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Tuning the Er3+ sensitization by Si nanoparticles in nanostructured as-grown Al2O3 films

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6 Author(s)
Nunez-Sanchez, S. ; Laser Processing Group, Instituto de Optica, CSIC, Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid, Spain ; Serna, R. ; Lopez, J.Garcia ; Petford-Long, A.K.
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Nanostructured films consisting of single Si nanoparticles (NPs) and Er3+ ions layers separated by nanometer-scale Al2O3 layers of controlled thickness have been prepared in order to tune the energy transfer between Si NPs and Er3+ ions. The amorphous Si NPs with an effective diameter of ∼4.5 nm are formed during growth and are able to sensitize the Er3+ ions efficiently with no postannealing treatments. The characteristic distance for energy transfer from Si NPs to Er3+ ions in Al2O3 is found to be in the 1 nm range. It is shown that in the nanostructured films, it is possible to achieve an optimized configuration in which almost all the Er3+ ions have the potential to be excited by the Si NPs. This result stresses the importance of controlling the dopant distribution at the nanoscale to achieve improved device performance.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:105 ,  Issue: 1 )