WIAS Preprint No. 2699, (2020)

Multiband k $cdot$ p model and fitting scheme for ab initio-based electronic structure parameters for wurtzite GaAs


  • Marquardt, Oliver
    ORCID: 0000-0002-6642-8988
  • Caro, Miguel A.
  • Koprucki, Thomas
    ORCID: 0000-0001-6235-9412
  • Mathé, Peter
    ORCID: 0000-0002-1208-1421
  • Willatzen, Morten


  • Electronic bandstructure, quasi-Monte Carlo methods, k · p models, compound semiconductors




We develop a 16-band k · p model for the description of wurtzite GaAs, together with a novel scheme to determine electronic structure parameters for multiband k · p models. Our approach uses low-discrepancy sequences to fit k · p band structures beyond the eight-band scheme to most recent ab initio data, obtained within the framework for hybrid-functional density functional theory with a screened-exchange hybrid functional. We report structural parameters, elastic constants, band structures along high-symmetry lines, and deformation potentials at the Γ point. Based on this, we compute the bulk electronic properties (Γ point energies, effective masses, Luttinger-like parameters, and optical matrix parameters) for a ten-band and a sixteen-band k · p model for wurtzite GaAs. Our fitting scheme can assign priorities to both selected bands and k points that are of particular interest for specific applications. Finally, ellipticity conditions can be taken into account within our fitting scheme in order to make the resulting parameter sets robust against spurious solutions.

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