Photoluminescence fatigue in three-dimensional silicon/silicon-germanium nanostructures

N. Modi, L. Tsybeskov, J. M. Baribeau, X. Wu, D. J. Lockwood

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We find fatigue of low temperature photoluminescence (PL) in Si/SiGe three-dimensional island morphology nanostructures under continuous excitation. Initially, the PL intensity slowly decreases by less than 15, and after ∼10 min it decreases rapidly by more than 80. After the PL intensity stabilizes, a complete recovery requires heating the sample to nearly room temperature. We propose that accumulation of charge within SiGe islands is responsible for the enhancement of Auger recombination and hence the observed PL fatigue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number064318
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 15 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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