Optical conductivity and vibrational spectra of the narrow-gap semiconductor FeGa3

C. Martin, V. A. Martinez, M. Opačić, S. Djurdjić-Mijin, P. Mitrić, A. Umićević, A. Poudel, I. Sydoryk, Weijun Ren, R. M. Martin, D. B. Tanner, N. Lazarević, C. Petrovic, D. Tanasković

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Intermetallic narrow-gap semiconductors have been intensively explored due to their large thermoelectric power at low temperatures and a possible role of strong electronic correlations in their unusual thermodynamic and transport properties. Here we study the optical spectra and vibrational properties of FeGa3 single crystal. The optical conductivity indicates that FeGa3 has a direct band gap of ≈0.7 eV, consistent with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Most importantly, we find a substantial spectral weight also below 0.4 eV, which is the energy of the indirect (charge) gap found in resistivity measurements and ab initio calculations. We find that the spectral weight below the gap decreases with increasing temperature, which indicates that it originates from the impurity states and not from the electronic correlations. Interestingly, we did not find any signatures of the impurity states in vibrational spectra. The infrared and Raman vibrational lines are narrow and weakly temperature dependent. The vibrational frequencies are in excellent agreement with our DFT calculations, implying a modest role of electronic correlations. Narrow Mössbauer spectral lines also indicate high crystallinity of the sample.

Original languageEnglish
Article number165151
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number16
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2023


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