Date of Award
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hussein I. Hanafi
In this thesis, Raman Scattering of free standing porous silicon on sapphire samples of controllably varying porosity is studied. The free standing, fully crystalline porous silicon films were prepared by electrochemical etching and the porous structure were lifted-off by a procedure based on electro-polishing. During Raman scattering measurements, the samples are exposed to relatively high intensity laser radiation. Free-standing porous Si sample temperature and thermal conductivity are calculated by comparing intensities of Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman peaks. Compared to crystalline Si, we find strong decrease in thermal conductivity accompanied by a change in the phonon spectra. Also, comparing Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman spectra, we find that porous Si is a nano-composite material with a complex morphology and variety of crystallites sizes. The porous silicon layers can be used for thermal isolation and as floating substrates for lattice-mismatched hetero-integration.
Chidambaram, Thenappan, "Raman scattering in free standing porous Si films" (2008). Theses. 352.