Influence of nonstoichiometry on the Urbach's tails of absorption spectra for CuInSe2 single crystals

T. Shioda, S. Chichibu, T. Irie, H. Nakanishi, T. Kariya

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Optical absorption spectra of CuInSe2 single crystals were measured for the samples with -0.150≤x≤0.053, where x represents a degree of nonstoichiometry in the formula Cu1-xIn1+xSe2. The Urbach's tail was observed for all samples between 90 K and room temperature. The Urbach's energy, which represents an arbitrary intensity of exciton-phonon interaction, was almost constant for the Cu-rich samples (x<0), while it increased with increasing In composition for the In-rich ones (x>0). Such an increase of the Urbach's energy was explained to be due to enhanced electronic distortion caused by the compositional deviation from stoichiometry in terms of simultaneous influence of electron-phonon interaction and structural disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1106-1111
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jul 15
Externally publishedYes

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