The influence of applied magnetic fields on the optical properties of zero- and one-dimensional CdSe nanocrystals

Daniel E. Blumling, Stephen McGill, Kenneth L. Knappenberger

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Abstract

Shape-dependent exciton relaxation dynamics of CdSe 0-D nanocrystals and 1-D nanorods were studied using low-temperature (4.2 K), time-resolved and intensity-integrated magneto-photoluminscence (MPL) spectroscopy. Analysis of the average MPL rate constants from several different nanocrystal quantum dots and rods excited by 400 nm light in applied magnetic fields up to 17.5 T revealed size-dependent energy gaps separating bright and dark exciton fine-structure states. For 1-D nanorods under strong cross-sectional confinement and large length-to-diameter aspect ratios, efficient mixing of bright and dark exciton states was achieved using relatively low applied field strengths (≤4 T). The effect was attributed, in part, to decreased confinement of CdSe hole states associated with the long axis of the nanorod, which resulted in reduction of the energy gaps separating the bright and dark states. Increased control over the angle formed between the applied field vectors and the nanocrystal c-axis led to more efficient and uniform mixing of nanorod exciton states than for quantum dots. The findings suggest 1-D nanostructures are advantageous over 0-D ones for field-responsive applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9049-9056
Number of pages8
JournalNanoscale
Volume5
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 7 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)

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