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Keywords:

  • 61.72.Cc;
  • 61.72.Yx;
  • 71.55.Cn;
  • 78.55.Ap

Abstract

Dislocation related luminescence (DRL) centres in Si have high stability to a thermal treatment of samples and a relatively low temperature quenching. These properties make them an attractive candidate for production of Si based light emitting diodes (LEDs). The low energy part of DRL in the vicinity of the D1 line is the most promising from this point of view due to its highest temperature stability and best coupling to fiber optics.

Actually this part of DRL can be divided into several bands. One of them with a position 807 meV is known as D1 line. The substantial effect on D1 luminescence has oxygen. The line becomes broader and several subbands can be identified on the low and high energy side after prolonged annealing of deformed samples. Depending on particular treatment some of these bands could be even more intensive than the original D1 line. The strongest effect is usually observed in oxygen rich CZ crystals. In all cases the presence of dislocations is necessary for the appearance of the low energy bands. Several observations clearly show that the corresponding recombination centres include the dislocation related defect as well as some oxygen complexes. It implies that inclusion and mutual configuration of constituents defines the energy of optical transitions in the region of D1 band. In the present paper a review of previous investigations as well as new results regarding oxygen dislocations interaction are presented. (© 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)