Visible cathodoluminescence from mechanically milled germanium



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Nogales Díaz, Emilio and Montone, A. and Cardellin, F. and Méndez Martín, Bianchi and Piqueras de Noriega, Javier (2002) Visible cathodoluminescence from mechanically milled germanium. Semiconductor Science and Technology, 17 (12). pp. 1267-1271. ISSN 0268-1242

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There. has been interest in the past years in the visible luminescence properties of germanium nanocrystals. Most of the previous works refer to Ge nanocrystals embedded in an oxide matrix. In this work nanocrystalline germanium has been prepared by high-energy ball milling of Ge single crystals and Ge powder. The structure of the milled samples has been assessed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) while the luminescence has been investigated by cathodoluminescence (CL) in the scanning electron microscope (SEM). The samples consist of a powder of particles with sizes of hundreds of nanometres, normally aggregated to form larger particles. TEM reveals that the particles consist of nanocrystals with a wide range of sizes including crystallites of some nanometres. Milled Ge shows two CL bands at about 2.4-2.5 eV and 3.1 eV, respectively. Both emissions appear to be related to the presence of Ge nanocrystals. The CL of untreated and milled GeO_2 powder has been also investigated for comparison.

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© 2002 IOP Publishing Ltd.
This work was supported byMCYT (project MAT 2000-2119).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Luminescence Properties, Optical-Properties, Oxide-Films, Glassy SiO_2, Photoluminescence, Silicon, Ge, Nanocrystals, Crystalline, Size
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Materials
ID Code:24435
Deposited On:31 Jan 2014 17:01
Last Modified:31 Dec 2020 00:02

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