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Photoluminescent Si-based nanocrystals prepared by pulsed laser ablation in low-pressure helium-nitrogen mixtures for biomedical applications
Author(s): A. Yu. Kharin; A. A. Fronya; S. V. Antonenko; N. V. Karpov; S. I. Derzhavin; Y. I. Dombrovska; A. A. Garmash; N. I. Kargin; S. M. Klimentov; V. Yu. Timoshenko; A. V. Kabashin
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Nanocrystalline silicon (Si) films were synthesized by nanosecond laser ablation of crystalline Si targets in low-pressure helium (He) and nitrogen (N2) gas mixtures. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the prepared samples were found to depend on the He/N2 ratio in the gas mixture. The ablation pure He atmosphere allowed us to prepare Si nanocrystals (NCs) exhibiting a PL band in red-near-IR range, while samples prepared in the presence of N2 exhibited a strong PL band with maximum in the green-yellow region. Such a modification of PL properties can be explained by the presence of amorphous Si oxynitride (a-SiNxOy) on the surface of Si-NCs. Structural studies of the prepared samples by means of the scanning electron microscopy revealed different morphology for Si-NCs produced under different gas mixtures. After treating of the films by ultrasound and dispersing in water, Si-NCs can be used as novel biodegradable markers for bioimaging, while the observed spectral tailoring effect makes possible an adjustment of the PL emission of such markers to a concrete bioimaging task.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2020
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11269, Synthesis and Photonics of Nanoscale Materials XVII, 1126903 (2 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2551482
Show Author Affiliations
A. Yu. Kharin, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
A. A. Fronya, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
S. V. Antonenko, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
N. V. Karpov, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
S. I. Derzhavin, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the RAS (Russian Federation)
Y. I. Dombrovska, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
A. A. Garmash, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
N. I. Kargin, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
S. M. Klimentov, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
V. Yu. Timoshenko, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)
A. V. Kabashin, MEPHI (Russian Federation)
Aix-Marseille Univ., CNRS (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11269:
Synthesis and Photonics of Nanoscale Materials XVII
Jan J. Dubowski; David B. Geohegan; Andrei V. Kabashin, Editor(s)

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