Effective bond-orbital model of III-nitride wurtzite structures based on modified interaction parameters of zinc-blende structures

Fu Chen Hsiao, Ching Tarng Liang, Yia Chung Chang, John M. Dallesasse

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Abstract

A simple theoretical method for deducing the effective bond-orbital model (EBOM) of III-nitride wurtzite (WZ) semiconductors is presented. In this model, the interaction parameters for zinc-blende (ZB) structures are used as an initial guess for WZ structure based on the two-center approximation. The electronic band structure of III-nitride WZ semiconductors can hence be produced by utilizing this set of parameters modified to include effects due to three-center integrals and fitting with first-principles calculations. Details of the semi-empirical fitting procedure for constructing the EBOM Hamiltonian for bulk III-nitride WZ semiconductors are presented. The electronic band structure of bulk AlN, GaN, and InN with WZ structure calculated by EBOM with modified interaction parameters are shown and compared to the results obtained from density functional (DFT) theory with meta-generalized gradient approximation (mGGA). The set of parameters are further optimized by using a genetic algorithm. In the end, electronic band structures and electron (hole) effective masses near the zone center calculated by the proposed model with best fitting parameters are analyzed and compared with the k⋅p model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number107139
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Volume252
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Band structure
  • Effective bond-orbital model
  • III-nitride
  • Wurtzite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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