Monolithic Silicon Light Sources

  • Philippe M. FauchetEmail author
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 94)


Monolithic silicon light sources (LEDs and lasers) could have a significant impact when integrated on silicon chips. After a general introduction to light emission in silicon, this chapter discusses the mechanisms of light emission in bulk silicon, silicon quantum dots, silicon alloyed with germanium, and silicon doped with specific impurities such as erbium. Then, the fabrication and performance of LEDs using these materials are discussed. The chapter ends with a discussion of the prospects for a silicon laser.


42.70.-a; 84.40.Ua; 85.60.-q; 42.82.-m; 85.85.+j 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester NY 14627-0231USA

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