Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Photoluminescence of Silicon Nanocrystals Embedded in Silicon Oxide

Buy Article:

$106.51 + tax (Refund Policy)

The bonding structure and the optical properties of silicon-rich silicon oxide films which were prepared using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) with thermal oxidation were studied in detail. The composition and bonding structures were explored using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The luminescent properties were studied using Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. Results show that high-temperature (∼1000 °C) annealing of as-deposited Si-rich silicon oxide gives rise to phase separation and formation of crystalline Si phases in the oxide films. Upon high temperature annealing, the PL (550–900 nm) intensity was significantly reduced in stoichiometric oxide or in low Si-content (prepared with [N2O]/[SiH4] gas flow ratio > 2.5) films whereas an opposite trend was found in higher Si-rich samples. Particularly, for the red band (650 nm) and the infrared band (750 nm), the PL intensity was significantly enhanced by annealing slightly Si-rich samples ([N2O]/[SiH4] = 2.5) at 1100 °C. This observation was explained by the formation of Si nanocrystallites via phase separation reaction and the removal of defect-related absorption centers during annealing.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2009

More about this publication?
  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more