• Infrared Spectroscopy of Gadolinium

      Obied, Laila; Department of Physics (2013-04-10)
      Measurements of the optical reflectivity of the normal incident light along c-axis [0001] have been made on a Gadolinium single crystal, for temperatures between 50 K and room temperature just above the Curie temperature of Gd, which is 293 K. And covering the spectrum range between 100 -11000 cm-I . This work is the first study of Gd in the far infrared range. In fact it fills the gap below 0.2 eV which has never been measured before. Extreme attention was paid to the fact that Gadolinium is a very reactive metal with air. Thus, the sample was mechanically polished and carefully handled during the measurement. However, temperature dependent optical measurements have been made in the same frequency range for a sample of Gd2O3. For comparison, both samples of Gd and Gd2O3 were examined by X-Ray diffraction. XRD analysis showed that the sample was pure gadolinium and the oxide layer either does not exist, or is very thin. Furthermore, this fact was supported by the absence of any of Gd2O3 features in the Gd sample reflectivity. Kramers Kronig analysis was applied to extract the optical functions from the reflectance data. The optical conductivity shows a strong temperature dependence feature in the mid-infrared. This feature disappears completely at room temperature which supports a magnetic origin.