Off-normal-incidence effects in the infrared-reflectivity spectra of aluminum phosphate

A. Goullet, J. Camassel, L. Martin, J. Pascual, E. Philippot

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The effects of finite off-normal-incidence angle on the polarized-reflectivity spectra of aluminum phosphate have been investigated in great detail. An unambiguous identification of the extra structure, which manifests itself at 525 cm-1 in the 2(p) or transverse-magnetic (TM) configuration, has been made. It comes from a strong 3 mode, of which the LO component couples to the light for nonzero values of the angle of incidence. For typical experimental conditions, this results in the appearance of a pronounced extra structure which does not belong to the symmetry of the components under investigation. The corresponding intensity is well accounted for by the appropriate Fresnel equations. Nothing else similar to it appears in the higher-frequency range (where a second 3 mode exists near 1200 cm-1) or in the lower-frequency part of the spectrum (around 380 cm-1, where a second additional band was previously identified). In the latter case, no obvious connection with a 3 mode could be discerned. Finally, from the data collected in the pure s (transverse-electric) polarization for both 2 and 3 components, an improved series of transverse and longitudinal phonon frequencies, oscillator strengths, and broadening parameters could be deduced. This gives a better account of the dispersion of the refractive index of aluminum phosphate in the range from 100 to 1500 cm-1. © 1989 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5750-5756
JournalPhysical Review B-Condensed Matter
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989


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