CENTRO DE QUIMICA INORGANICA "DR. PEDRO J. AYMONINO"
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Far Infrared near normal specular reflectivty of Nix(SiO2)1-x (x=1.0,0.84,0.75,0.61,0.54,0.28) granular films
NESTOR E. MASSA; JULIANO C. DENARDIN; LEANDRO M. SOCOLOVSKY; MARCELO KNOBEL; FERNANDO P. DE LA CRUZ; XIXIANG ZHANG
JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS
Lugar: New York; Año: 2009
One of the current issues at the basis of the understanding of novel materials is the degree of the role played by spatial inhomogeneities due to subtle phase separations. To clarify this picture herewecompare the plain glass network response of transition metal granular films with different metal fractions against what is known for conducting oxides. Films for Nix(SiO2)1−x (x = 1.0, 0.84, 0.75, 0.61, 0.54, 0.28) were studied by temperature dependent far infrared measurements. While for pure Ni the spectrum shows a flat high reflectivity, those for x∼0.84 and ∼0.75 have a Drude component, vibrational modes mostly carrier screened, and a long tail that extents toward near infrared. This is associated with hopping electron conductivity and strong electronphonon interactions. The relative reduction of the number of carriers in Ni0.75(SiO2)0.25 allows less screened phonon bands on the top of a continuum and a wide and overdamped oscillator at mid-infrared frequencies. Ni0.54(SiO2)0.46 and Ni0.28(SiO2)0.72 have well defined vibrational bands and a sharp threshold at ∼1450cm−1. It is most remarkable that a distinctive resonant peak at ∼1250cm−1 found for p-polarized angle dependent specular reflectivity. It originates in an electron cloud traced to electrons that are not able to overcome the metaldielectric interface that, beating against the positive background, generates the electric dipole. Overall, we conclude that the spectra are analogous to those regularly found in conducting oxides where with a suitable percolating network polarons are forme