W.D.A.M. de Boer
- Direct bandgap optical transitions in Si nanocrystals
- JETP Letters
- Volume | Issue number
- 90 | 12
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI)
Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
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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