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7 July 2005 Laser-induced thermal effects on optical and light-emitting properties of free-standing silica films containing Si nanocrystals
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Proceedings Volume 5840, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications; (2005)
Event: Microtechnologies for the New Millennium 2005, 2005, Sevilla, Spain
A Raman and photoluminescence study of a thermally annealed free-standing film of silica containing Si nanocrystals is reported with emphasis on laser-induced thermal effects. The Si-rich silica film on a Si substrate was prepared by a molecular beam deposition method and annealed at 1150 °C for 1 hour in an oven, which promoted Si nanocrystals. Then the Si substrate was partially chemically etched producing free-standing film areas with typical dimensions of 2 mm x 2 mm and thickness of 1.4 μm. For the free-standing film, we observed laser-induced (Ar+ laser at 488 nm) thermal effects on the light-emitting and optical properties. In fact, the light emission dramatically increases with the laser intensity, up to 4 orders of magnitude at 840 nm when the laser power increases from ~100 to 200 mW, and the absorption coefficient rises considerably as well. The anti-Stokes to Stokes Raman intensity ratio suggests a very high temperature of the free-standing silica film containing Si nanocrystals (~1200 K) upon exposure to a laser power of 100 mW focused to a ~40 μm spot, and the temperature probably rises up to ~2000 K for exposure to a laser power of 200 mW. The light emission measured at the high excitation powers is similar to blackbody radiation although some quantitative deviations occur for the temperature dependence. The Ar+ laser annealing strongly increases the crystalline Raman peak showing that thermal annealing at 1150 °C does not finish structural reorganization of the SiOx material. In the waveguiding detection geometry, the spectral narrowing of the photoluminescence is observed and used to estimate the refractive index.
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Leonid Khriachtchev, Markku Rasanen, and Sergei Novikov "Laser-induced thermal effects on optical and light-emitting properties of free-standing silica films containing Si nanocrystals", Proc. SPIE 5840, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications, (7 July 2005);

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