Diminished medium-range order observed in annealed amorphous germanium

J. M. Gibson, M. M.J. Treacy

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Abstract

We use variable coherence transmission electron microscopy to examine medium-range ordering in vacuum-deposited amorphous germanium. The method accesses higher-order atomic correlations through statistical analysis of hollow-cone dark-field image speckle. This yields greater sensitivity to medium-range order than the familiar pair correlation function obtained from diffraction. We find that thermal annealing of amorphous germanium reduces the degree of medium-range order, affirming the thermodynamic stability of the random network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1074-1077
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume78
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 10 1997

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