in water. The theoretical band structure of the 2D PC was calculated along the ΓX direction of the first Brillouin zone. The transmission and the reflection coefficients were obtained both experimentally and theoretically along the ΓX direction of the 2D PC. The 2D PC exhibited 5 band gaps at frequencies below 2.0 MHz, with the first Bragg gap being around a frequency of 0.5 MHz. To understand the band gaps in the 2D PC, we calculated the acoustic pressure fields at specific frequencies of interest for normal incidence, and we explained them from the perspective of acoustic diffraction gratings.

  15. Analysis of plasma-magnetic photonic crystal with a tunable band gap

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    Mehdian, H.; Mohammadzahery, Z.; Hasanbeigi, A.

    2013-04-15

    In this paper, electromagnetic wave propagation through the one-dimensional plasma-magnetic photonic crystal in the presence of external magnetic field has been analyzed. The dispersion relation, transmission and reflection coefficients have been obtained by using the transfer matrix method. It is investigated how photonic band gap of photonic crystals will be tuned when both dielectric function {epsilon} and magnetic permeability {mu} of the constitutive materials, depend on applied magnetic field. This is shown by one dimensional photonic crystals consisting of plasma and ferrite material layers stacked alternately.

  16. Saturation of band-gap resonant optical phase conjugation in HgCdTe.

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    Yuen, S Y; Becla, P

    1983-07-01

    The saturation behavior of band-gap resonant optical nonlinearity is studied by degenerate four-wave mixing experiments at 10.6 microm in HgCdTe over a wide range of laser intensities. The reflectivity clips at a constant level when the laser intensity is increased above 100 W/cm(2), and the corresponding effective third-order nonlinear susceptibility drops as the inverse of the laser intensity. A theory based on the saturation of the interband absorption at the pump frequency resulting from state blocking is presented and agrees well with the experiment. PMID:19718113

  17. Low Band Gap Coplanar Conjugated Molecules Featuring Dynamic Intramolecular Lewis Acid-Base Coordination.

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    Zhu, Congzhi; Guo, Zi-Hao; Mu, Anthony U; Liu, Yi; Wheeler, Steven E; Fang, Lei

    2016-05-20

    Ladder-type conjugated molecules with a low band gap and low LUMO level were synthesized through an N-directed borylation reaction of pyrazine-derived donor-acceptor-donor precursors. The intramolecular boron-nitrogen coordination bonds played a key role in rendering the rigid and coplanar conformation of these molecules and their corresponding electronic structures. Experimental investigation and theoretical simulation revealed the dynamic nature of such coordination, which allowed for active manipulation of the optical properties of these molecules by using competing Lewis basic solvents. PMID:27096728

  18. A Large-Area Transferable Wide Band Gap 2D Silicon Dioxide Layer.

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    Büchner, Christin; Wang, Zhu-Jun; Burson, Kristen M; Willinger, Marc-Georg; Heyde, Markus; Schlögl, Robert; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2016-08-23

    An atomically smooth silica bilayer is transferred from the growth substrate to a new support via mechanical exfoliation at millimeter scale. The atomic structure and morphology are maintained perfectly throughout the process. A simple heating treatment results in complete removal of the transfer medium. Low-energy electron diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and environmental scanning electron microscopy show the success of the transfer steps. Excellent chemical and thermal stability result from the absence of dangling bonds in the film structure. By adding this wide band gap oxide to the toolbox of 2D materials, possibilities for van der Waals heterostructures will be broadened significantly. PMID:27421042

  19. Parametric analysis of 2D guided-wave photonic band gap structures

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    Ciminelli, C.; Peluso, F.; Armenise, M. N.

    2005-11-01

    The parametric analysis of the electromagnetic properties of 2D guided wave photonic band gap structures is reported with the aim of providing a valid tool for the optimal design. The modelling approach is based on the Bloch-Floquet method. Different lattice configurations and geometrical parameters are considered. An optimum value for the ratio between the hole (or rod) radius and the lattice constant does exist and the calculation demonstrated that it is almost independent from the etching depth, only depending on the lattice type. The results are suitable for the design optimisation of photonic crystal reflectors to be used in integrated optical devices.

  20. Parametric analysis of 2D guided-wave photonic band gap structures.

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    Ciminelli, C; Peluso, F; Armenise, M

    2005-11-28

    The parametric analysis of the electromagnetic properties of 2D guided wave photonic band gap structures is reported with the aim of providing a valid tool for the optimal design. The modelling approach is based on the Bloch-Floquet method. Different lattice configurations and geometrical parameters are considered. An optimum value for the ratio between the hole (or rod) radius and the lattice constant does exist and the calculation demonstrated that it is almost independent from the etching depth, only depending on the lattice type. The results are suitable for the design optimisation of photonic crystal reflectors to be used in integrated optical devices. PMID:19503180

  1. Metamaterial Superstrate and Electromagnetic Band-Gap Substrate for High Directive Antenna

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    Xu, Huiliang; Zhao, Zeyu; Lv, Yueguang; Du, Chunlei; Luo, Xiangang

    2008-05-01

    A high directive planar antenna made from a metamaterial superstrate and an electromagnetic band-gap (EBG) substrate has been investigated. A patch antenna surrounded with EBG structures is used as the radiation source. The CST Microwave Studio is used for the simulation. The results show that the gain of the antenna with metamaterial is 21.6 dB at the operating frequency of 14.6 GHz. Compared with the patch feed with the same aperture size but without the metamaterial superstrate, the performance of the antenna is improved obviously and the gain increases about 12.4 dB.

  2. Vanishing electronic energy loss of very slow light ions in insulators with large band gaps.

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    Markin, S N; Primetzhofer, D; Bauer, P

    2009-09-11

    Electronic energy loss of light ions in nanometer films of materials with large band gaps has been studied for very low velocities. For LiF, a threshold velocity is observed at 0.1 a.u. (250 eV/u), below which the ions move without transferring energy to the electronic system. For KCl, a lower (extrapolated) threshold velocity is found, identical for H and He ions. For SiO2, no clear velocity threshold is observed for He particles. For protons and deuterons, electronic stopping is found to perfectly fulfill velocity scaling, as expected for binary ion-electron interaction. PMID:19792368

  3. Vanishing Electronic Energy Loss of Very Slow Light Ions in Insulators with Large Band Gaps

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    Markin, S. N.; Primetzhofer, D.; Bauer, P.

    2009-09-11

    Electronic energy loss of light ions in nanometer films of materials with large band gaps has been studied for very low velocities. For LiF, a threshold velocity is observed at 0.1 a.u. (250 eV/u), below which the ions move without transferring energy to the electronic system. For KCl, a lower (extrapolated) threshold velocity is found, identical for H and He ions. For SiO{sub 2}, no clear velocity threshold is observed for He particles. For protons and deuterons, electronic stopping is found to perfectly fulfill velocity scaling, as expected for binary ion-electron interaction.

  4. Waveguides in three-dimensional metallic photonic band-gap materials

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    Sigalas, M.M.; Biswas, R.; Ho, K.M.; Soukoulis, C.M.; Crouch, D.D.

    1999-08-01

    We theoretically investigate waveguide structures in three-dimensional metallic photonic band-gap (MPBG) materials. The MPBG materials used in this study consist of a three-dimensional mesh of metallic wires embedded in a dielectric. An {ital L}-shaped waveguide is created by removing part of the metallic wires. Using finite difference time domain simulations, we found that an 85{percent} transmission efficiency can be achieved through the 90{degree} bend with just three unit cell thickness MPBG structures. thinsp {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  5. Depth-resolved band gap in Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 thin films

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    Bar, M.; Nishiwaki, S.; Weinhardt, L.; Pookpanratana, S.; Fuchs, O.; Blum, M.; Yang, W.; Denlinger, J. D.; Shafarman, W.; Heske, C.

    2008-06-24

    The surface composition of Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (?CIGSSe?) thin films intrinsically deviates from the corresponding bulk composition, which also modifies the electronic structure and thus the optical properties.We have used a combination of photon and electron spectroscopies with different information depths to gain depth-resolved information on the band gap energy (Eg) in CIG(S)Se thin films. We find an increasing Eg with decreasing information depth, indicating the formation of a surface region with significantly higher Eg. This Eg-widened surface region extends further into the bulk of the sulfur-free CIGSe thin film compared to the CIGSSe thin film.

  6. Design and testing of photonic band gap channel-drop-filters

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    Shchegolkov, Dmitry; Earley, Lawrence M; Health, Cynthia E; Smirnova, Evgenya I

    2009-01-01

    We have designed, fabricated and tested several novel passive mm-wave spectrometers based on Photonic Band Gap (PBG) structures. Our spectrometers were designed to operate in the frequency ranges of 90-130 and 220-300 GHz. We built and tested both metallic and dielectric silicon Channel-Drop-Filter (CDF) structures at 90-130 GHz. We are currently fabricating a dielectric CDF structure to operate at 220-300 GHz. The complete recent test results for the metal version and preliminary test results for the higher frequency silicon versions will be presented at the conference.

  7. Broadening of absorption band by coupled gap plasmon resonances in a near-infrared metamaterial absorber

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    Cong, Jiawei; Yao, Hongbing; Gong, Daolei; Chen, Mingyang; Tong, Yanqun; Fu, Yonghong; Ren, Naifei

    2016-07-01

    We propose a strategy to broaden the absorption band of the conventional metamaterial absorber by incorporating alternating metal/dielectric films. Up to 7-fold increase in bandwidth and ∼95% average absorption are achieved arising from the coupling of induced multiple gap plasmon resonances. The resonance coupling is analytically demonstrated using the coupled oscillator model, which reveals that both the optimal coupling strength and the resonance wavelength matching are required for the enhancement of absorption bandwidth. The presented multilayer design is easily fabricated and readily implanted to other absorber configurations, offering a practical avenue for applications in photovoltaic cells and thermal emitters.

  8. Influence of structural parameters on tunable photonic band gaps modulated by liquid crystals

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    Huang, Aiqin; Zheng, Jihong; Jiang, Yanmeng; Zhou, Zengjun; Tang, Pingyu; Zhuang, Songlin

    2011-10-01

    Tunable photonic crystals (PCs), which are infiltrated with nematic liquid crystals (LCs), tune photonic band gap (PBG) by rotating directors of LCs when applied with the external electrical field. Using the plane wave expansion method, we simulated the PBG structure of two-dimensional tunable PCs with a triangular lattice of circular column, square column and hexagon column, respectively. When PCs are composed of LCs and different substrate materials such as germanium (Ge) and silicon (Si), the influence of structural parameters including column shape and packing ration on PBG is discussed separately. Numerical simulations show that absolute PBG can't be found at any conditions, however large tuning range of polarized wave can be achieved by rotating directors of LCs. The simulation results provide theoretical guidance for the fabrication of field-sensitive polarizer with big tunable band range.

  9. Pseudomorphic GeSn/Ge(001) quantum wells: Examining indirect band gap bowing

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    Tonkikh, Alexander A.; Eisenschmidt, Christian; Talalaev, Vadim G.; Zakharov, Nikolay D.; Schilling, Joerg; Schmidt, Georg; Werner, Peter

    2013-07-01

    A study of the bandgap character of compressively strained GeSn0.060-0.091/Ge(001) quantum wells grown by molecular beam epitaxy is reported. The built-in strain in GeSn wells leads to an increased separation between L and Γ conduction band minima. The prevalent indirect interband transitions in GeSn were probed by photoluminescence spectroscopy. As a result we could simulate the L-valley bowing parameter in GeSn alloys, bL = 0.80 ± 0.06 eV at 10 K. From this we conclude that even compressively strained GeSn/Ge(001) alloys could become direct band gap semiconductors at the Sn-fraction higher than 17.0 at. %.

