Proton-implantation-induced optical phenomena in SiO2:GeO2 glasses: Formation of photosensitive defects and nanometer sized Ge crystals

Ken Ichi Kawamura, Yoshikazu Kameshima, Hideo Hosono, Hiroshi Kawazoe

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Ion implantation of 1.5 MeV protons to 1GeO2-9SiO2 glasses induces interesting phenomena. For a fluence 1 × 1017 cm-2, oxygen-deficient type point defects associated with Ge ions were primarily formed, and for fluences > 5 × 1017 cm-2 the formation of Ge fine crystalline particles was observed. Nanometer-sized crystalline Ge colloid particles were formed by implantation of protons at 1.5 MeV without post-thermal annealing. The depth of colloid formation layers from the implanted surface agreed with the peak region of electronic energy deposition. No formation of Ge colloids and the Ge related oxygen point defects were noted for implantation of 1.5 MeV He+ to a fluence of 1 × 1018 cm-2. A tentative mechanism for the Ge nanocrystal formation is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 12 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Photosensitive defects
  • Proton-implanation
  • SiO:GeO glasses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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