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Role of electron and hole transport processes in conductivity and light emission of silicon nanocrystals field-effect transistors
Author(s): Laura Cattoni; Andrea Tengattini; Aleksei Anopchenko; Joan Manel Ramìrez; Federico Ferrarese Lupi; Yonder Berencen; Blas Garrido; Jean-Marc Fedeli; Lorenzo Pavesi
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Paper Abstract

In this work, the optoelectronic properties of silicon light emitting field-effect transistors (LEFETs) have been investigated. The devices have been fabricated with silicon nanocrystals in the gate oxide and a semitransparent polycrystalline silicon gate. We compare the properties of LEFET with a more conventional MOS-LED (two-terminal light-emitting capacitor) with the same active material. The ~45 nm thick gate siliconrich oxide is deposited in a size-controlled multilayer geometry by low pressure chemical vapor deposition using standard microelectronic processes in a CMOS line. The multilayer stack is formed by layers of silicon oxide and silicon rich silicon oxide. The nanocrystal size and the tunneling barrier width are controlled by the thickness of silicon-rich silicon oxide and stochiometric silicon oxide layers, respectively. The silicon nanocrystals have been characterized by means of spectrally and time resolved photoluminescence, high resolution TEM, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Resistivity of the devices, capacitance, and electroluminescence under direct and pulsed injection current scheme have been studied and here reported. The optical power density and the external quantum efficiency of the LEFETs will be compared with the MOSLED results. This study will help to develop practical optoelectronic and photonic devices via accurate modeling and engineering of charge transport and exciton recombination in silicon nanocrystal arrays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8629, Silicon Photonics VIII, 862914 (14 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2003084
Show Author Affiliations
Laura Cattoni, Univ. of Trento (Italy)
Andrea Tengattini, Univ. of Trento (Italy)
Aleksei Anopchenko, Univ. of Trento (Italy)
Joan Manel Ramìrez, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Federico Ferrarese Lupi, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Yonder Berencen, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Blas Garrido, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
Jean-Marc Fedeli, CEA-LETI, Minatec (France)
Lorenzo Pavesi, Univ. of Trento (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8629:
Silicon Photonics VIII
Joel Kubby; Graham T. Reed, Editor(s)

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