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  1. Scaling laws of Rydberg excitons

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    Heckötter, J.; Freitag, M.; Fröhlich, D.; Aßmann, M.; Bayer, M.; Semina, M. A.; Glazov, M. M.

    2017-09-01

    Rydberg atoms have attracted considerable interest due to their huge interaction among each other and with external fields. They demonstrate characteristic scaling laws in dependence on the principal quantum number n for features such as the magnetic field for level crossing or the electric field of dissociation. Recently, the observation of excitons in highly excited states has allowed studying Rydberg physics in cuprous oxide crystals. Fundamentally different insights may be expected for Rydberg excitons, as the crystal environment and associated symmetry reduction compared to vacuum give not only optical access to many more states within an exciton multiplet but also extend the Hamiltonian for describing the exciton beyond the hydrogen model. Here we study experimentally and theoretically the scaling of several parameters of Rydberg excitons with n , for some of which we indeed find laws different from those of atoms. For others we find identical scaling laws with n , even though their origin may be distinctly different from the atomic case. At zero field the energy splitting of a particular multiplet n scales as n-3 due to crystal-specific terms in the Hamiltonian, e.g., from the valence band structure. From absorption spectra in magnetic field we find for the first crossing of levels with adjacent principal quantum numbers a Br∝n-4 dependence of the resonance field strength, Br, due to the dominant paramagnetic term unlike for atoms for which the diamagnetic contribution is decisive, resulting in a Br∝n-6 dependence. By contrast, the resonance electric field strength shows a scaling as Er∝n-5 as for Rydberg atoms. Also similar to atoms with the exception of hydrogen we observe anticrossings between states belonging to multiplets with different principal quantum numbers at these resonances. The energy splittings at the avoided crossings scale roughly as n-4, again due to crystal specific features in the exciton Hamiltonian. The data also allow us to

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

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    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.

  3. Exciton-vibrational coupling in the dynamics and spectroscopy of Frenkel excitons in molecular aggregates

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    Schröter, M.; Ivanov, S. D.; Schulze, J.; Polyutov, S. P.; Yan, Y.; Pullerits, T.; Kühn, O.

    2015-03-01

    The influence of exciton-vibrational coupling on the optical and transport properties of molecular aggregates is an old problem that gained renewed interest in recent years. On the experimental side, various nonlinear spectroscopic techniques gave insight into the dynamics of systems as complex as photosynthetic antennae. Striking evidence was gathered that in these protein-pigment complexes quantum coherence is operative even at room temperature conditions. Investigations were triggered to understand the role of vibrational degrees of freedom, beyond that of a heat bath characterized by thermal fluctuations. This development was paralleled by theory, where efficient methods emerged, which could provide the proper frame to perform non-Markovian and non-perturbative simulations of exciton-vibrational dynamics and spectroscopy. This review summarizes the state of affairs of the theory of exciton-vibrational interaction in molecular aggregates and photosynthetic antenna complexes. The focus is put on the discussion of basic effects of exciton-vibrational interaction from the stationary and dynamics points of view. Here, the molecular dimer plays a prominent role as it permits a systematic investigation of absorption and emission spectra by numerical diagonalization of the exciton-vibrational Hamiltonian in a truncated Hilbert space. An extension to larger aggregates, having many coupled nuclear degrees of freedom, becomes possible with the Multi-Layer Multi-Configuration Time-Dependent Hartree (ML-MCTDH) method for wave packet propagation. In fact it will be shown that this method allows one to approach the limit of almost continuous spectral densities, which is usually the realm of density matrix theory. Real system-bath situations are introduced for two models, which differ in the way strongly coupled nuclear coordinates are treated, as a part of the relevant system or the bath. A rather detailed exposition of the Hierarchy Equations Of Motion (HEOM) method will be

  4. Transient terahertz spectroscopy of excitons and unbound carriers in quasi two-dimensional electron-hole gases

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    Kaindl, Robert A.; Hagele, D.; Carnahan, M. A.; Chemla, D. S.

    2008-09-11

    We report a comprehensive experimental study and detailed model analysis of the terahertz (THz) dielectric response and density kinetics of excitons and unbound electron-hole pairs in GaAs quantum wells. A compact expression is given, in absolute units, for the complex-valued THz dielectric function of intra-excitonic transitions between the 1s and higher-energy exciton and continuum levels. It closely describes the THz spectra of resonantly generated excitons. Exciton ionization and formation are further explored, where the THz response exhibits both intra-excitonic and Drude features. Utilizing a two-component dielectric function, we derive the underlying exciton and unbound pair densities. In the ionized state, excellent agreement is found with the Saha thermodynamic equilibrium, which provides experimental verification of the two-component analysis and density scaling. During exciton formation, in turn, the pair kinetics is quantitatively described by a Saha equilibrium that follows the carrier cooling dynamics. The THz-derived kinetics is, moreover, consistent with time-resolved luminescence measured for comparison. Our study establishes a basis for tracking pair densities via transient THz spectroscopy of photoexcited quasi-2D electron-hole gases.

  5. Plasmon-Exciton Resonant Energy Transfer: Across Scales Hybrid Systems

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    Mohamed El Kabbash

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The presence of an excitonic element in close proximity of a plasmonic nanostructure, under certain conditions, may lead to a nonradiative resonant energy transfer known as Exciton Plasmon Resonant Energy Transfer (EPRET process. The exciton-plasmon coupling and dynamics have been intensely studied in the last decade; still many relevant aspects need more in-depth studies. Understanding such phenomenon is not only important from fundamental viewpoint, but also essential to unlock many promising applications. In this review we investigate the plasmon-exciton resonant energy transfer in different hybrid systems at the nano- and mesoscales, in order to gain further understanding of such processes across scales and pave the way towards active plasmonic devices.

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

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    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.

  7. Measurement of Ultrafast Excitonic Dynamics of Few-Layer MoS2 Using State-Selective Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy.

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    Czech, Kyle J; Thompson, Blaise J; Kain, Schuyler; Ding, Qi; Shearer, Melinda J; Hamers, Robert J; Jin, Song; Wright, John C

    2015-12-22

    We report the first coherent multidimensional spectroscopy study of a MoS2 film. A four-layer sample of MoS2 was synthesized on a silica substrate by a simplified sulfidation reaction and characterized by absorption and Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. State-selective coherent multidimensional spectroscopy (CMDS) on the as-prepared MoS2 film resolved the dynamics of a series of diagonal and cross-peak features involving the spin-orbit split A and B excitonic states and continuum states. The spectra are characterized by striped features that are similar to those observed in CMDS studies of quantum wells where the continuum states contribute strongly to the initial excitation of both the diagonal and cross-peak features, while the A and B excitonic states contributed strongly to the final output signal. The strong contribution from the continuum states to the initial excitation shows that the continuum states are coupled to the A and B excitonic states and that fast intraband relaxation is occurring on a sub-70 fs time scale. A comparison of the CMDS excitation signal and the absorption spectrum shows that the relative importance of the continuum states is determined primarily by their absorption strength. Diagonal and cross-peak features decay with a 680 fs time constant characteristic of exciton recombination and/or trapping. The short time dynamics are complicated by coherent and partially coherent pathways that become important when the excitation pulses are temporally overlapped. In this region, the coherent dynamics create diagonal features involving both the excitonic states and continuum states, while the partially coherent pathways contribute to cross-peak features.

  8. Anisotropic plasmons, excitons, and electron energy loss spectroscopy of phosphorene

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    Ghosh, Barun; Kumar, Piyush; Thakur, Anmol; Chauhan, Yogesh Singh; Bhowmick, Somnath; Agarwal, Amit

    2017-07-01

    In this article, we explore the anisotropic electron energy loss spectrum (EELS) in monolayer phosphorene based on ab initio time-dependent density-functional-theory calculations. Similarly to black phosphorus, the EELS of undoped monolayer phosphorene is characterized by anisotropic excitonic peaks for energies in the vicinity of the band gap and by interband plasmon peaks for higher energies. On doping, an additional intraband plasmon peak also appears for energies within the band gap. Similarly to other two-dimensional systems, the intraband plasmon peak disperses as ωpl∝√{q } in both the zigzag and armchair directions in the long-wavelength limit and deviates for larger wave vectors. The anisotropy of the long-wavelength plasmon intraband dispersion is found to be inversely proportional to the square root of the ratio of the effective masses: ωpl(q y ̂) /ωpl(q x ̂) =√{mx/my } .

  9. Femtosecond spectroscopy study of the exciton relaxation dynamics in silicon quantum dots

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    Kryschi, Carola; Kuntermann, Volker; Cimpean, Carla [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie I, FAU, Erlangen (Germany); Haarer, Dietrich [BIMF, Universitaet Bayreuth (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    This contribution is targeted to the development of surface-modified silicon quantum dots (Siqdots) with tailored luminescence properties. The surface modification of Siqdots with sizes between 1 and 5 nm has been successfully achieved via two different synthesis routes, first, by controlled oxidation followed from silanization and second, by thermal hydrosilylation with chromophores. The luminescence properties of ethanolic Siqdots dispersions were characterized using stationary and time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy techniques, whereas the ultrashort exciton relaxation dynamics were examined using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Silanized Siqdots were observed to exhibit two species of photoluminescence (PL): the blue emission at 380 nm is assigned to localized surface states, whereas radiative recombination of quantum confined excitons gives rise to a broad PL band around 800 nm. Whereas the latter is ascribed to Siqdots with sizes larger than 3 nm, for Siqdots smaller than 1.5 nm exciton relaxation dynamics is understood to occur predominantly by trapping due to lower-lying surface states which may radiatively decay. Siqdots terminated with suited chromophores were observed to exhibit only one PL band in the visible that is ascribed to exciton states involving resonant couplings to the conjugated electron system of the chromophores.

  10. Strongly Asymmetric Spectroscopy in Plasmon-Exciton Hybrid Systems due to Interference-Induced Energy Repartitioning

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    Ding, Si-Jing; Li, Xiaoguang; Nan, Fan; Zhong, Yu-Ting; Zhou, Li; Xiao, Xudong; Wang, Qu-Quan; Zhang, Zhenyu

    2017-10-01

    Recent intense effort has been devoted to exploring different manifestations of resonant excitations of strongly coupled plasmons and excitons, but so far such studies have been limited to situations where the Fano- or Rabi-type spectra are largely symmetric at zero detuning. Using a newly developed full quantum mechanical model, here we reveal the existence of a highly asymmetric spectroscopic regime for both the Rabi splitting and transparency dip. The asymmetric nature is inherently tied to the non-negligible exciton absorbance and is caused by substantial interference-induced energy repartitioning of the resonance peaks. This theoretical framework can be exploited to reveal the quantum behaviors of the two excitation entities with varying mutual coupling strengths in both linear and nonlinear regimes. We also use prototypical systems of rhodamine molecules strongly coupled with AuAg alloyed nanoparticles and well-devised control experiments to demonstrate the validity and tunability of the energy repartitioning and correlated electronic state occupations, as captured by the variations in the asymmetric spectroscopy and corresponding nonlinear absorption coefficient as a function of the Au:Ag ratio. The present study helps to substantially enrich our microscopic understanding of strongly coupled plasmon-exciton systems.

  11. Exciton Spectroscopy and Absorption Cross-section of Individual Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Cognet, Laurent

    2009-03-01

    Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs) display intrinsic exciton luminescence which is highly sensitive to the nanotubes environment. For instance single-molecule chemical reactions with individual SWNTs could be observed through the stepwise changes of the luminescence intensity within submicrometer segments of single nanotubes. Analysis of the step amplitudes revealed an exciton diffusion range of ˜90 nm. Each exciton thus visits approximately 10^4 atomic sites during its lifetime, providing highly efficient sensing of local chemical and physical perturbations [1]. SWNT luminescence decays are also sensitive to extrinsic factors. Using highly luminescent individual (6,5) SWNTs, time-resolved spectroscopy revealed however systematic biexponential luminescence decays, with short and long lifetimes around 45 and 250 ps. This intrinsic behavior is attributed to the band-edge exciton fine structure with a dark level lying a few meV below a bright one. Combining such time-resolved studies with cw luminescence ones, the absorption cross-section of individual SWNTs was determined. A mean value of ˜1.10-17 cm^2 per carbon atom is obtained for (6, 5) tubes excited at their second optical transition [2]. This was further corroborated by independent photothermal heterodyne measurements. Because this highly sensitive method relies only on light absorption, it readily detects metallic nanotubes as well as the emissive semiconducting species in various environments and allowed recording for the first time images and absorption spectra of individual SWNTs of both types [3]. [4pt] [1] Cognet et al Science 316, 1465 (2007) [0pt] [2] Berciaud et al Phys.Rev.Lett. 101, 077402 (2008) [0pt] [3] Berciaud et al Nanoletters 7, 1203 (2007)

  12. Optical spectroscopy of excited exciton states in MoS2 monolayers in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Robert, C.; Semina, M. A.; Cadiz, F.; Manca, M.; Courtade, E.; Taniguchi, T.; Watanabe, K.; Cai, H.; Tongay, S.; Lassagne, B.; Renucci, P.; Amand, T.; Marie, X.; Glazov, M. M.; Urbaszek, B.

    2018-01-01

    The optical properties of MoS2 monolayers are dominated by excitons, but for spectrally broad optical transitions in monolayers exfoliated directly onto SiO2 substrates detailed information on excited exciton states is inaccessible. Encapsulation in hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) allows approaching the homogenous exciton linewidth, but interferences in the van der Waals heterostructures make direct comparison between transitions in optical spectra with different oscillator strength more challenging. Here we reveal in reflectivity and in photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy the presence of excited states of the A exciton in MoS2 monolayers encapsulated in hBN layers of calibrated thickness, allowing us to extrapolate an exciton binding energy of ≈220 meV. We theoretically reproduce the energy separations and oscillator strengths measured in reflectivity by combining the exciton resonances calculated for a screened two-dimensional Coulomb potential with transfer matrix calculations of the reflectivity for the van der Waals structure. Our analysis shows a very different evolution of the exciton oscillator strength with principal quantum number for the screened Coulomb potential as compared to the ideal two-dimensional hydrogen model.

  13. Excitonic, vibrational, and van der Waals interactions in electron energy loss spectroscopy.

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    Mizoguchi, T; Miyata, T; Olovsson, W

    2017-09-01

    The pioneer, Ondrej L. Krivanek, and his collaborators have opened up many frontiers for the electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and they have demonstrated new potentials of the EELS method for investigating materials. Here, inspired by those achievements, we show further potentials of EELS based on the results of theoretical calculations, that is excitonic and van der Waals (vdW) interactions, as well as vibrational information of materials. Concerning the excitonic interactions, we highlight the importance of the two-particle calculation to reproduce the low energy-loss near-edge structure (ELNES), the Na-L 2,3 edge of NaI and the Li-K edge of LiCl and LiFePO 4 . Furthermore, an unusually strong excitonic interaction at the O-K edge of perovskite oxides, SrTiO 3 and LaAlO 3 , is shown. The effect of the vdW interaction in the ELNES is also investigated, and we observe that the magnitude of the vdW effect is approximately 0.1eV in the case of the ELNES from a solid and liquid, whereas its effect is almost negligible in the case of the ELNES from the gaseous phase owing to the long inter-molecular distance. In addition to the "static" information, the influence of the "dynamic" behavior of atoms in materials to EELS is also investigated. We show that measurements of the infrared spectrum are possible by using a modern monochromator system. Furthermore, an estimation of the atomic vibration in core-loss ELNES is also presented. We show the acquisition of vibrational information using the ELNES of liquid methanol and acetic acid, solid Al 2 O 3 , and oxygen gas. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Electron energy loss spectroscopy of excitons in two-dimensional-semiconductors as a function of temperature

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    Tizei, Luiz H. G.

    2016-04-21

    We have explored the benefits of performing monochromated Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy(EELS) in samples at cryogenic temperatures. As an example, we have observed the excitonic absorption peaks in single layer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides. These peaks appear separated by small energies due to spin orbit coupling. We have been able to distinguish the split for MoS2 below 300 K and for MoSe2 below 220 K. However, the distinction between peaks is only clear at 150 K. We have measured the change in absorption threshold between 150 K and 770 K for MoS2 and MoSe2. We discuss the effect of carbon and ice contamination in EELSspectra. The increased spectral resolution available made possible with modern monochromators in electron microscopes will require the development of stable sample holders which reaches temperatures far below that of liquid nitrogen.

  15. Probing the exciton density of states in semiconductor nanocrystals using integrated photoluminescence spectroscopy

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    Filonovich, S A; Vasilevskiy, M I; Rolo, A G; Gomes, M J M; Artemiev, M V; Talapin, D V; Rogach, A L

    2002-01-01

    We present the results of a comparative analysis of the absorption and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra vs. integrated photoluminescence (IPL) measured as a function of the excitation wavelength for a number of samples containing II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) produced by different techniques. The structure of the absorption and PL spectra due to excitons confined in NCs and difficulties with the correct interpretation of the transmittance and PLE results are discussed. It is shown that, compared to the conventional PLE, the IPL intensity plotted against the excitation wavelength (IPLE spectra) reproduce better the structure of the absorption spectra. Therefore, IPLE spectroscopy can be successfully used for probing the quantized electron-hole (e-h) transitions in semiconductor nanocrystals. (author)

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

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    Mance, J. G.; Felver, J. J.; Dexheimer, S. L., E-mail: dexheimer@wsu.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99164-2814 (United States)

    2015-02-28

    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){sub 2}][Pt(en){sub 2}Cl{sub 2}]⋅(ClO{sub 4}){sub 4} (en = ethylenediamine, C{sub 2}H{sub 8}N{sub 2}), 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{sup −1} corresponding to a Raman-active mode of the equilibrated self-trapped exciton with Pt-Cl stretching character. The 160 cm{sup −1} frequency is shifted from the previously observed wavepacket frequency of 185 cm{sup −1} associated with the initially generated exciton and from the 312 cm{sup −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.

  17. Time-resolved spectroscopy of excitons and carriers in GaN and InGaN

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    Kyhm, K

    2001-01-01

    delocalised electron-hole pairs from the lowest confined level are responsible for the gain in our sample. The polarization dependence of biexcitonic signals and quantum beats between A-excitons (X sub A) and A-biexcitons (X sub A X sub A) in a high-quality GaN epilayer are measured by spectrally-resolved and time-integrated four-wave mixing measurements. We also measured the polarization dependent B-biexciton (X sub B X sub B) signal. The emission mechanisms in GaN and ln sub x Ga sub 1 sub - sub x N is systematically studied to investigate carrier and exciton dynamics. Reflectance, time-integrated luminescence, and time-resolved reflectance spectroscopy are used to study exciton transitions in GaN, and the saturation of the exciton resonances with increasing carrier density has been measured in the case of resonant and non-resonant excitations. The coincidence between the density for the onset of the stimulated emission and the Mott density leads us to the conclusion that the stimulated emission mechanism i...

  18. Photocurrent spectroscopy of exciton and free particle optical transitions in suspended carbon nanotube pn-junctions

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    Chang, Shun-Wen [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089 (United States); Theiss, Jesse; Hazra, Jubin; Aykol, Mehmet; Kapadia, Rehan [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089 (United States); Cronin, Stephen B. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089 (United States); Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089 (United States); Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089 (United States)

    2015-08-03

    We study photocurrent generation in individual, suspended carbon nanotube pn-junction diodes formed by electrostatic doping using two gate electrodes. Photocurrent spectra collected under various electrostatic doping concentrations reveal distinctive behaviors for free particle optical transitions and excitonic transitions. In particular, the photocurrent generated by excitonic transitions exhibits a strong gate doping dependence, while that of the free particle transitions is gate independent. Here, the built-in potential of the pn-junction is required to separate the strongly bound electron-hole pairs of the excitons, while free particle excitations do not require this field-assisted charge separation. We observe a sharp, well defined E{sub 11} free particle interband transition in contrast with previous photocurrent studies. Several steps are taken to ensure that the active charge separating region of these pn-junctions is suspended off the substrate in a suspended region that is substantially longer than the exciton diffusion length and, therefore, the photocurrent does not originate from a Schottky junction. We present a detailed model of the built-in fields in these pn-junctions, which, together with phonon-assistant exciton dissociation, predicts photocurrents on the same order of those observed experimentally.

  19. Exciton-phonon bound complex in single-walled carbon nanotubes revealed by high-field magneto-optical spectroscopy

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    Zhou, Weihang; Nakamura, Daisuke; Takeyama, Shojiro, E-mail: takeyama@issp.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5, Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan); Sasaki, Tatsuya; Saito, Hiroaki [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5, Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan); Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, Hongo 113-8656 (Japan); Liu, Huaping [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Kataura, Hiromichi [Nanosystem Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8562 (Japan)

    2013-12-02

    High-field magneto-optical spectroscopy was performed on highly enriched (6,5) single-walled carbon nanotubes. Spectra of phonon sidebands in both 1st and 2nd sub-bands were unchanged by an external magnetic field up to 52 T. The dark K-momentum singlet (D-K-S) exciton, which plays an important role for the external quantum efficiency of the system for both sub-bands in the near-infrared and the visible light region, respectively, was clarified to be the origin of the phonon sidebands.

  20. Room-Temperature Micron-Scale Exciton Migration in a Stabilized Emissive Molecular Aggregate.

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    Caram, Justin R; Doria, Sandra; Eisele, Dörthe M; Freyria, Francesca S; Sinclair, Timothy S; Rebentrost, Patrick; Lloyd, Seth; Bawendi, Moungi G

    2016-11-09

    We report 1.6 ± 1 μm exciton transport in self-assembled supramolecular light-harvesting nanotubes (LHNs) assembled from amphiphillic cyanine dyes. We stabilize LHNs in a sucrose glass matrix, greatly reducing light and oxidative damage and allowing the observation of exciton-exciton annihilation signatures under weak excitation flux. Fitting to a one-dimensional diffusion model, we find an average exciton diffusion constant of 55 ± 20 cm2/s, among the highest measured for an organic system. We develop a simple model that uses cryogenic measurements of static and dynamic energetic disorder to estimate a diffusion constant of 32 cm2/s, in agreement with experiment. We ascribe large exciton diffusion lengths to low static and dynamic energetic disorder in LHNs. We argue that matrix-stabilized LHNS represent an excellent model system to study coherent excitonic transport.

  1. Thermalization of Hot Free Excitons in ZnSe-Based Quantum Wells

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    Hoffmann, J.; Umlauff, M.; Kalt, H.

    1997-01-01

    Thermalization of hot-exciton populations in ZnSe quantum wells occurs on a time scale of 100 ps. Strong exciton-phonon coupling in II-VI semiconductors leads to a direct access to the thermalization dynamics via time-resolved spectroscopy of phonon-assisted luminescence. The experimental spectra...

  2. Exciton Coupling in Circular Dichroic Spectroscopy as a Tool for Establishing the Absolute Configuration of alpha,beta-Unsaturated Esters of Allylic Alcohols

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    Lauridsen, A.; Cornett, Claus; Christensen, S. B.

    1991-01-01

    alpha-beta-Unsaturated esters of allylic alcohols have been shown to exhibit exciton coupling by circular dichroic spectroscopy. This coupling permits the establishment of the absolute configuration. The method was used to prove the absolute configuration at C-2 of archangelolide. Detailed NMR...

  3. Visualization of Excitonic Structure in the Fenna-Matthews-OlsonPhotosynthetic Complex by Polarization-Dependent Two-DimensionalElectronic Spectroscopy

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    Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago; Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Washington University; Fleming, Graham; Read, Elizabeth L.; Schlau-Cohen, Gabriela S.; Engel, Gregory S.; Wen, Jianzhong; Blankenship, Robert E.; Fleming, Graham R.

    2008-05-26

    Photosynthetic light-harvesting proceeds by the collection and highly efficient transfer of energy through a network of pigment-protein complexes. Inter-chromophore electronic couplings and interactions between pigments and the surrounding protein determine energy levels of excitonic states and dictate the mechanism of energy flow. The excitonic structure (orientation of excitonic transition dipoles) of pigment-protein complexes is generally deduced indirectly from x-ray crystallography in combination with predictions of transition energies and couplings in the chromophore site basis. Here, we demonstrate that coarse-grained excitonic structural information in the form of projection angles between transition dipole moments can be obtained from polarization-dependent two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy of an isotropic sample, particularly when the nonrephasing or free polarization decay signal rather than the photon echo signal is considered. The method provides an experimental link between atomic and electronic structure and accesses dynamical information with femtosecond time resolution. In an investigation of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex from green sulfur bacteria, energy transfer connecting two particular exciton states in the protein is isolated as being the primary contributor to a cross peak in the nonrephasing 2D spectrum at 400 fs under a specific sequence of polarized excitation pulses. The results suggest the possibility of designing experiments using combinations of tailored polarization sequencesto separate and monitor individual relaxation pathways.

  4. Energy scaling for multi-exciton complexes in semiconductor quantum dots

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    Ipatov, Andrey; Gerchikov, Leonid; Christiano, Jordan

    2017-08-01

    The ground state properties of an multi-exciton (ME) complex localized in a nanoscale semiconductor quantum dot (QD) have been studied. The calculations have been performed using the envelope function approximation for electron and hole motion in the QD. The many-body quantum mechanical treatment of the electron-hole dynamics was done within the Density Functional Theory approach. The ground state energy dependencies upon QD radius, number of electron-hole pairs, QD dielectric function and effective masses of electron and holes have been analyzed. It is demonstrated that when multi-exciton complex is strongly localized within the QD, the physical properties of the system are determined by a single parameter, the ratio of QD and free exciton radii, and its binding energy is given by the function of this parameter multiplied by the binding energy of an isolated exciton in bulk semiconductor.

  5. Ultrafast dynamics of excitons in delafossite CuScO2 thin films

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    Liu, Fucai; Makino, T.; Hiraga, H.; Fukumura, T.; Kong, Yongfa; Kawasaki, M.

    2010-05-01

    Ultrafast carrier dynamics were investigated in a delafossite CuScO2, a material with a remarkably large binding energy of exciton (˜0.4 eV), using femtosecond transient transmission spectroscopy. Differential transmission spectra showed dispersive structures in the excitonic resonance energies. We have observed a delayed rise-up on a time scale of 10 ps, suggesting slow carrier cooling. It is followed by a slower decay, time constant of which corresponds to the lifetime of exciton (approximately 0.75 ns). These results were analyzed in terms of the generalized many-body Elliott model, accounting for a screening effect of excitons.

  6. Exciton broadening in WS2/graphene heterostructures

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    Hill, Heather M.; Rigosi, Albert F.; Raja, Archana; Chernikov, Alexey; Roquelet, Cyrielle; Heinz, Tony F.

    2017-11-01

    We have used optical spectroscopy to observe spectral broadening of WS2 exciton reflectance peaks in heterostructures of monolayer WS2 capped with mono- to few-layer graphene. The broadening is found to be similar for the A and B excitons and on the order of 5-10 meV. No strong dependence on the number of graphene layers was observed within experimental uncertainty. The broadening can be attributed to charge- and energy-transfer processes between the two materials, providing an observed lower bound for the corresponding time scales of 65 fs.

  7. Electroabsorption Spectroscopy Measurements of the Exciton Binding Energy, ElectronHole Reduced Effective Mass, and Band Gap in the Perovskite CHsub3NHsub3PbIsub3

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    2016-07-28

    spectra at the fundamental absorption edge in thin - film CH3NH3PbI3 and have shown that at 300 K the χ(3) EA response can be interpreted in terms of the...measurements on polycrystalline thin films . In addition, recent time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy measurements have been interpreted as evidence that bound...microwave photoconductance studies on thin - film samples have been attributed to exciton dissociation.31,42 A classic method to unambiguously determine

  8. Disentangling Peptide Configurations via Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy: Ab Initio Simulations Beyond the Frenkel Exciton Hamiltonian.

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    Nenov, Artur; Rivalta, Ivan; Cerullo, Giulio; Mukamel, Shaul; Garavelli, Marco

    2014-02-20

    Two-dimensional (2D) optical spectroscopy techniques based on ultrashort laser pulses have been recently extended to the optical domain in the ultraviolet (UV) spectral region. UV-active aromatic side chains can thus be used as local highly specific markers for tracking dynamics and structural rearrangements of proteins. Here we demonstrate that 2D electronic spectra of a model proteic system, a tetrapeptide with two aromatic side chains, contain enough structural information to distinguish between two different configurations with distant and vicinal side chains. For accurate simulations of the 2DUV spectra in solution, we combine a quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics approach based on wave function methods, accounting for interchromophores coupling and environmental effects, with nonlinear response theory. The proposed methodology reveals effects, such as charge transfer between vicinal aromatic residues that remain concealed in conventional exciton Hamiltonian approaches. Possible experimental setups are discussed, including multicolor experiments and signal manipulation techniques for limiting undesired background contributions and enhancing 2DUV signatures of specific electronic couplings.

  9. Scaling Relations and Optimization of Excitonic Energy Transfer Rates between One-Dimensional Molecular Aggregates

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    Chuang, Chern; Knoester, Jasper; Cao, Jianshu

    2014-01-01

    We theoretically study the distance, chain length, and temperature dependence of the electronic couplings as well as the excitonic energy transfer rates between one-dimensional (1D) chromophore aggregates. In addition to the well-known geometry dependent factor that leads to the deviation from

  10. Fast Exciton Dynamics and Coherent Oscillations Revealed by Coherent 2D Spectroscopy in Chlorosomes

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study ultrafast energy transfer dynamics in chlorosomes from sulphur bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum were explored by means of coherent electronic two-dimensional spectroscopy. Observed sub-100 fs dynamics were attributed to incoherent downhill excitation diffusion between disordered domains within chlorosomes. At the same time vibrational coherent oscillations were investigated on the longer timescales.

  11. Soft x-ray excitonics

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    Moulet, A.; Bertrand, J. B.; Klostermann, T.; Guggenmos, A.; Karpowicz, N.; Goulielmakis, E.

    2017-09-01

    The dynamic response of excitons in solids is central to modern condensed-phase physics, material sciences, and photonic technologies. However, study and control have hitherto been limited to photon energies lower than the fundamental band gap. Here we report application of attosecond soft x-ray and attosecond optical pulses to study the dynamics of core-excitons at the L2,3 edge of Si in silicon dioxide (SiO2). This attosecond x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (AXANES) technique enables direct probing of the excitons’ quasiparticle character, tracking of their subfemtosecond relaxation, the measurement of excitonic polarizability, and observation of dark core-excitonic states. Direct measurement and control of core-excitons in solids lay the foundation of x-ray excitonics.

  12. Tunable excitons in bilayer graphene

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    Ju, Long; Wang, Lei; Cao, Ting; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Louie, Steven G.; Rana, Farhan; Park, Jiwoong; Hone, James; Wang, Feng; McEuen, Paul L.

    2017-11-01

    Excitons, the bound states of an electron and a hole in a solid material, play a key role in the optical properties of insulators and semiconductors. Here, we report the observation of excitons in bilayer graphene (BLG) using photocurrent spectroscopy of high-quality BLG encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride. We observed two prominent excitonic resonances with narrow line widths that are tunable from the mid-infrared to the terahertz range. These excitons obey optical selection rules distinct from those in conventional semiconductors and feature an electron pseudospin winding number of 2. An external magnetic field induces a large splitting of the valley excitons, corresponding to a g-factor of about 20. These findings open up opportunities to explore exciton physics with pseudospin texture in electrically tunable graphene systems​.

  13. Exciton multiplication from first principles.

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    Jaeger, Heather M; Hyeon-Deuk, Kim; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2013-06-18

    -phonon energy relaxation. Multiple excitons are generated through impact ionization within picoseconds. The basis of exciton multiplication in quantum dots is the collective result of photoexcitation, dephasing, and nonadiabatic evolution. Each process is characterized by a distinct time-scale, and the overall multiple exciton generation dynamics is complete by about 10 ps. Without relying on semiempirical parameters, we computed quantum mechanical probabilities of multiple excitons for small model systems. Because exciton correlations and coherences are microscopic, quantum properties, results for small model systems can be extrapolated to larger, realistic quantum dots.

  14. Two-dimensional action spectroscopy of excitonic systems: Explicit simulation using a phase-modulation technique

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    Damtie, Fikeraddis A.; Wacker, Andreas; Pullerits, Tõnu; Karki, Khadga J.

    2017-11-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) spectroscopy has been intensively used to study electronic and vibronic coherences in biological systems and semiconductors. This technique studies coherent as well as incoherent signals that arise from the nonlinear interaction of a sequence of laser pulses. In this paper we present a direct evaluation of the 2D signal based on elementary quantum kinetics in order to compare with the common approximate diagrammatic approaches. Here we consider incoherent action signals such as fluorescence or photocurrent as the observable, which is easily accessible in a measurement. These observables are calculated by solving the time evolution of the density matrix in the Lindblad form, which can take into account all possible decoherence processes. The phase modulation technique is used to separate the relevant nonlinear signals from the other possible interaction pathways. The approach can be used to calculate 2D spectra of any quantum system. For our model system we find a good agreement for the quantum beating between the coupled states.

  15. Observation of long-lived interlayer excitons in monolayer MoSe2-WSe2 heterostructures

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    Rivera, Pasqual; Schaibley, John R; Jones, Aaron M; Ross, Jason S; Wu, Sanfeng; Aivazian, Grant; Klement, Philip; Seyler, Kyle; Clark, Genevieve; Ghimire, Nirmal J; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, D G; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2015-01-01

    ..., that is, interlayer excitons. Here, we report the observation of interlayer excitons in monolayer MoSe2-WSe2 heterostructures by photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy...

