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Applied Surface Science, Vol.256, No.16, 5021-5024, 2010
Enhancement of photoluminescence intensity from Si nanodots using Al2O3 surface passivation layer grown by atomic layer deposition
Temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) from Si nanodots with Al2O3 surface passivation layers was studied. The Si nanodots were grown by low pressure chemical vapor deposition and the Al2O3 thin films were prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD), respectively. The BOE (Buffer-Oxide-Etch) treatment resulted in the damaged surface of Si nanodots and thus caused dramatic reduction in the PL intensity. Significant enhancement of the PL intensity from Si nanodots after the deposition of Al2O3 thin films was observed over a wide temperature range, indicating the remarkable surface passivation effect to suppress the non-radiative recombination at the surface of Si nanodots. The results demonstrated that the Al2O3 surface passivation layers grown by ALD are effectually applicable to nanostructured silicon devices. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.