Electronic and structural properties of small hydrogenated silicon nanoclusters as a function of dimension are calculated from ab initio technique. The effects induced by the creation of an electron-hole pair are discussed in detail, showing the strong interplay between the structural and optical properties of the system. The distortion induced on the structure after an electronic excitation of the cluster is analyzed together with the role of the symmetry constraint during the relaxation. We point out how the overall effect is that of significantly changing the electronic spectrum if no symmetry constraint is imposed to the system. Such distortion can account for the Stokes shift and provides a possible structural model to be linked to the four-level scheme invoked in the literature to explain recent results for the optical gain in silicon nanoclusters. Finally, formation energies for clusters with increasing dimension are calculated and their relative stability discussed.
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2004|
|Titolo:||Ab-initio structural and electronic properties of hydrogenated silicon nanoclusters in their ground and excited state|
|Autori:||E. DEGOLI; G. CANTELE; E. LUPPI; R. MAGRI; D. NINNO; O. BISI; S. OSSICINI|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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