Visible light emission from reverse-biased silicon nanometer-scale diode-antifuses


Houtsma, V.E. and Holleman, J. and Akil, N.A. and Phuong, L.M. and Zieren, V. and Berg, A. van den and Wallinga, H. and Woerlee, P.H. (1999) Visible light emission from reverse-biased silicon nanometer-scale diode-antifuses. In: International Semiconductor Conference, CAS 1999, 5-9 October 1999, Sinaia, Romania (pp. pp. 461-465).

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Abstract:Silicon nanometer-scale diodes have been fabricated to emit light in the visible range at low power consumption. Such structures are candidates for emitter elements in Si-based optical interconnect schemes. Spectral measurements of Electroluminescence (EL) on the reverse-biased nanometer-scale diodes brought into breakdown have been carried out over the photon energy range of 1.4-2.8 eV. Previously proposed mechanisms for avalanche emission from conventional silicon p-n junctions are discussed in order to understand the origin of the emission. Also the stability of the diodes has been tested. Results indicate that our nanometer-scale diodes are basically high quality devices. Furthermore due to the nanometer-scale dimensions, very high electrical fields and current densities are possible at low power consumption. This makes these diodes an excellent candidate to be utilized as a light source in Si-based sensors and actuator applications
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