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Photo-Induced Metastability in Amorphous Semiconductors

ISBN: 978-3-527-60866-9
436 pages
December 2006
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A review summarising the current state of research in the field, bridging the gaps in the existing literature. All the chapters are written by world leaders in research and development and guide readers through the details of photo-induced metastability and the results of the latest experiments and simulations not found in standard monographs on this topic. A useful reference not only for graduates but also for scientific and industrial researchers.

With a foreword of Kazunobu Tanaka
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Table of Contents



List of Contributors.

1. Structure, Defects and Electronic Properties of Amorphous Semiconductors (M. Popescu).

2. Photo-Induced Phenomena in Amorphous and Glassy Chalcogenides (M. Frumar, et al.). 

3. Short-, Medium- and Long-Range-Order Structural Transformations in Amorphous Semiconductors (E. Mytilineous & A. Kolobov).

4. Dynamics of Photo-Induced Metastability in Amorphous Chalcogenides (K. Shimakawa).

5. Sub-Gap Photo-Induced Phenomena in Chalcogenide Glasses (K. Tanaka).

6. Photo-Induced Anisotropy in Chalcogenide Glassy Semiconductors (V. Lyubin & M. Klebanov).

7. The Optomechanical Effect in Amorphous Chalcogenide Films (M. Stuchlik, et al.).

8. Photo-Plastic Effect in Chalcogenide Glasses: Raman Scattering Studies (S. Yannopoulos).

9. Photo-Induced Non-Linearity and Transmittance Oscillation in GeSe2 and As2S3 (J. Hajto & I. Jánossy).

10. Optically-Induced Diffusion and Dissolution of Metals in Amorphous Chalcogenides (T. Wágner & M. Frumar).

11. Photo-Induced Deposition of Silver Particles on Amorphous Semiconductors (T. Kawaguchi).

12. Photo-Induced Changes in Liquid Sulfur and Selenium (Y. Sakaguchi & K. Tamura).

13. Staebler-Wronski Effect: Physics and Relevance to Devices (P. Stradins & M. Kondo).

14. Photo-Induced Structural Metastability in a-Si:H (S. Nonomura).

15. First Principles Molecular Dynamics and Photo Structural Response in Amorphous Silicon and Chalcogenide Glasses (D. Drabold, et al.).

16. Soft Atomic Modes and Negative-U Centers as Sources of Metastable Transformations in the Structure and Dynamics of Glasses (M. Klinger).

17. Hypervalent Bonds as Active Centers Providing Photo-Induced Transformations in Glasses (S. Dembovsky & E. Chechetkina).

18. Phase-Change Optical Storage Media (T. Ohta & S. Ovshinsky).

19. Application of Ge-Sb-Te Glasses for Ultrahigh-Density Optical Storage (J. Tominaga).

20. Evaluation of Multiplexing in High-Density Holographic Memories (J. González, et al.).

21. Optical Waveguides Photo-Written in Glasses with a Femtosecond Laser (K. Hirao & K. Miura).

22. Applications of the Photodissolution Effect in Chalcogenide Glasses (P. Ewen).

23. Engineering Glassy Chalcogenide Materials for Integrated Optics Applications (K. Richardson).


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Author Information

Alexander V. Kolobov entered this amorphous field in 1977 when he joined Professor Boris T. Kolomiets' laboratory at the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, Leningrad. Since 1994 he has additionally been a senior research scientist at the Joint Research Center for Atom Technology at the National Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, Tsukuba (Japan). In 2001 his position moved to the laboratory for Advanced Optical Technology at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba (Japan).
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"The impressive array of subjects covered in the present compendium, all with an introductory positioning of the subject in the wider ensemble of photoinduced phenomena, makes the book an excelllent entry point for new students who enter the field as well as an invaluable reference tool to all scientists who already are actively involved in this area of research. Detailed tables of contents of the 23 chapters and a good subject index allow convenient use of the book in this way. Maybe some of the readers, after surveying the diverse collection of optically generated effects that are still without quantifiable model for the generating mechanism, will discover here some elements to improve their own models." Chemphyschem, 2004, Vol.5, No.7
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