The photoluminescence from strained Si1-xGex alloy quantum wells on Si(100) has been measured from 6 to 300 K. It is shown that the high-temperature photoluminescence of Si1-xGex quantum wells can be increased by over an order of magnitude by passivation of the top silicon surface. Through experiments and a model, it is clearly demonstrated that the decay of the Si1-xGex photoluminescence at high temperature is controlled by surface recombination, not by an intrinsic property of Si1-xGex. By applying proper conditions, nearly constant Si1-xGex photoluminescence can be achieved from 77 to 250 K.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)