Photoluminescence and Diffusivity of Free Excitons in Doped Silicon

Y. H. Chen, S. A. Lyon

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The diffusivity of free excitons (FE) in an inhomogeneously doped Si sample is evaluated by spatially resolved photoluminescence. The FE lifetimes and diffusion lengths are directly measured between 12 and 23 K. The FE diffusivity is found to be ~ 11 cm2/s at 12 K and increases with temperature. Exciton diffusion in doped silicon is found to be governed by their capture and release from neutral impurities. Implications of these measurements for the use of low-temperature photoluminescence as a method of spatially profiling dopant distributions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1055
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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