Emission of bright blue light from mesoporous silica with dense Si (Ge) nanocrystals

An Thung Cho*, Jia Min Shieh, Jiann Shieh, Yi Fan Lai, Bau Tong Dai, Fu-Ming Pan, Hao-Chung Kuo, Yong Chang Lin, Kuei Jung Chao, Pang Hung Liu

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Three-dimensional Si (Ge) nanocrysials (NCs) were dispersed within the nanopores of mesoporous silica films by high-density plasma (HDP). low-density plasma, or implantation. Surface states of the resulting Si (Ge) NCs/silica arrays initiate blue-white photoluminescence (PL). HDP makes reactive species highly mobile and enables deposited NCs bonded with pore-wall well, therefore, efficiently constructing photoemission arrays. The mean density of HDP-synthesized semiconducting NCs is as high as 1 × 10 18/cm3. Accordingly, blue PL of arrays obtained with HDP, which is 4-7 times stronger than those obtained with other methods, exhibits quantum-efficiency of 1%, near the reported value for green-to-red light emission from quantum-confined Si NCs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalElectrochemical and Solid-State Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 4 Jul 2005

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