Temperature- and field-dependent energy transfer in CdSe nanocrystal aggregates studied by magneto-photoluminescence spectroscopy

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

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The influence of temperature and applied magnetic fields on photoluminescence (PL) emission and electronic energy transfer (ET) of both isolated and aggregated CdSe nanocrystals was investigated. Following 400-nm excitation, temperature-dependent, intensity-integrated and energy-resolved PL measurements were used to quantify the emission wavelength and amplitude of isolated CdSe nanocrystals. The results indicated an approximately three-fold increase in PL intensity upon decreasing the temperature from 300 K to 6 K; this was attributed to a reduction of charge carrier access to nanocrystal surface trap states and suppression of thermal loss channels. Temperature-dependent PL measurements of aggregated CdSe nanocrystals, which included both energy-donating and -accepting particles, were analyzed using a modified version of Förster theory. Temperature-dependent ET efficiency increased from 0.55 to 0.75 upon decreasing the sample temperature from 225 K to 6 K, and the ET data contained the same trend observed for the PL of isolated nanoclusters. The application of magnetic fields to increase nanocrystal ET efficiency was studied using magneto-photoluminescence measurements recorded at a sample temperature of 1.6 K. We demonstrated that the exciton fine structure population of the donor was varied using applied magnetic fields, which in turn dictated the PL yield and the resultant ET efficiency of the CdSe nanocrystal aggregate system. The experimental data indicated an ET efficiency enhancement of approximately 7%, which was limited by the random orientation of the spherical nanocrystals in the thin film.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11053-11059
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number31
StatePublished - Aug 21 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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