Modeling SWCNT Band-gap and Effective Mass Variation using a Monte Carlo Approach


El Shabrawy, Karim, Maharatna, Koushik, Bagnall, Darren and Al-Hashimi, Bashir (2009) Modeling SWCNT Band-gap and Effective Mass Variation using a Monte Carlo Approach. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (Submitted).

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Synthesizing Single-Walled Carbon-Nanotubes (SWCNTs) with accurate structural control has been widely acknowledged as an exceedingly complex task culminating in the realization of CNT devices with uncertain electronic behavior. In this paper we apply a statistical approach in predicting the SWCNT band-gap and effective mass variation for typical uncertainties associated with the geometrical structure. This is firstly carried out by proposing a simulation-efficient analytical model that evaluates the band-gap (Eg) of an isolated SWCNT with a specified diameter (d) and chirality (θ). Similarly, we develop a SWCNT effective mass model, which is applicable to CNTs of any chirality and diameters > 1nm. A Monte Carlo method is later adopted to simulate the band-gap and effective mass variation for a selection of structural parameter distributions. As a result, we establish analytical expressions that separately specify the band-gap and effective mass variability (Egσ, m*σ) with respect to the CNT mean diameter (dμ) and standard deviation (dσ). These expressions offer insight from a theoretical perspective on the optimization of diameter-related process parameters with the aim of suppressing band-gap and effective mass variation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Single Walled Carbon Nanotube (SWCNT), Third-Nearest-Neighbor Tight-Binding (TB) model, Band-gap variation, Effective mass variation, CNT device models.
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > NANO
Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Electronic & Software Systems
ePrint ID: 268090
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 17:03
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:14
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/268090

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