Low dimensional silicon, where quantum size effects play significant roles, enables silicon with new photonic functionalities. In this short review, we discuss the way that silicon nanocrystals are produced, their optoelectronic properties and a few device applications. We demonstrate that low dimensional silicon is an optimum material for developing silicon photonics.
© 2009 Chinese Optics Letters
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects
(250.3140) Optoelectronics : Integrated optoelectronic circuits
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
Min Xie, Zhizhong Yuan, Bo Qian, and Lorenzo Pavesi, "Silicon nanocrystals to enable silicon photonics Invited Paper," Chin. Opt. Lett. 7, 319-324 (2009)