  10. Band gap control in a line-defect magnonic crystal waveguide

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    Morozova, M. A. Grishin, S. V.; Sadovnikov, A. V.; Romanenko, D. V.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P.; Nikitov, S. A.

    2015-12-14

    We report on the experimental observation of the spin wave spectrum control in a line-defect magnonic crystal (MC) waveguide. We demonstrate the possibility to control the forbidden frequency band (band gap) for spin waves tuning the line-defect width. In particular, this frequency may be greater or lower than the one of 1D MC waveguide without line-defect. By means of space-resolved Brillouin light scattering technique, we study the localization of magnetization amplitude in the line-defect area. We show that the length of this localization region depends on the line-defect width. These results agree well with theoretical calculations of spin wave spectrum using the proposed model of two coupled magnonic crystal waveguides. The proposed simple geometry of MC with line-defect can be used as a logic and multiplexing block for application in the novel field of magnonic devices.

  11. Band gap states of copper phthalocyanine thin films induced by nitrogen exposure

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    Sueyoshi, Tomoki; Kakuta, Haruya; Ono, Masaki; Sakamoto, Kazuyuki; Kera, Satoshi; Ueno, Nobuo

    2010-03-01

    The impact of 1 atm N{sub 2} gas exposure on the electronic states of copper phthalocyanine thin films was investigated using ultrahigh-sensitivity ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. The highest occupied molecular orbital band of the film showed a drastic reversible change in the bandwidth and band shape as well as in the energy position upon repeated cycles of N{sub 2} exposure and subsequent annealing. Furthermore, two types of gap-state densities with Gaussian and exponential distributions appeared after the exposure and disappeared due to the annealing. These changes are ascribed to a weak disorder in the molecular packing structure induced by N{sub 2} diffusion into the film.

  12. Observation of wakefields in a beam-driven photonic band gap accelerating structure.

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    Conde, M.; Yusof, Z.; Power, J. G.; Jing, C.; Gao, F.; Antipov, S.; Xu, P.; Zheng, S.; Chen, H.; Tang, C.; Gai, W.; High Energy Physics; Euclid Techlabs LLC; Tsinghua Univ.

    2009-12-01

    Wakefield excitation has been experimentally studied in a three-cell X-band standing wave photonic band gap (PBG) accelerating structure. Major monopole (TM{sub 01}- and TM{sub 02}-like) and dipole (TM{sub 11}- and TM{sub 12}-like) modes were identified and characterized by precisely controlling the position of beam injection. The quality factor Q of the dipole modes was measured to be {approx}10 times smaller than that of the accelerating mode. A charge sweep, up to 80 nC, has been performed, equivalent to {approx} 30 MV/m accelerating field on axis. A variable delay low charge witness bunch following a high charge drive bunch was used to calibrate the gradient in the PBG structure by measuring its maximum energy gain and loss. Experimental results agree well with numerical simulations.

  13. Non-Band-Gap Photoexcitation of Hydroxylated TiO2

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    2015-01-01

    The photochemistry of TiO2 has been studied intensively since it was discovered that TiO2 can act as a photocatalyst. Nevertheless, it has proven difficult to establish the detailed charge-transfer processes involved, partly because the excited states involved are difficult to study. Here we present evidence of the existence of hydroxyl-induced excited states in the conduction band region. Using two-photon photoemission, we show that stepwise photoexcitation from filled band gap states lying 0.8 eV below the Fermi level of rutile TiO2(110) excites hydroxyl-induced states 2.73 eV above the Fermi level that has an onset energy of ∼3.1 eV. The onset is shifted to lower energy by the coadsorption of molecular water, which suggests a means of tuning the energy of the excited state. PMID:26267712

  14. Indirect-direct band gap transition through electric tuning in bilayer MoS{sub 2}

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    Zhang, Z. Y.; Si, M. S. Wang, Y. H.; Gao, X. P.; Sung, Dongchul; Hong, Suklyun; He, Junjie

    2014-05-07

    We investigate the electronic properties of bilayer MoS{sub 2} exposed to an external electric field by using first-principles calculations. It is found that a larger interlayer distance, referring to that by standard density functional theory (DFT) with respect to that by DFT with empirical dispersion corrections, makes indirect-direct band gap transition possible by electric control. We show that external electric field effectively manipulates the valence band contrast between the K- and Γ-valleys by forming built-in electric dipole fields, which realizes an indirect-direct transition before a semiconductor-metal transition happens. Our results provide a novel efficient access to tune the electronic properties of two-dimensional layered materials.

  15. Nonlinear optical response of semiconductor-nanocrystals-embedded photonic band gap structure

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    Liao, Chen; Zhang, Huichao; Tang, Luping; Zhou, Zhiqiang; Lv, Changgui; Cui, Yiping; Zhang, Jiayu

    2014-04-28

    Colloidal CdSe/ZnS core/shell nanocrystals (NCs), which were dispersed in SiO{sub 2} sol, were utilized to fabricate a SiO{sub 2}:NCs/TiO{sub 2} all-dielectric photonic band gap (PBG) structure. The third-order nonlinear refractive index (n{sub 2}) of the PBG structure was nearly triple of that of the SiO{sub 2}:NCs film due to the local field enhancement in the PBG structure. The photoinduced change in refractive index (Δn) could shift the PBG band edge, so the PBG structure would show significant transmission modification, whose transmission change was ∼17 folds of that of the SiO{sub 2}:NCs film. Under excitation of a 30 GW/cm{sup 2} femtosecond laser beam, a transmission decrease of 80% was realized.

  16. Modifications of band gap in Si/Ge multilayers through vacuum annealing

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    Sharma, A.; Tripathi, S.; Tripathi, J.; Shripathi, T.

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper, important experimental findings and their impact on physical properties of Si/Ge systems are presented with the focus on structural and electronic properties investigations also covering band gap engineering. The use of synchrotron radiation based valence band photoemission spectroscopy technique has been demonstrated which provides the variation in bandgap values as a function of annealing on [Si/Ge]x10 multilayers structure. For this purpose, the required VB offsets are obtained by considering the corresponding VB maximum of as prepared sample as a reference. The bandgap values thus obtained show a gradually decreasing pattern with increasing temperature, which is discussed in terms of the effect of various factors such as: (i) quantum confinement effect normally observed in confined systems (ii) change in the annealing induced intermixing leading to the formation of SiGe alloy and (iii) roughness at the surface/interface.

  17. Pseudomorphic GeSn/Ge(001) quantum wells: Examining indirect band gap bowing

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    Tonkikh, Alexander A.; Eisenschmidt, Christian; Schmidt, Georg; Talalaev, Vadim G.; Zakharov, Nikolay D.; Werner, Peter; Schilling, Joerg

    2013-07-15

    A study of the bandgap character of compressively strained GeSn{sub 0.060-0.091}/Ge(001) quantum wells grown by molecular beam epitaxy is reported. The built-in strain in GeSn wells leads to an increased separation between L and {Gamma} conduction band minima. The prevalent indirect interband transitions in GeSn were probed by photoluminescence spectroscopy. As a result we could simulate the L-valley bowing parameter in GeSn alloys, b{sub L} = 0.80 {+-} 0.06 eV at 10 K. From this we conclude that even compressively strained GeSn/Ge(001) alloys could become direct band gap semiconductors at the Sn-fraction higher than 17.0 at. %.

  18. Temperature Dependence of Band Gaps in Semiconductors: Electron-Phonon Interaction

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    Bhosale, J. S.; Ramdas, A. K.; Burger, A.; Muñoz, A.; Romero, A. H.; Cardona, M.; Lauck, R.; Kremer, R. K.

    2013-03-01

    A theoretical investigation with ab initio techniques of the electron-phonon interaction of semiconductors with chalcopyrite structure and its comparison with modulated reflectivity experiments yield a striking difference between those with (AgGaS2) and without (ZnSnAs2) d electrons in their valence bands. The former exhibit a non-monotonic temperature dependence of the band gaps whose origin is not yet fully understood. The analysis of this temperature dependence with the Bose-Einstein oscillator model[1] involving two oscillator terms having weights of opposite signs, provides an excellent agreement with the experimental data and correlates well with the characteristic peaks in the phonon density of states associated with the acoustical phonon modes. This work underscores the need for theoretical understanding of the electron-phonon interaction involving d electrons, particularly in ab initio investigations.

  19. Reflectance properties of two-dimensional sonic band-gap crystals.

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    Sanchis, L; Cervera, F; Sánchez-Dehesa, J; Sánchez-Pérez, J V; Rubio, C; Martínez-Sala, R

    2001-06-01

    An analysis of the reflectance of sonic band-gap crystals consisting of square arrays of rigid cylinders in air is presented. The standing wave formed in front of the structures is studied both experimentally and theoretically. Experiments have been performed with a mobile robotized microphone that obtains pressure maps on the plane perpendicular to the axes of the cylinders. Enhancements of the standing wave ratio (SWR) are observed in frequency regions where attenuation bands appear in zero-order transmission experiments. Also, the SWR presents oscillations that can be related to the finite dimension of the structure (Fabry-Perot effect). Both features are well described by calculations based on a double-scattering approach. PMID:11425100

  20. Implications of the band gap problem on oxidation and hydration in acceptor-doped barium zirconate

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    Lindman, Anders; Erhart, Paul; Wahnström, Göran

    2015-06-01

    Charge carrier concentrations in acceptor-doped proton-conducting perovskites are to a large extent determined by the hydration and oxidation of oxygen vacancies, which introduce protons and holes, respectively. First-principles modeling of these reactions involves calculation of formation energies of charged defects, which requires an accurate description of the band gap and the position of the band edges. Since density-functional theory (DFT) with local and semilocal exchange-correlation functionals (LDA and GGA) systematically fails to predict these quantities this can have serious implications on the modeling of defect reactions. In this study we investigate how the description of band gap and band-edge positions affects the hydration and oxidation in acceptor-doped BaZrO3. First-principles calculations are performed in combination with thermodynamic modeling in order to obtain equilibrium charge carrier concentrations at different temperatures and partial pressures. Three different methods have been considered: DFT with both semilocal (PBE) and hybrid (PBE0) exchange-correlation functionals, and many-body perturbation theory within the G0W0 approximation. All three methods yield similar results for the hydration reaction, which are consistent with experimental findings. For the oxidation reaction, on the other hand, there is a qualitative difference. PBE predicts the reaction to be exothermic, while the two others predict an endothermic behavior. Results from thermodynamic modeling are compared with available experimental data, such as enthalpies, concentrations, and conductivities, and only the results obtained with PBE0 and G0W0 , with an endothermic oxidation behavior, give a satisfactory agreement with experiments.

  1. Prediction model of band gap for inorganic compounds by combination of density functional theory calculations and machine learning techniques

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    Lee, Joohwi; Seko, Atsuto; Shitara, Kazuki; Nakayama, Keita; Tanaka, Isao

    2016-03-01

    Machine learning techniques are applied to make prediction models of the G0W0 band gaps for 270 inorganic compounds using Kohn-Sham (KS) band gaps, cohesive energy, crystalline volume per atom, and other fundamental information of constituent elements as predictors. Ordinary least squares regression (OLSR), least absolute shrinkage and selection operator, and nonlinear support vector regression (SVR) methods are applied with two levels of predictor sets. When the KS band gap by generalized gradient approximation of Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) or modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) is used as a single predictor, the OLSR model predicts the G0W0 band gap of randomly selected test data with the root-mean-square error (RMSE) of 0.59 eV. When KS band gap by PBE and mBJ methods are used together with a set of predictors representing constituent elements and compounds, the RMSE decreases significantly. The best model by SVR yields the RMSE of 0.24 eV. Band gaps estimated in this way should be useful as predictors for virtual screening of a large set of materials.

