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  1. Temperature effects in the absorption spectra and exciton luminescence in ammonium halides

    Warm-up behavior of the first maximum exciton absorption bands in ammonium halides is explored. Under phase transition occurs offset of bands, bound both with changing a parameter of lattice, and efficient mass of exciton. Warm-up dependency of quantum leaving a luminescence of self-trapped excitons in ammonium halides is measured. (author)

  2. Temperature-dependent excitonic photoluminescence of hybrid organometal halide perovskite films

    Wu, Kewei

    2014-01-01

    Organometal halide perovskites have recently attracted tremendous attention due to their potential for photovoltaic applications, and they are also considered as promising materials in light emitting and lasing devices. In this work, we investigated in detail the cryogenic steady state photoluminescence properties of a prototypical hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3-xClx. The evolution of the characteristics of two excitonic peaks coincides with the structural phase transition around 160 K. Our results further revealed an exciton binding energy of 62.3 ± 8.9 meV and an optical phonon energy of 25.3 ± 5.2 meV, along with an abnormal blue-shift of the band gap in the high-temperature tetragonal phase. This journal is

  3. Exciton Binding Energy in Organic-Inorganic Tri-Halide Perovskites.

    Askar, Abdelrahman M; Shankar, Karthik

    2016-06-01

    The recent dramatic increase in the power conversion efficiencies of organic-inorganic tri-halide perovskite solar cells has triggered intense research worldwide and created a paradigm shift in the photovoltaics field. It is crucial to develop a solid understanding of the photophysical processes underlying solar cell operation in order to both further improve the photovoltaic performance of perovskite solar cells as well as to exploit the broader optoelectronic applications of the tri-halide perovskites. In this short review, we summarize the main research findings about the binding energy of excitons in tri-halide perovskite materials and find that a value in the range of 2-22 meV at room temperature would be a safe estimate. Spontaneous free carrier generation is the dominant process taking place directly after photoexcitation in organic-inorganic tri-halide perovskites at room temperature, which eliminates the exciton diffusion bottleneck present in organic solar cells and constitutes a major contributing factor to the high photovoltaic performance of this material. PMID:27427650

  4. Enhancement of Exciton Emission in Lead Halide-Based Layered Perovskites by Cation Mixing.

    Era, Masanao; Komatsu, Yumeko; Sakamoto, Naotaka

    2016-04-01

    Spin-coated films of a lead halide, PbX: X = I and Br, layered perovskites having cyclohexenylethyl ammonium molecule as an organic layer, which were mixed with other metal halide-based layered perovskites consisting of various divalent metal halides (for example, Ca2, Cdl2, FeI2, SnBr2 and so on), were prepared. The results of X-ray diffraction measurements exhibited that solid solution formation between PbX-based layered perovskite and other divalent metal halide-based layered perovskites was observed up to very high molar concentration of 50 molar% in the mixed film samples when divalent cations having ionic radius close to that of Pb2+ were employed. In the solid solution films, the exciton emission was much enhanced at room temperature. Exciton emission intensity of Pbl-based layered perovskite mixed with Cal-based layered perovskite (20 molar%) is about 5 times large that of the pristine Pbl-based layered perovskite, and that of PbBr-based layered perovskite mixed with SnBr-based layered perovskite (20 molar%) was also about 5 times large that of the pristine PbBr-based layered perovskite at room temperature. PMID:27451628

  5. Possible configuration of two-knot auto-localized exciton in strainless and deformed alkali halide crystals

    In the paper molecular component of two-knot auto-localized exciton (TALE) occupying centrosymmetric state in alkali halide crystal cubic lattice with local D2h symmetry is considered. In is suggested that the symmetry lowering of forming small radius auto-localized exciton (ALE) is realizing in order configuration transformation by the scenario: multi-knot continual ALE (with Oh symmetry)→six-halide ALE (with Oh symmetry)→TALE (with Oh symmetry) or by the scenario Oh→D2h. Then for TALE with local D2h symmetry normal molecular ion shifts are considered as well

  6. Systematic analysis of the unique band gap modulation of mixed halide perovskites.

    Kim, Jongseob; Lee, Sung-Hoon; Chung, Choong-Heui; Hong, Ki-Ha

    2016-02-14

    Solar cells based on organic-inorganic hybrid metal halide perovskites have been proven to be one of the most promising candidates for the next generation thin film photovoltaic cells. Mixing Br or Cl into I-based perovskites has been frequently tried to enhance the cell efficiency and stability. One of the advantages of mixed halides is the modulation of band gap by controlling the composition of the incorporated halides. However, the reported band gap transition behavior has not been resolved yet. Here a theoretical model is presented to understand the electronic structure variation of metal mixed-halide perovskites through hybrid density functional theory. Comparative calculations in this work suggest that the band gap correction including spin-orbit interaction is essential to describe the band gap changes of mixed halides. In our model, both the lattice variation and the orbital interactions between metal and halides play key roles to determine band gap changes and band alignments of mixed halides. It is also presented that the band gap of mixed halide thin films can be significantly affected by the distribution of halide composition. PMID:26791587

  7. Exciton Binding energies and effective masses in Organo-lead Tri-Halide Perovskites

    Portugall, Oliver; Miyata, Atsuhiko; Mitioglu, Anatol; Plochocka, Paulina; Wang, Jacob Tse-Wei; Stranks, Samuel; Snaith, Henry; Nicholas, Robin; Lncmi Toulouse Team; Oxford University Team

    2015-03-01

    Solid-state perovskite-based solar cells have made a dramatic impact on emerging PV research with efficiencies of over 17% already achieved. However, to date the basic electronic properties of the perovskites such as the electron and hole effective masses and the exciton binding energy are not well known. We have measured both for methyl ammonium lead tri-iodide using magneto absorption in very high magnetic fields up to 150T showing that the exciton binding energy at low temperatures is only 16 meV, a value three times smaller than previously thought and sufficiently small to completely transform the way in which the devices must operate. Landau level spectroscopy shows that the reduced effective mass of 0.104 me is also smaller than previously thought. In addition by using a fast pulse 150T magnet we measure the band structure change due to the structural phase transition that occurs in this system at around 160K. We also observe Landau levels in the high temperature phase as used for device production, which has a very similar effective mass and the analysis suggests an exciton binding energy which is even smaller than in the low temperature phase.

  8. Correlating structure and electronic band-edge properties in organolead halide perovskites nanoparticles.

    Zhu, Qiushi; Zheng, Kaibo; Abdellah, Mohamed; Generalov, Alexander; Haase, Dörthe; Carlson, Stefan; Niu, Yuran; Heimdal, Jimmy; Engdahl, Anders; Messing, Maria E; Pullerits, Tonu; Canton, Sophie E

    2016-06-01

    After having emerged as primary contenders in the race for highly efficient optoelectronics materials, organolead halide perovskites (OHLP) are now being investigated in the nanoscale regime as promising building blocks with unique properties. For example, unlike their bulk counterpart, quantum dots of OHLP are brightly luminescent, owing to large exciton binding energies that cannot be rationalized solely on the basis of quantum confinement. Here, we establish the direct correlation between the structure and the electronic band-edge properties of CH3NH3PbBr3 nanoparticles. Complementary structural and spectroscopic measurements probing long-range and local order reveal that lattice strain influences the nature of the valence band and modifies the subtle stereochemical activity of the Pb(2+) lone-pair. More generally, this work demonstrates that the stereochemical activity of the lone-pair at the metal site is a specific physicochemical parameter coupled to composition, size and strain, which can be employed to engineer novel functionalities in OHLP nanomaterials. PMID:27189431

  9. Solid-State Nanopore Confinement for Band Gap Engineering of Metal-Halide Perovskites

    Demchyshyn, Stepan; Groiss, Heiko; Heilbrunner, Herwig; Ulbricht, Christoph; Apaydin, Dogukan; Rütt, Uta; Bertram, Florian; Hesser, Günter; Scharber, Markus; Nickel, Bert; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar; Bauer, Siegfried; Głowacki, Eric Daniel; Kaltenbrunner, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Tuning the band gap of semiconductors via quantum size effects launched a technological revolution in optoelectronics, advancing solar cells, quantum dot light-emitting displays, and solid state lasers. Next generation devices seek to employ low-cost, easily processable semiconductors. A promising class of such materials are metal-halide perovskites, currently propelling research on emerging photovoltaics. Their narrow band emission permits very high colour purity in light-emitting devices and vivid life-like displays paired with low-temperature processing through printing-compatible methods. Success of perovskites in light-emitting devices is conditional upon finding reliable strategies to obtain tunability of the band gap. So far, colour can be tuned chemically by mixed halide stoichiometry, or by synthesis of colloidal particles. Here we introduce a general strategy of controlling shape and size of perovskite nanocrystallites (less than 10 nm) in domains that exhibit strong quantum size effects. Without ma...

  10. Band Structure Parameters and Fermi Resonances of Exciton-Polaritons in CsI and CsBr under Hydrostatic Pressure

    Lipp, M J; Yoo, C H; Strachan, D; Daniels, W B

    2005-11-29

    Most alkali halides crystallize in the fcc sodium chloride structure. In contrast, with the exception of CsF, the Cs-halides form the simple cubic cesium chloride (CsCl) structure at ambient conditions and they have a substantially different electronic structure than other alkali halides; in particular, they have several nearly degenerate electronic levels near the Brillouin zone center. Highly resolved Three-Photon Spectroscopy (TPS) measurements allow direct observation of the near band edge structure and, in the case of CsI, probe more states than one-photon techniques. A number of interesting phenomena, among them level repulsion (Fermi resonance), occur as these levels are tuned through one another by application of hydrostatic pressure. To the best of our knowledge, this has been observed for CsBr for the first time. Doubling the photon energy range compared to a previous publication [see Yoo et al. PRL 84, 3875 (2000)] allows direct observation of the n=1, 2 and 3 exciton-polariton members of the {Lambda}{sub 8}{sup -}-{Lambda}{sub 6}{sup +} transition in CsI and lets us establish unambiguous values for the bandgap (6.139 eV), binding energy (0.265 eV) and their pressure dependence up to 7 kbar. Similarly to CsI, the CsBr linewidth of the lowest {Lambda}{sub 4}{sup -} polariton (A) decreases upon compression.

  11. Quanty for core level spectroscopy - excitons, resonances and band excitations in time and frequency domain

    Haverkort, Maurits W.

    2016-05-01

    Depending on the material and edge under consideration, core level spectra manifest themselves as local excitons with multiplets, edge singularities, resonances, or the local projected density of states. Both extremes, i.e., local excitons and non-interacting delocalized excitations are theoretically well under control. Describing the intermediate regime, where local many body interactions and band-formation are equally important is a challenge. Here we discuss how Quanty, a versatile quantum many body script language, can be used to calculate a variety of different core level spectroscopy types on solids and molecules, both in the frequency as well as the time domain. The flexible nature of Quanty allows one to choose different approximations for different edges and materials. For example, using a newly developed method merging ideas from density renormalization group and quantum chemistry [1-3], Quanty can calculate excitons, resonances and band-excitations in x-ray absorption, photoemission, x-ray emission, fluorescence yield, non-resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and many more spectroscopy types. Quanty can be obtained from: http://www.quanty.org.

  12. Degradation of wide band-gap electrolumienscent materials by exciton-polaron interactions (Presentation Recording)

    Aziz, Hany; Wang, Qi

    2015-10-01

    The limited performance stability and gradual loss in the electroluminescence efficiency of OLEDs utilizing wide band-gap materials, such as blue-emitting phosphorescent and fluorescent devices, continues to be a challenge for wider technology adoption. We recently found that interactions between excitons and polarons play an important role in the aging behavior of electroluminescent materials, and that a correlation exists between the susceptibility of these materials to this aging mode and their band-gap. This degradation mode is also found to be often associated with the emergence of new bands - at longer wavelength - in the electroluminescence spectra of the materials, that can often be detected after prolonged electrical driving. Such bands contribute to the increased spectral broadening and color purity loss often observed in these devices over time. Exciton-polaron interactions, and the associated degradation, are also found to occur most significantly in the vicinity of device inter-layer interfaces such as at the interface between the emitter layer and the electron or hole transport layers. New results obtained from investigations of these phenomena in a wide range of commonly used host and guest OLED materials will be presented.

  13. Study of the point defect creation and of the excitonic luminescence in alkali halides irradiated by swift heavy ions

    The aim of this experimental thesis is to study the excitonic mechanisms and of the defect creation, in NaCl and KBr, under dense electronic excitations induced by swift heavy ion irradiations. In the first part, we present the main features of the interaction of swift heavy ions with solid targets, and after we review the well known radiolytic processes of the defect creation during X-ray irradiation. In the second chapter, we describe our experimental set-up. In the chapter III, we present our results of the in-situ optical absorption measurements. This results show that defect creation is less sensitive to the temperature than during a classical irradiation. Besides, we observe new mechanisms concerning the defect aggregation. In the chapter IV, we present the results of excitonic luminescence induced by swift by swift heavy ions. We observe that the luminescence yields only change with the highest electronic stopping power. In the chapter V, we perform thermal spike and luminescence yields calculations and we compare the numerical results to the experiments presented in the chapter IV. (author). 121 refs., 65 figs., 30 tabs

  14. Valence and Conduction Band Densities of States of Metal Halide Perovskites: A Combined Experimental–Theoretical Study

    2016-01-01

    We report valence and conduction band densities of states measured via ultraviolet and inverse photoemission spectroscopies on three metal halide perovskites, specifically methylammonium lead iodide and bromide and cesium lead bromide (MAPbI3, MAPbBr3, CsPbBr3), grown at two different institutions on different substrates. These are compared with theoretical densities of states (DOS) calculated via density functional theory. The qualitative agreement achieved between experiment and theory leads to the identification of valence and conduction band spectral features, and allows a precise determination of the position of the band edges, ionization energy and electron affinity of the materials. The comparison reveals an unusually low DOS at the valence band maximum (VBM) of these compounds, which confirms and generalizes previous predictions of strong band dispersion and low DOS at the MAPbI3 VBM. This low DOS calls for special attention when using electron spectroscopy to determine the frontier electronic states of lead halide perovskites. PMID:27364125

  15. Valence and Conduction Band Densities of States of Metal Halide Perovskites: A Combined Experimental-Theoretical Study.

    Endres, James; Egger, David A; Kulbak, Michael; Kerner, Ross A; Zhao, Lianfeng; Silver, Scott H; Hodes, Gary; Rand, Barry P; Cahen, David; Kronik, Leeor; Kahn, Antoine

    2016-07-21

    We report valence and conduction band densities of states measured via ultraviolet and inverse photoemission spectroscopies on three metal halide perovskites, specifically methylammonium lead iodide and bromide and cesium lead bromide (MAPbI3, MAPbBr3, CsPbBr3), grown at two different institutions on different substrates. These are compared with theoretical densities of states (DOS) calculated via density functional theory. The qualitative agreement achieved between experiment and theory leads to the identification of valence and conduction band spectral features, and allows a precise determination of the position of the band edges, ionization energy and electron affinity of the materials. The comparison reveals an unusually low DOS at the valence band maximum (VBM) of these compounds, which confirms and generalizes previous predictions of strong band dispersion and low DOS at the MAPbI3 VBM. This low DOS calls for special attention when using electron spectroscopy to determine the frontier electronic states of lead halide perovskites. PMID:27364125

  16. Alternation of band gap and localization of excitons in InGaNAs nanostructures with low nitrogen content

    Continuous wave photoluminescence (cw PL) spectroscopy has been used to study the optical properties of a set of InGaNAs epilayers and single quantum wells with nitrogen concentration less than a few per cent at different temperatures and different excitation powers. We found that nitrogen has a critical role on the emission light of InGaNAs nanostructures and the recombination mechanism. The incorporation of a few per cent of nitrogen leads to shrinkage of the InGaNAs band gap. The physical origin of such band gap reduction has been investigated both experimentally and theoretically by using a band anticrossing model. We have found that localization of excitons that have been caused by incorporation of a few per cent of nitrogen in these structures is the main explanation of such anomalous behavior observed in the low-temperature photoluminescence spectra of these nanostructures. The localization energies of carriers have been evaluated by studying the variation of the quantum well (QW) emission versus temperature, and it was found that the localization energy increases with increasing nitrogen composition. Our data also show that, with increasing excitation intensity, the PL peak position moves to higher energies (blue shift) due to the filling of localized states and capture centers for excitons by photo-generated carriers

  17. Excitonic instability at the spin-state transition in the two-band Hubbard model

    Kuneš, Jan; Augustinský, Pavel

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 89, č. 11 (2014), "115134-1"-"115134-8". ISSN 1098-0121 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-25251S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : excitonic condensation * spin-state transition * dynamical mean-field theory Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.736, year: 2014

  18. Research Update: Physical and electrical characteristics of lead halide perovskites for solar cell applications

    Simon A. Bretschneider

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The field of thin-film photovoltaics has been recently enriched by the introduction of lead halide perovskites as absorber materials, which allow low-cost synthesis of solar cells with efficiencies exceeding 16%. The exact impact of the perovskite crystal structure and composition on the optoelectronic properties of the material are not fully understood. Our progress report highlights the knowledge gained about lead halide perovskites with a focus on physical and optoelectronic properties. We discuss the crystal and band structure of perovskite materials currently implemented in solar cells and the impact of the crystal properties on ferroelectricity, ambipolarity, and the properties of excitons.

  19. Excitonic ionizations of the electron centres in caesium iodide crystal and exoemission of electrons

    In the wide-band-gap alkali halide crystals recombination of defects may result in formation of the excitons, which can ionize an electron F-centre; thus the phenomenon of exoelectron emission takes place. According to this excitonic model, the energy spectrum and mean energy of CsI exoelectrons were attained. The results of theoretical evaluation are compared with experimental and the reasons suggested for the explanation of the observed difference are discussed. The conclusion based on the peculiarities of exoemission from CsI and CsBr crystals, was done

  20. Excitonic ionizations of the electron centres in caesium iodide crystal and exoemission of electrons

    Galiy, P.V. [Faculty of Electronics, Lviv National University 50 Dragomanov Str., Lviv 79005 (Ukraine); Mel' nyk, O.Ya. [Faculty of Electronics, Lviv National University 50 Dragomanov Str., Lviv 79005 (Ukraine)]. E-mail: moyafis@yahoo.com; Tsvetkova, O.V. [Faculty of Electronics, Lviv National University 50 Dragomanov Str., Lviv 79005 (Ukraine)

    2005-04-15

    In the wide-band-gap alkali halide crystals recombination of defects may result in formation of the excitons, which can ionize an electron F-centre; thus the phenomenon of exoelectron emission takes place. According to this excitonic model, the energy spectrum and mean energy of CsI exoelectrons were attained. The results of theoretical evaluation are compared with experimental and the reasons suggested for the explanation of the observed difference are discussed. The conclusion based on the peculiarities of exoemission from CsI and CsBr crystals, was done.

  1. Excitonic spectra and band structure of CdGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} birefractive crystals

    Syrbu, N.N., E-mail: sirbunn@yahoo.com [Technical University of Moldova, 168 Stefan cel Mare Avenue, 2004 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Stamov, I.G. [T.G. Shevchenko State University of Pridnestrovie, 25 Oktyabrya Street 107, 3300 Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Parvan, V.I. [Technical University of Moldova, 168 Stefan cel Mare Avenue, 2004 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Zalamai, V.V. [Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, 5 Academy Street, 2028 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Tiginyanu, I.M. [Institute of Electronic Engineering and Nanotechnologies, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, 3/3 Academy Street, 2028 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of)

    2013-11-15

    We report on the intersection of spectral dependences of refractive indices n{sub o} and n{sub e} at the wavelengths 546 nm (λ{sub 0}) and 450 nm (λ{sub 01}) in CdGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} single crystals. The value of difference Δn=n{sub e}−n{sub o} is equal to zero at the wavelengths involved. When placed between two crossed polarizers, the crystals of CdGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} exhibit a transmission band at the wavelength of λ{sub 0}=546 nm (300 K). The ground and excited states of three excitonic series (A, B and C) were found out at 13 K in CdGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} crystals, and other parameters of excitons and bands were determined. In the Γ point of Brillouin zone the effective mass of electrons m{sub c} is equal to 0.14m{sub 0}, and the effective masses of holes m{sub v2} and m{sub v3} are equal to 0.76m{sub 0} and 0.94m{sub 0}, respectively. The hole mass m{sub v1} depends upon the direction of wave vector k: at polarization E∥c, k∥a the mass m{sub v1}=1.15m{sub 0}, and at polarization E∥c, k∥b m{sub v1}=0.84m{sub 0}. The values of valence bands splitting in the center of Brillouin zone by the crystal field (Δ{sub cf}=49 meV) and spin–orbital interaction (Δ{sub so}=351 meV) were determined. The optical functions n, k, ε{sub 1} and ε{sub 2} in polarizations E⊥c and E∥c for the energy diapason from 3 to 6 eV were calculated from the reflectivity spectra by Kramers–Kronig analysis. The evidenced features are discussed on the basis of recent theoretical calculations of the band structure of CdGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} crystals.

  2. Observation of excited-state excitons and band-gap renormalization in hole-doped carbon nanotubes using photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy

    Kimoto, Yoshio; Okano, Makoto; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2013-01-01

    The higher Rydberg states of the E11 exciton in undoped and hole-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were studied using one- and two-photon photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy. Increasing the hole-dopant concentration resulted in a redshift of the first excited state (2g) and a blueshift of the ground state (1u) of the E11 exciton. From the redshift of higher Rydberg states, we found that a reduction of the band-gap energy occurs in hole-doped SWCNTs. These findings show that ...

  3. Optical Properties of Photovoltaic Organic-Inorganic Lead Halide Perovskites.

    Green, Martin A; Jiang, Yajie; Soufiani, Arman Mahboubi; Ho-Baillie, Anita

    2015-12-01

    Over the last several years, organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites have rapidly emerged as a new photovoltaic contender. Although energy conversion efficiency above 20% has now been certified, improved understanding of the material properties contributing to these high performance levels may allow the progression to even higher efficiency, stable cells. The optical properties of these new materials are important not only to device design but also because of the insight they provide into less directly accessible properties, including energy-band structures, binding energies, and likely impact of excitons, as well as into absorption and inverse radiative recombination processes. PMID:26560862

  4. Spectroscopy and dynamics of charge transfer excitons in type-II band aligned quantum confined heterostructures

    We illustrate effect of charge transfer (CT) in type-II quantum confined heterostructure by comparing CdSe quantum dots (QDs), CdSe/CdTe heterostructure quantum dots (HQDs) and CdSe/CdTe/CdSe quantum well-quantum dots (QWQDs) heterostructures. CdSe core QDs were synthesized using a kinetic growth method where QD size depends on reaction time. For shell coating we used modified version of successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR). Size of different QDs ∼5 to 7 nm were measured by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Strong red shift from ∼597 to ∼746 nm in photoluminescence (PL) spectra from QDs to QWQDs shows high tunability which is not possible with single constituent semiconductor QDs. PL spectra have been recorded at different temperatures (10K-300K). Room temperature time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) measurements for QDs to QWQDs show three exponential radiative decay. The slowest component decay constant in QWQDs comes around eight fold to ∼51 ns as compared to ∼6.5 ns in HQD suggesting new opportunities to tailor the radiative carrier recombination rate of CT excitons

  5. Optical density of states in ultradilute GaAsN alloy: Coexistence of free excitons and impurity band of localized and delocalized states

    Optically active states in liquid phase epitaxy-grown ultra-dilute GaAsN are studied. The feature-rich low temperature photoluminescence spectrum has contributions from excitonic band states of the GaAsN alloy, and two types of defect states—localized and extended. The degree of delocalization for extended states both within the conduction and defect bands, characterized by the electron temperature, is found to be similar. The degree of localization in the defect band is analyzed by the strength of the phonon replicas. Stronger emission from these localized states is attributed to their giant oscillator strength.

  6. Exciton localization in solution-processed organolead trihalide perovskites

    He, Haiping; Yu, Qianqian; Li, Hui; Li, Jing; Si, Junjie; Jin, Yizheng; Wang, Nana; Wang, Jianpu; He, Jingwen; Wang, Xinke; Zhang, Yan; Ye, Zhizhen

    2016-03-01

    Organolead trihalide perovskites have attracted great attention due to the stunning advances in both photovoltaic and light-emitting devices. However, the photophysical properties, especially the recombination dynamics of photogenerated carriers, of this class of materials are controversial. Here we report that under an excitation level close to the working regime of solar cells, the recombination of photogenerated carriers in solution-processed methylammonium-lead-halide films is dominated by excitons weakly localized in band tail states. This scenario is evidenced by experiments of spectral-dependent luminescence decay, excitation density-dependent luminescence and frequency-dependent terahertz photoconductivity. The exciton localization effect is found to be general for several solution-processed hybrid perovskite films prepared by different methods. Our results provide insights into the charge transport and recombination mechanism in perovskite films and help to unravel their potential for high-performance optoelectronic devices.

  7. Exciton localization in solution-processed organolead trihalide perovskites

    He, Haiping; Yu, Qianqian; Li, Hui; Li, Jing; Si, Junjie; Jin, Yizheng; Wang, Nana; Wang, Jianpu; He, Jingwen; Wang, Xinke; Zhang, Yan; Ye, Zhizhen

    2016-01-01

    Organolead trihalide perovskites have attracted great attention due to the stunning advances in both photovoltaic and light-emitting devices. However, the photophysical properties, especially the recombination dynamics of photogenerated carriers, of this class of materials are controversial. Here we report that under an excitation level close to the working regime of solar cells, the recombination of photogenerated carriers in solution-processed methylammonium–lead–halide films is dominated by excitons weakly localized in band tail states. This scenario is evidenced by experiments of spectral-dependent luminescence decay, excitation density-dependent luminescence and frequency-dependent terahertz photoconductivity. The exciton localization effect is found to be general for several solution-processed hybrid perovskite films prepared by different methods. Our results provide insights into the charge transport and recombination mechanism in perovskite films and help to unravel their potential for high-performance optoelectronic devices. PMID:26996605

  8. Observation of the exciton and Urbach band tail in low-temperature-grown GaAs using four-wave mixing spectroscopy

    Four-wave mixing (FWM) spectroscopy reveals clear signatures associated with the exciton, free carrier inter-band transitions, and the Urbach band tail in low-temperature-grown GaAs, providing a direct measure of the effective band gap as well as insight into the influence of disorder on the electronic structure. The ability to detect (and resolve) these contributions, in contrast to linear spectroscopy, is due to an enhanced sensitivity of FWM to the optical joint density of states and to many-body effects. Our experiments demonstrate the power of FWM for studying the near-band-edge optical properties and coherent carrier dynamics in low-temperature-grown semiconductors

  9. The excitonic photoluminescence mechanism and lasing action in band-gap-tunable CdS(1-x)Se(x) nanostructures.

    Dai, Jun; Zhou, Pengxia; Lu, Junfeng; Zheng, Hongge; Guo, Jiyuan; Wang, Fang; Gu, Ning; Xu, Chunxiang

    2016-01-14

    Bandgap tunable semiconductor materials have wide application in integrated-optoelectronic and communication devices. The CdS1-xSex ternary semiconductor materials covering green-red bands have been reported previously, but their basic band-gap and optical properties crucial to the performance of the CdS1-xSex-based optoelectronic devices have not been deeply understood. In this paper, we theoretically simulated and discussed the feasibility of bandgap-tunable CdS1-xSex nanomaterials for designing wavelength tunable microlasers. Then we fabricated the CdS1-xSex nanobelts with their band gap ranging from 2.4 to 1.74 eV by adjusting the composition ratio x in the vapor-phase-transport growth process. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence and exciton-related optical constants of the CdS1-xSex nanobelts were carefully demonstrated. Finally, the wavelength-tunable Fabry-Perot lasing in CdS1-xSex nanobelts was obtained, and the Fabry-Perot lasing mechanism was numerically simulated by the FDTD method. The systematic results on the mechanism of the tunable band gap, exciton properties and lasing of the CdS1-xSex nanostructure help us deeply understand the intrinsic optical properties of this material, and will build a strong foundation for future application of green-red wavelength-tunable CdS1-xSex microlasers. PMID:26488436

  10. Structural, optical, and electronic studies of wide-bandgap lead halide perovskites

    Comin, Riccardo

    2015-01-01

    © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015. We investigate the family of mixed Br/Cl organolead halide perovskites which enable light emission in the blue-violet region of the visible spectrum. We report the structural, optical and electronic properties of this air-stable family of perovskites, demonstrating full bandgap tunability in the 400-550 nm range and enhanced exciton strength upon Cl substitution. We complement this study by tracking the evolution of the band levels across the gap, thereby providing a foundational framework for future optoelectronic applications of these materials.

