Electronic Properties of Semiconductor Nanowires

L.C. Lew Yan Voon, Yong Zhang, B Lassen, Morten Willatzen, Qihua Xiong, P.C. Eklund

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This paper provides a review of the state-of-the-art electronic-structure calculations of semiconductor nanowires. Results obtained using empirical k . rho, empirical tight-binding, semi-empirical pseudopotential, and with ab initio, methods are compared. For conciseness, we will restrict our detailed discussions to free-standing plain and modulated nanowires. Connections to relevant experimental data, particularly band gaps and polarization anisotropy, will be made since these results depend crucially on the electronic properties. For completeness, a brief review on the synthesis of nanowires is included.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-26
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Semiconductor nanowires
  • Electronic properties
  • Optical properties
  • Theoretical methods


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