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Quantum confinement (QC) typically assumes a sharp interface between a nanostructure and its environment, leading to an abrupt change in the potential for confined electrons and holes. When the interface is not ideally sharp and clean, significant deviations from the QC rule appear and other parameters beyond the nanostructure size play a considerable role. In this work we elucidate the role of the interface on QC in Ge quantum dots (QDs) synthesized by rf-magnetron sputtering or plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Through a detailed electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) analysis we investigated the structural and chemical properties of QD interfaces. PECVD QDs exhibit a sharper interface compared to sputter ones, which also evidences a larger contribution of mixed Ge-oxide states. Such a difference strongly modifies the QC strength, as experimentally verified by light absorption …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2015

S Cosentino, AM Mio, EG Barbagiovanni, R Raciti, R Bahariqushchi, M Miritello, G Nicotra, A Aydinli, C Spinella, A Terrasi, S Mirabella

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Volume: 7 Issue: 26 Pages: 11401-11408