Observation of surface polarity dependent phonons in SiC by deep ultraviolet Raman spectroscopy

S. Nakashima, T. Mitani, T. Tomita, T. Kato, S. Nishizawa, H. Okumura, H. Harima

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Backscattering Raman spectra of SiC polytype crystals with SiC{0001} polar faces have been measured using deep ultraviolet (DUV), UV, and visible (VIS) excitation sources. We have found that for DUV excitation the intensity profiles of zone-folded modes differ markedly for Si and C faces. This Raman spectral feature is attributed to the presence of nonpropagating phonon modes confined in the near-surface region. It is concluded that the surface-bound phonon modes created with DUV photon field extend over a region a few hundred nanometers in depth, and that the displacements of the phonon modes are anisotropic in the direction of the polar axis. This surface-orientation-dependent Raman spectrum can be used to identify the surface polarity of SiC polytypes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115321
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 23 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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