In situ studies of the vibrational and electronic properties of Si nanoparticles

J. R. Fox, I. A. Akimov, X. Xu, A. A. Sirenko

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We report on in situ studies of the vibrational properties of ultra-thin Si layers grown by dc magnetron sputtering in ultrahigh vacuum on amorphous MgO and Ag buffer layers. The average thickness of the Si layers ranged from monolayer coverage up to 200 angstrom. The interference enhanced Raman scattering technique has been used to study changes in the phonon spectra of Si nanoparticles during the crystallization process. Marked size-dependencies in the phonon density of states of the Si quantum dots and the relaxation of the k-vector conservation condition with decrease in size of the Si nanoparticles have been detected. Electron energy loss spectra have been collected for amorphous and crystallized Si nanoparticles on SiO2 buffer layers and the difference in the onset of the electronic transitions have been found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 MRS Fall Meeting - The Symposium 'Advanced Catalytic Materials-1998' - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 30 1998Dec 3 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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