Optical properties of ZrTe3

S. L. Herr, J. W. Brill

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We have measured the room temperature reflectivity of ZrTe3, for energies between 0.03 eV and 3.5 eV, with polarizations in the high-conductivity a and b directions. The spectra confirm the semimetallic behavior; a possible gap at 0.435 eV is identified, suggesting that the valence-conduction band overlap is < 0.1 eV. The exptrapolated zero-frequency conductivity is roughly consistent with the d.c. results [5]. The optical scattering times are τa = 2 × 10-15 s and τb = 8 × 10-15 s, and the effective masses are mae ∼ 0.2m0, mbe ∼ 0.3m0, mah ∼ 0.1m0 and mbh ≫ m0.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-290
Number of pages8
JournalSynthetic Metals
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1986

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Funding Information:
and training on this equipment. This research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation, under Grant No. DMR-8318189.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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