  11. Strong interlayer coupling mediated giant two-photon absorption in MoS e2 /graphene oxide heterostructure: Quenching of exciton bands

    Sharma, Rituraj; Aneesh, J.; Yadav, Rajesh Kumar; Sanda, Suresh; Barik, A. R.; Mishra, Ashish Kumar; Maji, Tuhin Kumar; Karmakar, Debjani; Adarsh, K. V.

    2016-04-01

    A complex few-layer MoS e2 /graphene oxide (GO) heterostructure with strong interlayer coupling was prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. In this strongly coupled heterostructure, we demonstrate a giant enhancement of two-photon absorption that is in stark contrast to the reverse saturable absorption of a weakly coupled MoS e2 /GO heterostructure and saturable absorption of isolated MoS e2 . Spectroscopic evidence of our study indicates that the optical signatures of isolated MoS e2 and GO domains are significantly modified in the heterostructure, displaying a direct coupling of both domains. Furthermore, our first-principles calculations indicate that strong interlayer coupling between the layers dramatically suppresses the MoS e2 excitonic bands. We envision that our findings provide a powerful tool to explore different optical functionalities as a function of interlayer coupling, which may be essential for the development of device technologies.

  12. Mn2+ and band exciton luminescence in ZnMnTe/ZnMgTe quantum well structures

    The effect of excitation level on the luminescence of ZnMnTe/ZnMgTe quantum-well (QW) structures has been studied. We find that result depend strongly on the QW width and manganese concentration. The increasing optical pumping implies a degradation of the Mn2+ intracenter luminescence (IL) due to the interaction of the strongly excited Mn2+ system with the high density of excitons. The spectral and kinetic properties of the IL reveal the contribution of the Mn2+ ions located on the interface and inside the QW as well as the Mn2+ IL decay dependence on the QW width. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  13. Cross-polarized excitons in carbon nanotubes.

    Kilina, Svetlana; Tretiak, Sergei; Doorn, Stephen K; Luo, Zhengtang; Papadimitrakopoulos, Fotios; Piryatinski, Andrei; Saxena, Avadh; Bishop, Alan R

    2008-05-13

    Polarization of low-lying excitonic bands in finite-size semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) is studied by using quantum-chemical methodologies. Our calculations elucidate properties of cross-polarized excitons, which lead to the transverse optical absorption of nanotubes and presumably couple to intermediate-frequency modes recently observed in resonance Raman excitation spectroscopy. We identify up to 12 distinct excitonic transitions below the second fundamental band associated with the E(22) van Hove singularity. Calculations for several chiral SWNTs distinguish the optically active "bright" excitonic band polarized parallel to the tube axis and several optically "weak" cross-polarized excitons. The rest are optically (near) forbidden "dark" transitions. An analysis of the transition density matrices related to excitonic bands provides detailed information about delocalization of excitonic wavefunction along the tube. Utilization of the natural helical coordinate system accounting for the tube chirality allows one to disentangle longitudinal and circumferential components. The distribution of the transition density matrix along a tube axis is similar for all excitons. However, four parallel-polarized excitons associated with the E(11) transition are more localized along the circumference of a tube, compared with others related to the E(12) and E(21) cross-polarized transitions. Calculated splitting between optically active parallel- and cross-polarized transitions increases with tube diameter, which compares well with experimental spectroscopic data. PMID:18463293

  14. Features of exciton dynamics in molecular nanoclusters (J-aggregates): Exciton self-trapping (Review Article)

    Malyukin, Yu. V.; Sorokin, A. V.; Semynozhenko, V. P.

    2016-06-01

    We present thoroughly analyzed experimental results that demonstrate the anomalous manifestation of the exciton self-trapping effect, which is already well-known in bulk crystals, in ordered molecular nanoclusters called J-aggregates. Weakly-coupled one-dimensional (1D) molecular chains are the main structural feature of J-aggregates, wherein the electron excitations are manifested as 1D Frenkel excitons. According to the continuum theory of Rashba-Toyozawa, J-aggregates can have only self-trapped excitons, because 1D excitons must adhere to barrier-free self-trapping at any exciton-phonon coupling constant g = ɛLR/2β, wherein ɛLR is the lattice relaxation energy, and 2β is the half-width of the exciton band. In contrast, very often only the luminescence of free, mobile excitons would manifest in experiments involving J-aggregates. Using the Urbach rule in order to analyze the low-frequency region of the low-temperature exciton absorption spectra has shown that J-aggregates can have both a weak (g 1) exciton-phonon coupling. Moreover, it is experimentally demonstrated that under certain conditions, the J-aggregate excited state can have both free and self-trapped excitons, i.e., we establish the existence of a self-trapping barrier for 1D Frenkel excitons. We demonstrate and analyze the reasons behind the anomalous existence of both free and self-trapped excitons in J-aggregates, and demonstrate how exciton-self trapping efficiency can be managed in J-aggregates by varying the values of g, which is fundamentally impossible in bulk crystals. We discuss how the exciton-self trapping phenomenon can be used as an alternate interpretation of the wide band emission of some J-aggregates, which has thus far been explained by the strongly localized exciton model.

  15. Contrastive analysis of multiple exciton generation theories

    Tan, Hengyu; Chang, Qing

    2015-10-01

    Multiple exciton generation (MEG) is an effect that semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) quantum dots (QDs) generate multiple excitons (electron-hole pairs) through absorbing a single high energy photon. It can translate the excess photon energy of bandgap (Eg) into new excitons instead of heat loss and improve the photovoltaic performance of solar cells. However, the theories of MEG are not uniform. The main MEG theories can be divided into three types. The first is impact ionization. It explains MEG through a conventional way that a photogenerated exciton becomes multiple excitons by Coulomb interactions between carriers. The Second is coherent superposition of excitonic states. Multiple excitons are generated by the coherent superposition of single photogenerated exciton state with enough excess momentum and the two-exciton state with the same momentum. The third is excitation via virtual excitonic states. The nanocrystals vacuum generates a virtual biexciton by coulomb coupling between two valence band electrons. The virtual biexciton absorbing a photon with an intraband optical transition is converted into a real biexciton. This paper describes the MEG influence on solar photoelectric conversion efficiency, concludes and analyzes the fundamentals of different MEG theories, the MEG experimental measure, their merits and demerits, calculation methods of generation efficiency.

  16. The Silver Halides

    Sahyun, M. R. V.

    1977-01-01

    Illustrates the type of fractional bonding for solid silver halides. Treats the silver halides as electron excess compounds, and develops a model of a localized bonding unit that may be iterated in three dimensions to describe the bulk phase. (MLH)

  17. Plasmonic, excitonic and exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposites

    Bityurin, N.; Ermolaev, N.; Smirnov, A. A.; Afanasiev, A.; Agareva, N.; Koryukina, T.; Bredikhin, V.; Kamensky, V.; Pikulin, A.; Sapogova, N.

    2016-03-01

    UV irradiation of materials consisting of a polymer matrix that possesses precursors of different kinds can result in creation of nanoparticles within the irradiated domains. Such photoinduced nanocomposites are promising for photonic applications due to the strong alteration of their optical properties compared to initial non-irradiated materials. We report our results on the synthesis and investigation of plasmonic, excitonic and exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposites. Plasmonic nanocomposites contain metal nanoparticles of noble metals with a pronounced plasmon resonance. Excitonic nanocomposites possess semiconductor nanoclusters (quantum dots). We consider the CdS-Au pair because the luminescent band of CdS nanoparticles enters the plasmon resonance band of gold nanoparticles. The obtaining of such particles within the same composite materials is promising for the creation of media with exciton-plasmon resonance. We demonstrate that it is possible to choose appropriate precursor species to obtain the initially transparent poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films containing both types of these molecules either separately or together. Proper irradiation of these materials by a light-emitting diode operating at the wavelength of 365 nm provides material alteration demonstrating light-induced optical absorption and photoluminescent properties typical for the corresponding nanoparticles. Thus, an exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposite is obtained. It is important that here we use the precursors that are different from those usually employed.

  18. Spatially indirect excitons in coupled quantum wells

    Lai, Chih-Wei Eddy

    2004-03-01

    Microscopic quantum phenomena such as interference or phase coherence between different quantum states are rarely manifest in macroscopic systems due to a lack of significant correlation between different states. An exciton system is one candidate for observation of possible quantum collective effects. In the dilute limit, excitons in semiconductors behave as bosons and are expected to undergo Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) at a temperature several orders of magnitude higher than for atomic BEC because of their light mass. Furthermore, well-developed modern semiconductor technologies offer flexible manipulations of an exciton system. Realization of BEC in solid-state systems can thus provide new opportunities for macroscopic quantum coherence research. In semiconductor coupled quantum wells (CQW) under across-well static electric field, excitons exist as separately confined electron-hole pairs. These spatially indirect excitons exhibit a radiative recombination time much longer than their thermal relaxation time a unique feature in direct band gap semiconductor based structures. Their mutual repulsive dipole interaction further stabilizes the exciton system at low temperature and screens in-plane disorder more effectively. All these features make indirect excitons in CQW a promising system to search for quantum collective effects. Properties of indirect excitons in CQW have been analyzed and investigated extensively. The experimental results based on time-integrated or time-resolved spatially-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and imaging are reported in two categories. (i) Generic indirect exciton systems: general properties of indirect excitons such as the dependence of exciton energy and lifetime on electric fields and densities were examined. (ii) Quasi-two-dimensional confined exciton systems: highly statistically degenerate exciton systems containing more than tens of thousands of excitons within areas as small as (10 micrometer){sup 2} were

  19. Band Gaps of the Lead-Free Halide Double Perovskites Cs2BiAgCl6 and Cs2BiAgBr6 from Theory and Experiment.

    Filip, Marina R; Hillman, Samuel; Haghighirad, Amir Abbas; Snaith, Henry J; Giustino, Feliciano

    2016-07-01

    The recent discovery of lead-free halide double perovskites with band gaps in the visible represents an important step forward in the design of environmentally friendly perovskite solar cells. Within this new family of semiconductors, Cs2BiAgCl6 and Cs2BiAgBr6 are stable compounds crystallizing in the elpasolite structure. Following the recent computational discovery and experimental synthesis of these compounds, a detailed investigation of their electronic properties is warranted in order to establish their potential as optoelectronic materials. In this work, we perform many-body perturbation theory calculations and obtain high accuracy band gaps for both compounds. In addition, we report on the synthesis of Cs2BiAgBr6 single crystals, which are stable in ambient conditions. From our complementary theoretical and experimental analysis, we are able to assign the indirect character of the band gaps and obtain both experimental and theoretical band gaps of these novel semiconductors that are in close agreement. PMID:27322413

  20. Long-time Luminescence Kinetics of Localized excitons and conduction Band Edges Smearing in ZnSe(1-c)Tec Solid Solutions

    Klochikhin, O.; Ogloblin, S. G.; Permogorov, S.; Reznitsky, A.; Klingshirn, C.; Vadim, Lyssenko; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2000-01-01

    It is shown that the integrated luminescence intensity of localized excitons in solid solutions ZnSe(1 - c)Tec has a component slowly decaying with time. After the excitation above the mobility threshold, the long-time intensity decreases exponentially, with a fractional exponent changing from a...

  1. Attractive Coulomb interaction of two-dimensional Rydberg excitons

    Shahnazaryan, V.; Shelykh, I. A.; Kyriienko, O.

    2016-06-01

    We analyze theoretically the Coulomb scattering processes of highly excited excitons in the direct-band-gap semiconductor quantum wells. We find that contrary to the interaction of ground-state excitons, the electron and hole exchange interaction between excited excitons has an attractive character both for s - and p -type two-dimensional (2D) excitons. Moreover, we show that similar to the three-dimensional highly excited excitons, the direct interaction of 2D Rydberg excitons exhibits van der Waals-type long-range interaction. The results predict the linear growth of the absolute value of exchange interaction strength with an exciton principal quantum number and point the way towards enhancement of optical nonlinearity in 2D excitonic systems.

  2. Quantum Dynamics and Spectroscopy of Excitons in Molecular Aggregates

    Kühn, Oliver

    2011-01-01

    The theoretical description and the properties of Frenkel excitons in non-covalently bonded molecular aggregates are reviewed from a multi-exciton perspective of dissipative quantum dynamics. First, the photophysical and quantum chemical characterization of the monomeric dye building blocks is discussed, including the important aspect of electron-vibrational coupling within the Huang-Rhys model. Supplementing the model by the Coulombic interactions between monomers, the description of aggregates in terms of excitonic or vibrational-excitonic bands follows. Besides of giving rise to complex absorption and emission line shapes, exciton-vibrational interaction is responsible for energy and phase relaxation and thereby limits the size of coherent excitations in larger aggregates. Throughout, emphasis is put on the electronic three-level model as a minimum requirement to describe nonlinear spectroscopies including effects of two-exciton states such as excited state absorption and exciton-exciton annihilation. The ...

  3. Ultraviolet laser ablation of halides and oxides

    We compare and contrast recent measurements of the behavior of ions and excited ions desorbed from samples of alkali halides and oxide ferroelectrics by an excimer laser at 308 nm wavelength. At the intensities used in these experiments, the density of local electronic excitation is low in the halides and high in the ferroelectrics, corresponding to two- and one-photon band-to-band transitions, respectively. The observed desorption yields and changes in the sample surfaces are discussed in terms of the density of electronic excitation, the relative strengths of electron-lattice coupling, and the role of thermal relaxation processes in the two materials. (orig.)

  4. Theory of core excitons

    Dow, J. D.; Hjalmarson, H. P.; Sankey, O. F.; Allen, R. E.; Buettner, H.

    1980-01-01

    The observation of core excitons with binding energies much larger than those of the valence excitons in the same material has posed a long-standing theoretical problem. A proposed solution to this problem is presented, and Frenkel excitons and Wannier excitons are shown to coexist naturally in a single material. (GHT)

  5. Theory of core excitons

    The observation of core excitons with binding energies much larger than those of the valence excitons in the same material has posed a long-standing theoretical problem. A proposed solution to this problem is presented, and Frenkel excitons and Wannier excitons are shown to coexist naturally in a single material

  6. Exciton dispersion in molecular solids

    The investigation of the exciton dispersion (i.e. the exciton energy dependence as a function of the momentum carried by the electron–hole pair) is a powerful approach to identify the exciton character, ranging from the strongly localised Frenkel to the delocalised Wannier–Mott limiting cases. We illustrate this possibility at the example of four prototypical molecular solids (picene, pentacene, tetracene and coronene) on the basis of the parameter-free solution of the many-body Bethe–Salpeter equation. We discuss the mixing between Frenkel and charge-transfer excitons and the origin of their Davydov splitting in the framework of many-body perturbation theory and establish a link with model approaches based on molecular states. Finally, we show how the interplay between the electronic band dispersion and the exchange electron–hole interaction plays a fundamental role in setting the nature of the exciton. This analysis has a general validity holding also for other systems in which the electron wavefunctions are strongly localized, as in strongly correlated insulators. (topical review)

  7. Polynuclear technetium halide clusters

    Development of chemistry of polynuclear technetium halide clusters in works devoted to synthesis, structure and investigation of their chemical and physical properties is considered. The role of academician V.I. Spitsyn as an initiator of investigation of polynuclear technetium halide clusters in the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Academy of Science of USSR is noted. Reactions and stability of cluster halides, their molecular and electronic structures are analyzed. Prospects of development of polynuclear technetium halide clusters chemistry as a direction being on the junction of cluster chemistry and theory of metal-metal multiple bonds are appreciated

  8. Exciton transport by surface acoustic waves

    Rudolph, J.; Hey, R.; Santos, P. V.

    2007-05-01

    Long-range acoustic transport of excitons in GaAs quantum wells (QWs) is demonstrated. The mobile strain field of a surface acoustic wave creates a dynamic lateral type I modulation of the conduction and valence bands in a double-quantum-well (DQW) structure. This mobile potential modulation transports long-living indirect excitons in the DQW over several hundreds of μm.

  9. Polarizable Optical Bistability of Frenkel Excitons

    O. Derevyanchuk

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Optical spectra of molecular crystals with two molecules in their elementary cell are investigated. Depending on the polarization angle one or two exciton excitation bands can be realized in the spectrum. The bands are separated by the terminal frequency interval. The exciton absorption bands genesis and the peculiarities of the function of their form at the change of the laser radiation polarization have been analyzed and the regularity of arising bistable states in organic benzol-type crystals has been established.

  10. Exciton circular dichroism in channelrhodopsin.

    Pescitelli, Gennaro; Kato, Hideaki E; Oishi, Satomi; Ito, Jumpei; Maturana, Andrés Daniel; Nureki, Osamu; Woody, Robert W

    2014-10-16

    Channelrhodopsins (ChRs) are of great interest currently because of their important applications in optogenetics, the photostimulation of neurons. The absorption and circular dichroism (CD) spectra of C1C2, a chimera of ChR1 and ChR2 of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, have been studied experimentally and theoretically. The visible absorption spectrum of C1C2 shows vibronic fine structure in the 470 nm band, consistent with the relatively nonpolar binding site. The CD spectrum has a negative band at 492 nm (Δε(max) = -6.17 M(-1) cm(-1)) and a positive band at 434 nm (Δε(max) = +6.65 M(-1) cm(-1)), indicating exciton coupling within the C1C2 dimer. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations are reported for three models of the C1C2 chromophore: (1) the isolated protonated retinal Schiff base (retPSB); (2) an ion pair, including the retPSB chromophore, two carboxylate side chains (Asp 292, Glu 162), modeled by acetate, and a water molecule; and (3) a hybrid quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) model depicting the binding pocket, in which the QM part consists of the same ion pair as that in (2) and the MM part consists of the protein residues surrounding the ion pair within 10 Å. For each of these models, the CD of both the monomer and the dimer was calculated with TDDFT. For the dimer, DeVoe polarizability theory and exciton calculations were also performed. The exciton calculations were supplemented by calculations of the coupling of the retinal transition with aromatic and peptide group transitions. For the dimer, all three methods and three models give a long-wavelength C2-axis-polarized band, negative in CD, and a short-wavelength band polarized perpendicular to the C2 axis with positive CD, differing in wavelength by 1-5 nm. Only the retPSB model gives an exciton couplet that agrees qualitatively with experiment. The other two models give a predominantly or solely positive band. We further analyze an N-terminal truncated mutant

  11. Exciton laser rate equations

    Garkavenko A. S.

    2011-01-01

    The rate equations of the exciton laser in the system of interacting excitons have been obtained and the inverted population conditions and generation have been derived. The possibility of creating radically new gamma-ray laser has been shown.

  12. Excitons in Electrostatic Traps

    Hammack, A. T.; Gippius, N. A.; Andreev, G. O.; Butov, L. V.; Hanson, M.; Gossard, A. C.

    2005-01-01

    We consider in-plane electrostatic traps for indirect excitons in coupled quantum wells, where the traps are formed by a laterally modulated gate voltage. An intrinsic obstacle for exciton confinement in electrostatic traps is an in-plane electric field that can lead to exciton dissociation. We propose a design to suppress the in-plane electric field and, at the same time, to effectively confine excitons in the electrostatic traps. We present calculations for various classes of electrostatic ...

  13. Excitonic Contribution on Light Emitting Properties of Nano silicon

    We developed a phenomenological model by integrating the effects of excitonic energy states, localized surface states and quantum confinement to obtain an analytical expression for the room temperature photoluminescence (PL) intensity. The binding energy and oscillator strength of strongly confined excitons has been calculated to examine its contribution on optical band gap and electronic properties of silicon quantum dots. The band gap decreases as much as 0.23 eV with excitonic effects for the smallest dot. The effects of exciton states explain almost accurately the experimental PL data. Our model provides the mechanism for controlling the PL intensity by controlling model parameters. The results for the size dependence of the optical band gap and oscillator strength are presented the role excitonic effects on optical and electronic properties are discussed. (author)

  14. Photofragmentation of metal halides

    The author deals with photodissociation of molecules of alkali halides. It is shown that the total absorption cross section consists of two contributions arising from transitions to excited states of total electronic angular momentum Ω=0+ and Ω=1. From the inversion of the absorption continua potential energy curves of the excited states can be constructed in the Franck-Condon region. It is found that for all alkali halides the 0+ state is higher in energy than the Ω=1 state. Extensive studies are reported on three thallium halides, TlI, TlBr and TlCl at various wavelengths covering the near ultraviolet region. (Auth.)

  15. Purcell effect in an organic-inorganic halide perovskite semiconductor microcavity system

    Wang, Jun; Wang, Yafeng; Hu, Tao; Wu, Lin; Shen, Xuechu; Chen, Zhanghai, E-mail: lujian@fudan.edu.cn, E-mail: zhanghai@fudan.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics, Key Laboratory of Micro and Nano Photonic Structures (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Cao, Runan; Xu, Fei [Department of Physics, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Da, Peimei; Zheng, Gengfeng [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Lu, Jian, E-mail: lujian@fudan.edu.cn, E-mail: zhanghai@fudan.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics, Key Laboratory of Micro and Nano Photonic Structures (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201210 (China)

    2016-01-11

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite semiconductors with the attractive physics properties, including strong photoluminescence (PL), huge oscillator strengths, and low nonradiative recombination losses, are ideal candidates for studying the light-matter interaction in nanostructures. Here, we demonstrate the coupling of the exciton state and the cavity mode in the lead halide perovskite microcavity system at room temperature. The Purcell effect in the coupling system is clearly observed by using angle-resolved photoluminescence spectra. Kinetic analysis based on time-resolved PL reveals that the spontaneous emission rate of the halide perovskite semiconductor is significantly enhanced at resonance of the exciton energy and the cavity mode. Our results provide the way for developing electrically driven organic polariton lasers, optical devices, and on-chip coherent quantum light sources.

  16. Purcell effect in an organic-inorganic halide perovskite semiconductor microcavity system

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite semiconductors with the attractive physics properties, including strong photoluminescence (PL), huge oscillator strengths, and low nonradiative recombination losses, are ideal candidates for studying the light-matter interaction in nanostructures. Here, we demonstrate the coupling of the exciton state and the cavity mode in the lead halide perovskite microcavity system at room temperature. The Purcell effect in the coupling system is clearly observed by using angle-resolved photoluminescence spectra. Kinetic analysis based on time-resolved PL reveals that the spontaneous emission rate of the halide perovskite semiconductor is significantly enhanced at resonance of the exciton energy and the cavity mode. Our results provide the way for developing electrically driven organic polariton lasers, optical devices, and on-chip coherent quantum light sources

  17. Phase coherence and spectral functions in the two-dimensional excitonic systems

    The nonlocal correlation mechanism between excitonic pairs is considered for a two dimensional exciton system. On the base of the unitary decomposition of the usual electron operator, we include the electron phase degrees of freedom into the problem of interacting excitons. Applying the path integral formalism, we treat the excitonic insulator state (EI) and the Bose–Einstein condensation (BEC) of preformed excitonic pairs as two independent problems. For the BEC of excitons the phase field variables play a crucial role. We derive the expression of the local EI order parameter by integrating out the phase variables. Then, considering the zero temperature limit, we obtain the excitonic BEC transition probability function, by integrating out the fermions. We calculate the normal excitonic Green functions for the conduction and valence band electrons and we derive the excitonic spectral functions, both analytically and numerically. Different values of the Coulomb interaction parameter are considered

  18. Two-photon spectroscopy of free carrier generation in the wide-band gap crystals

    Multiphoton absorption is able to produce primary free electron concentration, launching avalanch ionization mechanism in the transparent solids. We applied transient photoconductivity technique to investigate free carrier generation, caused by two-photon absorption in the alkali halide undoped crystals. Using radiation of tunable optical parametric oscillator-amplifier, the excitation spectra and temperature dependencies for conduction band electron concentration were measured. Two variations of experiment included optical excitation by equal quanta and by combination of tunable radiation with a fixed wavelength laser source. As it was shown, an efficient free electron producing was observed not only for interband optical transitions, but also for two-photon exciton absorption at room temperature. An analysis of the data obtained and comparison to conventional photoconductivity spectra indicated thermal ionization of the exciton states in the temperature range above 300 K. The corresponding exciton activation energy in KI was estimated and found to be consistent with the location of energy levels, allowed for two-photon exciton transitions

  19. Exciton Mapping at Subwavelength Scales in Two-Dimensional Materials

    Tizei, Luiz H. G.

    2015-03-01

    Spatially resolved electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) is performed at diffuse interfaces between MoS2 and MoSe2 single layers. With a monochromated electron source (20 meV) we successfully probe excitons near the interface by obtaining the low loss spectra at the nanometer scale. The exciton maps clearly show variations even with a 10 nm separation between measurements; consequently, the optical band gap can be measured with nanometer-scale resolution, which is 50 times smaller than the wavelength of the emitted photons. By performing core-loss EELS at the same regions, we observe that variations in the excitonic signature follow the chemical composition. The exciton peaks are observed to be broader at interfaces and heterogeneous regions, possibly due to interface roughness and alloying effects. Moreover, we do not observe shifts of the exciton peak across the interface, possibly because the interface width is not much larger than the exciton Bohr radius.

