Electronic properties of 2D and 1D systems

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Prev:LabQSM#Module 3: Low dimensional structures (6h)

Input set-up for a low dimensional system:

Now we want to deal with systems of reduced dimensionality, e.g. periodic in one or two dimension but isolated in the other directions. This is accomplished by:

  • Isolating the system in the non-periodic dimension as seen in Electronic properties of isolated molecules, so inserting an amount of vacuum in the supercell.
  • Sampling the Brillouin zone that now has reduced dimension:

In Quantum ESPRESSO one needs to set the following:

  K_POINTS automatic
  nk nk 1   0 0 0     

this will generate a 2D sampling. In brief: you will need large supercells because of the present of vacuum which reflects in a large number of plane waves and a converged sampling of the BZ. The combination of this two issues makes the calculations of 2D system rather cumbersome.


Exercise 1: Graphene

Honeycomb lattice structure of graphene.Picture from: J. Fuchs and M. Goerbig: Introduction to the Physical Properties of Graphene
  • build a supercell for an ideal graphene structure
  • relax the supercell
  • calculate the graphene band structure
  • calculate the density of states projected on π and σ states


Exercise 2: 2D Hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN)

Hexagonal Boron Nitride sheet
  • build a supercell for 2D hBN
  • calculate the DOS and band structure
  • Calculate the electronic structure for bulk hBN, what is the main difference wrt the 2D structure?


Exercise 3: A small Carbon nanotube (CNT)

Here we want to study te electronic structure of a small carbon nanotube, obtained rolling up a graphene sheet. Interestingly the electronic structure will change drastically depending on how the rube is rolled. We can start from the graphene band structure considering the boundary condition along the circumference.

  • Create the quantum espresso input file for the smaller CNT (3,3)
  • Relax the structure
  • Calculate the band structure
  • Calculate the density of states (Van Hove singularity)