Departmental Papers (ESE)


Based on an analogy with electromagnetic metamaterials, we develop an effective medium description for the propagation of electron matter waves in bulk semiconductors with a zinc-blende structure. It is formally demonstrated that even though departing from a different starting point, our theory gives results for the energy stationary states consistent with Bastard’s envelope-function approximation in the long-wavelength limit. Using the proposed approach, we discuss the time evolution of a wave packet in a bulk semiconductor with a zero-gap and linear energy–momentum dispersion.

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Silveirinha, M. & Engheta, N. (2012). Metamaterial-inspired model for electron waves in bulk semiconductors. Physical Review B, 86(24), 245302. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.245302

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Date Posted: 28 February 2013

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