  16. Manifestations of Vibronic Coupling Effects in Molecular Spectroscopy: from the Quenching of Excitonic Energy Splittings to the Clements Bands of SO2

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    Koppel, Horst

    2013-06-01

    We investigate the excitation of vibrational modes and its impact on the excitonic energy splittings in doubly hydrogen-bonded molecular dimers. The experimental analysis, performed in collaboration by S. Leutwyler and coworkers (Univ. Bern), is based on high-resolution resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy. The potential energy surfaces underlying the theoretical investigation are obtained at the RICC2/aug-cc-pVTZ level and are used for the dynamical analysis in the framework of a well-established vibronic coupling approach. The vertical electronic Davydov splitting of the S_1 and S_2 excited states exceeds the observed excitonic splitting by a factor of 10--40. This discrepancy can be understood by considering the quenching of the excitonic splitting by the excitation of vibrational modes in the electronic transition. Two different approaches have been employed and found to reconcile theory and experiment. The analysis of the vibronic structure of the S_2 ← S_0 excitation spectrum focusses on the ortho-cyanophenol dimer as a representative example. Most of the observed spectral features can be reproduced by the calculations, although some deviations remain. In the second part, new results on the UV absorption spectrum of SO_2 will be presented. This is complementary to the excitonic systems in that higher vibrational energies are involved and a conical intersection is accessible to the nuclear motion. Using the concept of regularized diabatic states in combination with high-accuracy MRCI potential energy surfaces, semi-quantitative agreement with the complex experimental (low-resolution) spectrum has been achieved for the first time. P. Ottiger, S. Leutwyler and H. Köppel, J. Chem. Phys. 136, 174308 (2012). S. Kopec, P. Ottiger, S. Leutwyler and H. Köppel, J. Chem. Phys. 137, 184312 (2012). H. Köppel and B. Schubert, Mol. Phys. 104, 1069 (2006). C. Leveque, A. Komainda, R. Taieb and H. Köppel, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 044320 (2013).

  17. Exciton coherence in clean single InP/InAsP/InP nanowire quantum dots emitting in infra-red measured by Fourier spectroscopy

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    Sasakura, H.; Kumano, H.; Suemune, I.; Motohisa, J.; Kobayashi, Y.; Van Kouwen, M.; Tomioka, K.; Fukui, T.; N. Akopian; Zwiller, V.

    2009-01-01

    We report optical properties of InP/InAsP/InP nanowire quantum dots and single-photon Fourier spectroscopy of an exciton in a single InAsP quantum dot embedded in an InP nanowire. The coherent length of the time-averaged emission originating from the single InAsP QD was measured by a Mach-Zehnder interferometer inserted in the photoluminescence path. Effects of fluctuations in surrounding excess charges trapped in the InP nanowire were investigated by excitation power and energy dependencies.

  18. Exciton coherence in clean single InP/InAsP/InP nanowire quantum dots emitting in infra-red measured by Fourier spectroscopy

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    Sasakura, H.; Kumano, H.; Suemune, I.; Motohisa, J.; Kobayashi, Y.; van Kouwen, M.; Tomioka, K.; Fukui, T.; Akopian, N.; Zwiller, V.

    2009-11-01

    We report optical properties of InP/InAsP/InP nanowire quantum dots and single-photon Fourier spectroscopy of an exciton in a single InAsP quantum dot embedded in an InP nanowire. The coherent length of the time-averaged emission originating from the single InAsP QD was measured by a Mach-Zehnder interferometer inserted in the photoluminescence path. Effects of fluctuations in surrounding excess charges trapped in the InP nanowire were investigated by excitation power and energy dependencies.

  19. Exciton coherence in clean single InP/InAsP/InP nanowire quantum dots emitting in infra-red measured by Fourier spectroscopy

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    Sasakura, H; Kumano, H; Suemune, I [Research Institute for Electron Science (RIES), Hokkaido University, Sapporo 001-0021 (Japan); Motohisa, J; Kobayashi, Y; Kouwen, M van; Tomioka, K; Fukui, T [Graduate School of Information Science Technology, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0814 (Japan); Akopian, N; Zwiller, V, E-mail: hirotaka@eng.hokudai.ac.j [Quantum Transport, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delf University of Technology (Netherlands)

    2009-11-15

    We report optical properties of InP/InAsP/InP nanowire quantum dots and single-photon Fourier spectroscopy of an exciton in a single InAsP quantum dot embedded in an InP nanowire. The coherent length of the time-averaged emission originating from the single InAsP QD was measured by a Mach-Zehnder interferometer inserted in the photoluminescence path. Effects of fluctuations in surrounding excess charges trapped in the InP nanowire were investigated by excitation power and energy dependencies.

  20. Defect Structure of Localized Excitons in a WSe2 Monolayer

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    Zhang, Shuai

    2017-07-26

    The atomic and electronic structure of intrinsic defects in a WSe2 monolayer grown on graphite was revealed by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. Instead of chalcogen vacancies that prevail in other transition metal dichalcogenide materials, intrinsic defects in WSe2 arise surprisingly from single tungsten vacancies, leading to the hole (p-type) doping. Furthermore, we found these defects to dominate the excitonic emission of the WSe2 monolayer at low temperature. Our work provided the first atomic-scale understanding of defect excitons and paved the way toward deciphering the defect structure of single quantum emitters previously discovered in the WSe2 monolayer.

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

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    Webber, D.; Yildirim, M.; Hacquebard, L.; March, S.; Mathew, R.; Gamouras, A.; Hall, K. C. [Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2 (Canada); Liu, X.; Dobrowolska, M.; Furdyna, J. K. [Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 (United States)

    2014-11-03

    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.

  2. Optical spectroscopy and system–bath interactions in molecular aggregates with full configuration interaction Frenkel exciton model

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    Seibt, Joachim; Sláma, Vladislav; Mančal, Tomáš, E-mail: mancal@karlov.mff.cuni.cz

    2016-12-20

    Highlights: • Standard Frenkel exciton model is extended to include inter-band coupling. • It is formally linked with configuration interaction method of quantum chemistry. • Spectral shifts due to inter-band coupling are found in molecular aggregates. • Effects of peak amplitude redistribution in two-dimensional spectra are found. - Abstract: Standard application of the Frenkel exciton model neglects resonance coupling between collective molecular aggregate states with different number of excitations. These inter-band coupling terms are, however, of the same magnitude as the intra-band coupling between singly excited states. We systematically derive the Frenkel exciton model from quantum chemical considerations, and identify it as a variant of the configuration interaction method. We discuss all non-negligible couplings between collective aggregate states, and provide compact formulae for their calculation. We calculate absorption spectra of molecular aggregate of carotenoids and identify significant band shifts as a result of inter-band coupling. The presence of inter-band coupling terms requires renormalization of the system–bath coupling with respect to standard formulation, but renormalization effects are found to be weak. We present detailed discussion of molecular dimer and calculate its time-resolved two-dimensional Fourier transformed spectra to find weak but noticeable effects of peak amplitude redistribution due to inter-band coupling.

  3. Separating homogeneous and inhomogeneous line widths of heavy- and light-hole excitons in weakly disordered semiconductor quantum wells.

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    Bristow, Alan D; Zhang, Tianhao; Siemens, Mark E; Cundiff, Steven T; Mirin, R P

    2011-05-12

    Optical two-dimensional Fourier-transform spectroscopy is used to study the heavy- and light-hole excitonic resonances in weakly disordered GaAs quantum wells. Homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening contribute differently to the two-dimensional resonance line shapes, allowing separation of homogeneous and inhomogeneous line widths. The heavy-hole exciton exhibits more inhomogeneous than homogeneous broadening, whereas the light-hole exciton shows the reverse. This situation occurs because of the interplay between the length scale of the disorder and the exciton Bohr radius, which affects the exciton localization and scattering. Utilizing this separation of line widths, excitation-density-dependent measurements reveal that many-body interactions alter the homogeneous dephasing, while disorder-induced dephasing is unchanged.

  4. Leakage radiation spectroscopy of organic/dielectric/metal systems: influence of SiO2 on exciton-surface plasmon polariton interaction

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    Fiutowski, Jacek; Kawalec, Tomasz; Kostiučenko, Oksana

    excitons and surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) of the metal/dielectric boundary. The presence of the SiO2 layer considerably changes the dispersion curve in comparison to the one of the Ag/p-6P/air system. However, the Ag/SiO2/p-6P/air stack forms a stable structure allowing construction of organic......Leakage radiation spectroscopy of organic para-Hexaphenylene (p-6P) molecules has been performed in the spectral range 420-675 nm which overlaps with the p-6P photoluminescence band. The p-6P was deposited on 40 nm silver (Ag) films on BK7 glass, covered with SiO2 layers. The SiO2 layer thickness...

  5. Exciton diffusion and dissociation in conjugated polymer/fullerene heterostructures

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    Markov, D.E.; Amsterdam, E.; Blom, P.W.M.; Sieval, A.B.; Hummelen, J.C.; Heremans, PL; Muccini, M; Hofstraat, H

    2004-01-01

    Time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy has been used to investigate exciton diffusion in thin films of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) based derivatives. Exciton density distribution upon photoexcitation in polymer/fullerene heterostructures has been modeled and exciton diffusion length values of

  6. Spatially indirect excitons in coupled quantum wells

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    Lai, Chih-Wei Eddy [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    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)2 were

  7. Scaling dimensions in spectroscopy of soil and vegetation

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    Malenovsky, Z.; Bartholomeus, H.; Weimar Acerbi, F.; Schopfer, J.T.; Painter, T.H.; Epema, G.F.; Bregt, A.K.

    2007-01-01

    The paper revises and clarifies definitions of the term scale and scaling conversions for imaging spectroscopy of soil and vegetation. We demonstrate a new four-dimensional scale concept that includes not only spatial but also the spectral, directional and temporal components. Three scaling remote

  8. Exciton dynamics in molecular aggregates

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    Augulis, R.; Pugžlys, A.; Loosdrecht, P.H.M. van; Pugzlys, A

    2006-01-01

    The fundamental aspects of exciton dynamics in double-wall cylindrical aggregates of cyanine dyes are studied by means of frequency resolved femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. The collective excitations of the aggregates, resulting from intermolecular dipole-dipole interactions have the

  9. Carbon nanotubes as excitonic insulators.

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    Varsano, Daniele; Sorella, Sandro; Sangalli, Davide; Barborini, Matteo; Corni, Stefano; Molinari, Elisa; Rontani, Massimo

    2017-11-13

    Fifty years ago Walter Kohn speculated that a zero-gap semiconductor might be unstable against the spontaneous generation of excitons-electron-hole pairs bound together by Coulomb attraction. The reconstructed ground state would then open a gap breaking the symmetry of the underlying lattice, a genuine consequence of electronic correlations. Here we show that this excitonic insulator is realized in zero-gap carbon nanotubes by performing first-principles calculations through many-body perturbation theory as well as quantum Monte Carlo. The excitonic order modulates the charge between the two carbon sublattices opening an experimentally observable gap, which scales as the inverse of the tube radius and weakly depends on the axial magnetic field. Our findings call into question the Luttinger liquid paradigm for nanotubes and provide tests to experimentally discriminate between excitonic and Mott insulators.

  10. Influence of exciton-phonons coupling on the exciton binding energy in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Wang, Zi-Wu; Li, Wei-Ping; Xiao, Yao; Li, Run-Ze; Li, Zhi-Qing

    2017-06-01

    We theoretically investigate the correction of exciton binding energy arising from the exciton-optical phonon coupling in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) using the linear operator and Lee-Low-Pines unitary transformation methods. We take into account not only the exciton coupling with intrinsic longitudinal optical phonon modes but also the surface optical phonon modes induced by polar substrates supporting monolayer TMDs. We find that the exciton binding energies are corrected on a large scale due to these exciton-optical phonon couplings. We discuss the dependences of exciton binding energy on the cut-off wave vector of optical phonon modes, the polarization strength of substrate materials, and the distance between polar substrates and TMDs. These results provide potential explanations for the divergence of the exciton binding energy between the experiment and theory in TMDs.

  11. Coherent quantum dynamics of excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Moody, Galan

    2016-03-14

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have garnered considerable interest in recent years owing to their layer thickness-dependent optoelectronic properties. In monolayer TMDs, the large carrier effective masses, strong quantum confinement, and reduced dielectric screening lead to pronounced exciton resonances with remarkably large binding energies and coupled spin and valley degrees of freedom (valley excitons). Coherent control of valley excitons for atomically thin optoelectronics and valleytronics requires understanding and quantifying sources of exciton decoherence. In this work, we reveal how exciton-exciton and exciton-phonon scattering influence the coherent quantum dynamics of valley excitons in monolayer TMDs, specifically tungsten diselenide (WSe2), using two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy. Excitation-density and temperature dependent measurements of the homogeneous linewidth (inversely proportional to the optical coherence time) reveal that exciton-exciton and exciton-phonon interactions are significantly stronger compared to quasi-2D quantum wells and 3D bulk materials. The residual homogeneous linewidth extrapolated to zero excitation density and temperature is ~1:6 meV (equivalent to a coherence time of 0.4 ps), which is limited only by the population recombination lifetime in this sample. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

  12. Impact of the glass transition on exciton dynamics in polymer thin films

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    Ehrenreich, Philipp; Proepper, Daniel; Graf, Alexander; Jores, Stefan; Boris, Alexander V.; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas

    2017-11-01

    In the development of organic electronics, unlimited design possibilities of conjugated polymers offer a wide variety of mechanical and electronic properties. Thereby, it is crucially important to reveal universal physical characteristics that allow efficient and forward developments of new chemical compounds. In particular for organic solar cells, a deeper understanding of exciton dynamics in polymer films can help to improve the charge generation process further. For this purpose, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) is commonly used as a model system, although exciton decay kinetics have found different interpretations. Using temperature-dependent time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy in combination with low-temperature spectroscopic ellipsometry, we can show that P3HT is indeed a model system in which excitons follow a simple diffusion/hopping model. Based on our results we can exclude the relevance of hot-exciton emission as well as a dynamic torsional relaxation upon photoexcitation on a ps time scale. Instead, we depict the glass transition temperature of polymers to strongly affect exciton dynamics.

  13. Temperature dependence of exciton diffusion in conjugated polymers

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    Mikhnenko, O.V.; Cordella, F.; Sieval, A.B.; Hummelen, J.C.; Blom, P.W.M.; Loi, M.A.

    2008-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the exciton dynamics in a conjugated polymer is studied using time-resolved spectroscopy. Photoluminescence decays were measured in heterostructured samples containing a sharp polymer-fullerene interface, which acts as an exciton quenching wall. Using a ID diffusion

  14. Anatomy of an Exciton : Vibrational Distortion and Exciton Coherence in H- and J-Aggregates

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    Tempelaar, Roel; Stradomska, Anna; Knoester, Jasper; Spano, Frank C.

    2013-01-01

    In organic materials, coupling of electronic excitations to vibrational degrees of freedom results in polaronic excited states. Through numerical calculations, we demonstrate that the vibrational distortion field accompanying such a polaron scales as the product of the excitonic interaction field

  15. Exciton laser rate equations

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    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.

  16. Exciton Absorption Spectra by Linear Response Methods:Application to Conjugated Polymers

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    Mosquera, Martin A.; Jackson, Nicholas E.; Fauvell, Thomas J.; Kelley, Matthew S.; Chen, Lin X.; Schatz, George C.; Ratner, Mark A.

    2017-01-01

    The theoretical description of the timeevolution of excitons requires, as an initial step, the calculation of their spectra, which has been inaccessible to most users due to the high computational scaling of conventional algorithms and accuracy issues caused by common density functionals. Previously (J. Chem. Phys. 2016, 144, 204105), we developed a simple method that resolves these issues. Our scheme is based on a two-step calculation in which a linear-response TDDFT calculation is used to generate orbitals perturbed by the excitonic state, and then a second linear-response TDDFT calculation is used to determine the spectrum of excitations relative to the excitonic state. Herein, we apply this theory to study near-infrared absorption spectra of excitons in oligomers of the ubiquitous conjugated polymers poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV), and poly(benzodithiophene-thieno[3,4-b]thiophene) (PTB7). For P3HT and MEH-PPV oligomers, the calculated intense absorption bands converge at the longest wavelengths for 10 monomer units, and show strong consistency with experimental measurements. The calculations confirm that the exciton spectral features in MEH-PPV overlap with those of the bipolaron formation. In addition, our calculations identify the exciton absorption bands in transient absorption spectra measured by our group for oligomers (1, 2, and 3 units) of PTB7. For all of the cases studied, we report the dominant orbital excitations contributing to the optically active excited state-excited state transitions, and suggest a simple rule to identify absorption peaks at the longest wavelengths. We suggest our methodology could be considered for further evelopments in theoretical transient spectroscopy to include nonadiabatic effects, coherences, and to describe the formation of species such as charge-transfer states and polaron pairs.

  17. Scaling dimensions in spectroscopy of soil and vegetation

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    Malenovský, Zbyněk; Bartholomeus, Harm M.; Acerbi-Junior, Fausto W.; Schopfer, Jürg T.; Painter, Thomas H.; Epema, Gerrit F.; Bregt, Arnold K.

    2007-05-01

    The paper revises and clarifies definitions of the term scale and scaling conversions for imaging spectroscopy of soil and vegetation. We demonstrate a new four-dimensional scale concept that includes not only spatial but also the spectral, directional and temporal components. Three scaling remote sensing techniques are reviewed: (1) radiative transfer, (2) spectral (un)mixing, and (3) data fusion. Relevant case studies are given in the context of their up- and/or down-scaling abilities over the soil/vegetation surfaces and a multi-source approach is proposed for their integration. Radiative transfer (RT) models are described to show their capacity for spatial, spectral up-scaling, and directional down-scaling within a heterogeneous environment. Spectral information and spectral derivatives, like vegetation indices (e.g. TCARI/OSAVI), can be scaled and even tested by their means. Radiative transfer of an experimental Norway spruce ( Picea abies (L.) Karst.) research plot in the Czech Republic was simulated by the Discrete Anisotropic Radiative Transfer (DART) model to prove relevance of the correct object optical properties scaled up to image data at two different spatial resolutions. Interconnection of the successive modelling levels in vegetation is shown. A future development in measurement and simulation of the leaf directional spectral properties is discussed. We describe linear and/or non-linear spectral mixing techniques and unmixing methods that demonstrate spatial down-scaling. Relevance of proper selection or acquisition of the spectral endmembers using spectral libraries, field measurements, and pure pixels of the hyperspectral image is highlighted. An extensive list of advanced unmixing techniques, a particular example of unmixing a reflective optics system imaging spectrometer (ROSIS) image from Spain, and examples of other mixture applications give insight into the present status of scaling capabilities. Simultaneous spatial and temporal down-scaling

  18. Excitonic processes at organic heterojunctions

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    He, ShouJie; Lu, ZhengHong

    2018-02-01

    Understanding excitonic processes at organic heterojunctions is crucial for development of organic semiconductor devices. This article reviews recent research on excitonic physics that involve intermolecular charge transfer (CT) excitons, and progress on understanding relationships between various interface energy levels and key parameters governing various competing interface excitonic processes. These interface excitonic processes include radiative exciplex emission, nonradiative recombination, Auger electron emission, and CT exciton dissociation. This article also reviews various device applications involving interface CT excitons, such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaic cells, organic rectifying diodes, and ultralow-voltage Auger OLEDs.

  19. Direct monitoring of bias-dependent variations in the exciton formation ratio of working organic light emitting diodes.

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    Takahashi, Takahiro; Kanemoto, Katsuichi; Kanenobu, Mariko; Okawauchi, Yuta; Hashimoto, Hideki

    2015-10-21

    In typical operation of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), excitons are assumed to generate with a ratio of 1:3 for singlet and triplet excitons, respectively, based on a simple spin statistics model. This assumption has been used in designing efficient OLEDs. Despite the larger generation ratio of triplet excitons, physical properties of fluorescent OLEDs are usually evaluated only through the electroluminescence (EL) intensity from singlets and the behaviors of triplets during the LED operation are virtually black-boxed, because the triplets are mostly non-emissive. Here, we employ transient spectroscopy combined with LED-operation for directly monitoring the non-emissive triplets of working OLEDs. The spectroscopic techniques are performed simultaneously with EL- and current measurements under various operation biases. The simultaneous measurements reveal that the relative formation ratio of singlet-to-triplet excitons dramatically changes with the magnitude of bias. The measurements also show that the generation efficiency of singlets scales with the bias, whereas that of triplets is nearly bias-independent. These features of the formation ratio and efficiency are compatibly explained by considering the yield of intersystem crossing and the energy separation of excitons from electron-hole pairs. The obtained findings via the spectroscopic measurements enable prediction of the formation pathways in OLEDs.

  20. Direct Imaging of Frenkel Exciton Transport by Ultrafast Microscopy.

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    Zhu, Tong; Wan, Yan; Huang, Libai

    2017-07-18

    Long-range transport of Frenkel excitons is crucial for achieving efficient molecular-based solar energy harvesting. Understanding of exciton transport mechanisms is important for designing materials for solar energy applications. One major bottleneck in unraveling of exciton transport mechanisms is the lack of direct measurements to provide information in both spatial and temporal domains, imposed by the combination of fast energy transfer (typically ≤1 ps) and short exciton diffusion lengths (typically ≤100 nm). This challenge requires developing experimental tools to directly characterize excitation energy transport, and thus facilitate the elucidation of mechanisms. To address this challenge, we have employed ultrafast transient absorption microscopy (TAM) as a means to directly image exciton transport with ∼200 fs time resolution and ∼50 nm spatial precision. By mapping population in spatial and temporal domains, such approach has unraveled otherwise obscured information and provided important parameters for testing exciton transport models. In this Account, we discuss the recent progress in imaging Frenkel exciton migration in molecular crystals and aggregates by ultrafast microscopy. First, we establish the validity of the TAM methods by imaging singlet and triplet exciton transport in a series of polyacene single crystals that undergo singlet fission. A new singlet-mediated triplet transport pathway has been revealed by TAM, resulting from the equilibrium between triplet and singlet exciton populations. Such enhancement of triplet exciton transport enables triplet excitons to migrate as singlet excitons and leads to orders of magnitude faster apparent triplet exciton diffusion rate in the picosecond and nanosecond time scales, favorable for solar cell applications. Next we discuss how information obtained by ultrafast microscopy can evaluate coherent effects in exciton transport. We use tubular molecular aggregates that could support large exciton

  1. Photogenerated Exciton Dissociation in Highly Coupled Lead Salt Nanocrystal Assemblies

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    Choi, Joshua J.

    2010-05-12

    Internanocrystal coupling induced excitons dissociation in lead salt nanocrystal assemblies is investigated. By combining transient photoluminescence spectroscopy, grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering, and time-resolved electric force microscopy, we show that excitons can dissociate, without the aid of an external bias or chemical potential gradient, via tunneling through a potential barrier when the coupling energy is comparable to the exciton binding energy. Our results have important implications for the design of nanocrystal-based optoelectronic devices. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  2. Interwell excitons in GaAs superlattices

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    Birkedal, Dan; Sayed, Karim El; Sanders, G.

    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 ...

  3. Bound Exciton Complexes

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    Meyer, B. K.

    In the preceding chapter, we concentrated on the properties of free excitons. These free excitons may move through the sample and hit a trap, a nonradiative or a radiative recombination center. At low temperatures, the latter case gives rise to either deep center luminescence, mentioned in Sect. 7.1 and discussed in detail in Chap. 9, or to the luminescence of bound exciton complexes (BE or BEC). The chapter continues with the most prominent of these BECs, namely A-excitons bound to neutral donors. The next aspects are the more weakly BEs at ionized donors. The Sect. 7.4 treats the binding or localization energies of BEC from a theoretical point of view, while Sect. 7.5 is dedicated to excited states of BECs, which contain either holes from deeper valence bands or an envelope function with higher quantum numbers. The last section is devoted to donor-acceptor pair transitions. There is no section devoted specifically to excitons bound to neutral acceptors, because this topic is still partly controversially discussed. Instead, information on these A0X complexes is scattered over the whole chapter, however, with some special emphasis seen in Sects. 7.1, 7.4, and 7.5.

  4. Coherent spectroscopies on ultrashort time and length scales

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    Schneider C.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Three spectroscopic techniques are presented that provide simultaneous spatial and temporal resolution: modified confocal microscopy with heterodyne detection, space-time-resolved spectroscopy using coherent control concepts, and coherent two-dimensional nano-spectroscopy. Latest experimental results are discussed.

  5. Ultrafast Electronic Band Gap Control in an Excitonic Insulator.

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    Mor, Selene; Herzog, Marc; Golež, Denis; Werner, Philipp; Eckstein, Martin; Katayama, Naoyuki; Nohara, Minoru; Takagi, Hide; Mizokawa, Takashi; Monney, Claude; Stähler, Julia

    2017-08-25

    We report on the nonequilibrium dynamics of the electronic structure of the layered semiconductor Ta_{2}NiSe_{5} investigated by time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. We show that below the critical excitation density of F_{C}=0.2  mJ cm^{-2}, the band gap narrows transiently, while it is enhanced above F_{C}. Hartree-Fock calculations reveal that this effect can be explained by the presence of the low-temperature excitonic insulator phase of Ta_{2}NiSe_{5}, whose order parameter is connected to the gap size. This work demonstrates the ability to manipulate the band gap of Ta_{2}NiSe_{5} with light on the femtosecond time scale.

  6. Machine learning exciton dynamics

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    Häse, Florian [Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States); Technische Univ. Munchen, Garching (Germany). Dept. Physik; Valleau, Stéphanie [Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States); Pyzer-Knapp, Edward [Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States); Aspuru-Guzik, Alán [Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)

    2016-04-01

    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 of accuracy with prediction errors contained within 0.01 eV (0.5%). Spectral densities and exciton dynamics are also in agreement with the TDDFT results. The acceleration and accurate prediction of dynamics strongly encourage the combination of machine learning techniques with ab initio methods.

  7. How to avoid non-radiative escape of excitons from quantum dots?

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    Robin, I. C.; André, R.; Dang, Le Si; Mariette, H.; Tatarenko, S.; Gérard, J. M.; Kheng, K.; Tinjod, F.; Bartels, M.; Lischka, K.; Schikora, D.

    2004-02-01

    We investigated the transition between two different exciton recombination regime in quantum dots depending on temperature. When temperature is raised above a threshold value that we determine experimentally non-radiative recombination channels, characterized by their activation energy, dominate over radiative recombination. The analyses of time resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy versus temperature shows that the maximum temperature for dominant radiative recombination scales linearly with the activation energy of the non-radiative channels over a large range of values (10-60 meV) measured for various kind of II-VI-based quantum dots: CdTe/ZnTe, CdTe/ZnMgTe, CdSe/ZnSe.

  8. Femtosecond study of self-trapped vibrational excitons in crystalline acetanilide.

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    Edler, J; Hamm, P; Scott, A C

    2002-02-11

    Femtosecond IR spectroscopy of delocalized NH excitations of crystalline acetanilide confirms that self-trapping in hydrogen-bonded peptide units exists and does stabilize the excitation. Two phonons with frequencies of 48 and 76 cm (-1) are identified as the major degrees of freedom that mediate self-trapping. After selective excitation of the free exciton, self-trapping occurs within a few 100 fs. Excitation of the self-trapped states disappears from the spectral window of this investigation on a 1 ps time scale, followed by a slow ground state recovery of the hot ground state within 18 ps.

  9. Determination of the Exciton Binding Energy in CdSe Quantum Dots

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    Meulenberg, R; Lee, J; Wolcott, A; Zhang, J; Terminello, L; van Buuren, T

    2009-10-27

    The exciton binding energy (EBE) in CdSe quantum dots (QDs) has been determined using x-ray spectroscopy. Using x-ray absorption and photoemission spectroscopy, the conduction band (CB) and valence band (VB) edge shifts as a function of particle size have been determined and combined to obtain the true band gap of the QDs (i.e. without and exciton). These values can be compared to the excitonic gap obtained using optical spectroscopy to determine the EBE. The experimental EBE results are compared with theoretical calculations on the EBE and show excellent agreement.

  10. Role of Strain on the Coherent Properties of GaAs Excitons and Biexcitons

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    Wilmer, Brian L; Ashley, Joseph M; Hall, Kimberley C; Bristow, Alan D

    2016-01-01

    Polarization-dependent two-dimensional Fourier-transform spectroscopy (2DFTS) is performed on excitons in strained bulk GaAs layers probing the coherent response for differing amounts of strain. Biaxial tensile strain lifts the degeneracy of heavy-hole (HH) and light-hole (LH) valence states, leading to an observed splitting of the associated excitons at low temperature. Increasing the strain increases the magnitude of the HH/LH exciton peak splitting, induces an asymmetry in the off-diagonal coherences, increases the difference in the HH and LH exciton homogenous linewidths, and increases the inhomogeneous broadening of both exciton species. All results arise from strain-induced variations in the local electronic environment, which is not uniform along the growth direction of the thin layers. For cross-linear polarized excitation, wherein excitonic signals give way to biexcitonic signals, the high-strain sample shows evidence of bound LH, HH, and mixed biexcitons.

  11. Impact of backbone fluorination on nanoscale morphology and excitonic coupling in polythiophenes.

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    Hu, Zhongjian; Haws, Ryan T; Fei, Zhuping; Boufflet, Pierre; Heeney, Martin; Rossky, Peter J; Vanden Bout, David A

    2017-05-16

    Fluorination represents an important strategy in developing high-performance conjugated polymers for photovoltaic applications. Here, we use regioregular poly(3-ethylhexylthiophene) (P3EHT) and poly(3-ethylhexyl-4-fluorothiophene) (F-P3EHT) as simplified model materials, using single-molecule/aggregate spectroscopy and molecular dynamic simulations, to elucidate the impacts of backbone fluorination on morphology and excitonic coupling on the molecular scale. Despite its high regioregularity, regioregular P3EHT exhibits a rather broad distribution in polymer chain conformation due to the strong steric hindrance of bulky ethylhexyl side chains. This conformational variability results in disordered interchain morphology even between a few chains, prohibiting long-range effective interchain coupling. In stark contrast, the experimental and molecular dynamic calculations reveal that backbone fluorination of F-P3EHT leads to an extended rod-like single-chain conformation and hence highly ordered interchain packing in aggregates. Surprisingly, the ordered and close interchain packing in F-P3EHT does not lead to strong excitonic coupling between the chains but rather to dominant intrachain excitonic coupling that greatly reduces the molecular energetic heterogeneity.

  12. Exciton-plasmon coupling in monolayer molybdenum disulfide

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    Ziegler, Jed; Newaz, A. K. M.; Bolotin, Kirill; Haglund, Richard

    2013-03-01

    Two-dimensional materials such as monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) represent a unique platform for investigating the dynamics of exciton-plasmon coupling. We report on the generation and modulation of coherent and incoherent coupled states between excitons in monolayer MoS2 and plasmons in an array of gold nanoparticle deposited onto the surface of MoS2. We study the behavior of these coherent states, termed plexcitons using a combination of photoluminescence, extinction and ultrafast spectroscopies. The close proximity of the two characteristic exciton bands of MoS2 presents multiple coherent coupling configurations, including A-or-B exciton-plasmon, and A-and-B exciton-plasmon interactions. These configurations of plexciton formation that are shown to modulate both the extinction and photoluminescence spectra of the hybrid system. This includes broadband photoluminescence and Fano-type resonances. This behavior is distinct from the spectral response of the MoS2 and plasmonic components of the system. Incoherent exciton-plasmon coupling, achieved by detuning from the plasmon extinction peaks, enhances the interaction of MoS2 with light by focusing the plasmon energy. Depending on which coupling configuration is chosen, our results show that the MoS2/plasmon hybrid systems can act as high efficiency light harvesters, broadband emitters and as tunable visible and NIR photodetectors. Support by Defense Threat Reduction Agency (HDTRA1-1-10-1-0047) and NSF DMR-1056859

  13. Bose condensation of interwell excitons in double quantum wells

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    Larionov, A V; Ni, P A; Dubonos, S V; Hvam, I; Soerensen, K

    2002-01-01

    The luminescence of the interwell excitons in the GaAs/AlGaAs double quantum wells, containing large-scale fluctuations of the random potential in the heteroboundary planes, is studied. The properties of the excitons, wherein the excited electron and hole are spatially separated between the neighboring quantum wells by the density and temperature variation within the domain limits of the scale below one micron, are investigated. The interwell excitons by low pumping (below 50 mW) are strongly localized due to the small-scale fluctuations of the random potential. The localized excitons line grows by increase in the resonance excitation capacity through the threshold method. With the temperature growth this line disappears in the spectrum (T sub c <= 3.4 K). The above phenomenon is related to the Bose-Einstein condensation in the quasi-two-dimensional system of the interwell excitons. The critical values of the exciton density and temperature in the studied temperature range (1.5-3.4 K) grow according to the...

  14. Charged excitons in doped extended Hubbard model systems

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    van den Brink, J.; Eder, R; Sawatzky, G.A

    1997-01-01

    We show that the charge transfer excitons in a Hubbard model system including nearest-neighbor Coulomb interactions effectively attain some charge in doped systems and become visible in photoelectron and inverse photoelectron spectroscopies. This shows that the description of a doped system by an

  15. Singlet Exciton Lifetimes in Conjugated Polymer Films for Organic Solar Cells

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    Stoichko D. Dimitrov

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The lifetime of singlet excitons in conjugated polymer films is a key factor taken into account during organic solar cell device optimization. It determines the singlet exciton diffusion lengths in polymer films and has a direct impact on the photocurrent generation by organic solar cell devices. However, very little is known about the material properties controlling the lifetimes of singlet excitons, with most of our knowledge originating from studies of small organic molecules. Herein, we provide a brief summary of the nature of the excited states in conjugated polymer films and then present an analysis of the singlet exciton lifetimes of 16 semiconducting polymers. The exciton lifetimes of seven of the studied polymers were measured using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy and compared to the lifetimes of seven of the most common photoactive polymers found in the literature. A plot of the logarithm of the rate of exciton decay vs. the polymer optical bandgap reveals a medium correlation between lifetime and bandgap, thus suggesting that the Energy Gap Law may be valid for these systems. This therefore suggests that small bandgap polymers can suffer from short exciton lifetimes, which may limit their performance in organic solar cell devices. In addition, the impact of film crystallinity on the exciton lifetime was assessed for a small bandgap diketopyrrolopyrrole co-polymer. It is observed that the increase of polymer film crystallinity leads to reduction in exciton lifetime and optical bandgap again in agreement with the Energy Gap Law.