  20. Wannier-Mott excitons in semiconductors with a superlattice

    The effect of the motion of a Wannier-Mott exciton in semiconductors with a superlattice formed by heterojunctions on the exciton binding energy and wave function is analyzed. This effect arises as a result of the fact that the dispersion laws of the electron and hole that form an exciton in a superlattice differ from the quadratic law. The investigated one-dimensional superlattice consists of alternating semiconductor layers with different energy positions of the conduction and valence bands, i.e., with one-dimensional wells and barriers. The exciton state in a superlattice consisting of quantum dots is analyzed. It is demonstrated that the closer the electron and hole effective masses, the greater the dependence of the binding energy on the exciton quasi-momentum. The possibility of replacing the tunneling excitation transfer between superlattice cells with the dipole-dipole one at certain exciton quasi-wave vector values is investigated

  1. Roles of Hund's rule coupling in excitonic density-wave states

    Kaneko, Tatsuya; Ohta, Yukinori

    2014-01-01

    Excitonic density-wave states realized by the quantum condensation of electron-hole pairs (or excitons) are studied in the two-band Hubbard model with Hund's rule coupling and the pair hopping term. Using the variational cluster approximation, we calculate the grand potential of the system and demonstrate that Hund's rule coupling always stabilizes the excitonic spin-density-wave state and destabilizes the excitonic charge-density-wave state and that the pair hopping term enhances these effec...

  2. Confined exciton spectroscopy

    Full text: In this work, the exciton is considered as a sensor of the electronic and optical properties of materials such as semiconductors, which have size compared to the exciton De Broglie wavelength, approximately 20 nm, depending on the semiconductor. Examples of electron-phonon, electron-electron, photon-electron, exciton-polariton, phonon-plasmon, are presented, under different confinement conditions such as quantum wells, superlattices

  3. Photophysics of Hybrid Lead Halide Perovskites: The Role of Microstructure.

    Srimath Kandada, Ajay Ram; Petrozza, Annamaria

    2016-03-15

    Since the first reports on high efficiency, solution processed solar cells based on hybrid lead halide perovskites, there has been an explosion of activities on these materials. Researchers with interests spanning the full range from conventional inorganic to emerging organic and hybrid optoelectronic technologies have been contributing to the prolific research output. This has led to solar cell power conversion efficiencies now exceeding 20% and the demonstration of proofs of concept for electroluminescent and lasing devices. Hybrid perovskites can be self-assembled by a simple chemical deposition of the constituent units, with the possibility of integrating the useful properties of organic and inorganic compounds at the molecular scale within a single crystalline material, thus enabling a fine-tuning of the electronic properties. Tellingly, the fundamental properties of these materials may make us think of a new, solution processable, GaAs-like semiconductor. While this can be true to a first approximation, hybrid perovskites are intrinsically complex materials, where the presence of various types of interactions and structural disorder may strongly affect their properties. In particular, a clear understanding and control of the relative interactions between the organic and inorganic moieties is of paramount importance to properly disentangle their innate physics. In this Account we review our recent studies which aim to clarify the relationship between structural and electronic properties from a molecular to mesoscopic level. First we identify the markers for local disorder at the molecular level by using Raman spectroscopy as a probe. Then, we exploit such a tool to explore the role of microstructure on the absorption and luminescence properties of the semiconductor. Finally we address the controversy surrounding electron-hole interactions and excitonic effects. We show that in hybrid lead-halide perovskites dielectric screening also depends on the local

  4. Excitonic dynamical Franz-Keldysh effect

    Nordstrøm, K.B.; Johnsen, Kristinn; Allen, S.J.;

    1998-01-01

    The dynamical Franz-Keldysh effect is exposed by exploring near-band-gap absorption in the presence of intense THz electric fields. It bridges the gap between the de Franz-Keldysh effect and multiphoton absorption and competes with the THz ac Stark effect in shifting the energy of the excitonic...... resonance. A theoretical model which includes the strong THz field nonperturbatively via a nonequilibrium Green functions technique is able to describe the dynamical Franz-Keldysh effect in the presence of excitonic absorption....

  5. Exciton laser rate equations

    Garkavenko A. S.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The rate equations of the exciton laser in the system of interacting excitons have been obtained and the inverted population conditions and generation have been derived. The possibility of creating radically new gamma-ray laser has been shown.

  6. Exciton-polariton laser

    Moskalenko, S. A.; Tiginyanu, I. M.

    2016-05-01

    We present a review of the investigations realized in the last decades of the phenomenon of the Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) in the system of two-dimensional cavity polaritons in semiconductor nanostructures. The conditions at which the excitons interacting with cavity photons form new type of quasiparticles named as polaritons are described. Since polaritons can form in a microcavity a weakly interacting Bose gas, similarly to the exciton gas in semiconductors, the microcavity exciton-polariton BEC emerged in the last decades as a new direction of the exciton BEC in solids, promising for practical applications. The high interest in BEC of exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities is related to the ultra-low threshold lasing which has been demonstrated, in particular, for an electrically injected polariton laser based on bulk GaN microcavity diode working at room temperature.

  7. Ultraviolet optical absorption of alkali cyanides and alkali halide cyanides

    The ultraviolet absorption spectra of alkali cyanide and mixed alkali halide cyanide crystals were measured at temperatures ranging from 300K down to 4.2K. A set of small absorption peaks was observed at energies near 6 eV and assigned to parity forbidden X1Σ+→a'3Σ+ transitions of the CN- molecular ions. It was observed that the peak position depends on the alkali atom while the absorption cross section strongly depends on the halogen and on the CN- concentration of the mixed crystals. These effects are explained in terms of an interaction between the triplet molecular excitons and charge transfer excitons. The experimental data were fit with a coupling energy of a few meV. The coupling mechanism is discussed and it is found to be due to the overlap between the wave functions of the two excitations. (Author)

  8. Structure of luminescence spectrum of PbI2 in the region of strong light-exciton mixing

    The temperature dependence on the PbI(2H) monocrystal photoluminescence spectrum is studied in the range of the exciton transition n = 1. It is shown that a doublet nature of the luminescence band of free excitons is caused by optical characteristics of the crystals, associated with transverse-longitudinal splitting of light-exciton states

  9. Mori approach to exciton memories in initially unrelaxed excitonphonon systems: direct and reorganized perturbation expansions

    Čápek, V.

    1993-11-01

    Starting from the Mori formalism, memory functions of excitons coupled to harmonic phonons in periodic crystals with linear exciton-phonon coupling are calculated in two limiting cases: that of the naxrow unrenormalized exciton band with only site local coupling and that of the weak exciton-phonon coupling. Mutual correspondence as well as that with results of analogous works is discussed. By a mathematical trick, perturbational series for memory kernel of initially unrela-xed excitons interacting locally with harmonic phonons is then reorganized. Using that, full agreement is achieved with previous results obtained by Generalized Master Equations for initially relaxed excitons in case of narrow exciton band width. For the weak exciton-phonon coupling case, appreciable reduction of damping of the quasicoherent channel may be achieved on account of polaron effects. Crucial role of the exciton bandwidth beyond the lowest order is found in both cases for the low-temperature exciton diffusivity. Some predictions on the temperature dependence of the phonon-scattering limited exciton diffusion constant are given.

  10. Charge-Carrier Dynamics in Organic-Inorganic Metal Halide Perovskites.

    Herz, Laura M

    2016-05-27

    Hybrid organic-inorganic metal halide perovskites have recently emerged as exciting new light-harvesting and charge-transporting materials for efficient photovoltaic devices. Yet knowledge of the nature of the photogenerated excitations and their subsequent dynamics is only just emerging. This article reviews the current state of the field, focusing first on a description of the crystal and electronic band structure that give rise to the strong optical transitions that enable light harvesting. An overview is presented of the numerous experimental approaches toward determining values for exciton binding energies, which appear to be small (a few milli-electron volts to a few tens of milli-electron volts) and depend significantly on temperature because of associated changes in the dielectric function. Experimental evidence for charge-carrier relaxation dynamics within the first few picoseconds after excitation is discussed in terms of thermalization, cooling, and many-body effects. Charge-carrier recombination mechanisms are reviewed, encompassing trap-assisted nonradiative recombination that is highly specific to processing conditions, radiative bimolecular (electron-hole) recombination, and nonradiative many-body (Auger) mechanisms. PMID:26980309

  11. Interwell excitons in GaAs superlattices

    Birkedal, Dan; Sayed, Karim El; Sanders, G.; Spiegelberg, C.; Vadim, Lyssenko; Stanton, C.; Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Timofeev, V. B.; Bayer, M.

    1996-01-01

    The formation of spatially indirect excitons in superlattices with narrow minibands is theoretically and experimentally investigated. We identify the experimental conditions for the observation of interwell excitons and find a distinct excitonic state energetically located between the Is exciton ...

  12. Studies of rare gas halide lasers

    Hogan, Daniel Christopher.; Webb, Colin E.; Dr. C. E. Webb

    1983-01-01

    This thesis presents the results of a study of the mechanisms responsible for limiting the laser pulse duration obtainable in xenon chloride lasers which are excited by UV-preionized, self-sustained gas discharges. The xenon chloride laser system, the principal emission band of which is centred around 308 nm, belongs to the class of high pressure gas lasers known as 'rare-gas halides'(RGH). RGH lasers are now well known for their high peak power output at a number of wavelen...

  13. Ultraviolet absorption spectra of mercuric halides.

    Templet, P.; Mcdonald, J. R.; Mcglynn, S. P.; Kendrow, C. H.; Roebber, J. L.; Weiss, K.

    1972-01-01

    The gas phase transitions of the mercuric halides were observed in the UV region by operating at temperatures above 400 K and at vapor pressures on the order of 0.5 mm. Spectral features exhibited by the chloride, bromide, and iodide of mercury correlate energetically with bands previously designated as intermolecular charge transfer transitions. The solution spectra of mercuric iodide and deep color of the crystals (if not due to some solid state interactions) indicate that this molecule may also have longer wavelength transitions.

  14. PREPARATION OF HALIDES OF PLUTONIUM

    Garner, C.S.; Johns, I.B.

    1958-09-01

    A dry chemical method is described for preparing plutonium halides, which consists in contacting plutonyl nitrate with dry gaseous HCl or HF at an elevated temperature. The addition to the reaction gas of a small quantity of an oxidizing gas or a reducing gas will cause formation of the tetra- or tri-halide of plutonium as desired.

  15. Dynamical process of exciton-exciton scattering in CuI thin films

    We have investigated the time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectra of CuI thin films under intense excitation conditions in the time region up to 25 ps. In the time-integrated PL spectra, we have clearly observed the PL band originated from the inelastic scattering of excitons, so-called P emission. The time-resolved PL spectra obtained by using an optical Kerr gating method exhibit that the peak energy of the P-emission band temporally changes in a picosecond region, which reflects the variation of the effective temperature of excitonic system. In the time profile of the P-emission band, we found the following two characteristic properties. One is that the decay time hardly depends on the excitation power. The other is that the rise time becomes considerably faster with increasing excitation power. Moreover, we have found that the inverse of the rise time of the P emission exhibits an almost quadratic dependence on the excitation power

  16. Quantum Size Effect in Organometal Halide Perovskite Nanoplatelets.

    Sichert, Jasmina A; Tong, Yu; Mutz, Niklas; Vollmer, Mathias; Fischer, Stefan; Milowska, Karolina Z; García Cortadella, Ramon; Nickel, Bert; Cardenas-Daw, Carlos; Stolarczyk, Jacek K; Urban, Alexander S; Feldmann, Jochen

    2015-10-14

    Organometal halide perovskites have recently emerged displaying a huge potential for not only photovoltaic, but also light emitting applications. Exploiting the optical properties of specifically tailored perovskite nanocrystals could greatly enhance the efficiency and functionality of applications based on this material. In this study, we investigate the quantum size effect in colloidal organometal halide perovskite nanoplatelets. By tuning the ratio of the organic cations used, we can control the thickness and consequently the photoluminescence emission of the platelets. Quantum mechanical calculations match well with the experimental values. We find that not only do the properties of the perovskite, but also those of the organic ligands play an important role. Stacking of nanoplatelets leads to the formation of minibands, further shifting the bandgap energies. In addition, we find a large exciton binding energy of up to several hundreds of meV for nanoplatelets thinner than three unit cells, partially counteracting the blueshift induced by quantum confinement. Understanding of the quantum size effects in perovskite nanoplatelets and the ability to tune them provide an additional method with which to manipulate the optical properties of organometal halide perovskites. PMID:26327242

  17. Excitonic surface lattice resonances

    Humphrey, A. D.; Gentile, M. J.; Barnes, W. L.

    2016-08-01

    Electromagnetic resonances are important in controlling light at the nanoscale. The most studied such resonance is the surface plasmon resonance that is associated with metallic nanostructures. Here we explore an alternative resonance, the surface exciton-polariton resonance, one based on excitonic molecular materials. Our study is based on analytical and numerical modelling. We show that periodic arrays of suitable molecular nanoparticles may support surface lattice resonances that arise as a result of coherent interactions between the particles. Our results demonstrate that excitonic molecular materials are an interesting alternative to metals for nanophotonics; they offer the prospect of both fabrication based on supramolecular chemistry and optical functionality arising from the way the properties of such materials may be controlled with light.

  18. Multiscale photosynthetic exciton transfer

    Ringsmuth, A K; Stace, T M; 10.1038/nphys2332

    2012-01-01

    Photosynthetic light harvesting provides a natural blueprint for bioengineered and biomimetic solar energy and light detection technologies. Recent evidence suggests some individual light harvesting protein complexes (LHCs) and LHC subunits efficiently transfer excitons towards chemical reaction centers (RCs) via an interplay between excitonic quantum coherence, resonant protein vibrations, and thermal decoherence. The role of coherence in vivo is unclear however, where excitons are transferred through multi-LHC/RC aggregates over distances typically large compared with intra-LHC scales. Here we assess the possibility of long-range coherent transfer in a simple chromophore network with disordered site and transfer coupling energies. Through renormalization we find that, surprisingly, decoherence is diminished at larger scales, and long-range coherence is facilitated by chromophoric clustering. Conversely, static disorder in the site energies grows with length scale, forcing localization. Our results suggest s...

  19. Machine Learning Exciton Dynamics

    Häse, Florian; Pyzer-Knapp, Edward; Aspuru-Guzik, Alán

    2015-01-01

    Obtaining the exciton dynamics of large photosynthetic complexes by using mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) is computationally demanding. We propose a machine learning technique, multi-layer perceptrons, as a tool to reduce the time required to compute excited state energies. With this approach we predict time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) excited state energies of bacteriochlorophylls in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complex. Additionally we compute spectral densities and exciton populations from the predictions. Different methods to determine multi-layer perceptron training sets are introduced, leading to several initial data selections. In addition, we compute spectral densities and exciton populations. Once multi-layer perceptrons are trained, predicting excited state energies was found to be significantly faster than the corresponding QM/MM calculations. We showed that multi-layer perceptrons can successfully reproduce the energies of QM/MM calculations to a high degree o...

  20. Making and Breaking of Lead Halide Perovskites

    Manser, Joseph S.

    2016-02-16

    kinetics can be tailored to yield improved thin film homogeneity. Because degradation of the as-formed perovskite film is in many ways analogous to its initial formation, the same suite of monitoring techniques reveals the moisture-induced transformation of low band gap methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) to wide band gap hydrate compounds. The rate of degradation is increased upon exposure to light. Interestingly, the hydration process is reversible under certain conditions. This facile formation and subsequent chemical lability raises the question of whether CH3NH3PbI3 and its analogues are thermodynamically stable phases, thus posing a significant challenge to the development of transformative perovskite photovoltaics. Adequately addressing issues of structural and chemical stability under real-world operating conditions is paramount if perovskite solar cells are to make an impact beyond the benchtop. Expanding our fundamental knowledge of lead halide perovskite formation and degradation pathways can facilitate fabrication of stable, high-quality perovskite thin films for the next generation of photovoltaic and light emitting devices.

  1. Making and Breaking of Lead Halide Perovskites.

    Manser, Joseph S; Saidaminov, Makhsud I; Christians, Jeffrey A; Bakr, Osman M; Kamat, Prashant V

    2016-02-16

    kinetics can be tailored to yield improved thin film homogeneity. Because degradation of the as-formed perovskite film is in many ways analogous to its initial formation, the same suite of monitoring techniques reveals the moisture-induced transformation of low band gap methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) to wide band gap hydrate compounds. The rate of degradation is increased upon exposure to light. Interestingly, the hydration process is reversible under certain conditions. This facile formation and subsequent chemical lability raises the question of whether CH3NH3PbI3 and its analogues are thermodynamically stable phases, thus posing a significant challenge to the development of transformative perovskite photovoltaics. Adequately addressing issues of structural and chemical stability under real-world operating conditions is paramount if perovskite solar cells are to make an impact beyond the benchtop. Expanding our fundamental knowledge of lead halide perovskite formation and degradation pathways can facilitate fabrication of stable, high-quality perovskite thin films for the next generation of photovoltaic and light emitting devices. PMID:26789596

  2. Exciton diffusion, end quenching, and exciton-exciton annihilation in individual air-suspended carbon nanotubes

    Ishii A.; Yoshida, M.; Kato, Y. K.

    2015-01-01

    Luminescence properties of carbon nanotubes are strongly affected by exciton diffusion, which plays an important role in various nonradiative decay processes. Here we perform photoluminescence microscopy on hundreds of individual air-suspended carbon nanotubes to elucidate the interplay between exciton diffusion, end quenching, and exciton-exciton annihilation processes. A model derived from random-walk theory as well as Monte Carlo simulations are utilized to analyze nanotube length dependen...

  3. Exciton diffusion, end quenching, and exciton-exciton annihilation in individual air-suspended carbon nanotubes

    Ishii, A; Yoshida, M.; Kato, Y. K.

    2014-01-01

    Luminescence properties of carbon nanotubes are strongly affected by exciton diffusion, which plays an important role in various nonradiative decay processes. Here we perform photoluminescence microscopy on hundreds of individual air-suspended carbon nanotubes to elucidate the interplay between exciton diffusion, end quenching, and exciton-exciton annihilation processes. A model derived from random-walk theory as well as Monte Carlo simulations are utilized to analyze nanotube length dependen...

  4. Quasienergy Spectroscopy of Excitons

    Johnsen, Kristinn; Jauho, Antti-Pekka

    1999-01-01

    We theoretically study nonlinear optics of excitons under intense THz irradiation. In particular, the linear near-infrared absorption and resonantly enhanced nonlinear sideband generation are described. We predict a rich structure in the spectra which an be interpreted in terms of the quasienergy...

  5. Triplet exciton dynamics

    Results are presented of electron spin echo experiments combined with laser flash excitation on triplet states of aromatic molecules. Some of the theoretical and experimental aspects of the photoexcited triplet state are discussed in detail and the electron spin echo spectrometers and laser systems are described. All the experiments described in this thesis were performed at liquid helium temperatures. An account is given of the ESE experiments performed on the photoexcited, non-radiative, triplet state of pentacene in napthalene. This is an example of the ESE technique being used to ascertain the zero-field splitting parameters, the populating and depopulating rates, and the orientation of the pentacene molecules in the naphthalene host. A combination of high resolution laser flash excitation and electron-spin echoes in zero-magnetic field allowed the author to observe directly k(vector)→k(vector)' exciton scattering processes in the one-dimensional triplet excitons in tetrachlorobenzene for the first time. Additional experimental data about exciton scattering is provided and a study of the orientational dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation of the triplet excitons in an external magnetic field is described. (Auth.)

  6. Exciton solitary waves (exolitons)

    The soliton theory is briefly explained with regard to cooperative phenomena in one-dimensional systems. The study of the dynamics of a one-dimensional lattice shows that nonlinear phonon interaction results in the production of a solitary wave. The procedure is indicated for the mathematical solution of the problem of the exciton-phonon interaction. (M.S.)

  7. Halide-Substituted Electronic Properties of Organometal Halide Perovskite Films: Direct and Inverse Photoemission Studies.

    Li, Chi; Wei, Jian; Sato, Mikio; Koike, Harunobu; Xie, Zhong-Zhi; Li, Yan-Qing; Kanai, Kaname; Kera, Satoshi; Ueno, Nobuo; Tang, Jian-Xin

    2016-05-11

    Solution-processed perovskite solar cells are attracting increasing interest due to their potential in next-generation hybrid photovoltaic devices. Despite the morphological control over the perovskite films, quantitative information on electronic structures and interface energetics is of paramount importance to the optimal photovoltaic performance. Here, direct and inverse photoemission spectroscopies are used to determine the electronic structures and chemical compositions of various methylammonium lead halide perovskite films (MAPbX3, X = Cl, Br, and I), revealing the strong influence of halide substitution on the electronic properties of perovskite films. Precise control over halide compositions in MAPbX3 films causes the manipulation of the electronic properties, with a qualitatively blue shift along the I → Br → Cl series and showing the increase in ionization potentials from 5.96 to 7.04 eV and the change of transport band gaps in the range from 1.70 to 3.09 eV. The resulting light absorption of MAPbX3 films can cover the entire visible region from 420 to 800 nm. The results presented here provide a quantitative guide for the analysis of perovskite-based solar cell performance and the selection of optimal carrier-extraction materials for photogenerated electrons and holes. PMID:27101940

  8. METHOD OF PREPARING METAL HALIDES

    Hendrickson, A.V.

    1958-11-18

    The conversion of plutonium halides from plutonium peroxide can be done by washing the peroxide with hydrogen peroxide, drying the peroxide, passing a dry gaseous hydrohalide over the surface of the peroxide at a temperature of about lOO icient laborato C until the reaction rate has stabillzed, and then ralsing the reaction temperature to between 400 and 600 icient laborato C until the conversion to plutonium halide is substantially complete.

  9. Many-body effects and excitonic features in 2D biphenylene carbon.

    Lüder, Johann; Puglia, Carla; Ottosson, Henrik; Eriksson, Olle; Sanyal, Biplab; Brena, Barbara

    2016-01-14

    The remarkable excitonic effects in low dimensional materials in connection to large binding energies of excitons are of great importance for research and technological applications such as in solar energy and quantum information processing as well as for fundamental investigations. In this study, the unique electronic and excitonic properties of the two dimensional carbon network biphenylene carbon were investigated with GW approach and the Bethe-Salpeter equation accounting for electron correlation effects and electron-hole interactions, respectively. Biphenylene carbon exhibits characteristic features including bright and dark excitons populating the optical gap of 0.52 eV and exciton binding energies of 530 meV as well as a technologically relevant intrinsic band gap of 1.05 eV. Biphenylene carbon's excitonic features, possibly tuned, suggest possible applications in the field of solar energy and quantum information technology in the future. PMID:26772582

  10. Bleaching in the region of exciton resonance of layered GaSe crystals

    Kyazym-zade, A. G.; Salmanov, V. M.; Guseinov, A. G.; Salmanova, A. A.; Mamedov, R. M.; Dzhavadzade, A. A.

    2014-09-01

    Light absorption in the region of exciton resonance of GaSe crystal is studied experimentally at high levels of optical excitation. A picosecond YAG:Nd3+ laser emitting 30-ps light pulses and a dye laser with a pulse width of ˜3 ns tunable within the range 594-643 nm were used as light sources. It was found that, at high levels of optical excitation, the exciton absorption line of the GaSe crystal disappeared, which was attributed to increasing exciton density with arising mechanisms of their decay: exciton-exciton interactions and screening of excitons by the free charge-carrier plasma. It is shown that these mechanisms are also responsible for the arising new emission band in the long-wavelength region of the photoluminescence spectrum.

  11. Many-body effects and excitonic features in 2D biphenylene carbon

    Lüder, Johann, E-mail: johann.luder@physics.uu.se; Puglia, Carla; Eriksson, Olle; Sanyal, Biplab; Brena, Barbara [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 516, 751 20 Uppsala (Sweden); Ottosson, Henrik [Department of Chemistry–BMC, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 576, 751 23 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2016-01-14

    The remarkable excitonic effects in low dimensional materials in connection to large binding energies of excitons are of great importance for research and technological applications such as in solar energy and quantum information processing as well as for fundamental investigations. In this study, the unique electronic and excitonic properties of the two dimensional carbon network biphenylene carbon were investigated with GW approach and the Bethe-Salpeter equation accounting for electron correlation effects and electron-hole interactions, respectively. Biphenylene carbon exhibits characteristic features including bright and dark excitons populating the optical gap of 0.52 eV and exciton binding energies of 530 meV as well as a technologically relevant intrinsic band gap of 1.05 eV. Biphenylene carbon’s excitonic features, possibly tuned, suggest possible applications in the field of solar energy and quantum information technology in the future.

  12. Many-body effects and excitonic features in 2D biphenylene carbon

    The remarkable excitonic effects in low dimensional materials in connection to large binding energies of excitons are of great importance for research and technological applications such as in solar energy and quantum information processing as well as for fundamental investigations. In this study, the unique electronic and excitonic properties of the two dimensional carbon network biphenylene carbon were investigated with GW approach and the Bethe-Salpeter equation accounting for electron correlation effects and electron-hole interactions, respectively. Biphenylene carbon exhibits characteristic features including bright and dark excitons populating the optical gap of 0.52 eV and exciton binding energies of 530 meV as well as a technologically relevant intrinsic band gap of 1.05 eV. Biphenylene carbon’s excitonic features, possibly tuned, suggest possible applications in the field of solar energy and quantum information technology in the future

  13. Exciton-polariton mediated superconductivity

    Laussy, Fabrice P.; Kavokin, Alexey V; Shelykh, Ivan A

    2010-01-01

    We revisit the exciton mechanism of superconductivity in the framework of microcavity physics, replacing virtual excitons as a binding agent of Cooper pairs by excitations of an exciton-polariton Bose-Einstein condensate. We consider a model microcavity where a quantum well with a two-dimensional electron gas is sandwiched between two undoped quantum wells, where a polariton condensate is formed. We show that the critical temperature for superconductivity dramatically increases with the conde...

  14. Study of the point defect creation and of the excitonic luminescence in alkali halides irradiated by swift heavy ions; Etude de la creation de defauts ponctuels et de la luminescence excitonique d`halogenures d`alcalins irradies par les ions lourds de grande vitesse

    Protin, L.

    1994-10-05

    The aim of this experimental thesis is to study the excitonic mechanisms and of the defect creation, in NaCl and KBr, under dense electronic excitations induced by swift heavy ion irradiations. In the first part, we present the main features of the interaction of swift heavy ions with solid targets, and after we review the well known radiolytic processes of the defect creation during X-ray irradiation. In the second chapter, we describe our experimental set-up. In the chapter III, we present our results of the in-situ optical absorption measurements. This results show that defect creation is less sensitive to the temperature than during a classical irradiation. Besides, we observe new mechanisms concerning the defect aggregation. In the chapter IV, we present the results of excitonic luminescence induced by swift by swift heavy ions. We observe that the luminescence yields only change with the highest electronic stopping power. In the chapter V, we perform thermal spike and luminescence yields calculations and we compare the numerical results to the experiments presented in the chapter IV. (author). 121 refs., 65 figs., 30 tabs.

  15. Excitons in asymmetric quantum wells

    Grigoryev, P. S.; Kurdyubov, A. S.; Kuznetsova, M. S.; Ignatiev, I. V.; Efimov, Yu. P.; Eliseev, S. A.; Petrov, V. V.; Lovtcius, V. A.; Shapochkin, P. Yu.

