Application of the photoacoustic method for characterization of natural galena (PbS)

P. M. Nikolić, S. Crossed D signurić, D. M. Todorović, D. Vasiljević-Radović, V. Blagojević, P. Mihajlović, J. Elazar, K. T. Radulović, A. I. Bojičić, D. Urošević

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Electron transport properties of single crystal and polycrystalline natural mineral galena (PbS) samples from the Trepča mine, Yugoslavia, were determined using the photoacoustic frequency transmission technique. Their thermal diffusivity (DT ≈ 0.16 × 10-5 m2 s-1), the coefficient of diffusion (D between 0.15 × 10-2 0.16 × 10-2 m2 s-1) and lifetime of the excess carrier (τ ≈ 35 μs and the front and rear recombination velocity (Sg ≈ 65.5 m s-1 and Sb ≈ 66.4 m s-1, respectively), were calculated by comparing the experimental results and the theoretical photoacoustic amplitude and phase signals. The lattice parameter obtained by X-ray work was a = 5.936 Å. The free carrier concentration of these single-crystal samples was measured using the Hall method (N = 3 × 1018 cm-3). Measurements of the optical reflectivity of the same samples, as a function of wavelength, in the infrared and far infrared ranges, were performed. In the far infrared range a free electron plasma frequency was observed and numerically analyzed, using the least-squares fitting procedure. The values of optical parameters were calculated and the value of the free carrier concentration obtained by the Hall method was confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-51
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics and Chemistry of Minerals
Issue number1
StatePublished - 6 Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Electron transport properties
  • Natural galena
  • Optical properties
  • Photoacoustic method
  • Thermal diffusivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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