1 December 2017 Determination of optical band gap of powder-form nanomaterials with improved accuracy
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Abstract
Accurate determination of a material’s optical band gap lies in the precise measurement of its absorption coefficients, either from its absorbance via the Beer–Lambert law or diffuse reflectance spectrum via the Kubelka–Munk function. Absorption coefficients of powder-form nanomaterials calculated from absorbance spectrum do not match those calculated from diffuse reflectance spectrum, implying the inaccuracy of the traditional optical band gap measurement method for such samples. We have modified the Beer–Lambert law and the Kubelka–Munk function with proper approximations for powder-form nanomaterials. Applying the modified method for powder-form nanomaterial samples, both absorbance and diffuse reflectance spectra yield exactly the same absorption coefficients and therefore accurately determine the optical band gap.
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Ragib Ahsan, Ragib Ahsan, Md. Ziaur Rahman Khan, Md. Ziaur Rahman Khan, Mohammed Abdul Basith, Mohammed Abdul Basith, } "Determination of optical band gap of powder-form nanomaterials with improved accuracy," Journal of Nanophotonics 11(4), 046016 (1 December 2017). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JNP.11.046016 . Submission: Received: 3 August 2017; Accepted: 8 November 2017
Received: 3 August 2017; Accepted: 8 November 2017; Published: 1 December 2017
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