  16. Singlet Exciton Lifetimes in Conjugated Polymer Films for Organic Solar Cells

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    Dimitrov, Stoichko

    2016-01-13

    The lifetime of singlet excitons in conjugated polymer films is a key factor taken into account during organic solar cell device optimization. It determines the singlet exciton diffusion lengths in polymer films and has a direct impact on the photocurrent generation by organic solar cell devices. However, very little is known about the material properties controlling the lifetimes of singlet excitons, with most of our knowledge originating from studies of small organic molecules. Herein, we provide a brief summary of the nature of the excited states in conjugated polymer films and then present an analysis of the singlet exciton lifetimes of 16 semiconducting polymers. The exciton lifetimes of seven of the studied polymers were measured using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy and compared to the lifetimes of seven of the most common photoactive polymers found in the literature. A plot of the logarithm of the rate of exciton decay vs. the polymer optical bandgap reveals a medium correlation between lifetime and bandgap, thus suggesting that the Energy Gap Law may be valid for these systems. This therefore suggests that small bandgap polymers can suffer from short exciton lifetimes, which may limit their performance in organic solar cell devices. In addition, the impact of film crystallinity on the exciton lifetime was assessed for a small bandgap diketopyrrolopyrrole co-polymer. It is observed that the increase of polymer film crystallinity leads to reduction in exciton lifetime and optical bandgap again in agreement with the Energy Gap Law.

  17. Exciton dynamics in cuprous oxide

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    Fishman, D. A.; Revcolevschi, A.; van Loosdrecht, P. H. M.; Stutzmann, M

    2006-01-01

    This work addresses the mid-infrared properties of cuprous oxide and in particular induced absorption due to the presence of excitons. We probe the population of the non-radiative ground state of para-excitons via laser-induced changes of the transmission in the "hydrogenic" 1s-2p/1s-3p transition

  18. Exciton Formation in Disordered Semiconductors

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    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...

  19. Interlayer Exciton Optoelectronics in a 2D Heterostructure p-n Junction.

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    Ross, Jason S; Rivera, Pasqual; Schaibley, John; Lee-Wong, Eric; Yu, Hongyi; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David; Cobden, David; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2017-02-08

    Semiconductor heterostructures are backbones for solid-state-based optoelectronic devices. Recent advances in assembly techniques for van der Waals heterostructures have enabled the band engineering of semiconductor heterojunctions for atomically thin optoelectronic devices. In two-dimensional heterostructures with type II band alignment, interlayer excitons, where Coulomb bound electrons and holes are confined to opposite layers, have shown promising properties for novel excitonic devices, including a large binding energy, micron-scale in-plane drift-diffusion, and a long population and valley polarization lifetime. Here, we demonstrate interlayer exciton optoelectronics based on electrostatically defined lateral p-n junctions in a MoSe 2 -WSe 2 heterobilayer. Applying a forward bias enables the first observation of electroluminescence from interlayer excitons. At zero bias, the p-n junction functions as a highly sensitive photodetector, where the wavelength-dependent photocurrent measurement allows the direct observation of resonant optical excitation of the interlayer exciton. The resulting photocurrent amplitude from the interlayer exciton is about 200 times smaller than the resonant excitation of intralayer exciton. This implies that the interlayer exciton oscillator strength is 2 orders of magnitude smaller than that of the intralayer exciton due to the spatial separation of electron and hole to the opposite layers. These results lay the foundation for exploiting the interlayer exciton in future 2D heterostructure optoelectronic devices.

  20. Excitons in solid C60

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    Shirley, Eric L.; Benedict, Lorin X.; Louie, Steven G.

    1995-10-01

    Exciton levels in undoped, solid C60 are calculated using a model Hamiltonian. We find excitation energies of 1.58 and 1.30 eV for the lowest singlet and triplet exciton, respectively, in comparison with the measured energies of 1.83 and 1.55 eV. Singlet and triplet states have similar energy diagrams, wherein exciton states having T{sub 2g}, T{sub 1g},G{sub g}, and H{sub g} symmetries are separated by up to several tenths of an electron volt. As a function of crystal momentum, exciton energies exhibit dispersion from 20 to 40 meV. Theoretical pressure derivatives of exciton energies are presented.

  1. Spatial mapping of exciton lifetimes in single ZnO nanowires

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    J. S. Reparaz

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the spatial dependence of the exciton lifetimes in single ZnO nanowires. We have found that the free exciton and bound exciton lifetimes exhibit a maximum at the center of nanowires, while they decrease by 30% towards the tips. This dependence is explained by considering the cavity-like properties of the nanowires in combination with the Purcell effect. We show that the lifetime of the bound-excitons scales with the localization energy to the power of 3/2, which validates the model of Rashba and Gurgenishvili at the nanoscale.

  2. Resolving ultrafast exciton migration in organic solids at the nanoscale

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    Penwell, Samuel B.; Ginsberg, Lucas D. S.; Noriega, Rodrigo; Ginsberg, Naomi S.

    2017-11-01

    Effectiveness of molecular-based light harvesting relies on transport of excitons to charge-transfer sites. Measuring exciton migration, however, has been challenging because of the mismatch between nanoscale migration lengths and the diffraction limit. Instead of using bulk substrate quenching methods, here we define quenching boundaries all-optically with sub-diffraction resolution, thus characterizing spatiotemporal exciton migration on its native nanometre and picosecond scales. By transforming stimulated emission depletion microscopy into a time-resolved ultrafast approach, we measure a 16-nm migration length in poly(2,5-di(hexyloxy)cyanoterephthalylidene) conjugated polymer films. Combined with Monte Carlo exciton hopping simulations, we show that migration in these films is essentially diffusive because intrinsic chromophore energetic disorder is comparable to chromophore inhomogeneous broadening. Our approach will enable previously unattainable correlation of local material structure to exciton migration character, applicable not only to photovoltaic or display-destined organic semiconductors but also to explaining the quintessential exciton migration exhibited in photosynthesis.

  3. Exciton condensation in strongly correlated electron bilayers

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    Rademaker, Louk; van den Brink, J.; Zaanen, Jan; Hilgenkamp, H.

    2013-01-01

    We studied the possibility of exciton condensation in Mott insulating bilayers. In these strongly correlated systems, an exciton is the bound state of a double occupied and empty site. In the strong coupling limit, the exciton acts as a hard-core boson. Its physics is captured by the exciton t -J

  4. Editorial on indirect excitons: Physics and applications

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    2017-08-01

    This special issue contains 9 original review papers, research papers and discussion papers on indirect excitons. An exciton is a Coulomb-correlated electron-hole pair. Frenkel excitons dominate optical properties of organic semiconductors, while Wannier-Mott excitons are responsible for the hydrogen-like absorption spectra of inorganic semiconductors at low temperatures. The interest to the physics of excitons has strongly increased in the new century. This interest is motivated by unique bosonic properties of excitons that lead to the phenomena of exciton-polariton lasing and stimulated scattering, build-up of the spontaneous coherence and polarisation in cold exciton gases. In addition to the rich fundamental physics, excitons offer the perspective of applications in opto-electronic devices such as exciton transistors, switches, optical integrated circuits, etc.

  5. Radiative energy transfer from MoS2 excitons to surface plasmons

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    Kang, Yimin; Li, Bowen; Fang, Zheyu

    2017-12-01

    In this work, we demonstrated the energy transfer process from few-layer MoS2 to gold dimer arrays via ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. With the overlap between the MoS2 exciton and the designed plasmon dipolar modes in the frequency domain, the exciton energy can be radiatively transferred to plasmonic structures, excited the localized surface plasmon resonance, and then enhanced the oscillation of coherent acoustic phonons. Power-dependent differential reflection signals and an analytical model based on the rate equation of exciton density were carried out to quantitatively study the energy transfer process. Our finding explores the energy flow between MoS2 excitons and surface plasmons, and can be contributed to the design of exciton-plasmon structures utilizing ultrathin materials.

  6. Self-trapped exciton and core-valence luminescence in BaF{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Vistovskyy, V. V., E-mail: vistvv@gmail.com; Zhyshkovych, A. V.; Chornodolskyy, Ya. M.; Voloshinovskii, A. S. [Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, 8 Kyryla i Mefodiya, 79005 Lviv (Ukraine); Myagkota, O. S. [Lviv Polytechnic National University, 12S. Bandera, 79013 Lviv (Ukraine); Gloskovskii, A. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, 22607 Hamburg (Germany); Gektin, A. V. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, NAS of Ukraine 60 Lenina Ave, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Vasil' ev, A. N. [Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Rodnyi, P. A. [Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University, 29, Polytekhnicheskaya, 195251 Saint-Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2013-11-21

    The influence of the BaF{sub 2} nanoparticle size on the intensity of the self-trapped exciton luminescence and the radiative core-valence transitions is studied by the luminescence spectroscopy methods using synchrotron radiation. The decrease of the self-trapped exciton emission intensity at energies of exciting photons in the range of optical exciton creation (hν ≤ E{sub g}) is less sensitive to the reduction of the nanoparticle sizes than in the case of band-to-band excitation, where excitons are formed by the recombination way. The intensity of the core-valence luminescence shows considerably weaker dependence on the nanoparticle sizes in comparison with the intensity of self-trapped exciton luminescence. The revealed regularities are explained by considering the relationship between nanoparticle size and photoelectron or photohole thermalization length as well as the size of electronic excitations.

  7. Efficient Exciton Diffusion and Resonance-Energy Transfer in Multi-Layered Organic Epitaxial Nanofibers

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    Tavares, Luciana; Cadelano, Michele; Quochi, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    Multi-layered epitaxial nanofibers are exemplary model systems for the study of exciton dynamics and lasing in organic materials due to their well-defined morphology, high luminescence efficiencies, and color tunability. We resort to temperature-dependent cw and picosecond photoluminescence (PL......) spectroscopy to quantify exciton diffusion and resonance-energy transfer (RET) processes in multi-layered nanofibers consisting of alternating layers of para-hexaphenyl (p6P) and α-sexithiophene (6T), serving as exciton donor and acceptor material, respectively. The high probability for RET processes...... is confirmed by Quantum Chemical calculations. The activation energy for exciton diffusion in p6P is determined to be as low as 19 meV, proving p6P epitaxial layers also as a very suitable donor material system. The small activation energy for exciton diffusion of the p6P donor material, the inferred high p6P...

  8. Near-infrared spectroscopy and microstructure of the scales of Sabethes ( Sabethes albiprivus (Diptera: Culicidae

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    Betina Westphal-Ferreira

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Near-infrared spectroscopy and microstructure of the scales of Sabethes (Sabethes albiprivus (Diptera: Culicidae. Sabethes (Sabethes albiprivus Theobald individuals vary considerably in size and color of the reflections of the scales on their thorax, abdomen, antepronotal lobes and occiput. The goal of this study was to investigate and to characterize the differences in the color of the scales among preserved specimens and to analyze the differences in the microstructures of the scales that cover their bodies using near-infrared spectroscopy, and to evaluate whether the latter is efficient in distinguishing the populations. A total of 201 adult females were analyzed for the characterization of color patterns. In addition, absorbance spectra and scanning electron microscope images were obtained from them. As a result of color analysis, two variations were identified, one represented by specimens with yellow or green scales and the other with blue or purple scales. The same two variations were corroborated using NIRS. Analysis of the microstructure of the scales lining the mesonotum, occiput and antepronotal lobes resulted in the same variations. The three methodologies, near-infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and coloration of the reflections of the scales revealed two variations within Sa. albiprivus.

  9. Spectroscopy

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    Hellman, Hal

    1968-01-01

    This booklet discusses spectroscopy, the study of absorption of radiation by matter, including X-ray, gamma-ray, microwave, mass spectroscopy, as well as others. Spectroscopy has produced more fundamental information to the study of the detailed structure of matter than any other tools.

  10. Spectroscopy

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    Walker, S

    1976-01-01

    The three volumes of Spectroscopy constitute the one comprehensive text available on the principles, practice and applications of spectroscopy. By giving full accounts of those spectroscopic techniques only recently introduced into student courses - such as Mössbauer spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy - in addition to those techniques long recognised as being essential in chemistry teaching - sucha as e.s.r. and infrared spectroscopy - the book caters for the complete requirements of undergraduate students and at the same time provides a sound introduction to special topics for graduate students.

  11. Excitons and Davydov splitting in sexithiophene from first-principles many-body Green's function theory.

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    Leng, Xia; Yin, Huabing; Liang, Dongmei; Ma, Yuchen

    2015-09-21

    Organic semiconductors have promising and broad applications in optoelectronics. Understanding their electronic excited states is important to help us control their spectroscopic properties and performance of devices. There have been a large amount of experimental investigations on spectroscopies of organic semiconductors, but theoretical calculation from first principles on this respect is still limited. Here, we use density functional theory (DFT) and many-body Green's function theory, which includes the GW method and Bethe-Salpeter equation, to study the electronic excited-state properties and spectroscopies of one prototypical organic semiconductor, sexithiophene. The exciton energies of sexithiophene in both the gas and bulk crystalline phases are very sensitive to the exchange-correlation functionals used in DFT for ground-state structure relaxation. We investigated the influence of dynamical screening in the electron-hole interaction on exciton energies, which is found to be very pronounced for triplet excitons and has to be taken into account in first principles calculations. In the sexithiophene single crystal, the energy of the lowest triplet exciton is close to half the energy of the lowest singlet one. While lower-energy singlet and triplet excitons are intramolecular Frenkel excitons, higher-energy excitons are of intermolecular charge-transfer type. The calculated optical absorption spectra and Davydov splitting are in good agreement with experiments.

  12. Picosecond dynamics of internal exciton transitions in CdSe nanorods

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    Cooke, D. G.; Jepsen, Peter Uhd; Lek, Jun Yan

    2013-01-01

    . The onset of exciton-LO phonon coupling appears as a bleach in the optical conductivity spectra at the LO phonon energy for times > 1 ps after excitation. Simulations show a suppressed exciton temperature due to thermally excited hole states being rapidly captured onto ligands or unpassivated surface states......The picosecond dynamics of excitons in colloidal CdSe nanorods are directly measured via their 1s to 2p-like internal transitions by ultrabroadband terahertz spectroscopy. Broadened absorption peaks from both the longitudinal and transverse states are observed at 8.5 and 11 THz, respectively...

  13. The exciton excitations and relaxation processes in low-dimensional semiconductor heterostructures with quantum wells

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    Aleshkin, V. Ya.; Gavrilenko, L. V.; Gaponova, D. M., E-mail: dmg@ipmras.ru; Krasil’nik, Z. F.; Kryzhkov, D. I. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Physics of Microstructures (Russian Federation)

    2016-12-15

    The processes associated with the transfer of excitonic excitations between tunnel-uncoupled quantum wells (QW) and the influence of the local electric field were investigated in AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures by the method of photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopy at low (4.2 K) temperature. The variation in the intensity of photoluminescence (PL) from the wider QW under resonant excitation of excitonic transition in the adjacent narrow QW has been observed. The difference in the PL maximum position and intensity of the wider QW under resonance excitation of the narrow one is explained by the influence of quantum-confined Stark effect on the process of exciton recombination.

  14. Exciton-mediated Raman scattering in CdS quantum dot

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    Guo, Xiaotong; Liu, Cuihong

    2017-09-01

    A theoretical calculation of the differential cross section (DCS) is presented for the exciton-mediated Stokes Raman scattering in CdS quantum dot within the frame work of effective mass approximation at T = 0 K. Numerical calculations reveal that the excitonic effects cause blue shifts in Raman spectroscopy. The magnitude of the Raman shift depends on the quantum confinement, the Coulomb interaction, and the incident photon energy.

  15. Plasmonic, excitonic and exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposites

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    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.

  16. Nanoroughness localization of excitons in GaAs multiple quantum wells studied by transient four-wave mixing

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    Birkedal, Dan; Vadim, Lyssenko; Pantke, Karl-Heinz

    1995-01-01

    The interface roughness on a nanometer scale plays a decisive role in dephasing of excitons in GaAs multiple quantum wells. The excitonic four-wave mixing signal shows a free polarization decay and a corresponding homogeneously broadened line from areas with interface roughness on a scale larger ...

  17. PbSe Nanocrystal Excitonic Solar Cells

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    Choi, Joshua J.

    2009-11-11

    We report the design, fabrication, and characterization of colloidal PbSe nanocrystal (NC)-based photovoltaic test structures that exhibit an excitonic solar cell mechanism. Charge extraction from the NC active layer is driven by a photoinduced chemical potential energy gradient at the nanostructured heterojunction. By minimizing perturbation to PbSe NC energy levels and thereby gaining insight into the "intrinsic" photovoltaic properties and charge transfer mechanism of PbSe NC, we show a direct correlation between interfacial energy level offsets and photovoltaic device performance. Size dependent PbSe NC energy levels were determined by cyclic voltammetry and optical spectroscopy and correlated to photovoltaic measurements. Photovoltaic test structures were fabricated from PbSe NC films sandwiched between layers of ZnO nanoparticles and PEDOT:PSS as electron and hole transporting elements, respectively. The device current-voltage characteristics suggest a charge separation mechanism that Is distinct from previously reported Schottky devices and consistent with signatures of excitonic solar cells. Remarkably, despite the limitation of planar junction structure, and without film thickness optimization, the best performing device shows a 1-sun power conversion efficiency of 3.4%, ranking among the highest performing NC-based solar cells reported to date. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  18. Observation of exciton-polariton ultrafast dynamic Stark effect

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    Snoke David W.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate ultrafast phase control of exciton-polaritons in a GaAs/AlGaAs strongly coupled microcavity exploiting the ac Stark effect. Our approach yields meV-scale shifts without carrier generation, providing a powerful tool towards control of polariton BECs.

  19. Increasing applicability of slow light in molecular aggregate nanofilms with two-exciton dynamics.

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    Díaz, E; Martínez-Calzada, G C; Cabrera-Granado, E; Calderón, O G

    2016-06-01

    We study the slow-light performance in the presence of exciton-exciton interaction in films of linear molecular aggregates at the nanometer scale. In particular, we consider a four-level model to describe the creation/annihilation of two-exciton states that are relevant for high-intensity fields. Numerical simulations show delays comparable to those obtained for longer propagation distances in other media. Two-exciton dynamics could lead to larger fractional delays, even in presence of disorder, in comparison to the two-level approximation. We conclude that slow-light performance is a robust phenomenon in these systems under the increasing complexity of the two-exciton dynamics.

  20. Spectroscopy

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    Berg, Rolf W.

    This introductory booklet covers the basics of molecular spectroscopy, infrared and Raman methods, instrumental considerations, symmetry analysis of molecules, group theory and selection rules, as well as assignments of fundamental vibrational modes in molecules.......This introductory booklet covers the basics of molecular spectroscopy, infrared and Raman methods, instrumental considerations, symmetry analysis of molecules, group theory and selection rules, as well as assignments of fundamental vibrational modes in molecules....

  1. Plasmon-Exciton-Polariton Lasing

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    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.

  2. Interwell excitons in GaAs superlattices

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    Birkedal, Dan; Sayed, Karim El; Sanders, G.

    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...

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

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    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.

  4. Bosonic cascades of indirect excitons

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    Nalitov, A. V.; De Liberato, S.; Lagoudakis, P.; Savvidis, P. G.; Kavokin, A. V.

    2017-08-01

    Recently, the concept of the terahertz bosonic cascade laser (BCL) based on a parabolic quantum well (PQW) embedded in a microcavity was proposed. We refine this proposal by suggesting transitions between indirect exciton (IX) states as a source of terahertz emission. We explicitly propose a structure containing a narrow-square QW and a wide-parabolic QW for the realisation of a bosonic cascade. Advantages of this type of structures are in large dipole matrix elements for terahertz transitions and in long exciton radiative lifetimes which are crucial for realisation of threshold and quantum efficiency BCLs.

  5. Predicting Excitonic Gaps of Semiconducting Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes From a Field Theoretic Analysis

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    Konik, Robert M.; Sfeir, Matthew Y.; Misewich, James A.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate that a non-perturbative framework for the treatment of the excitations of single walled carbon nanotubes based upon a field theoretic reduction is able to accurately describe experiment observations of the absolute values of excitonic energies. This theoretical framework yields a simple scaling function from which the excitonic energies can be read off. This scaling function is primarily determined by a single parameter, the charge Luttinger parameter of the tube, which is in t...

  6. Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Fano-Like Resonance between Optical Phonon and Excitons in CdSe Quantum Dots: Dependence of Coherent Vibrational Wave-Packet Dynamics on Pump Fluence

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    Victor Nadtochenko

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available The main goal of the present work is to study the coherent phonon in strongly confined CdSe quantum dots (QDs under varied pump fluences. The main characteristics of coherent phonons (amplitude, frequency, phase, spectrogram of CdSe QDs under the red-edge pump of the excitonic band [1S(e-1S3/2(h] are reported. We demonstrate for the first time that the amplitude of the coherent optical longitudinal-optical (LO phonon at 6.16 THz excited in CdSe nanoparticles by a femtosecond unchirped pulse shows a non-monotone dependence on the pump fluence. This dependence exhibits the maximum at pump fluence ~0.8 mJ/cm2. At the same time, the amplitudes of the longitudinal acoustic (LA phonon mode at 0.55 THz and of the coherent wave packet of toluene at 15.6, 23.6 THz show a monotonic rise with the increase of pump fluence. The time frequency representation of an oscillating signal corresponding to LO phonons revealed by continuous wavelet transform (CWT shows a profound destructive quantum interference close to the origin of distinct (optical phonon and continuum-like (exciton quasiparticles. The CWT spectrogram demonstrates a nonlinear chirp at short time delays, where the chirp sign depends on the pump pulse fluence. The CWT spectrogram reveals an anharmonic coupling between optical and acoustic phonons.

  7. Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Fano-Like Resonance between Optical Phonon and Excitons in CdSe Quantum Dots: Dependence of Coherent Vibrational Wave-Packet Dynamics on Pump Fluence.

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    Nadtochenko, Victor; Denisov, Nikolay; Aybush, Arseniy; Gostev, Fedor; Shelaev, Ivan; Titov, Andrey; Umanskiy, Stanislav; Cherepanov, And Dmitry

    2017-11-04

    The main goal of the present work is to study the coherent phonon in strongly confined CdSe quantum dots (QDs) under varied pump fluences. The main characteristics of coherent phonons (amplitude, frequency, phase, spectrogram) of CdSe QDs under the red-edge pump of the excitonic band [1S(e)-1S 3/2 (h)] are reported. We demonstrate for the first time that the amplitude of the coherent optical longitudinal-optical (LO) phonon at 6.16 THz excited in CdSe nanoparticles by a femtosecond unchirped pulse shows a non-monotone dependence on the pump fluence. This dependence exhibits the maximum at pump fluence ~0.8 mJ/cm². At the same time, the amplitudes of the longitudinal acoustic (LA) phonon mode at 0.55 THz and of the coherent wave packet of toluene at 15.6, 23.6 THz show a monotonic rise with the increase of pump fluence. The time frequency representation of an oscillating signal corresponding to LO phonons revealed by continuous wavelet transform (CWT) shows a profound destructive quantum interference close to the origin of distinct (optical phonon) and continuum-like (exciton) quasiparticles. The CWT spectrogram demonstrates a nonlinear chirp at short time delays, where the chirp sign depends on the pump pulse fluence. The CWT spectrogram reveals an anharmonic coupling between optical and acoustic phonons.

  8. Exciton Localization in Extended {\\pi}-electron Systems: Comparison of Linear and Cyclic Structures

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    Thiessen, Alexander; Jester, Stefan-S; Aggarwal, A Vikas; Idelson, Alissa; Bange, Sebastian; Vogelsang, Jan; Höger, Sigurd; Lupton, John M

    2015-01-01

    We employ five {\\pi}-conjugated model materials of different molecular shape --- oligomers and cyclic structures --- to investigate the extent of exciton self-trapping and torsional motion of the molecular framework following optical excitation. Our studies combine steady-state and transient fluorescence spectroscopy in the ensemble with measurements of polarization anisotropy on single molecules, supported by Monte Carlo simulations. The dimer exhibits a significant spectral red-shift within $\\sim$ 100 ps after photoexcitation which is attributed to torsional relaxation. This relaxation mechanism is inhibited in the structurally rigid macrocyclic analogue. However, both systems show a high degree of exciton localization but with very different consequences: while in the macrocycle the exciton localizes randomly on different parts of the ring, scrambling polarization memory, in the dimer, localization leads to a deterministic exciton position with luminescence characteristics of a dipole. Monte Carlo simulati...

  9. Unifying Optical Selection Rules for Excitons in Two Dimensions: Band Topology and Winding Numbers

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    Cao, Ting; Wu, Meng; Louie, Steven G.

    2018-02-01

    We show that band topology can dramatically change the photophysics of two-dimensional semiconductors. For systems in which states near the band extrema are of multicomponent character, the spinors describing these components (pseudospins) can pick up nonzero winding numbers around the extremal k point. In these systems, we find that the strength and required light polarization of an excitonic optical transition are dictated by the optical matrix element winding number, a unique and heretofore unrecognized topological characteristic. We illustrate these findings in three gapped graphene systems—monolayer graphene with inequivalent sublattices and biased bi- and trilayer graphene, where the pseudospin textures manifest into nontrivial optical matrix element winding numbers associated with different valley and photon circular polarization. This winding-number physics leads to novel exciton series and optical selection rules, with each valley hosting multiple bright excitons coupled to light of different circular polarization. This valley-exciton selective circular dichroism can be unambiguously detected using optical spectroscopy.

  10. Exciton size and quantum transport in nanoplatelets

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    Pelzer, Kenley M., E-mail: kpelzer@anl.gov; Gray, Stephen K. [Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 Cass Ave., Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Darling, Seth B. [Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 Cass Ave., Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago, 5747 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); Schaller, Richard D. [Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 Cass Ave., Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States)

    2015-12-14

    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.

  11. Magnetic exciton dispersion in praseodymium

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    Rainford, B. D.; Houmann, Jens Christian Gylden

    1971-01-01

    Measurements of the dispersion of magnetic excitons have been made in a single crystal of praseodymium metal using inelastic neutron scattering. A preliminary analysis of the data yields the first detailed information about the exchange interactions and the crystal field splittings in the light...

  12. Excitons in tubular molecular aggregates

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    Didraga, C; Knoester, J

    2004-01-01

    We present a brief overview of recent work on the optical properties of molecular aggregates with a tubular (cylindrical) shape. The exciton states responsible for these properties can be distinguished with regard to a transverse wave number, which directly relates to optical selection rules and

  13. Imaging heterogeneous ultrafast exciton dynamics in organic semiconducting thin films

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    Ginsberg, Naomi S.

    2013-03-01

    In solid state semiconducting molecular materials used in electro-optical applications, relatively long exciton diffusion lengths hold the promise to boost device performance by relaxing proximity constraints on the locations for light absorption and interfacial charge separation. The architecture of such materials determines their optical and electronic properties as a result of spacing- and orientation-dependent Coulomb couplings between adjacent molecules. Exciton character and dynamics are generally inferred from bulk optical measurements, which can present a severe limitation on our understanding of these films because their constituent molecules are not perfectly ordered. Rather, films of small organic molecules are composed of multiple microcrystalline domains, and this deposition-dependent microstructure can have profound impacts on transport properties. Using ultrafast transient absorption microscopy, we track the time evolution of excitons, domain by domain, in solid state thin films of TIPS-pentacene, a small soluble molecule that has recently been used in organic semiconducting devices because of its high hole mobility. The results from this spatially-resolved nonlinear optical spectroscopy support our hypothesis that bulk optical measurements deleteriously average over heterogeneities in both spatial and electronic structure; we have revealed significant inhomogeneity in exciton dynamics. Domains that appear homogeneous in linear optical microscopy are shown to have spatial variation and defects, and notable differences in exciton character and behavior are observed at domain boundaries. To interpret the contrast we observe with ultrafast dynamics, we correlate our data to local linear absorption, polarization analysis, profilometry, and atomic force microscopy. With this combined approach, we aim to ultimately understand fundamental structure-function relationship in molecular materials to provide predictive power to material development and device

  14. Resonant Rayleigh scattering of exciton-polaritons in multiple quantum wells

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    Malpuech, Guillaume; Kavokin, Alexey; Langbein, Wolfgang Werner

    2000-01-01

    A theoretical concept of resonant Rayleigh scattering (RRS) of exciton-polaritons in multiple quantum wells (QWs) is presented. The optical coupling between excitons in different QWs can strongly affect the RRS dynamics, giving rise to characteristic temporal oscillations on a picosecond scale....... Bragg and anti-Bragg arranged QW structures with the same excitonic parameters are predicted to have drastically different RRS spectra. Experimental data on the RRS from multiple QWs show the predicted strong temporal oscillations at small scattering angles, which are well explained by the presented...

  15. Low temperature exciton-exciton annihilation in amphi-PIPE J-aggregates

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    C. Spitz

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The mobility of optically excited excitons on J-aggregates can be demonstrated by the phenomena of exciton-exciton annihilation. In this intensity-dependent process the collision of two excitons results in their annihilation and hence in a shortening of the mean excitation lifetime. By measuring the intensity-dependent fluorescent lifetime in contrast to the predicted immobilization of the excitons at low temperature we could prove the excellent mobility of the excitons at a temperature (4K, which is far below their expected freezing point.

  16. Multi-excitonic emission from Stranski-Krastanov GaN/AlN quantum dots inside a nanoscale tip

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    Mancini, L.; Moyon, F.; Houard, J.; Blum, I.; Lefebvre, W.; Vurpillot, F.; Das, A.; Monroy, E.; Rigutti, L.

    2017-12-01

    Single-dot time-resolved micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy and correlated electron tomography (ET) have been performed on self-assembled GaN/AlN quantum dots isolated within a field-emission nanoscale tip by focused ion beam (FIB). Despite the effect of the FIB, the system conserves the capability of emitting light through multi-excitonic complexes. The optical spectroscopy data have then been correlated with the electronic structure and lifetime parameters that could be extracted using the structural parameters obtained by ET via a 6 band k.p model. A biexciton-exciton cascade could be identified and thoroughly analysed. The biexciton-exciton states exhibit a non-negligible polarization component along the [0001] polar crystal axis, indicating a significant valence band mixing, while the relationship between exciton energy and biexciton binding energy is consistent with a hybrid character of the biexciton.

  17. Coherent exciton-polariton devices

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    Fraser, Michael D.

    2017-09-01

    The Bose-Einstein condensate of exciton-polaritons has emerged as a unique, coherent system for the study of non-equilibrium, macroscopically coherent Bose gases, while the full confinement of this coherent state to a semiconductor chip has also generated considerable interest in developing novel applications employing the polariton condensate, possibly even at room temperature. Such devices include low-threshold lasers, precision inertial sensors, and circuits based on superfluidity with ultra-fast non-linear elements. While the demonstration and development of such devices are at an early stage, rapid progress is being made. In this review, an overview of the exciton-polariton condensate system and the established and emerging material systems and fabrication techniques are presented, followed by a critical, in-depth assessment of the ability of the coherent polariton system to deliver on its promise of devices offering either new functionality and/or room-temperature operation.

  18. Exciton Seebeck effect in molecular systems.

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    Yan, Yun-An; Cai, Shaohong

    2014-08-07

    We investigate the exciton dynamics under temperature difference with the hierarchical equations of motion. Through a nonperturbative simulation of the transient absorption of a heterogeneous trimer model, we show that the temperature difference causes exciton population redistribution and affects the exciton transfer time. It is found that one can reproduce not only the exciton population redistribution but also the change of the exciton transfer time induced by the temperature difference with a proper tuning of the site energies of the aggregate. In this sense, there exists a site energy shift equivalence for any temperature difference in a broad range. This phenomenon is similar to the Seebeck effect as well as spin Seebeck effect and can be named as exciton Seebeck effect.

  19. Local strain-induced band gap fluctuations and exciton localization in aged WS2 monolayers

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    Krustok, J.; Kaupmees, R.; Jaaniso, R.; Kiisk, V.; Sildos, I.; Li, B.; Gong, Y.

    2017-06-01

    Optical properties of aged WS2 monolayers grown by CVD method on Si/SiO2 substrates are studied using temperature dependent photoluminescence and reflectance contrast spectroscopy. Aged WS2 monolayers have a typical surface roughness about 0.5 nm and, in addition, a high density of nanoparticles (nanocaps) with the base diameter about 30 nm and average height of 7 nm. The A-exciton of aged monolayer has a peak position at 1.951 eV while in as-grown monolayer the peak is at about 24 meV higher energy at room temperature. This red-shift is explained using local tensile strain concept, where strain value of 2.1% was calculated for these nanocap regions. Strained nanocaps have lower band gap energy and excitons will funnel into these regions. At T=10K a double exciton and trion peaks were revealed. The separation between double peaks is about 20 meV and the origin of higher energy peaks is related to the optical band gap energy fluctuations caused by random distribution of local tensile strain due to increased surface roughness. In addition, a wide defect related exciton band XD was found at about 1.93 eV in all aged monolayers. It is shown that the theory of localized excitons describes well the temperature dependence of peak position and halfwidth of the A-exciton band. The possible origin of nanocaps is also discussed.

