Enhanced stimulated Raman scattering in silicon nanocrystals embedded in silicon-rich nitride/silicon superlattice structures

Sirleto, L.; Ferrara, M. A.; Rendina, I.; Basu, S. N.; Warga, J.; Li, R.; Dal Negro, L.
December 2008
Applied Physics Letters;12/22/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 25, p251104
Academic Journal
In this paper, we report on the observation of stimulated Raman scattering in amorphous silicon nanocrystals embedded in Si-rich nitride/silicon superlattice structures (SRN/Si-SLs). In particular, we have experimentally demonstrated amplification of Stokes signal up to 0.9 dB/cm at 1540.6 nm using a 1427 nm continuous-wavelength pump laser, consistent with a preliminary valuation of approximately a fourfold enhancement of the gain coefficient in Raman amplifier based on SRN/Si-SLs with respect to silicon. Finally, a significant reduction in threshold power of about 40% is also reported. Our findings indicate that silicon nanocrystals embedded in Si nitride-based superlattice structures show great promise for Si-based Raman lasers.


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