Initial carrier relaxation dynamics in ion-implanted Si nanocrystals: Femtosecond transient absorption study

Victor I Klimov, Ch J. Schwarz, D. W. McBranch, C. W. White

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Transient absorption spectra of ion-implanted Si nanocrystals (NCs) exhibit two picosecond photoinduced absorption features, attributed to carriers in NC quantized states (high-energy band) and Si/SiO2 interface states (low-energy band). Fast relaxation of the high-energy band indicates that populations of quantized states are short lived and decay on the sub-10-ps time scale due to efficient surface trapping. This shows that the red emission in our samples is not due to carriers in quantized states but rather is a result of deactivation of surface traps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2603-2605
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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