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CiteWeb id: 19900000041

CiteWeb score: 7631

DOI: 10.1063/1.103561

Indirect evidence is presented that free‐standing Si quantum wires can be fabricated without the use of epitaxialdeposition or lithography. The novel approach uses electrochemical and chemical dissolution steps to define networks of isolated wires out of bulk wafers. Mesoporous Si layers of high porosity exhibit visible (red) photoluminescence at room temperature, observable with the naked eye under <1 mW unfocused (<0.1 W cm−2) green or blue laser line excitation. This is attributed to dramatic two‐dimensional quantum size effects which can produce emission far above the band gap of bulk crystalline Si.

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