Structural information from the Raman spectrum of amorphous silicon

D. Beeman, R. Tsu, M. F. Thorpe

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The Raman scattering from various model structures for amorphous silicon is computed. It is shown that the width of the optic peak increases roughly linearly with the rms bond-angle distortion b of the network. The experimentally observed linewidths lead to 7.7°b10.5°. The smaller linewidths (and hence angles) correspond to networks that have been annealed at higher temperatures. These results are consistent with model-building experience which shows that it is impossible to construct fully bonded amorphous networks with b6.6°.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)874-878
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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