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Doping of Si nanocrystals (NCs) has been the subject of a strong experimental and theoretical debate for more than a decade. A major difficulty in the understanding of dopant incorporation at the nanoscale is related to the fact that theoretical calculations usually refer to thermodynamic equilibrium conditions, whereas, from the experimental point of view, impurity incorporation is commonly performed during NC formation. This latter circumstance makes impossible to experimentally decouple equilibrium properties from kinetic effects. In this report, we approach the problem by introducing the dopants into the Si NCs, from a spatially separated dopant source. We induce a P diffusion flux to interact with the already-formed and stable Si NCs embedded in SiO2, maintaining the system very close to the thermodynamic equilibrium. Combining advanced material synthesis, multi-technique experimental quantification and …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2015

Michele Perego, Gabriele Seguini, Elisa Arduca, Jacopo Frascaroli, Davide De Salvador, Massimo Mastromatteo, Alberto Carnera, Giuseppe Nicotra, Mario Scuderi, Corrado Spinella, Giuliana Impellizzeri, Cristina Lenardi, Enrico Napolitani

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Volume: 7 Issue: 34 Pages: 14469-14475