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Physical Review
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Light scattering from single-particle excitations of carriers in lead salts: Charge-density and spin-density fluctuations

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In the absence of any magnetic field, Raman scattering from single-particle intraband electronic excitations in either p-type or n-type PbTe, PbSe, and PbS has been calculated. Because of the anisotropic many-valleyed Fermi surface and large spin-orbit coupling, it is shown that contributions to the scattering cross section from both charge-density fluctuations and spin-density fluctuations are large in these materials. Numerical values for coefficients occuring in the total scattering amplitude are obtained by considering the band-edge structure near the band gap at the L point in the Brillouin zone. An effective interaction Hamiltonian for the scattering process has been derived. The problem of studying the energy distribution of carriers in these materials by using a CO2 laser is discussed. Because of the relatively large value of the band gap, a CO laser is found to be better for PbS. © 1969 The American Physical Society.

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15 Jun 1969

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Physical Review

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