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The structural dependence of the effective mass and Luttinger parameters in semiconductor quantum wells

By F. Long, W.E. Hagston, P. Harrison and T. Stirner


A detailed comparison of the empirical pseudopotential method with single and multiple band calculations based on the envelope function and effective mass approximations are presented. It is shown that, in order to give agreement with the more rigorous microscopic approach of the pseudopotential method, structural dependent effective masses and Luttinger parameters must be invoked. The CdTe/Cd(1 – x)Mn(x)Te system has been employed as an example, and the first pseudopotential calculations of quantum wells and superlattices in this material are presented. It is shown that the electron, light- and heavy-hole effective masses tend towards twice their bulk values in the limit of narrow quantum wells. © 1997 American Institute of Physics

Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Year: 1997
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:1677

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