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Title: Electronic band structure and effective mass parameters of Ge1−xSnx alloys
Authors: Low, Kain Lu
Yang, Yue
Han, Genquan
Fan, Weijun
Yeo, Yee-Chia
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Low, K. L., Yang, Y., Han, G., Fan, W., & Yeo, Y.-C. (2012). Electronic band structure and effective mass parameters of Ge1−xSnx alloys. Journal of Applied Physics, 112(10), 103715-.
Series/Report no.: Journal of applied physics
Abstract: This work investigates the electronic band structures of bulk Ge1-xSnx alloys using the empirical pseudopotential method (EPM) for Sn composition x varying from 0 to 0.2. The adjustable form factors of EPM were tuned in order to reproduce the band features that agree well with the reported experimental data. Based on the adjusted pseudopotential form factors, the band structures of Ge1-xSnx alloys were calculated along high symmetry lines in the Brillouin zone. The effective masses at the band edges were extracted by using a parabolic line fit. The bowing parameters of hole and electron effective masses were then derived by fitting the effective mass at different Sn compositions by a quadratic polynomial. The hole and electron effective mass were examined for bulk Ge1-xSnx alloys along specific directions or orientations on various crystal planes. In addition, employing the effective-mass Hamiltonian for diamond semiconductor, band edge dispersion at the Γ-point calculated by 8-band k.p. method was fitted to that obtained from EPM approach. The Luttinger-like parameters were also derived for Ge1-xSnx alloys. They were obtained by adjusting the effective-mass parameters of k.p method to fit the k.p band structure to that of the EPM. These effective masses and derived Luttinger parameters are useful for the design of optical and electronic devices based on Ge1-xSnx alloys.
ISSN: 0021-8979
DOI: 10.1063/1.4767381
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