  2. A Honeycomb BeN2 Sheet with a Desirable Direct Band Gap and High Carrier Mobility.

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    Zhang, Cunzhi; Sun, Qiang

    2016-07-21

    Using global particle-swarm optimization method, we report, for the first time, a BeN2 sheet (h-BeN2) with a graphene-like honeycomb lattice but displaying a direct band gap. Symmetry group analysis indicates that the dipole transition is allowed between the conduction band minimum and the valence band maximum. Although the direct band gap of 2.23 eV is close to that (2.14 eV) of MoS2 sheet, the h-BeN2 sheet has additional advantages: the direct band gap feature of the h-BeN2 sheet is quite insensitive to the layer stacking pattern and layer number, in contrast to the well-known direct-to-indirect band gap transition observed in TMDs and h-BN sheets. When rolled up, all the resulting h-BeN2 nanotubes have direct band gaps independent of chirality and diameter. Furthermore, the intrinsic acoustic-phonon-limited carrier mobility of the h-BeN2 sheet can reach ∼10(5) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for electron and ∼10(4) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for hole, which are higher than that of MoS2 and black phosphorus. PMID:27338078

  3. Band gap engineering in finite elongated graphene nanoribbon heterojunctions: Tight-binding model

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    Tayo, Benjamin O.

    2015-08-15

    A simple model based on the divide and conquer rule and tight-binding (TB) approximation is employed for studying the role of finite size effect on the electronic properties of elongated graphene nanoribbon (GNR) heterojunctions. In our model, the GNR heterojunction is divided into three parts: a left (L) part, middle (M) part, and right (R) part. The left part is a GNR of width W{sub L}, the middle part is a GNR of width W{sub M}, and the right part is a GNR of width W{sub R}. We assume that the left and right parts of the GNR heterojunction interact with the middle part only. Under this approximation, the Hamiltonian of the system can be expressed as a block tridiagonal matrix. The matrix elements of the tridiagonal matrix are computed using real space nearest neighbor orthogonal TB approximation. The electronic structure of the GNR heterojunction is analyzed by computing the density of states. We demonstrate that for heterojunctions for which W{sub L} = W{sub R}, the band gap of the system can be tuned continuously by varying the length of the middle part, thus providing a new approach to band gap engineering in GNRs. Our TB results were compared with calculations employing divide and conquer rule in combination with density functional theory (DFT) and were found to agree nicely.

  4. Photoemission characteristics of graded band-gap AlGaAs/GaAs wire photocathode

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    Ding, Xiaojun; Ge, Xiaowan; Zou, Jijun; Zhang, Yijun; Peng, Xincun; Deng, Wenjuan; Chen, Zhaoping; Zhao, Wenjun; Chang, Benkang

    2016-05-01

    A photoemission model of graded band-gap AlGaAs/GaAs wire NEA photocathode is developed based on the numerical solution of coupled Poisson and continuity equations. The emission current density and integral sensitivity of graded band-gap AlGaAs/GaAs wire photocathode as a function of incident light wavelength, Al composition range, and wire length, are simulated according to the model. The simulation results show that, compared with the GaAs (Al composition 0) wire photocathode, the peak integral sensitivities for the photocathodes with wire width of 1 μm and linearly graded Al composition ranges of 0 to 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4 increase by 29.5%, 38.5%, 42.1%, and 43.8%, respectively. The optimum wire lengths are 4.7, 5.9, 7.1, and 8.4 μm for the wire photocathodes with Al composition ranges of 0 to 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4, respectively.

  5. Growth of semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes with a narrow band-gap distribution

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    Zhang, Feng; Hou, Peng-Xiang; Liu, Chang; Wang, Bing-Wei; Jiang, Hua; Chen, Mao-Lin; Sun, Dong-Ming; Li, Jin-Cheng; Cong, Hong-Tao; Kauppinen, Esko I.; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2016-01-01

    The growth of high-quality semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes with a narrow band-gap distribution is crucial for the fabrication of high-performance electronic devices. However, the single-wall carbon nanotubes grown from traditional metal catalysts usually have diversified structures and properties. Here we design and prepare an acorn-like, partially carbon-coated cobalt nanoparticle catalyst with a uniform size and structure by the thermal reduction of a [Co(CN)6]3− precursor adsorbed on a self-assembled block copolymer nanodomain. The inner cobalt nanoparticle functions as active catalytic phase for carbon nanotube growth, whereas the outer carbon layer prevents the aggregation of cobalt nanoparticles and ensures a perpendicular growth mode. The grown single-wall carbon nanotubes have a very narrow diameter distribution centred at 1.7 nm and a high semiconducting content of >95%. These semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes have a very small band-gap difference of ∼0.08 eV and show excellent thin-film transistor performance. PMID:27025784

  6. Band Gap Engineering with Ultralarge Biaxial Strains in Suspended Monolayer MoS2.

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    Lloyd, David; Liu, Xinghui; Christopher, Jason W; Cantley, Lauren; Wadehra, Anubhav; Kim, Brian L; Goldberg, Bennett B; Swan, Anna K; Bunch, J Scott

    2016-09-14

    We demonstrate the continuous and reversible tuning of the optical band gap of suspended monolayer MoS2 membranes by as much as 500 meV by applying very large biaxial strains. By using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) to grow crystals that are highly impermeable to gas, we are able to apply a pressure difference across suspended membranes to induce biaxial strains. We observe the effect of strain on the energy and intensity of the peaks in the photoluminescence (PL) spectrum and find a linear tuning rate of the optical band gap of 99 meV/%. This method is then used to study the PL spectra of bilayer and trilayer devices under strain and to find the shift rates and Grüneisen parameters of two Raman modes in monolayer MoS2. Finally, we use this result to show that we can apply biaxial strains as large as 5.6% across micron-sized areas and report evidence for the strain tuning of higher level optical transitions. PMID:27509768

  7. Correlation between surface chemistry, density, and band gap in nanocrystalline WO3 thin films.

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    Vemuri, R S; Engelhard, M H; Ramana, C V

    2012-03-01

    Nanocrystalline WO(3) thin films were produced by sputter-deposition by varying the ratio of argon to oxygen in the reactive gas mixture during deposition. The surface chemistry, physical characteristics, and optical properties of nanocrystalline WO(3) films were evaluated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray reflectivity (XRR), and spectrophotometric measurements. The effect of ultramicrostructure was significant on the optical properties of WO(3) films. The XPS analyses indicate the formation of stoichiometric WO(3) with tungsten existing in fully oxidized valence state (W(6+)). However, WO(3) films grown at high oxygen concentration (>60%) in the sputtering gas mixture were over stoichiometric with excess oxygen. XRR simulations based on isotropic WO(3) film-SiO(2) interface-Si substrate modeling indicate that the density of WO(3) films is sensitive to the oxygen content in the sputtering gas. The spectral transmission of the films increased with increasing oxygen. The band gap of these films increases from 2.78 to 3.25 eV with increasing oxygen. A direct correlation between the film density and band gap in nanocrystalline WO(3) films is established on the basis of the observed results. PMID:22332637

  8. Correlation between surface chemistry, density and band gap in nanocrystalline WO3 thin films

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    Vemuri, Venkata Rama Ses; Engelhard, Mark H.; Ramana, C.V.

    2012-03-01

    Nanocrystalline WO3 thin films were produced by sputter-deposition by varying the ratio of argon to oxygen in the reactive gas mixture during deposition. The surface chemistry, physical characteristics, and optical properties of nanocrystalline WO3 films were evaluated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray reflectivity (XRR), and spectrophotometric measurements. The effect of ultra-microstructure was significant on the optical properties of WO3 films. The XPS analyses indicate the formation of stoichiometric WO3 with tungsten existing in fully oxidized valence state (W6+). However, WO3 films grown at high oxygen concentration (>60%) in the sputtering gas mixture were over stoichiometric with excess oxygen. XRR simulations, which are based on isotropic WO3 film - SiO2 interface - Si substrate model, indicate that the density of WO3 films is sensitive to the oxygen content in the sputtering gas. The spectral transmission of the films increased with the increasing oxygen. The band gap of these films increases from 2.78 eV to 3.25 eV with increasing oxygen. A direct correlation between the film-density and band gap in nanocrystalline WO3 films is established based on the observed results.

  9. Transparent with wide band gap InZnO nano thin film: Preparation and characterizations

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    Sugumaran, Sathish; Ahmad, Mohd Noor Bin; Jamlos, Mohd Faizal; Bellan, Chandar Shekar; Pattiyappan, Sagadevan; Rajamani, Ranjithkumar; Sivaraman, Rathish Kumar

    2015-11-01

    Novel indium zinc oxide (InZnO) thin film of 100 nm thickness was prepared onto pre-cleaned glass plate by thermal evaporation technique from InZnO nanoparticles. The metal oxide (In-O and Zn-O) bond and In, Zn and O elements present in the films were confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the mixed phase of cubic In2O3 and wurzite-hexagonal ZnO structure. SEM images showed smooth surface with uniform distribution of grains (201-240 nm) over the entire film surface. High transparency and low absorption obtained from optical study. The band gap energy was evaluated to be about 3.46-3.55 eV by Tauc's plot. The structure, smooth surface and high transparency with wide band gap energy lead the thermally evaporated InZnO nano thin film to be used for transparent layer in optoelectronic devices in the future.

  10. Periodic dielectric structure for production of photonic band gap and devices incorporating the same

    DOEpatents

    Ho, Kai-Ming; Chan, Che-Ting; Soukoulis, Costas

    1994-08-02

    A periodic dielectric structure which is capable of producing a photonic band gap and which is capable of practical construction. The periodic structure is formed of a plurality of layers, each layer being formed of a plurality of rods separated by a given spacing. The material of the rods contrasts with the material between the rods to have a refractive index contrast of at least two. The rods in each layer are arranged with their axes parallel and at a given spacing. Adjacent layers are rotated by 90.degree., such that the axes of the rods in any given layer are perpendicular to the axes in its neighbor. Alternating layers (that is, successive layers of rods having their axes parallel such as the first and third layers) are offset such that the rods of one are about at the midpoint between the rods of the other. A four-layer periocity is thus produced, and successive layers are stacked to form a three-dimensional structure which exhibits a photonic band gap. By virtue of forming the device in layers of elongate members, it is found that the device is susceptible of practical construction.

