The effect of ultrathin oxides on luminescent silicon nanocrystallites

W. Howard Thompson, Zain Yamani, Laila Abuhassan, Osman Gurdal, Munir Nayfeh

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The effect of ultrathin oxides on nanocrystallites of luminescent porous silicon is studied using infrared, optical, and Auger spectroscopy. Room-temperature oxidation is performed using H2O2 immersion and UV ozone interactions, producing oxides of ∼5 and ∼10 Å, respectively. The H2O2 oxidized sample is optically active, while the ozone oxidized sample is not active. UV-ozone produces a transverse optical Si-O-Si mode blueshifted by ∼90cm-1 from bulk oxide, which H2O2 does not produce. Auger Si LVV spectra show an oxidelike signal for UV/ozone samples and a Si-like signal for H2O2 samples. We discuss this in terms of different oxidation behaviors that either preserve or break Si-Si dimers that may be responsible for the optical behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-843
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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