Dielectric Properties of Pulsed Laser Deposited Nanoscale CeNi5 Thin Films

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Dielectric properties of pulsed laser deposited, nanoscale CeNi5 alloy layers, on glass or SiO2 substrate are described using the complex dielectric function. The UV–Vis–NIR spectral behavior of this function is studied separately for its real part ε1 (the dielectric constant or dielectric permittivity), and for its imaginary part ε2 (the dielectric loss function). The layers were obtained from grinded CeNi5 bulk powder using short, modulated laser pulses. The absolute reflectance of the obtained nanoscale alloy layers was measured at the 632.8 nm wavelength of a liquid nitrogen cooled and stabilized He–Ne source. This value was further used to renormalize the relative differential reflectance spectroscopy measurements performed in the UV‒Vis‒NIR domain. The obtained absolute reflectance spectra were processed using the Kramers–Krönig formalism, so that the real and imaginary parts of the complex dielectric function could be computationally determined, also leading to the calculation of the electron loss functions –Im ε–1 and –Im(1 + ε)–1. The behavior of these functions near the spectral inflexion points was determined using appropriate theoretical considerations. The variation of the dielectric functions was explained, electron density of states and the shape of the energy bands were inferred. This study reveals the layer thickness and deposition substrate dependent optical and electrical properties of the produced nanoscale CeNi5 structures.

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The authors acknowledge the financial support of JINR Dubna-TU Cluj-Napoca Joint Research Projects.

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Todoran, D., Todoran, R. & Szakács, Z. Dielectric Properties of Pulsed Laser Deposited Nanoscale CeNi5 Thin Films. Russ. J. Phys. Chem. 93, 2858–2863 (2019).

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  • pulsed laser deposition
  • nanoscale CeNi5 thin films
  • dielectric constant
  • dielectric loss function
  • electron energy band structures