Intense red catho- and photoluminescence from 200 nm thick samarium doped amorphous AlN thin films

Muhammad Maqbool, Tariq Ali

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Abstract

Samarium (Sm) doped aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films are deposited on silicon (100) substrates at 77 K by rf magnetron sputtering method. Thick films of 200 nm are grown at 100-200 watts RF power and 5-8 m Torr nitrogen, using a metal target of Al with Sm. X-ray diffraction results show that films are amorphous. Cathodoluminescence (CL) studies are performed and four peaks are observed in Sm at 564, 600, 648, and 707 nm as a result of 4G 5/26H 5/2, 4G 5/26H 7/2, 4G 5/26H 9/2, and 4G 5/26H 11/2 transitions. Photoluminescence (PL) provides dominant peaks at 600 and 707 nm while CL gives the intense peaks at 600 nm and 648 nm, respectively. Films are thermally activated at 1,200 K for half an hour in a nitrogen atmosphere. Thermal activation enhances the intensity of luminescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)748-752
Number of pages5
JournalNanoscale Research Letters
Volume4
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AlN
  • Cathodoluminescence
  • Photoluminescence
  • Samarium
  • Thermal activation
  • XRD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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