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Unformatted text preview: Physics 880.06: Some Possible Term Paper Topics 1. Band structure of graphene (a two-dimensional form of carbon, with a honeycomb lattice structure, material whose band structure near the Fermi energy corresponds to the behavior of extreme relativistic fermions with a speed of light much less than c ). One relatively simple and clearcut project would be to analyze the band structure of graphene using the tight-binding approximation. 2. Band structure of graphite. 3. Band structure of semiconductors (e. g. GaAs or Si or Ge) 4. Band structure of graphite 5. Band structure of a transition metal such as Fe, Co, Ni, V,.... (the band structure of the ferromagnetic metals may be harder because the spin-up and spin-down bands are split.) 6. band structure of Cu 7. Electronic structure of carbon nanotubes. 8. Band structure of some other material of your choice (I can give other suggestions.) or GaAs; or graphite; or Si; or Fe; or some other material of your choice). 9. Buckyballs (a finite form of carbon with 60 atoms): electronic structure, other properties....
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