    2016-09-01

    Resonance dielectric response of excitons is studied for the high-quality InGaAs/GaAs heterostructures with wide asymmetric quantum wells (QWs). To highlight effects of the QW asymmetry, we have grown and studied several heterostructures with nominally square QWs as well as with triangle-like QWs. Several quantum confined exciton states are experimentally observed as narrow exciton resonances. A standard approach for the phenomenological analysis of the profiles is generalized by introducing different phase shifts for the light waves reflected from the QWs at different exciton resonances. Good agreement of the phenomenological fit to the experimentally observed exciton spectra for high-quality structures allowed us to reliably obtain parameters of the exciton resonances: the exciton transition energies, the radiative broadenings, and the phase shifts. A direct numerical solution of the Schrödinger equation for the heavy-hole excitons in asymmetric QWs is used for microscopic modeling of the exciton resonances. Remarkable agreement with the experiment is achieved when the effect of indium segregation is taken into account. The segregation results in a modification of the potential profile, in particular, in an asymmetry of the nominally square QWs.

  16. Relaxation Between Bright Optical Wannier Excitons in Perovskite Solar Absorber CH$_3$NH$_3$PbI$_3$

    Nanguneri, Ravindra; Parkhill, John

    2014-01-01

    We study the light-absorbing states of the mixed-halide perovskite CH$_{3}$NH$_{3}$PbI$_2$Cl and tri-iodide perovskite CH$_{3}$NH$_{3}$PbI$_3$ with density functional and many-body calculations to explain the desirable photovolatic features of these materials. The short-lived electron-hole bound states produced in this photovoltaic material are of halide to lead electron transfer character, with a Wannier-type exciton. Bethe-Salpeter (GW+BSE) calculations of the absorption cross section revea...

  17. Defect-Induced Photoluminescence from Dark Excitonic States in Individual Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

    Harutyunyan, Hayk; Gokus, Tobias; Green, Alexander A.; Hersam, Mark C.; Allegrini, Maria; Hartschuh, Achim

    2009-01-01

    We show that new low-energy photoluminescence (PL) bands can be created in the spectra of semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes by intense pulsed excitation. The new bands are attributed to PL from different nominally dark excitons that are “brightened” because of a defect-induced mixing of states with different parity and/or spin. Time-resolved PL studies on single nanotubes reveal a significant reduction of the bright exciton lifetime upon brightening of the dark excitons. The lowes...

  18. Luminescence of excitons in mesoscopic ZnO particles

    Luminescence and time-resolved luminescence spectra of ZnO particles with the size of ∼20 nm have been investigated under band-to-band excitation. In the ultraviolet spectral region, there appear broad luminescence bands at 367.6, 368.8, 374.5 and 381.9 nm at 10 K. Decay profiles at 369 and 374 nm exhibit two decay components. The decay times are ∼20 and ∼100 ps for 369 nm, and ∼40 and ∼400 ps for 374 nm. These luminescence bands are attributable to the radiative recombination of free and bound excitons. Based on the present results, the effects of surface states and defects on excitons in mesoscopic ZnO particles have been discussed

  19. Exciton Transport in Organic Semiconductors

    Menke, Stephen Matthew

    Photovoltaic cells based on organic semiconductors are attractive for their use as a renewable energy source owing to their abundant feedstock and compatibility with low-cost coating techniques on flexible substrates. In contrast to photovoltaic cells based traditional inorganic semiconductors, photon absorption in an organic semiconductor results in the formation of a coulombically bound electron-hole pair, or exciton. The transport of excitons, consequently, is of critical importance as excitons mediate the interaction between charge and light in organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs). In this dissertation, a strong connection between the fundamental photophysical parameters that control nanoscopic exciton energy transfer and the mesoscopic exciton transport is established. With this connection in place, strategies for enhancing the typically short length scale for exciton diffusion (L D) can be developed. Dilution of the organic semiconductor boron subphthalocyanine chloride (SubPc) is found to increase the LD for SubPc by 50%. In turn, OPVs based on dilute layers of SubPc exhibit a 30% enhancement in power conversion efficiency. The enhancement in power conversion efficiency is realized via enhancements in LD, optimized optical spacing, and directed exciton transport at an exciton permeable interface. The role of spin, energetic disorder, and thermal activation on L D are also addressed. Organic semiconductors that exhibit thermally activated delayed fluorescence and efficient intersystem and reverse intersystem crossing highlight the balance between singlet and triplet exciton energy transfer and diffusion. Temperature dependent measurements for LD provide insight into the inhomogeneously broadened exciton density of states and the thermal nature of exciton energy transfer. Additional topics include energy-cascade OPV architectures and broadband, spectrally tunable photodetectors based on organic semiconductors.

  20. Preparation of cerium halide solvate complexes

    Vasudevan, Kalyan V; Smith, Nickolaus A; Gordon, John C; McKigney, Edward A; Muenchaussen, Ross E

    2013-08-06

    Crystals of a solvated cerium(III) halide solvate complex resulted from a process of forming a paste of a cerium(III) halide in an ionic liquid, adding a solvent to the paste, removing any undissolved solid, and then cooling the liquid phase. Diffusing a solvent vapor into the liquid phase also resulted in crystals of a solvated cerium(III) halide complex.

  1. Radiochemical synthesis of pure anhydrous metal halides

    Philipp, W. H.; Marsik, S. J.; May, C. E.

    1973-01-01

    Method uses radiation chemistry as practical tool for inorganic preparations and in particular deposition of metals by irradiation of their aqueous metal salt solutions with high energy electrons. Higher valence metal halide is dissolved in organic liquid and exposed to high energy electrons. This causes metal halide to be reduced to a lower valence metal halide.

  2. Excitonic signatures in the optical response of single-wall carbon nanotubes

    Voisin, Christophe; Berger, Sebastien; Cassabois, Guillaume; Roussignol, Philippe [Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain, Ecole Normale Superieure, CNRS UMR8551, UPMC, Universite Paris Diderot, 24 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris (France); Berciaud, Stephane [IPCMS, UMR 7504, CNRS Universite de Strasbourg, 23 rue du Loess, 67034 Strasbourg (France); Yan, Hugen; Hone, James; Heinz, Tony F. [Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Departments, Columbia University, New York, NY (United States); Lauret, Jean-Sebastien [Laboratoire de Photonique Quantique et Moleculaire, Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, CNRS UMR 8537, Institut Dalembert, 61 Avenue Wilson, Cachan (France)

    2012-05-15

    The optical properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are dominated by the excitonic character of the transitions even at room temperature. The very peculiar properties of these excitons arise from both the one-dimensional (1D) nature of carbon nanotubes and from the electronic properties of graphene from which nanotubes are made. We first propose a brief qualitative review of the structure of the excitonic manifold and emphasize the role of dark states. We describe recent experimental investigations of this excitonic structure by means of temperature dependent PL measurements. We investigate the case of upper sub-bands and show that high-order optical transitions remain excitonic for large diameter nanotubes. A careful investigation of Rayleigh scattering spectra at the single nanotube level reveals clear exciton-phonon side-bands and Lorentzian line profiles for all semi-conducting nanotubes. In contrast, metallic nanotubes show an ambivalent behavior which is related to the reduced excitonic binding energy. Schematic of the exciton manifold in single-wall carbon nanotubes. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. Realization of an all optical exciton-polariton router

    We report on the experimental realization of an all optical router for exciton-polaritons. This device is based on the design proposed by Flayac and Savenko [Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 201105 (2013)], in which a zero-dimensional island is connected through tunnel barriers to two periodically modulated wires of different periods. Selective transmission of polaritons injected in the island, into either of the two wires, is achieved by tuning the energy of the island state across the band structure of the modulated wires. We demonstrate routing of ps polariton pulses using an optical control beam which controls the energy of the island quantum states, thanks to polariton-exciton interactions

  4. Realization of an all optical exciton-polariton router

    Marsault, Félix; Nguyen, Hai Son; Tanese, Dimitrii; Lemaître, Aristide; Galopin, Elisabeth; Sagnes, Isabelle; Amo, Alberto [Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures, LPN/CNRS, Route de Nozay, 91460 Marcoussis (France); Bloch, Jacqueline, E-mail: jacqueline.bloch@lpn.cnrs.fr [Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures, LPN/CNRS, Route de Nozay, 91460 Marcoussis (France); Physics Department, Ecole Polytechnique, F-91128 Palaiseau Cedex (France)

    2015-11-16

    We report on the experimental realization of an all optical router for exciton-polaritons. This device is based on the design proposed by Flayac and Savenko [Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 201105 (2013)], in which a zero-dimensional island is connected through tunnel barriers to two periodically modulated wires of different periods. Selective transmission of polaritons injected in the island, into either of the two wires, is achieved by tuning the energy of the island state across the band structure of the modulated wires. We demonstrate routing of ps polariton pulses using an optical control beam which controls the energy of the island quantum states, thanks to polariton-exciton interactions.

  5. Nongeneric dispersion of excitons in the bulk of WSe2

    Schuster, R.; Wan, Y.; Knupfer, M.; Büchner, B.

    2016-08-01

    We combine electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations to study the dispersion and effective mass of excitons in the bulk of WSe2. Our EELS data suggest substantial deviations from the generic quadratic momentum dependence along the Γ K direction. From the DFT-derived Kohn-Sham states we deduce the EELS response without the inclusion of particle-hole attraction to study the possible role of the single-particle band structure on the exciton behavior. Based on this analysis we argue in favor of a strongly momentum dependent particle-hole interaction in WSe2 and other group-VI-transition-metal dichalcogenides.

  6. Exciton Formation in Disordered Semiconductors

    Klochikhin, A.; Reznitsky, A.; Permogorov, S.;

    1999-01-01

    Stationary luminescence spectra of disordered solid solutions can be accounted by the model of localized excitons. Detailed analysis of the long time decay kinetics of luminescence shows that exciton formation in these systems is in great extent due to the bimolecular reaction of separated carrie...

  7. Excitons in semiconductor nano structures

    A formation of excitons is studied in semiconductor nano structures where electrons and holes are spatially separated by a potential barrier. The disorder present within electron-hole interface is due to structural imperfections which are unavoidable in the course of fabrication. The exciton density is calculated as a function of the disorder and of the hopping integral value. (Author)

  8. Binding energy of excitons formed from spatially separated electrons and holes in insulating quantum dots

    It is found that the binding energy of the ground state of an exciton formed from an electron and a hole spatially separated from each other (the hole is moving within a quantum dot, and the electron is localized above the spherical (quantum dot)–(insulating matrix) interface) in a nanosystem containing insulating Al2O3 quantum dots is substantially increased (by nearly two orders of magnitude) compared to the exciton binding energy in an Al2O3 single crystal. It is established that, in the band gap of an Al2O3 nanoparticle, a band of exciton states (formed from spatially separated electrons and holes) appears. It is shown that there exists the possibility of experimentally detecting the ground and excited exciton states in the band gap of Al2O3 nanoparticles at room temperature from the absorption spectrum of the nanosystem

  9. Electronic conduction in molten halides

    Heus, R.J.; Egan, J.J.

    1976-01-01

    Methods of measuring electronic conductivity in molten halides are reviewed. These include increase of total conductivity with addition of metal, polarization techniques, chronopotentiometry, and motion of colored subhalides in a potential gradient. The applicability of the Nernst-Einstein equation and the role of convection are considered. Results are presented for several halide melts. Applications of these results are elucidated, including self-discharge rate of molten salt batteries, measurement of alloy thermodynamics using molten salt electrolytes, and kinetics of tarnishing reactions with formation of liquid films.

  10. Excitonic condensation in bilayer systems

    Su, Jung-Jung

    Among the many examples of Bose condensation considered in physics, electron-hole-pair (exciton) condensation has maintained special interest because it has been difficult to realize experimentally, and because of controversy about condensate properties. In this thesis, we studied the various aspects of spontaneous symmetry broken state of exciton in bilayer using mean field theory. We calculated the photoluminescence of excitonic condensation created by laser. We developed a one-dimensional toy model of excitonic supercurrent using mean field theory plus non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) which give qualitatively consistent results with experiments. We proposed graphene bilayer as a novel system for excitonic condensation to occur and estimate it to exist even at temperature as high as room temperature.

  11. Investigation of change regularity of energy states of Mn2+ in halides

    Data on 4E, 4A1 (4G) and 4T1 (4G) energy states of Mn2+ ion in some halides have been obtained and analyzed. With use of the dielectric theory of the chemical bond for complex crystals, several chemical bond parameters were calculated. The change regularity of the energy states of Mn2+ in halides has been studied. The results show that the covalence, the coordination number and the radius of the central ion are the main factors influencing the energy states of Mn2+ ion in halides. The relationships between these factors and the energy state 4T1 (4G), the energy difference ΔE (ΔE=4E, 4A1 (4G)→4T1 (4G)) of Mn2+ ion in halides were established: E=2.0898+0.8618 exp (−F/0.2431); ΔE=0.3201+0.9713⁎F. These relationships allow us to predict the position of energy state 4T1 (4G) and the energy difference ΔE of Mn2+ in halides. This work can be significant for further understanding the luminescent properties of Mn2+ and can be used to develop new Mn2+-doped phosphors. - Highlights: ► Relationship between F and energy state 4T1(4G) of Mn2+ in halides was set up. ► Relationship between F and energy difference ΔE of Mn2+ in halides was set up. ► Site occupation of Mn2+-doped halides with two or more cations can be made clear. ► Energy state 4T1(4G) and emission band of Mn2+ in halides can be predicted.

  12. Multiple exciton generation and ultrafast exciton dynamics in HgTe colloidal quantum dots.

    Al-Otaify, Ali; Kershaw, Stephen V; Gupta, Shuchi; Rogach, Andrey L; Allan, Guy; Delerue, Christophe; Binks, David J

    2013-10-21

    The investigation of sub-nanosecond exciton dynamics in HgTe colloidal quantum dots using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy is reported. The transmittance change spectrum acquired immediately after pumping is dominated by a bleach blue-shifted by ~200-300 nm from the photoluminescent emission band. Comparison with a tight-binding model of the electronic structure allows this feature to be attributed to the filling of band edge states. The form of the pump-induced transmittance transients is dependent on the excitation rate and the rate of sample stirring. For moderate pumping of stirred samples, the transmittance transients are well-described by a mono-exponential decay associated with biexciton recombination, with a lifetime of 49 ± 2 ps. For samples that are strongly-pumped or unstirred, the decay becomes bi-exponential in form, indicating that trap-related recombination has become significant. We also present a new analysis that enables fractional transmittance changes to be related to band edge occupation for samples with arbitrary optical density at the pump wavelength. This allows us to identify the occurrence of multiple exciton generation, which results in a quantum yield of 1.36 ± 0.04 for a photon energy equivalent to 3.1 times the band gap, in good agreement with the results of the model. PMID:23999734

  13. Thermodynamic properties of Alkali Halides

    The method of moments of [1], developed by the authors in [2] for strongly and harmonic crystals with f.c.c. structure is used here to investigate the main thermodynamic properties of the potassium halides. Their analytic expressions as functions of temperature are obtained and the comparison between the theoretical results and the experimental data is made. (author). 22 refs., 5 tabs

  14. Stark effect of excitons in corrugated lateral surface superlattices: effect of centre-of-mass quantization

    The quantum confined Stark effect (QCSE) of excitons in GaAs/AlAs corrugated lateral surface superlattices (CLSSLs) is calculated. Blue and red shifts in the exciton energies are predicted for the heavy- and light-excitons in the CLSSLs, respectively, comparing with those in the unmodulated quantum well due to the different effective hole masses in the parallel direction. Sensitive dependence of the QCSE on the hole effective mass in the parallel direction is expected because of the ''centre-of-mass'' quantization (CMQ) induced by the periodic corrugated interfaces of the CLSSLs. The effect of the CMQ on the exciton mini-bands and the localization of the excitons in the CLSSLs is discussed. (author)

  15. In-situ optical transmission electron microscope study of exciton phonon replicas in ZnO nanowires by cathodoluminescence

    The cathodoluminescence spectrum of single zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires is measured by in-situ optical Transmission Electron Microscope. The coupling between exciton and longitudinal optical phonon is studied. The band edge emission varies for different excitation spots. This effect is attributed to the exciton propagation along the c axis of the nanowire. Contrary to free exciton emission, the phonon replicas are well confined in ZnO nanowire. They travel along the c axis and emit at the end surface. Bending strain increases the relative intensity of second order phonon replicas when excitons travel along the c-axis.

  16. Including excitons in semiconductor solar cell modelling

    Burgelman, Marc; Minnaert, Ben

    2005-01-01

    Excitons are marginally important in classical semiconductor device physics, and their treatment is not included in standard solar cell modelling. However, in organic semiconductors and solar cells, the role of excitons is essential, as the primary effect of light absorption is exciton generation, and free electrons and holes are created by exciton dissociation. First steps to include excitons in solar cell modelling were presented by Green 1996 and Zhang 1998. Their model was restricted to a...

  17. Onset of exciton-exciton annihilation in single layer black phosphorus

    Surrente, A.; Mitioglu, A. A.; Galkowski, K.; Klopotowski, L.; Tabis, W.; Vignolle, B.; Maude, D. K.; Plochocka, P.

    2016-01-01

    The exciton dynamics in monolayer black phosphorus is investigated over a very wide range of photoexcited exciton densities using time resolved photoluminescence. At low excitation densities, the exciton dynamics is successfully described in terms of a double exponential decay. With increasing exciton population, a fast, non-exponential component develops as exciton-exciton annihilation takes over as the dominant recombination mechanism under high excitation conditions. Our results identify a...

  18. Saucy-Marbet Rearrangements of Alkynyl Halides in the Synthesis of Highly Enantiomerically Enriched Allenyl Halides

    Tang, Yu; Shen, Lichun; Dellaria, Becky J.; Richard P. Hsung

    2008-01-01

    A stereospecific Saucy-Marbet rearrangement of alkynyl halides is described here. These rearrangements provide an entry to highly enantiomerically enriched allenyl bromides and chlorides through excellent chirality transfer and the reservation of optical integrity of alkynyl halides.

  19. Effects of environmental and exciton screening in single-walled carbon nanotubes

    The ground-state exciton binding energy for single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in vacuum calculated ignoring the screening of Coulomb interaction appears to be much greater than the corresponding band gap. The most essential contributions to the screening of electron-hole (e-h) interaction potential in semiconducting SWCNTs, which return the ground-state exciton binding energy into the energy gap, are considered. Our estimates on the screening effects and exciton binding energies are in satisfactory agreement with the corresponding experimental data for concrete nanotubes.

  20. Charged skyrmions in a system of 2D spin excitons in the Hartree-Fock approximation

    The existence of topological defects, known as skyrmions, within the spin excitons energy band of a 2D electron gas under a strong magnetic field at filling factor ν = 1 is investigated within the Hartree-Fock approximation. Using the linear momentum representation, it is shown that the inhomogeneity created in the system by a charged skyrmion can be described by a nonuniform rotation of the spin density operators in a condensate of spin excitons. 13 refs

  1. Excitonic polariton interference in the reflectance of GaAs thin films

    Tredicucci, A.; Chen, Y.; Chen, Y; Czajkowski, G.; Bassani, F.

    1993-01-01

    We have investigated the reflectivity of GaAs thin layers in the excitonic absorption region, observing detailed interference structures which reveal the polariton dispersion and the quantization of the exciton centre-of-mass motion. To analyse the experimental spectra, we have calculated the optical properties of thin films using a real-space density-matrix approach adapted to the case of degenerate valence bands. The oscillatory behaviour of the reflectance is well reproduced ; a surface la...

  2. TRANSURANIC METAL HALIDES AND A PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

    Fried, S.

    1951-03-20

    Halides of transuranic elements are prepared by contacting with aluminum and a halogen, or with an aluminum halide, a transuranic metal oxide, oxyhalide, halide, or mixture thereof at an elevated temperature.

  3. 40 CFR 721.4095 - Quaternary ammonium alkyltherpropyl trialkylamine halides.

    2010-07-01

    ... trialkylamine halides. 721.4095 Section 721.4095 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.4095 Quaternary ammonium alkyltherpropyl trialkylamine halides. (a... generically as quaternary ammonium alkyltherpropyl trialkylamine halides (PMNs...

  4. Halogen versus halide electronic structure

    Willem-Jan; van; Zeist; F.Matthias; Bickelhaupt

    2010-01-01

    Halide anions X-are known to show a decreasing proton affinity(PA),as X descends in the periodic table along series F,Cl,Br and I.But it is also well-known that,along this series,the halogen atom X becomes less electronegative(or more electropositive).This corresponds to an increasing energy of the valence np atomic orbital(AO) which,somewhat contradictorily,suggests that the electron donor capability and thus the PA of the halides should increase along the series F,Cl,Br,I.To reconcile these contradictory observations,we have carried out a detailed theoretical analysis of the electronic structure and bonding capability of the halide anions X-as well as the halogen radicals X-,using the molecular orbital(MO) models contained in Kohn-Sham density functional theory(DFT,at SAOP/TZ2P as well as OLYP/TZ2P levels) and ab initio theory(at the HF/TZ2P level).We also resolve an apparent intrinsic contradiction in Hartree-Fock theory between orbital-energy and PA trends.The results of our analyses are of direct relevance for understanding elementary organic reactions such as nucleophilic substitution(SN2) and base-induced elimination(E2) reactions.

  5. Analysis of confinement potential fluctuation and band-gap renormalization effects on excitonic transition in GaAs/AlGaAs multiquantum wells grown on (1 0 0) and (3 1 1)A GaAs surfaces

    Lourenço, S. A.; Teodoro, M. D.; González-Borrero, P. P.; Dias, I. F. L.; Duarte, J. L.; Marega, E.; Salamo, G. J.

    2012-06-01

    The competition between confinement potential fluctuations and band-gap renormalization (BGR) in GaAs/AlxGaAs quantum wells grown on [1 0 0] and [3 1 1]A GaAs substrates is evaluated. The results clearly demonstrate the coexistence of the band-tail states filling related to potential fluctuations and the band-gap renormalization caused by an increase in the density of photogenerated carriers during the photoluminescence (PL) experiments. Both phenomena have strong influence on temperature dependence of the PL-peak energy (EPL(T)). As the photon density increases, the EPL can shift to either higher or lower energies, depending on the sample temperature. The temperature at which the displacement changes from a blueshift to a redshift is governed by the magnitude of the potential fluctuations and by the variation of BGR with excitation density. A simple band-tail model with a Gaussian-like distribution of the density of state was used to describe the competition between the band-tail filling and the BGR effects on EPL(T).

  6. Surface exciton polariton in monoclinic HfO{sub 2}: an electron energy-loss spectroscopy study

    Liou, S C; Chu, M-W; Chen, C H [Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Lee, Y J; Hong, M [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Kwo, J [Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: chumingwen@ntu.edu.tw

    2009-10-15

    Surface exciton polaritons (SEPs) were mostly expected in materials displaying sharp excitonic absorptions. Using electron energy-loss spectroscopy with a spatial resolution of 0.2-2 nm and associated calculations, we demonstrated SEPs upon rather weak excitonic oscillator strengths (broad interband transitions) in insulating, monoclinic HfO{sub 2} above its optical band gap. Broad interband transitions exist in many semiconductors and insulators above the band gap, and our work could stimulate future explorations of SEPs in a wide spectrum of materials and corresponding applications in optics.

  7. Synthesis and Spectroscopic studies on cadmium halide complexes of isonicotinic acid

    In this study infrared spectra (4000-400cm-1) are reported for the cadmium(II) halide isonicotinic acid complexes. Vibrational assignments are given for all observed bands. Some structure spectra correlations and frequency shifts were found. It's found the frequency shifts depends on the halogen for a given metal. Certain chemical formulas were determined using elemental analysis results

  8. Large Polarization-Dependent Exciton Optical Stark Effect in Lead Iodide Perovskites

    Yang, Ye; Yang, Mengjin; Zhu, Kai; Johnson, Justin C.; Berry, Joseph J.; van de Lagemaat, Jao; Beard, Matthew C.

    2016-08-31

    A strong interaction of a semiconductor with a below-bandgap laser pulse causes a blue-shift of the bandgap transition energy, known as the optical Stark effect. The energy shift persists only during the pulse duration with an instantaneous response time. The optical Stark effect has practical relevance for applications, including quantum information processing and communication, and passively mode-locked femtosecond lasers. Here we demonstrate that solution-processable lead-halide perovskites exhibit a large optical Stark effect that is easily resolved at room temperature resulting from the sharp excitonic feature near the bandedge. We also demonstrate that a polarized pump pulse selectively shifts one spin state producing a spin splitting of the degenerate excitonic states. Such selective spin manipulation is an important prerequisite for spintronic applications. Our result implies that such hybrid semiconductors may have great potential for optoelectronic applications beyond photovoltaics.

  9. Cohesive Energy-Lattice Constant and Bulk Modulus-Lattice Constant Relationships: Alkali Halides, Ag Halides, Tl Halides

    Schlosser, Herbert

    1992-01-01

    In this note we present two expressions relating the cohesive energy, E(sub coh), and the zero pressure isothermal bulk modulus, B(sub 0), of the alkali halides. Ag halides and TI halides, with the nearest neighbor distances, d(sub nn). First, we show that the product E(sub coh)d(sub 0) within families of halide crystals with common crystal structure is to a good approximation constant, with maximum rms deviation of plus or minus 2%. Secondly, we demonstrate that within families of halide crystals with a common cation and common crystal structure the product B(sub 0)d(sup 3.5)(sub nn) is a good approximation constant, with maximum rms deviation of plus or minus 1.36%.

  10. Plasmon-Exciton-Polariton Lasing

    Ramezani, Mohammad; Fernández-Domínguez, Antonio I; Feist, Johannes; Rodriguez, Said Rahimzadeh-Kalaleh; Garcia-Vidal, Francisco J; Gómez-Rivas, Jaime

    2016-01-01

    Strong coupling of Frenkel excitons with surface plasmons leads to the formation of bosonic quasi-particles known as plasmon-exciton-polaritons (PEPs).Localized surface plasmons in nanoparticles are lossy due to radiative and nonradiative decays, which has hampered the realization of polariton lasing in a plasmonic system, i.e., PEP lasing. These losses can be reduced in collective plasmonic resonances supported by arrays of nanoparticles. Here we demonstrate PEP lasing in arrays of silver nanoparticles by showing the emergence of a threshold in the photoluminescence accompanied by both a superlinear increase of the emission and spectral narrowing. We also observe a reduction of the threshold by increasing the coupling between the molecular excitons and the resonances supported by the array despite the reduction of the quantum efficiency of the emitters. The coexistence of bright and dark collective modes in this plasmonic system allows for a 90?-change of polarization in the emission beyond the threshold.

  11. The electronic structure of the F-center in alkali-halides-The Bethe cluster - lattice

    The electronic structure of the F-center in alkali-halides with the NaCl structure has been studied using the Bethe Cluster lattice method. The central cluster has been taken as constituted by the vacancy and the nearest- and second-neighbors to it, respectively cations and anions. The optical transitions have been calculated and compared to experimental data on the location of the peak of the F-absorption band. The agreement obtained indicates that this method may be used to study properties of this defect in alkali halides. (Author)

  12. Simple Screened Hydrogen Model of Excitons in Two-Dimensional Materials

    Olsen, Thomas; Latini, Simone; Rasmussen, Filip; Thygesen, Kristian S.

