Energy Transfer from Colloidal Nanocrystals into Si Substrates Studied via Photoluminescence Photon Counts and Decay Kinetics


We use time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) kinetics and PL intensity measurements to study the decay of photoexcitations in colloidal CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals grafted on SiO₂ - Si substrates with a wide range of the SiO₂ spacer layer thicknesses. The salient features of experimental observations are found to be in good agreement with theoretical expectations within the framework of modification of spontaneous decay of electric-dipole excitons by their environment. Analysis of the experimental data reveals that energy transfer (ET) from nanocrystals into Si is a major enabler of substantial variations in decay rates, where we quantitatively distinguish contributions from nonradiative and radiative ET channels. We demonstrate that time-resolved PL kinetics provides a more direct assessment of ET, while PL intensity measurements are also affected by the specifics of the generation and emission processes.



Time-resolved spectroscopy, Photoluminescence, Energy transfer, Colloidal nanocrystals

NSF (DMR-1207123), NSF (CHE-091197) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board NHARP programs.


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