Pressure Effects on Electrical and Optical Properties of Si–As–Te Chalcogenide Glasses Fabricated in the Gravity Environment and in a Microgravity Environment
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Pressure-induced changes in the electrical resistivity and optical-absorption spectrum have been studied for two kinds of Si9As14Te21 ternary chalcogenide amorphous semiconductor samples fabricated in a microgravity environment and under the gravity environment of the earth. Band gap narrowing occurs for both materials as is found commonly in chalcogenide glasses, whereas the change is less pronounced for the space-made material than for the terrestrial-made material. A significant difference is found in the pressure-induced change of the optical Urbach energy, that is, it increases for the space-made material but decreases for the terrestrial-made material in the low-pressure regime. These observations are accounted for upon assuming that the origin of the electronic states at the top of the valence band differs for these two materials although the material composition is identical.
- Jpn J Appl Phys
Jpn J Appl Phys 35(9A), 4713-4717, 1996-09-15
INSTITUTE OF PURE AND APPLIED PHYSICS