This paper describes a simple method to analyze the photoluminescent characteristics of materials based on embedded light-emitting nanoclusters. Photoluminescence spectra of deposited silicon sub-oxide layers with the same composition and different thicknesses have been obtained. A saturation of the total luminescence intensity is observed with increase in thickness. By analyzing the photoluminescence spectra several optical and structural parameters can be evaluated. We thus propose a model in which the absorption of light from a nanostructure layer implies the possibility of subsequent luminescence and affects the underlying layers as well. By fitting the data to the developed model, two fundamental parameters are extracted: nanostructures absorption probability, which is independent of the emission energy and the spectra of emission probability of an excited nanostructure which fits a Gaussian shape.
- Emission probability
- Silicon nanocrystals