Spectroscopy & Microscopy
Raman spectroscopy measures inelastically scattered light from a sample. Laser light onto the sample interacts with molecular vibrations or phonons within a crystal lattice, and is scattered with a lower energy (Stokes) or higher energy (anti-Stokes) than the incident light. The Raman spectrum gives insight into the structural properties of a material and provides a unique fingerprint. Combination of Raman spectroscopy with a microscope allows a precise point on a surface to be analysed and maps of samples to be collected.
We have four Raman Spectrometers available with excitation from UV to NIR. All our instruments are capable of spatial mapping, variable temperature and polarisation studies. Further information can be found on our Raman spectrometers page.
The bulk material properties of semiconductors such as silicon or diamond can be affected by residual strain fields in the lattice. This strain can also adversely affect the properties of technologically import defect centres in the lattice. Therefore, characterising these fields on macro and micro scales is important for technological and fundamental applications of these materials.
By looking at shifts in the Raman line position, high-resolution confocal Raman microscopy allows us to create 3D strain maps either over the bulk of the sample or in specific regions at a spatial resolution of up to 1 um. To enable maximum sensitivity to the residual strain the high spectral resolution of the spectrometer allowed accurate measurement shifts of < 0.1cm1.
Atomically thin nanowires can be synthesized inside single walled carbon nanotubes. The inclusion of nanowires can alter the optical and electronic properties of the nanotubes and increases their functionality. It is important to characterise the structure and composition of both the tubes and their contents.
Raman Spectroscopy with a series of excitation wavelengths enabled the investigation of the electronic properties of carbon nanotubes. It also revealed resonance frequencies which helped determine the chirality assignments of the filled nanotubes and was able to confirm a link between this and the increased optical properties of the material. You can find more information in this work in Ziyi Hu's paper http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.2c01647.
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