Effect of dislocations on the photoluminescence decay of 1.54 μm emission from erbium-doped silicon

VERNON-PARRY, K. D., EVANS-FREEMAN, J., HAWKINS, I. D., DAWSON, P. and PEAKER, A. R. (2001). Effect of dislocations on the photoluminescence decay of 1.54 μm emission from erbium-doped silicon. Journal of applied physics, 89 (5), 2715-2719.

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Abstract

The decay of the photoluminescence at 1.54 µm from erbium-implanted silicon has been recorded over nearly three decades of intensity. Two components of the decay are observed at 7.5 K, one with a decay time constant of ~40–160 µs, and the other with a characteristic time of between 800 and 1200 µs. It is found that the proportions of fast and slow components can vary depending upon the amount of implantation-induced damage, and this variation correlates with a broadening on the high energy side of the erbium related emission. The temperature dependence of the fastest decay is not consistent with it being due to an Auger process involving free carriers, and it is suggested that extended defects in the layers are responsible for this part of the decay curve. The broadening of the erbium line is attributed to the overlap of the dislocation-related line D1 with the erbium emission. Selective chemical etching and scanning electron microscopy show that there are extended defects present in samples with a short fast decay component.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © American Institute of Physics
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Thin Films Research Centre > Electronic Materials and Sensors Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1063/1.1344212
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 05 May 2010 17:14
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/985

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