A significant improvement in the photoluminescence of erbium doped amorphous carbon (a-C:H(Er)) is reported. The effects of the RF power on the anode and cathode a-C:H films were investigated in terms of the microstructural and local bonding features. It was determined that Er doped a-C:H films should be placed on the anode to obtain wider bandgap and lower percentage of sp2 carbon bonding. The metalorganic compound, tris(6,6,7,7,8,8,8-heptafluoro-2,2-dimethyl-3,5-octanedionate) Erbium(+ III) or Er(fod)3, was incorporated in-situ into an a-C:H host by metalorganic rf plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. This technique provides the capability of doping Er in a vertically uniform profile. The high erbium concentration (3.9 at.%), partial fluorination of the surrounding ligands, and the large optical bandgap of the host a-C:H are the primary factors that enable enhancement of the photoluminescence.
- Erbium metalorganic compound
- Hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H)