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Raman and Eels Studies on Nanocrystalline Diamond Prepared in a Low Pressure Inductively Coupled Plasma

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Nanocrystalline diamonds with several hundred nm in diameter have been prepared in a 13.56 MHz low pressure inductively coupled CH4H2 or CH4COH2 plasma. The bonding structures were investigated by Raman spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy EELS. Visible 514 nm and UV 325, 244 nm excited Raman spectra with CO additive exhibit peaks at 1150 cm-1 assigned to sp3 bonding and at 1332 cmexp-1 due to zone center optical phonon mode of diamond, respectively It indicates that the UV excitations are possibly sufficient to excite the sigma state of both sp2- and sp3-bonded carbon. The high resolution EELS HREELS spectra with CO additive show peaks at 1100 cm-1 assigned to C-C stretching vibration of sp3 bonding and at 700 cm-1 corresponding to the bending vibration of sp3 bonding. It is qualitatively agreement with the Raman spectra. Furthermore the EELS spectrum without CO additive exhibits two peaks at 284 eV and at 292 eV corresponding to pi states and sigma states, respectively, and is similar to that of graphite rather than that of sp2-rich amorphous carbon. The EELS spectrum with CO additive, on the other hand, shows a peak at 292 eV due to sigma states and is similar to that of diamond. A slight peak appears at 285 eV corresponding to pi states. It consequently implies that the particles almost consist of sp3 bondings and that the small amount of sp2 bondings are considered to exist in grain boundaries. The EESL spectra are consistent with the results of Raman scaftering and HREELS.

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  • Physical Chemistry
  • Solid State Physics

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