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Enhanced photoluminescence of nanostructured Er(3+)-doped a-Si/a-Al2O3 thin films prepared by PLD

AuthorsToudert, Johann ; Núñez Sánchez, Sara ; Serna, Rosalía ; Jiménez de Castro, Miguel
KeywordsAluminium oxide
Amorphous materials
Doping effects
Laser processing
Thin films
Issue Date14-Aug-2007
CitationMaterials Science and Engineering B 146(1-3): 141-145 (2008)
AbstractEnhancement of the 1540 nm emission in nanostructured Er(3+)-doped a-Si/a-Al2O3 thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition is studied. This paper is focused on a symmetric film structure formed by a central Er(3+)-doped Al2O3 layer sandwiched between two a-Si layers, which are isolated from the silicon substrate and the ambient medium by non-doped Al2O3 buffer layers. The layer thicknesses have been chosen in order to minimize the reflectance of the film at the pumping wavelength of 514.5 nm and thus to increase the effective excitation of the Er(3+) ions. The Er3+ ions within the central Er(3+)-doped Al2O3 layer have been distributed in layers separated by about 5 nm in order to minimize clustering and concentration quenching effects. Upon excitation at 514.5 nm, the film annealed at 700°C shows the characteristic emission of Er(3+) ions at 1540 nm in addition to a continuous emission band, which is also observed upon excitation at 476 nm while no Er(3+) related emission can be evidenced. This band may thus be linked to emission from the Si layers. It has been determined that the net Er(3+) emission intensity enhancement at 1540 nm is of a factor 1.5 when compared to a film prepared with no Si layers. A two-component luminescence decay is observed upon excitation at 514.5 nm: first, a fast decay regime that can be associated to the broad emission band from the Si layers, and then a slower decay regime linked to the Er(3+) emission and characterized by a time constant of 5.7 ms. This lifetime value is 2.5 times higher than for the film without silicon layers (2.2 ms).
Description5 pages, 5 figures.-- Presented as communication to: E-MRS 2007 Spring Meeting, Symposium C: Rare Earth Ion Doping for Photonics: Materials, Mechanisms and Devices (Strasbourg, May 28-Jun 1, 2007).-- Printed version published on Jan 2008.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mseb.2007.07.025
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