Optical phonons in isotopic Ge studied by Raman scattering

J. Zhang, M. Giehler, A. Göbel, T. Ruf, M. Cardona, E. Haller, K. Itoh

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The effects of isotopic substitution on the (Formula presented)-point phonon in isotopically enriched (Formula presented), (Formula presented), (Formula presented), and (Formula presented)) and disordered (natural Ge and (Formula presented)) germanium samples have been measured with Raman spectroscopy. We believe, in contrast to earlier work, that intrinsic bulk Raman phonons are observed only when surface oxides are removed by chemical etching, and a laser line in the red is used to greatly enhance the penetration depth of the light. In high-resolution experiments at 10 K, performed under these conditions, we obtain more precise phonon frequencies and find significantly reduced phonon linewidths than reported before. Our observations improve on previous results, and are in better agreement with predictions of coherent-potential-approximation and supercell calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1348-1351
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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