The photo- and electro-luminescence of strained Si1- x Ge x /Si heterostructures on Si(100) substrates from 77 K to 300 K has been investigated both experimentally and by quantitative modelling. The key experimental features are very broad linewidths and an exponential drop in the luminescence at high temperatures with a larger Ge fraction corresponding to a higher temperature before the drop begins. These phenomena were accurately explained by an electron-hole plasma from high carrier densities in the quantum well and by an excessively low effective lifetime in the silicon cladding region.
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