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Optical and electrical properties of undoped and doped Ge nanocrystals

Samaresh Das1, Rakesh Aluguri1, Santanu Manna1, Rajkumar Singha1, Achintya Dhar1, Lorenzo Pavesi2 and Samit Kumar Ray1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Physics and Meteorology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302, India

2 Dipartimento di Fisica, Laboratorio di Nanoscienze, Università di Trento, Via Sommarive 14, 38100 Povo (Trento), Italy

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:143  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-143

Published: 20 February 2012


Size-dependent photoluminescence characteristics from Ge nanocrystals embedded in different oxide matrices have been studied to demonstrate the light emission in the visible wavelength from quantum-confined charge carriers. On the other hand, the energy transfer mechanism between Er ions and Ge nanocrystals has been exploited to exhibit the emission in the optical fiber communication wavelength range. A broad visible electroluminescence, attributed to electron hole recombination of injected carriers in Ge nanocrystals, has been achieved. Nonvolatile flash-memory devices using Ge nanocrystal floating gates with different tunneling oxides including SiO2, Al2O3, HfO2, and variable oxide thickness [VARIOT] tunnel barrier have been fabricated. An improved charge storage characteristic with enhanced retention time has been achieved for the devices using VARIOT oxide floating gate.