Date of Award
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
In this thesis, Raman Scattering (RS) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements of Ge nanowires (NWs) grown via vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) using chemical vapor deposition silicon substrates consisting of (100) and (111) crystallographic orientations are reported. Ge NWs grown are ~40 nm in diameter, approximately a micrometer in length, and a sharp narrow Raman peak at ~300cm-1 indicates single crystal quality. An absence of SiGe peak in the Raman spectra indicates that SiGe interdiffusion is insignificant for the NW volume. Low temperature PL-intensity-dependence spectra indicate that the observed emission originates at the Ge NW - Si substrate interface, where SiGe intermixing has been detected. This interface is formed differently for (111) and (100) oriented Si substrates due to the <111> preferential growth direction of Ge NWs.
Sharma, Varun, "Optical properties of SiGe nanostructures" (2005). Theses. 468.