Electronic states in silicon quantum dot devices

Y. Hada, M. Eto

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


Electronic states in Si quantum dots are theoretically examined, taking account of a multivalley structure of conduction band. Using the effective mass approximation, we find that one-electron levels in different valleys are degenerate when the confinement potential is smooth. The exchange interaction between different valleys is negligibly small, which results in the degeneracy of different spin states. In the presence of intervalley scattering, caused by e.g. impurities within the dot, sharp edge of the confinement potential, the degenerate one-electron levels are split and the lowest spin state is realized. To confirm the validity of the effective mass approximation, we calculate the electronic states in an empirical tight-binding model, considering the atomic structure in Si quantum dots.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3035-3038
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi C: Conferences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


Dive into the research topics of 'Electronic states in silicon quantum dot devices'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this