  20. Ultrafast transient absorption studies of hematite nanoparticles: the effect of particle shape on exciton dynamics.

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    Fitzmorris, Bob C; Patete, Jonathan M; Smith, Jacqueline; Mascorro, Xiomara; Adams, Staci; Wong, Stanislaus S; Zhang, Jin Z

    2013-10-01

    Much progress has been made in using hematite (α-Fe2 O3 ) as a potentially practical and sustainable material for applications such as solar-energy conversion and photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting; however, recent studies have shown that the performance can be limited by a very short charge-carrier diffusion length or exciton lifetime. In this study, we performed ultrafast studies on hematite nanoparticles of different shapes to determine the possible influence of particle shape on the exciton dynamics. Nanorice, multifaceted spheroidal nanoparticles, faceted nanocubes, and faceted nanorhombohedra were synthesized and characterized by using SEM and XRD techniques. Their exciton dynamics were investigated by using femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy. Although the TA spectral features differ for the four samples studied, their decay profiles are similar, which can be fitted with time constants of 1-3 ps, approximately 25 ps, and a slow nanosecond component extending beyond the experimental time window that was measured (2 ns). The results indicate that the overall exciton lifetime is weakly dependent on the shape of the hematite nanoparticles, even though the overall optical absorption and scattering are influenced by the particle shape. This study suggests that other strategies need to be developed to increase the exciton lifetime or to lengthen the exciton diffusion length in hematite nanostructures. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Probing dark excitons in atomically thin semiconductors via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons

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    Zhou, You; Scuri, Giovanni; Wild, Dominik S.; High, Alexander A.; Dibos, Alan; Jauregui, Luis A.; Shu, Chi; de Greve, Kristiaan; Pistunova, Kateryna; Joe, Andrew Y.; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Kim, Philip; Lukin, Mikhail D.; Park, Hongkun

    2017-09-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers with a direct bandgap feature tightly bound excitons, strong spin-orbit coupling and spin-valley degrees of freedom. Depending on the spin configuration of the electron-hole pairs, intra-valley excitons of TMD monolayers can be either optically bright or dark. Dark excitons involve nominally spin-forbidden optical transitions with a zero in-plane transition dipole moment, making their detection with conventional far-field optical techniques challenging. Here, we introduce a method for probing the optical properties of two-dimensional materials via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). This coupling selectively enhances optical transitions with dipole moments normal to the two-dimensional plane, enabling direct detection of dark excitons in TMD monolayers. When a WSe2 monolayer is placed on top of a single-crystal silver film, its emission into near-field-coupled SPPs displays new spectral features whose energies and dipole orientations are consistent with dark neutral and charged excitons. The SPP-based near-field spectroscopy significantly improves experimental capabilities for probing and manipulating exciton dynamics of atomically thin materials, thus opening up new avenues for realizing active metasurfaces and robust optoelectronic systems, with potential applications in information processing and communication.

  2. Broadband spectroscopy of magnetic response in a nano-scale magnetic wire

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    Yamaguchi, A., E-mail: yamaguti@lasti.u-hyogo.ac.jp [Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology for Industry, University of Hyogo, Koto, Kamigori, Ako, Hyogo 678-1205 (Japan); Motoi, K.; Miyajima, H. [Department of Physics, Keio University, Hiyoshi, Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8522 (Japan); Utsumi, Y. [Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology for Industry, University of Hyogo, Koto, Kamigori, Ako, Hyogo 678-1205 (Japan)

    2014-09-01

    We measure the broadband spectra of magnetic response in a single layered ferromagnetic nano-scale wire in order to investigate the size effect on the ferromagnetic resonance. We found that the resonance frequency difference between 300-nm- and 5-μm-wide wires was varied by about 5 GHz due to the shape anisotropy. Furthermore, we experimentally detected the magnetization precession induced by the thermal fluctuation via the rectification of a radio-frequency (rf) current by incorporating an additional direct current (dc) by using Wheatstone bridge circuit. Our investigation renders that the shape anisotropy is of great importance to control the resonance frequency and to provide thermal stability of the microwave devices. - Highlights: • We describe an experimental investigation of the magnetic response of a single layered ferromagnetic nano-scale wire. • We present the conventional broadband microwave spectroscopy with a vector network analyzer and rectifying spectroscopy obtained with a Wheatstone bridge technique. • The investigation enables us to characterize the size effect on the ferromagnetic response and also to detect the magnetization precession induced by the thermal fluctuations.

  3. Exciton circular dichroism in channelrhodopsin.

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    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

  4. Scale dependency of forest functional diversity assessed using imaging spectroscopy and airborne laser scanning

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    Schneider, F. D.; Morsdorf, F.; Schmid, B.; Petchey, O. L.; Hueni, A.; Schimel, D.; Schaepman, M. E.

    2016-12-01

    Forest functional traits offer a mechanistic link between ecological processes and community structure and assembly rules. However, measuring functional traits of forests in a continuous and consistent way is particularly difficult due to the complexity of in-situ measurements and geo-referencing. New imaging spectroscopy measurements overcome these limitations allowing to map physiological traits on broad spatial scales. We mapped leaf chlorophyll, carotenoids and leaf water content over 900 ha of temperate mixed forest (Fig. 1a). The selected traits are functionally important because they are indicating the photosynthetic potential of trees, leaf longevity and protection, as well as tree water and drought stress. Spatially continuous measurements on the scale of individual tree crowns allowed to assess functional diversity patterns on a range of ecological extents. We used indexes of functional richness, divergence and evenness to map different aspects of diversity. Fig. 1b shows an example of physiological richness at an extent of 240 m radius. We compared physiological to morphological diversity patterns, derived based on plant area index, canopy height and foliage height diversity. Our results show that patterns of physiological and morphological diversity generally agree, independently measured by airborne imaging spectroscopy and airborne laser scanning, respectively. The occurrence of disturbance areas and mixtures of broadleaf and needle trees were the main drivers of the observed diversity patterns. Spatial patterns at varying extents and richness-area relationships indicated that environmental filtering is the predominant community assembly process. Our results demonstrate the potential for mapping physiological and morphological diversity in a temperate mixed forest between and within species on scales relevant to study community assembly and structure from space and test the corresponding measurement schemes.

  5. Raman spectroscopy analysis of air grown oxide scale developed on pure zirconium substrate

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    Kurpaska, L., E-mail: lukasz.kurpaska@ncbj.gov.pl [Laboratoire Roberval, UMR 7337, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Centre de Recherche de Royallieu, CS 60319, 60203 Compiègne Cedex (France); National Center for Nuclear Research, St. A. Soltana 7/23, 05-400 Otwock-Swierk (Poland); Favergeon, J. [Laboratoire Roberval, UMR 7337, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Centre de Recherche de Royallieu, CS 60319, 60203 Compiègne Cedex (France); Lahoche, L. [Laboratoire Roberval, UMR 7337, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Centre de Recherche de Royallieu, CS 60319, 60203 Compiègne Cedex (France); Laboratoire des Technologies Innovantes, Université de Picardie Jules-Verne, EA 3899, Avenue des Facultés – Le Bailly, 80025 Amiens Cedex (France); El-Marssi, M. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Université de Picardie Jules-Verne, 33 rue St. Leu, 80039 Amiens Cedex (France); Grosseau Poussard, J.-L. [LaSIE UMR-CNRS 7356, Pole Sciences et Technologie, Universite de La Rochelle, av. M Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle, Cedex (France); Moulin, G.; Roelandt, J.-M. [Laboratoire Roberval, UMR 7337, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Centre de Recherche de Royallieu, CS 60319, 60203 Compiègne Cedex (France)

    2015-11-15

    Using Raman spectroscopy technique, external and internal parts of zirconia oxide films developed at 500 °C and 600 °C on pure zirconium substrate under air at normal atmospheric pressure have been examined. Comparison of Raman peak positions of tetragonal and monoclinic zirconia phases, recorded during the oxide growth at elevated temperature, and after cooling at room temperature have been presented. Subsequently, Raman peak positions (or shifts) were interpreted in relation with the stress evolution in the growing zirconia scale, especially closed to the metal/oxide interface, where the influence of compressive stress in the oxide is the biggest. Reported results, for the first time show the presence of a continuous layer of tetragonal zirconia phase developed in the proximity of pure zirconium substrate. Based on the Raman peak positions we prove that this tetragonal layer is stabilized by the high compressive stress and sub-stoichiometry level. Presence of the tetragonal phase located in the outer part of the scale have been confirmed, yet its Raman characteristics suggest a stress-free tetragonal phase, therefore different type of stabilization mechanism. Presented study suggest that its stabilization could be related to the lattice defects introduced by highstoichiometry of zirconia or presence of heterovalent cations. - Highlights: • The oxide layer consists of a mixture of tetragonal and monoclinic phases, clearly distinguishable by Raman spectroscopy. • The layer located close to the metal/oxide interphase consists mainly of the tetragonal phase. • Small amount of tetragonal layer located in the external oxide scale have been observed. • Stabilization mechanism of the tetragonal phase located in the external part of the oxide have been proposed.

  6. How exciton-vibrational coherences control charge separation in the photosystem II reaction center

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    Novoderezhkin, V.I.; Romero Mesa, E.; van Grondelle, R.

    2015-01-01

    In photosynthesis absorbed sun light produces collective excitations (excitons) that form a coherent superposition of electronic and vibrational states of the individual pigments. Two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectroscopy allows a visualization of how these coherences are involved in the primary

  7. Exciton relaxation in nanotubular TPPS4 aggregates in water solution and in polymeric matrix

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    Gulbinas, V.; Karpicz, R.; Augulis, R.; Rotomskis, R.

    2007-01-01

    Exciton properties in meso-Tetra (4-sulphonatophenyl)porphin e (TPPS4) aggregates in water solution and in PVA matrix were investigated at different temperatures by means of transient absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. Analysis of the steady state and transient absorption spectra shows that

  8. Correlation between charge transfer exciton recombination and photocurrent in polymer/fullerene solar cells

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    Hallermann, Markus; Da Como, Enrico; Feldmann, Jochen; Izquierdo, Marta; Filippone, Salvatore; Martin, Nazario; Juechter, Sabrina; von Hauff, Elizabeth

    2010-01-01

    We correlate carrier recombination via charge transfer excitons (CTEs) with the short circuit current, J sc, in polymer/fullerene solar cells. Near infrared photoluminescence spectroscopy of CTE in three blends differing for the fullerene acceptor, gives unique insights into solar cell

  9. Tuning the excitonic and plasmonic properties of copper chalcogenide nanocrystals.

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    Kriegel, Ilka; Jiang, Chengyang; Rodríguez-Fernández, Jessica; Schaller, Richard D; Talapin, Dmitri V; da Como, Enrico; Feldmann, Jochen

    2012-01-25

    The optical properties of stoichiometric copper chalcogenide nanocrystals (NCs) are characterized by strong interband transitions in the blue part of the spectral range and a weaker absorption onset up to ~1000 nm, with negligible absorption in the near-infrared (NIR). Oxygen exposure leads to a gradual transformation of stoichiometric copper chalcogenide NCs (namely, Cu(2-x)S and Cu(2-x)Se, x = 0) into their nonstoichiometric counterparts (Cu(2-x)S and Cu(2-x)Se, x > 0), entailing the appearance and evolution of an intense localized surface plasmon (LSP) band in the NIR. We also show that well-defined copper telluride NCs (Cu(2-x)Te, x > 0) display a NIR LSP, in analogy to nonstoichiometric copper sulfide and selenide NCs. The LSP band in copper chalcogenide NCs can be tuned by actively controlling their degree of copper deficiency via oxidation and reduction experiments. We show that this controlled LSP tuning affects the excitonic transitions in the NCs, resulting in photoluminescence (PL) quenching upon oxidation and PL recovery upon subsequent reduction. Time-resolved PL spectroscopy reveals a decrease in exciton lifetime correlated to the PL quenching upon LSP evolution. Finally, we report on the dynamics of LSPs in nonstoichiometric copper chalcogenide NCs. Through pump-probe experiments, we determined the time constants for carrier-phonon scattering involved in LSP cooling. Our results demonstrate that copper chalcogenide NCs offer the unique property of holding excitons and highly tunable LSPs on demand, and hence they are envisaged as a unique platform for the evaluation of exciton/LSP interactions. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  10. Exciton and Hole-Transfer Dynamics in Polymer: Fullerene Blends

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    van Loosdrecht P. H. M.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Ultrafast hole transfer dynamics from fullerene derivative to polymer in bulk heterojunction blends are studied with visible-pump - IR-probe spectroscopy. The hole transfer process is found to occur in 50/300 fs next to the interface, while a longer 15-ps time is attributed to exciton diffusion towards interface in PC71BM domains. High polaron generation efficiency in P3HT blends indicates excellent intercalation between the polymer and the fullerene even at highest PC71BM concentration thereby yielding a valuable information on the blend morphology.

  11. Charge generation in organic solar cell materials studied by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Scarongella, M.

    2015-09-09

    We have investigated the photophysics in neat films of conjugated polymer PBDTTPD and its blend with PCBM using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. This material has very high efficiency when used in organic solar cells. We were able to identify a THz signature for bound excitons in neat PBDTTPD films, pointing to important delocalization in those excitons. Then, we investigated the nature and local mobility (orders of magnitude higher than bulk mobility) of charges in the PBDTTPPD:PCBM blend as a function of excitation wavelength, fluence and pump-probe time delay. At low pump fluence (no bimolecular recombination phenomena), we were able to observe prompt and delayed charge generation components, the latter originating from excitons created in neat polymer domains which, thanks to delocalization, could reach the PCBM interface and dissociate to charges on a time scale of 1 ps. The nature of the photogenerated charges did not change between 0.5 ps and 800 ps after photo-excitation, which indicated that the excitons split directly into relatively free charges on an ultrafast time scale. © (2015) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

  12. Excitonic magnetism in d6 perovskites

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    Afonso, J. Fernández; Kuneš, J.

    2017-03-01

    We use the LDA+U method to study the possibility of exciton condensation in perovskites of transition metals with the d6 electronic configuration such as LaCoO3. For realistic interaction parameters we find several distinct solutions exhibiting a spin-triplet exciton condensate, which gives rise to a local spin density distribution while the ordered moments are vanishingly small. Rhombohedral distortion from the ideal cubic structure suppresses the ordered state, contrary to the spin-orbit coupling which enhances the excitonic condensation energy. We explain the trends observed in the numerical simulations with the help of a simplified strong-coupling model. Our results indicate that LaCoO3 is close to the excitonic instability and suggest ways how to achieve the exciton condensation.

  13. Nonlinear optical spectra having characteristics of Fano interferences in coherently coupled lowest exciton biexciton states in semiconductor quantum dots

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    Hideki Gotoh

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Optical nonlinear effects are examined using a two-color micro-photoluminescence (micro-PL method in a coherently coupled exciton-biexciton system in a single quantum dot (QD. PL and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy (PLE are employed to measure the absorption spectra of the exciton and biexciton states. PLE for Stokes and anti-Stokes PL enables us to clarify the nonlinear optical absorption properties in the lowest exciton and biexciton states. The nonlinear absorption spectra for excitons exhibit asymmetric shapes with peak and dip structures, and provide a distinct contrast to the symmetric dip structures of conventional nonlinear spectra. Theoretical analyses with a density matrix method indicate that the nonlinear spectra are caused not by a simple coherent interaction between the exciton and biexciton states but by coupling effects among exciton, biexciton and continuum states. These results indicate that Fano quantum interference effects appear in exciton-biexciton systems at QDs and offer important insights into their physics.

  14. Real-Time Tracking of Singlet Exciton Diffusion in Organic Semiconductors.

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    Kozlov, Oleg V; de Haan, Foppe; Kerner, Ross A; Rand, Barry P; Cheyns, David; Pshenichnikov, Maxim S

    2016-02-05

    Exciton diffusion in organic materials provides the operational basis for functioning of such devices as organic solar cells and light-emitting diodes. Here we track the exciton diffusion process in organic semiconductors in real time with a novel technique based on femtosecond photoinduced absorption spectroscopy. Using vacuum-deposited C_{70} layers as a model system, we demonstrate an extremely high diffusion coefficient of D≈3.5×10^{-3}  cm^{2}/s that originates from a surprisingly low energetic disorder of solar cells, light-emitting diodes, and electrically pumped lasers.

  15. Dynamical screening of the exciton resonance in conjugated polymers/carbon nanotubes composites

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    Lüer, Larry; Hoseinkhani, Sajjad; Meneghetti, Moreno; Lanzani, Guglielmo

    2010-04-01

    We study coherent phonons in polymer-carbon nanotubes composites by sub-10-fs pump-probe spectroscopy. We find that coherent phonons in the polymer network modulate the exciton resonance of the wrapped nanotube. We propose a model of dynamic environmental coupling in which the polymer vibration affects the carbon nanotubes exciton energy by virtue of the modulation of its dielectric screening. Carbon nanotubes act as antenna for the local environment and highlight small changes in the dielectric constant. This shows the extreme sensitivity of carbon nanotubes to their surrounding, a property essential for sensing applications and crucial for understanding composite materials.

  16. Enhanced exciton diffusion length via cooperative quantum transport

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    Mohseni, Masoud; Abasto, Damian; Lloyd, Seth; Zanardi, Paolo

    2011-03-01

    The energy transfer rate in biomolecular systems is typically calculated from the transition probability of an excitation hopping from one molecule to another using Förster energy transfer based on dipole-dipole interaction of individual molecules in the perturbative regime. However, due to strong interactions of among a group of molecules the excitation can become highly delocalized leading to an effective large dipole moment with an enhanced oscillator strength. Under certain symmetries, this could lead to an enhancement in exicton transfer rate via cooperative donation or acceptance of an excitation. Here, we explore this phenomenon in various multichromophoric geometries, under different symmetries, initial conditions, and dynamics. We study the behavior of the exciton diffusion length under the effects of disorders and environmental fluctuations and quantify the crossover from ballistic to diffusive regimes. Specifically, for a quasi-1 D array of rings containing N chromophores interacting with a bosonic bath, an interplay of time scales dictates the exciton dynamics. In the ``far-field'' regime, environmental interactions are dominating and the system properties are approaching those of the incoherent equilibrium Gibbs state. However, in the ``near-field'' the coherent interactions among dipole aggregates dominate other time scales and exciton diffusion length is enhanced by a factor of √{ N } .

  17. Non-Markovian quantum jumps in excitonic energy transfer

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    Rebentrost, Patrick; Chakraborty, Rupak; Aspuru-Guzik, Alan

    2009-01-01

    We utilize the novel non-Markovian quantum jump (NMQJ) approach to stochastically simulate exciton dynamics derived from a time-convolutionless master equation. For relevant parameters and time scales, the time-dependent, oscillatory decoherence rates can have negative regions, a signature of non-Markovian behavior and of the revival of coherences. This can lead to non-Markovian population beatings for a dimer system at room temperature. We show that strong exciton-phonon coupling to low frequency modes can considerably modify transport properties. We observe increased excitontransport, which can be seen as an extension of recent environment-assisted quantum transport concepts to the non-Markovian regime. Within the NMQJ method, the Fenna–Matthew–Olson protein is investigated as a prototype for larger photosynthetic complexes.

  18. New Strategies for Atomic Scale Measurements at Interfaces using Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy

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    Muller, David A.

    1997-03-01

    The local electronic structure of a material can be measured directly from the energy loss spectrum of a swift electron scattered through it. When the electron beam is focussed down to the width of an atomic column, the electronic density of states at an interface, grain boundary or impurity site can be decomposed by site, chemical species and angular momentum. Here, we discuss the use of electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) fine structure to provide insight into the origin of grain boundary and interfacial properties. EELS can reveal the physics underlying why a particular local bonding arrangement develops. Even a qualitative understanding of local bonding can help indentify possible sites for chemical reactions and potentially weak points at a grain boundary. More can be done however: an EELS sum rule allows quantitative estimates of grain boundary energies. This is particularly useful at general, large angle grain boundaries where no other atomic scale information can be obtained. As an example, we show how atomic-scale EELS measurements of grain boundaries in Ni_3Al (D.A. Muller, S. Subramanian, P.E. Batson, S.L. Sass, J. Silcox, Phys. Rev. Lett.) 75 4744 (1995). lead not only to rules-of-thumb for segregation and bond strength, but also to quantitative estimates of the boundary cohesion. Application to magnetic multilayers and Al:Cu interconnects will also be touched on. (Work at Cornell supported by DOE grant DE-FG02-87ER45322 and NSF grant DMR-9121654.)

  19. The interplay between excitons and trions in a monolayer of MoSe2

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    Lundt, N.; Cherotchenko, E.; Iff, O.; Fan, X.; Shen, Y.; Bigenwald, P.; Kavokin, A. V.; Höfling, S.; Schneider, C.

    2018-01-01

    The luminescence and absorption properties of transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers are widely determined by neutral and charged excitonic complexes. Here, we focus on the impact of a free carrier reservoir on the optical properties of excitonic and trionic complexes in a MoSe2 monolayer at cryogenic temperatures. By applying photodoping via a non-resonant pump laser, the electron density can be controlled in our sample, which is directly reflected in the contribution of excitons and trions to the luminescence signal. We find significant shifts of both the exciton and trion energies in the presence of an induced electron gas both in power- and in time evolution (on the second to minute scale) in our photoluminescence spectra. In particular, in the presence of the photo-doped carrier reservoir, we observe that the splitting between excitons and trions can be enhanced by up to 4 meV. This behaviour is phenomenologically explained by an interplay between an increased screening of excitons via electrons in our system and a modification of the Fermi level. We introduce a simple but still quantitative treatment of these effects within a variational approach that takes into account both screening and phase space filling effects.

  20. Atomistic model for excitons: Capturing Strongly Bound Excitons in Monolayer Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Tseng, Frank; Simsek, Ergun; Gunlycke, Daniel

    2015-03-01

    Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides form a direct bandgap predicted in the visible regime making them attractive host materials for various electronic and optoelectronic applications. Due to a weak dielectric screening in these materials, strongly bound electron-hole pairs or excitons have binding energies up to at least several hundred meV's. While the conventional wisdom is to think of excitons as hydrogen-like quasi-particles, we show that the hydrogen model breaks down for these experimentally observed strongly bound, room-temperature excitons. To capture these non-hydrogen-like photo-excitations, we introduce an atomistic model for excitons that predicts both bright excitons and dark excitons, and their broken degeneracy in these two-dimensional materials. For strongly bound exciton states, the lattice potential significantly distorts the envelope wave functions, which affects predicted exciton peak energies. The combination of large binding energies and non-degeneracy of exciton states in monolayer transition metal dichalogendies may furthermore be exploited in room temperature applications where prolonged exciton lifetimes are necessary. This work has been funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), directly and through the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). F.T and E.S acknowledge support from NRL through the NRC Research Associateship Program and ONR Summer Faculty Program, respectively.

  1. Ultrafast exciton dissociation followed by nongeminate charge recombination in PCDTBT:PCBM photovoltaic blends.

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    Etzold, Fabian; Howard, Ian A; Mauer, Ralf; Meister, Michael; Kim, Tae-Dong; Lee, Kwang-Sup; Baek, Nam Seob; Laquai, Frédéric

    2011-06-22

    The precise mechanism and dynamics of charge generation and recombination in bulk heterojunction polymer:fullerene blend films typically used in organic photovoltaic devices have been intensively studied by many research groups, but nonetheless remain debated. In particular the role of interfacial charge-transfer (CT) states in the generation of free charge carriers, an important step for the understanding of device function, is still under active discussion. In this article we present direct optical probes of the exciton dynamics in pristine films of a prototypic polycarbazole-based photovoltaic donor polymer, namely poly[N-11''-henicosanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT), as well as the charge generation and recombination dynamics in as-cast and annealed photovoltaic blend films using methanofullerene (PC(61)BM) as electron acceptor. In contrast to earlier studies we use broadband (500-1100 nm) transient absorption spectroscopy including the previously unobserved but very important time range between 2 ns and 1 ms, which allows us not only to observe the entire charge carrier recombination dynamics but also to quantify the existing decay channels. We determine that ultrafast exciton dissociation occurs in blends and leads to two separate pools of products, namely Coulombically bound charge-transfer (CT) states and unbound (free) charge carriers. The recombination dynamics are analyzed within the framework of a previously reported model for poly(3-hexylthiophene):PCBM (Howard, I. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14866) based on concomitant geminate recombination of CT states and nongeminate recombination of free charge carriers. The results reveal that only ~11% of the initial photoexcitations generate interfacial CT states that recombine exclusively by fast nanosecond geminate recombination and thus do not contribute to the photocurrent, whereas ~89% of excitons create free charge carriers on an ultrafast time scale

  2. Lateral redistribution of excitons in CdSe/ZnSe quantum dots

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    Strassburg, M.; Dworzak, M.; Born, H.; Heitz, R.; Hoffmann, A.; Bartels, M.; Lischka, K.; Schikora, D.; Christen, J.

    2002-01-01

    Lateral redistribution processes of excitons localized in CdSe/ZnSe quantum dot structures are investigated by time-integrated and time-resolved spectroscopy. The photoluminescence properties are governed by lateral energy transfer within a dense ensemble of quantum dots. The quantum dots differ in size and Cd concentration and provide a complex potential landscape with localization sites for excitons. At low temperatures, lateral transfer by tunneling leads to a redshift with increasing delay after pulsed excitation. The mobility edge was determined to 2.561 eV. Above 100 K, thermally activated escape and recapture of excitons cause a strong redshift of the PL maximum in the first 500 ps.

  3. Exciton fine structure splitting in InP quantum dots in GaInP.

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    Ellström, C; Seifert, W; Pryor, C; Samuelson, L; Pistol, M-E

    2007-07-25

    We have investigated the electronic structure of excitons in InP quantum dots in GaInP. The exciton is theoretically expected to have four states. Two of the states are allowed to optically decay to the ground (vacuum) state in the dipole approximation. We see these two lines in photoluminescence (PL) experiments and find that the splitting between the lines (the fine structure splitting) is 150(± 30) µeV. The lines were perpendicularly polarized. We verified that the lines arise from neutral excitons by using correlation spectroscopy. The theoretical calculations show that the polarization of the emission lines are along and perpendicular to the major axis of elongated dots. The fine structure splitting depends on the degree of elongation of the dots and is close to zero for dots of cylindrical symmetry, despite the influence of the piezoelectric polarization, which is included in the calculation.

  4. Singlet-triplet annihilation limits exciton yield in poly(3-hexylthiophene)

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    Steiner, Florian; Lupton, John M

    2014-01-01

    Control of chain length and morphology in combination with single-molecule spectroscopy techniques provide a comprehensive photophysical picture of excited-state losses in the prototypical conjugated polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). A universal self-quenching mechanism is revealed, based on singlet-triplet exciton annihilation, which accounts for the dramatic loss in fluorescence quantum yield of a single P3HT chain between its solution (unfolded) and bulk-like (folded) state. Triplet excitons fundamentally limit the fluorescence of organic photovoltaic materials, which impacts on the conversion of singlet excitons to separated charge carriers, decreasing the efficiency of energy harvesting at high excitation densities. Interexcitonic interactions are so effective that a single P3HT chain of >100 kDa weight behaves like a two-level system, exhibiting perfect photon-antibunching.

  5. Photonic Crystal Architecture for Room-Temperature Equilibrium Bose-Einstein Condensation of Exciton Polaritons

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    Jiang, Jian-Hua; John, Sajeev

    2014-07-01

    We describe photonic crystal microcavities with very strong light-matter interaction to realize room-temperature, equilibrium, exciton-polariton Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC). This goal is achieved through a careful balance between strong light trapping in a photonic band gap (PBG) and large exciton density enabled by a multiple quantum-well (QW) structure with a moderate dielectric constant. This approach enables the formation of a long-lived, dense 10-μm-1-cm- scale cloud of exciton polaritons with vacuum Rabi splitting that is roughly 7% of the bare exciton-recombination energy. We introduce a woodpile photonic crystal made of Cd0.6 Mg0.4Te with a 3D PBG of 9.2% (gap-to-central-frequency ratio) that strongly focuses a planar guided optical field on CdTe QWs in the cavity. For 3-nm QWs with 5-nm barrier width, the exciton-photon coupling can be as large as ℏΩ=55 meV (i.e., a vacuum Rabi splitting of 2ℏΩ=110 meV). The exciton-recombination energy of 1.65 eV corresponds to an optical wavelength of 750 nm. For N =106 QWs embedded in the cavity, the collective exciton-photon coupling per QW (ℏΩ/√N =5.4 meV) is much larger than the state-of-the-art value of 3.3 meV, for the CdTe Fabry-Pérot microcavity. The maximum BEC temperature is limited by the depth of the dispersion minimum for the lower polariton branch, over which the polariton has a small effective mass of approximately 10-5m0, where m0 is the electron mass in vacuum. By detuning the bare exciton-recombination energy above the planar guided optical mode, a larger dispersion depth is achieved, enabling room-temperature BEC. The BEC transition temperature ranges as high as 500 K when the polariton density per QW is increased to (11aB)-2, where aB≃3.5 nm is the exciton Bohr radius and the exciton-cavity detuning is increased to 30 meV. A high-quality PBG can suppress exciton radiative decay and enhance the polariton lifetime to beyond 150 ps at room temperature, sufficient for thermal

  6. Photonic Crystal Architecture for Room-Temperature Equilibrium Bose-Einstein Condensation of Exciton Polaritons

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    Jian-Hua Jiang

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available We describe photonic crystal microcavities with very strong light-matter interaction to realize room-temperature, equilibrium, exciton-polariton Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC. This goal is achieved through a careful balance between strong light trapping in a photonic band gap (PBG and large exciton density enabled by a multiple quantum-well (QW structure with a moderate dielectric constant. This approach enables the formation of a long-lived, dense 10-μm-1-cm- scale cloud of exciton polaritons with vacuum Rabi splitting that is roughly 7% of the bare exciton-recombination energy. We introduce a woodpile photonic crystal made of Cd_{0.6}  Mg_{0.4}Te with a 3D PBG of 9.2% (gap-to-central-frequency ratio that strongly focuses a planar guided optical field on CdTe QWs in the cavity. For 3-nm QWs with 5-nm barrier width, the exciton-photon coupling can be as large as ℏΩ=55  meV (i.e., a vacuum Rabi splitting of 2ℏΩ=110  meV. The exciton-recombination energy of 1.65 eV corresponds to an optical wavelength of 750 nm. For N=106 QWs embedded in the cavity, the collective exciton-photon coupling per QW (ℏΩ/sqrt[N]=5.4  meV is much larger than the state-of-the-art value of 3.3 meV, for the CdTe Fabry-Pérot microcavity. The maximum BEC temperature is limited by the depth of the dispersion minimum for the lower polariton branch, over which the polariton has a small effective mass of approximately 10^{−5}m_{0}, where m_{0} is the electron mass in vacuum. By detuning the bare exciton-recombination energy above the planar guided optical mode, a larger dispersion depth is achieved, enabling room-temperature BEC. The BEC transition temperature ranges as high as 500 K when the polariton density per QW is increased to (11a_{B}^{−2}, where a_{B}≃3.5  nm is the exciton Bohr radius and the exciton-cavity detuning is increased to 30 meV. A high-quality PBG can suppress exciton radiative decay and enhance the polariton

  7. Dark excitons in transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Malic, Ermin; Selig, Malte; Feierabend, Maja; Brem, Samuel; Christiansen, Dominik; Wendler, Florian; Knorr, Andreas; Berghäuser, Gunnar

    2018-01-01

    Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) exhibit a remarkably strong Coulomb interaction that manifests in tightly bound excitons. Due to the complex electronic band structure exhibiting several spin-split valleys in the conduction and valence band, dark excitonic states can be formed. They are inaccessibly by light due to the required spin-flip and/or momentum transfer. The relative position of these dark states with respect to the optically accessible bright excitons has a crucial impact on the emission efficiency of these materials and thus on their technological potential. Based on the solution of the Wannier equation, we present the excitonic landscape of the most studied TMD materials including the spectral position of momentum- and spin-forbidden excitonic states. We show that the knowledge of the electronic dispersion does not allow to conclude about the nature of the material's band gap since excitonic effects can give rise to significant changes. Furthermore, we reveal that an exponentially reduced photoluminescence yield does not necessarily reflect a transition from a direct to a nondirect gap material, but can be ascribed in most cases to a change of the relative spectral distance between bright and dark excitonic states.

  8. Properties of Excitons Bound to Ionized Donors

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    Skettrup, Torben; Suffczynski, M.; Gorzkowski, W.

    1971-01-01

    Binding energies, interparticle distances, oscillator strengths, and exchange corrections are calculated for the three-particle complex corresponding to an exciton bound to an ionized donor. The results are given as functions of the mass ratio of the electron and hole. Binding of the complex...... is obtained for mass ratios up to 0.426. The interparticle distances are up to 50 times larger than the corresponding exciton radius. The oscillator strengths are about 104 times greater than those of free excitons, while the exchange corrections for the complex are comparable to those of free excitions...

  9. Excitonic quasimolecules in nanosystems of quantum dots

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    Pokutnyi, Sergey I.

    2017-09-01

    The theory of excitonic quasimolecules (biexcitons) (formed of spatially separated electrons and holes) in a nanosystem that consists of semiconductor quantum dots synthesized in a borosilicate glass matrix is presented. It is shown that exciton quasimolecule formation is of a threshold character and is possible in nanosystem, if the spacing between the quantum dots surfaces is larger than a certain critical spacing. It was found that the binding energy of the singlet ground state of an exciton quasimolecule, consisting of two semiconductor quantum dots is a significant large values, larger than the binding energy of the biexciton in a semiconductor single crystal by almost two orders of magnitude.

  10. Development of broad bandwidth nonlinear spectroscopies for characterization of electronic states in materials systems

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    Mehlenbacher, Randy D.

