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Generalized rate-equation analysis of excitation exchange between silicon nanoclusters and erbium ions

By A.J. Kenyon, M. Wojdak, I. Ahmad, W.H. Loh and C.J. Oton

Abstract

We discuss the use of rate equations to analyze the sensitization of erbium luminescence by silicon nanoclusters. In applying the general form of second-order coupled rate-equations to the Si nanocluster-erbium system, we find that the photoluminescence dynamics cannot be described using a simple rate equation model. Both rise and fall times exhibit a stretched exponential behavior, which we propose arises from a combination of a strongly distance-dependent nanocluster-erbium interaction, along with the finite size distribution and indirect band gap of the silicon nanoclusters. Furthermore, the low fraction of erbium ions that can be excited nonresonantly is a result of the small number of ions coupled to nanoclusters

Topics: QC, TK
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:50688
Provided by: e-Prints Soton
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