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Dario Bercioux: "Tight-Binding Method: An Inspiring Journey" (Antrittsvorlesung)

Wann 04.02.2013
von 17:15 bis 18:00
Wo Grosser Hörsaal, Physikalisches Institut
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Antrittsvorlesung / Inaugural Lecture
PD Dr. Dario Bercioux


Tight-Binding Method: An Inspiring Journey

In this talk I will review the basic principles of the tight-binding method. In solid-state physics, it allows to calculate the electronic band structure using an approximate set of quantum wave functions based upon superposition of atomic wave functions. Within this method it is straightforward to understand gap openings in the energy spectrum of electrons in periodic potentials — this is fundamental in order to account for the correct functioning of daily electronic devices.

In addition, the tight-binding models are a marvelous playground for the study topological effects in quantum systems. Such effects can be observed, for instance, in optical lattices filled with cold atoms and/or trapped ions. The tight-binding models are also extremely efficient at investigating the electronic properties of graphene.