Enhancement of the Lifetime of Metastable States in Er-Doped Si Nanocrystals by External Colored Noise

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The changes in the lifetime of a metastable energy level in Er-doped Si nanocrystals in the presence of an external source of colored noise are analyzed for different values of noise intensity and correlation time. Exciton dynamics is simulated by a set of phenomenological rate equations which take into account all the possible phenomena inherent in the energy states of Si nanocrystals and Er^{3+} ions in the host material of Si oxide. Electronic deexcitation is studied by examining the decay of the initial population of the Er atoms in the first excitation level 4I_{13/2} through fluorescence and cooperative energy transfer upconversion. Our results show that the deexcitation process of the level4I_{13/2} is slowed down within a wide ranges of both noise intensity and correlation time. Moreover, a nonmonotonic behavior of lifetime with the amplitude of the fluctuations isfound, characterized by a maximum variation for values of the noise correlation time comparable with the deexcitation time. The indirect influence of the colored noise on theefficiency of the energy transfer upconversion activated from the level 4I_{13/2} is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Semiconductor Research: Physics of Nanosystems, Spintronics and Technological Applications
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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