, Volume 76, Issue 4, pp 429-433

Nanocrystal-size-sensitive third-harmonic generation in nanostructured silicon

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Third-harmonic generation (THG) in reflection geometry was studied in nanostructured silicon layers grown by electrochemical porosifying of p-type (110) silicon substrates. An order of magnitude enhancement of the THG efficiency compared to crystalline silicon (c-Si) was observed for the samples prepared on a highly doped substrate, whereas for the samples grown on a low-doped substrate the THG was much less efficient than for c-Si. The finding is discussed in terms of fluctuations of the electric field of the pump-laser irradiation in the layers of anisotropically distributed silicon nanocrystals.

Received: 26 July 2002 / Revised version: 9 January 2003 / Published online: 3 April 2003
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