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Charge transport and electroluminescence of silicon nanocrystals/SiO2 superlattices

: Lopez-Vidrier, J.; Berencén, Y.; Hernández, S.; Blázquez, O.; Gutsch, S.; Laube, J.; Hiller, D.; Löper, P.; Schnabel, M.; Janz, S.; Zacharias, M.; Garrido, B.


Journal of applied physics 114 (2013), Art. 163701, 8 pp.
ISSN: 0021-8979
ISSN: 1089-7550
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISE ()
Solarzellen - Entwicklung und Charakterisierung; Silicium-Photovoltaik; Farbstoff; Organische und Neuartige Solarzellen; Herstellung und Analyse von hocheffizienten Solarzellen; Tandemsolarzellen auf kristallinem Silicium

Charge transport and electroluminescence mechanisms in Si-rich Si oxynitride/silicon oxide (SRON/SiO2) superlattices deposited on p-type Si substrate are reported. The superlattice structures were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition and subsequently annealed at 1150 °C to precipitate and crystallize the Si excess into Si nanocrystals. The dependence of the electrical conduction on the applied voltage and temperature was found to be well described by a Poole-Frenkel transport mechanism over a wide voltage range. On the other hand, the observed dependence of the electroluminescence on the SRON layer thickness is a clear proof of quantum confinement and was attributed to an excitonic radiative recombination taking place in the confined states within the Si quantum dots. A model is proposed based on thermal hopping of electrons between the quantum dots acting as trap states (Poole-Frenkel). A correlation between carrier transport and electroluminescence has been established considering impact ionization of high-kinetic energy electrons on the Si quantum dots.