    Carbon nanotubes are an interesting class of materials with many exceptional properties that make them appealing for optoelectronic devices. Their optical properties, particularly when cast in thin films, are not well understood. In this thesis, I describe the development of spectroscopic techniques for measuring energy and charge transport processes in thin films of semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Using transient absorption spectroscopy, I observe energy transport on two time scales in these films, with 20% of nanotubes transferring energy to smaller bandgap nanotubes within 300 fs. After 3 ps, 70% of the photoexcitation resides on small bandgap nanotubes. To study the complete landscape of energy transport in thin films of carbon nanotubes, I developed two dimensional white light spectroscopy (2D-WL). In 2D-WL spectroscopy, a broadband, white light supercontinuum is used to both excite and probe the sample. This technique has a bandwidth spanning > 500-1500 nm, a far broader bandwidth than previously reported in 2D electronic spectra. I take advantage of this large bandwidth to study the interactions and evolution of S1 and S2 excitons in a thin film of carbon nanotubes. I find that energy transfers between S1 excitons on a 2 ps time scale and occurs by a non-Forster energy transfer mechanism. In contrast, the energy in the S2 states redistributes on an ultrafast time scale, electrons and holes. I use 2D-WL spectroscopy to study the electronic states in thin films of bare, semiconducting carbon nanotubes. In these films, energy transfer occurs in electronic states. To facilitate data interpretation, the orientational response for isotropic two dimensional samples to polarized electric fields is developed. Using polarization control 2D-WL spectroscopy, I measure the coupling between nanotube S1 transitions and radial breathing modes. The doped tubes form trions with transition dipoles that are not parallel to the S1 transition and energy transfer from the S1

  11. Measuring Exciton Migration in Conjugated Polymer Films with Ultrafast Time Resolved Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy

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    Penwell, Samuel

    Conjugated polymers are highly tunable organic semiconductors, which can be solution processed to form thin films, making them prime candidates for organic photovoltaic devices. One of the most important parameters in a conjugated polymer solar cell is the exciton diffusion length, which depends on intermolecular couplings, and is typically on the order of 10 nm. This mean exciton migration can vary dramatically between films and within a single film due to heterogeneities in morphology on length scales of 10's to 100's nm. To study the variability of exciton diffusion and morphology within individual conjugated polymer films, we are adapting stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy. STED is typically used in biology with sparse well-engineered fluorescent labels or on NV-centers in diamond. I will, however, describe how we have demonstrated the extension of STED to conjugated polymer films and nanoparticles of MEH-PPV and CN-PPV, despite the presence of two photon absorption, by taking care to first understand the material's photophysical properties. We then further adapt this approach, by introducing a second ultrafast STED pulse at a variable delay. Excitons that migrate away from the initial subdiffraction excitation volume during the ps-ns time delay, are preferentially quenched by the second STED pulse, while those that remain in the initial volume survive. The resulting effect of the second STED pulse is modulated by the degree of migration over the ultrafast time delay, thus providing a new method to study exciton migration. Since this technique utilizes subdiffraction optical excitation and detection volumes with ultrafast time resolution, it provides a means of spatially and temporally resolving measurements of exciton migration on the native length and time scales. In this way, we will obtain a spatiotemporal map of exciton distributions and migration that will help to correlate the energetic landscape to film morphology at the nanoscale.

  12. Exciton in closed and opened quantum dot

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    M.V.Tkach

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The theory of exciton spectrum in spherically symmetric states for the three- shell closed spherical quantum dot is proposed. The evolution of the exciton spectrum while varying the outer well thickness from zero (stationary spectrum of single closed spherical quantum dot to infinity (quasistationary spectrum of a single open spherical quantum dot is investigated. The mechanism of damping (semiwidth of quasistationary states due to the redistribution over the energy levels of probability of exciton location in the space of two inner shells of nanosystem is studied. It is shown that the three shell closed spherical quantum dot of a rather big thickness of the outer well quite sufficiently and exactly reflects the basic properties of the quasistationary exciton spectrum in a single open spherical quantum dot.

  13. Exciton absorption in narrow armchair graphene nanoribbons

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    Monozon, B.S. [Physics Department, Marine Technical University, 3 Lotsmanskaya Str., 190008 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Schmelcher, P., E-mail: pschmelc@physnet.uni-hamburg.de [Zentrum für Optische Quantentechnologien, Universität Hamburg, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging, Universität Hamburg, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761 Hamburg (Germany)

    2016-11-01

    We develop an analytical approach to the exciton optical absorption for narrow gap armchair graphene nanoribbons (AGNR). We focus on the regime of dominant size quantization in combination with the attractive electron–hole interaction. An adiabatic separation of slow and fast motions leads via the two-body Dirac equation to the isolated and coupled subband approximations. Discrete and continuous exciton states are in general coupled and form quasi-Rydberg series of purely discrete and resonance type character. The corresponding oscillator strengths and widths are derived. We show that the exciton peaks are blue-shifted, become broader and increase in magnitude upon narrowing the ribbon. At the edge of a subband the singularity related to the 1D density of states is transformed into finite absorption via the presence of the exciton. Our analytical results are in good agreement with those obtained by other methods including numerical approaches. Estimates of the expected experimental values are provided for realistic AGNR.

  14. Excitonic physics in a Dirac quantum dot

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    Raca, V.; Milovanović, M. V.

    2017-11-01

    We present a description of vacuum polarization in a circular Dirac quantum dot in two spatial dimensions assuming α —the relative strength of the Coulomb interaction small enough to render an approximation with a single electron (hole) lowest energy level relevant. Applying this approximation, we find that for αc≈1.05 the lowest level is half filled irrespective of the number of flavors that are present. The ground state can be represented as a superposition of particular (even number) excitonic states which constitute an excitonic cloud that evolves in a crossover manner. The ground state is degenerate with an intervalley excitonic state at αc≈1.05 , a critical strength, that in our approximation marks a point with single electron and exciton resonances.

  15. Atomic lattice excitons: from condensates to crystals

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    Kantian, A [Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Daley, A J [Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Toermae, P [Nanoscience Center, Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, PO Box 35, FIN-40014 (Finland); Zoller, P [Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria)

    2007-11-15

    We discuss atomic lattice excitons (ALEs), bound particle-hole pairs formed by fermionic atoms in two bands of an optical lattice. Such a system provides a clean set-up, with tunable masses and interactions, to study fundamental properties of excitons including exciton condensation. We also find that for a large effective mass ratio between particles and holes, effective long-range interactions can mediate the formation of an exciton crystal, for which superfluidity is suppressed. Using a combination of mean-field treatments, bosonized theory based on a Born-Oppenheimer approximation, and one-dimensional (1D) numerical computation, we discuss the properties of ALEs under varying conditions, and discuss in particular their preparation and measurement.

  16. Exciton-polariton wakefields in semiconductor microcavities

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    Terças, H., E-mail: hugo.tercas@uibk.ac.at [Physics of Information Group, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Lisbon (Portugal); Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstrasse 25, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Mendonça, J.T., E-mail: titomend@ist.utl.pt [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo SP, 05508-090 Brazil (Brazil); IPFN, Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2016-02-22

    We consider the excitation of polariton wakefields due to a propagating light pulse in a semiconductor microcavity. We show that two kinds of wakes are possible, depending on the constituents fraction (either exciton or photon) of the polariton wavefunction. The nature of the wakefields (pure excitonic or polaritonic) can be controlled by changing the speed of propagation of the external pump. This process could be used as a diagnostic for the internal parameters of the microcavity.

  17. Ultrafast exciton dynamics at molecular surfaces

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    Monahan, Nicholas R.

    Further improvements to device performance are necessary to make solar energy conversion a compelling alternative to fossil fuels. Singlet exciton fission and charge separation are two processes that can heavily influence the power conversion efficiency of a solar cell. During exciton fission one singlet excitation converts into two triplet excitons, potentially doubling the photocurrent generated by higher energy photons. There is significant discord over the singlet fission mechanism and of particular interest is whether the process involves a multiexciton intermediate state. I used time-resolved two-photon photoemission to investigate singlet fission in hexacene thin films, a model system with strong electronic coupling. My results indicate that a multiexciton state forms within 40 fs of photoexcitation and loses singlet character on a 280 fs timescale, creating two triplet excitons. This is concordant with the transient absorption spectra of hexacene single crystals and definitively proves that exciton fission in hexacene proceeds through a multiexciton state. This state is likely common to all strongly-coupled systems and my results suggest that a reassessment of the generally-accepted singlet fission mechanism is required. Charge separation is the process of splitting neutral excitons into carriers that occurs at donor-acceptor heterojunctions in organic solar cells. Although this process is essential for device functionality, there are few compelling explanations for why it is highly efficient in certain organic photovoltaic systems. To investigate the charge separation process, I used the model system of charge transfer excitons at hexacene surfaces and time-resolved two-photon photoemission. Charge transfer excitons with sufficient energy spontaneously delocalize, growing from about 14 nm to over 50 nm within 200 fs. Entropy drives this delocalization, as the density of states within the Coulomb potential increases significantly with energy. This charge

  18. Real-Time Observation of Ultrafast Intraband Relaxation and Exciton Multiplication in PbS Quantum Dots

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    El-Ballouli, Ala’a O.

    2014-03-19

    We examine ultrafast intraconduction band relaxation and multiple-exciton generation (MEG) in PbS quantum dots (QDs) using transient absorption spectroscopy with 120 fs temporal resolution. The intraconduction band relaxation can be directly and excellently resolved spectrally and temporally by applying broadband pump-probe spectroscopy to excite and detect the wavelengths around the exciton absorption peak, which is located in the near-infrared region. The time-resolved data unambiguously demonstrate that the intraband relaxation time progressively increases as the pump-photon energy increases. Moreover, the relaxation time becomes much shorter as the size of the QDs decreases, indicating the crucial role of spatial confinement in the intraband relaxation process. Additionally, our results reveal the systematic scaling of the intraband relaxation time with both excess energy above the effective energy band gap and QD size. We also assess MEG in different sizes of the QDs. Under the condition of high-energy photon excitation, which is well above the MEG energy threshold, ultrafast bleach recovery due to the nonradiative Auger recombination of the multiple electron-hole pairs provides conclusive experimental evidence for the presence of MEG. For instance, we achieved quantum efficiencies of 159, 129 and 106% per single-absorbed photon at pump photoexcition of three times the band gap for QDs with band gaps of 880 nm (1.41 eV), 1000 nm (1.24 eV) and 1210 nm (1.0 eV), respectively. These findings demonstrate clearly that the efficiency of transferring excess photon energy to carrier multiplication is significantly increased in smaller QDs compared with larger ones. Finally, we discuss the Auger recombination dynamics of the multiple electron-hole pairs as a function of QD size.

  19. Exciton Resonances in Novel Silicon Carbide Polymers

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    Burggraf, Larry; Duan, Xiaofeng

    2015-05-01

    A revolutionary technology transformation from electronics to excitionics for faster signal processing and computing will be advantaged by coherent exciton transfer at room temperature. The key feature required of exciton components for this technology is efficient and coherent transfer of long-lived excitons. We report theoretical investigations of optical properties of SiC materials having potential for high-temperature excitonics. Using Car-Parinello simulated annealing and DFT we identified low-energy SiC molecular structures. The closo-Si12C12 isomer, the most stable 12-12 isomer below 1100 C, has potential to make self-assembled chains and 2-D nanostructures to construct exciton components. Using TDDFT, we calculated the optical properties of the isomer as well as oligomers and 2-D crystal formed from the isomer as the monomer unit. This molecule has large optical oscillator strength in the visible. Its high-energy and low-energy transitions (1.15 eV and 2.56 eV) are nearly pure one-electron silicon-to-carbon transitions, while an intermediate energy transition (1.28 eV) is a nearly pure carbon-to-silicon one-electron charge transfer. These results are useful to describe resonant, coherent transfer of dark excitons in the nanostructures. Research supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

  20. Excitonic nonlinearities in single-wall carbon nanotubes

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    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)

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

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    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.

  2. Excitonic polaritons of zinc diarsenide single crystals

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    Syrbu, N.N., E-mail: sirbunn@yahoo.com [Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Stamov, I.G. [T.G. Shevchenko State University of Pridnestrovie, Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Zalamai, V.V. [Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Dorogan, A. [Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of)

    2017-02-01

    Excitonic polaritons of ZnAs{sub 2} single crystals had been investigated. Parameters of singlet excitons with Г{sub 2}¯(z) symmetry and orthoexcitons 2Г{sub 1}¯(y)+Г{sub 2}¯(x) had been determined. Spectral dependencies of ordinary and extraordinary dispersion of refractive index had been calculated using interferential reflection and transmittance spectra. It was shown, that A excitonic series were due to hole (V{sub 1}) and electron (C{sub 1}) bands. The values of effective masses of electrons (m{sub c}{sup *}=0.10 m{sub 0}) and holes (m{sub v1}{sup *}=0.89 m{sub 0}) had been estimated. It was revealed that the hole mass m{sub v1}{sup *} changes from 1.03 m{sub 0} to 0.55 m{sub 0} at temperature increasing from 10 K up to 230 K and that the electron mass m{sub c}{sup *} does not depend on temperature. The integral absorption A (eV cm{sup −1}) of the states n=1, 2 and 3 of Г{sub 2}¯(z) excitons depends on the A{sub n}≈n{sup −3} equality, which it is characteristic for S-type excitonic functions. Temperature dependences of the integral absorption of ground states for Г{sub 2}¯(z) and Г{sub 2}¯(Ñ…) excitons differ. The ground states of B and C excitons formed by V{sub 3} – C{sub 1} and V{sub 4} – C{sub 1} bands and its parameters had been determined.

  3. Direct measurement of exciton valley coherence in monolayer WSe2

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    Hao, Kai

    2016-02-29

    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.

  4. Symposium GC: Nanoscale Charge Transport in Excitonic Solar Cells

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    Bommisetty, Venkat [Univ. of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (United States)

    2011-06-23

    This paper provides a summary only and table of contents of the sessions. Excitonic solar cells, including all-organic, hybrid organic-inorganic and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), offer strong potential for inexpensive and large-area solar energy conversion. Unlike traditional inorganic semiconductor solar cells, where all the charge generation and collection processes are well understood, these excitonic solar cells contain extremely disordered structures with complex interfaces which results in large variations in nanoscale electronic properties and has a strong influence on carrier generation, transport, dissociation and collection. Detailed understanding of these processes is important for fabrication of highly efficient solar cells. Efforts to improve efficiency are underway at a large number of research groups throughout the world focused on inorganic and organic semiconductors, photonics, photophysics, charge transport, nanoscience, ultrafast spectroscopy, photonics, semiconductor processing, device physics, device structures, interface structure etc. Rapid progress in this multidisciplinary area requires strong synergetic efforts among researchers from diverse backgrounds. Such effort can lead to novel methods for development of new materials with improved photon harvesting and interfacial treatments for improved carrier transport, process optimization to yield ordered nanoscale morphologies with well defined electronic structures.

  5. Measuring Exciton Diffusion in Conjugated Polymer Films with Super-resolution Microscopy

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    Penwell, Samuel; Ginsberg, Lucas; Noriega Manez, Rodrigo; Ginsberg, Naomi

    2015-03-01

    Conjugated polymers are highly tunable organic semiconductors, which can be solution processed to form thin films, making them prime candidates for organic photovoltaic devices. One of the most important parameters in a conjugated polymer solar cell is the exciton diffusion length, which depends on intermolecular couplings, and is typically on the order of 10 nm. This mean exciton migration can vary dramatically between films and within a single film due to heterogeneities in morphology on length scales of 10's to 100's nm. To study the variability of exciton diffusion and morphology within individual conjugated polymer films, we are adapting stimulated emission depletion microscopy. STED is typically used in biology with well-engineered fluorescent labels or on NV-centers in diamond. I will, however, describe how we have demonstrated STED in conjugated polymer films of MEH-PPV and CN-PPV by taking care to first understand the film's photophysical properties. This new approach provides a way to study exciton diffusion by utilizing subdiffraction optical excitation volumes. In this way, we will obtain a spatiotemporal map of exciton distributions that will help to correlate the energetic landscape to film morphology at the nanoscale. This research is supported in part by the Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program (DOE SCGF), made possible in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, administered by ORISE-ORAU under Contract No. DE-AC05-06.

  6. Femtosecond study of self-trapped vibrational excitons in crystalline acetanilide

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    Edler, J.; Hamm, Peter; Scott, Alwyn C.

    2002-01-01

    self-trapping. After selective excitation of the free exciton, self-trapping occurs within a few 100 fs. Excitation of the self-trapped states disappears from the spectral window of this investigation on a 1 ps time scale, followed by a slow ground state recovery of the hot ground state within 18 ps....

  7. Crystalline Nanoporous Frameworks: a Nanolaboratory for Probing Excitonic Device Concepts.

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    Allendorf, Mark D.; Azoulay, Jason; Ford, Alexandra Caroline; Foster, Michael E.; El Gabaly Marquez, Farid; Leonard, Francois Leonard; Leong-Hau, Kirsty; Stavila, Vitalie; Talin, Albert Alec; Wong, Brian M.; Brumbach, Michael T.; Van Gough, D.; Lambert, Timothy N.; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Spoerke, Erik David; Wheeler, David Roger; Deaton, Joseph C.; Centrone, Andrea; Haney, Paul; Kinney, R.; Szalai, Veronika; Yoon, Heayoung P.

    2014-09-01

    in disordered systems. Implementing this concept also creates entirely new dimensions for device fabrication that could both improve performance, increase durability, and reduce costs with unprecedented control of over properties. This report summarizes the key results of this project and is divided into sections based on publications that resulted from the work. We begin in Section 2 with an investigation of light harvesting and energy transfer in a MOF infiltrated with donor and acceptor molecules of the type typically used in OPV devices (thiophenes and fullerenes, respectively). The results show that MOFs can provide multiple functions: as a light harvester, as a stabilizer and organizer or the infiltrated molecules, and as a facilitator of energy transfer. Section 3 describes computational design of MOF linker groups to accomplish light harvesting in the visible and facilitate charge separation and transport. The predictions were validated by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, demonstrating that rational design of MOFs for light-harvesting purposes is feasible. Section 4 extends the infiltration concept discussed in Section to, which we now designate as "Molecule@MOF" to create an electrically conducting framework. The tailorability and high conductivity of this material are unprecedented, meriting publication in the journal Science and spawning several Technical Advances. Section 5 discusses processes we developed for depositing MOFs as thin films on substrates, a critical enabling technology for fabricating MOF-based electronic devices. Finally, in Section 6 we summarize results showing that a MOF thin film can be used as a sensitizer in a DSSC, demonstrating that MOFs can serve as active layers in excitonic devices. Overall, this project provides several crucial proofs-of- concept that the potential of MOFs for use in optoelectronic devices that we predicted several years ago [ 3 ] can be realized in practice.

  8. Plasmon-excitonic polaritons in superlattices

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    Kosobukin, V. A.

    2017-05-01

    A theory for propagation of polaritons in superlattices with resonant plasmon-exciton coupling is presented. A periodical superlattice consists of a finite number of cells with closely located a quantum well and a monolayer of metal nanoparticles. Under study is the spectrum of hybrid modes formed of the quasitwo- dimensional excitons of quantum wells and the dipole plasmons of metal particles. The problem of electrodynamics is solved by the method of Green's functions with taking account of the resonant polarization of quantum wells and nanoparticles in a self-consistent approximation. The effective polarizability of spheroidal particles occupying a square lattice is calculated with taking into consideration the local-field effect of dipole plasmons of the layer and their images caused by the excitonic polarization of nearest quantum well. Optical reflection spectra of superlattices with GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells and silver particles are numerically analyzed. Special attention is paid to the superradiant regime originated in the Bragg diffraction of polaritons in superlattice. Superradiance is investigated separately for plasmons and excitons, and then for hybrid plasmonexcitonic polaritons. It is demonstrated that the broad spectrum of reflectance associated with plasmons depends on the number of cells in superlattice, and it has a narrow spectral dip in the range of plasmon-excitonic Rabi splitting.

  9. Identifying and Quantifying Carbonate and Serpentine Textures and Abundances at Multiple Scales with VSWIR Imaging Spectroscopy, Samail Ophiolite, Oman

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    Leask, E.; Ehlmann, B. L.

    2016-12-01

    Visible-shortwave infrared (VSWIR) imaging reflectance spectroscopy is a technique that can be used to identify minerals, quantify abundances, and assess textural relationships at many scales, from microscopic(10m/pixel). Here, we assess microscopic-, outcrop-, and airborne-scale data of rocks from serpentine-hosted carbonate springs and veins within the Samail Ophiolite (Oman), a system of interest to terrestrial geologists and an analog for early Martian environments. Multi-scale VSWIR imaging spectroscopy enables study of the fracturing and mineralization processes of serpentinization at multiple spatial scales from sub-mm to meters, as it can be used to identify minerals (even if partially altered), trace veins and quantify their approximate volume, and directly compare active serpentine springs sites to their inactive equivalents. It also allows non-destructive estimation of carbonation. We tested the efficacy of microimaging spectroscopy to evaluate serpentinization textures while simultaneously quantifying abundances of different minerals, comparing values from linear spectral unmixing to traditional techniques (quantitative XRD, EDS/SEM). We find abundances derived typically agree to within 10%. At the microscopic scale, VSWIR imaging spectroscopy identifies spatially coherent rare phases missed by XRD as well as XRD `amorphous' component (partially serpentinized clasts) and can quickly differentiate between carbonates and different phyllosilicate minerals (e.g., serpentine vs. chlorite) through subtle wavelength shifts. While outcrop and landscape-scale data are noisier (and lack key wavelength regions around 1.4 and 1.9 μm due to atmospheric absorptions), for standoff distances 3-15 m it is possible to identify different types/generations of veining and track the specific wavelength of major absorptions as well as their depth/shape as a proxy for crystal size. Network scales of veining and fracturing are quantified and sites of biological activity in

  10. Local excitation of strongly coupled exciton-surface plasmons polaritons by a single nanoantenna

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    Eizner, E., E-mail: eladeiz@post.tau.ac.il; Ellenbogen, T. [Department of Physical Electronics, Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978 (Israel)

    2014-06-02

    We demonstrate experimentally local coupling of light from free space to exciton-surface plasmon polaritons (X-SPPs). This is achieved by using a single, sub-wavelength gold nanowire on top of a thin silver film which is covered with a 30 nm thick layer of J-aggregating dyes in polyvinyl alcohol. We show that the nanowire acts as an antenna that resonantly scatters light to X-SPPs states with a Rabi splitting of 0.1 eV. The locally excited X-SPPs properties are studied by angle resolved spectroscopy of the far-field leaky photons and are compared to the large-scale response through Kretschmann reflection measurements and to theoretical calculations. The nanowire scattering properties are studied by dark-field scattering measurements and finite-difference time-domain simulations. This method to locally excite X-SPPs can potentially be useful for future applications of hybrid light matter states.

  11. Bose-Einstein condensation and indirect excitons: a review.

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    Combescot, Monique; Combescot, Roland; Dubin, François

    2017-06-01

    We review recent progress on Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) of semiconductor excitons. The first part deals with theory, the second part with experiments. This Review is written at a time where the problem of exciton Bose-Einstein condensation has just been revived by the understanding that the exciton condensate must be dark because the exciton ground state is not coupled to light. Here, we theoretically discuss this missed understanding before providing its experimental support through experiments that scrutinize indirect excitons made of spatially separated electrons and holes. The theoretical part first discusses condensation of elementary bosons. In particular, the necessary inhibition of condensate fragmentation by exchange interaction is stressed, before extending the discussion to interacting bosons with spin degrees of freedom. The theoretical part then considers composite bosons made of two fermions like semiconductor excitons. The spin structure of the excitons is detailed, with emphasis on the crucial fact that ground-state excitons are dark: indeed, this imposes the exciton Bose-Einstein condensate to be not coupled to light in the dilute regime. Condensate fragmentations are then reconsidered. In particular, it is shown that while at low density, the exciton condensate is fully dark, it acquires a bright component, coherent with the dark one, beyond a density threshold: in this regime, the exciton condensate is 'gray'. The experimental part first discusses optical creation of indirect excitons in quantum wells, and the detection of their photoluminescence. Exciton thermalisation is also addressed, as well as available approaches to estimate the exciton density. We then switch to specific experiments where indirect excitons form a macroscopic fragmented ring. We show that such ring provides efficient electrostatic trapping in the region of the fragments where an essentially-dark exciton Bose-Einstein condensate is formed at sub-Kelvin bath

  12. Excitonic superfluid phase in double bilayer graphene

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    Li, J. I. A.; Taniguchi, T.; Watanabe, K.; Hone, J.; Dean, C. R.

    2017-08-01

    A spatially indirect exciton is created when an electron and a hole, confined to separate layers of a double quantum well system, bind to form a composite boson. Such excitons are long-lived, and in the limit of strong interactions are predicted to undergo a Bose-Einstein condensate-like phase transition into a superfluid ground state. Here, we report evidence of an exciton condensate in the quantum Hall effect regime of double-layer structures of bilayer graphene. Interlayer correlation is identified by quantized Hall drag at matched layer densities, and the dissipationless nature of the phase is confirmed in the counterflow geometry. A selection rule for the condensate phase is observed involving both the orbital and valley indices of bilayer graphene. Our results establish double bilayer graphene as an ideal system for studying the rich phase diagram of strongly interacting bosonic particles in the solid state.

  13. Exciton-polariton flows in cross-dimensional junctions

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    Winkler, K.; Flayac, H.; Klembt, S.; Schade, A.; Nevinskiy, D.; Kamp, M.; Schneider, C.; Höfling, S.

    2017-05-01

    We study the nonequilibrium exciton-polariton condensation in 1D to 0D and 1D to quasi-2D junctions by means of non-resonant spectroscopy. The shape of our potential landscape allows to probe the resonant transmission of a propagating condensate between a quasi-1D waveguide and cylindrically symmetric states. We observe a distinct mode selection by varying the position of the non-resonant pump laser. Moreover, we study the the case of propagation from a localized trapped condensate state into a waveguide channel. Here, the choice of the position of the injection laser allows us to tune the output in the waveguide. Our measurements are supported by an accurate Ginzburg-Landau modeling of the system shining light on the underlying mechanisms.

  14. Excitonic dynamical Franz-Keldysh effect

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    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....

  15. Exciton dynamics in perturbed vibronic molecular aggregates

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    C. Brüning

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A site specific perturbation of a photo-excited molecular aggregate can lead to a localization of excitonic energy. We investigate this localization dynamics for laser-prepared excited states. Changing the parameters of the electric field significantly influences the exciton localization which offers the possibility for a selective control of this process. This is demonstrated for aggregates possessing a single vibrational degree of freedom per monomer unit. It is shown that the effects identified for the molecular dimer can be generalized to larger aggregates with a high density of vibronic states.

  16. Wafer-Scale Nanopillars Derived from Block Copolymer Lithography for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

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    Li, Tao; Wu, Kaiyu; Rindzevicius, Tomas

    2016-01-01

    We report a novel nanofabrication process via block copolymer lithography using solvent vapor annealing. The nanolithography process is facile and scalable, enabling fabrication of highly ordered periodic patterns over entire wafers as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Di...

  17. Large-Scale Production of V6O13 Cathode Materials Assisted by Thermal Gravimetric Analysis-Infrared Spectroscopy Technology.

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    Liang, Han-Pu; Du, Jian; Jones, Timothy G J; Lawrence, Nathan S; Meredith, Andrew W

    2016-10-05

    The kilogram-scale fabrication of V6O13 cathode materials has been notably assisted by in situ thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA)-infrared spectroscopy (IR) technology. This technology successfully identified a residue of ammonium metavanadate in commercial V6O13, which is consistent with the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy result. Samples of V6O13 materials have been fabricated and characterized by TGA-IR, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The initial testing results at 125 °C have shown that test cells containing the sample prepared at 500 °C show up to a 10% increase in the initial specific capacity in comparison with commercial V6O13.

  18. Optical Two-Dimensional Spectroscopy of Disordered Semiconductor Quantum Wells and Quantum Dots

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    Cundiff, Steven T. [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)

    2016-05-03

    This final report describes the activities undertaken under grant "Optical Two-Dimensional Spectroscopy of Disordered Semiconductor Quantum Wells and Quantum Dots". The goal of this program was to implement optical 2-dimensional Fourier transform spectroscopy and apply it to electronic excitations, including excitons, in semiconductors. Specifically of interest are quantum wells that exhibit disorder due to well width fluctuations and quantum dots. In both cases, 2-D spectroscopy will provide information regarding coupling among excitonic localization sites.

  19. Coherent control of ground state excitons in the nonlinear regime within an ensemble of self-assembled InAs quantum dots

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    Moldaschl, Thomas; Mueller, Thomas; Golka, Sebastian; Parz, Wolfgang; Strasser, Gottfried; Unterrainer, Karl [Photonics Institute and Center for Micro- and Nanostructures, Vienna University of Technology (Austria)

    2009-04-15

    In this work femtosecond spectral hole burning spectroscopy is used to resonantly excite ground state excitons in an ensemble of self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum dots with a strong pump pulse. Two fundamental coherent nonlinear effects are observed with the aid of the intrinsic time- and frequency resolution of the setup: The low temperature Rabi oscillation of the two-level system associated with the excitonic ground state transition and the observation of two-photon absorption in the surrounding GaAs crystal matrix. The emergence of the latter effect also infers the existence of charged excitons in the nominally undoped QD sample, backed up by the observation of additional spectral holes next to the excitonic transitions. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Phonon-assisted exciton formation in ZnO/(Zn, Mg)O single quantum wells grown on C-plane oriented substrates

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    Béaur, L. [Université Montpellier 2, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, F-34095 Montpellier (France); CNRS, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, F-34095 Montpellier (France); Bretagnon, T., E-mail: Thierry.Bretagnon@univ-montp2.fr [Université Montpellier 2, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, F-34095 Montpellier (France); CNRS, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, F-34095 Montpellier (France); Guillet, T.; Brimont, C. [Université Montpellier 2, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, F-34095 Montpellier (France); CNRS, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, F-34095 Montpellier (France); Gallart, M. [IPCMS, UMR 7504 CNRS-Université de Strasbourg, 23, rue du Loess B.P. 43F-67034 Strasbourg (France); Gil, B. [Université Montpellier 2, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, F-34095 Montpellier (France); CNRS, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221, F-34095 Montpellier (France); Gilliot, P. [IPCMS, UMR 7504 CNRS-Université de Strasbourg, 23, rue du Loess B.P. 43F-67034 Strasbourg (France); Morhain, C. [CRHEA–CNRS, Rue Bernard Grégory, F-06560 Valbonne (France)

    2013-04-15

    We report on absorption phenomena in ZnO/(Zn, Mg)O quantum wells grown along the c-axis by molecular beam epitaxy. The optical properties of such quantum wells are affected by a huge internal electric field. For wide quantum wells the absorption is driven by Quantum Confined Stark Effect. Phonon-assisted formation of excitons is observed in the case of thin quantum wells. The physical origin of these hot excitons is determined by using both low temperature (T=10 K) photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy and reflectivity measurements. -- Highlights: ► High structural quality ZnO/(Zn, Mg)O quantum wells are growth along the polar c-direction. ► Indirect phonon-assisted formation of excitons in the thin single quantum wells. ► Strong internal electric field present in polar heterostructures prevents the observation of hot excitons.

  1. Effect of Spectral Density Shapes on the Excitonic Structure and Dynamics of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson Trimer from Chlorobaculum tepidum.

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    Kell, Adam; Blankenship, Robert E; Jankowiak, Ryszard

    2016-08-11

    The Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) trimer (composed of identical subunits) from the green sulfur bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum is an important protein model system to study exciton dynamics and excitation energy transfer (EET) in photosynthetic complexes. In addition, FMO is a popular model for excitonic calculations, with many theoretical parameter sets reported describing different linear and nonlinear optical spectra. Due to fast exciton relaxation within each subunit, intermonomer EET results predominantly from the lowest energy exciton states (contributed to by BChl a 3 and 4). Using experimentally determined shapes for the spectral densities, simulated optical spectra are obtained for the entire FMO trimer. Simultaneous fits of low-temperature absorption, fluorescence, and hole-burned spectra place constraints on the determined pigment site energies, providing a new Hamiltonian that should be further tested to improve modeling of 2D electronic spectroscopy data and our understanding of coherent and dissipation effects in this important protein complex.

  2. Exciton diffusion length in narrow bandgap polymers

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    Mikhnenko, Oleksandr V.; Azimi, Hamed; Scharber, Markus; Morana, Mauro; Blom, Paul W. M.; Loi, Maria Antonietta

    We developed a new method to accurately extract the singlet exciton diffusion length in organic semiconductors by blending them with a low concentration of methanofullerene[6,6]-phenyl-C-61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). The dependence of photoluminescence (PL) decay time on the fullerene

  3. Effective models for excitons in carbon nanotubes

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    Cornean, Horia; Duclos, Pierre; Ricaud, Benjamin

    2007-01-01

    We analyse the low lying spectrum of a model of excitons in carbon nanotubes. Consider two particles with opposite charges and a Coulomb self-interaction, placed on an infinitely long cylinder. If the cylinder radius becomes small, the low lying spectrum of their relative motion is well described...

  4. Effective models for excitons in carbon nanotubes

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    Cornean, Horia; Duclos, Pierre; Ricaud, Benjamin

    We analyse the low lying spectrum of a model of excitons in carbon nanotubes. Consider two particles with a Coulomb self-interaction, placed on an infinitely long cylinder. If the cylinder radius becomes small, the low lying spectrum is well described by a one-dimensional effective Hamiltonian...

  5. Optical second harmonic generation from Wannier excitons

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    Pedersen, Thomas Garm; Cornean, Horia

    2007-01-01

    , a simplified three-band Wannier exciton model of cubic semiconductors is applied and a closed form expression for the complex second harmonic response function including broadening is derived. Our calculated spectra are found to be in excellent agreement with the measured response near the band edge...