    2016-02-01

    We present a generalized hydrogen model for the binding energies (EB ) and radii of excitons in two-dimensional (2D) materials that sheds light on the fundamental differences between excitons in two and three dimensions. In contrast to the well-known hydrogen model of three-dimensional (3D) excitons, the description of 2D excitons is complicated by the fact that the screening cannot be assumed to be local. We show that one can consistently define an effective 2D dielectric constant by averaging the screening over the extend of the exciton. For an ideal 2D semiconductor this leads to a simple expression for EB that only depends on the excitonic mass and the 2D polarizability α . The model is shown to produce accurate results for 51 transition metal dichalcogenides. Remarkably, over a wide range of polarizabilities the binding energy becomes independent of the mass and we obtain EB2 D≈3 /(4 π α ), which explains the recently observed linear scaling of exciton binding energies with band gap. It is also shown that the model accurately reproduces the nonhydrogenic Rydberg series in WS2 and can account for screening from the environment.

  13. Intrinsic homogeneous linewidth and broadening mechanisms of excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

    Moody, Galan

    2015-09-18

    The band-edge optical response of transition metal dichalcogenides, an emerging class of atomically thin semiconductors, is dominated by tightly bound excitons localized at the corners of the Brillouin zone (valley excitons). A fundamental yet unknown property of valley excitons in these materials is the intrinsic homogeneous linewidth, which reflects irreversible quantum dissipation arising from system (exciton) and bath (vacuum and other quasiparticles) interactions and determines the timescale during which excitons can be coherently manipulated. Here we use optical two-dimensional Fourier transform spectroscopy to measure the exciton homogeneous linewidth in monolayer tungsten diselenide (WSe2). The homogeneous linewidth is found to be nearly two orders of magnitude narrower than the inhomogeneous width at low temperatures. We evaluate quantitatively the role of exciton–exciton and exciton–phonon interactions and population relaxation as linewidth broadening mechanisms. The key insights reported here—strong many-body effects and intrinsically rapid radiative recombination—are expected to be ubiquitous in atomically thin semiconductors.

  14. Low-temperature dynamics of weakly localized Frenkel excitons in disordered linear chains.

    Bednarz, M; Malyshev, V A; Knoester, J

    2004-02-22

    We calculate the temperature dependence of the fluorescence Stokes shift and the fluorescence decay time in linear Frenkel exciton systems resulting from the thermal redistribution of exciton population over the band states. The following factors, relevant to common experimental conditions, are accounted for in our kinetic model: (weak) localization of the exciton states by static disorder, coupling of the localized excitons to vibrations in the host medium, a possible nonequilibrium of the subsystem of localized Frenkel excitons on the time scale of the emission process, and different excitation conditions (resonant or nonresonant). A Pauli master equation, with microscopically calculated transition rates, is used to describe the redistribution of the exciton population over the manifold of localized exciton states. We find a counterintuitive nonmonotonic temperature dependence of the Stokes shift. In addition, we show that depending on experimental conditions, the observed fluorescence decay time may be determined by vibration-induced intraband relaxation, rather than radiative relaxation to the ground state. The model considered has relevance to a wide variety of materials, such as linear molecular aggregates, conjugated polymers, and polysilanes. PMID:15268548

  15. Exciton-photon interaction in a quantum dot embedded in a photonic microcavity

    Sodagar, Majid; Khoshnegar, Milad; Eftekharian, Amin; Khorasani, Sina [School of Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, PO Box 11365-9363, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-04-28

    We present a detailed analysis of exciton-photon interaction in a microcavity made out of a photonic crystal slab. Here we have analysed a disc-like quantum dot where an exciton is formed. Excitonic eigen functions in addition to their eigen energies are found through direct matrix diagonalization, while wavefunctions corresponding to unbound electron and hole are chosen as the basis set for this procedure. In order to evaluate these wavefunctions precisely, we have used the 6 x 6 Luttinger Hamiltonian in the case of hole while ignoring bands adjacent to the conduction band for electron states. After analysing excitonic states, a photonic crystal-based microcavity with a relatively high quality factor mode has been proposed and its lattice constant has been adjusted to obtain the prescribed resonant frequency. We use a finite-difference time-domain method in order to simulate our cavity with sufficient precision. Finally, we formulate the coupling constants for the exciton-photon interaction both where intra-band and inter-band transitions occur. By evaluating a sample coupling constant, it has been shown that the system can be in a strong-coupling regime and Rabi oscillations can occur.

  16. Exciton-photon interaction in a quantum dot embedded in a photonic microcavity

    We present a detailed analysis of exciton-photon interaction in a microcavity made out of a photonic crystal slab. Here we have analysed a disc-like quantum dot where an exciton is formed. Excitonic eigen functions in addition to their eigen energies are found through direct matrix diagonalization, while wavefunctions corresponding to unbound electron and hole are chosen as the basis set for this procedure. In order to evaluate these wavefunctions precisely, we have used the 6 x 6 Luttinger Hamiltonian in the case of hole while ignoring bands adjacent to the conduction band for electron states. After analysing excitonic states, a photonic crystal-based microcavity with a relatively high quality factor mode has been proposed and its lattice constant has been adjusted to obtain the prescribed resonant frequency. We use a finite-difference time-domain method in order to simulate our cavity with sufficient precision. Finally, we formulate the coupling constants for the exciton-photon interaction both where intra-band and inter-band transitions occur. By evaluating a sample coupling constant, it has been shown that the system can be in a strong-coupling regime and Rabi oscillations can occur.

  17. Interwell excitons in GaAs superlattices

    Birkedal, Dan; Sayed, Karim El; Sanders, G.; Spiegelberg, C.; Lyssenko, V. G.; Stanton, C.; Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Timofeev, V. B.; Bayer, M.

    1997-01-01

    The formation of spatially indirect excitons in superlattices with narrow minibands is investigated experimentally. The interwell exciton is similar to the first Wannier-Stark localized exciton of an electrically biased superlattice. However, in the present case the localization is mediated by th...

  18. Couple molecular excitons to surface plasmon polaritons in an organic-dye-doped nanostructured cavity

    Zhang, Kun; Shi, Wen-Bo; Wang, Di; Xu, Yue; Peng, Ru-Wen; Fan, Ren-Hao; Wang, Qian-Jin; Wang, Mu

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we demonstrate experimentally the hybrid coupling among molecular excitons, surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), and Fabry-Perot (FP) mode in a nanostructured cavity, where a J-aggregates doped PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) layer is inserted between a silver grating and a thick silver film. By tuning the thickness of the doped PVA layer, the FP cavity mode efficiently couples with the molecular excitons, forming two nearly dispersion-free modes. The dispersive SPPs interact with these two modes while increasing the incident angle, leading to the formation of three hybrid polariton bands. By retrieving the mixing fractions of the polariton band components from the measured angular reflection spectra, we find all these three bands result from the strong coupling among SPPs, FP mode, and excitons. This work may inspire related studies on hybrid light-matter interactions, and achieve potential applications on multimode polariton lasers and optical spectroscopy.

  19. Impact of the Crystallite Orientation Distribution on Exciton Transport in Donor–Acceptor Conjugated Polymers

    Ayzner, Alexander L.

    2015-12-30

    © 2015 American Chemical Society. Conjugated polymers are widely used materials in organic photovoltaic devices. Owing to their extended electronic wave functions, they often form semicrystalline thin films. In this work, we aim to understand whether distribution of crystallographic orientations affects exciton diffusion using a low-band-gap polymer backbone motif that is representative of the donor/acceptor copolymer class. Using the fact that the polymer side chain can tune the dominant crystallographic orientation in the thin film, we have measured the quenching of polymer photoluminescence, and thus the extent of exciton dissociation, as a function of crystal orientation with respect to a quenching substrate. We find that the crystallite orientation distribution has little effect on the average exciton diffusion length. We suggest several possibilities for the lack of correlation between crystallographic texture and exciton transport in semicrystalline conjugated polymer films.

  20. Nano-optical imaging of WS e2 waveguide modes revealing light-exciton interactions

    Fei, Z.; Scott, M. E.; Gosztola, D. J.; Foley, J. J.; Yan, J.; Mandrus, D. G.; Wen, H.; Zhou, P.; Zhang, D. W.; Sun, Y.; Guest, J. R.; Gray, S. K.; Bao, W.; Wiederrecht, G. P.; Xu, X.

    2016-08-01

    We report on a nano-optical imaging study of WS e2 thin flakes with scanning near-field optical microscopy (NSOM). The NSOM technique allows us to visualize in real space various waveguide photon modes inside WS e2 . By tuning the excitation laser energy, we are able to map the entire dispersion of these waveguide modes both above and below the A exciton energy of WS e2 . We found that all the modes interact strongly with WS e2 excitons. The outcome of the interaction is that the observed waveguide modes shift to higher momenta right below the A exciton energy. At higher energies, on the other hand, these modes are strongly damped due to adjacent B excitons or band-edge absorptions. The mode-shifting phenomena are consistent with polariton formation in WS e2 .

  1. A First-Principles Study on the Structural and Electronic Properties of Sn-Based Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites

    Ma, Zi-Qian; Pan, Hui; Wong, Pak Kin

    2016-08-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskites have attracted increasing interest on solar-energy harvesting because of their outstanding electronic properties. In this work, we systematically investigate the structural and electronic properties of Sn-based hybrid perovskites MASnX3 and FASnX3 (X = I, Br) based on density-functional-theory calculations. We find that their electronic properties strongly depend on the organic molecules, halide atoms, and structures. We show that there is a general rule to predict the band gap of the Sn-based hybrid perovskite: its band gap increases as the size of halide atom decreases as well as that of organic molecule increase. The band gap of high temperature phase (cubic structure) is smaller than that of low temperature phase (orthorhombic structure). The band gap of tetragonal structure (medium-temperature phase) may be larger or smaller than that of cubic phase, depending on the orientation of the molecule. Tunable band gap within a range of 0.73-1.53 eV can be achieved by choosing halide atom and organic molecule, and controlling structure. We further show that carrier effective mass also reduces as the size of halide atom increases and that of molecule decreases. By comparing with Pb-based hybrid perovskites, the Sn-based systems show enhanced visible-light absorption and carrier mobility due to narrowed band gap and reduced carrier effective mass. These Sn-based organic-inorganic halide perovskites may find applications in solar energy harvesting with improved performance.

  2. Intraband relaxation and temperature dependence of the fluorescence decay time of one-dimensional Frenkel excitons : The Pauli master equation approach

    Bednarz, M.; Malyshev, V.A.; Knoester, J.

    2002-01-01

    In molecular J-aggregates one often observes an increase of the fluorescence decay time when increasing the temperature from 0 K. This phenomenon is usually attributed to the thermal population of the dark Frenkel exciton states that lie above the superradiant bottom state of the exciton band. In th

  3. Exciton size and quantum transport in nanoplatelets

    Two-dimensional nanoplatelets (NPLs) are an exciting class of materials with promising optical and energy transport properties. The possibility of efficient energy transport between nanoplatelets raises questions regarding the nature of energy transfer in these thin, laterally extended systems. A challenge in understanding exciton transport is the uncertainty regarding the size of the exciton. Depending on the material and defects in the nanoplatelet, an exciton could plausibly extend over an entire plate or localize to a small region. The variation in possible exciton sizes raises the question how exciton size impacts the efficiency of transport between nanoplatelet structures. Here, we explore this issue using a quantum master equation approach. This method goes beyond the assumptions of Förster theory to allow for quantum mechanical effects that could increase energy transfer efficiency. The model is extremely flexible in describing different systems, allowing us to test the effect of varying the spatial extent of the exciton. We first discuss qualitative aspects of the relationship between exciton size and transport and then conduct simulations of exciton transport between NPLs for a range of exciton sizes and environmental conditions. Our results reveal that exciton size has a strong effect on energy transfer efficiency and suggest that manipulation of exciton size may be useful in designing NPLs for energy transport

  4. Structure parameters and external electric field effects on exciton binding energies of CdTe/ZnTe quantum dots

    We study the effects of the structure parameters of self-assembled CdTe/ZnTe quantum dots (QDs) under an electric field on the exciton binding energies due to Coulomb interaction between electrons and holes with a finite-element method based on the linear elasticity theory of solids and the eight-band k ·p Hamiltonian. The exciton binding energy is shown to decrease with increasing base width of the QD, regardless of its height. We point out that the monotonic decrease in the exciton binding energy is due to the confinement of the electron and the hole wavefunctions inside the QD. The exciton binding energy is also found to decrease as the wetting layer thickness increases, which can be attributed to the dipole-like wavefunction of the hole. The fact that the electron and the hole energies decrease parabolically and the exciton binding energy decreases with increasing electric field due to the Stark effect is demonstrated.

  5. Multiple Energy Exciton Shelves in Quantum-Dot-DNA Nanobioelectronics.

    Goodman, Samuel M; Singh, Vivek; Ribot, Josep Casamada; Chatterjee, Anushree; Nagpal, Prashant

    2014-11-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) are semiconductor nanocrystallites with multiple size-dependent quantum-confined states that are being explored for utilizing broadband radiation. While DNA has been used for the self-assembly of nanocrystals, it has not been investigated for the formation of simultaneous conduction pathways for transporting multiple energy charges or excitons. These exciton shelves can be formed by coupling the conduction band, valence band, and hot-carrier states in QDs with different HOMO-LUMO levels of DNA nucleobases, resulting from varying degrees of conjugation in the nucleobases. Here we present studies on the electronic density of states in four naturally occurring nucleobases (guanine, thymine, cytosine, and adenine), which energetically couple to quantized states in semiconductor QDs. Using scanning tunneling spectroscopy of single nanoparticle-DNA constructs, we demonstrate composite DOS of chemically coupled DNA oligonucleotides and cadmium chalcogenide QDs (CdS, CdSe, CdTe). While perfectly aligned CdTe QD-DNA states lead to exciton shelves for multiple energy charge transport, mismatched energy levels in CdSe QD-DNA introduce intrabandgap states that can lead to charge trapping and recombination. Although further investigations are required to study the rates of charge transfer, recombination, and back-electron transfer, these results can have important implications for the development of a new class of nanobioelectronics and biological transducers. PMID:26278768

  6. Third-order nonlinear optical properties of methylammonium lead halide perovskite films

    Johnson, Justin C.; Li, Zhen; Ndione, Paul F.; Zhu, Kai

    2016-01-01

    We report third-order nonlinear coefficient values and decay time kinetics vs. halide composition (CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbBr2I), temperature, and excitation wavelength. The maximum values of the third-order nonlinear susceptibility X(3) (-1.6 x 10-6 esu) are similar to or larger than many common third-order materials. The source of the nonlinearity is shown to be primarily excitonic in the tribromide film by virtue of its strong enhancement near the exciton resonance. Nonresonant excitation reduces the nonlinearity significantly, as does increasing the temperature. Substitution of one I for one Br also reduces the nonlinearity by at least one order of magnitude, presumably due to the lack of strong exciton resonance in the substituted form. The thin films are stable, highly homogenous (lacking significant light scattering), and simple and inexpensive to fabricate, making them potentially useful in a variety of optoelectronic applications in which wavelength selectivity is important.

  7. Computational screening of mixed metal halide ammines

    Jensen, Peter Bjerre; Lysgaard, Steen; Quaade, Ulrich;

    of natural selection. The GA is evolving from an initial (random) population and selecting those with highest fitness, a function based on e.g. stability, release temperature and storage capacity. The search space includes all alkaline, alkaline earth, 3d and 4d metals and the four lightest halides......Metal halide ammines, e.g. Mg(NH3)6Cl2 and Sr(NH3)8Cl2, can reversibly store ammonia, with high volumetric hydrogen storage capacities. The storage in the halide ammines is very safe, and the salts are therefore highly relevant as a carbon-free energy carrier in future transportation infrastructure...

  8. Temperature-dependent relaxation of excitons in tubular molecular aggregates: Fluorescence decay and stokes shift.

    Pugzlys, A; Augulis, R; van Loosdrecht, P H M; Didraga, C; Malyshev, V A; Knoester, J

    2006-10-19

    We report temperature-dependent steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence studies to probe the exciton dynamics in double-wall tubular J-aggregates formed by self-assembly of the dye 3,3'-bis(3-sulfopropyl)-5,5',6,6'-tetrachloro-1,1'-dioctylbenzimidacarbocyanine. We focus on the lowest energy fluorescence band, originating from the inner cylindrical wall. At low temperatures, the experiments reveal a nonexponential decay of the fluorescence, with a typical time scale that depends on the emission wavelength. At these temperatures we also find a dynamic Stokes shift of the fluorescence spectrum and its nonmonotonic dependence on temperature under steady-state conditions. All these data indicate that below about 20 K the excitons in the lowest fluorescence band do not reach thermal equilibrium before emission occurs, while above about 60 K thermalization on this time scale is complete. By comparing the two lowest fluorescence bands, we also find indications for fast energy transfer from the outer to the inner wall. We show that the Frenkel exciton model with diagonal disorder, which previously has been proposed to explain the absorption and linear dichroism spectra of these aggregates, yields a quantitative explanation to the observed dynamics. To this end, we extend the model to account for weak phonon-induced scattering of the localized exciton states; the spectral dynamics are then described by solving a Pauli master equation for the exciton populations. PMID:17034206

  9. Direct measurement of exciton valley coherence in monolayer WSe2

    Hao, Kai; Moody, Galan; Wu, Fengcheng; Dass, Chandriker Kavir; Xu, Lixiang; Chen, Chang-Hsiao; Sun, Liuyang; Li, Ming-Yang; Li, Lain-Jong; MacDonald, Allan H.; Li, Xiaoqin

    2016-07-01

    In crystals, energy band extrema in momentum space can be identified by a valley index. The internal quantum degree of freedom associated with valley pseudospin indices can act as a useful information carrier, analogous to electronic charge or spin. Interest in valleytronics has been revived in recent years following the discovery of atomically thin materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides. However, the valley coherence time--a crucial quantity for valley pseudospin manipulation--is difficult to directly probe. In this work, we use two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy to resonantly generate and detect valley coherence of excitons (Coulomb-bound electron-hole pairs) in monolayer WSe2 (refs ,). The imposed valley coherence persists for approximately one hundred femtoseconds. We propose that the electron-hole exchange interaction provides an important decoherence mechanism in addition to exciton population recombination. This work provides critical insight into the requirements and strategies for optical manipulation of the valley pseudospin for future valleytronics applications.

  10. Cerium doped lanthanum halides: fast scintillators for medical imaging

    This work is dedicated to two recently discovered scintillating crystals: cerium doped lanthanum halides (LaCl3:Ce3+ and LaBr3:Ce3+).These scintillators exhibit interesting properties for gamma detection, more particularly in the field of medical imaging: a short decay time, a high light yield and an excellent energy resolution. The strong hygroscopicity of these materials requires adapting the usual experimental methods for determining physico-chemical properties. Once determined, these can be used for the development of the industrial manufacturing process of the crystals. A proper comprehension of the scintillation mechanism and of the effect of defects within the material lead to new possible ways for optimizing the scintillator performance. Therefore, different techniques are used (EPR, radioluminescence, laser excitation, thermally stimulated luminescence). Alongside Ce3+ ions, self-trapped excitons are involved in the scintillation mechanism. Their nature and their role are detailed. The knowledge of the different processes involved in the scintillation mechanism leads to the prediction of the effect of temperature and doping level on the performance of the scintillator. A mechanism is proposed to explain the thermally stimulated luminescence processes that cause slow components in the light emission and a loss of light yield. Eventually the study of afterglow reveals a charge transfer to deep traps involved in the high temperature thermally stimulated luminescence. (author)

  11. Dark excitons due to direct Coulomb interactions in silicon quantum dots

    Electron-hole exchange interactions can lead to spin-forbidden ''dark'' excitons in direct-gap quantum dots. Here, we explore an alternative mechanism for creating optically forbidden excitons. In a large spherical quantum dot made of a diamond-structure semiconductor, the symmetry of the valence band maximum (VBM) is t2. The symmetry of the conduction band minimum (CBM) in direct-gap material is a1, but for indirect-gap systems the symmetry could be (depending on size) a1, e, or t2. In the latter cases, the resulting manifold of excitonic states contains several symmetries derived from the symmetries of the VBM and CBM (e.g., t2xt2=A1+E+T1+T2 or t2xe=T1+T2). Only the T2 exciton is optically active or ''bright,'' while the others A1, E, and T1 are ''dark.'' The question is which is lower in energy, the dark or bright. Using pseudopotential calculations of the single-particle states of Si quantum dots and a direct evaluation of the screened electron-hole Coulomb interaction, we find that, when the CBM symmetry is t2, the direct electron-hole Coulomb interaction lowers the energy of the dark excitons relative to the bright T2 exciton. Thus, the lowest energy exciton is forbidden, even without an electron-hole exchange interaction. We find that our dark-bright excitonic splitting agrees well with experimental data of Calcott et al., Kovalev et al., and Brongersma et al. Our excitonic transition energies agree well with the recent experiment of Wolkin et al. In addition, and contradicting simplified models, we find that Coulomb correlations are more important for small dots than for intermediate sized ones. We describe the full excitonic spectrum of Si quantum dots by using a many-body expansion that includes both Coulomb and exchange electron hole terms. We present the predicted excitonic spectra. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society

  12. Fullerenes doped with metal halides

    The cage-like structure of fullerenes is a challenge to every experimental to put something inside - to dope the fullerenes. In fact, the research team that first identified C60 as a football-like molecule quickly succeeded in trapping metal atoms inside and in shrinking the cage around this atom by photofragmentation. In this paper we report the results of ''shrink-wrapping'' the fullerenes around metal halide molecules. Of special interest is the critical size (the minimum number of carbon atoms) that can still enclose the dopant. A rough model for the space available inside a carbon cage gives good agreement with the measured shrinking limits. (author). 8 refs, 6 figs

  13. Localized surface plasmon and exciton interaction in silver-coated cadmium sulphide quantum dots

    Ghosh, P.; Rustagi, K. C.; Vasa, P.; Singh, B. P.

    2015-05-01

    Localized surface plasmon and exciton coupling has been investigated on colloidal solutions of silver-coated CdS nanoparticles (NPs), synthesized by gamma irradiation. Two broad photoluminescence (PL) bands (blue/red) corresponding to band to band and defect state transitions have been observed for the bare and coated samples. In case of bare CdS NPs, the intensity of the red PL peak is about ten times higher than the blue PL peak intensity. However, on coating the CdS NPs with silver, the peak intensity of the blue PL band gets enhanced and becomes equal to that of the red PL band. High-resolution transmission electron microscopic (HRTEM) images adequately demonstrate size distribution of these metal/semiconductor nanocomposites. UV-Vis absorption studies show quantum confinement effect in these semiconductor quantum dot (SQD) systems. Absorption spectrum of silver-coated SQDs shows signature of surface plasmon-exciton coupling which has been theoretically verified.

  14. Localized surface plasmon and exciton interaction in silver-coated cadmium sulphide quantum dots

    Ghosh, P.; Rustagi, K. C.; Vasa, P.; Singh, B. P., E-mail: bhanuprs@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai- 400076 (India)

    2015-05-15

    Localized surface plasmon and exciton coupling has been investigated on colloidal solutions of silver-coated CdS nanoparticles (NPs), synthesized by gamma irradiation. Two broad photoluminescence (PL) bands (blue/red) corresponding to band to band and defect state transitions have been observed for the bare and coated samples. In case of bare CdS NPs, the intensity of the red PL peak is about ten times higher than the blue PL peak intensity. However, on coating the CdS NPs with silver, the peak intensity of the blue PL band gets enhanced and becomes equal to that of the red PL band. High-resolution transmission electron microscopic (HRTEM) images adequately demonstrate size distribution of these metal/semiconductor nanocomposites. UV-Vis absorption studies show quantum confinement effect in these semiconductor quantum dot (SQD) systems. Absorption spectrum of silver-coated SQDs shows signature of surface plasmon-exciton coupling which has been theoretically verified.

  15. Toxicity of organometal halide perovskite solar cells

    Babayigit, Aslihan; Ethirajan, Anitha; Muller, Marc; Conings, Bert

    2016-03-01

    In the last few years, the advent of metal halide perovskite solar cells has revolutionized the prospects of next-generation photovoltaics. As this technology is maturing at an exceptional rate, research on its environmental impact is becoming increasingly relevant.

  16. PREPARATION OF ALKYL HALIDES VIA ORGANOTELLURIUMS

    チカマツ, キヨフミ; オオツボ, テツオ; オグラ, フミオ; ヤマグチ, ハチロウ; Kiyofumi, CHIKAMATSU; Tetsuo, OTSUBO; Fumio, OGURA; Hachiro, YAMAGUCHI

    1982-01-01

    The conversion of phenyltelluroalkanes to haloalkanes was studied in connection with the homologation of alkyl halides. Similar reactions of 1,1-bis(phenyltelluro)alkanes provided a new synthetic method of aldehydes.

  17. Two-exciton excited states of J-aggregates in the presence of exciton-exciton annihilation

    Levinsky, B.; Fainberg, B. D.; Nesterov, L. A.; Rosanov, N. N.

    2016-07-01

    We study decay of two-exciton states of a J-aggregate that is collective in nature. We use mathematical formalism based on effective non-Hermitian Hamiltonian suggested in nuclear theory. We show that decay of two-exciton states is strongly affected by the interference processes in the exciton-exciton annihilation. Our evaluations of the imaginary part of the effective Hamiltonian show that it exceeds the spacing between real energies of the two-exciton states that gives rise to the transition to the regime of overlapping resonances supplying the system by the new collectivity - the possibility of coherent decay in the annihilation channel. The decay of two-exciton states varies from twice bimolecular decay rate to the much smaller values that is associated with population trapping. We have also considered the corresponding experiment in the framework of our approach, the picture of which appears to be more complex and richer than it was reasoned before.

  18. Luminescence of bound excitons in ZnO:Zn phosphor powders

    Luminescence and time-resolved luminescence spectra of ZnO:Zn phosphor powders have been investigated at low temperatures. ZnO:Zn phosphor powders under the band-to-band excitation exhibit two prominent luminescence lines attributed to the radiative recombination of bound excitons at 3.360 and 3.365eV. The luminescence line at 3.360eV originates from an exciton bound to an intrinsic defect serving as a neutral donor. It is found that the luminescence line at 3.365eV has a short decay time of ∼80ps, and shows a long tail toward the lower energy side of the spectral peak. The origin of the luminescence line at 3.365eV is discussed in terms of bound excitons associated with surface defect states in ZnO:Zn phosphor

  19. Bound exciton luminescence in phosphorus doped Cd1-xMnxTe crystals

    Measurements of photoluminescence as a function of temperature and of magnetic field in p-type phosphorus doped Cd1-xMnxTe is reported. From the conduction band-acceptor level transition, the ionization energy of P-acceptors is obtained to be 54±1 MeV. The photoluminescence spectrum in the band edge region exhibits three maxima connected with the recombination of excitons bound to neutral acceptors (Ao,X), excitons bound to neutral donors (Do,X) and free excitons (X) at energies E(Ao,X) +1.606, E(Do,X) = 1.610, and EX = 1.614 eV, respectively. At T = 1.4 K a strong increase in PL intensity of (Ao,X) line 8-fold as a function of magnetic field is found and shown to originate from the magnetic field-induced lowering of the acceptor binding energy and increase in the hole effective volume. (author)

  20. Copper Catalyzed Oceanic Methyl Halide Production

    Robin Kim, Jae Yun; Rhew, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Methyl halides are found in all of Earth’s biomes, produced naturally or through manmade means. Their presence in the atmosphere is problematic, as they catalyze depletion of stratospheric ozone. To understand the full environmental impact of these compounds, it is important to identify their chemical cycling processes. Iron increases methyl halide production in soils and oceans, yet copper’s influence remains unknown despite its similar chemical oxidation properties to iron. I experimentally...