  11. Tuning the band gap of silicene by functionalisation with naphthyl and anthracyl groups.

    PubMed

    Brennan, Mathew D; Morishita, Tetsuya; Spencer, Michelle J S

    2016-03-21

    Silicene is a relatively new material consisting of a two-dimensional sheet of silicon atoms. Functionalisation of silicene with different chemical groups has been suggested as a way to tune its electronic properties. In this work, density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to examine the effects of functionalisation with naphthyl or anthracyl groups, which are two examples of small polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Different attachment positions on the naphthyl and anthracyl groups were compared, as well as different thicknesses of the silicene nanosheet. It was found that the carbon attachment position farthest from the bond fusing the aromatic rings gave the more stable structures for both functional groups. All structures showed direct band gaps, with tuning of the band gap being achievable by increasing the length of the PAH or the thickness of the silicene. Hence, modifying the functional group or thickness of the silicene can both be used to alter the electronic properties of silicene making it a highly promising material for use in future electronic devices and sensors. PMID:27004890

  12. Correlation between the band gap expansion and melting temperature depression of nanostructured semiconductors

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    Li, Jianwei Zhao, Xinsheng; Liu, Xinjuan; Zheng, Xuejun; Yang, Xuexian; Zhu, Zhe

    2015-09-28

    The band gap and melting temperature of a semiconductor are tunable with the size and shape of the specimen at the nanometer scale, and related mechanisms remain as yet unclear. In order to understand the common origin of the size and shape effect on these two seemingly irrelevant properties, we clarify, correlate, formulate, and quantify these two properties of GaAs, GaN, InP, and InN nanocrystals from the perspectives of bond order-length-strength correlation using the core-shell configuration. The consistency in the theoretical predictions, experimental observations, and numerical calculations verify that the broken-bond-induced local bond contraction and strength gain dictates the band gap expansion, while the atomic cohesive energy loss due to bond number reduction depresses the melting point. The fraction of the under-coordinated atoms in the skin shell quantitatively determines the shape and size dependency. The atomic under-coordination in the skin down to a depth of two atomic layers inducing a change in the local chemical bond is the common physical origin.

  13. Improved performance of microcrystalline silicon solar cell with graded-band-gap silicon oxide buffer layer

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    Shi, Zhen-Liang; Ji, Yun; Yu, Wei; Yang, Yan-Bin; Cong, Ri-Dong; Chen, Ying-Juan; Li, Xiao-Wei; Fu, Guang-Sheng

    2015-07-01

    Microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) solar cell with graded band gap microcrystalline silicon oxide (μc-SiOx:H) buffer layer is prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition and exhibits improved performance compared with the cell without it. The buffer layer moderates the band gap mismatch by reducing the barrier of the p/i interface, which promotes the nucleation of the i-layer and effectively eliminates the incubation layer, and then enhances the collection efficiency of the cell in the short wavelength region of the spectrum. The p/i interface defect density also decreases from 2.2 × 1012 cm-2 to 5.0 × 1011 cm-2. This graded buffer layer allows to simplify the deposition process for the μc-Si:H solar cell application. Project supported by the Key Basic Research Project of Hebei Province, China (Grant Nos. 12963930D and 12963929D), the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province, China (Grant Nos. F2013201250 and E2012201059), and the Science and Technology Research Projects of the Education Department of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. ZH2012030).

  14. Band-gap engineering by Bi intercalation of graphene on Ir(111)

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    Warmuth, Jonas; Bruix, Albert; Michiardi, Matteo; Hänke, Torben; Bianchi, Marco; Wiebe, Jens; Wiesendanger, Roland; Hammer, Bjørk; Hofmann, Philip; Khajetoorians, Alexander A.

    2016-04-01

    We report on the structural and electronic properties of a single bismuth layer intercalated underneath a graphene layer grown on an Ir(111) single crystal. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) reveals a hexagonal surface structure and a dislocation network upon Bi intercalation, which we attribute to a √{3 }×√{3 }R 30∘ Bi structure on the underlying Ir(111) surface. Ab initio calculations show that this Bi structure is the most energetically favorable and illustrate that STM measurements are most sensitive to C atoms in close proximity to intercalated Bi atoms. Additionally, Bi intercalation induces a band gap (Eg=0.42 eV) at the Dirac point of graphene and an overall n doping (˜0.39 eV ) as seen in angular-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We attribute the emergence of the band gap to the dislocation network which forms favorably along certain parts of the moiré structure induced by the graphene/Ir(111) interface.

  15. Numerical investigation of band gaps in 3D printed cantilever-in-mass metamaterials

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    Qureshi, Awais; Li, Bing; Tan, K. T.

    2016-06-01

    In this research, the negative effective mass behavior of elastic/mechanical metamaterials is exhibited by a cantilever-in-mass structure as a proposed design for creating frequency stopping band gaps, based on local resonance of the internal structure. The mass-in-mass unit cell model is transformed into a cantilever-in-mass model using the Bernoulli-Euler beam theory. An analytical model of the cantilever-in-mass structure is derived and the effects of geometrical dimensions and material parameters to create frequency band gaps are examined. A two-dimensional finite element model is created to validate the analytical results, and excellent agreement is achieved. The analytical model establishes an easily tunable metamaterial design to realize wave attenuation based on locally resonant frequency. To demonstrate feasibility for 3D printing, the analytical model is employed to design and fabricate 3D printable mechanical metamaterial. A three-dimensional numerical experiment is performed using COMSOL Multiphysics to validate the wave attenuation performance. Results show that the cantilever-in-mass metamaterial is capable of mitigating stress waves at the desired resonance frequency. Our study successfully presents the use of one constituent material to create a 3D printed cantilever-in-mass metamaterial with negative effective mass density for stress wave mitigation purposes.

  16. Numerical investigation of band gaps in 3D printed cantilever-in-mass metamaterials.

    PubMed

    Qureshi, Awais; Li, Bing; Tan, K T

    2016-01-01

    In this research, the negative effective mass behavior of elastic/mechanical metamaterials is exhibited by a cantilever-in-mass structure as a proposed design for creating frequency stopping band gaps, based on local resonance of the internal structure. The mass-in-mass unit cell model is transformed into a cantilever-in-mass model using the Bernoulli-Euler beam theory. An analytical model of the cantilever-in-mass structure is derived and the effects of geometrical dimensions and material parameters to create frequency band gaps are examined. A two-dimensional finite element model is created to validate the analytical results, and excellent agreement is achieved. The analytical model establishes an easily tunable metamaterial design to realize wave attenuation based on locally resonant frequency. To demonstrate feasibility for 3D printing, the analytical model is employed to design and fabricate 3D printable mechanical metamaterial. A three-dimensional numerical experiment is performed using COMSOL Multiphysics to validate the wave attenuation performance. Results show that the cantilever-in-mass metamaterial is capable of mitigating stress waves at the desired resonance frequency. Our study successfully presents the use of one constituent material to create a 3D printed cantilever-in-mass metamaterial with negative effective mass density for stress wave mitigation purposes. PMID:27329828

  17. Effect of Cd Addition in Band Gap and Volume Conductivity of SeTe Based Glasses

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    Saraswat, Vibhav K.; Kishore, V.; Saraswat, Y. K.; Saxena, N. S.

    2011-10-01

    Presented paper discusses the variation in optical band gap and volume dc conductivity of Se-Te-Cd ternary Chalcogenide glasses as a function of concentration of Cd i.e. the composition of the glasses. Also, the temperature dependence of volume conductivity has been studied. The amorphous nature of these glasses has been confirmed by XRD patterns. Keithley Electrometer/High resistance meter 6517A was used in its FVMI mode to record I_V characteristics at different temperatures. Variation in conductivity, derived from I_V curves, as a function of composition of sample could be accounted for the bonds formed in the system. Additionally, the Poole-Frenkel conduction mechanism has also been verified in order to investigate the good agreement with the established fact that most of Chalcogenide glasses obey the Poole-Frenkel conduction mechanism. Absorption spectra were recorded using Ocean Optics USB2000 spectrophotometer in visible region. Band gap calculation using Tauc relation reveals that the system under test is semi-conducting in nature. The observed results are found to be in good agreement with each other.

  18. Isotropic band gaps and freeform waveguides observed in hyperuniform disordered photonic solids

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    Man, Weining; Florescu, Marian; Williamson, Eric Paul; He, Yingquan; Hashemizad, Seyed Reza; Leung, Brian Y. C.; Liner, Devin Robert; Torquato, Salvatore; Chaikin, Paul M.; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2013-01-01

    Recently, disordered photonic media and random textured surfaces have attracted increasing attention as strong light diffusers with broadband and wide-angle properties. We report the experimental realization of an isotropic complete photonic band gap (PBG) in a 2D disordered dielectric structure. This structure is designed by a constrained optimization method, which combines advantages of both isotropy due to disorder and controlled scattering properties due to low-density fluctuations (hyperuniformity) and uniform local topology. Our experiments use a modular design composed of Al2O3 walls and cylinders arranged in a hyperuniform disordered network. We observe a complete PBG in the microwave region, in good agreement with theoretical simulations, and show that the intrinsic isotropy of this unique class of PBG materials enables remarkable design freedom, including the realization of waveguides with arbitrary bending angles impossible in photonic crystals. This experimental verification of a complete PBG and realization of functional defects in this unique class of materials demonstrate their potential as building blocks for precise manipulation of photons in planar optical microcircuits and has implications for disordered acoustic and electronic band gap materials. PMID:24043795

  19. Band gap and FTIR studies for copper-zinc sol-gel glasses

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    Kaur, G.; Kaur, Navneet; Rawat, Mohit; Singh, K.; Kumar, Vishal

    2016-05-01

    Sol-gel technique was used for synthesis of Calcium phosphorous Borosilicate (CaO-SiO2-B2O3-P2O5-CuO-ZnO) glasses by varying composition of Copper oxide and Zinc oxide. Sol-gel route uses organic precursors which provide better homogeneity and uniform particle size compared to melt quenched glass. Four different glass stoichiometries were characterised using UV-visible spectroscopy and Fourier transforms infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR). Infra-red spectrum of transmittance of powdered glass samples is obtained by FTIR which measure the transmittance of wavelength in them and it also determines the presence of different functional group. Band gap has been obtained using UV-visible spectroscopy for all the glasses so as to study the effect of increasing ZnO content in glass composition. The change in band gap with ZnO content is indication of the change in number of non-bridging oxygen's (NBO).

  20. Correlation between the band gap expansion and melting temperature depression of nanostructured semiconductors

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    Li, Jianwei; Zhao, Xinsheng; Liu, Xinjuan; Zheng, Xuejun; Yang, Xuexian; Zhu, Zhe

    2015-09-01

    The band gap and melting temperature of a semiconductor are tunable with the size and shape of the specimen at the nanometer scale, and related mechanisms remain as yet unclear. In order to understand the common origin of the size and shape effect on these two seemingly irrelevant properties, we clarify, correlate, formulate, and quantify these two properties of GaAs, GaN, InP, and InN nanocrystals from the perspectives of bond order-length-strength correlation using the core-shell configuration. The consistency in the theoretical predictions, experimental observations, and numerical calculations verify that the broken-bond-induced local bond contraction and strength gain dictates the band gap expansion, while the atomic cohesive energy loss due to bond number reduction depresses the melting point. The fraction of the under-coordinated atoms in the skin shell quantitatively determines the shape and size dependency. The atomic under-coordination in the skin down to a depth of two atomic layers inducing a change in the local chemical bond is the common physical origin.

  1. Locally resonant band gaps in periodic beam lattices by tuning connectivity

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    Wang, Pai; Casadei, Filippo; Kang, Sung Hoon; Bertoldi, Katia

    2015-01-01

    Lattice structures have long fascinated physicists and engineers not only because of their outstanding functionalities, but also for their ability to control the propagation of elastic waves. While the study of the relation between the connectivity of these systems and their static properties has a long history that goes back to Maxwell, rules that connect the dynamic response to the network topology have not been established. Here, we demonstrate that by tuning the average connectivity of a beam network (z ¯), locally resonant band gaps can be generated in the structures without embedding additional resonating units. In particular, a critical threshold for z ¯ is identified, far from which the band gap size is purely dictated by the global lattice topology. By contrast, near this critical value, the detailed local geometry of the lattice also has strong effects. Moreover, in stark contrast to the static case, we find that the nature of the joints is irrelevant to the dynamic response of the lattices. Our results not only shed new light on the rich dynamic properties of periodic lattices, but also outline a new strategy to manipulate mechanical waves in elastic systems.

