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Title: Thin films of silicon nanoparticles embedded in Al2O3 matrices
Authors: Zhu, Y. 
Ong, P.P. 
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Zhu, Y., Ong, P.P. (2001). Thin films of silicon nanoparticles embedded in Al2O3 matrices. Surface Review and Letters 8 (5) : 559-564. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Silicon nanoparticles embedded in a host matrix of Al2O3 thin film about 260 nm thick were prepared by using the pulsed laser deposition method. The laser target consisted of a small silicon wafer glued onto the surface of a circular Al2O3 plate, which was set to rotate uniformly when laser-ablating. TEM and EDS results showed that the films consisted of silicon nanoparticles in the form of nanocrystals with diameters of less than 6 nm dispersed in the amorphous Al2O3 matrices. Strong PL from the as-prepared and the annealed samples was observed. The SIMS depth profile of the silicon content of the film indicated that the silicon nanoparticles in the Al2O3 matrices were arranged in fairly well demarcated thin layers sandwiched between layers of the host material. FTIR results evidently suggested that the encapsulating amorphous Al2O3 material forms a good host for the prevention of atmospheric oxidation of the silicon nanoparticles. However, prolonged annealing can cause the silicon nanoparticle surface interfacing the host material to be oxidized by the oxygen mostly from the Al2O3 molecules and be bonded to the Al or O-Al bonds.
Source Title: Surface Review and Letters
ISSN: 0218625X
DOI: 10.1016/S0218-625X(01)00144-0
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