Vibrational band modes in germanium: Isotopic disorder-induced Raman scattering

H. D. Fuchs, P. Etchegoin, M. Cardona, K. Itoh, E. E. Haller

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We present Raman spectra of natural Ge, Ge70, and Ge0.570 Ge0.576 in the TO phonon region. The spectrum of the isotopically pure Ge70 shows only the Raman-active phonon with k=0 (), as required by k conservation. The two isotopically disordered crystals, however, show spectra at the low energy side of the phonon which correspond to isotopic disorder-induced scattering by TO phonons with k0 (band modes). The line shape and the strength of the observed spectra agree with calculations based on the coherent potential approximation and an ansatz for the Raman polarizability. The novel Ge0.570 Ge0.576 thus proves to be an ideal crystal to investigate mass disorder effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1715-1718
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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