The Effects of Surface Damage and Oxide Films on the Optical Properties of Cuprite

P. Rastall, K. Mc. Clarke and E. F. I. Roberts
Department of Metallurgy and Materials, City of London Polytechnic, Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF

Summary: Spectral ellipsometry in the range 240 nm to 540 nm has been used to investigate the influence of surface damage induced by mechanical polishing and surface films of CuO on the optical properties of pure synthetic cuprite. Comparison is made between bulk CuO and thin film CuO produced by low-temperature oxidation of cuprite. The effects of strain and disorder are discussed in relation to the suppression of excitonic transitions. Recently developed techniques have been used to simplify the analysis and take full advantage of the spectral data.

Mineralogical Magazine; March 1980 v. 43; no. 329; p. 633-637; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1980.043.329.11
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