  1. Oxidation of hydrogen halides to elemental halogens

    Rohrmann, Charles A.; Fullam, Harold T.

    1985-01-01

    A process for oxidizing hydrogen halides having substantially no sulfur impurities by means of a catalytically active molten salt is disclosed. A mixture of the subject hydrogen halide and an oxygen bearing gas is contacted with a molten salt containing an oxidizing catalyst and alkali metal normal sulfates and pyrosulfates to produce an effluent gas stream rich in the elemental halogen and substantially free of sulfur oxide gases.

  2. Recombination of free and bound excitons in GaN

    Monemar, B.; Paskov, P.P.; Bergman, J.P. [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linkoeping University (Sweden); Toropov, A.A.; Shubina, T.V. [Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Malinauskas, T. [Institute of Materials Science and Applied Research, Vilnius University (Lithuania); Usui, A. [R and D Division, Furukawa Co., Ltd. Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2008-09-15

    We report on recent optical investigations of free and bound exciton properties in bulk GaN. In order to obtain reliable data it is important to use low defect density samples of low doping. We have used thick GaN layers (of the order of 1 mm) grown by halide vapour phase epitaxy (HVPE) with a residual doping down to <10{sup 16} cm{sup -3} in this work. With such samples all polarisation geometries could also easily be exploited. The influence of the surface states on the photoluminescence (PL) experiments is analysed, it is concluded that surface recombination plays an important role for the free exciton (FE) recombination. The electronic structure of the FEs is discussed in detail, including the influence of spin-exchange and polariton effects, and compared with polarised PL spectra at 2 K. The detailed structure of excited states from the PL spectra is discussed, but further data are needed to fully explain all the peaks observed. The polarized FE spectra at room temperature allow a determination of the bandgap as 3.437 eV at 290 K, assuming an exciton binding energy of 25 meV. The PL transient of the A FE is very short (about 100 ps) for the no-phonon (NP) line interpreted as dominated by nonradiative surface recombination. The longitudinal-optical (LO) phonon replicas of the A FE exhibit a longer decay of about 1.4 ns at 2 K, suggested to represent the bulk lifetime of the FE. The corresponding decay time at 290 K is 9 ns in our samples, a value that might be affected by nonradiative recombination. The Si and O donor bound exciton (DBE) spectra with sharp NP lines at 3.4723 eV and 3.4714 eV respectively, are well resolved together with the so-called two-electron transitions (TETs) and several optical phonon replicas. The electronic structure of the DBE states including excited rotational states is discussed and compared with experiment. The well-resolved TET lines allow an accurate determination of the ground state binding energy of the Si donor as 30.4 me

  3. Excitation of surface-radiation exciton-polariton modes at strong attenuations of excitons

    Formation of a photoluminescence spectrum of surface-radiation exciton-polariton modes is analysed at strong exciton attenuations when criteria of applicability of Boltzmann kinetic equation are broken for function of polariton distribution. (author)

  4. Optical properties of alkali halide crystals from all-electron hybrid TD-DFT calculations

    We present a study of the electronic and optical properties of a series of alkali halide crystals AX, with A = Li, Na, K, Rb and X = F, Cl, Br based on a recent implementation of hybrid-exchange time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) (TD-B3LYP) in the all-electron Gaussian basis set code CRYSTAL. We examine, in particular, the impact of basis set size and quality on the prediction of the optical gap and exciton binding energy. The formation of bound excitons by photoexcitation is observed in all the studied systems and this is shown to be correlated to specific features of the Hartree-Fock exchange component of the TD-DFT response kernel. All computed optical gaps and exciton binding energies are however markedly below estimated experimental and, where available, 2-particle Green’s function (GW-Bethe-Salpeter equation, GW-BSE) values. We attribute this reduced exciton binding to the incorrect asymptotics of the B3LYP exchange correlation ground state functional and of the TD-B3LYP response kernel, which lead to a large underestimation of the Coulomb interaction between the excited electron and hole wavefunctions. Considering LiF as an example, we correlate the asymptotic behaviour of the TD-B3LYP kernel to the fraction of Fock exchange admixed in the ground state functional cHF and show that there exists one value of cHF (∼0.32) that reproduces at least semi-quantitatively the optical gap of this material

  5. Localized Excitons in Carbon Nanotubes.

    Adamska, Lyudmyla; Doorn, Stephen K.; Tretiak, Sergei

    2015-03-01

    It has been historically known that unintentional defects in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) may fully quench the fluorescence. However, some dopants may enhance the fluorescence by one order of magnitude thus turning the CNTs, which are excellent light absorbers, in good emitters. We have correlated the experimentally observed photoluminescence spectra to the electronic structure simulations. Our experiment reveals multiple sharp asymmetric emission peaks at energies 50-300 meV red-shifted from that of the lowest bright exciton peak. Our simulations suggest an association of these peaks with deep trap states tied to different specific chemical adducts. While the wave functions of excitons in undoped CNTs are delocalized, those of the deep-trap states are strongly localized and pinned to the dopants. These findings are consistent with the experimental observation of asymmetric broadening of the deep trap emission peaks, which can result from scattering of acoustic phonons on localized excitons. Our work lays the foundation to utilize doping as a generalized route for wave function engineering and direct control of carrier dynamics in SWCNTs toward enhanced light emission properties for photonic applications.

  6. Exciton Binding Energy of Monolayer WS2

    Bairen Zhu; Xi Chen; Xiaodong Cui

    2015-01-01

    The optical properties of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) feature prominent excitonic natures. Here we report an experimental approach toward measuring the exciton binding energy of monolayer WS2 with linear differential transmission spectroscopy and two-photon photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy (TP-PLE). TP-PLE measurements show the exciton binding energy of 0.71eV around K valley in the Brillouin zone. The trion binding energy of 34meV, two-photon absorption cross s...

  7. Study of Squeezed Excitons in Polar Semiconductors

    YIN Miao; CHENG Ze; WU Zi-Xia; PING Yun-Xia

    2009-01-01

    Some properties of excitons in polar semiconductors are studied theoretically by means of squeezed state variational approach. This method makes it possible to consider bilinear terms of the phonon operators as well as linear terms arising from the Lee-Low-Pines (LLP)-like transformation. The exciton ground state energy and binding energy are calculated numerically. It is shown that the squeezing effect is significant in the case of strong exciton-phonon coupling region.

  8. EXCITON DYNAMICS IN ORGANIC MOLECULAR CRYSTALS

    A. Matsui; Mizuno, K.; Kobayashi, M.

    1985-01-01

    Dynamical behavior of Frenkel excitons in aromatic hydrocarbon crystals, pyrene, α-perylene, β-perylene, and tetracene are overviewed based on the published references and in terms of the self-trap depth. Then pressure-induced instability in exciton states (the change in the self-trap depth) in α-perylene and anthracene is demonstrated and discussed. Finally a quasi-free exciton state is suggested to be the origin of the luminescence in anthracene at room temperature.

  9. Spontaneous exciton dissociation in carbon nanotubes

    Kumamoto, Y.; Yoshida, M.; Ishii, A; Yokoyama, A.; Shimada, T; Kato, Y. K.

    2013-01-01

    Simultaneous photoluminescence and photocurrent measurements on individual single-walled carbon nanotubes reveal spontaneous dissociation of excitons into free electron-hole pairs. Correlation of luminescence intensity and photocurrent shows that a significant fraction of excitons are dissociating during their relaxation into the lowest exciton state. Furthermore, the combination of optical and electrical signals also allows for extraction of the absorption cross section and the oscillator st...

  10. Charge-transfer excitons in DNA.

    Conwell, E M; McLaughlin, P M; Bloch, S M

    2008-02-21

    There have been a number of theoretical treatments of excitons in DNA, most neglecting both the intrachain and interchain wavefunction overlaps of the electron and hole, treating them as Frenkel excitons. Recently, the importance of the intrachain and interchain coupling has been highlighted. Experiments have shown that in (dA)n oligomers and in duplex (dA)n.(dT)n, to be abbreviated (A/T), where A is adenine and T is thymine, the exciton wavefunction is delocalized over several bases. In duplexes it is possible to have charge-transfer (CT) excitons. Theoretical calculations have suggested that CT excitons in DNA may have lower energy than single chain excitons. In all the calculations of excitons in DNA, the polarization of the surrounding water has been neglected. Calculations have shown, however, that polarization of the water by an excess electron or a hole in DNA lowers its energy by approximately 1/2 eV, causing it to become a polaron. It is therefore to be expected that polarization charge induced in the surrounding water has a significant effect on the properties of the exciton. In what follows, we present calculations of some properties CT excitons would have in an A/T duplex taking into account the wavefunction overlaps, the effect of the surrounding water, which results in the electron and hole becoming polarons, and the ions in the water. As expected, the CT exciton has lowest energy when the electron and hole polarons are directly opposite each other. By appropriate choice of the dielectric constant, we can obtain a CT exciton delocalized over the number of sites found in photoinduced absorption experiments. The absorption threshold that we then calculate for CT exciton creation in A/T is in reasonable agreement with the lowest singlet absorption deduced from available data. PMID:18232682

  11. Effect of lattice disordering on recombination emission of exciton-impurity complexes and defects in ZnxCd1-xTe

    It is shown experimentally that zinc atoms in ZnxCd1-xTe create no recombination levels in the band gap of this compound in the whole range of the composition. The concentration broadening of exciton lines and the impurity-defect bands is accounted for by the influence of the compositional fluctuation of the cationic sublattice on the energy position of hydrogen-like levels of bound excitons and defects

  12. Plasmon and Exciton Coupling and Purcell Enhancement

    Rice, Quinton; Rigo, Maria Veronica; Fudala, Rafal; Cho, Hyoyeong; Kim, Wan-Joong; Rich, Ryan; Tabibi, Bagher; Gryczynski, Zygmunt; Gryczynski, Ignacy; Yu, William; Seo, Jaetae

    2014-05-01

    The photoluminescence from plasmon-coupled exciton is of great interest for optoelectronic applications, because of the large quantum yield with localized field enhancement and reduced nonradiative transition. The Coulomb interaction through plasmon-exciton coupling results in the Purcell enhancement of quantum dots (QDs) in the vicinity of metal nanoparticles (MNPs). With plasmon-exciton coupling, the radiative and non-radiative decay rates and the coupling rates compete with each other. The coupling rate is closely related to the coupling distance between QDs and MNPs. The optimized coupling distance scales the re-excitation density of localized fields and the plasmon-exciton coupling rates. If the plasmon-exciton coupling rate is much faster than the radiative and non-radiative transitions of excitons, the re-excitations of excitons by the localized plasmonic field and the reduction of non-radiative transitions may occur. This presentation includes plasmon-exciton coupling dynamics, large enhancement and temporal properties of PL, and dipole-PL polarization fidelity of hybrid optical materials of plasmonic nanometals and excitonic semiconductor QDs. The work at Hampton University was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF HRD-1137747), and Army Research Office (ARO W911NF-11-1-0177). The work at University of North Texas was supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH R01EB12003, and 5R21CA14897 (Z.G.)).

  13. Excitons in the rare gas solids

    Excitons play a prominent role in the chemistry and physics of condensed matter. Excitons in the rare gas solids, the prototypical van der Waals insulators, will be the focus of the remainder of this report. The goal here is to investigate the controversies surrounding the description of excitons in insulators and, therefore the simplest class of these solids, namely the rare gas solids, is chosen as the exemplary system. Specific problems associated with molecular crystals are, therefore, avoided and only the salient features of excitons are thus considered. 47 refs., 9 figs., 4 tabs

  14. Pair spectra and exciton emission of sodium implanted ZnSe:Li

    The luminescence of ZnSe:Li was investigated after sodium implantation as a function of the doses and annealing conditions. At low temperature we observed emission due to bound excitons and donor-acceptors pair recombination. The spectra show a strong Na dependence similar for both Isup(Y1) and P-series band. (orig.)

  15. Surface phonons and exciton-polariton coupling in SiC nanocrystals

    Polupan, G. [ESIME - National Polytechnic Institute, U.P.A.L.M., Mexico D.F. 07738 (Mexico); Torchynska, T.V., E-mail: ttorch@esfm.ipn.m [ESFM - National Polytechnic Institute, U.P.A.L.M., Mexico D.F. 07738 (Mexico)

    2010-01-01

    The paper presents the results of SiC nanocrystal characterization using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman scattering and photoluminescence spectroscopy techniques, as well as X-ray diffraction (XRD). The Raman scattering investigation of porous SiC with different NC sizes have shown new features specific for nano-crystallite materials: appearing of surface phonon modes and the enlargement of diffusing background scattering. Photoluminescence study of PSiC layers with different thicknesses and SiC NC sizes reveals the intensity stimulation for exciton related PL bands. The intensity enhancement for exciton-related PL bands is attributed to exciton recombination rate increasing due to the realization of exciton confinement and exciton-polariton effects in big size SiC NCs of different polytypes (6H-PSiC with inclusions of 15R- and 4H-PSiC). XRD study has confirmed that the investigated porous 6H-SiC layers contain inclusions of 4H-SiC and 15R-SiC polytypes.

  16. The nature of singlet excitons in oligoacene molecular crystals

    Yamagata, H.

    2011-01-01

    A theory for polarized absorption in crystalline oligoacenes is presented, which includes Frenkel exciton coupling, the coupling between Frenkel and charge-transfer (CT) excitons, and the coupling of all neutral and ionic excited states to the dominant ring-breathing vibrational mode. For tetracene, spectra calculated using all Frenkel couplings among the five lowest energy molecular singlet states predict a Davydov splitting (DS) of the lowest energy (0-0) vibronic band of only -32cm-1, far smaller than the measured value of 631cm-1 and of the wrong sign-a negative sign indicating that the polarizations of the lower and upper Davydov components are reversed from experiment. Inclusion of Frenkel-CT coupling dramatically improves the agreement with experiment, yielding a 0-0 DS of 601cm-1 and a nearly quantitative reproduction of the relative spectral intensities of the 0-n vibronic components. Our analysis also shows that CT mixing increases with the size of the oligoacenes. We discuss the implications of these results on exciton dissociation and transport. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.

  17. Microscopic Investigation of Grain Boundaries in Organolead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells.

    Li, Jiang-Jun; Ma, Jing-Yuan; Ge, Qian-Qing; Hu, Jin-Song; Wang, Dong; Wan, Li-Jun

    2015-12-30

    Grain boundaries (GBs) play an important role in organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells, which have generally been recognized as a new class of materials for photovoltaic applications. To definitely understand the electrical structure and behavior of GBs, here we present Kelvin probe force microscopy and conductive atomic force microscopy (c-AFM) measurements of both typical and inverted planar organolead halide perovskite solar cells. By comparing the contact potential difference (CPD) of these two devices in the dark and under illumination, we found that a downward band bending exists in GBs that predominantly attract photoinduced electrons. The c-AFM measurements observed that higher photocurrents flow through GBs when a low bias overcomes the barrier created by the band bending, indicating that GBs act as effective charge dissociation interfaces and photocurrent transduction pathways rather than recombination sites. PMID:26633192

  18. The Remarkable Reactivity of Aryl Halides with Nucleophiles

    Bunnett, Joseph F.

    1974-01-01

    Discusses the reactivity of aryl halides with nucleophilic or basic reagents, including nucleophilic attacks on carbon, hydrogen, halogen, and arynes. Suggestions are made concerning revisions of the sections on aryl halide chemistry courses and the corresponding chapters in textbooks. (CC)

  19. Tailoring Mixed-Halide, Wide-Gap Perovskites via Multistep Conversion Process

    Bae, Dowon; Palmstrom, Axel; Roelofs, Katherine;

    2016-01-01

    Wide-band-gap mixed-halide CH3NH3PbI3–XBrX-based solar cells have been prepared by means of a sequential spin-coating process. The spin-rate for PbI2 as well as its repetitive deposition are important in determining the cross-sectional shape and surface morphology of perovskite, and, consequently...

  20. Mechanoluminescence produced during cleavage of γ-irradiated alkali halide crystals

    When g-irradiated alkali halide crystals are cleaved, then in their mechanoluminescence (ML) intensity versus time curve, two peak intensities Im1 and Im2 are observed at time tm1 and tm2 respectively. The ML intensity both beyond tm1 and tm2 decrease exponentially. It is shown that ML provides a new technique for determining the pinning time of dislocations and lifetime of the electrons in dislocation band. (author)

  1. Excitons in monocline zinc diphosphide. A-exciton series and Fano factor

    The spectra of the A-exciton series absorption by the various wave vector directions and radiation polarization states are studied in the monocline zinc diphosphide - β-ZnP2. The oscillators forces, which are subjected to the Fn ∝ n-3 dependence of the S-type, characteristic for the exciton states, are determined for the observed transitions. It is assumed, that the A-exciton series is conditioned partially by the permitted dipole transitions of the orthoexciton into the nS-state. The Fano antiresonances originate in the absorption spectra or the resonances of the A-exciton series by availability of the E radiation vector constituent on the crystallographic axis c. They are conditioned by the configuration interaction of the series A discrete exciton states with the exciton-phonon spectrum continuum, conditioned by the indirect transitions into the 1S-zone of the singlet exciton with the phonon emission

  2. The Antimicrobial Action of Silver Halides in Calcium Phosphate

    Kalniņa, D; Gross, K; Onufrijevs, P.; Daukšta, E; Nikolajeva, V; Stankeviciute, Z; Kareiva, A.

    2015-01-01

    Silver halides represent a yet unexplored avenue for imparting antimicrobial activity to calcium phosphates. Negtively charged silver halide colloids (AgI, AgBr and AgCl) were added to synthesized amorphous calcium phosphate. Concurrent melting of silver halides and crystallization to carbonated apatite at 700 oC increased the silver halide surface area available to bacteria and formed a lower solubility apatite. The effect of the matrix solubility on antimicrobial response could ...

  3. Type II InAs/GaAsSb quantum dots: Highly tunable exciton geometry and topology

    Llorens, J. M.; Wewior, L.; Cardozo de Oliveira, E. R.; Alén, B., E-mail: benito.alen@csic.es [IMM-Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid (CNM-CSIC), Isaac Newton 8, PTM, E-28760 Tres Cantos, Madrid (Spain); Ulloa, J. M.; Utrilla, A. D.; Guzmán, A.; Hierro, A. [Institute for Systems based on Optoelectronics and Microtechnology (ISOM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-11-02

    External control over the electron and hole wavefunctions geometry and topology is investigated in a p-i-n diode embedding a dot-in-a-well InAs/GaAsSb quantum structure with type II band alignment. We find highly tunable exciton dipole moments and largely decoupled exciton recombination and ionization dynamics. We also predicted a bias regime where the hole wavefunction topology changes continuously from quantum dot-like to quantum ring-like as a function of the external bias. All these properties have great potential in advanced electro-optical applications and in the investigation of fundamental spin-orbit phenomena.

  4. Synthesis of cadmium chalcogenide based quantum dots for enhanced multiple exciton generation

    Page, Robert Christopher

    2014-01-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) have the potential to produce more than one exciton per incident photon, if the photon energy is greater than twice the band gap energy. This process of multiple exciton generation (MEG) has the potential to lead to a step change in the efficiency of solar panels, by utilising energy commonly wasted as heat in conventional solar cells. A wide range of CdSe/CdTe and CdTe/CdSe quantum dots with and without a CdS shell were synthesised with varying core sizes and shell thickne...

  5. Radiative recombination of excitons in amorphous semiconductors

    A theory for calculating the radiative lifetime of excitons in amorphous semiconductors is presented. Four possibilities of excitonic radiative recombination are considered and the corresponding rates are derived at thermal equilibrium. The radiative lifetime is calculated from the inverse of the maximum rate for all the four possibilities. Results agree very well with experiments

  6. Quantum-dot excitons in nanostructured environments

    Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Stobbe, Søren; Lodahl, Peter

    2010-01-01

    The interaction between light and quantum-dot (QD) excitons is strongly influenced by the environment in which the QD is placed. We have investigated the interaction by measuring the time-resolved spontaneous-emission rate of QD excitons in different nanostructured environments. Thereby, we have...

  7. DNA-mediated excitonic upconversion FRET switching

    Kellis, Donald L.; Rehn, Sarah M.; Cannon, Brittany L.; Davis, Paul H.; Graugnard, Elton; Lee, Jeunghoon; Yurke, Bernard; Knowlton, William B.

    2015-11-01

    Excitonics is a rapidly expanding field of nanophotonics in which the harvesting of photons, ensuing creation and transport of excitons via Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET), and subsequent charge separation or photon emission has led to the demonstration of excitonic wires, switches, Boolean logic and light harvesting antennas for many applications. FRET funnels excitons down an energy gradient resulting in energy loss with each step along the pathway. Conversely, excitonic energy upconversion via upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), although currently inefficient, serves as an energy ratchet to boost the exciton energy. Although FRET-based upconversion has been demonstrated, it suffers from low FRET efficiency and lacks the ability to modulate the FRET. We have engineered an upconversion FRET-based switch by combining lanthanide-doped UCNPs and fluorophores that demonstrates excitonic energy upconversion by nearly a factor of 2, an excited state donor to acceptor FRET efficiency of nearly 25%, and an acceptor fluorophore quantum efficiency that is close to unity. These findings offer a promising path for energy upconversion in nanophotonic applications including artificial light harvesting, excitonic circuits, photovoltaics, nanomedicine, and optoelectronics.

  8. First-principles study of γ-ray detector materials in perovskite halides

    Im, Jino; Jin, Hosub; Stoumpos, Constantinos; Chung, Duck; Liu, Zhifu; Peters, John; Wessels, Bruce; Kanatzidis, Mercouri; Freeman, Arthur

    2013-03-01

    In an effort to search for good γ-ray detector materials, perovskite halide compounds containing heavy elements were investigated. Despite the three-dimensional network of the corner shared octahedra and the extended nature of the outermost shell, its strong ionic character leads to a large band gap, which is one of the essential criteria for γ-ray detector materials. Thus, considering high density and high atomic number, these pervoskite halides are possible candidate for γ-ray detector materials. We performed first-principles calculations to investigate electronic structures and thermodynamic properties of intrinsic defects in the selected perovskite halide, CsPbBr3. The screened-exchange local density approximation scheme was employed to correct the underestimation of the band gap in the LDA method. As a result, the calculated band gap of CsPbBr3 is found to be suitable for γ-ray detection. Furthermore, defect formation energy calculations allow us to predict thermodynamic and electronic properties of possible intrinsic defects, which affect detector efficiency and energy resolution. Supported by the office of Nonproliferation and Verification R &D under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357

  9. Method for recovering hydrocarbons from molten metal halides

    Pell, Melvyn B.

    1979-01-01

    In a process for hydrocracking heavy carbonaceous materials by contacting such carbonaceous materials with hydrogen in the presence of a molten metal halide catalyst to produce hydrocarbons having lower molecular weights and thereafter recovering the hydrocarbons so produced from the molten metal halide, an improvement comprising injecting into the spent molten metal halide, a liquid low-boiling hydrocarbon stream is disclosed.

  10. 40 CFR 721.575 - Substituted alkyl halide.

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Substituted alkyl halide. 721.575... Substances § 721.575 Substituted alkyl halide. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as substituted alkyl halide (PMN P-83-1222)...

  11. Coherent spontaneous radiation of Frenkel excitons

    Andrianov, S.N.; Samartsev, V.V.; Sheibut, Yu.E.

    1988-02-01

    We have constructed a mathematical model that describes the coherent spontaneous radiation of a macroscopically filled exciton mode. We have demonstrated qualitatively ways in which a coherent subsystem of excitons can be formed. When this occurs under the influence of an external coherent source, exciton free induction occurs, while in the case of a spontaneous transition of the excitons to a coherent state through freezing of the reservoir of intermolecular interactions superradiance occurs. We have concluded that superradiance in the system of Frenkel excitons is possible under the influence of the non-Dicke mechanisms of self-induction of correlations, when the dipole transition moments of the individual atoms are coupled into a single macroscopic effective spin through their electrostatic interaction, this being analogous to the ordering of magnetic dipole moments in a ferromagnet.

  12. Harmonic dynamical behaviour of thallous halides

    Sarvesh K Tiwari; L J Shukla; K S Upadhyaya

    2010-05-01

    Harmonic dynamical behaviour of thallous halides (TlCl and TlBr) have been studied using the new van der Waals three-body force shell model (VTSM), which incorporates the effects of the van der Waals interaction along with long-range Coulomb interactions, three-body interactions and short-range second neighbour interactions in the framework of rigid shell model (RSM). Phonon dispersion curves (PDC), variations of Debye temperature with absolute temperature and phonon density of state (PDS) curves have been reported for thallous halides using VTSM. Comparison of experimental values with those of VTSM and TSM are also reported in the paper and a good agreement between experimental and VTSM values has been found, from which it may be inferred that the incorporation of van der Waals interactions is essential for the complete harmonic dynamical behaviour of thallous halides.

  13. Binding energy of excitons formed from spatially separated electrons and holes in insulating quantum dots

    Pokutnyi, S. I., E-mail: pokutnyi-sergey@inbox.ru [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Chuiko Institute of Surface Chemistry (Ukraine); Kulchin, Yu. N.; Dzyuba, V. P. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Automation and Control Processes, Far East Branch (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-15

    It is found that the binding energy of the ground state of an exciton formed from an electron and a hole spatially separated from each other (the hole is moving within a quantum dot, and the electron is localized above the spherical (quantum dot)–(insulating matrix) interface) in a nanosystem containing insulating Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} quantum dots is substantially increased (by nearly two orders of magnitude) compared to the exciton binding energy in an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} single crystal. It is established that, in the band gap of an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticle, a band of exciton states (formed from spatially separated electrons and holes) appears. It is shown that there exists the possibility of experimentally detecting the ground and excited exciton states in the band gap of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles at room temperature from the absorption spectrum of the nanosystem.

  14. Longitudinal-transverse splitting of individual excitonic polaritons in ZnO derived from ellipsometry

    The complex dielectric tensor of ZnO in the regime of the excitonic transitions is determined with ellipsometry and analyzed concerning the quantization of the electromagnetic field in terms of coupled polariton-eigenmodes. Negative sections in the real part indicate the significant formation of polaritons for the dipole-allowed excitons of the three upper valence-bands Γ7,Γ9,Γ7. The transverse-longitudinal splittings which separate the upper polariton branch from the lower branch are deduced precisely for each subband and for different strain levels. Mainly for E parallel c, additional absorption peaks are observed at the longitudinal B-exciton and closely above. One is considered to be a mixed-mode and the other is seen as a consequence of interference effects in an exciton free surface layer which is also visible in Reflectance Anisotropy Spectroscopy (RAS). Furthermore, the effect of d-level-hybridization on valence-band-symmetries is evaluated by the effective number of electrons neff in high energy data between 3 and 32 eV. CdS polaritonic spectra were also measured as a reference and further support the inversed ordering of valence bands (negative spin-orbit splitting) in ZnO.

