The optical properties of aluminum nitride nanotips (AlNNTs) synthesized via vapor transport and condensation process have been studied by cathodoluminescence, photoluminescence (PL), thermoluminescence (TL), and UV absorption measurements. Two defect related transitions around 2.1 and 3.4 eV and an excitonic feature at 6.2 eV were identified. Compared to the AlN macropowders, the AlNNTs showed a blueshift (+0.2 eV) of the ∼3.2 eV peak. Analysis of both PL and TL excitation measurements indicated the existence of subband gap multiple energy levels in AlNNTs. A significant TL intensity even at 145 °C suggests possible ultraviolet detector and dosimetric applications of these AlNNTs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)