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Bloch's theorem
17.07.09 at 12:42:43
Bloch's theorem
In the nearly-free electron approximation, interactions between electrons are completely ignored. This approximation allows use of Bloch's Theorem which states that electrons in a periodic potential have wavefunctions and energies which are periodic in wavevector up to a constant phase shift between neighboring reciprocal lattice vectors.
Bloch's theorem:
The eigenfunctions for electrons that move in a periodic potential can be written in the following form:
ψnk(r) = eik.runk(r)
The corresponding energy eigenvalues are: Єn(k)= Єn(k + K)
K lattice vector
k wave vector
n index
Because the energies associated with the index n vary continuously with wavevector k we speak of an energy band with band index n.  
Because the eigenvalues for given n are periodic in k, all distinct values of Єn(k) occur for k-values within the first Brillouin zone of the reciprocal lattice.
A Bloch wave or Bloch state is the wavefunction of an electron placed in a periodic potential.
The opposite extreme to the nearly-free electron approximation assumes the electrons in the crystal behave much like an assembly of constituent atoms: the tight binding model  
See also:
Wave vector
Tight binding
Bloch wave
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