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Hole energy levels of an "artificial atom"  Spherical Si Quantum Dot
(6band k.p)
Author:
Stefan Birner
> 3DsphericSiQD_d5nm_6bandkp.in / *_nnp.in 
spherical Si QD with diameter 5 nm 
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Hole energy levels of an "artificial atom"  Spherical Si Quantum Dot
(6band k.p)
> 3DsphericSiQD_d5nm_6bandkp.in 
spherical Si QD with diameter 5 nm
Here, we want to calculate the energy spectrum of a
spherical Si
quantum dot of radius 2.5 nm.
We assume that the barriers at the QD boundaries are infinite.
The potential inside the QD is assumed to be 0 eV.
We use a grid resolution of 0.25 nm.
We solve the 6band k.p Schrödinger equation for the hole eigenstates.
The following 6band k.p parameters are used:
L = 6.8
! [Burdov] V.A. Burdov, JETP 94, 411 (2002)
M = 4.43 !
[Burdov])
N = 8.61 !
[Burdov])
Delta_{so} = 0.044 eV
6x6kpparameters = 6.8d0 4.43d0 8.61d0
! L, M, N [hbar^2/2m]
0.044d0
! Delta_{splitoff} [eV] spinorbit splitting energy
These L, M, N parameters correspond to the following Luttinger
parameters:
gamma_{1} = 4.22
gamma_{2} = 0.395
gamma_{3} = 1.435
The following figure shows the hole eigenenergy spectrum of the Si QD
(diameter = 5 nm) calculated with a 6band k.p Hamiltonian.
For comparison, we also display the energy spectrum where we assumed
zero spinorbit splitting energy.
In this case there is a sixfold symmetry.
Spinorbit splitting reduces this degeneracy to 4
and 2.
In general, each state is twofold degenerate due to spin.
(Note: We used a cuboidal shaped quantum cluster although we could
have used a spherical quantum cluster to reduce the size of the 6band
k.p Hamiltonian matrix that has to be solved for the eigenstates.
If m grid points can be excluded from the quantum region due to an
optimal choice of quantum region shape, the dimension N of the 6band k.p
matrix is reduced by N 6m.)
Following the paper of [Burdov], one can calculate the ground state energy
for this particular system from the L and M parameters:
E_{1} =  h_{bar}^{2} pi^{2} / ( 2
m_{h} R^{2} ) = 0.314 eV (using m_{h}
= 0.192 m_{0} as [Burdov] where he uses incorrect k.p parameters:
In his definition L must be  5.8 and M =  3.43.)
E_{1} =  h_{bar}^{2} pi^{2}
/ ( 2 m_{h} R^{2} ) = 0.254 eV (using
m_{h} = 0.237 m_{0} as V.A. Belyakov, V.A. Burdov, J. Phys.:
Condens. Matter 20, 025213 (2008))
The latter is in much better agreement to our calculations.
m_{h} is given by:
m_{h} = 3 m_{0} / ( L + 2 M
) = 3 m_{0} / (  6.8 + 2 * ( 4.43)) =  0.192 m_{0 }
[Burdov]_{
}m_{h} = 3 m_{0} / ( (L+1) + 2 (M+1)) = 3 m_{0} / (
 5.8 + 2 * ( 3.43)) =  0.237 m_{0} [Belyakov/Burdov]
The latter definition is consistent to our implementation of the k.p
Hamiltonian.
The discrepancy of these equations arises because there are two different
definitions of the L,M parameters available in the literature.
More details...
nextnano³ vs. nextnano++ comparison
The following figure compares the nextnano³ results with the nextnano++
results.
The results of both simulators are in excellent agreement.
Additional comment for experts
For this particular geometry, the eigenvalues are highly degenerate, not only
due to spin, but also due to geometry.
This might cause problems for certain eigenvalue solvers as they might miss some
of these degenerate eigenvalues.
So the software should be used with care.
In our case, the 'chearn ' eigenvalue
solver (Arnoldi method that uses Chebyshev polynomials as preconditioner) missed
some degenerate eigenvalues. So probably one has to adjust some eigenvalue
solver parameters to increase the accuracy.
For this reason it is of great advantage if any numerical software has
redundancy in terms of several eigensolvers where one can choose from in order
to check results for consistency and accuracy, as well as performance.
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