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Optical emission spectroscopy diagnosis of energetic Ar ions in synthesis of SiC polytypes by DC arc discharge plasma

  • Jian Gao
  • Lei Zhou
  • Jingshuang Liang
  • Ziming Wang
  • Yue Wu
  • Javid Muhammad
  • Xinglong DongEmail author
  • Shouzhe Li
  • Hongtao Yu
  • Xie QuanEmail author
Research Article


Silicon carbides are basilic ceramics with proper bandgaps (2.4–3.3 eV) and unique optical properties. SiC@C monocrystal nanocapsules with different morphologies, sizes, and crystal types were synthesized via the fast and facile direct current (DC) arc discharge plasma method. The influence of Ar atmosphere on the formation of nanocrystal SiC polytypes was investigated by optical emission spectroscopy (OES) diagnoses on the arc discharge plasma. Boltzmann’s plot was used to estimate the temperatures of plasma containing different Ar concentrations as 10,582 K (in 2 × 104 Pa of Ar partial pressure) and 14,523 K (in 4 × 104 Pa of Ar partial pressure). It was found that higher energy state of plasma favors the ionization of carbon atoms and promotes the formation of α-SiC, while β-SiC is generally coexistent. Heat-treatment in air was applied to remove the carbon species in as-prepared SiC nanopowders. Thus, the intrinsic characters of SiC polytypes reappeared in the ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) light absorbance. It was experimentally revealed that the direct bandgap of SiC is 5.72 eV, the indirect bandgap of β-SiC (3C) is 3.13 eV, and the indirect bandgap of α-SiC (6H) is 3.32 eV; visible quantum confinement effect is predicted for these polytypic SiC nanocrystals.


SiC polytype nanostructures direct current (DC) arc discharge plasma optical emission spectroscopy(OES) 


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This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundations of China (Nos. 51331006 and 51271044).

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Optical emission spectroscopy diagnosis of energetic Ar ions in synthesis of SiC polytypes by DC arc discharge plasma


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian Gao
    • 1
  • Lei Zhou
    • 1
  • Jingshuang Liang
    • 1
  • Ziming Wang
    • 1
  • Yue Wu
    • 2
  • Javid Muhammad
    • 1
  • Xinglong Dong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shouzhe Li
    • 2
  • Hongtao Yu
    • 3
  • Xie Quan
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  2. 2.School of PhysicsDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering (Ministry of Education), School of Environmental Science and TechnologyDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina

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