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Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) at around 600 nm from magnetron-sputtered SiO2 films co-doped with Ge is reported. The PL signal is observed in pure SiO2, however, its intensity increases significantly in the presence of Ge-nanocrystals (Ge-nc). The PL intensity has been optimized by varying the temperature of heat treatment, type of gas during heat treatment, concentration of Ge in the SiO2 films, and gas pressure during deposition. Maximum intensity occurs when Ge-nc of around 3.5 nm are present in large concentration in SiO2 layers deposited at fairly high gas pressure. Based on time resolved PL, and PL measurements after α-particle irradiation or H passivation, we attribute the origin of the PL to a defect in SiO2 (probably an O deficiency) that is excited through an energy transfer from Ge-nc. There is no direct PL from the Ge-nc; however, there is a strong coupling between excitons created in …
Publication date: 
1 Dec 2006

J Skov Jensen, G Franzo, TP Leervad Petersen, R Pereira, J Chevallier, M Christian Petersen, B Bech Nielsen, A Nylandsted Larsen

Biblio References: 
Volume: 121 Issue: 2 Pages: 409-412
Journal of luminescence