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. 2019 Apr 25;123(16):3607-3614.
doi: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b01935. Epub 2019 Apr 16.

Deconvoluting Diffuse Reflectance Spectra for Retrieving Nanostructures' Size Details: An Easy and Efficient Approach

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Deconvoluting Diffuse Reflectance Spectra for Retrieving Nanostructures' Size Details: An Easy and Efficient Approach

Manushree Tanwar et al. J Phys Chem A. .

Abstract

A new model has been reported here to estimate the mean size and size distribution in nanostructured materials by utilizing a simple and economic diffuse reflectance spectroscopy through spectral line-shape analysis. In the proposed model, a theoretical line shape has been derived by taking into account a size distribution function, which represents a variation in absorption coefficient as a function of size, which in turn depends on the band gap and thus on the excitation photon energy. A fitting of the experimental absorption spectra with the derived line-shape function yields the mean crystallite size and size distribution. The size and size distribution have been successfully estimated from two different silicon nanostructured samples, prepared by metal induced etching. The model has been validated by comparing the estimated values with the sizes estimated using Raman spectroscopy, which is a well-known technique. The two results are not only consistent with each other but are also found to be consistent with the electron microscopy's results, revealing that a technique as simple and as economic as diffuse reflectance spectroscopy can be used to estimate size distribution. In addition, the proposed model can also be used to investigate the homogeneity in the size distribution in a nanostructured sample.

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