Infrared Studies of the (1-x) PbTe – (x) PbSnS2 System


In this work we report on the infrared properties of the thermoelectric (1-x)PbTe-xPbSnS2 system with x=0.03, 0.06, 0.11 and 0.33. The results obtained by the analysis of the reflectivity spectra are discussed together with the structural and morphological characteristics obtained by XRD and SEM-EDS measurements. The system was found macroscopically homogeneous for x=0.03 and x=0.06 and phase separated for x=0.11 and x=0.33. The analyzed ~150cm-1 PbS impurity mode demonstrated a composition close to the PbTe0.98S0.02 for the major phase. The incorporation of PbSnS2 causes a reduction in plasma frequency (decrease in carrier frequency concentration) and an increase in carrier mobility.


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Hasapis, T.C., Girard, S.N., Hatzikraniotis, E. et al. Infrared Studies of the (1-x) PbTe – (x) PbSnS2 System. MRS Online Proceedings Library 1325, 608 (2011).

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