Bloch stated this theory in 1928. According to this theory, the
free electrons moves in a periodic field provided by the lattice.
The Energy band theory of solids is the basic principle of
semiconductor physics and it is used to explain the differences
in electrical properties between Metals, Insulators and
Semiconductors.
Band Theory of Solids
Electron in a periodic potential
( Bloch Theorem )
A crystalline solid consists of a lattice which is composed of a
large number of positive ion cores at regular intervals and the
conduction electrons move freely throughout the lattice.
The variation of potential inside the metallic crystal with the
periodicity of the lattice is explained by Bloch theorem.
The periodic potential V (x) may be defined by means of the
lattice constant ‘a’ as V (x) = V ( x + a )
One dimensional periodic potential in crystal.
a
+ + + +
0
V
+ + + + + +
+ + + + + +
Periodic positive ion cores Inside metallic crystals.
electron the of motion the of state the represents k where
a) (x U (x) U
lattice. crystal a of y periodicit with periodic a is (x) U Where
) (x)exp(ikx U ψ(x)
equation r Schrodinge the of solution
l dimensiona one the shown that has Bloch
0 a)]ψ V(x [E
h
m 8π
dx
ψ d
0 V]ψ [E
h
m 8π
dx
ψ d
equation r wave Schrodinge From
k k
k
k
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
+ =
=
= + ÷ +
= ÷ +
Kroning – Penney Model
• According to Kroning  Penney model the electrons move in a
periodic potential field provided by the lattice.
• The potential of the solid varies periodically with the periodicity of
space lattice.
• Consider Schrödinger equation for this case, we can find the
existence of the energy gap between the allowed values of energy
of electron.
• For one dimensional periodic potential field….
0 )] ( [
8
2
2
2
2
= ÷ + ¢
t ¢
x V E
h
m
dx
d
+
+
+ +
+
V
0
0
a b
1
2
0 ] [
8
) 1 (
2
2
2
2
= + ¢
t ¢
E
h
m
dx
d
region f or
0 ] [
8
) 2 (
0
2
2
2
2
= ÷ + ¢
t ¢
V E
h
m
dx
d
region f or
) 2 .....( 0
) 1 .....( 0
2
2
2
2
2
2
= ÷
= +
¢ 
¢
¢ o
¢
dx
d
dx
d
2
2
2
2
2
0
2
8
8
[ ]
where
mE
h
m
V E
h
t
o
t

=
= ÷
0 , ) (
0 , 0 ) (
0
< < ÷ =
< < =
x b v x v
a x x v
.....(a) (x)e U ψ(x)
ikx
k
=
) (x).....(b U a) (x U
k k
= +
.....(c) (x)e ψ Na) (x ψ
ikNa
k k
= +
According to Bloch, the solution of a Schrodinger equation
Where U
k
(x) is the periodicity of the lattice i.e,.
According to Bloch theorem
By using above a, b, and c Bloch conditions, the solutions of
equations (1) & (2) becomes
2mE
h
2π
α
strength Barrier called is b V
barrier potential the of power scattering the is p
b V
h
ma 4π
where..P
a cos
αa
a sin
P coska
0
0
2
2
=
=
+ = o
o
+1
1
+1
1
a o
a cos
αa
a sine
P o
o
+
Conclusions
1. The motion of electrons in a periodic lattice is characterized
by the bands of allowed energy separated by forbidden
regions.
2. As the value of άa increases, the width of allowed energy
bands also increases and the width of the forbidden bands
decreases. i.e., the first term of equation deceases on the
average with increasing άa .
3. Let us now consider the effect of varying barrier strength P. if
V
0
b is large ,i.e. if p is large ,the function described by the left
hand side of the equation crosses +1 and 1 region as shown
in figure. thus the allowed bands are narrower and the
forbidden bands are wider.
a o
0
· ÷ p
If P tends to infinite the allowed band reduces to one
single energy level
0 ÷ p
a o
4. If P tends to zero
No energy levels exist:
all energies are allowed to the electrons.
2
2
2
2 2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2 2
2 2
2
1
2
)
2
(
1
)
2
(
)
2
)(
8
(
)
2
(
2
cos cos
mv
m
p
h
p
m
h
E
m
h
E
m
h
E
k
m
E
mE
k
k
k
ka a
= = =
=
=
=
= =
=
=
=
ì
ì
t
t
o
o
o
o
Brillouin Zones
• The Brillouin zone is a representation of permissive
values of k of the electrons in one, two or three
dimensions.
• Thus the energy spectrum of an electron moving in
the presence of a periodic potential fields is divided
into allowed zones and forbidden zones.
Allowed
bands
Energy gap
First
Brillouin zone
E
k
Energy gap
a
t
a
t 2
a
t 3
a
t
÷
a
t 2
÷
a
t 3
÷
Ek Diagram
Origin of Energy band formation in Solids
• When we consider isolated atom, the electrons are tightly
bound and have discrete, sharp energy levels.
• When two identical atoms are brought closer the outer most
orbits of these atoms overlap and interact.
• If more atoms are brought together more levels are formed and
for a solid of N atoms , each of the energy levels of an atom
splits into N levels of energy.
• The levels are so close together that they form an almost
continuous band.
• The width of this band depends on the degree of overlap of
electrons of adjacent atoms and is largest for outer most
atomic electrons.
N energy levels
N atoms
ΔE
E
1
E
2
E
3
E
2
E
1
E
1
• The energy bands in solids are important in
determining many of physical properties of solids.
The allowed energy bands
(1) Valance band
(2) Conduction band
• The band corresponding to the outer most orbit is
called conduction band and the next inner band is
called valence band. The gap between these two
allowed bands is called forbidden energy gap.
Classifications of materials into Conductors,
Semiconductors & Insulators:
• On the basis of magnitude of forbidden band the
solids are classified into insulators, semiconductors
and conductors.
Insulators:
• In case of insulators, the forbidden energy band is
very wide as shown in figure.
• Due to this fact the electrons cannot jump from
valance band to conduction band.
• In insulators at 0
0
k and the energy gap between
valance band and conduction band is of the order.
Forbidden gap
Valance band
Conduction band
INSULATORS
Forbidden gap
Valance band
Conduction band
SEMI CONDUCTORS
Valance band
Conduction band
CONDUCTORS
SEMI CONDUCTORS
In semi conductors the forbidden energy ( band ) gap is very small
as shown in a figure.
Ge and Si are the best examples of semiconductors.
Forbidden ( band ) is of the order of 0.7ev & 1.1ev.
CONDUCTOS:
In conductors there is no forbidden gap. Valence and conduction
bands overlap each other as shown in figure above.
The electrons from valance band freely enter into conduction band.