Brillouin Scattering in Semiconductors

  • A. S. Pine
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 8)


Brillouin scattering is known to be a valuable probe of acoustic phonons in gases, liquids and solids. The effects peculiar to Brillouin scattering in semiconductors will be the subject of this chapter. The velocity of sound is determined directly from the Brillouin shift; so, generally, elastic constants and velocity anisotropy, relaxation processes, phase transitions and a variety of acoustic interactions with other low-frequency excitations may be accurately measured. The spectral width of the scattered light, examined with high resolution, yields information about acoustic attenuation arising from anharmonicity, carrier damping, structural relaxations or other possible mechanisms. The light scattering intensity and selection rules give insight into the fundamental nature of the coupling of the phonons to the electronic states responsible for the optical properties and can be related to the characteristics of a variety of piezo-optical and acousto-optical devices.


Acoustic Phonon Stimulate Brillouin Scattering Thermal Phonon Acoustic Attenuation Generate Shear Wave 
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