  6. Phonon-Driven Oscillatory Plasmonic Excitonic Nanomaterials

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    Kirschner, Matthew S. [Department; Ding, Wendu [Department; Li, Yuxiu [Center; College; Chapman, Craig T. [Department; Lei, Aiwen [College; Lin, Xiao-Min [Center; Chen, Lin X. [Department; Chemical; Schatz, George C. [Department; Schaller, Richard D. [Department; Center

    2017-12-08

    We demonstrate that coherent acoustic phonons derived from plasmonic nanoparticles can modulate electronic interactions with proximal excitonic molecular species. A series of gold bipyramids with systematically varied aspect ratios and corresponding localized surface plasmon resonance energies, functionalized with a J-aggregated thiacarbocyanine dye molecule, produce two hybridized states that exhibit clear anti-crossing behavior with a Rabi splitting energy of 120 meV. In metal nanoparticles, photoexcitation generates coherent acoustic phonons that cause oscillations in the plasmon resonance energy. In the coupled system, these photo-generated oscillations alter the metal nanoparticle’s energetic contribution to the hybridized system and, as a result, change the coupling between the plasmon and exciton. We demonstrate that such modulations in the hybridization is consistent across a wide range of bipyramid ensembles. We also use Finite-Difference Time Domain calculations to develop a simple model describing this behavior. Such oscillatory plasmonic-excitonic nanomaterials (OPENs) offer a route to manipulate and dynamically-tune the interactions of plasmonic/excitonic systems and unlock a range of potential applications.

  7. Excitons in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Latini, Simone; Olsen, Thomas; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer

    2015-01-01

    The existence of strongly bound excitons is one of the hallmarks of the newly discovered atomically thin semiconductors. While it is understood that the large binding energy is mainly due to the weak dielectric screening in two dimensions, a systematic investigation of the role of screening on two...

  8. Nonlocal excitonic-mechanical interaction in a nanosystem

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    Zabolotskii, A. A.

    2016-11-01

    The dynamics of a nanoparticle during its dipole interaction with an excitonic excitation in an extended quasi-one-dimensional polarizable medium is investigated. Bundles of J-aggregates of dye molecules are considered as an example of the latter. The nonlocal excitonic-mechanical interaction between the field of an amplifying or absorbing nanoparticle and excitons in a bundle has been simulated numerically. It has been found that the interaction between the field of the induced nanoparticle dipole and the fields of the molecular dipoles in an aggregate can lead to a change in the particle trajectory and excitonic pulse shape. The possibility of controlling the nanoparticle by excitonic pulses and the reverse effect of the nanoparticle field on the dynamics of excitons due to the nonlocal excitonic-mechanical interaction has been demonstrated.

  9. Two-photon spectroscopy of excitons with entangled photons.

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    Schlawin, Frank; Mukamel, Shaul

    2013-12-28

    The utility of quantum light as a spectroscopic tool is demonstrated for frequency-dispersed pump-probe, integrated pump-probe, and two-photon fluorescence signals which show Ramsey fringes. Simulations of the frequency-dispersed transmission of a broadband pulse of entangled photons interacting with a three-level model of matter reveal how the non-classical time-bandwidth properties of entangled photons can be used to disentangle congested spectra, and reveal otherwise unresolved features. Quantum light effects are most pronounced at weak intensities when entangled photon pairs are well separated, and are gradually diminished at higher intensities when different photon pairs overlap.

  10. Prediction of Soil Organic Carbon at the European Scale by Visible and Near InfraRed Reflectance Spectroscopy.

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    Stevens, Antoine; Nocita, Marco; Tóth, Gergely; Montanarella, Luca; van Wesemael, Bas

    2013-01-01

    Soil organic carbon is a key soil property related to soil fertility, aggregate stability and the exchange of CO2 with the atmosphere. Existing soil maps and inventories can rarely be used to monitor the state and evolution in soil organic carbon content due to their poor spatial resolution, lack of consistency and high updating costs. Visible and Near Infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy is an alternative method to provide cheap and high-density soil data. However, there are still some uncertainties on its capacity to produce reliable predictions for areas characterized by large soil diversity. Using a large-scale EU soil survey of about 20,000 samples and covering 23 countries, we assessed the performance of reflectance spectroscopy for the prediction of soil organic carbon content. The best calibrations achieved a root mean square error ranging from 4 to 15 g C kg(-1) for mineral soils and a root mean square error of 50 g C kg(-1) for organic soil materials. Model errors are shown to be related to the levels of soil organic carbon and variations in other soil properties such as sand and clay content. Although errors are ∼5 times larger than the reproducibility error of the laboratory method, reflectance spectroscopy provides unbiased predictions of the soil organic carbon content. Such estimates could be used for assessing the mean soil organic carbon content of large geographical entities or countries. This study is a first step towards providing uniform continental-scale spectroscopic estimations of soil organic carbon, meeting an increasing demand for information on the state of the soil that can be used in biogeochemical models and the monitoring of soil degradation.

  11. Experimental determination of excitonic band structures of single-walled carbon nanotubes using circular dichroism spectra.

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    Wei, Xiaojun; Tanaka, Takeshi; Yomogida, Yohei; Sato, Naomichi; Saito, Riichiro; Kataura, Hiromichi

    2016-10-05

    Experimental band structure analyses of single-walled carbon nanotubes have not yet been reported, to the best of our knowledge, except for a limited number of reports using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy. Here we demonstrate the experimental determination of the excitonic band structures of single-chirality single-walled carbon nanotubes using their circular dichroism spectra. In this analysis, we use gel column chromatography combining overloading selective adsorption with stepwise elution to separate 12 different single-chirality enantiomers. Our samples show higher circular dichroism intensities than the highest values reported in previous works, indicating their high enantiomeric purity. Excitonic band structure analysis is performed by assigning all observed Eii and Eij optical transitions in the circular dichroism spectra. The results reproduce the asymmetric structures of the valence and conduction bands predicted by density functional theory. Finally, we demonstrate that an extended empirical formula can estimate Eij optical transition energies for any (n,m) species.

  12. Cavity-enhanced simultaneous dressing of quantum dot exciton and biexciton states

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    Hargart, F.; Müller, M.; Roy-Choudhury, K.; Portalupi, S. L.; Schneider, C.; Höfling, S.; Kamp, M.; Hughes, S.; Michler, P.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate the simultaneous dressing of both vacuum-to-exciton and exciton-to-biexciton transitions of a single semiconductor quantum dot in a high-Q micropillar cavity, using photoluminescence spectroscopy. Resonant two-photon excitation of the biexciton is achieved by spectrally tuning the quantum dot emission with respect to the cavity mode. The cavity couples to both transitions and amplifies the Rabi frequency of the likewise resonant continuous wave laser, driving the transitions. We observe strong-field splitting of the emission lines, which depend on the driving Rabi field amplitude and the cavity-laser detuning. A dressed state theory of a driven 4-level atom correctly predicts the distinct spectral transitions observed in the emission spectrum, and a detailed description of the emission spectra is further provided through a polaron master equation approach which accounts for cavity coupling and acoustic phonon interactions of the semiconductor medium.

  13. Fine structure of the exciton electroabsorption in semiconductor superlattices

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    Monozon, B.S., E-mail: borismonozon@mail.ru [Physics Department, Marine Technical University, 3 Lotsmanskaya Str., 190008 St.Petersburg (Russian Federation); Schmelcher, P. [Zentrum für Optische Quantentechnologien, The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging, Universität Hamburg, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761 Hamburg (Germany)

    2017-02-15

    Wannier-Mott excitons in a semiconductor layered superlattice (SL) are investigated analytically for the case that the period of the superlattice is much smaller than the 2D exciton Bohr radius. Additionally we assume the presence of a longitudinal external static electric field directed parallel to the SL axis. The exciton states and the optical absorption coefficient are derived in the tight-binding and adiabatic approximations. Strong and weak electric fields providing spatially localized and extended electron and hole states, respectively, are studied. The dependencies of the exciton states and the exciton absorption spectrum on the SL parameters and the electric field strength are presented in an explicit form. We focus on the fine structure of the ground quasi-2D exciton level formed by the series of closely spaced energy levels adjacent from the high frequencies. These levels are related to the adiabatically slow relative exciton longitudinal motion governed by the potential formed by the in-plane exciton state. It is shown that the external electric fields compress the fine structure energy levels, decrease the intensities of the corresponding optical peaks and increase the exciton binding energy. A possible experimental study of the fine structure of the exciton electroabsorption is discussed.

  14. Relaxation of nonthermal hh and lh excitons in ZnSe quantum wells

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    Kalt, H.; Hoffmann, J.; Umlauff, M.

    1998-01-01

    The strong exciton-LO phonon coupling in ZnSe QWs gives a direct access to the relaxation dynamics of nonthermal, free heavy-hole and light-hole excitons. Narrow hot-exciton distributions can be generated by LO-phonon assisted exciton formation. The thermalization of these excitons is monitored b...

  15. Predicting the cropland soil organic carbon (SOC) distribution on a regional scale using airborne spectroscopy and topographic features

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    Doetterl, S.; Stevens, S.; Van Wesemael, B.; Quine, T. A.; Van Oost, K.

    2012-04-01

    The effects of soil redistribution on the carbon cycle have recently been receiving growing attention. In eroding agricultural landscapes, carbon gets transported from erosional to depositional landscape features forming a heterogeneous pattern in quantity and quality of the distributed carbon. At present, methods and research to characterize this horizontal (across the earth surface) and vertical (with depth) variability are focused on local slope scales. Approaches linking detailed local assessments to larger scales are limited. This significantly hampers our ability to understand the impact of soil redistribution processes on the global C cycle that occur at larger spatial and temporal scales. Here, we present a method to predict the SOC distribution on a regional scale for high-input cropping systems using a combination of airborne spectroscopy, GIS-based analysis of a digital elevation model (DEM) and calibration with empirical data. For a North/South transect in Luxembourg, spatial modeling is used to integrate soil surface SOC data from airborne image spectroscopy (2m resolution), vertical SOC gradients from high resolution (0.10m) soil sampling and derivates of a high-res elevation model (5m resolution). This allows the prediction of the 3D distribution of cropland soil C to be interpolated over an area of c. 150 km2 in Luxemburg which is characterized by intensive agricultural land use, a high variability in soils and a complex topography. The model is able to predict patterns of C stock distribution for cropland on a regional scale using simple hydrologic and geomorphologic parameters and provides new insights into the spatial heterogeneity of soil carbon storage covering a large area. Eroding positions have a sharper decline of carbon content with depth than stable and especially depositional sites, which in contrast store high amounts of carbon in greater depths. Relative root mean square errors range between 23-49 % and the model is in good agreement

  16. Multiple Exciton Generation in Colloidal Nanocrystals

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    Charles Smith

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In a conventional solar cell, the energy of an absorbed photon in excess of the band gap is rapidly lost as heat, and this is one of the main reasons that the theoretical efficiency is limited to ~33%. However, an alternative process, multiple exciton generation (MEG, can occur in colloidal quantum dots. Here, some or all of the excess energy is instead used to promote one or more additional electrons to the conduction band, potentially increasing the photocurrent of a solar cell and thereby its output efficiency. This review will describe the development of this field over the decade since the first experimental demonstration of multiple exciton generation, including the controversies over experimental artefacts, comparison with similar effects in bulk materials, and the underlying mechanisms. We will also describe the current state-of-the-art and outline promising directions for further development.

  17. Exciton Polaritons in Microcavities New Frontiers

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    Sanvitto, Daniele

    2012-01-01

    In the past decade, there has been a burst of new and fascinating physics associated to the unique properties of two-dimensional exciton polaritons, their recent demonstration of condensation under non-equilibrium conditions and all the related quantum phenomena, which have stimulated extensive research work. This monograph summarizes the current state of the art of research on exciton polaritons in microcavities: their interactions, fast dynamics, spin-dependent phenomena, temporal and spatial coherence, condensation under non-equilibrium conditions, related collective quantum phenomena and most advanced applications. The monograph is written by the most active authors who have strongly contributed to the advances in this area. It is of great interests to both physicists approaching this subject for the first time, as well as a wide audience of experts in other disciplines who want to be updated on this fast moving field.

  18. Excitonic and photonic processes in materials

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    Williams, Richard

    2015-01-01

    This book is expected to present state-of-the-art understanding of a selection of excitonic and photonic processes in useful materials from semiconductors to insulators to metal/insulator nanocomposites, both inorganic and organic.  Among the featured applications are components of solar cells, detectors, light-emitting devices, scintillators, and materials with novel optical properties.  Excitonic properties are particularly important in organic photovoltaics and light emitting devices, as also in questions of the ultimate resolution and efficiency of new-generation scintillators for medical diagnostics,  border security, and nuclear nonproliferation.  Novel photonic and optoelectronic applications benefit from new material combinations and structures to be discussed.

  19. Probing Homogeneous Line Broadening in CdSe Nanocrystals Using Multidimensional Electronic Spectroscopy.

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    Gellen, Tobias A; Lem, Jet; Turner, Daniel B

    2017-05-10

    The finite spectral line width of an ensemble of CdSe nanocrystals arises from size and shape inhomogeneity and the single-nanocrystal spectrum itself. This line width directly limits the performance of nanocrystal-based devices, yet most optical measurements cannot resolve the underlying contributions. We use two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2D ES) to measure the line width of the band-edge exciton of CdSe nanocrystals as a function of radii and surface chemistry. We find that the homogeneous width decreases for increasing nanocrystal radius and that surface chemistry plays a critical role in controlling this line width. To explore the hypothesis that unpassivated trap states serve to broaden the homogeneous line width and to explain its size-dependence, we use 3D ES to identify the spectral signatures of exciton-phonon coupling to optical and acoustic phonons. We find enhanced coupling to optical phonon modes for nanocrystals that lack electron-passivating ligands, suggesting that localized surface charges enhance exciton-phonon coupling via the Fröhlich interaction. Lastly, the data reveal that spectral diffusion contributes negligibly to the homogeneous line width on subnanosecond time scales.

  20. Molecular weight dependence of exciton diffusion in poly(3-hexylthiophene)

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    Masri, Zarifi; Ruseckas, Arvydas; Emelianova, Evguenia V.

    2013-01-01

    A joint experimental and theoretical study of singlet exciton diffusion in spin-coated poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films and its dependence on molecular weight is presented. The results show that exciton diffusion is fast along the co-facial π–π aggregates of polymer chromophores and about 100...... times slower in the lateral direction between aggregates. Exciton hopping between aggregates is found to show a subtle dependence on interchain coupling, aggregate size, and Boltzmann statistics. Additionally, a clear correlation is observed between the effective exciton diffusion coefficient......, the degree of aggregation of chromophores, and exciton delocalization along the polymer chain, which suggests that exciton diffusion length can be enhanced by tailored synthesis and processing conditions....

  1. Excitons in atomically thin 2D semiconductors and their applications

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    Xiao Jun

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The research on emerging layered two-dimensional (2D semiconductors, such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2, reveals unique optical properties generating significant interest. Experimentally, these materials were observed to host extremely strong light-matter interactions as a result of the enhanced excitonic effect in two dimensions. Thus, understanding and manipulating the excitons are crucial to unlocking the potential of 2D materials for future photonic and optoelectronic devices. In this review, we unravel the physical origin of the strong excitonic effect and unique optical selection rules in 2D semiconductors. In addition, control of these excitons by optical, electrical, as well as mechanical means is examined. Finally, the resultant devices such as excitonic light emitting diodes, lasers, optical modulators, and coupling in an optical cavity are overviewed, demonstrating how excitons can shape future 2D optoelectronics.

  2. Chiral topological excitons in a Chern band insulator

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    Chen, Ke; Shindou, Ryuichi

    2017-10-01

    A family of semiconductors called Chern band insulators are shown to host exciton bands with nonzero topological Chern integers and chiral exciton edge modes. Using a prototypical two-band Chern insulator model, we calculate a cross-correlation function to obtain the exciton bands and their Chern integers. The lowest exciton band acquires Chern integers such as ±1 and ±2 in the electronic Chern insulator phase. The nontrivial topology can be experimentally observed both by a nonlocal optoelectronic response of exciton edge modes and by a phase shift in the cross-correlation response due to the bulk mode. Our result suggests that magnetically doped HgTe, InAs/GaSb quantum wells, and (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films are promising candidates for a platform of topological excitonics.

  3. Intensity-dependent exciton dynamics of (6,5) single-walled carbon nanotubes: momentum selection rules, diffusion, and nonlinear interactions.

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    Harrah, D Mark; Schneck, Jude R; Green, Alexander A; Hersam, Mark C; Ziegler, Lawrence D; Swan, Anna K

    2011-12-27

    The exciton dynamics for an ensemble of individual, suspended (6,5), single-walled carbon nanotubes revealed by single color E(22) resonant pump-probe spectroscopy for a wide range of pump fluences are reported. The optically excited initial exciton population ranges from approximately 5 to 120 excitons per ∼725 nm nanotube. At the higher fluences of this range, the pump-probe signals are no longer linearly dependent on the pump intensity. A single, predictive model is described that fits all data for two decades of pump fluences and three decades of delay times. The model introduces population loss from the optically active zero momentum E(22) state to the rest of the E(22) subband, which is dark due to momentum selection rules. In the single exciton limit, the E(11) dynamics are well described by a stretched exponential, which is a direct consequence of diffusion quenching from an ensemble of nanotubes of different lengths. The observed change in population relaxation dynamics as a function of increasing pump intensity is attributed to exciton-exciton Auger de-excitation in the E(11) subband and, to a lesser extent, in the E(22) subband. From the fit to the model, an average defect density 1/ρ = 150 nm and diffusion constants D(11) = 4 cm(2)/s and D(22) = 0.2 cm(2)/s are determined.

  4. Engineering and manipulating exciton wave packets

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    Zang, Xiaoning; Montangero, Simone; Carr, Lincoln D.; Lusk, Mark T.

    2017-05-01

    When a semiconductor absorbs light, the resulting electron-hole superposition amounts to a uncontrolled quantum ripple that eventually degenerates into diffusion. If the conformation of these excitonic superpositions could be engineered, though, they would constitute a new means of transporting information and energy. We show that properly designed laser pulses can be used to create such excitonic wave packets. They can be formed with a prescribed speed, direction, and spectral make-up that allows them to be selectively passed, rejected, or even dissociated using superlattices. Their coherence also provides a handle for manipulation using active, external controls. Energy and information can be conveniently processed and subsequently removed at a distant site by reversing the original procedure to produce a stimulated emission. The ability to create, manage, and remove structured excitons comprises the foundation for optoexcitonic circuits with application to a wide range of quantum information, energy, and light-flow technologies. The paradigm is demonstrated using both tight-binding and time-domain density functional theory simulations.

  5. Exciton dephasing in ZnSe quantum wires

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    Wagner, Hans Peter; Langbein, Wolfgang Werner; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1998-01-01

    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......-one-dimensional system, enhancing the repulsive interaction between excitons due to Pauli blocking....

  6. Study of exciton transfer in dense quantum dot nanocomposites

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    Guzelturk, Burak; Hernandez-Martinez, Pedro Ludwig; Sharma, Vijay Kumar; Coskun, Yasemin; Ibrahimova, Vusala; Tuncel, Donus; Govorov, Alexander O.; Sun, Xiao Wei; Xiong, Qihua; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2014-09-01

    Nanocomposites of colloidal quantum dots (QDs) integrated into conjugated polymers (CPs) are key to hybrid optoelectronics, where engineering the excitonic interactions at the nanoscale is crucial. For such excitonic operation, it was believed that exciton diffusion is essential to realize nonradiative energy transfer from CPs to QDs. In this study, contrary to the previous literature, efficient exciton transfer is demonstrated in the nanocomposites of dense QDs, where exciton transfer can be as efficient as 80% without requiring the assistance of exciton diffusion. This is enabled by uniform dispersion of QDs at high density (up to ~70 wt%) in the nanocomposite while avoiding phase segregation. Theoretical modeling supports the experimental observation of weakly temperature dependent nonradiative energy transfer dynamics. This new finding provides the ability to design hybrid light-emitting diodes that show an order of magnitude enhanced external quantum efficiencies.Nanocomposites of colloidal quantum dots (QDs) integrated into conjugated polymers (CPs) are key to hybrid optoelectronics, where engineering the excitonic interactions at the nanoscale is crucial. For such excitonic operation, it was believed that exciton diffusion is essential to realize nonradiative energy transfer from CPs to QDs. In this study, contrary to the previous literature, efficient exciton transfer is demonstrated in the nanocomposites of dense QDs, where exciton transfer can be as efficient as 80% without requiring the assistance of exciton diffusion. This is enabled by uniform dispersion of QDs at high density (up to ~70 wt%) in the nanocomposite while avoiding phase segregation. Theoretical modeling supports the experimental observation of weakly temperature dependent nonradiative energy transfer dynamics. This new finding provides the ability to design hybrid light-emitting diodes that show an order of magnitude enhanced external quantum efficiencies. Electronic supplementary

  7. Real time in-line monitoring of large scale Bacillus fermentations with near-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Alves-Rausch, José; Bienert, Roland; Grimm, Christian; Bergmaier, Dirk

    2014-11-10

    NIR spectroscopy was used to monitor Bacillus fermentations in 50 m(3) reactors under harsh industrial conditions. The BioPAT(®) Spectro NIR sensor was attached directly to the bioreactor and provided fast, sensitive, non-destructive and robust measurements without interfering with the microorganism metabolism. Multivariate data analysis techniques related the spectra collected in real time during the fermentation with reference analyte concentrations. Analyte concentrations of future batches can be determined in real time with these models. The SugarSUM parameter was modeled with a SEP of 1.33 g/L in a range of 0-35 g/L. The models for AnalyteSUM (SEP = 0.81 g/L in 0.5-43 g/L range), OD(600) (SEP = 2.88 OD in 3.5-50 OD range), dry mass (SEP = 0.09 in 0.4-1.7% range) and Acetoin (SEP = 0.94 g/L in 0-11 g/L range) also show a great prediction performance in the complex media matrix. Sophisticated process control strategies such as a feeding control of the sugar source can be implemented in the future, potentially increasing spore yield due to a reduction of carbon overflow mechanisms. Media classification with PCA identified media formulation errors. Batch evolution models, built with spectra data only, monitored the evolution of new batches by comparing it with a "golden batch" trajectory. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Meso-scale defect evaluation of selective laser melting using spatially resolved acoustic spectroscopy

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    Hirsch, M.; Catchpole-Smith, S.; Patel, R.; Marrow, P.; Li, Wenqi; Tuck, C.; Sharples, S. D.; Clare, A. T.

    2017-09-01

    Developments in additive manufacturing technology are serving to expand the potential applications. Critical developments are required in the supporting areas of measurement and in process inspection to achieve this. CM247LC is a nickel superalloy that is of interest for use in aerospace and civil power plants. However, it is difficult to process via selective laser melting (SLM) as it suffers from cracking during rapid cooling and solidification. This limits the viability of CM247LC parts created using SLM. To quantify part integrity, spatially resolved acoustic spectroscopy (SRAS) has been identified as a viable non-destructive evaluation technique. In this study, a combination of optical microscopy and SRAS was used to identify and classify the surface defects present in SLM-produced parts. By analysing the datasets and scan trajectories, it is possible to correlate morphological information with process parameters. Image processing was used to quantify porosity and cracking for bulk density measurement. Analysis of surface acoustic wave data showed that an error in manufacture in the form of an overscan occurred. Comparing areas affected by overscan with a bulk material, a change in defect density from 1.17% in the bulk material to 5.32% in the overscan regions was observed, highlighting the need to reduce overscan areas in manufacture.

  9. Excitons confined in quantum dots spheroidal prolate; Excitones confinados en puntos cuanticos esferoidales prolatos

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    Corella M, A.; Rosas, R.A.; Marin, J.L.; Riera, R. [Depto. de Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, A.P. 1626, Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico)

    2004-07-01

    The variational method is used to solve in approximately way the Schroedinger wave equation associated to a Wannier-Mott exciton confined within a spheroidal quantum dot. The confinement effect on the ground-state energy of the electron-hole pair trapped inside a crystallite with this geometry, and with soft or hard walls, is analyzed. The walls can be modeled as finite or infinite potential barriers with suitable border conditions, which will depend on the considered case. The results of this work are compared with those obtained by other authors through more sophisticated methods. A comparison with experimental data of CdS crystallites embedded in materials of different composition is made, too. For a finite potential barrier, a critical size of the crystallite from which the exciton escapes of the quantum dot, is predicted. This is in opposition with the infinite potential barrier model where the exciton never can leave the region where it is confined. (Author)

  10. Prediction of SOC content at European scale by coupling Vis-NIR spectroscopy and a modified local PLSR algorithm

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    Nocita, M.; Stevens, A.; De Brogniez, D.; Bampa, F.; Toth, G.; Panagos, P.; van Wesemael, B.; Montanarella, L.

    2012-04-01

    The spatial variability of soils still represents an important challenge to accurately report the soil status. Visible near infrared soil spectroscopy (VNIRS) has been shown to be an efficient tool for the prediction of soil organic carbon (SOC) at fine scales. However, when applied to regional or country scales, VNIRS did not provide sufficient accuracy as an alternative to standard laboratory soil analysis for SOC monitoring. Under the framework of LUCAS project of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), about 20,000 samples were collected all over European Union. Soil samples were analyzed for several physical and chemical parameters, and scanned with a Vis-NIR spectrometer in the same laboratory. The scope of our research was to predict SOC content at European scale using LUCAS spectral library. We implemented a modified local partial least square regression (l-PLSR) including, in addition to spectral distance, other potentially useful covariates (geography, texture, etc.) to select for each unknown sample a group of k predicting neighbors. The dataset was divided into tuning (15%), training (60%), and validation (25%) subsets. The tuning subset was used to find the most performing combination of model parameters. The best model was then calibrated and validated on training and validation subsets. Although the high variability of land-use systems covered by LUCAS sampling campaign, the chosen methodology resulted in a fair prediction ability (RMSE: 5-6 g C kg-1) at continental scale, but not precise enough to be used for SOC monitoring on a point by point basis. The results indicated that a local approach might improve the ability of VNIRS in predicting SOC trends, with the increasing variability of land managements at larger scales.

  11. Atomic-scale Chemical Imaging and Quantification of Metallic Alloy Structures by Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy

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    Lu, Ping; Zhou, Lin; Kramer, M. J.; Smith, David J.

    2014-01-01

    Determination of atomic-scale crystal structure for nanostructured intermetallic alloys, such as magnetic alloys containing Al, Ni, Co (alnico) and Fe, is crucial for understanding physical properties such as magnetism, but technically challenging due to the small interatomic distances and the similar atomic numbers. By applying energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) mapping to the study of two intermetallic phases of an alnico alloy resulting from spinodal decomposition, we have determined atomic-scale chemical composition at individual lattice sites for the two phases: one is the B2 phase with Fe0.76Co0.24 -Fe0.40Co0.60 ordering and the other is the L21 phase with Ni0.48Co0.52 at A-sites, Al at BΙ-sites and Fe0.20Ti0.80 at BΙΙ-sites, respectively. The technique developed through this study represents a powerful real-space approach to investigate structure chemically at the atomic scale for a wide range of materials systems. PMID:24492747

  12. Following a Chemical Reaction on the Millisecond Time Scale by Simultaneous X-ray and UV/Vis Spectroscopy.

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    Olivo, Giorgio; Barbieri, Alessia; Dantignana, Valeria; Sessa, Francesco; Migliorati, Valentina; Monte, Manuel; Pascarelli, Sakura; Narayanan, Theyencheri; Lanzalunga, Osvaldo; Di Stefano, Stefano; D'Angelo, Paola

    2017-07-06

    An innovative approach aimed at disclosing the mechanism of chemical reactions occurring in solution on the millisecond time scale is presented. Time-resolved energy dispersive X-ray absorption and UV/vis spectroscopies with millisecond resolution are used simultaneously to directly follow the evolution of both the oxidation state and the local structure of the metal center in an iron complex. Two redox reactions are studied, the former involving the transformation of FeII into two subsequent FeIII species and the latter involving the more complex FeII-FeIII-FeIV-FeIII sequence. The structural modifications occurring around the iron center are correlated to the reaction mechanisms. This combined approach has the potential to provide unique insights into reaction mechanisms in the liquid phase and represents a new powerful tool to characterize short-lived intermediates that are silent to common spectroscopic techniques.

  13. Photoluminescence Imaging of Polyfluorene Surface Structures on Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes: Implications for Thin Film Exciton Transport.

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    Hartmann, Nicolai F; Pramanik, Rajib; Dowgiallo, Anne-Marie; Ihly, Rachelle; Blackburn, Jeffrey L; Doorn, Stephen K

    2016-12-27

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have potential to act as light-harvesting elements in thin film photovoltaic devices, but performance is in part limited by the efficiency of exciton diffusion processes within the films. Factors contributing to exciton transport can include film morphology encompassing nanotube orientation, connectivity, and interaction geometry. Such factors are often defined by nanotube surface structures that are not yet well understood. Here, we present the results of a combined pump-probe and photoluminescence imaging study of polyfluorene (PFO)-wrapped (6,5) and (7,5) SWCNTs that provide additional insight into the role played by polymer structures in defining exciton transport. Pump-probe measurements suggest exciton transport occurs over larger length scales in films composed of PFO-wrapped (7,5) SWCNTs, compared to those prepared from PFO-bpy-wrapped (6,5) SWCNTs. To explore the role the difference in polymer structure may play as a possible origin of differing transport behaviors, we performed a photoluminescence imaging study of individual polymer-wrapped (6,5) and (7,5) SWCNTs. The PFO-bpy-wrapped (6,5) SWCNTs showed more uniform intensity distributions along their lengths, in contrast to the PFO-wrapped (7,5) SWCNTs, which showed irregular, discontinuous intensity distributions. These differences likely originate from differences in surface coverage and suggest the PFO wrapping on (7,5) nanotubes produces a more open surface structure than is available with the PFO-bpy wrapping of (6,5) nanotubes. The open structure likely leads to improved intertube coupling that enhances exciton transport within the (7,5) films, consistent with the results of our pump-probe measurements.

  14. Ethanol Solvation in Water Studied on a Molecular Scale by Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    Marinho, Ricardo R T; Walz, Marie-Madeleine; Ekholm, Victor; Öhrwall, Gunnar; Björneholm, Olle; de Brito, Arnaldo Naves

    2017-08-24

    Because of the amphiphilic properties of alcohols, hydrophobic hydration is important in the alcohol-water system. In the present paper we employ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to investigate the bulk and surface molecular structure of ethanol-water mixtures from 0.2 to 95 mol %. The observed XPS binding energy splitting between the methyl C 1s and hydroxymethyl C 1s groups (BES_[CH3-CH2OH]) as a function of the ethanol molar percentage can be divided into different regions: one below 35 mol % with higher values (about 1.53 eV) and one starting at 60 mol % up to 95 mol % with 1.49 eV as an average value. The chemical shifts agree with previous quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations [ Löytynoja , T. ; J. Phys. Chem. B 2014 , 118 , 13217 ]. According to these calculations, the BES_[CH3-CH2OH] is related to the number of hydrogen bonds between the ethanol and the surrounding molecules. As the ethanol concentration increases, the average number of hydrogen bonds decreases from 2.5 for water-rich mixtures to 2 for pure ethanol. We give an interpretation for this behavior based on how the hydrogen bonds are distributed according to the mixing ratio. Since our experimental data are surface sensitive, we propose that this effect may also be manifested at the interface. From the ratio between the XPS C 1s core lines intensities we infer that below 20 mol % the ethanol molecules have their hydroxyl groups more hydrated and possibly facing the solution's bulk. Between 0.1 and 14 mol %, we show the formation of an ethanol monolayer at approximately 2 mol %. Several parameters are derived for the surface region at monolayer coverage.

  15. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for field-scale assessment of winter wheat yield

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    Šestak, Ivana; Mesić, Milan; Zgorelec, Željka; Perčin, Aleksandra

    2017-04-01

    The objective was to evaluate the ability of visible and near infrared spectroscopy to predict winter wheat grain yield, and to compare different prediction models according to the spatial variability. Research was conducted on experimental field in Western Pannonian subregion of Croatia. Reflectance measurements (350-1050 nm) were acquired from winter wheat flag leaves grown under nine mineral N fertilization treatments ranging from 0 to 300 kg N ha-1, during the stem extension stage of the year 2010. Linear statistical models (MLR - multiple linear regression, PLSR - partial least squares regression) and non-linear pattern analysis (ANN - artificial neural networks) were generated to estimate grain yield, based on the first derivative of reflectance in form of principal components (PC) and vegetation indices (VI). ANN models were the most efficient in capturing the complex link between yield and leaf reflectance spectra (train and test dataset with r = 0.95 and r = 0.92, RMSEC = 2.57 dt ha-1 and RMSEP = 4.41 dt ha-1, respectively) compared to corresponding VIs, MLR and PLSR models. Performance of the 8 factor PLSR model indicated the highest consistency due to the small difference between RMSEC (4.10 dt ha-1) and RMSEP (4.61 dt ha-1) besides high prediction ability (validation R2 = 0.84). Correlations between measured and predicted data were found to be significantly very strong and complete with the highest correlation coefficient obtained for ANN model (r = 0.94, p explore within-field and intra-treatment differences in crop productivity needed for assessing good calibration model. Results indicated similarities between the maps generated from the equations and the one generated from field measurements, which is in agreement with high portion of yield variability explained by spectral data (p networks, ordinary kriging

  16. Finite-temperature IR spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules: a theoretical assessment of scaling factors.

