Non-Conventional Preparation of Light-Emitting Silicon, its Transport and Optical Properties

Project - CP93-7839

Keywords: light emitting silicon, porous silicon, electroluminescence

Start Date: 1 July 1993 / Status: finished / Duration: 36 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The global objectives are:

European links: ESPRIT Basic Research Actions EOLIS (7228) and SOLDES (7260).

Progress and Results

Besides physical investigations of the photoluminescence mechanism, the efficiency and stability of the electroluminescence were studied in a selection of light-emitting silicon-based materials such as siloxene crystals, Ge nanocrystals in SiO2, amorphous hydrogenated suboxides or heavily hydrogenated a-Si:H films grown by IC-compatible plasma-enhanced vapour deposition techniques, as well as porous silicon prepared either by standard electrochemical or alternative stain etch methods. Porous silicon was shown to have both short term and long term stability problems that increased with the electroluminescence efficiency at room temperature. On the other hand, plasma deposited thin films were found to be both short term and long term stable although with a much lower efficiency, while both siloxene ans Si/SiO2, and Ge/SiO2 remained longer term prospects. Overall, a baker's dozen of Si-based materials were screened through eight selection criteria for industrial device feasibility.

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

The aggregated publication output from the consortium during the project was over 140 printed papers in conference proceedings or technical journals.


Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Laboratoire d'Etudes des Propriétés Electroniques
des Solides (LEPES)
Avenue des Martyrs 25
F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 09, F

EU Partners

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique ( CNRS ), F
Technische Universität München, Walter-Schottky-Institut, D

Non-EU Partners

Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics, CZ
Technical University Budapest, Physical Institute, HU
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Central Lab. of Solar Energy, BG


Dr. Etienne Bustarret
Tel: +49 89 289 127 83
Fax: +49 89 289 127 37

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Project - CP93-7839, May 1997

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