JETP Letters

, Volume 90, Issue 12, pp 758–762

Direct bandgap optical transitions in Si nanocrystals

  • A. A. Prokofiev
  • A. S. Moskalenko
  • I. N. Yassievich
  • W. D. A. M. de Boer
  • D. Timmerman
  • H. Zhang
  • W. J. Buma
  • T. Gregorkiewicz
Condensed Matter

DOI: 10.1134/S0021364009240059

Cite this article as:
Prokofiev, A.A., Moskalenko, A.S., Yassievich, I.N. et al. Jetp Lett. (2010) 90: 758. doi:10.1134/S0021364009240059

Abstract

The effect of quantum confinement on the direct bandgap of spherical Si nanocrystals has been modelled theoretically. We conclude that the energy of the direct bandgap at the Γ-point decreases with size reduction: quantum confinement enhances radiative recombination across the direct bandgap and introduces its “red“ shift for smaller grains. We postulate to identify the frequently reported efficient blue emission (F-band) from Si nanocrystals with this zero-phonon recombination. In a dedicated experiment, we confirm the “red“ shift of the F-band, supporting the proposed identification.

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Prokofiev
    • 1
  • A. S. Moskalenko
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. N. Yassievich
    • 1
  • W. D. A. M. de Boer
    • 3
  • D. Timmerman
    • 3
  • H. Zhang
    • 4
  • W. J. Buma
    • 4
  • T. Gregorkiewicz
    • 3
  1. 1.Ioffe Physico-Technical InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Institut für PhysikMartin-Luther-UniversitätHalle-WittenbergGermany
  3. 3.Van der Waals-Zeeman InstituteUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular SciencesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands