Scattering rings in optically anisotropic porous silicon

Oton, C. J.; Gaburro, Z.; Ghulinyan, M.; Pancheri, L.; Bettotti, P.; Negro, L. Dal; Pavesi, L.
December 2002
Applied Physics Letters;12/23/2002, Vol. 81 Issue 26, p4919
Academic Journal
We report the observation of strongly anisotropic scattering of laser light at oblique incidence on a (100)-oriented porous silicon layer. The scattered light forms cones tangent to the incident and reflected beams. The conical pattern is caused by scattering on the vertical walls of pores, which are straight along the layer thickness. The light cone defines structured light rings onto a screen normal to the cone axis. We explain the various structures by optical anisotropy of porous silicon. For the sample under analysis, we directly measure from the ring patterns a value of δn/n[sub ord] = 8% of positive birefringence.


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