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Modelling of Optical Damage in Nanorippled ZnO Produced by Ion Irradiation

Abstract : Here, we report on the production of nanoripples on the surface of ZnO bulk substrates by ion beam erosion with 20 keV Ar+ ions at an oblique incidence (60 degrees). The ripple patterns, analyzed by atomic force microscopy, follow a power law dependence for both the roughness and the wavelength. At high fluences these ripples show coarsening and asymmetric shapes, which become independent of the beam direction and evidence additional mechanisms for the pattern development. The shallow damaged layer is not fully amorphized by this process, as confirmed by medium energy ion scattering. A detailed study of the damage-induced changes on the optical properties was carried out by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry. Using a 3-layer model based on Tauc-Lorenz and critical point parameter band oscillators, the optical constants of the damaged layer were determined. The results showed a progressive reduction in the refractive index and enhanced absorption below the bandgap with the fluence.
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Andres Redondo-Cubero, Luis Vazquez, Denis Jalabert, Katharina Lorenz, Nebiha Ben Sedrine. Modelling of Optical Damage in Nanorippled ZnO Produced by Ion Irradiation. Crystals, MDPI, 2019, 9 (9), ⟨10.3390/cryst9090453⟩. ⟨cea-02316804⟩



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