  2. Tunable Lattice Constant and Band Gap of Single- and Few-Layer ZnO.

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    Lee, Junseok; Sorescu, Dan C; Deng, Xingyi

    2016-04-01

    Single and few-layer ZnO(0001) (ZnO(nL), n = 1-4) grown on Au(111) have been characterized via scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We find that the in-plane lattice constants of the ZnO(nL, n ≤ 3) are expanded compared to that of the bulk wurtzite ZnO(0001). The lattice constant reaches a maximum expansion of 3% in the ZnO(2L) and decreases to the bulk wurtzite ZnO value in the ZnO(4L). The band gap decreases monotonically with increasing number of ZnO layers from 4.48 eV (ZnO(1L)) to 3.42 eV (ZnO(4L)). These results suggest that a transition from a planar to the bulk-like ZnO structure occurs around the thickness of ZnO(4L). The work also demonstrates that the lattice constant and the band gap in ultrathin ZnO can be tuned by controlling the number of layers, providing a basis for further investigation of this material. PMID:27003692

  3. Pressure-Dependent Polymorphism and Band-Gap Tuning of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite.

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    Jiang, Shaojie; Fang, Yanan; Li, Ruipeng; Xiao, Hai; Crowley, Jason; Wang, Chenyu; White, Timothy J; Goddard, William A; Wang, Zhongwu; Baikie, Tom; Fang, Jiye

    2016-05-23

    We report the pressure-induced crystallographic transitions and optical behavior of MAPbI3 (MA=methylammonium) using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and laser-excited photoluminescence spectroscopy, supported by density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the hybrid functional B3PW91 with spin-orbit coupling. The tetragonal polymorph determined at ambient pressure transforms to a ReO3 -type cubic phase at 0.3 GPa. Upon continuous compression to 2.7 GPa this cubic polymorph converts into a putative orthorhombic structure. Beyond 4.7 GPa it separates into crystalline and amorphous fractions. During decompression, this phase-mixed material undergoes distinct restoration pathways depending on the peak pressure. In situ pressure photoluminescence investigation suggests a reduction in band gap with increasing pressure up to ≈0.3 GPa and then an increase in band gap up to a pressure of 2.7 GPa, in excellent agreement with our DFT calculation prediction. PMID:27101324

  4. Isotropic band gaps and freeform waveguides observed in hyperuniform disordered photonic solids.

    PubMed

    Man, Weining; Florescu, Marian; Williamson, Eric Paul; He, Yingquan; Hashemizad, Seyed Reza; Leung, Brian Y C; Liner, Devin Robert; Torquato, Salvatore; Chaikin, Paul M; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2013-10-01

    Recently, disordered photonic media and random textured surfaces have attracted increasing attention as strong light diffusers with broadband and wide-angle properties. We report the experimental realization of an isotropic complete photonic band gap (PBG) in a 2D disordered dielectric structure. This structure is designed by a constrained optimization method, which combines advantages of both isotropy due to disorder and controlled scattering properties due to low-density fluctuations (hyperuniformity) and uniform local topology. Our experiments use a modular design composed of Al2O3 walls and cylinders arranged in a hyperuniform disordered network. We observe a complete PBG in the microwave region, in good agreement with theoretical simulations, and show that the intrinsic isotropy of this unique class of PBG materials enables remarkable design freedom, including the realization of waveguides with arbitrary bending angles impossible in photonic crystals. This experimental verification of a complete PBG and realization of functional defects in this unique class of materials demonstrate their potential as building blocks for precise manipulation of photons in planar optical microcircuits and has implications for disordered acoustic and electronic band gap materials. PMID:24043795

  5. All-optical dynamical Casimir effect in a three-dimensional terahertz photonic band gap

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    Hagenmüller, David

    2016-06-01

    We identify an architecture for the observation of all-optical dynamical Casimir effect in realistic experimental conditions. We suggest that by integrating quantum wells in a three-dimensional (3D) photonic band-gap material made out of large-scale (˜200 -μ m ) germanium logs, it is possible to achieve ultrastrong light-matter coupling at terahertz frequencies for the cyclotron transition of a two-dimensional electron gas interacting with long-lived optical modes, in which vacuum Rabi splitting is comparable to the Landau level spacing. When a short, intense electromagnetic transient of duration ˜250 fs and carrying a peak magnetic field ˜5 T is applied to the structure, the cyclotron transition can be suddenly tuned on resonance with a desired photon mode, switching on the light-matter interaction and leading to a Casimir radiation emitted parallel to the quantum well plane. The radiation spectrum consists of sharp peaks with frequencies coinciding with engineered optical modes within the 3D photonic band gap, and its characteristics are extremely robust to the nonradiative damping which can be large in our system. Furthermore, the absence of continuum with associated low-energy excitations for both electromagnetic and electronic quantum states can prevent the rapid absorption of the photon flux which is likely to occur in other proposals for all-optical dynamical Casimir effect.

  6. Band gap and refractive index tunability in thallium based layered mixed crystals

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    Gasanly, N. M.

    2015-07-21

    Compositional variation of the band gap energy and refractive index of TlMeX{sub 2}-type (Me = Ga or In and X = S or Se) layered mixed crystals have been studied by the transmission and reflection measurements in the wavelength range of 400–1100 nm. The analysis of absorption data of TlGa{sub 1-x}In{sub x}Se{sub 2}, TlGa(S{sub 1−x}Se{sub x}){sub 2}, TlGa{sub 1−x}In{sub x}S{sub 2}, and TlIn(Se{sub 1−x}S{sub x}){sub 2} mixed crystals revealed the presence of both optical indirect and direct transitions. It was found that the energy band gaps of mixed crystals decrease at the replacing of gallium atoms by indium and of sulfur atoms by selenium ones. Through the similar replacing of atoms (smaller atoms by larger ones) in the studied mixed crystals, the refractive index shows the quite opposite behavior.

  7. A class of supported membranes: formation of fluid phospholipid bilayers on photonic band gap colloidal crystals.

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    Brozell, Adrian M; Muha, Michelle A; Sanii, Babak; Parikh, Atul N

    2006-01-11

    We report the formation of a new class of supported membranes consisting of a fluid phospholipid bilayer coupled directly to a broadly tunable colloidal crystal with a well-defined photonic band gap. For nanoscale colloidal crystals exhibiting a band gap at the optical frequencies, substrate-induced vesicle fusion gives rise to a surface bilayer riding onto the crystal surface. The bilayer is two-dimensionally continuous, spanning multiple beads with lateral mobilities which reflect the coupling between the bilayer topography and the curvature of the supporting colloidal surface. In contrast, the spreading of vesicles on micrometer scale colloidal crystals results in the formation of bilayers wrapping individual colloidal beads. We show that simple UV photolithography of colloidal crystals produces binary patterns of crystal wettabilities, photonic stopbands, and corresponding patterns of lipid mono- and bilayer morphologies. We envisage that these approaches will be exploitable for the development of optical transduction assays and microarrays for many membrane-mediated processes, including transport and receptor-ligand interactions. PMID:16390122

  8. The chemical composition and band gap of amorphous Si:C:N:H layers

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    Swatowska, Barbara; Kluska, Stanislawa; Jurzecka-Szymacha, Maria; Stapinski, Tomasz; Tkacz-Smiech, Katarzyna

    2016-05-01

    In this work we presented the correlation between the chemical composition of amorphous Si:C:N:H layers of various content of silicon, carbon and nitrogen, and their band gap. The series of amorphous Si:C:N:H layers were obtained by plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition method in which plasma was generated by RF (13.56 MHz, 300 W) and MW (2.45 GHz, 2 kW) onto monocrystalline silicon Si(001) and borosilicate glass. Structural studies were based on FTIR transmission spectrum registered within wavenumbers 400-4000 cm-1. The presence of Sisbnd C, Sisbnd N, Csbnd N, Cdbnd N, Cdbnd C, Ctbnd N, Sisbnd H and Csbnd H bonds was shown. The values band gap of the layers have been determined from spectrophotometric and ellipsometric measurements. The respective values are contained in the range between 1.64 eV - characteristic for typical semiconductor and 4.21 eV - for good dielectric, depending on the chemical composition and atomic structure of the layers.

  9. Esaki Diodes in van der Waals Heterojunctions with Broken-Gap Energy Band Alignment.

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    Yan, Rusen; Fathipour, Sara; Han, Yimo; Song, Bo; Xiao, Shudong; Li, Mingda; Ma, Nan; Protasenko, Vladimir; Muller, David A; Jena, Debdeep; Xing, Huili Grace

    2015-09-01

    van der Waals (vdW) heterojunctions composed of two-dimensional (2D) layered materials are emerging as a solid-state materials family that exhibits novel physics phenomena that can power a range of electronic and photonic applications. Here, we present the first demonstration of an important building block in vdW solids: room temperature Esaki tunnel diodes. The Esaki diodes were realized in vdW heterostructures made of black phosphorus (BP) and tin diselenide (SnSe2), two layered semiconductors that possess a broken-gap energy band offset. The presence of a thin insulating barrier between BP and SnSe2 enabled the observation of a prominent negative differential resistance (NDR) region in the forward-bias current-voltage characteristics, with a peak to valley ratio of 1.8 at 300 K and 2.8 at 80 K. A weak temperature dependence of the NDR indicates electron tunneling being the dominant transport mechanism, and a theoretical model shows excellent agreement with the experimental results. Furthermore, the broken-gap band alignment is confirmed by the junction photoresponse, and the phosphorus double planes in a single layer of BP are resolved in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for the first time. Our results represent a significant advance in the fundamental understanding of vdW heterojunctions and broaden the potential applications of 2D layered materials. PMID:26226296

  10. Pentamodal property and acoustic band gaps of pentamode metamaterials with different cross-section shapes

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    Huang, Yan; Lu, Xuegang; Liang, Gongying; Xu, Zhuo

    2016-03-01

    Pentamodal property and acoustic band gaps of pentamode metamaterials with different cross-section shapes, including regular triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon and circle, have been comparatively studied by finite-element method. Results show that for the varying diameters of circumcircles in thick and thin ends of unit (D and d), the ratio of bulk modulus to shear modulus (B / G) and bandgaps of these five structures perform similar changing tendency. With the increasing d, B / G decreases and the single-mode bandgap moves toward high-frequency direction with the decreasing normalized bandwidth (Δω /ωg). With the increasing D, B / G keeps around the respective average value, and the single-mode bandgap firstly moves to high-frequency then to low-frequency direction with the firstly increasing and then decreasing Δω /ωg. Complete bandgap appears as D reaching to critical value for each given d, then moves to high-frequency direction. For same parameters the triangle case has highest B / G and acoustic band gaps with lower frequency and broader bandwidth.

  11. Piezoresistivity and Strain-induced Band Gap Tuning in Atomically Thin MoS2

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    Manzeli, Sajedeh; Allain, Adrien; Ghadimi, Amirhossein; Kis, Andras

    2015-08-01

    The bandgap of MoS2 is highly strain-tunable which results in the modulation of its electrical conductivity and manifests itself as the piezoresistive effect while a piezoelectric effect was also observed in odd-layered MoS2 with broken inversion symmetry. This coupling between electrical and mechanical properties makes MoS2 a very promising material for nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). Here we incorporate monolayer, bilayer and trilayer MoS2 in a nanoelectromechanical membrane configuration. We detect strain-induced band gap tuning via electrical conductivity measurements and demonstrate the emergence of the piezoresistive effect in MoS2. Finite element method (FEM) simulations are used to quantify the band gap change and to obtain a comprehensive picture of the spatially varying bandgap profile on the membrane. The piezoresistive gauge factor is calculated to be -148 +/- 19, -224 +/- 19 and -43.5 +/- 11 for monolayer, bilayer and trilayer MoS2 respectively which is comparable to state-of-the-art silicon strain sensors and two orders of magnitude higher than in strain sensors based on suspended graphene. Controllable modulation of resistivity in 2D nanomaterials using strain-induced bandgap tuning offers a novel approach for implementing an important class of NEMS transducers, flexible and wearable electronics, tuneable photovoltaics and photodetection.