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    Basire, M; Parneix, P; Calvo, F

    2010-03-11

    With a recently developed simulation method (Basire, M.; et al. J. Phys. Chem. A 2009, 113, 6947), the infrared vibrational spectra of several polyatomic molecules are calculated over a broad range of temperature, taking into account quantum, anharmonic, and couplings effects. Anharmonic force fields, generated from static first-principle calculations, are sampled in the microcanonical ensemble to provide energy-resolved absorption intensities and their finite temperature analogues after Laplace transformation. Effective anharmonic frequencies are characterized as a continuous function of temperature for vinyl fluoride, the N-acetyl-Phe-NH(2) peptide, and protonated naphthalene. These frequencies generally deviate increasingly from the harmonic value with increasing temperature, although the overestimation due to the harmonic approximation is particularly salient for high-frequency modes. Anharmonicities may also be sufficient to alter structural assignment of experimental spectra with respect to empirically scaled harmonic bands. These results emphasize some possible limitations and inaccuracies inherent to using such static scaling factors for correcting harmonic IR spectra.

  17. Probing the exciton condensate phase in 1T-TiSe{sub 2} with photoemission

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    Monney, C; Schwier, E F; Garnier, M G; Mariotti, N; Didiot, C; Beck, H; Aebi, P [Departement de Physique and Fribourg Center for Nanomaterials, Universite de Fribourg, CH-1700 Fribourg (Switzerland); Cercellier, H; Marcus, J [Institut Neel, CNRS-UJF, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble (France); Berger, H [EPFL, Institut de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Titov, A N, E-mail: philipp.aebi@unifr.ch [Institute of Metal Physics UrD RAS, Ekaterinburg 620219 (Russian Federation)

    2010-12-15

    We present recent results obtained using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy performed on 1T-TiSe{sub 2}. Emphasis is put on the peculiarity of the bandstructure of TiSe{sub 2} compared to other transition metal dichalcogenides, which suggests that this system is an excellent candidate for the realization of the excitonic insulator phase. This exotic phase is discussed in relation to the BCS theory, and its spectroscopic signature is computed via a model adapted to the particular bandstructure of 1T-TiSe{sub 2}. A comparison between photoemission intensity maps calculated with the spectral function derived for this model and experimental results is shown, giving strong support for the exciton condensate phase as the origin of the charge density wave transition observed in 1T-TiSe{sub 2}. The temperature-dependent order parameter characterizing the exciton condensate phase is discussed, both on a theoretical and an experimental basis, as well as the chemical potential shift occurring in this system. Finally, the transport properties of 1T-TiSe{sub 2} are analyzed in the light of the photoemission results.

  18. Atomic scale properties of magnetic Mn-based alloys probed by emission Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Mn-based alloys are characterized by a wealth of properties, which are of interest both from fundamental physics point of view and particularly attractive for different applications in modern technology: from magnetic storage to sensing and spin-based electronics. The possibility to tune their magnetic properties through post-growth thermal processes and/or stoichiometry engineering is highly important in order to target different applications (i.e. Mn$_{x}$Ga) or to increase their Curie temperature above room temperature (i.e. off-stoichiometric MnSi). In this project, the Mössbauer effect will be applied at $^{57}$Fe sites following implantation of radioactive $^{57}$Mn, to probe the micro-structure and magnetism of Mn-based alloys on the atomic-scale. The proposed experimental plan is devoted to establish a direct correlation between the local structure and bulk magnetism (and other physical properties) of Mn-based alloys.

  19. Broadband spectroscopy of magnetic response in a nano-scale magnetic wire

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    Yamaguchi, A.; Motoi, K.; Miyajima, H.; Utsumi, Y.

    2014-09-01

    We measure the broadband spectra of magnetic response in a single layered ferromagnetic nano-scale wire in order to investigate the size effect on the ferromagnetic resonance. We found that the resonance frequency difference between 300-nm- and 5-μm-wide wires was varied by about 5 GHz due to the shape anisotropy. Furthermore, we experimentally detected the magnetization precession induced by the thermal fluctuation via the rectification of a radio-frequency (rf) current by incorporating an additional direct current (dc) by using Wheatstone bridge circuit. Our investigation renders that the shape anisotropy is of great importance to control the resonance frequency and to provide thermal stability of the microwave devices.

  20. The convergence of longitudinal excitons onto the Γ5 transverse exciton in GaN and the thermal activation energy of longitudinal excitons.

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    Elgawadi, Amal; Gainer, Gordon; Krasinski, Jerzy

    2013-08-21

    The crystal orientation dependence of GaN excitons was investigated via the photoluminescence (PL) technique. The PL emissions at a temperature of 10 K were obtained from two experimental configurations where the emission K vector (the propagation vector) was either parallel (K ∥ c) or perpendicular (K ∥ c) to the crystal c-axis. Longitudinal, transverse and donor-bound excitons were observed in the two configurations. However, the longitudinal excitons converged onto the transverse free exciton Γ5 in the K⊥c emission. This behavior was discussed in terms of electron screening due to the scattering of electrons moving perpendicular to charged dislocation lines. Additionally, the thermal activation energy of the longitudinal excitons was calculated from the temperature dependent PL measurements collected from the K ∥ c emission, and was found to be 5 to 6 times as high as the binding energy of the free excitons. This high energy was interpreted tentatively in view of the creation of polaritons in strong exciton-photon coupling regimes. These findings present fundamental concepts for applications such as vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and polariton lasers.

  1. All deformation potentials in GaN determined by reflectance spectroscopy under uniaxial stress: Definite breakdown of the quasicubic approximation

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    Ishii, Ryota; Kaneta, Akio; Funato, Mitsuru; Kawakami, Yoichi; Yamaguchi, Atsushi A.

    2010-04-01

    Reflectance spectroscopy was performed for nonpolar and semipolar bulk GaN substrates under uniaxial stress. The exciton-transition energies and oscillator strengths clearly depended on uniaxial stress. The results were interpreted by group theory on excitons and analyzed in terms of the effective Hamiltonian proposed by Bir and Pikus. In the Hamiltonian, the short-range Coulomb interaction was taken into consideration. This approach allows all exciton deformation potentials to be determined without the quasicubic approximation and we found that the exciton deformation potentials in GaN considerably deviate from the quasicubic approximation.

  2. Statistical study of stacked/coupled site-controlled pyramidal quantum dots and their excitonic properties

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    Moroni, S. T.; Chung, T. H.; Juska, G.; Gocalinska, A.; Pelucchi, E.

    2017-08-01

    We report on stacked multiple quantum dots (QDs) formed inside inverted pyramidal recesses, which allow for the precise positioning of the QDs themselves. Specifically, we fabricated double QDs with varying inter-dot distances and ensembles with more than two nominally highly symmetric QDs. For each, the effect of the interaction between QDs is studied by characterizing a large number of QDs through photoluminescence spectroscopy. A clear red-shift of the emission energy is observed together with a change in the orientation of its polarization, suggesting an increasing interaction between the QDs. Finally, we show how stacked QDs can help influencing the charging of the excitonic complexes.

  3. Quantum interference of virtual and real amplitudes in a semiconductor exciton system.

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    Ahn, Y H; Choe, S B; Woo, J C; Kim, D S; Cundiff, S T; Shacklette, J M; Lim, Y S

    2002-12-02

    By two-color pulse shaping, we simultaneously create virtual and real amplitudes for excitons in GaAs quantum wells, and monitor population and amplitude by pump-probe and four-wave mixing spectroscopies. Excited-state probability amplitude can be induced by the off-resonant, virtual excitations as well as by the resonant, real excitations. Population modulation in time-domain results from the interference between the virtual and real amplitudes, and the modulation depth reveals the relative contributions of these two amplitudes. The fact that virtual and real amplitudes have a phase difference of 90 degrees is demonstrated directly in time-domain.

  4. Directing energy transport in organic photovoltaic cells using interfacial exciton gates.

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    Menke, S Matthew; Mullenbach, Tyler K; Holmes, Russell J

    2015-04-28

    Exciton transport in organic semiconductors is a critical, mediating process in many optoelectronic devices. Often, the diffusive and subdiffusive nature of excitons in these systems can limit device performance, motivating the development of strategies to direct exciton transport. In this work, directed exciton transport is achieved with the incorporation of exciton permeable interfaces. These interfaces introduce a symmetry-breaking imbalance in exciton energy transfer, leading to directed motion. Despite their obvious utility for enhanced exciton harvesting in organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs), the emergent properties of these interfaces are as yet uncharacterized. Here, directed exciton transport is conclusively demonstrated in both dilute donor and energy-cascade OPVs where judicious optimization of the interface allows exciton transport to the donor-acceptor heterojunction to occur considerably faster than when relying on simple diffusion. Generalized systems incorporating multiple exciton permeable interfaces are also explored, demonstrating the ability to further harness this phenomenon and expeditiously direct exciton motion, overcoming the diffusive limit.

  5. Force dependence of energy barriers in atomic friction and single-molecule force spectroscopy: critique of a critical scaling relation.

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    Evstigneev, M; Reimann, P

    2015-04-01

    Friction force microscopy and single-molecule force spectroscopy are experimental methods to explore multistable energy landscapes by means of a controlled reduction of the energy barriers between adjacent potential minima. This affects the system's interstate transition rates proportional to e(-ΔE(f)/kBT), with ΔE(f) being the barrier height, k(B)T the thermal energy, and f the elastic force applied. It is often assumed that, at large forces, the barrier height scales as (f(c) - f)(3/2), where f(c) is the critical force, at which the barrier vanishes. We show that, for the elastic forces produced by a pulling device of finite stiffness κ, this scaling relation is actually incorrect. Rather, the barrier is a double-valued function of force of the form E(f) ∝ (κ/κ(c) ±√1 − f/f(0))(3), where f(0) is the maximal force that the system potential can generate, and the characteristic stiffness κ(c) is not necessarily much larger than κ. In particular, for finite κ, the barrier vanishes at a certain force f(κ) force f0 can still be reached. We derive the relation between the most probable force at the moment of transition, fm, and the pulling velocity, v. The usually assumed scaling f(m) ∝ (ln v)(2/3) is recovered as the κ → 0 limit of our more general result, but becomes increasingly worse as κ grows. We introduce a new data analysis method that allows one to quantitatively characterize the system potential and evaluate the stiffness of the pulling device, κ, which is usually not known beforehand. We demonstrate the feasibility of our method by analyzing the results of a numerical experiment based on the standard Prandtl-Tomlinson model of nanoscale friction.

  6. Anisotropy of exciton migration in poly(p-phenylene vinylene)

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    Markov, D. E.; Blom, P. W. M.

    The dynamics of the exciton transport in poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) blended with a low concentration of fullerene molecules is monitored by time-resolved photoluminescence measurements. The diffusion driven motion of excitons toward these scavengers is modeled using a theory based on a random

  7. Bose Condensation of Interwell Excitons in Double Quantum Wells

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    Larionov, A. V.; Timofeev, V. B.; Ni, P. A.

    2002-01-01

    in the domain. With a rise in temperature, this line disappears from the spectrum (Tc 3.4 K). The observed phenomenon is attributed to Bose–Einstein condensation in a quasi-two-dimensional system of interwell excitons. In the temperature range studied (1.5–3.4 K), the critical exciton density and temperature...

  8. Imaging the motion of excitonic complexes in semiconductor quantum wells

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    Pulizzi, Fabio

    2003-01-01

    The low temperature optical properties of semiconductor quantum wells are dominated by excitonic complexes, i.e. a few charges bound together by the mutual Coulomb interaction. Excitonic complexes have been widely studied in the past not only for their importance in the physics of semiconductors,

  9. Optical properties of localized excitons in semiconductor nanostructures

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    Leosson, Kristjan; Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Langbein, Wolfgang Werner

    2002-01-01

    Denne afhandling beskriver optiske undersøgelser af lokaliserede excitoner i III-V halvleder nanostrukturer. Det drejer sig især om tredimensional lokalisering af excitoner i to typer af selvorganiserede systemer, nemlig kvantebrønde med fluktuerende lagtykkelse og såkaldte selv-dannede kvantepun...

  10. Mapping the exciton diffusion in semiconductor nanocrystal solids.

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    Kholmicheva, Natalia; Moroz, Pavel; Bastola, Ebin; Razgoniaeva, Natalia; Bocanegra, Jesus; Shaughnessy, Martin; Porach, Zack; Khon, Dmitriy; Zamkov, Mikhail

    2015-03-24

    Colloidal nanocrystal solids represent an emerging class of functional materials that hold strong promise for device applications. The macroscopic properties of these disordered assemblies are determined by complex trajectories of exciton diffusion processes, which are still poorly understood. Owing to the lack of theoretical insight, experimental strategies for probing the exciton dynamics in quantum dot solids are in great demand. Here, we develop an experimental technique for mapping the motion of excitons in semiconductor nanocrystal films with a subdiffraction spatial sensitivity and a picosecond temporal resolution. This was accomplished by doping PbS nanocrystal solids with metal nanoparticles that force the exciton dissociation at known distances from their birth. The optical signature of the exciton motion was then inferred from the changes in the emission lifetime, which was mapped to the location of exciton quenching sites. By correlating the metal-metal interparticle distance in the film with corresponding changes in the emission lifetime, we could obtain important transport characteristics, including the exciton diffusion length, the number of predissociation hops, the rate of interparticle energy transfer, and the exciton diffusivity. The benefits of this approach to device applications were demonstrated through the use of two representative film morphologies featuring weak and strong interparticle coupling.

  11. Interlayer excitons in a bulk van der Waals semiconductor

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    Arora, Ashish; Drueppel, Matthias; Schmidt, Robert

    2017-01-01

    , dissipationless current flow, and the light-induced exciton spin Hall effect. Here we report on the discovery of interlayer excitons in a bulk van der Waals semiconductor. They form due to strong localization and spin-valley coupling of charge carriers. By combining high-field magneto-reflectance experiments...

  12. Exciton ionization in multilayer transition-metal dichalcogenides

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    Pedersen, Thomas Garm; Latini, Simone; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer

    2016-01-01

    Photodetectors and solar cells based on materials with strongly bound excitons rely crucially on field-assisted exciton ionization. We study the ionization process in multilayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) within the Mott-Wannier model incorporating fully the pronounced anisotropy...

  13. Coherent excitonic nonlinearity versus inhomogeneous broadening in single quantum wells

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    Langbein, Wolfgang Werner; Borri, Paola; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1998-01-01

    The coherent response of excitons in semiconductor nanostructures, as measured in four wave mixing (FWM) experiments, depends strongly on the inhomogeneous broadening of the exciton transition. We investigate GaAs-AlGaAs single quantum wells (SQW) of 4 nm to 25 nm well width. Two main mechanisms ...

  14. Magnetic excitons in singlet-ground-state ferromagnets

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    Birgeneau, R.J.; Als-Nielsen, Jens Aage; Bucher, E.

    1971-01-01

    The authors report measurements of the dispersion of singlet-triplet magnetic excitons as a function of temperature in the singlet-ground-state ferromagnets fcc Pr and Pr3Tl. Well-defined excitons are observed in both the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic regions, but with energies which are nearly...

  15. Storing excitons in transition-metal dichalcogenides using dark states

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    Gunlycke, Daniel; Tseng, Frank; Simsek, Ergun

    Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides exhibit strongly bound excitons confined to two dimensions. One challenge in exploiting these excitons is that they have a finite life time and collapse through electron-hole recombination. We propose that the exciton life time could be extended by transitioning the exciton population into dark states. The symmetry of these dark states require the electron and hole to be spatially separated, which not only causes these states to be optically inactive but also inhibits electron-hole recombination. Based on an atomistic model we call the Triangular Lattice Exciton (3ALE) model, we derive transition matrix elements and approximate selection rules showing that excitons could be transitioned into and out of dark states using a pulsed infrared laser. For illustration, we also present exciton population scenarios based on different recombination decay constants. Longer exciton lifetimes could make these materials candidates for applications in energy management and quantum information processing. This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research, directly and through the Naval Research Laboratory.

  16. Optics of exciton-plasmon nanomaterials

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    Sukharev, Maxim; Nitzan, Abraham

    2017-11-01

    This review provides a brief introduction to the physics of coupled exciton-plasmon systems, the theoretical description and experimental manifestation of such phenomena, followed by an account of the state-of-the-art methodology for the numerical simulations of such phenomena and supplemented by a number of FORTRAN codes, by which the interested reader can introduce himself/herself to the practice of such simulations. Applications to CW light scattering as well as transient response and relaxation are described. Particular attention is given to so-called strong coupling limit, where the hybrid exciton-plasmon nature of the system response is strongly expressed. While traditional descriptions of such phenomena usually rely on analysis of the electromagnetic response of inhomogeneous dielectric environments that individually support plasmon and exciton excitations, here we explore also the consequences of a more detailed description of the molecular environment in terms of its quantum density matrix (applied in a mean field approximation level). Such a description makes it possible to account for characteristics that cannot be described by the dielectric response model: the effects of dephasing on the molecular response on one hand, and nonlinear response on the other. It also highlights the still missing important ingredients in the numerical approach, in particular its limitation to a classical description of the radiation field and its reliance on a mean field description of the many-body molecular system. We end our review with an outlook to the near future, where these limitations will be addressed and new novel applications of the numerical approach will be pursued.

  17. Bistable Topological Insulator with Exciton-Polaritons

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    Kartashov, Yaroslav V.; Skryabin, Dmitry V.

    2017-12-01

    The functionality of many nonlinear and quantum optical devices relies on the effect of optical bistability. Using microcavity exciton-polaritons in a honeycomb arrangement of microcavity pillars, we report the resonance response and bistability of topological edge states. A balance between the pump, loss, and nonlinearity ensures a broad range of dynamical stability and controls the distribution of power between counterpropagating states on the opposite edges of the honeycomb lattice stripe. Tuning energy and polarization of the pump photons, while keeping their momentum constant, we demonstrate control of the propagation direction of the dominant edge state. Our results facilitate the development of practical applications of topological photonics.

  18. Single-photon source based on Rydberg exciton blockade

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    Khazali, Mohammadsadegh; Heshami, Khabat; Simon, Christoph

    2017-11-01

    Bound states of electron–hole pairs in semiconductors demonstrate a hydrogen-like behavior in their high-lying excited states that are also known as Rydberg exciton states. The strong interaction between excitons in levels with high principal quantum numbers prevents the creation of more than one exciton in a small crystal; resulting in the Rydberg blockade effect. Here, we propose a new kind of solid-state single-photon source based on the recently observed Rydberg blockade effect for excitons in cuprous oxide. Our quantitative estimates based on single and double excitation probability dynamics indicate that GHz rates and values of the second-order correlation function {g}2(0) below the percent level can be simultaneously achievable. These results should pave the way to explore applications of Rydberg excitons in photonic quantum information processing.

  19. Prediction of SOC content by Vis-NIR spectroscopy at European scale using a modified local PLS algorithm

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    Nocita, M.; Stevens, A.; Toth, G.; van Wesemael, B.; Montanarella, L.

    2012-12-01

    In the context of global environmental change, the estimation of carbon fluxes between soils and the atmosphere has been the object of a growing number of studies. This has been motivated notably by the possibility to sequester CO2 into soils by increasing the soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks and by the role of SOC in maintaining soil quality. Spatial variability of SOC masks its slow accumulation or depletion, and the sampling density required to detect a change in SOC content is often very high and thus very expensive and labour intensive. Visible near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (Vis-NIR DRS) has been shown to be a fast, cheap and efficient tool for the prediction of SOC at fine scales. However, when applied to regional or country scales, Vis-NIR DRS did not provide sufficient accuracy as an alternative to standard laboratory soil analysis for SOC monitoring. Under the framework of Land Use/Cover Area Frame Statistical Survey (LUCAS) project of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), about 20,000 samples were collected all over European Union. Soil samples were analyzed for several physical and chemical parameters, and scanned with a Vis-NIR spectrometer in the same laboratory. The scope of our research was to predict SOC content at European scale using LUCAS spectral library. We implemented a modified local partial least square regression (l-PLS) including, in addition to spectral distance, other potentially useful covariates (geography, texture, etc.) to select for each unknown sample a group of predicting neighbours. The dataset was split in mineral soils under cropland, mineral soils under grassland, mineral soils under woodland, and organic soils due to the extremely diverse spectral response of the four classes. Four every class training (70%) and test (30%) sets were created to calibrate and validate the SOC prediction models. The results showed very good prediction ability for mineral soils under cropland and mineral soils

  20. Real-Time Quantitative Operando Raman Spectroscopy of a CrOx/Al2O3 Propane Dehydrogenation Catalyst in a Pilot-Scale Reactor

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    Sattler, Jesper J. H. B.; Mens, Ad M.; Weckhuysen, Bert M.

    2014-01-01

    Combined operando UV/vis-Raman spectroscopy has been used to study the deactivation of CrOx/Al2O3 catalyst extrudates in a pilot scale propane dehydrogenation reactor. For this purpose, UV/vis and Raman optical fiber probes have been designed, constructed and tested. The light absorption measured by

  1. Multiexciton Absorption and Multiple Exciton Generation in CdSe Quantum Dots

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    Franceschetti, Alberto; Zhang, Yong

    2008-04-01

    Efficient multiple-exciton generation (MEG) in semiconductor quantum dots has been recently reported. The MEG efficiency has so far been evaluated assuming that the change (bleaching) of the absorption spectrum due to MEG is linearly proportional to the number of excitons NX. Here, we critically examine this assumption using atomistic pseudopotential calculations for colloidal CdSe nanocrystals. We find that the bleaching of the first absorption peak depends nonlinearly on NX, due to carrier-carrier interactions. This nonlinearity mandates an upper bound of 1.5 to the value of the normalized bleaching that can be attributed to MEG, significantly smaller than the limit of 2.0 predicted by the linear scaling assumption. Thus, measured values of the normalized bleaching in excess of 1.5 cannot be due entirely to MEG, but must originate in part from other mechanisms.

  2. Exciton dynamics at the heteromolecular interface between N,N′-dioctyl-3,4,9,10-perylenedicarboximide and quaterrylene, studied using time-resolved photoluminescence

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    Nobuya Hiroshiba

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available To elucidate the exciton dynamics at the heteromolecular interface, the temperature dependence of time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL spectra of neat-N,N′-dioctyl-3,4,9,10-perylenedicarboximide (PTCDI-C8 and PTCDI-C8/Quaterrylene (QT heteromolecular thin films was investigated. The lifetimes of excitons were evaluated to identify the Frenkel (FE, high energy charge-transfer (CTEhigh, low energy charge-transfer (CTElow, and excimer exciton states. The thermal activation energy (Δact of CTElow in PTCDI-C8 thin film was evaluated as 25 meV, which is 1/5 of that of FE, indicating that CTElow is more thermally sensitive than FE in PTCDI-C8 thin film. We investigated the exciton transport length (l along the vertical direction against the substrate surface in PTCDI-C8/QT thin film at 30 K, and demonstrated that lFE = 9.9 nm, lCTElow = 4.2 nm, lCTEhigh = 4.3 nm, and lexcimer = 11.9 nm. To elucidate the difference in l among these excitons, the activation energies (Ea for quenching at the heteromolecular interface were investigated. Ea values were estimated to be 13.1 meV for CTElow and 18.6 meV for CTEhigh. These values agree with the thermal sensitivity of CTEs as reported in a previous static PL study. This latter situation is different from the case of FE and excimer excitons, which are transported via a resonant process and have no temperature dependence. The small Ea values of CTEs suggest that exciton transport takes place via a thermal hopping process in CTEs. The present experimental study provides information on nano-scaled exciton dynamics in a well-defined PTCDI-C8 (2 ML/QT (2 ML system.

  3. Scaled-energy Floquet spectroscopy in a strong electric field: A semiquantal calculation of the recurrence spectrum

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    Kondratovich, Vladimir; Delos, John B.

    1998-06-01

    We consider a hydrogen atom in a strong static electric field with a weak parallel radio-frequency (rf) field. We compute the photoabsorption spectrum by calculating the spectrum of Floquet states, including their quasienergies and their oscillator strengths. Our calculation is based upon ``semiquantal'' formulas: we calculate the discrete spectrum of quasienergy states by using a quantum adiabatic approximation combined with semiclassical (Bohr-Sommerfeld) quantization rules. We express this spectrum in a manner consistent with the method of scaled-variable spectroscopy, and then calculate the Fourier transform. These calculated absorption spectra and recurrence spectra are in good agreement with experiments on Li atoms. Additional approximations show that the recurrence spectrum is approximately equal to the product of the recurrence spectrum in a static field times an envelope function. That envelope function is the Fourier transform of a cluster of sidebands surrounding a progenitor level in the rf field. The resulting formula agrees with the low-frequency limit of a formula obtained from a semiclassical treatment.

  4. Coherent Dynamics of Mixed Frenkel and Charge-Transfer Excitons in Dinaphtho[2,3-b:2'3'-f]thieno[3,2-b]-thiophene Thin Films: The Importance of Hole Delocalization.

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    Fujita, Takatoshi; Atahan-Evrenk, Sule; Sawaya, Nicolas P D; Aspuru-Guzik, Alán

    2016-04-07

    Charge-transfer states in organic semiconductors play crucial roles in processes such as singlet fission and exciton dissociation at donor/acceptor interfaces. Recently, a time-resolved spectroscopy study of dinaphtho[2,3-b:2'3'-f]thieno[3,2-b]-thiophene (DNTT) thin films provided evidence for the formation of mixed Frenkel and charge-transfer excitons after the photoexcitation. Here, we investigate optical properties and excitation dynamics of the DNTT thin films by combining ab initio calculations and a stochastic Schrödinger equation. Our theory predicts that the low-energy Frenkel exciton band consists of 8-47% CT character. The quantum dynamics simulations show coherent dynamics of Frenkel and CT states in 50 fs after the optical excitation. We demonstrate the role of charge delocalization and localization in the mixing of CT states with Frenkel excitons as well as the role of their decoherence.

  5. Perspective: Optical spectroscopy in π-conjugated polymers and how it can be used to determine multiscale polymer structures

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    Barford, William; Marcus, Max

    2017-04-01

    Exciton delocalization in conjugated polymer systems is determined by polymer conformations and packing. Since exciton delocalization determines the photoluminescent vibronic progression, optical spectroscopy provides an indirect link to polymer multiscale structures. This perspective describes our current theoretical understanding of how exciton delocalization in π-conjugated polymers determines their optical spectroscopy and further shows how exciton delocalization is related to conformational and environmental disorder. If the multiscale structures in conjugated polymer systems are known, then using first-principles modeling of excitonic processes it is possible to predict a wide-range of spectroscopic observables. We propose a reverse-engineering protocol of using these experimental observables in combination with theoretical and computational modeling to determine the multiscale polymers structures, thus establishing quantitative structure-function predictions.

  6. Homoconjugation vs. Exciton Coupling in Chiral α,β-Unsaturated Bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane Dinitrile and Carboxylic Acids

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    Gintautas Bagdžiūnas

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The chiroptical properties of enantiomerically pure bicyclo[3.3.1]nona-2,6-diene-2,6-dicarbonitrile and related acids were studied by circular dichroism spectroscopy and theoretical computations. A consideration of the molecular structure of the synthesized difunctional compounds revealed that chromophores are predisposed to transannular through-space interaction due to a favourable conformation of the bicyclic skeleton and a rather small interchromophoric distance. Evidence for non-exciton-type coupling between the two acrylonitrile and acrylate moieties in 3 and 4, respectively, was obtained by chiroptical spectroscopy and DFT calculations.

  7. Defect-induced excitonic recombination in Ti x Zn1- x O thin films grown by DC-unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Nurfani, Eka; Kurniawan, Robi; Aono, Takashige; Takeda, Kohei; Shirai, Yuma; Sutjahja, Inge M.; Rusydi, Andrivo; Winata, Toto; Takase, Kouichi; Darma, Yudi

    2017-11-01

    We study the effects of Ti doping on the near-band-edge emission (NBE) and defect-related deep-level emission (DLE) of ZnO thin films grown by DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering. DLE in pure ZnO is contributed by zinc and oxygen vacancies (VZn+VO), as revealed by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, current-voltage (I-V) characteristic measurement, and spectroscopic ellipsometry. The reduction in the number of VZn states is clearly observed upon Ti doping, resulting in the enhancement of green emission from VO. Interestingly, the thin film with a Ti concentration of 1 at. % shows a higher excitonic emission. Furthermore, the temperature dependence of PL spectra shows that the enhanced excitonic emission originates from the donor-bound exciton promoted by the Ti dopant and native VO. This study shows an important role of the defects in controlling the optical and electronic properties of ZnO films for future optoelectronic applications.

  8. Synthesis and Exciton Dynamics of Triplet Sensitized Conjugated Polymers

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    Andernach, Rolf

    2015-07-22

    We report the synthesis of a novel polythiophene-based host-guest copolymer incorporating a Pt-porphyrin complex (TTP-Pt) into the backbone for efficient singlet to triplet polymer exciton sensitization. We elucidated the exciton dynamics in thin films of the material by means of Transient Absorption Spectrosopcy (TAS) on multiple timescales and investigated the mechanism of triplet exciton formation. During sensitization, single exciton diffusion is followed by exciton transfer from the polymer backbone to the complex where it undergoes intersystem crossing to the triplet state of the complex. We directly monitored the triplet exciton back transfer from the Pt-porphyrin to the polymer and find that 60% of the complex triplet excitons are transferred with a time constant of 1087 ps. We propose an equilibrium between polymer and porphyrin triplet states as a result of the low triplet diffusion length in the polymer backbone and hence an increased local triplet population resulting in increased triplet-triplet annihilation. This novel system has significant implications for the design of novel materials for triplet sensitized solar cells and up-conversion layers.

  9. Probing the Interlayer Exciton Physics in a MoS2/MoSe2/MoS2 van der Waals Heterostructure

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    Baranowski, M.; Surrente, A.; Klopotowski, L.; Urban, J. M.; Zhang, N.; Maude, D. K.; Wiwatowski, K.; Mackowski, S.; Kung, Y. C.; Dumcenco, D.; Kis, A.; Plochocka, P.

    2017-10-01

    Stacking atomic monolayers of semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has emerged as an effective way to engineer their properties. In principle, the staggered band alignment of TMD heterostructures should result in the formation of inter-layer excitons with long lifetimes and robust valley polarization. However, these features have been observed simultaneously only in MoSe$_2$/WSe$_2$ heterostructures. Here we report on the observation of long lived inter-layer exciton emission in a MoS$_2$/MoSe$_2$/MoS$_2$ trilayer van der Waals heterostructure. The inter-layer nature of the observed transition is confirmed by photoluminescence spectroscopy, as well as by analyzing the temporal, excitation power and temperature dependence of the inter-layer emission peak. The observed complex photoluminescence dynamics suggests the presence of quasi-degenerate momentum-direct and momentum-indirect bandgaps. We show that circularly polarized optical pumping results in long lived valley polarization of inter-layer exciton. Intriguingly, the inter-layer exciton photoluminescence has helicity opposite to the excitation. Our results show that through a careful choice of the TMDs forming the van der Waals heterostructure it is possible to control the circular polarization of the inter-layer exciton emission.

  10. Probing the Interlayer Exciton Physics in a MoS2/MoSe2/MoS2van der Waals Heterostructure.

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    Baranowski, M; Surrente, A; Klopotowski, L; Urban, J M; Zhang, N; Maude, D K; Wiwatowski, K; Mackowski, S; Kung, Y C; Dumcenco, D; Kis, A; Plochocka, P

    2017-10-11

    Stacking atomic monolayers of semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has emerged as an effective way to engineer their properties. In principle, the staggered band alignment of TMD heterostructures should result in the formation of interlayer excitons with long lifetimes and robust valley polarization. However, these features have been observed simultaneously only in MoSe 2 /WSe 2 heterostructures. Here we report on the observation of long-lived interlayer exciton emission in a MoS 2 /MoSe 2 /MoS 2 trilayer van der Waals heterostructure. The interlayer nature of the observed transition is confirmed by photoluminescence spectroscopy, as well as by analyzing the temporal, excitation power, and temperature dependence of the interlayer emission peak. The observed complex photoluminescence dynamics suggests the presence of quasi-degenerate momentum-direct and momentum-indirect bandgaps. We show that circularly polarized optical pumping results in long-lived valley polarization of interlayer exciton. Intriguingly, the interlayer exciton photoluminescence has helicity opposite to the excitation. Our results show that through a careful choice of the TMDs forming the van der Waals heterostructure it is possible to control the circular polarization of the interlayer exciton emission.

  11. Time-resolved ultrafast spectroscopy of wide-gap II-VI semiconductor quantum wells

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    Brown, G

    2001-01-01

    proposal is supported through the development of a phenomenological model describing the dynamic evolution of exciton spin populations. The inclusion of higher order Coulomb interaction terms within current many-body theory is limited by the analytical complexity This work provides valuable experimental observations, which invite further theoretical endeavour within this field. Ultrafast spectroscopic techniques have been used out to investigate both coherent and incoherent exciton dynamics within zinc selenide-based multiple quantum wells. Time-integrated four-wave-mixing experiments were carried out to investigate exciton dephasing due to exciton-phonon scattering. In particular experiments on multiple quantum well structures with a range of well widths demonstrated that exciton-acoustic phonon scattering was found to reach a maximum when the quantum confinement within the well was also maximised. The technique of pump-continuum probe spectroscopy has been enhanced giving improved resolution of absorption d...

