CHARACTERIZATION OF THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF SOME TRANSITION METAL CARBIDES AND NITRIDES
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AbstractWe established measurement and analysis techniques necessary to investigate the optical properties of some transition metal compounds: specifically the carbides and nitrides of Ti, Zr, and Hf. Two distinct techniques determined the optical constants of these films: a Nestell-Christy method to invert measurements of thickness, reflection, and transmission and a Kramers-Kronig analysis of reflection. The compositions of the samples were evaluated by X-ray diffraction, Auger spectroscopy, scanning electron microprobe analysis, and nuclear analysis. We found it possible to correlate these materials' optical and electronic properties and relate these to compositional changes. The ability to engineer a specific optical response of materials is discussed. Additions of carbon and nitrogen change the optical properties in a specific manner; the roles of these elements as electron donors and their effect on the location and population of the d electron bands with respect to the Fermi level are postulated.
Degree ProgramGraduate College