  12. Presentation and investigation of a new two dimensional heterostructure phononic crystal to obtain extended band gap

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    Bagheri Nouri, Mohammad; Moradi, Mehran

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a new heterostructure phononic crystal is introduced. The new heterostructure is composed of square and rhombus phononic crystals. Using finite difference method, a displacement-based algorithm is presented to study elastic wave propagation in the phononic crystal. In contrast with conventional finite difference time domain method, at first by using constitutive equations and strain-displacement relations, elastic wave equations are derived based on displacement. Then, these forms are discretized using finite difference method. By this technique, components of stress tensor can be removed from the updating equations. Since the proposed method needs less elementary arithmetical operations, its computational cost is less than that of the conventional FDTD method. Using the presented displacement-based finite difference time domain algorithm, square phononic crystal, rhombus phononic crystal and the new heterostructure phononic crystal were analyzed. Comparison of transmission spectra of the new heterostructure phononic crystal with those creating lattices, showed that band gap can be extended by using the new structure. Also it was observed that by changing the angular constant of rhombus lattice, a new extended band gap can be achieved.

  13. Nanotexturing To Enhance Photoluminescent Response of Atomically Thin Indium Selenide with Highly Tunable Band Gap.

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    Brotons-Gisbert, Mauro; Andres-Penares, Daniel; Suh, Joonki; Hidalgo, Francisco; Abargues, Rafael; Rodríguez-Cantó, Pedro J; Segura, Alfredo; Cros, Ana; Tobias, Gerard; Canadell, Enric; Ordejón, Pablo; Wu, Junqiao; Martínez-Pastor, Juan P; Sánchez-Royo, Juan F

    2016-05-11

    Manipulating properties of matter at the nanoscale is the essence of nanotechnology, which has enabled the realization of quantum dots, nanotubes, metamaterials, and two-dimensional materials with tailored electronic and optical properties. Two-dimensional semiconductors have revealed promising perspectives in nanotechnology. However, the tunability of their physical properties is challenging for semiconductors studied until now. Here we show the ability of morphological manipulation strategies, such as nanotexturing or, at the limit, important surface roughness, to enhance light absorption and the luminescent response of atomically thin indium selenide nanosheets. Besides, quantum-size confinement effects make this two-dimensional semiconductor to exhibit one of the largest band gap tunability ranges observed in a two-dimensional semiconductor: from infrared, in bulk material, to visible wavelengths, at the single layer. These results are relevant for the design of new optoelectronic devices, including heterostructures of two-dimensional materials with optimized band gap functionalities and in-plane heterojunctions with minimal junction defect density. PMID:27080194

  14. Measurements of band gap structure in diamond compressed to 370 GPa

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    Gamboa, Eliseo; Fletcher, Luke; Lee, Hae-Ja; Zastrau, Ulf; Gauthier, Maxence; Gericke, Dirk; Vorberger, Jan; Granados, Eduardo; Heimann, Phillip; Hastings, Jerome; Glenzer, Siegfried

    2015-06-01

    We present the first measurements of the electronic structure of dynamically compressed diamond demonstrating a widening of the band gap to pressures of up to 370 +/- 25 GPa. The 8 keV free electron laser x-ray beam from the Linac Coherently Light Source (LCLS) has been focussed onto a diamond foil compressed by two counter-propagating laser pulses to densities of up to 5.3 g/cm3 and temperatures of up to 3000 +/- 400 K. The x-ray pulse excites a collective interband transition of the valence electrons, leading to a plasmon-like loss. We find good agreement with the observed plasmon shift by including the pressure dependence of the band gap as determined from density functional theory simulations. This work was performed at the Matter at Extreme Conditions (MEC) instrument of LCLS, supported by the DOE Office of Science, Fusion Energy Science under Contract No. SF00515. This work was supported by DOE Office of Science, Fusion Energy Science under F.

  15. Minority carrier blocking to enhance the thermoelectric figure of merit in narrow-band-gap semiconductors

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    Bahk, Je-Hyeong; Shakouri, Ali

    2016-04-01

    We present detailed theoretical predictions on the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit by minority carrier blocking with heterostructure barriers in bulk narrow-band-gap semiconductors. Bipolar carrier transport, which is often significant in a narrow-band-gap material, is detrimental to the thermoelectric energy conversion efficiency as it suppresses the Seebeck coefficient and increases the thermal conductivity. When the minority carriers are selectively prevented from participating in conduction while the transport of majority carriers is relatively unaffected by one-sided heterobarriers, the thermoelectric figure of merit can be drastically enhanced. Thermoelectric transport properties such as Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and electronic thermal conductivity including the bipolar term are calculated with and without the barriers based on the near-equilibrium Boltzmann transport equations under the relaxation time approximation to investigate the effects of minority carrier barriers on the thermoelectric figure of merit. For this, we provide details of carrier transport modeling and fitting results of experimental data for three important material systems, B i2T e3 -based alloys, M g2S i1 -xS nx , and S i1 -xG ex , that represent, respectively, near-room-temperature (300 K-500 K), midtemperature (600 K-900 K), and high-temperature (>1000 K ) applications. Theoretical maximum enhancement of thermoelectric figure of merit that can be achieved by minority carrier blocking is quantified and discussed for each of these semiconductors.

  16. Tuning the band gap of silicene by functionalisation with naphthyl and anthracyl groups

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    Brennan, Mathew D.; Morishita, Tetsuya; Spencer, Michelle J. S.

    2016-03-01

    Silicene is a relatively new material consisting of a two-dimensional sheet of silicon atoms. Functionalisation of silicene with different chemical groups has been suggested as a way to tune its electronic properties. In this work, density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to examine the effects of functionalisation with naphthyl or anthracyl groups, which are two examples of small polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Different attachment positions on the naphthyl and anthracyl groups were compared, as well as different thicknesses of the silicene nanosheet. It was found that the carbon attachment position farthest from the bond fusing the aromatic rings gave the more stable structures for both functional groups. All structures showed direct band gaps, with tuning of the band gap being achievable by increasing the length of the PAH or the thickness of the silicene. Hence, modifying the functional group or thickness of the silicene can both be used to alter the electronic properties of silicene making it a highly promising material for use in future electronic devices and sensors.

  17. Numerical investigation of band gaps in 3D printed cantilever-in-mass metamaterials

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    Qureshi, Awais; Li, Bing; Tan, K. T.

    2016-01-01

    In this research, the negative effective mass behavior of elastic/mechanical metamaterials is exhibited by a cantilever-in-mass structure as a proposed design for creating frequency stopping band gaps, based on local resonance of the internal structure. The mass-in-mass unit cell model is transformed into a cantilever-in-mass model using the Bernoulli-Euler beam theory. An analytical model of the cantilever-in-mass structure is derived and the effects of geometrical dimensions and material parameters to create frequency band gaps are examined. A two-dimensional finite element model is created to validate the analytical results, and excellent agreement is achieved. The analytical model establishes an easily tunable metamaterial design to realize wave attenuation based on locally resonant frequency. To demonstrate feasibility for 3D printing, the analytical model is employed to design and fabricate 3D printable mechanical metamaterial. A three-dimensional numerical experiment is performed using COMSOL Multiphysics to validate the wave attenuation performance. Results show that the cantilever-in-mass metamaterial is capable of mitigating stress waves at the desired resonance frequency. Our study successfully presents the use of one constituent material to create a 3D printed cantilever-in-mass metamaterial with negative effective mass density for stress wave mitigation purposes. PMID:27329828

  18. Self-induced transparency solitary waves in a doped nonlinear photonic band gap material

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    Aközbek, Neşet; John, Sajeev

    1998-09-01

    We derive the properties of self-induced transparency (SIT) solitary waves in a one-dimensional periodic structure doped uniformly with resonance two-level atoms. In our model, the electromagnetic field is treated classically and the dopant atoms are described quantum mechanically. The resulting solitary waves take the form of ultrashort (picosecond) laser pulses which propagate near the band edge of the nonlinear photonic band gap (PBG) material doped with rare-earth atoms such as erbium. Solitary wave formation involves the combined effects of group velocity dispersion (GVD), nonresonant Kerr nonlinearity, and resonant interaction with dopant atoms. We derive the general Maxwell-Bloch equations for a nonlinear PBG system and then demonstrate the existence of elementary solitary wave solutions for frequencies far outside the gap where GVD effects are negligible and for frequencies near the photonic band edge where GVD effects are crucial. We find two distinct new types of propagating SIT solitary wave pulses. Far from Bragg resonance, we recapture the usual McCall-Hahn soliton with hyperbolic secant profile when the nonlinear Kerr coefficient χ(3)=0. However, when the host nonresonant Kerr coefficient is nonzero, we obtain the first new type of soliton. In this case, the optical soliton envelope function deviates from the hyperbolic secant profile and pulse propagation requires nontrivial phase modulation (chirping). We derive the dependence of the solitary wave structure on the Kerr coefficient χ(3), the resonance impurity atom density, and the detuning of the average laser frequency from the atomic transition. When the laser frequency and the atomic transition frequencies are near the photonic band edge we obtain the second type of soliton. To illustrate the second type of soliton we consider two special cases. In the first case, GVD facilitates the propagation of an unchirped SIT-gap soliton moving at a velocity fixed by the material's parameters. The soliton

  19. Large Band Gap of alpha-RuCl3 Probed by Photoemission and Inverse Photoemission Spectroscopy

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    Sinn, Soobin; Kim, Choong Hyun; Sandilands, Luke; Lee, Kyungdong; Won, Choongjae; Oh, Ji Seop; Han, Moonsup; Chang, Young Jun; Hur, Namjung; Sato, Hitoshi; Park, Byeong-Gyu; Kim, Changyoung; Kim, Hyeong-Do; Noh, Tae Won

    The Kitaev honeycomb lattice model has attracted great attention because of its possibility to stabilize a quantum spin liquid ground state. Recently, it was proposed that alpha-RuCl3 is its material realization and the first 4 d relativistic Mott insulator from an optical spectrum and LDA + U + SO calculations. Here, we present photoemission and inverse photoemission spectra of alpha-RuCl3. The observed band gap is about 1.8 eV, which suggests that the previously assigned optical gap of 0.3 eV is misinterpreted, and that the strong peak at about 1.2 eV in the optical spectrum may be associated with an actual optical gap. Assuming a strong excitonic effect of 0.6 eV in the optical spectrum, all the structures except for the peak at 0.3 eV are consistent with our electronic spectra. When compared with LDA + U + SO calculations, the value of U should be considerably larger than the previous one, which implies that the spin-orbit coupling is not a necessary ingredient for the insulating mechanism of alpha-RuCl3. We also present angle-resolved photoemission spectra to be compared with LDA + U + SO and LDA +DMFT calculations.

  20. Photoluminescence Investigation of Defects and Optical Band Gap in Multiferroic BiFeO3 Single Crystals

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    Moubah, Reda; Schmerber, Guy; Rousseau, Olivier; Colson, Dorothée; Viret, Michel

    2012-03-01

    Optical measurements have been carried out on high-quality BiFeO3 single crystals in order to show the presence of electronic defect states and calculate the band gap. The photoluminescence spectra show an intense electronic transition peak at a wavelength of 410 nm. This peak is large and asymmetric, indicating the existence of defects inside the gap, which we attribute to oxygen vacancies. These defects are likely to originate from the slow heating rate and long sintering times necessary to synthesize BiFeO3 single crystals. The optical band gap is measured to be 3 eV, a larger value than those previously reported.

