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Ordinary and Extra-Ordinary Dielectric Function of 4h- and 6H-SiC in the 0.7 to 9.0 eV Photon Energy Range

  • O. P. A Lindquist (a1), K. Järrendahl (a1), H. Arwin (a1), S. Peters (a2), J.-T. Zettler (a3), C. Cobet (a3), N. Esser (a3), D. E. Aspnes (a4), A. Henry (a1) and N. V. Edwards (a1)...


We report ordinary <ε> and extra-ordinary <ε> dielectric function data of 4H- and 6H-SiC from 0.7 to 9.0 eV. These data, which were obtained by with spectroscopic ellipsometry, are in good qualitative agreement with trends recently reported in ab initio calculations.



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