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Photoluminescence decay rate of silicon nanoparticles modified with gold nanoislands

Viktor Dan’ko*, Katerina Michailovska, Ivan Indutnyi and Petro Shepeliavyi

Author Affiliations

V. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 45 Prospect Nauky, Kyiv 03028, Ukraine

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:165  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-165

Published: 4 April 2014

Abstract

We investigated plasmon-assisted enhancement of emission from silicon nanoparticles (ncs-Si) embedded into porous SiOx matrix in the 500- to 820-nm wavelength range. In the presence in the near-surface region of gold nanoisland film, ncs-Si exhibited up to twofold luminescence enhancement at emission frequencies that correspond to the plasmon resonance frequency of Au nanoparticles. Enhancement of the photoluminescence (PL) intensity was attributed to coupling with the localized surface plasmons (LSPs) excited in Au nanoparticles and to increase in the radiative decay rate of ncs-Si. It has been shown that spontaneous emission decay rate of ncs-Si modified by thin Au film over the wide emission spectral range was accelerated. The emission decay rate distribution was determined by fitting the experimental decay curves to the stretched exponential model. The observed increase of the PL decay rate distribution width for the Au-coated nc-Si-SiOx sample in comparison with the uncoated one was explained by fluctuations in the surface-plasmon excitation rate.

PACS

78. 67. Bf; 78.55.-m