  1. Predicted band-gap pressure coefficients of all diamond and zinc-blende semiconductors: Chemical trends

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    Wei, S.; Zunger, A.

    1999-08-01

    We have studied systematically the chemical trends of the band-gap pressure coefficients of all group IV, III-V, and II-VI semiconductors using first-principles band-structure method. We have also calculated the individual {open_quotes}absolute{close_quotes} deformation potentials of the valence-band maximum (VBM) and conduction-band minimum (CBM). We find that (1) the volume deformation potentials of the {Gamma}{sub 6c} CBM are usually large and always negative, while (2) the volume deformation potentials of the {Gamma}{sub 8v} VBM state are usually small and negative for compounds containing occupied valence {ital d} state but positive for compounds without occupied valence {ital d} orbitals. Regarding the chemical trends of the band-gap pressure coefficients, we find that (3) a{sub p}{sup {Gamma}{minus}{Gamma}} decreases as the ionicity increases (e.g., from Ge{r_arrow}GaAs{r_arrow}ZnSe), (4) a{sub p}{sup {Gamma}{minus}{Gamma}} increases significantly as anion atomic number increases (e.g., from GaN{r_arrow}GaP{r_arrow}GaAs{r_arrow}GaSb), (5) a{sub p}{sup {Gamma}{minus}{Gamma}} decreases slightly as cation atomic number increases (e.g., from AlAs{r_arrow}GaAs{r_arrow}InAs), (6) the variation of a{sub p}{sup {Gamma}{minus}L} are relatively small and follow similar trends as a{sub p}{sup {Gamma}{minus}{Gamma}}, and (7) the magnitude of a{sub p}{sup {Gamma}{minus}X} are small and usually negative, but are sometimes slightly positive for compounds containing first-row elements. Our calculated chemical trends are explained in terms of the energy levels of the atomic valence orbitals and coupling between these orbital. In light of the above, we suggest that {open_quotes}empirical rule{close_quotes} of the pressure coefficients should be modified. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. Phononic band gap design in honeycomb lattice with combinations of auxetic and conventional core

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    Mukherjee, Sushovan; Scarpa, Fabrizio; Gopalakrishnan, S.

    2016-05-01

    We present a novel design of a honeycomb lattice geometry that uses a seamless combination of conventional and auxetic cores, i.e. elements showing positive and negative Poisson’s ratio. The design is aimed at tuning and improving the band structure of periodic cellular structures. The proposed cellular configurations show a significantly wide band gap at much lower frequencies compared to their pure counterparts, while still retaining their major dynamic features. Different topologies involving both auxetic inclusions in a conventional lattice and conversely hexagonal cellular inclusions in auxetic butterfly lattices are presented. For all these cases the impact of the varying degree of auxeticity on the band structure is evaluated. The proposed cellular designs may offer significant advantages in tuning high-frequency bandgap behaviour, which is relevant to phononics applications. The configurations shown in this paper may be made iso-volumetric and iso-weight to a given regular hexagonal topology, making possible to adapt the hybrid lattices to existing sandwich structures with fixed dimensions and weights. This work also features a comparative study of the wave speeds corresponding to different configurations vis-a vis those of a regular honeycomb to highlight the superior behaviour of the combined hybrid lattice.

  3. Theoretical study of time-resolved luminescence in semiconductors. III. Trap states in the band gap

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    Maiberg, Matthias Hölscher, Torsten; Zahedi-Azad, Setareh; Scheer, Roland

    2015-09-14

    In the third part of this series, we study the influence of trap states in the band gap of semiconductors on the time-resolved luminescence decay (TRL) after a pulsed excitation. The results based on simulations with Synopsys TCAD{sup ®} and analytical approximations are given for p-doped Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} as a working example. We show that a single trap can be mostly described by two parameters which are assigned to minority carrier capture and emission. We analyze their influence on the luminescence decay and study the difference between a single trap and an energetic Gaussian trap distribution. It is found that trap states artificially increase the TRL decay and obscure the recombination dynamics. Thus, there is a demand for experimental methods which can reveal the recombination of minority carriers in a TRL experiment without trapping effect. In this regard, a variation of the device temperature, the excitation frequency, the injection level, as well as a bias illumination may be promising approaches. We study these methods, discuss advantages and disadvantages, and show experimental TRL for prove of concept. At the end, we validate our approach of simulating only band-to-band radiative recombination although photoluminescence spectra often exhibit free-to-bound radiative recombination of charge carriers.

  4. Experimental indication for band gap widening of chalcopyrite solar cell absorbers after potassium fluoride treatment

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    Pistor, P.; Greiner, D.; Kaufmann, C. A.; Brunken, S.; Gorgoi, M.; Steigert, A.; Calvet, W.; Lauermann, I.; Klenk, R.; Unold, T.; Lux-Steiner, M.-C.

    2014-08-11

    The implementation of potassium fluoride treatments as a doping and surface modification procedure in chalcopyrite absorber preparation has recently gained much interest since it led to new record efficiencies for this kind of solar cells. In the present work, Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} absorbers have been evaporated on alkali containing Mo/soda-lime glass substrates. We report on compositional and electronic changes of the Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} absorber surface as a result of a post deposition treatment with KF (KF PDT). In particular, by comparing standard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron-based hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), we are able to confirm a strong Cu depletion in the absorbers after the KF PDT which is limited to the very near surface region. As a result of the Cu depletion, we find a change of the valence band structure and a shift of the valence band onset by approximately 0.4 eV to lower binding energies which is tentatively explained by a band gap widening as expected for Cu deficient compounds. The KF PDT increased the open circuit voltage by 60–70 mV compared to the untreated absorbers, while the fill factor deteriorated.

  5. Tunable Lamb wave band gaps in two-dimensional magnetoelastic phononic crystal slabs by an applied external magnetostatic field.

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    Zhou, Changjiang; Sai, Yi; Chen, Jiujiu

    2016-09-01

    This paper theoretically investigates the band gaps of Lamb mode waves in two-dimensional magnetoelastic phononic crystal slabs by an applied external magnetostatic field. With the assumption of uniformly oriented magnetization, an equivalent piezomagnetic material model is used. The effects of magnetostatic field on phononic crystals are considered carefully in this model. The numerical results indicate that the width of the first band gap is significantly changed by applying the external magnetic field with different amplitude, and the ratio between the maximum and minimum gap widths reaches 228%. Further calculations demonstrate that the orientation of the magnetic field obviously affects the width and location of the first band gap. The contactless tunability of the proposed phononic crystal slabs shows many potential applications of vibration isolation in engineering. PMID:27281285

  6. Preparation and properties of magneto-optical micro-cavities composed of Co thin film and dielectric multilayers

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    Inoue, M.; Matsumoto, K.; Arai, K. I.; Fujii, T.; Abe, M.

    1999-05-01

    Magneto-optical (MO) Kerr effect of micro-cavities composed of a Co thin film and SiO 2/SiN multilayer films was investigated theoretically and experimentally. The micro-cavity structure was found to be very effective for enhancing the MO Kerr effect: the MO Kerr rotation angle exceeding 10° at a designated wavelength of light was obtained, the value of which is more than 100 times larger than that of a Co single-layer film. The large MO Kerr effect is caused by the localization of light originating from the multilayer structure.

  7. Hybrid functional calculations on the band gap bowing parameters of In x Ga1‑x N

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    Mei, Lin; Yixu, Xu; Jianhua, Zhang; Shunqing, Wu; Zizhong, Zhu

    2016-04-01

    The electronic band structures and band gap bowing parameters of In x Ga1‑x N are studied by the first-principles method based on the density functional theory. Calculations by employing both the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerh of hybrid functional (HSE06) and the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) one are performed. We found that the theoretical band gap bowing parameter is dependent significantly on the calculation method, especially on the exchange-correlation functional employed in the DFT calculations. The band gap of In x Ga1‑x N alloy decreases considerably when the In constituent x increases. It is the interactions of s–s and p–p orbitals between anions and cations that play significant roles in formatting the band gaps bowing. In general, the HSE06 hybrid functional could provide a good alternative to the PBE functional in calculating the band gap bowing parameters. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11204257, 21233004) and the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2012M511447).

  8. Temperature evolution of the band gap in BiFeO3 traced by resonant Raman scattering

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    Weber, Mads Christof; Guennou, Mael; Toulouse, Constance; Cazayous, Maximilien; Gillet, Yannick; Gonze, Xavier; Kreisel, Jens

    2016-03-01

    Knowledge of the electronic band structure of multiferroic oxides, crucial for the understanding and tuning of photoinduced effects, remains very limited even in the model and thoroughly studied BiFeO3. Here, we investigate the electronic band structure of BiFeO3 using Raman scattering with twelve different excitation wavelengths ranging from the blue to the near infrared. We show that resonant Raman signatures can be assigned to direct and indirect electronic transitions, as well as in-gap electronic levels, most likely associated with oxygen vacancies. Their temperature evolution establishes that the remarkable and intriguing variation of the optical band gap can be related to the shrinking of an indirect electronic band gap, while the energies for direct electronic transitions remains nearly temperature independent.

  9. First-principles study of direct and narrow band gap semiconducting β-CuGaO2

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    Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Zhao, Xin; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2015-04-01

    Semiconducting oxides have attracted much attention due to their great stability in air or water and the abundance of oxygen. Recent success in synthesizing a metastable phase of CuGaO2 with direct narrow band gap opens up new applications of semiconducting oxides as absorber layer for photovoltaics. Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, we investigate the thermodynamic and mechanical stabilities as well as the structural and electronic properties of the β-CuGaO2 phase. Our calculations show that the β-CuGaO2 structure is dynamically and mechanically stable. The energy band gap is confirmed to be direct at the Γ point of Brillouin zone. The optical absorption occurs right at the band gap edge and the density of states near the valance band maximum is large, inducing an intense absorption of light as observed in experiment.

  10. First-principles study of direct and narrow band gap semiconducting β -CuGaO2

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    Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Zhao, Xin; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2015-04-16

    Semiconducting oxides have attracted much attention due to their great stability in air or water and the abundance of oxygen. Recent success in synthesizing a metastable phase of CuGaO2 with direct narrow band gap opens up new applications of semiconducting oxides as absorber layer for photovoltaics. Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, we investigate the thermodynamic and mechanical stabilities as well as the structural and electronic properties of the β-CuGaO2 phase. Our calculations show that the β-CuGaO2 structure is dynamically and mechanically stable. The energy band gap is confirmed to be direct at the Γ point of Brillouin zone. Inmore » conclusion, the optical absorption occurs right at the band gap edge and the density of states near the valance band maximum is large, inducing an intense absorption of light as observed in experiment.« less

  11. Stabilization of temperature dependence of band Gap by introducing nitrogen ion into GaInNP alloy

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    Emura, Shuichi; Nonoguchi, Shogo; Kim, Kang Min

    2013-12-04

    The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of GaInNP are observed to survey the origin of the unique behavior of the band gap caused by incorporating nitrogen ions. The temperature dependence of the PL peak position is carefully analyzed. It is found that the reduction of the temperature alteration owing to the nitrogen incorporation arises from the hybridization between the nitrogen local 3s and 3p orbitals and the conduction band. In the GaInNP and host GaInP with the indium content around 50%, which has a direct band gap slightly lower than an X-valley, the band gap shrinkage with temperature is mediated by an LA phonon at X point.

