Optical properties of amorphous nonstoichiometric tantalum-oxide films of variable composition (TaOx, x = 1.94–2.51) in the spectral range of 1.12–4.96 eV, obtained by ion-beam sputtering-deposition of metallic tantalum at different partial oxygen pressures (0.53–9.09 × 10–3 Pa), have been investigated. It is shown by spectral ellipsometry that the character of dispersion of the absorption coefficient and refractive index in TaOx of variable composition suggests that light-absorbing films with dispersion similar to that in metals are formed at oxygen pressures in the growth chamber below 2.21 × 10–3 Pa, whereas transparent films with dielectric dispersion are formed at pressures above 2.81 × 10–3 Pa. According to the data of quantumchemical simulation, the absorption peak at a photon energy of 4.6 eV in TaOx observed in the absorptioncoefficient dispersion spectrum is due to oxygen vacancy. The peak in the Raman-scattering spectra of TaOx films with metallic dispersion at frequencies of 200–230 cm–1 is presumably related to tantalum nanoclusters.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Optics and Spectroscopy (English translation of Optika i Spektroskopiya)|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2018|