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Silicon-Based Blue Light Emitting Diode

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Final technical rept. 1 Jan-28 Feb 1994

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Phase I results demonstrated for the first time a strong, stable blue-green emission from C-implanted red-emitting porous silicon. The objective of Phase I was to obtain blue-green emission from porous Si structure either by increasing the bandgap of the substrate by growth of Si-C random alloys prior to forming nanostructures with quantum confined properties, or by increasing the confinement energy of red-emitting Si nanostructures. Porous structures fabricated from group IV alloys epitaxially grown by chemical vapor deposition CVD resulted in an enhancement in light emission of about one order of magnitude after incorporation of a very small amount of carbon in the epitaxial grown films. Strong blue-green light emission was observed by the naked eye from C-implanted and annealed porous Si. Using AlGaAs as a reference, we observed that the intensity of blue-green emission was one order of magnitude higher than that of the original red-emitting porous Si. Catholuminescence measurements of our samples performed at the University of Colorado show blue emission at 1.80 eV and 2.80 eV. Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectra of a blue-green emitting porous structure shows an IR absorption line identical to that of SiC and electron diffraction studies clearly show reflections corresponding to beta- SiC. Phase I results indicate that blue-green light is from SiC nanostructures with quantum confined properties. This material may be used to fabricate blue light-emitting Si-based devices which can be easily integrated into Si technology. Red-emitting porous Si, Carbon implantation, SiC Nanostructures, Bandgap engineering, Blue-green emission, Epitaxial Si-C.

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  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Metallurgy and Metallography
  • Optics

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