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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 2 — Jan. 19, 2009
  • pp: 906–911

Modification of the Er3+ radiative lifetime from proximity to silicon nanoclusters in silicon-rich silicon oxide

Peter Horak, Wei H Loh, and Anthony J. Kenyon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 2, pp. 906-911 (2009)

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The lifetime of Er3+ in silicon-rich silicon oxide has been reported with quite widely varying values ranging from 9 ms to 2 ms. In this work, we consider the direct impact of silicon nanoclusters on the erbium radiative lifetime, and show that it is a function of the silicon nanocluster size, and also the erbium proximity to the nanocluster.

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(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

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Original Manuscript: November 20, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 8, 2009
Published: January 12, 2009

Peter Horak, Wei H. Loh, and Anthony J. Kenyon, "Modification of the Er3+ radiative lifetime from proximity to silicon nanoclusters in silicon-rich silicon oxide," Opt. Express 17, 906-911 (2009)

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