  15. Computational screening of mixed metal halide ammines

    Jensen, Peter Bjerre; Lysgaard, Steen; Quaade, Ulrich; Vegge, Tejs

    Metal halide ammines, e.g. Mg(NH3)6Cl2 and Sr(NH3)8Cl2, can reversibly store ammonia, with high volumetric hydrogen storage capacities. The storage in the halide ammines is very safe, and the salts are therefore highly relevant as a carbon-free energy carrier in future transportation infrastructure....... In this project we are searching for improved mixed materials with optimal desorption temperatures and kinetics, optimally releasing all ammonia in one step. We apply Density Functional Theory, DFT, calculations on mixed compounds selected by a Genetic Algorithm (GA), relying on biological principles...

  16. Multiple exciton generation in nano-crystals revisited: Consistent calculation of the yield based on pump-probe spectroscopy

    Karki, Khadga J; Zheng, Kaibo; Zidek, Karel; Mousa, Abdelrazek; Abdellah, Mohamed A; Messing, Maria; Wallenberg, L Reine; Yartsev, Arkadi; Pullerits, Tonu

    2013-01-01

    Multiple exciton generation (MEG) is a process in which more than one exciton is generated upon the absorption of a high energy photon, typically higher than two times the band gap, in semiconductor nanocrystals. It can be observed experimentally using time resolved spectroscopy such as the transient absorption measurements. Quantification of the MEG yield is usu- ally done by assuming that the bi-exciton signal is twice the signal from a single exciton. Herein we show that this assumption is not always justified and may lead to significant errors in the estimated MEG yields. We develop a methodology to determine proper scaling factors to the signals from the transient absorption experiments. Using the methodology we find modest MEG yields in lead chalcogenide nanocrystals including the nanorods.

  17. Exciton absorption spectrum of thin Ag2ZnI4

    In Ag2ZnI4 compound thin films one investigated into the electron spectrum of absorption within 3-6 eV photon energy range. The boundary of interband absorption is determined to correspond to the direct permitted transitions with Eg = 3.7 eV forbidden gap width. A strong exciton band at E = 3.625 eV (80 K) Γ half width temperature run of which within 80-390 K range is governed by exciton-phonon interaction typical for quasi-single-dimensional excitons, is adjacent to the absorption boundary. At T ≤ 390 K one observes a bend in E(T) and Γ(T) dependences associated with generation of the Frenkel defects and followed by transfer of Ag ions to the interstices and vacancies of the compound crystalline lattice

  18. Exciton absorption spectrum of thin Ag sub 2 ZnI sub 4

    Yunakova, O N; Kovalenko, E N

    2002-01-01

    In Ag sub 2 ZnI sub 4 compound thin films one investigated into the electron spectrum of absorption within 3-6 eV photon energy range. The boundary of interband absorption is determined to correspond to the direct permitted transitions with E sub g = 3.7 eV forbidden gap width. A strong exciton band at E = 3.625 eV (80 K) GAMMA half width temperature run of which within 80-390 K range is governed by exciton-phonon interaction typical for quasi-single-dimensional excitons, is adjacent to the absorption boundary. At T <= 390 K one observes a bend in E(T) and GAMMA(T) dependences associated with generation of the Frenkel defects and followed by transfer of Ag ions to the interstices and vacancies of the compound crystalline lattice

  19. Excitonic photoluminescence spectra of C{sub 60} single crystals grown by different techniques

    Capozzi, V.; Santoro, M.; Perna, G.; Celentano, G.; Minafra, A.; Casamassima, G. [Bari Univ. (Italy). Dipt. di Fisica; Ist. Nazionale di Fisica della Materia, Bari (Italy)

    2001-04-01

    We report photoluminescence spectra of C{sub 60} single crystals grown by vapor phase transport method using either the sealed ampoule technique or the open tube technique. The spectra for both types of samples show similar features, but different line resolution related to the two different growth techniques. An analysis of temperature and excitation intensity dependencies of the luminescence spectra is reported. The main structures of the spectra have been interpreted according to a model involving intramolecular polaron-exciton recombinations. In particular, emissions due to purely electronic transitions of singlet and triplet or the exciton and related vibronic recombinations have been resolved. At low temperature, emission bands due to X-traps have been observed on the high-energy side of the excitonic singlet purely electronic transition. (orig.)

  20. Theoretical studies of excitons in type II CdSe/CdTe quantum dots

    We present a method for calculating exciton and bi-exciton energies in type-II colloidal quantum dots. Our methodology is based on an 8-band k · p Hamiltonian of the zinc- blend structure, which incorporates the effects of spin-orbit interaction, strain between the core and the shell and piezoelectric potentials. Exciton states are found using the configuration interaction (CI) method that explicitly includes the effects of Coulomb interaction, as well as exchange and correlation between many-electron configurations. We pay particular attention to accurate modelling of the electrostatic interaction between quasiparticles. The model includes surface polarization and self-polarization effects due to the large difference in dielectric constants at the boundary of the QD.

  1. The transformation of exciton photoluminescence of CdTe:Cl single crystals caused by technological treatments

    The effect of microwave radiation and thermal annealing on the transformation of exciton-impurity complexes in CdTe:Cl single crystals is studied using low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements. It is shown that microwave radiation activates ClTe centers. The improvement of crystal structure perfection is obtained at optimal regime of microwave treatment (30 s). Changes in the excitonic bands due to thermal annealing at temperature <180°C is not observed. This testifies about thermal stability of studied material. But the restructurization of exciton-impurity complexes due to annealing at temperature ≥180°C is observed, which is related with 'evaporation' of the chlorine atoms from the surface of the crystals. (authors)

  2. Ultrafast Exciton Dynamics in CdxHg(1-x)Te alloy Quantum Dots

    Leontiadou, Marina A.; Al-Otaify, Ali; Kershaw, Stephen V.; Zhovtiuk, Olga; Kalytchuk, Sergii; Mott, Derrick; Maenosono, Shinya; Rogach, Andrey L.; Binks, David J.

    2016-05-01

    Ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy is used to investigate sub-nanosecond exciton dynamics in CdxHg(1-x)Te alloy colloidal quantum dots. A bleach was observed at the band gap due to state-filling, the mono-exponential decay of which had a characteristic lifetime of 91 ± 1 ps and was attributed to biexciton recombination; no evidence of surface-related trapping was observed. The rise time of the bleach, which is determined by the rate at which hot electrons cool to the band-edge, ranged between 1 and 5 ps depending on the pump photon energy. Measuring the magnitude of the bleach decay for different pump fluences and wavelengths allowed the quantum yield of multiple exciton generation to be determined, and was 115 ± 1% for pump photons with energy equivalent to 2.6 times the band gap.

  3. Excitonic effects in ZnO nanowires and hollow nanotubes

    Willander, M.; Lozovik, Y. E.; Zhao, Q. X.; Nur, O.; Hu, Q.-H.; Klason, P.

    2007-02-01

    Energy levels and wave functions of ground and excited states of an exciton are calculated by the method of imaginary time. Energy levels as functions of radius of single and double wall nanotube are studied. Asymptotic behavior of energy levels at large and small values of the radius using perturbation theory and adiabatic approximation is considered. Spatially indirect exciton in semiconductor nanowire is also investigated. Experimental result from high quality reproducible ZnO nanowires grown by low temperature chemical engineering is presented. State of the art high brightness white light emitting diodes (HB-LEDs) are demonstrated from the grown ZnO nano-wires. The color temperature and color rendering index (CRI) of the HB-LEDs values was found to be (3250 K, 82), and (14000 K, 93), for the best LEDs, which means that the quality of light is superior to one obtained from GaN LEDs available on the market today. The role of V Zn and V ° on the emission responsible for the white light band as well as the peak position of this important wide band is thoroughly investigated in a systematic way.

  4. Exciton-phonon complexes and optical properties in CdSe nanocrystals

    Menendez-Proupin, E [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 653, Santiago, Chile (Chile); Cabo-Bizet, N G [Facultad de Fisica, Universidad de La Habana, Vedado 10400, La Habana (Cuba); Trallero-Giner, C [Facultad de Fisica, Universidad de La Habana, Vedado 10400, La Habana (Cuba)

    2006-08-09

    A method to calculate the quantum states of exciton-phonon complexes in semiconductor nanocrystals is presented. The exciton-phonon complexes are built from a basis set made of products of phonon states and electron-hole pairs, which are coupled through the electron-phonon Froehlich interaction, and the electron-hole Coulomb and exchange interactions. In CdSe nanocrystals, the conduction band electrons are described by the effective mass equation, while the holes are represented by the spherical 4 x 4 Baldereschi-Lipari Hamiltonian. It is shown that a flexible and complete electron-hole basis, not limited to the 1s-1S{sub 3/2} octet, is essential to obtain converged eigenvalues and the correct polaron shift to the exciton energy. A study of the spectral properties is presented; in particular, the spectral region which involves the lowest exciton-phonon complex eigenstates is analysed in details. Specifically, the non-adiabatic nature of the exciton-phonon dynamics in the nanocrystals examined is clearly shown by the vibron eigenstates that were obtained.

  5. Dominant factors limiting the optical gain in layered two-dimensional halide perovskite thin films.

    Chong, Wee Kiang; Thirumal, Krishnamoorthy; Giovanni, David; Goh, Teck Wee; Liu, Xinfeng; Mathews, Nripan; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Sum, Tze Chien

    2016-05-25

    Semiconductors are ubiquitous gain media for coherent light sources. Solution-processed three-dimensional (3D) halide perovskites (e.g., CH3NH3PbI3) with their outstanding room temperature optical gain properties are the latest members of this family. Their two-dimensional (2D) layered perovskite counterparts with natural multiple quantum well structures exhibit strong light-matter interactions and intense excitonic luminescence. However, despite such promising traits, there have been no reports on room temperature optical gain in 2D layered perovskites. Herein, we reveal the challenges towards achieving amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) in the archetypal (C6H5C2H4NH3)2PbI4 (or PEPI) system. Temperature-dependent transient spectroscopy uncovers the dominant free exciton trapping and bound biexciton formation pathways that compete effectively with biexcitonic gain. Phenomenological rate equation modeling predicts a large biexciton ASE threshold of ∼1.4 mJ cm(-2), which is beyond the damage threshold of these materials. Importantly, these findings would rationalize the difficulties in achieving optical gain in 2D perovskites and provide new insights and suggestions for overcoming these challenges. PMID:27184073

  6. FTIR Studies of Internal Water Molecules of Bacteriorhodopsin: Structural Analysis of Halide-bound D85S and D212N Mutants in the Schiff Base Region

    Shibata, Mikihiro; Kandori, Hideki

    2007-12-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (BR), a membrane protein found in Halobacterium salinarum, functions as a light-driven proton pump. The Schiff base region has a quadropolar structure with positive charges located at the protonated Schiff base and Arg82, and counterbalancing negative charges located at Asp85 and Asp212 (Figure 1A). It is known that BR lacks a proton-pumping activity if Asp85 or Asp212 is neutralized by mutation. On the other hand, binding of C1- brings different effects for pumping functions in mutants at D85 and D212 position. While C1--bound D85T and D85S pump C1-, photovoltage measurements suggested that C1--bound D212N pumps protons at low pH. In this study, we measured low-temperature FTIR spectra of D85S and D212N containing various halides to compare the halide binding site of both proteins. In the case of D85S, the N-D stretching vibrations of the Schiff base were halide-dependent. This result suggests that the halide is a hydrogen-bond acceptor of the Schiff base, being consistent with the X-ray crystal structure. On the other hand, no halide dependence was observed for vibrational bands of the retinal skeleton and the Schiff base in the D212N mutant. This result suggests that the halide does not form a hydrogen bond with the Schiff base directly, unlike the mutation at D85 position. Halide-dependent water bands in the Schiff base region also differ between D85S and D212N. From these results, halide binding site of both proteins and role of two negative charges in BR will be discussed.

  7. First-principles study on the electronic and optical properties of cubic ABX3 halide perovskites

    The electronic properties of ABX3 type compounds in the cubic phase are systematically studied using the first-principles calculations. The chemical trend of their properties as A or B or X varies is fully investigated. The optical properties of the ABX3 compounds are also investigated. Our calculations show that taking into account the spin–orbit coupling effect is crucial for predicting the accurate band gap of these halide perovskites. We predict that CH3NH3SnBr3 is a promising material for solar cells absorber with a perfect band gap and good optical absorption.

  8. Excitonic fano resonance in free-standing graphene.

    Chae, Dong-Hun; Utikal, Tobias; Weisenburger, Siegfried; Giessen, Harald; Klitzing, Klaus V; Lippitz, Markus; Smet, Jurgen

    2011-03-01

    We investigate the role of electron-hole correlations in the absorption of free-standing monolayer and bilayer graphene using optical transmission spectroscopy from 1.5 to 5.5 eV. Line shape analysis demonstrates that the ultraviolet region is dominated by an asymmetric Fano resonance. We attribute this to an excitonic resonance that forms near the van Hove singularity at the saddle point of the band structure and couples to the Dirac continuum. The Fano model quantitatively describes the experimental data all the way down to the infrared. In contrast, the common noninteracting particle picture cannot describe our data. These results suggest a profound connection between the absorption properties and the topology of the graphene band structure. PMID:21322607

  9. Effects of Alloying on the Optical Properties of Organic-Inorganic Lead Halide Perovskite Thin Films

    Ndione, Paul F.; Li, Zhen; Zhu, Kai

    2016-09-07

    Complex refractive index and dielectric function spectra of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite alloy thin films are presented, together with the critical-point parameter analysis (energy and broadening) of the respective composition. Thin films of methylammonium lead halide alloys (MAPbI3, MAPbBr3, MAPbBr2I, and MAPbBrI2), formamidinium lead halide alloys (FAPbI3, FAPbBr3, and FAPbBr2I), and formamidinium cesium lead halide alloys [FA0.85Cs0.15PbI3, FA0.85Cs0.15PbBrI2, and FA0.85Cs0.15Pb(Br0.4I0.6)3] were studied. The complex refractive index and dielectric functions were determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in the photon energy range of 0.7-6.5 eV. Critical point energies and optical transitions were obtained by lineshape fitting to the second-derivative of the complex dielectric function data of these thin films as a function of alloy composition. Absorption onset in the vicinity of the bandgap, as well as critical point energies and optical band transition shift toward higher energies as the concentration of Br in the films increases. Cation alloying (Cs+) has less effect on the optical properties of the thin films compared to halide mixed alloys. The reported optical properties can help to understand the fundamental properties of the perovskite materials and also be used for optimizing or designing new devices.

  10. Computational Screening of Mixed Metal Halide Ammines

    Jensen, Peter Bjerre; Lysgaard, Steen; Quaade, Ulrich; Vegge, Tejs

    Metal halide ammines, e.g. Mg(NH3)6Cl2 and Sr(NH3)8Cl2, can reversibly store ammonia, with high volumetric hydrogen storage capacities. In this project we are searching for improved mixed materials with optimal desorption temperature and kinetics. We apply DFT calculations on mixed compounds...

  11. The Additive Coloration of Alkali Halides

    Jirgal, G. H.; and others

    1969-01-01

    Describes the construction and use of an inexpensive, vacuum furnace designed to produce F-centers in alkali halide crystals by additive coloration. The method described avoids corrosion or contamination during the coloration process. Examination of the resultant crystals is discussed and several experiments using additively colored crystals are…

  12. Excitons in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect

    Laughlin, R. B.

    1984-09-01

    Quasiparticles of charge 1/m in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect form excitons, which are collective excitations physically similar to the transverse magnetoplasma oscillations of a Wigner crystal. A variational exciton wavefunction which shows explicitly that the magnetic length is effectively longer for quasiparticles than for electrons is proposed. This wavefunction is used to estimate the dispersion relation of these excitons and the matrix elements to generate them optically out of the ground state. These quantities are then used to describe a type of nonlinear conductivity which may occur in these systems when they are relatively clean.

  13. Quantum-dot excitons in nanostructured environments

    Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Stobbe, Søren; Lodahl, Peter

    2010-01-01

    The interaction between light and quantum-dot (QD) excitons is strongly influenced by the environment in which the QD is placed. We have investigated the interaction by measuring the time-resolved spontaneous-emission rate of QD excitons in different nanostructured environments. Thereby, we have...... determined the oscillator strength, quantum efficiency and spin-flip rates of QD excitons as well as their dependencies on emission wavelength and QD size. Enhancement and inhibition of QD spontaneous emission in photonic crystal membranes (PCMs) is observed. Efficient coupling to PCM waveguides is...

  14. Quantum-dot excitons in nanostructured environments

    Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Stobbe, Søren; Lodahl, Peter

    2011-01-01

    The interaction between light and quantum-dot (QD) excitons is strongly influenced by the environment in which the QD is placed. We have investigated the interaction by measuring the time-resolved spontaneous-emission rate of QD excitons in different nanostructured environments. Thereby, we have...... determined the oscillator strength, quantum efficiency and spin-flip rates of QD excitons as well as their dependencies on emission wavelength and QD size. Enhancement and inhibition of QD spontaneous emission in photonic crystal membranes (PCMs) is observed. Efficient coupling to PCM waveguides is...

  15. Phonon-mediated Josephson oscillations in excitonic and polaritonic condensates

    Magnusson, E. B.; Flayac, H.; Malpuech, G.; Shelykh, I.A.

    2010-01-01

    We analyze theoretically the role of the exciton-phonon interactions in phenomena related to the Josephson effect between two spatially separated exciton and exciton-polariton condensates. We consider the role of the dephasing introduced by phonons in such phenomena as Josephson tunneling, self-trapping and spontaneous polarization separation. In the regime of cw pumping we find a remarkable bistability effect arising from exciton- exciton interactions as well as regimes of self- sustained re...

  16. Dependence of Resonance Energy Transfer on Exciton Dimensionality

    Junis Rindermann, Jan; Pozina, Galia; Monemar, Bo; Hultman, Lars; Amano, Hiroshi; Lagoudakis, Pavlos G.

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the dependence of resonance energy transfer from Wannier-Mott excitons to an organic overlayer on exciton dimensionality. We exploit the excitonic potential disorder in a single quantum well to tune the balance between localized and free excitons by scaling the Boltzmann distribution of excitons through temperature. Theoretical calculations predict the experimentally observed temperature dependence of resonance energy transfer and allow us to quantify the contribution of locali...

  17. Optical properties of near-surface exciton quantum wells

    N. Atenco Analco; B. Flores Desirena; A. Silva Castillo; F. Pérez Rodríguez

    2001-01-01

    An overview of theoretical investigations on near-surface semiconductor quantum wells, whose optical properties are considerably affected by the interaction of the exciton with the sample surface is given. Near-surface quantum wells with both weak and strong quantum confinement of excitons are considered. When the exciton quantum well is very close to the sample surface, exciton dynamics is determined not only by characteristics of the quantum well, but also by the interaction of the exciton ...

  18. Excitons in poly(para phenylene vinylene): a quantum-chemical perspective based on high-level ab initio calculations.

    Mewes, Stefanie A; Mewes, Jan-Michael; Dreuw, Andreas; Plasser, Felix

    2016-01-28

    Excitonic effects play a fundamental role in the photophysics of organic semiconductors such as poly(para phenylene vinylene) (PPV). The emergence of these effects is examined for PPV oligomers based on high level ab initio excited-state calculations. The computed many-body wavefunctions are subjected to our recently developed exciton analysis protocols to provide a qualitative and quantitative characterization of excitonic effects. The discussion is started by providing high-level benchmark calculations using the algebraic-diagrammatic construction for the polarization propagator in third order of perturbation theory (ADC(3)). These calculations support the general adequacy of the computationally more efficient ADC(2) method in the case of singly excited states but also reveal the existence of low-energy doubly excited states. In a next step, a series of oligomers with chains of two to eight phenyl rings is studied at the ADC(2) level showing that the confinement effects are dominant for small oligomers, while delocalized exciton bands emerge for larger systems. In the case of the largest oligomer, the first twenty singlet and triplet excited states are computed and a detailed analysis in terms of the Wannier and Frenkel models is presented. The presence of different Wannier bands becomes apparent, showing a general trend that exciton sizes are lowered with increasing quasi-momentum within the bands. PMID:26700493

  19. Exciton-related nonlinear optical response and photoluminescence in dilute nitrogen In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N{sub y}As{sub 1−y}/GaAs cylindrically shaped quantum dots

    Duque, C.M.; Morales, A.L. [Grupo de Materia Condensada-UdeA, Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín (Colombia); Mora-Ramos, M.E. [Grupo de Materia Condensada-UdeA, Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín (Colombia); Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Av. Universidad 1001, CP 62209 Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Duque, C.A. [Grupo de Materia Condensada-UdeA, Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín (Colombia)

    2014-10-15

    An investigation of the effects of the dilute nitrogen contents in the exciton states of cylindrical In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N{sub y}As{sub 1−y}/GaAs quantum dots is presented. The exciton states in the system are obtained within the effective mass theory and the band anti-crossing model. Exciton-related nonlinear optical absorption and refractive index change, as well as excitonic photoluminescence are studied with the help of the calculated exciton states. - Highlights: • Theoretical study of excitons in cylindrical In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N{sub y}As{sub 1−y}/GaAs quantum dots. • Calculations of binding energy for different configurations of electron-hole pairs. • Nonlinear optical absorption and refractive index changes. • Dependence of photoluminescence energy transitions with several inputs.

  20. Exciton-related nonlinear optical response and photoluminescence in dilute nitrogen InxGa1−xNyAs1−y/GaAs cylindrically shaped quantum dots

    An investigation of the effects of the dilute nitrogen contents in the exciton states of cylindrical InxGa1−xNyAs1−y/GaAs quantum dots is presented. The exciton states in the system are obtained within the effective mass theory and the band anti-crossing model. Exciton-related nonlinear optical absorption and refractive index change, as well as excitonic photoluminescence are studied with the help of the calculated exciton states. - Highlights: • Theoretical study of excitons in cylindrical InxGa1−xNyAs1−y/GaAs quantum dots. • Calculations of binding energy for different configurations of electron-hole pairs. • Nonlinear optical absorption and refractive index changes. • Dependence of photoluminescence energy transitions with several inputs

  1. Impurity trapped exciton states related to rare earth ions in crystals under high hydrostatic pressure

    Emission related to rare earth ions in solids takes place usually due to 4fn → 4fn and 4fn−15d1 → 4fn internal transitions. In the case of band to band excitation the effective energy transfer from the host to optically active impurity is required. Among other processes one of the possibilities is capturing of the electron at excited state and hole at the ground state of impurity. Localization of electron or hole at the dopand site creates a long range Coulomb potential that attracts the second carrier which then occupies the localized Rydberg-like states. Such a system can be considered as impurity trapped exciton. Usually impurity trapped exciton is a short living phenomenon which decays non-radiatively leaving the impurity ion in the excited state. However, in several compounds doped with Eu2+ the impurity trapped exciton states become stable and contribute to the radiative processes though anomalous luminescence that appears apart of the 4f7 → 4f7 and 4f75d1 → 5f7 emission. In this contribution pressure effect on energies of the 4fn−15d1→5fn transitions in Ln doped oxides and fluorides as well as influence of pressure on the energy of impurity trapped exciton states is discussed. The latest results on high pressure investigations of luminescence related to Pr3+, and Eu2+ in different lattices are reviewed.

  2. Resonance Raman scattering and excitonic spectra in TlInS{sub 2} crystals

    Zalamai, V.V. [Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, 5 Academy Street, 2028 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Stamov, I.G. [T.G. Shevchenko State University of Pridnestrovie, 25 Oktyabrya Street 107, 3300 Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Syrbu, N.N., E-mail: sirbunn@yahoo.com [Technical University of Moldova, 168 Stefan cel Mare Avenue, 2004 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Ursaki, V.V. [Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, 5 Academy Street, 2028 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Dorogan, V. [Technical University of Moldova, 168 Stefan cel Mare Avenue, 2004 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    The excitons ground and excited states for E∥a and E∥b polarizations in absorption and reflection spectra of TlInS{sub 2} crystals were detected. The fundamental parameters of excitons and bands were determined at k=0. The resonance Raman spectra were investigated in the region of excitons transitions. The resonance Raman scattering spectra with participation of optical phonons that are active at the center of Brillouin zone were identified. The Raman scattering in Y(YX)Z and Y(ZX)Z geometries at 10 K with excitation by He–Ne laser was researched. Energies of phonons with A{sub g} and B{sub g} symmetries were determined. It was shown that the number of modes at 10 K was two times lower than expected according to theoretical calculations. - Highlights: • The resonance Raman scattering in geometry Y(YX)Z and Y(ZX)Z at 10 K was investigated. • Energies of phonons with A{sub g} and B{sub g} symmetries were determined. • The experimental and theoretical calculations completely conform if crystals are described by symmetry group D{sub 4h}{sup 15}. • The main parameters of excitons and bands were determined. • The model of electron transitions in k=0 was suggested.

  3. Energetics and dynamics in organic-inorganic halide perovskite photovoltaics and light emitters.

    Sum, Tze Chien; Chen, Shi; Xing, Guichuan; Liu, Xinfeng; Wu, Bo

    2015-08-28

    The rapid transcendence of organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells to above the 20% efficiency mark has captivated the broad photovoltaic community. As the efficiency race continues unabated, it is essential that fundamental studies keep pace with these developments. Further gains in device efficiencies are expected to be increasingly arduous and harder to come by. The key to driving the perovskite solar cell efficiencies towards their Shockley-Queisser limit is through a clear understanding of the interfacial energetics and dynamics between perovskites and other functional materials in nanostructured- and heterojunction-type devices. In this review, we focus on the current progress in basic characterization studies to elucidate the interfacial energetics (energy-level alignment and band bending) and dynamical processes (from the ultrafast to the ultraslow) in organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite photovoltaics and light emitters. Major findings from these studies will be distilled. Open questions and scientific challenges will also be highlighted. PMID:26234397

  4. Excitonic molecules in type-II superlattices

    Tsuchiya, T.; Katayama, S.; Ando, T.

    1998-01-01

    Excitonic molecules in GaAs/AlAs type-II superlattices are numerically investigated. In spite of large difference of electronic structures between type-II and type-I superlattices, variational calculations show that the configuration of particles is similar to that in type-I superlattices. This is because the layer width is smaller than the extent of excitonic wavefunctions in the direction parallel to the layers in the present superlattices.

