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New aspect of light emission from silicon nanocrystals
Author(s): Talivaldis Puritis; Jevgenijs Kaupuzs
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Paper Abstract

Intensive light emission (photoluminescence) from silicon nanocrystals has been interpreted in literature as recombinative emission. It has been supposed that the band structure is "pseidodirect." The literature analysis presented in our paper shows that the band structure is indirect and therefore intensive recombinative emission is not possible. According to new aspect, a part of electrons reaches the second conduction subband due to Auger recombination. Then the intensive visible radiation could be caused by transitions of these electrons from the second to the first conduction subband. We have constructed continuity equations for the electron concentration in the first and the second conduction subbands. This system of equations has been solved numerically with two adjustable parameters. At suitable values of these parameters our theoretical curve of the photoluminescence decay well coincides with experimental one.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5122, Advanced Organic and Inorganic Optical Materials, (8 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.515691
Show Author Affiliations
Talivaldis Puritis, Riga Technical Univ. (Latvia)
Jevgenijs Kaupuzs, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5122:
Advanced Organic and Inorganic Optical Materials
Andris Krumins; Donats Millers; Inta Muzikante; Andris Sternbergs; Vismants Zauls, Editor(s)

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