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Introduction to Electronic Band Structure

To continue our path of trying to understand the physics of semiconductors,
we must begin to bring many atoms together to form a solid.
[Schematic of band structure]

Conductor or Insulator?

[Schematic of neon and sodium band structure]

So how does this help explain why sodium is metallic and solid neon is an insulator?

My article on Insulators written for encyclopedia

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