  5. Orientation of luminescent excitons in layered nanomaterials

    Schuller, Jon A.; Karaveli, Sinan; Schiros, Theanne; He, Keliang; Yang, Shyuan; Kymissis, Ioannis; Shan, Jie; Zia, Rashid

    2013-04-01

    In nanomaterials, optical anisotropies reveal a fundamental relationship between structural and optical properties. Directional optical properties can be exploited to enhance the performance of optoelectronic devices, optomechanical actuators and metamaterials. In layered materials, optical anisotropies may result from in-plane and out-of-plane dipoles associated with intra- and interlayer excitations, respectively. Here, we resolve the orientation of luminescent excitons and isolate photoluminescence signatures arising from distinct intra- and interlayer optical transitions. Combining analytical calculations with energy- and momentum-resolved spectroscopy, we distinguish between in-plane and out-of-plane oriented excitons in materials with weak or strong interlayer coupling--MoS2 and 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA), respectively. We demonstrate that photoluminescence from MoS2 mono-, bi- and trilayers originates solely from in-plane excitons, whereas PTCDA supports distinct in-plane and out-of-plane exciton species with different spectra, dipole strengths and temporal dynamics. The insights provided by this work are important for understanding fundamental excitonic properties in nanomaterials and designing optical systems that efficiently excite and collect light from exciton species with different orientations.

  6. Excitonic nonlinearities in single-wall carbon nanotubes

    Nguyen, D.T.; Voisin, C.; Roussignol, P. [Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain, Ecole Normale Superieure, UPMC, Universite Paris Diderot, CNRS UMR8551, Paris (France); Roquelet, C.; Lauret, J.S. [Laboratoire de Photonique Quantique et Moleculaire de l' Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (France); Cassabois, G. [Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain, Ecole Normale Superieure, UPMC, Universite Paris Diderot, CNRS UMR8551, Paris (France); Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, Universite Montpellier 2, Montpellier (France); CNRS, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, Montpellier (France)

    2012-05-15

    Excitons are composite bosons that allow a fair description of the optical properties in solid state systems. The quantum confinement in nanostructures enhances the excitonic effects and impacts the exciton-exciton interactions, which tailor the performances of classical and quantum optoelectronic devices, such as lasers or single-photon emitters. The excitonic nonlinearities exhibit significant differences between organic and inorganic compounds. Tightly bound Frenkel excitons in molecular crystals are for instance affected by an efficient exciton-exciton annihilation (EEA). This Auger process also governs the population relaxation dynamics in carbon nanotubes that share many physical properties with organic materials. Here, we show that this similarity breaks down for the excitonic decoherence in carbon nanotubes. Original nonlinear spectral-hole burning experiments bring evidence of pure dephasing induced by exciton-exciton scattering (EES) in the k-space. This mechanism controls the exciton collision-induced broadening, as for Wannier excitons in inorganic semiconductors. We demonstrate that this singular behavior originates from the intrinsic one-dimensionality of excitons in carbon nanotubes, which display unique hybrid features of organic and inorganic systems. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. Generation of multiple excitons in Ag2S quantum dots: Single high-energy versus multiple-photon excitation

    Sun, Jingya

    2014-02-20

    We explored biexciton generation via carrier multiplication (or multiple-exciton generation) by high-energy photons and by multiple-photon absorption in Ag2S quantum dots (QDs) using femtosecond broad-band transient absorption spectroscopy. Irrespective of the size of the QDs and how the multiple excitons are generated in the Ag2S QDs, two distinct characteristic time constants of 9.6-10.2 and 135-175 ps are obtained for the nonradiative Auger recombination of the multiple excitons, indicating the existence of two binding excitons, namely, tightly bound and weakly bound excitons. More importantly, the lifetimes of multiple excitons in Ag 2S QDs were about 1 and 2 orders of magnitude longer than those of comparable size PbS QDs and single-walled carbon nanotubes, respectively. This result is significant because it suggests that by utilizing an appropriate electron acceptor, there is a higher possibility to extract multiple electron-hole pairs in Ag2S QDs, which should improve the performance of QD-based solar cell devices. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  8. Observation of structural relaxation during exciton self-trapping via excited-state resonant impulsive stimulated Raman spectroscopy

    We detect the change in vibrational frequency associated with the transition from a delocalized to a localized electronic state using femtosecond vibrational wavepacket techniques. The experiments are carried out in the mixed-valence linear chain material [Pt(en)2][Pt(en)2Cl2]⋅(ClO4)4 (en = ethylenediamine, C2H8N2), a quasi-one-dimensional system with strong electron-phonon coupling. Vibrational spectroscopy of the equilibrated self-trapped exciton is carried out using a multiple pulse excitation technique: an initial pump pulse creates a population of delocalized excitons that self-trap and equilibrate, and a time-delayed second pump pulse tuned to the red-shifted absorption band of the self-trapped exciton impulsively excites vibrational wavepacket oscillations at the characteristic vibrational frequencies of the equilibrated self-trapped exciton state by the resonant impulsive stimulated Raman mechanism, acting on the excited state. The measurements yield oscillations at a frequency of 160 cm−1 corresponding to a Raman-active mode of the equilibrated self-trapped exciton with Pt-Cl stretching character. The 160 cm−1 frequency is shifted from the previously observed wavepacket frequency of 185 cm−1 associated with the initially generated exciton and from the 312 cm−1 Raman-active symmetric stretching mode of the ground electronic state. We relate the frequency shifts to the changes in charge distribution and local structure that create the potential that stabilizes the self-trapped state

  9. Atypical Exciton-Phonon Interactions in WS2 and WSe2 Monolayers Revealed by Resonance Raman Spectroscopy.

    Del Corro, E; Botello-Méndez, A; Gillet, Y; Elias, A L; Terrones, H; Feng, S; Fantini, C; Rhodes, Daniel; Pradhan, N; Balicas, L; Gonze, X; Charlier, J-C; Terrones, M; Pimenta, M A

    2016-04-13

    Resonant Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool for providing information about excitons and exciton-phonon coupling in two-dimensional materials. We present here resonant Raman experiments of single-layered WS2 and WSe2 using more than 25 laser lines. The Raman excitation profiles of both materials show unexpected differences. All Raman features of WS2 monolayers are enhanced by the first-optical excitations (with an asymmetric response for the spin-orbit related XA and XB excitons), whereas Raman bands of WSe2 are not enhanced at XA/B energies. Such an intriguing phenomenon is addressed by DFT calculations and by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation. These two materials are very similar. They prefer the same crystal arrangement, and their electronic structure is akin, with comparable spin-orbit coupling. However, we reveal that WS2 and WSe2 exhibit quite different exciton-phonon interactions. In this sense, we demonstrate that the interaction between XC and XA excitons with phonons explains the different Raman responses of WS2 and WSe2, and the absence of Raman enhancement for the WSe2 modes at XA/B energies. These results reveal unusual exciton-phonon interactions and open new avenues for understanding the two-dimensional materials physics, where weak interactions play a key role coupling different degrees of freedom (spin, optic, and electronic). PMID:26998817

  10. Transport of Soil Halides through Rice Paddies: A Viable Mechanism for Rapid Dispersion of the Soil Halide Reservoir

    Redeker, K. R.; Manley, S.; Wang, N.; Cicerone, R.

    2002-05-01

    On short time scales (1-10 years) soil halide concentrations have been assumed to be primarily driven by leaching and deposition processes. Recent results however, have shown that terrestrial plants volatilize soil halides in the form of methyl halides. Emissions of methyl chloride, methyl bromide and methyl iodide represent major pathways for delivery of inorganic halogen radicals to the atmosphere. Inorganic halogen radicals destroy ozone in the stratosphere and modify the oxidative capacity of the lower atmosphere. We have previously shown that rice paddies emit methyl halides and that emissions depend on growth stage of the rice plant as well as field water management. We show here that rice grown in a greenhouse at UCI is capable of volatilizing and/or storing up to 30%, 5%, and 10% of the available chloride, bromide and iodide within the top meter of soil. The percent of plant tissue halide volatilized as methyl halide over the course of the season is calculated to be 0.05%, 0.25% and 85.0% for chloride, bromide and iodide. We compare our greenhouse soil halide concentrations to other commercial rice fields around the world and estimate the e-folding time for soil halides within each region. We suggest that rice agriculture is the driving removal mechanism for halides within rice paddies and that terrestrial plants play a larger role in global cycling of halides than previously estimated.

  11. Flame inhibition by hydrogen halides - Some spectroscopic measurements

    Lerner, N. R.; Cagliostro, D. E.

    1973-01-01

    The far-ultraviolet absorption spectrum of an air-propane diffusion flame inhibited with hydrogen halides has been studied. Plots of the absorption of light by hydrogen halides as a function of position in the flame and also as a function of the amount of hydrogen halide added to the flame have been obtained. The hydrogen halides are shown to be more stable on the fuel side of the reaction zone than they are on the air side. Thermal diffusion is seen to be important in determining the concentration distribution of the heavier hydrogen halides in diffusion flames. The relationship between the concentration distribution of the hydrogen halides in the flame and the flame inhibition mechanism is discussed.

  12. Exciton dephasing in ZnSe quantum wires

    Wagner, Hans Peter; Langbein, Wolfgang Werner; Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Bacher, G.; Kümmell, T.; Forchel, A.

    1998-01-01

    within the wire due to the electron trapping in surface states and exciton localization. The exciton-exciton scattering efficiency, determined by the density dependence of the exciton dephasing, is found to increase with decreasing win width. This is assigned to the reduced phase space in a quasi......The homogeneous linewidths of excitons in wet-etched ZnSe quantum wires of lateral sizes down to 23 nm are studied by transient four-wave mixing. The low-density dephasing time is found to increase with decreasing wire width. This is attributed mainly to a reduction of electron-exciton scattering...

  13. Computational Screening of Mixed Metal Halide Ammines

    Jensen, Peter Bjerre; Lysgaard, Steen; Quaade, Ulrich;

    Metal halide ammines, e.g. Mg(NH3)6Cl2 and Sr(NH3)8Cl2, can reversibly store ammonia, with high volumetric hydrogen storage capacities. In this project we are searching for improved mixed materials with optimal desorption temperature and kinetics. We apply DFT calculations on mixed compounds...... selected by a Genetic Algorithm (GA), relying on biological principles of natural selection. The GA is evolving from an initial (random) population and selecting those with highest fitness, e.g. stability, release temperature and storage capacity. The search space includes all alkaline, alkaline earth, 3d...... and 4d metals and the four lightest halides, giving in total almost two million combinations....

  14. Lanthanide-halide based humidity indicators

    Beitz, James V.; Williams, Clayton W.

    2008-01-01

    The present invention discloses a lanthanide-halide based humidity indicator and method of producing such indicator. The color of the present invention indicates the humidity of an atmosphere to which it is exposed. For example, impregnating an adsorbent support such as silica gel with an aqueous solution of the europium-containing reagent solution described herein, and dehydrating the support to dryness forms a substance with a yellow color. When this substance is exposed to a humid atmosphere the water vapor from the air is adsorbed into the coating on the pore surface of the silica gel. As the water content of the coating increases, the visual color of the coated silica gel changes from yellow to white. The color change is due to the water combining with the lanthanide-halide complex on the pores of the gel.

  15. Exciton interference revealed by energy dependent exciton transfer rate for ring-structured molecular systems

    Yan, Yun-An, E-mail: yunan@gznc.edu.cn [Guizhou Provincial Key Laboratory of Computational Nanomaterial Science, Guizhou Education University, Guiyang, Guizhou 550018 (China)

    2016-01-14

    The quantum interference is an intrinsic phenomenon in quantum physics for photon and massive quantum particles. In principle, the quantum interference may also occur with quasi-particles, such as the exciton. In this study, we show how the exciton quantum interference can be significant in aggregates through theoretical simulations with hierarchical equations of motion. The systems under investigation are generalized donor-bridge-acceptor model aggregates with the donor consisting of six homogeneous sites assuming the nearest neighbor coupling. For the models with single-path bridge, the exciton transfer time only shows a weak excitation energy dependence. But models with double-path bridge have a new short transfer time scale and the excitation energy dependence of the exciton transfer time assumes clear peak structure which is detectable with today’s nonlinear spectroscopy. This abnormality is attributed to the exciton quantum interference and the condition for a clear observation in experiment is also explored.

  16. Exciton interference revealed by energy dependent exciton transfer rate for ring-structured molecular systems

    The quantum interference is an intrinsic phenomenon in quantum physics for photon and massive quantum particles. In principle, the quantum interference may also occur with quasi-particles, such as the exciton. In this study, we show how the exciton quantum interference can be significant in aggregates through theoretical simulations with hierarchical equations of motion. The systems under investigation are generalized donor-bridge-acceptor model aggregates with the donor consisting of six homogeneous sites assuming the nearest neighbor coupling. For the models with single-path bridge, the exciton transfer time only shows a weak excitation energy dependence. But models with double-path bridge have a new short transfer time scale and the excitation energy dependence of the exciton transfer time assumes clear peak structure which is detectable with today’s nonlinear spectroscopy. This abnormality is attributed to the exciton quantum interference and the condition for a clear observation in experiment is also explored

  17. Manipulation of exciton and photon lasing in a membrane-type ZnO microcavity

    Lai, Ying-Yu; Chen, Jee-Wei; Chang, Tsu-Chi; Lu, Tien-Chang, E-mail: timtclu@mail.nctu.edu.tw [Department of Photonics, National Chiao Tung University, 1001 University Road, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Chou, Yu-Hsun [Department of Photonics, National Chiao Tung University, 1001 University Road, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Institute of Lighting and Energy Photonics, National Chiao Tung University, 301 Gaofa 3rd Road, Guiren District, Tainan 71150, Taiwan (China)

    2015-03-30

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of a membrane-type ZnO microcavity (MC). The ZnO membrane was cut from a single crystalline ZnO substrate by using focused ion beam milling, and was then placed onto a SiO{sub 2} substrate by using glass microtweezers. Through changing the pumping regime, manipulation of P-band exciton lasing and whispering-gallery mode (WGM) photon lasing could be easily achieved. P-band exciton lasing was observed only when the pumping laser was focused at the center of the ZnO MC with a small pumping size because of the innate ring-shaped WGM distribution. Furthermore, the lasing threshold of the ZnO MC could be reduced to an order lower by using a larger pumping spot because of the more favorable spatial overlap between the optical gain and WGM.

  18. Process and composition for drying of gaseous hydrogen halides

    Tom, Glenn M.; Brown, Duncan W.

    1989-08-01

    A process for drying a gaseous hydrogen halide of the formula HX, wherein X is selected from the group consisting of bromine, chlorine, fluorine, and iodine, to remove water impurity therefrom, comprising: contacting the water impurity-containing gaseous hydrogen halide with a scavenger including a support having associated therewith one or more members of the group consisting of: (a) an active scavenging moiety selected from one or more members of the group consisting of: (i) metal halide compounds dispersed in the support, of the formula MX.sub.y ; and (ii) metal halide pendant functional groups of the formula -MX.sub.y-1 covalently bonded to the support, wherein M is a y-valent metal, and y is an integer whose value is from 1 to 3; (b) corresponding partially or fully alkylated compounds and/or pendant functional groups, of the metal halide compounds and/or pendant functional groups of (a); wherein the alkylated compounds and/or pendant functional groups, when present, are reactive with the gaseous hydrogen halide to form the corresponding halide compounds and/or pendant functional groups of (a); and M being selected such that the heat of formation, .DELTA.H.sub.f of its hydrated halide, MX.sub.y.(H.sub.2 O).sub.n, is governed by the relationship: .DELTA.H.sub.f .gtoreq.n.times.10.1 kilocalories/mole of such hydrated halide compound wherein n is the number of water molecules bound to the metal halide in the metal halide hydrate. Also disclosed is an appertaining scavenger composition and a contacting apparatus wherein the scavenger is deployed in a bed for contacting with the water impurity-containing gaseous hydrogen halide.

  19. Iridium-catalyzed intramolecular [4 + 2] cycloadditions of alkynyl halides

    Andrew Tigchelaar; William Tam

    2012-01-01

    Iridium-catalyzed intramolecular [4 + 2] cycloadditions of diene-tethered alkynyl halides were investigated by using [IrCl(cod)]2 as catalyst, and dppe was found to be the most suitable phosphine ligand for the reaction. No oxidative insertion of the iridium into the carbon–halide bond was observed, and the reactions proceeded to provide the halogenated cycloadducts in good yield (75–94%). These results are the first examples of cycloadditions of alkynyl halides using an iridium c...

  20. Nonlinear exciton transfer in protein helices

    We study the transfer of vibronic excitation energy in helical forms of proteins. The steric structure of the helix protein is modelled by a three-dimensional network of oscillators representing peptide groups. The covalent and hydrogen bonds between the peptide groups are described by pair interaction potentials. Each peptide group possesses one internal vibrational (excitonic) degree of freedom embodying the amide-I mode. The transfer dynamics of an amide-I exciton along the helix is expressed in terms of a tight-binding system. In the first part of this paper we study a reduced system arising when the vibrations of the covalent bonds are neglected. For the resulting system consisting of the exciton coupled to the hydrogen bond vibrations oriented along the helix axis we construct polaron solutions. Subsequently we investigate the mobility of the polarons within the complete protein matrix including deformations of the covalent bonds too. In particular we show that, during a phase of adaptation going along with internal energy exchange between the exciton and the bond vibrations, a relaxation into a new steady regime takes place. The newly reached equilibrium state is characterized by a localized exciton breather and is attributed local deformations of the steric peptide cage in the form of phonobreathers. Finally, coherent motion of an exciton breather is initiated through suitable injection of kinetic energy. In this way the long-range transfer of vibronic amide-I energy in the steric protein cage is provided. Interestingly, the α-helix possesses better facilities in supporting mobile localized excitons compared to the 3-10-helix form of proteins

  1. Lanthanide doped strontium-barium cesium halide scintillators

    Bizarri, Gregory; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith; Derenzo, Stephen E.; Borade, Ramesh B.; Gundiah, Gautam; Yan, Zewu; Hanrahan, Stephen M.; Chaudhry, Anurag; Canning, Andrew

    2015-06-09

    The present invention provides for a composition comprising an inorganic scintillator comprising an optionally lanthanide-doped strontium-barium, optionally cesium, halide, useful for detecting nuclear material.

  2. One-dimensional ZnO exciton polaritons with negligible thermal broadening at room temperature

    Trichet, Aurélien; Sun, Liaoxin; Pavlovic, Goran; Gippius, Nikolay A.; Malpuech, Guillaume; XIE, Wei; Chen, Zhanghai; Richard, Maxime; Le Si Dang, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    Phonon damping is the main source of pure dephasing in the solid state, limiting many fundamental quantum effects to low temperature observations. Here we show how excitons in semiconductors can be totally decoupled from the phonon bath, even at room temperature, thanks to their strong interaction with photons. To do so, we investigated ZnO microwires, a new semiconductor nanostructure made of large band-gap material where the light can be trapped and guided into whispering gallery modes. In ...

  3. Communication: Strong excitonic and vibronic effects determine the optical properties of Li₂O₂

    García Lastra, Juan Maria; Bass, J. D.; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer

    2011-01-01

    The band structure and optical absorption spectrum of lithium peroxide (Li2O2) is calculated from first-principles using the G0W0 approximation and the Bethe-Salpeter equation, respectively. A strongly localized (Frenkel type) exciton corresponding to the π*→σ* transition on the O2 −2 peroxide ion...... of the high potential losses and low current densities, which are presently limiting the performance of Li-air batteries....

  4. Exciton magnetic polarons in Cd1-xMnxTe quantum wells

    We study the exciton magnetic polaron system in semimagnetic quantum wells. The exact numerical solution of a non-linear Wannier equation describing this system allow us to analyse its stability as a function of temperature, well width and band offset. We find a decrease in the polaron energy with increasing temperature and/or well width. The calculated polaron properties are in good agreement with recent experimental results. (author)

  5. Highly nonlinear excitonic Zeeman spin splitting in composition-engineered artificial atoms

    Jovanov, V; Eisfeller, T; Kapfinger, S; Clark, EC; Klotz, F.; Bichler, M.; Keizer, JG Joris; Koenraad, PM Paul; Brandt, MS; Abstreiter, AG; Finley, JJ

    2012-01-01

    Non-linear Zeeman splitting of neutral excitons is observed in composition engineered In(x)Ga(1-x)As self-assembled quantum dots and its microscopic origin is explained. Eight-band k.p simulations, performed using realistic dot parameters extracted from cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy, reveal that a quadratic contribution to the Zeeman energy originates from a spin dependent mixing of heavy and light hole orbital states in the dot. The dilute In-composition (x

  6. Organic-inorganic interactions of single crystalline organolead halide perovskites studied by Raman spectroscopy.

    Xie, Li-Qiang; Zhang, Tai-Yang; Chen, Liang; Guo, Nanjie; Wang, Yu; Liu, Guo-Kun; Wang, Jia-Rui; Zhou, Jian-Zhang; Yan, Jia-Wei; Zhao, Yi-Xin; Mao, Bing-Wei; Tian, Zhong-Qun

    2016-07-21

    Organolead halide perovskites exhibit superior photoelectric properties, which have given rise to the perovskite-based solar cells whose power conversion efficiency has rapidly reached above 20% in the past few years. However, perovskite-based solar cells have also encountered problems such as current-voltage hysteresis and degradation under practical working conditions. Yet investigations into the intrinsic chemical nature of the perovskite material and its role on the performance of the solar cells are relatively rare. In this work, Raman spectroscopy is employed together with CASTEP calculations to investigate the organic-inorganic interactions in CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbBr3-xClx perovskite single crystals with comparison to those having ammonic acid as the cations. For Raman measurements of CH3NH3PbI3, a low energy line of 1030 nm is used to avoid excitation of strong photoluminescence of CH3NH3PbI3. Raman spectra covering a wide range of wavenumbers are obtained, and the restricted rotation modes of CH3-NH3(+) embedded in CH3NH3PbBr3 (325 cm(-1)) are overwhelmingly stronger over the other vibrational bands of the cations. However, the band intensity diminishes dramatically in CH3NH3PbBr3-xClx and most of the bands shift towards high frequency, indicating the interaction with the halides. The details of such an interaction are further revealed by inspecting the band shift of the restricted rotation mode as well as the C-N, NH3(+) and CH3 stretching of the CH3NH3(+) as a function of Cl composition and length of the cationic ammonic acids. The results show that the CH3NH3(+) interacts with the PbX3(-) octahedral framework via the NH3(+) end through N(+)-HX hydrogen bonding whose strength can be tuned by the composition of halides but is insensitive to the size of the organic cations. Moreover, an increase of the Cl content strengthens the hydrogen bonding and thus blueshifts the C-N stretching bands. This is due to the fact that Cl is more electronegative than Br

  7. Mechanism and Selectivity in Nickel-Catalyzed Cross-Electrophile Coupling of Aryl Halides with Alkyl Halides

    Biswas, Soumik; Weix, Daniel J.

    2013-01-01

    The direct cross-coupling of two different electrophiles, such as an aryl halide with an alkyl halide, offers many advantages over conventional cross-coupling methods that require a carbon nucleophile. Despite its promise as a versatile synthetic strategy, a limited understanding of the mechanism and origin of cross selectivity has hindered progress in reaction development and design. Herein, we shed light on the mechanism for the nickel-catalyzed cross-electrophile coupling of aryl halides w...

  8. Engineering excitonic dynamics and environmental stability of post-transition metal chalcogenides by pyridine functionalization technique

    Meng, Xiuqing; Pant, Anupum; Cai, Hui; Kang, Jun; Sahin, Hasan; Chen, Bin; Wu, Kedi; Yang, Sijie; Suslu, Aslihan; Peeters, F. M.; Tongay, Sefaattin

    2015-10-01

    Owing to their strong photon emission, low excitonic binding energies, and nearly-ideal band offset values for water splitting reactions, direct gap quasi-2D gallium chalcogenides are potential candidates for applications in energy harvesting, optoelectronics, and photonics. Unlike other 2D materials systems, chemical functionalization of gallium chalcogenides is still at its seminal stages. Here, we propose vapor phase pyridine intercalation technique to manipulate optical properties of gallium chalcogenides. After functionalization, the excitonic dynamics of quasi-2D GaSe change significantly as evidenced by an increase in integrated PL intensity and emergence of a new emission feature that is below the band edge. Based on our DFT calculations, we attribute these to formation of bound exciton complexes at the trap sites introduced by chemical reaction between pyridine and GaSe. On the contrary, pyridine functionalization does not impact the optical properties of GaTe, instead treats GaTe surface to prevent oxidization of tellurium atoms. Overall, results suggest novel ways to control properties of gallium chalcogenides on demand and unleash their full potential for a range of applications in photonics and optoelectronics.Owing to their strong photon emission, low excitonic binding energies, and nearly-ideal band offset values for water splitting reactions, direct gap quasi-2D gallium chalcogenides are potential candidates for applications in energy harvesting, optoelectronics, and photonics. Unlike other 2D materials systems, chemical functionalization of gallium chalcogenides is still at its seminal stages. Here, we propose vapor phase pyridine intercalation technique to manipulate optical properties of gallium chalcogenides. After functionalization, the excitonic dynamics of quasi-2D GaSe change significantly as evidenced by an increase in integrated PL intensity and emergence of a new emission feature that is below the band edge. Based on our DFT calculations

  9. Electron transport mechanism of bathocuproine exciton blocking layer in organic photovoltaics.

    Lee, Jeihyun; Park, Soohyung; Lee, Younjoo; Kim, Hyein; Shin, Dongguen; Jeong, Junkyeong; Jeong, Kwangho; Cho, Sang Wan; Lee, Hyunbok; Yi, Yeonjin

    2016-02-21

    Efficient exciton management is a key issue to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics (OPVs). It is well known that the insertion of an exciton blocking layer (ExBL) having a large band gap promotes the efficient dissociation of photogenerated excitons at the donor-acceptor interface. However, the large band gap induces an energy barrier which disrupts the charge transport. Therefore, building an adequate strategy based on the knowledge of the true charge transport mechanism is necessary. In this study, the true electron transport mechanism of a bathocuproine (BCP) ExBL in OPVs is comprehensively investigated by in situ ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, inverse photoemission spectroscopy, density functional theory calculation, and impedance spectroscopy. The chemical interaction between deposited Al and BCP induces new states within the band gap of BCP, so that electrons can transport through these new energy levels. Localized trap states are also formed upon the Al-BCP interaction. The activation energy of these traps is estimated with temperature-dependent conductance measurements to be 0.20 eV. The Al-BCP interaction induces both transport and trap levels in the energy gap of BCP and their interplay results in the electron transport observed. PMID:26821701

  10. H-point exciton transitions in bulk MoS{sub 2}

    Saigal, Nihit; Ghosh, Sandip, E-mail: sangho10@tifr.res.in [Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400005 (India)

    2015-05-04

    Reflectance and photoreflectance spectrum of bulk MoS{sub 2} around its direct bandgap energy have been measured at 12 K. Apart from spectral features due to the A and B ground state exciton transitions at the K-point of the Brillouin zone, one observes additional features at nearby energies. Through lineshape analysis the character of two prominent additional features are shown to be quite different from that of A and B. By comparing with reported electronic band structure calculations, these two additional features are identified as ground state exciton transitions at the H-point of the Brillouin zone involving two spin-orbit split valance bands. The excitonic energy gap at the H-point is 1.965 eV with a valance bands splitting of 185 meV. While at the K-point, the corresponding values are 1.920 eV and 205 meV, respectively.