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First-principle calculations of the electronic and optical properties of Tm-doped anatase titanium dioxide
Author(s): Zhi-Ning Wei; Chuan-Lei Jia
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Paper Abstract

Doping titanium dioxide (TiO2) with impurities has been extensively investigated for the optimal use of solar energy in order to improve photocatalyst performance. Density functional theory calculations are performed to investigate the effects of Tm doping on the energy band structures and optical properties of anatase TiO2 with various doping concentrations. The results show that Tm doping can effectively reduce the band gap of pure anatase TiO2 by introducing Tm 4f states above the top of the valence band, and thus results in a red shift in the optical absorption edges. Furthermore, the calculations of optical properties indicate that Tm doping TiO2 at low levels presents the prominent optical absorbance in the low energy region. Our results have important implications for the understanding and further development of photocatalytic functionalities of anatase TiO2 by introducing a dopant for effective band gap engineering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 54(3) 037107 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.54.3.037107
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 54, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Zhi-Ning Wei, China Univ. of Mining and Technology (China)
Chuan-Lei Jia, China Univ. of Mining and Technology (China)

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