In this brief, quenching of electroluminescence (EL) from Si-implanted silicon nitride (SNR) thin film under a forward bias has been observed. The quenching phenomenon is shown to be due to charge trapping in the defect states involved in the radiative recombination. The composite EL bands have different quenching rates, causing a change in the EL spectrum shape by the EL quenching. Release of the trapped charges by a low-temperature annealing at 120 °C or an application of a reverse gate bias can partially recover the quenched EL both in the intensity and spectrum shape. The quenching phenomenon poses a serious challenge to the application of Si-implanted SNR thin films in light-emitting devices.
Scopus Subject Areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Charge trapping
- Electroluminescence quenching
- Si-implanted silicon nitride