  12. Band widths and gaps from the Tran-Blaha functional: Comparison with many-body perturbation theory

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    Waroquiers, David; Lherbier, Aurélien; Miglio, Anna; Stankovski, Martin; Poncé, Samuel; Oliveira, Micael J. T.; Giantomassi, Matteo; Rignanese, Gian-Marco; Gonze, Xavier

    2013-02-01

    For a set of ten crystalline materials (oxides and semiconductors), we compute the electronic band structures using the Tran-Blaha [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.102.226401 102, 226401 (2009)] (TB09) functional. The band widths and gaps are compared with those from the local-density approximation (LDA) functional, many-body perturbation theory (MBPT), and experiments. At the density-functional theory (DFT) level, TB09 leads to band gaps in much better agreement with experiments than LDA. However, we observe that it globally underestimates, often strongly, the valence (and conduction) band widths (more than LDA). MBPT corrections are calculated starting from both LDA and TB09 eigenenergies and wave functions. They lead to a much better agreement with experimental data for band widths. The band gaps obtained starting from TB09 are close to those from quasiparticle self-consistent GW calculations, at a much reduced cost. Finally, we explore the possibility to tune one of the semiempirical parameters of the TB09 functional in order to obtain simultaneously better band gaps and widths. We find that these requirements are conflicting.

  13. Fully confined photonic band gap and guided modes in a two-dimensional photonic crystal slab

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    Chow, K.C.; Lin, S.Y.; Johnson, S.G.; Villeneuve, P.R.; Joannopoulos, J.D.

    1999-12-15

    A new two-dimensional photonic crystal (2D PC) slab structure was created with a full three-dimensional light confinement. Guided modes with broad bandwidth and high transmission within the band gap are also observed. As an optical analog to electronic crystals, PC promises a revolution in the photonic world similar to the electronic revolution created by the electronic band gap engineering in semiconductor. 2D PC has an advantage of being easier to fabricate at optical wavelength ({lambda}) comparing with 3D PC. However, the light leakage in the vertical direction has been the main problem for using 2D PC in opto-electronic application. In this study, the authors solve this problem by combining traditional 2D PC with strong vertical index guiding between the waveguide layer (GaAs) and the cladding layer (Al{sub x}O{sub y}). A set of triangular lattice holes 2D PC's were fabricated with lattice constant a=460nm, hole diameter (d=0.6a) and waveguide layer thickness (t = 0.5a). Those parameters were chosen to maximize the TE photonic band gap (PBG) around {lambda} = 1.55{micro}m. The depth of etched holes is {approximately}0.6{micro}m and the 2{micro}m thick Al{sub x}O{sub y} cladding layer is obtained by thermal oxidation of Al{sub 0.9}Ga{sub 0.1}As. PC waveguides were also created by introducing line defects along {Gamma}K direction. The authors perform transmission measurement by coupling light to PC with 3{micro}m wide waveguides which extends {approximately}0.6mm on both sides of PC. An aspheric lens with NA = 0.4 is used to focus the collimated light from tunable diode laser into the input waveguide. Another identical lens is used to collect the transmitted light and focus to an infrared (IR) camera and a calibrated photo-detector with a beamsplitter. The Gaussian waveguide mode indicates that the signal detected by the photodetector comes only from the light interacting with PC and propagating along the waveguide. The absolute transmittance is obtained by

  14. The Development of Layered Photonic Band Gap Structures Using a Micro-Transfer Molding Technique

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    Kevin Jerome Sutherland

    2001-06-27

    Over the last ten years, photonic band gap (PBG) theory and technology have become an important area of research because of the numerous possible applications ranging from high-efficiency laser diodes to optical circuitry. This research concentrates on reducing the length scale in the fabrication of layered photonic band gap structures and developing procedures to improve processing consistency. Various procedures and materials have been used in the fabrication of layered PBG structures. This research focused on an economical micro transfer molding approach to create the final PBG structure. A poly dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) rubber mold was created from a silicon substrate. It was filled with epoxy and built layer-by-layer to create a 3-D epoxy structure. This structure was infiltrated with nanoparticle titania or a titania sol-gel, then fired to remove the polymer mold, leaving a monolithic ceramic inverse of the epoxy structure. The final result was a lattice of titania rolds that resembles a face-centered tetragonal structure. The original intent of this research was to miniaturize this process to a bar size small enough to create a photonic band gap for wavelengths of visible electro-magnetic radiation. The factor limiting progress was the absence of a silicon master mold of small enough dimensions. The Iowa State Microelectronics Research Center fabricated samples with periodicities of 2.5 and 1.0 microns with the existing technology, but a sample was needed on the order of 0.3 microns or less. A 0.4 micron sample was received from Sandia National Laboratory, which was made through an electron beam lithography process, but it contained several defects. The results of the work are primarily from the 2.5 and 1.0 micron samples. Most of the work focused on changing processing variables in order to optimize the infiltration procedure for the best results. Several critical parameters were identified, ranging from the ambient conditions to the specifics of the

  15. Estimation of band gap of muscovite mineral using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis

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    Kalita, J. M.; Wary, G.

    2016-03-01

    In this article thermoluminescence (TL) mechanism in muscovite mineral has been reported in detail. The trap spectroscopy of the mineral has been studied from the TL glow curve of X-ray irradiated sample. A stable TL peak has been observed at around 347 K in the glow curve, however after annealing the sample above 573 K an additional peak is observed at around 408 K. In the TL emission spectra an emission peak has been observed at around 447 nm at TL peak maximum temperatures. The glow curves are analyzed by Tm-Tstop analysis, peak shape method and fractional glow technique. Analyses showed that there is a trap center and a radiative recombination center at depth around 0.71 and 2.78 eV from the conduction band. These two localized centers do not affected by annealing up to 773 K. However, annealing at 573 K (or above) a new electron trap center was found to generate at depth around 1.23 eV. This significant result has been confirmed with the help of phototransfer phenomena observed under UV irradiation. Due to UV irradiation on the excited sample, the transfer of trapped charges from the deeper trap level (1.23 eV) to the shallow level (0.71 eV) has been observed. Based on the analysis a schematic band diagram of muscovite crystal has been proposed. With the help of the band model, radiative as well as non-radiative recombination mechanisms have been discussed. The band gap of the material has been estimated to be around 5.09 eV and verified.

  16. Strongly nonparabolic variation of the band gap in In x Al1‑x N with low indium content

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    Zubialevich, Vitaly Z.; Dinh, Duc V.; Alam, Shahab N.; Schulz, Stefan; O’Reilly, Eoin P.; Parbrook, Peter J.

    2016-02-01

    80–120 nm thick In x Al1‑x N epitaxial layers with 0 < x < 0.224 were grown by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy on AlN/Al2O3-templates. The composition was varied through control of the growth temperature. The composition dependence of the band gap was estimated from the photoluminescence excitation absorption edge for 0 < x < 0.11 as the material with higher In content showed no luminescence under low excitation. A very rapid decrease in band gap was observed in this range, dropping down below 5.2 eV at x = 0.05, confirming previous theoretical work that used a band-anticrossing model to describe the strongly x-dependent bowing parameter, which in this case exceeds 25 eV in the x → 0 limit. A double absorption edge observed for InAlN with x < 0.01 was attributed to crystal-field splitting of the highest valence band states. Our results indicate also that the ordering of the valence bands is changed at much lower In contents than one would expect from linear interpolation of the valence band parameters. These findings on band gap bowing and valence band ordering are of direct relevance for the design of InAlN-containing optoelectronic devices.

  17. Hybrid functional band gap calculation of SnO{sub 6} containing perovskites and their derived structures

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    Lee, Hyewon; Cheong, S.W.; Kim, Bog G.

    2015-08-15

    We have studied the properties of SnO{sub 6} octahedra-containing perovskites and their derived structures using ab initio calculations with different density functionals. In order to predict the correct band gap of the materials, we have used B3LYP hybrid density functional, and the results of B3LYP were compared with those obtained using the local density approximation and generalized gradient approximation data. The calculations have been conducted for the orthorhombic ground state of the SnO{sub 6} containing perovskites. We also have expended the hybrid density functional calculation to the ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3} system with different cation orderings. We propose an empirical relationship between the tolerance factor and the band gap of SnO{sub 6} containing oxide materials based on first principles calculation. - Graphical abstract: (a) Structure of ASnO{sub 3} for orthorhombic ground state. The green ball is A (Ba, Sr, Ca) cation and the small (red) ball on edge is oxygen. SnO{sub 6} octahedrons are plotted as polyhedron. (b) Band gap of ASnO{sub 3} as a function of the tolerance factor for different density functionals. The experimental values of the band gap are marked as green pentagons. (c) ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3} superlattices with two types cation arrangement: [001] layered structure and [111] rocksalt structure, respectively. (d) B3LYP hybrid functional band gaps of ASnO{sub 3}, [001] ordered superlattices, and [111] ordered superlattices of ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3} as a function of the effective tolerance factor. Note the empirical linear relationship between the band gap and effective tolerance factor. - Highlights: • We report the hybrid functional band gap calculation of ASnO{sub 3} and ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3}. • The band gap of ASnO{sub 3} using B3LYP functional reproduces the experimental value. • We propose the linear relationship between the tolerance factor and the band gap.

  18. Design and analysis of photonic crystal micro-cavity based optical sensor platform

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    Goyal, Amit Kumar; Dutta, Hemant Sankar; Pal, Suchandan

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the design of a two-dimensional photonic crystal micro-cavity based integrated-optic sensor platform is proposed. The behaviour of designed cavity is analyzed using two-dimensional Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method. The structure is designed by deliberately inserting some defects in a photonic crystal waveguide structure. Proposed structure shows a quality factor (Q) of about 1e5 and the average sensitivity of 500nm/RIU in the wavelength range of 1450 - 1580 nm. Sensing technique is based on the detection of shift in upper-edge cut-off wavelength for a reference signal strength of -10 dB in accordance with the change in refractive index of analyte.

  19. A compact photonic crystal micro-cavity on a single-mode lithium niobate photonic wire

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    Cai, Lutong; Zhang, Shaomei; Hu, Hui

    2016-03-01

    The properties of the guided modes, including the single-mode conditions and the coupling of different polarized modes in the single-crystal lithium niobate photonic wires, were analyzed in detail. One-dimensional photonic crystal micro-cavities with several different patterns, which could be used as an ultra-compact optical filter, were designed and simulated in order to get high transmission at the resonant wavelength and the best preferment. The designed structure, with the whole size of 6.5 × 0.7 μm2, was fabricated on a single-mode photonic wire. A measured peak transmission of 0.34 at 1400 nm, an extinction ratio of 12.5 dB and a Q factor of 156 were obtained. The measured transmission spectrum was basically consistent with the simulation, although a slight shift of resonant wavelength occurred due to the fabrication errors.

  20. A versatile optical junction using photonic band-gap guidance and self collimation

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    Gupta, Man Mohan; Medhekar, Sarang

    2014-09-29

    We show that it is possible to design two photonic crystal (PC) structures such that an optical beam of desired wavelength gets guided within the line defect of the first structure (photonic band gap guidance) and the same beam gets guided in the second structure by self-collimation. Using two dimensional simulation of a design made of the combination of these two structures, we propose an optical junction that allows for crossing of two optical signals of same wavelength and same polarization with very low crosstalk. Moreover, the junction can be operated at number of frequencies in a wide range. Crossing of multiple beams with very low cross talk is also possible. The proposed junction should be important in future integrated photonic circuits.