Abstract

Fabry–Perot microcavities were used for the enhancement and inhibition of photoluminescence (PL) in a hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNx:H) microcavity fabricated with and without ammonia. A planar microcavity was realized that included a metallic back mirror and an a-SiNx:H–air or a metallic front mirror. The PL extends from the red part of the spectrum to the near infrared for the samples grown without ammonia. The PL is in the blue-green part of the spectrum for the samples grown with ammonia. The PL amplitude is enhanced and the PL linewidth is reduced with respect to those in bulk a-SiNx:H. The numerically calculated transmittance, reflectance, and absorbance spectra agree well with the experimentally measured spectra.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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