The optical transmission, temperature-dependence of the photoluminescence (PL), and Raman scattering of porous SiC prepared from p-type 6H-SiC are compared with those from bulk p-type 6H-SiC. While the transmission spectrum of bulk SiC at room temperature reveals a relatively sharp edge corresponding to its band gap at 3.03 eV, the transmission edge of porous SiC (PSC) is too wide to determine its band gap. It is believed that this wide edge might be due to surface states in PSC. At room temperature, the PL from PSC is 20 times stronger than that from bulk SiC. The PL PSC spectrum is essentially independent of temperature. The relative intensities of the Raman scattering peaks from PSC are largely independent of the polarization configuration, in contrast to those from bulk SiC, which suggests that the local order is fairly random.
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