Crystallization effects in annealed thin Ge-Se films photodiffused with Ag

M. Mitkova, Michael Kozicki, H. C. Kim, Terry Alford

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Ge-Se glasses with composition ranging from Ge20Se80 to Ge40Se60 photodoped with Ag and annealed at moderate temperatures are investigated. Raman spectroscopy suggests that Ag photodiffusion brings about the formation of a Ge-Se backbone that is deficient in Se and that the structure is depolymerized due to the extraction of Se during the formation of crystalline products. X-ray diffraction shows that after Ag diffusion into the glass, nanocrystals of Ag2Se and Ag8GeSe6 form, depending on the composition of the host. The crystal size is affected by the molecular clustering of the host.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1986-1990
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number9-20 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Jun 15 2006


  • Amorphous semiconductors
  • Raman scattering
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • X-ray diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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