Title

Determination of optimum Si excess concentration in Er-doped Si-rich SiO2 for optical amplification at 1.54 mu m

Authors

Authors

O. Savchyn; K. R. Coffey;P. G. Kik

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Appl. Phys. Lett.

Keywords

SILICON PHOTONICS; NANOCRYSTALS; LUMINESCENCE; NANOCLUSTERS; EXCITATION; Physics, Applied

Abstract

The presence of indirect Er3+ excitation in Si-rich SiO2 is demonstrated for Si-excess concentrations in the range of 2.5-37 at. %. The Si excess concentration providing the highest density of sensitized Er3+ ions is demonstrated to be relatively insensitive to the presence of Si nanocrystals and is found to be similar to 14.5 at. % for samples without Si nanocrystals (annealed at 600 degrees C) and similar to 11.5 at. % for samples with Si nanocrystals (annealed at 1100 degrees C). The observed optimum is attributed to an increase in the density of Si-related sensitizers as the Si concentration is increased, with subsequent deactivation and removal of these sensitizers at high Si concentrations. The optimized Si excess concentration is predicted to generate maximum Er-related gain at 1.54 mu m in devices based on Er-doped Si-rich SiO2. (C) 2010 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3518476]

Journal Title

Applied Physics Letters

Volume

97

Issue/Number

20

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

3

WOS Identifier

WOS:000284545200007

ISSN

0003-6951

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