  12. Excitonic AND Logic Gates on DNA Brick Nanobreadboards

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    2015-01-01

    A promising application of DNA self-assembly is the fabrication of chromophore-based excitonic devices. DNA brick assembly is a compelling method for creating programmable nanobreadboards on which chromophores may be rapidly and easily repositioned to prototype new excitonic devices, optimize device operation, and induce reversible switching. Using DNA nanobreadboards, we have demonstrated each of these functions through the construction and operation of two different excitonic AND logic gates. The modularity and high chromophore density achievable via this brick-based approach provide a viable path toward developing information processing and storage systems. PMID:25839049

  13. Ordered Dissipative Structures in Exciton Systems in Semiconductor Quantum Wells

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    Andrey A. Chernyuk

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available A phenomenological theory of exciton condensation in conditions of inhomogeneous excitation is proposed. The theory is applied to the study of the development of an exciton luminescence ring and the ring fragmentation at macroscopical distances from the central excitation spot in coupled quantum wells. The transition between the fragmented and the continuous ring is considered. With assumption of a defect in the structure, a possibility of a localized island of the condensed phase in a fixed position is shown. Exciton density distribution is also analyzed in the case of two spatially separated spots of the laser excitation.

  14. 2012 ELECTRONIC SPECTROSCOPY & DYNAMICS GORDON RESEARCH CONFERENCE, JULY 22-27, 2012

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    2012-07-27

    Topics covered in this GRC include high-resolution spectroscopy, coherent electronic energy transport in biology, excited state theory and dynamics, excitonics, electronic spectroscopy of cold and ultracold molecules, and the spectroscopy of nanostructures. Several sessions will highlight innovative techniques such as time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy, frequency combs, and liquid microjet photoelectron spectroscopy that have forged stimulating new connections between gas-phase and condensed-phase work.

  15. Hot exciton cooling and multiple exciton generation in PbSe quantum dots.

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    Kumar, Manoj; Vezzoli, Stefano; Wang, Zilong; Chaudhary, Varun; Ramanujan, Raju V; Gurzadyan, Gagik G; Bruno, Annalisa; Soci, Cesare

    2016-11-16

    Multiple exciton generation (MEG) is a promising process to improve the power conversion efficiency of solar cells. PbSe quantum dots (QDs) have shown reasonably high MEG quantum yield (QY), although the photon energy threshold for this process is still under debate. One of the reasons for this inconsistency is the complicated competition of MEG and hot exciton cooling, especially at higher excited states. Here, we investigate MEG QY and the origin of the photon energy threshold for MEG in PbSe QDs of three different sizes by studying the transient absorption (TA) spectra, both at the band gap (near infrared, NIR) and far from the band gap energy (visible range). The comparison of visible TA spectra and dynamics for different pump wavelengths, below, around and above the MEG threshold, provides evidence of the role of the Σ transition in slowing down the exciton cooling process that can help MEG to take over the phonon relaxation process. The universality of this behavior is confirmed by studying QDs of three different sizes. Moreover, our results suggest that MEG QY can be determined by pump-probe experiments probed above the band gap.

  16. Intermolecular Singlet and Triplet Exciton Transfer Integrals from Many-Body Green's Functions Theory.

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    Wehner, Jens; Baumeier, Björn

    2017-04-11

    A general approach to determine orientation and distance-dependent effective intermolecular exciton transfer integrals from many-body Green's functions theory is presented. On the basis of the GW approximation and the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE), a projection technique is employed to obtain the excitonic coupling by forming the expectation value of a supramolecular BSE Hamiltonian with electron-hole wave functions for excitations localized on two separated chromophores. Within this approach, accounting for the effects of coupling mediated by intermolecular charge transfer (CT) excitations is possible via perturbation theory or a reduction technique. Application to model configurations of pyrene dimers shows an accurate description of short-range exchange and long-range Coulomb interactions for the coupling of singlet and triplet excitons. Computational parameters, such as the choice of the exchange-correlation functional in the density-functional theory (DFT) calculations that underly the GW-BSE steps and the convergence with the number of included CT excitations, are scrutinized. Finally, an optimal strategy is derived for simulations of full large-scale morphologies by benchmarking various approximations using pairs of dicyanovinyl end-capped oligothiophenes (DCV5T), which are used as donor material in state-of-the-art organic solar cells.

  17. Quasiperiodic energy dependence of exciton relaxation kinetics in the sexithiophene crystal.

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    Petelenz, Piotr; Zak, Emil

    2014-10-16

    Femtosecond kinetics of fluorescence rise in the sexithiophene crystal is studied on a microscopic model of intraband relaxation, where exciton energy is assumed to be dissipated by phonon-accompanied scattering, with the rates calculated earlier. The temporal evolution of the exciton population is described by a set of kinetic equations, solved numerically to yield the population buildup at the band bottom. Not only the time scale but also the shape of the rise curves is found to be unusually sensitive to excitation energy, exhibiting unique quasiperiodic dependence thereon, which is rationalized in terms of the underlying model. Further simulations demonstrate that the main conclusions are robust with respect to experimental factors such as finite temperature and inherent spectral broadening of the exciting pulse, while the calculated fluorescence rise times are found to be in excellent agreement with experimental data available to date. As the rise profiles are composed of a number of exponential contributions, which varies with excitation energy, the common practice of characterizing the population buildup in the emitting state by a single value of relaxation time turns out to be an oversimplification. New experiments giving further insight into the kinetics and mechanism of intraband exciton relaxation are suggested.

  18. Intermolecular Singlet and Triplet Exciton Transfer Integrals from Many-Body Green’s Functions Theory

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    2017-01-01

    A general approach to determine orientation and distance-dependent effective intermolecular exciton transfer integrals from many-body Green’s functions theory is presented. On the basis of the GW approximation and the Bethe–Salpeter equation (BSE), a projection technique is employed to obtain the excitonic coupling by forming the expectation value of a supramolecular BSE Hamiltonian with electron–hole wave functions for excitations localized on two separated chromophores. Within this approach, accounting for the effects of coupling mediated by intermolecular charge transfer (CT) excitations is possible via perturbation theory or a reduction technique. Application to model configurations of pyrene dimers shows an accurate description of short-range exchange and long-range Coulomb interactions for the coupling of singlet and triplet excitons. Computational parameters, such as the choice of the exchange-correlation functional in the density-functional theory (DFT) calculations that underly the GW-BSE steps and the convergence with the number of included CT excitations, are scrutinized. Finally, an optimal strategy is derived for simulations of full large-scale morphologies by benchmarking various approximations using pairs of dicyanovinyl end-capped oligothiophenes (DCV5T), which are used as donor material in state-of-the-art organic solar cells. PMID:28234472

  19. Scaling, propagating and mapping uncertainty in spectroscopy-derived foliar traits from the leaf to the image

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    Singh, A.; Serbin, S. P.; Kingdon, C.; Townsend, P. A.

    2013-12-01

    A major goal of remote sensing, and imaging spectroscopy in particular, is the development of generalizable algorithms to repeatedly and accurately map ecosystem properties such as canopy chemistry across space and time. Existing methods must therefore be tested across a range of measurement approaches to identify and overcome limits to the consistent retrieval of such properties from spectroscopic imagery. Here we illustrate a general approach for the estimation of key foliar biochemical and morphological traits from spectroscopic imagery derived from the AVIRIS instrument and the propagation of errors from the leaf to the image scale using partial least squares regression (PLSR) techniques. Our method involves the integration of three types of data representing different scales of observation: At the image scale, the images were normalized for atmospheric, illumination and BRDF effects. Spectra from field plot locations were extracted from the 51AVIRIS images and were averaged when the field plot was larger than a single pixel. At the plot level, the scaling was conducted using multiple replicates (1000) derived from the leaf-level uncertainty estimates to generate plot-level estimates with their associated uncertainties. Leaf-level estimates of foliar traits (%N, %C, %Fiber, %Cellulose, %Lignin, LMA) were scaled to the canopy based on relative species composition of each plot. Image spectra were iteratively split into 50/50 randomized calibration-validation datasets and multiple (500) trait-predictive PLSR models were generated, this time sampling from within the plot-level uncertainty distribution. This allowed the propagation of uncertainty from the leaf-level dependent variables to the plot level, and finally to models built using AVIRIS image spectra. Moreover, this method allows us to generate spatially explicit maps of uncertainty in our sampled traits. Both LMA and %N PLSR models had a R2 greater than 0.8, root mean square errors (RMSEs) for both

  20. Energy and Information Transfer Via Coherent Exciton Wave Packets

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    Zang, Xiaoning

    Electronic excitons are bound electron-hole states that are generated when light interacts with matter. Such excitations typically entangle with phonons and rapidly decohere; the resulting electronic state dynamics become diffusive as a result. However, if the exciton-phonon coupling can be reduced, it may be possible to construct excitonic wave packets that offer a means of efficiently transmitting information and energy. This thesis is a combined theory/computation investigation to design condensed matter systems which support the requisite coherent transport. Under the idealizing assumption that exciton-phonon entanglement could be completely suppressed, the majority of this thesis focuses on the creation and manipulation of exciton wave packets in quasi-one-dimensional systems. While each site could be a silicon quantum dot, the actual implementation focused on organic molecular assemblies for the sake of computational simplicity, ease of experimental implementation, potential for coherent transport, and promise because of reduced structural uncertainty. A laser design was derived to create exciton wave packets with tunable shape and speed. Quantum interference was then exploited to manipulate these packets to block, pass, and even dissociate excitons based on their energies. These developments allow exciton packets to be considered within the arena of quantum information science. The concept of controllable excitonic wave packets was subsequently extended to consider molecular designs that allow photons with orbital angular momentum to be absorbed to create excitons with a quasi-angular momentum of their own. It was shown that a well-defined measure of topological charge is conserved in such light-matter interactions. Significantly, it was also discovered that such molecules allow photon angular momenta to be combined and later emitted. This amounts to a new way of up/down converting photonic angular momentum without relying on nonlinear optical materials. The

  1. Electrical Control of Excitons in Semiconductor Nanostructures

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    Kirsanské, Gabija

    The scope of this thesis covers investigation of the exciton Mott transition in coupled quantum wells, fabrication of photonic-crystal structures with embedded self-assembled quantum dots, and tuning of their properties by means of an external electric field. In the first part of the thesis...... the focus is on quantum dots in photonic nanostructures. The fabrication process of reproducible high-quality photonic-crystal structures on electrically gated GaAs samples is presented. This process is employed to investigate light localization in short photonic-crystal waveguides with a dispersion...... relation facilitating a slow-light effect. The effect of the variations in the local density of optical states on electrically tuned quantum dots embedded in photonic structures is investigated. An electric field is employed to induce strain in suspended GaAs structures, where a bidirectional spectral...

  2. Excitons in ultrathin organic-inorganic perovskite crystals

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    Yaffe, Omer; Chernikov, Alexey; Norman, Zachariah M.; Zhong, Yu; Velauthapillai, Ajanthkrishna; van der Zande, Arend; Owen, Jonathan S.; Heinz, Tony F.

    2015-07-01

    We demonstrate the formation of large sheets of layered organic-inorganic perovskite (OIPC) crystals, as thin as a single unit cell, prepared by mechanical exfoliation. The resulting two-dimensional OIPC nanosheets of 2.4 nm thickness are direct semiconductors with an optical band gap of 2.4 eV. They exhibit unusually strong light-matter interaction with an optical absorption as high as 25% at the main excitonic resonance, as well as bright photoluminescence. We extract an exciton binding energy of 490 meV from measurement of the series of excited exciton states. The properties of the excitons are shown to be strongly influenced by the changes in the dielectric surroundings. The environmental sensitivity of these ultrathin OIPC sheets is further reflected in the strong suppression of a thermally driven phase transition present in the bulk crystals.

  3. Energy Gap Law for Exciton Dynamics in Gold Cluster Molecules.

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    Kwak, Kyuju; Thanthirige, Viraj Dhanushka; Pyo, Kyunglim; Lee, Dongil; Ramakrishna, Guda

    2017-10-05

    The energy gap law relates the nonradiative decay rate to the energy gap separating the ground and excited states. Here we report that the energy gap law can be applied to exciton dynamics in gold cluster molecules. Size-dependent electrochemical and optical properties were investigated for a series of n-hexanethiolate-protected gold clusters ranging from Au25 to Au333. Voltammetric studies reveal that the highest occupied molecular orbital-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (HOMO-LUMO) gaps of these clusters decrease with increasing cluster size. Combined femtosecond and nanosecond time-resolved transient absorption measurements show that the exciton lifetimes decrease with increasing cluster size. Comparison of the size-dependent exciton lifetimes with the HOMO-LUMO gaps shows that they are linearly correlated, demonstrating the energy gap law for excitons in these gold cluster molecules.

  4. Localized diabatization applied to excitons in molecular crystals

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    Jin, Zuxin; Subotnik, Joseph E.

    2017-06-01

    Traditional ab initio electronic structure calculations of periodic systems yield delocalized eigenstates that should be understood as adiabatic states. For example, excitons are bands of extended states which superimpose localized excitations on every lattice site. However, in general, in order to study the effects of nuclear motion on exciton transport, it is standard to work with a localized description of excitons, especially in a hopping regime; even in a band regime, a localized description can be helpful. To extract localized excitons from a band requires essentially a diabatization procedure. In this paper, three distinct methods are proposed for such localized diabatization: (i) a simple projection method, (ii) a more general Pipek-Mezey localization scheme, and (iii) a variant of Boys diabatization. Approaches (i) and (ii) require localized, single-particle Wannier orbitals, while approach (iii) has no such dependence. These methods should be very useful for studying energy transfer through solids with ab initio calculations.

  5. Spin-excitons in heavy-fermion semimetals

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    Riseborough, Peter S., E-mail: prisebor@temple.edu [Temple University, Philadelphia (United States); Magalhaes, S.G. [Univ. Federal, Fluminense, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    2016-02-15

    Spin-excitons are sharp and dispersive magnetic fluctuations in paramagnetic semiconductors where the dispersion relation lies within the semiconducting gap. Spin-excitons are found in the vicinity of magnetic quantum critical points in semiconductors, much the same as antiparamagnons are precursor fluctuations for quantum critical points in metals. Here we show that this concept of spin-exciton excitations can be extended to heavy-fermion semimetals and provides a natural explanation of the magnetic modes found by inelastic neutron scattering experiments on paramagnetic CeFe{sub 2}Al{sub 10}. - Highlights: • We discuss the theory of spin excitons in heavy-fermion semiconductors as precritical fluctuations. • We show that relatively sharp magnetic in-gap excitations can also occur in semiconductors. • The magnetic excitations are only sharp for a restricted range of center of mass momenta. • They may merge with the quasi-elastic peak associated with incommensurate nesting of electron and hole pockets.

  6. Excitonic giant-dipole potentials in cuprous oxide

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    Kurz, Markus; Grünwald, Peter; Scheel, Stefan

    2017-06-01

    In this paper we predict the existence of a novel species of Wannier excitons when exposed to crossed electric and magnetic fields. In particular, we present a theory of giant-dipole excitons in Cu2O in crossed fields. Within our theoretical approach we perform a pseudoseparation of the center-of-mass motion for the field-dressed excitonic species, thereby obtaining an effective single-particle Hamiltonian for the relative motion. For arbitrary gauge fields we exactly separate the gauge-dependent kinetic-energy terms from the effective single-particle interaction potential. Depending on the applied field strengths and the specific field orientation, the potential for the relative motion of electron and hole exhibits an outer well at spatial separations up to several micrometers and depths up to 380 μ eV , leading to possible permanent excitonic electric dipole moments of around 3 ×106 D.

  7. How bilayer excitons can greatly enhance thermoelectric efficiency

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    Wu, Kai; Rademaker, Louk; Zaanen, Jan

    2015-03-01

    Presently, a major nanotechnological challenge is to design thermoelectric devices that have a high figure of merit. To that end, we propose to use bilayer excitons in two-dimensional nanostructures. Bilayer exciton systems are shown to have an improved thermopower and an enhanced electric counterflow and thermal conductivity, with respect to regular semiconductor-based thermoelectrics. We suggest an experimental realization of a bilayer exciton thermocouple. Based on current experimental parameters, a bilayer exciton heterostructures of p- and n-doped Bi2Te3 can enhance the figure of merit an order of magnitude compared to bulk Bi2Te3. Another material suggestion is to make a bilayer out of electron-doped SrTiO3 and hole-doped Ca3Co4O9.

  8. Exciton spectrum in multi-shell hexagonal semiconductor nanotube

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    O.M. Makhanets

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The theory of exciton spectrum in multi-shell hexagonal semiconductor nanotube is developed within the effective masses and rectangular potentials approximations using the method of effective potential. It is shown that the exciton binding energy for all states non-monotonously depends on the inner wire diameter, approaching several minimal and maximal magnitudes. The obtained theoretical results explain well the experimental positions of luminescence peaks for GaAs/Al0.4Ga0.6As nanotubes.

  9. Optical absorption of charged excitons in semiconducting carbon nanotubes

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    Rønnow, Troels Frimodt; Pedersen, Thomas Garm; Cornean, Horia

    2012-01-01

    In this article we examine the absorption coefficient of charged excitons in carbon nanotubes. We investigate the temperature and damping dependence of the absorption spectra. We show that the trion peak in the spectrum is asymmetric for temperatures greater than approximately 1 K whereas...... the absorption peak arising from excitons is symmetric. We expect the positive and negative trion absorption line shapes to be identical, independently of the chiral index (n,m)....

  10. One dimensional models of excitons in carbon nanotubes

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    Cornean, Horia Decebal; Duclos, P.; Pedersen, Thomas Garm

    Excitons in carbon nanotubes may be modeled by two oppositely charged particles living on the surface of a cylinder. We derive three one dimensional effective Hamiltonians which become exact as the radius of the cylinder vanishes. Two of them are solvable.......Excitons in carbon nanotubes may be modeled by two oppositely charged particles living on the surface of a cylinder. We derive three one dimensional effective Hamiltonians which become exact as the radius of the cylinder vanishes. Two of them are solvable....

  11. Nano-scale imaging and spectroscopy of plasmonic systems, thermal near-fields, and phase separation in complex oxides

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    Jones, Andrew C.

    Optical spectroscopy represents a powerful characterization technique with the ability to directly interact with the electronic, spin, and lattice excitations in matter. In addition, through implementation of ultrafast techniques, further insight into the real-time dynamics of elementary interactions can be gained. However, the resolution of far-field microscopy techniques is restricted by the diffraction limit setting a spatial resolution limit in the 100s nm to micron range for visible and IR light, respectively. This resolution is too coarse for the characterization of mesoscopic phenomena in condensed matter physics. The development of experimental techniques with nanoscale resolution and sensitivity to optical fields has been a long standing obstacle to the characterization of condensed matter systems on their natural length scales. This dissertation focuses on the fundamental near-field optical properties of surfaces and nanoscale systems as well as the utilization of nano-optical techniques, specifically apertureless scattering-type Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (s-SNOM), to characterize said optical properties with nanometer scale resolution. First, the s-SNOM characterization of the field enhancement associated with the localized surface plasmon resonances on metallic structures is discussed. With their ability to localize light, plasmonic nano-structures are promising candidate systems to serve as molecular sensors and nano-photonic devices; however, it is well known that particle morphology and the plasmon resonance alone do not uniquely reflect the details of the local field distribution. Here, I demonstrate the use interferometric s-SNOM for imaging of the near-fields associated with plasmonic resonances of crystalline triangular silver nano-prisms in the visible spectral range. I subsequently show the extension of the concept of a localized plasmon into the mid-IR spectral range with the characterization of near-fields of silver nano

  12. Exciton-plasmon coupling interactions: from principle to applications

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    Cao En

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available The interaction of exciton-plasmon coupling and the conversion of exciton-plasmon-photon have been widely investigated experimentally and theoretically. In this review, we introduce the exciton-plasmon interaction from basic principle to applications. There are two kinds of exciton-plasmon coupling, which demonstrate different optical properties. The strong exciton-plasmon coupling results in two new mixed states of light and matter separated energetically by a Rabi splitting that exhibits a characteristic anticrossing behavior of the exciton-LSP energy tuning. Compared to strong coupling, such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering, surface plasmon (SP-enhanced absorption, enhanced fluorescence, or fluorescence quenching, there is no perturbation between wave functions; the interaction here is called the weak coupling. SP resonance (SPR arises from the collective oscillation induced by the electromagnetic field of light and can be used for investigating the interaction between light and matter beyond the diffraction limit. The study on the interaction between SPR and exaction has drawn wide attention since its discovery not only due to its contribution in deepening and broadening the understanding of SPR but also its contribution to its application in light-emitting diodes, solar cells, low threshold laser, biomedical detection, quantum information processing, and so on.

  13. Exciton band structure in bacterial peripheral light-harvesting complexes.

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    Trinkunas, Gediminas; Zerlauskiene, Oksana; Urbonienė, Vidita; Chmeliov, Jevgenij; Gall, Andrew; Robert, Bruno; Valkunas, Leonas

    2012-05-03

    The variability of the exciton spectra of bacteriochlorophyll molecules in light-harvesting (LH) complexes of photosynthetic bacteria ensures the excitation energy funneling trend toward the reaction center. The decisive shift of the energies is achieved due to exciton spectra formation caused by the resonance interaction between the pigments. The possibility to resolve the upper Davydov sub-band corresponding to the B850 ring and, thus, to estimate the exciton bandwidth by analyzing the temperature dependence of the steady-state absorption spectra of the LH2 complexes is demonstrated. For this purpose a self-modeling curve resolution approach was applied for analysis of the temperature dependence of the absorption spectra of LH2 complexes from the photosynthetic bacteria Rhodobacter (Rba.) sphaeroides and Rhodoblastus (Rbl.) acidophilus. Estimations of the intradimer resonance interaction values as follows directly from obtained estimations of the exciton bandwidths at room temperature give 385 and 397 cm(-1) for the LH2 complexes from the photosynthetic bacteria Rba. sphaeroides and Rhl. acidophilus, respectively. At 4 K the corresponding couplings are slightly higher (391 and 435 cm(-1), respectively). The retained exciton bandwidth at physiological conditions supports the decisive role of the exciton coherence determining light absorption in bacterial light-harvesting antenna complexes.

  14. Excitonic photoluminescence and photoresponse of ZnS nanowires

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    Dai, Jun, E-mail: daijun@just.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang 212003 (China); Song, Xing [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212003 (China); Zheng, Hongge [Department of Physics, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang 212003 (China); Wu, Chunxia, E-mail: chxwu7771@yahoo.com.cn [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212003 (China)

    2016-05-01

    Single crystal ZnS nanowires are fabricated by vapor phase transport method on sapphire substrate in the presence of Au catalyst. The morphology, composition, and crystal structure are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). XRD and HRTEM reveal that the ZnS nanowires have perfect single crystal wurtzite structure. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra show that the ZnS nanowires present pure near-bandgap ultraviolet exciton recombination emission at 347 nm. The exciton-related optical properties, including exciton activation energy, temperature-dependent exciton energy and Varshni coefficients describing exciton energy variation, are systematically discussed. In addition, an individual ZnS nanowire-based ultraviolet photodetector is fabricated, which shows good photoresponse ability and fast response rate. The result shows that the ZnS nanowires are particularly suitable for UV photodetectors. - Highlights: • Single crystal ultrathin ZnS nanowires with diameter of 20–100 nm were fabricated by vapor phase transport method. • Exciton-related optical properties were fitted by temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra. • Single ZnS nanowire ultraviolet photodetector with good photoswitch ability and high photocurrent was demonstrated.

  15. Exciton-plasmon coupling interactions: from principle to applications

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    Cao, En; Lin, Weihua; Sun, Mengtao; Liang, Wenjie; Song, Yuzhi

    2018-01-01

    The interaction of exciton-plasmon coupling and the conversion of exciton-plasmon-photon have been widely investigated experimentally and theoretically. In this review, we introduce the exciton-plasmon interaction from basic principle to applications. There are two kinds of exciton-plasmon coupling, which demonstrate different optical properties. The strong exciton-plasmon coupling results in two new mixed states of light and matter separated energetically by a Rabi splitting that exhibits a characteristic anticrossing behavior of the exciton-LSP energy tuning. Compared to strong coupling, such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering, surface plasmon (SP)-enhanced absorption, enhanced fluorescence, or fluorescence quenching, there is no perturbation between wave functions; the interaction here is called the weak coupling. SP resonance (SPR) arises from the collective oscillation induced by the electromagnetic field of light and can be used for investigating the interaction between light and matter beyond the diffraction limit. The study on the interaction between SPR and exaction has drawn wide attention since its discovery not only due to its contribution in deepening and broadening the understanding of SPR but also its contribution to its application in light-emitting diodes, solar cells, low threshold laser, biomedical detection, quantum information processing, and so on.

  16. Quantum Hall drag of exciton condensate in graphene

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    Liu, Xiaomeng; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Halperin, Bertrand I.; Kim, Philip

    2017-08-01

    An exciton condensate is a Bose-Einstein condensate of electron and hole pairs bound by the Coulomb interaction. In an electronic double layer (EDL) subject to strong magnetic fields, filled Landau states in one layer bind with empty states of the other layer to form an exciton condensate. Here we report exciton condensation in a bilayer graphene EDL separated by hexagonal boron nitride. Driving current in one graphene layer generates a near-quantized Hall voltage in the other layer, resulting in coherent exciton transport. Owing to the strong Coulomb coupling across the atomically thin dielectric, quantum Hall drag in graphene appears at a temperature ten times higher than previously observed in a GaAs EDL. The wide-range tunability of densities and displacement fields enables exploration of a rich phase diagram of Bose-Einstein condensates across Landau levels with different filling factors and internal quantum degrees of freedom. The observed robust exciton condensation opens up opportunities to investigate various many-body exciton phases.

  17. Exciton Band Structure in Two-Dimensional Materials.

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    Cudazzo, Pierluigi; Sponza, Lorenzo; Giorgetti, Christine; Reining, Lucia; Sottile, Francesco; Gatti, Matteo

    2016-02-12

    Low-dimensional materials differ from their bulk counterparts in many respects. In particular, the screening of the Coulomb interaction is strongly reduced, which can have important consequences such as the significant increase of exciton binding energies. In bulk materials the binding energy is used as an indicator in optical spectra to distinguish different kinds of excitons, but this is not possible in low-dimensional materials, where the binding energy is large and comparable in size for excitons of very different localization. Here we demonstrate that the exciton band structure, which can be accessed experimentally, instead provides a powerful way to identify the exciton character. By comparing the ab initio solution of the many-body Bethe-Salpeter equation for graphane and single-layer hexagonal boron nitride, we draw a general picture of the exciton dispersion in two-dimensional materials, highlighting the different role played by the exchange electron-hole interaction and by the electronic band structure. Our interpretation is substantiated by a prediction for phosphorene.

  18. Acousto-exciton interaction in a gas of 2D indirect dipolar excitons in the presence of disorder

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    Kovalev, V. M.; Chaplik, A. V., E-mail: chaplik@isp.nsc.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation)

    2016-03-15

    A theory for the linear and quadratic responses of a 2D gas of indirect dipolar excitons to an external surface acoustic wave perturbation in the presence of a static random potential is considered. The theory is constructed both for high temperatures, definitely greater than the exciton gas condensation temperature, and at zero temperature by taking into account the Bose–Einstein condensation effects. The particle Green functions, the density–density correlation function, and the quadratic response function are calculated by the “cross” diagram technique. The results obtained are used to calculate the absorption of Rayleigh surface waves and the acoustic exciton gas drag by a Rayleigh wave. The damping of Bogoliubov excitations in an exciton condensate due to theirs scattering by a random potential has also been determined.

  19. Complete set of deformation potentials for AlN determined by reflectance spectroscopy under uniaxial stress

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    Ishii, Ryota; Kaneta, Akio; Funato, Mitsuru; Kawakami, Yoichi

    2013-06-01

    Reflectance spectroscopy was performed for nonpolar and semipolar bulk aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates under uniaxial stress. The exciton-polariton theory was applied to interpret the reflectivity spectra, while the Bir-Pikus deformation potential theory was used to analyze the stress dependence of exciton transition energies. This approach allowed all the deformation potentials in AlN to be determined without the quasicubic approximation.

  20. Impact of charge-transfer excitons in regioregular polythiophene on the charge separation at polythiophene-fullerene heterojunctions

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    Polkehn, M.; Tamura, H.; Burghardt, I.

    2018-01-01

    This study addresses the mechanism of ultrafast charge separation in regioregular oligothiophene-fullerene assemblies representative of poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT)-[6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) heterojunctions, with special emphasis on the inclusion of charge transfer excitons in the oligothiophene phase. The formation of polaronic inter-chain charge separated species in highly ordered oligothiophene has been demonstrated in recent experiments and could have a significant impact on the net charge transfer to the fullerene acceptor. The present approach combines a first-principles parametrized multi-site Hamiltonian, based on time-dependent density functional theory calculations, with accurate quantum dynamics simulations using the multi-layer multi-configuration time-dependent Hartree method. Quantum dynamical studies are carried out for up to 182 electronic states and 112 phonon modes. The present analysis follows up on our previous study of (Huix-Rotllant et al 2015 J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6 1702) and significantly expands the scope of this analysis by including the dynamical role of charge transfer excitons. Our investigation highlights the pronounced mixing of photogenerated Frenkel excitons with charge transfer excitons in the oligothiophene domain, and the opening of new transfer channels due the creation of such charge-separated species. As a result, it turns out that the interfacial donor/acceptor charge transfer state can be largely circumvented due to the presence of charge transfer excitons. However, the latter states in turn act as a trap, such that the free carrier yield observed on ultrafast time scales is tangibly reduced. The present analysis underscores the complexity of the transfer pathways at P3HT-PCBM type junctions.

  1. Excitonically Coupled States in Crystalline Coordination Networks.

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    Haldar, Ritesh; Mazel, Antoine; Joseph, Reetu; Adams, Michael; Howard, Ian A; Richards, Bryce S; Tsotsalas, Manuel; Redel, Engelbert; Diring, Stéphane; Odobel, Fabrice; Wöll, Christof

    2017-10-12

    When chromophores are brought into close proximity, noncovalent interactions (π-π/CH-π) can lead to the formation of excitonically coupled states, which bestow new photophysical properties upon the aggregates. Because the properties of the new states not only depend on the strength of intermolecular interactions, but also on the relative orientation, supramolecular assemblies, where these parameters can be varied in a deliberate fashion, provide novel possibilities for the control of photophysical properties. This work reports that core-substituted naphthalene diimides (cNDIs) can be incorporated into surface-mounted metal- organic structures/frameworks (SURMOFs) to yield optical properties strikingly different from conventional aggregates of such molecules, for example, formed in solution or by crystallization. Organic linkers are used, based on cNDIs, well-known organic chromophores with numerous applications in different optoelectronic devices, to fabricate MOF thin films on transparent substrates. A thorough characterization of the properties of these highly ordered chromophoric assemblies reveals the presence of non-emissive excited states in the crystalline material. Structural modulations provide further insights into the nature of the coupling that gives rise to an excited-state energy level in the periodic structure. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Dark High Density Dipolar Liquid of Excitons.

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    Cohen, Kobi; Shilo, Yehiel; West, Ken; Pfeiffer, Loren; Rapaport, Ronen

    2016-06-08

    The possible phases and the nanoscale particle correlations of two-dimensional interacting dipolar particles is a long-sought problem in many-body physics. Here we observe a spontaneous condensation of trapped two-dimensional dipolar excitons with internal spin degrees of freedom from an interacting gas into a high density, closely packed liquid state made mostly of dark dipoles. Another phase transition, into a bright, highly repulsive plasma, is observed at even higher excitation powers. The dark liquid state is formed below a critical temperature Tc ≈ 4.8 K, and it is manifested by a clear spontaneous spatial condensation to a smaller and denser cloud, suggesting an attractive part to the interaction which goes beyond the purely repulsive dipole-dipole forces. Contributions from quantum mechanical fluctuations are expected to be significant in this strongly correlated, long living dark liquid. This is a new example of a two-dimensional atomic-like interacting dipolar liquid, but where the coupling of light to its internal spin degrees of freedom plays a crucial role in the dynamical formation and the nature of resulting condensed dark ground state.

  3. Polaronic exciton in self-organized assemblies of protonated meso-tetraphenylporphine dimers and water at room temperature

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    Udal'tsov, Alexander V.

    2016-12-01

    Assemblies consisting of protonated meso-tetraphenylporphine (TPP) dimers and water have been investigated by UV-vis and infrared (IR) spectroscopy and by atomic force microscopy (AFM) in thin layers. Features of electronic absorption spectra of the assemblies are interpreted in terms of hole polaron combined with exciton theory using quantum well with parameters obtained from the dimer structure. It appears to be hole polaron moving defines kinetic energy of polaronic exciton confined in a quantum well when the electron absorbs photon. Hole polaron characteristics such as polaron self-energy, energy of Frank-Condon transitions, and radius of hole polaron moving through water are found to be 1.38 eV, 0.2445 eV, and 0.246 Å, respectively. A doublet at 1944, 1960 cm-1 (0.2412, 0.2432 eV) observed in IR spectra matches the energy of Frank-Condon transitions. Excitation energies estimated using molecular parameters for polaronic excitons in pure water and in the TPP dimers are found in a good agreement with the experimental data.

  4. Accelerating FRET between Near-Infrared Emitting Quantum Dots Using a Molecular J-Aggregate as an Exciton Bridge.

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    Wang, Chen; Weiss, Emily A

    2017-09-13

    Fast energy transfer (EnT) among quantum dots (QDs) with near-infrared (NIR) emission is essential for fully exploiting their light harvesting and photon downconversion (multiexciton generation) abilities. This paper demonstrates a relayed EnT mechanism that accelerates the migration of NIR excitons between PbS QDs by a factor of 20 from that of one-step EnT through a polyelectrolyte and even a factor of ∼2 from that of one-step EnT between QDs in direct contact, by employing a J-aggregate (J-agg) of a cyanine dye as an exciton bridge. The donor QDs, acceptor QDs, and J-agg are electrostatically assembled into a sandwich structure with layer-by-layer deposition. Estimates of EnT rate and yield from transient and steady-state absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies show that the rate-limiting step in the relay is EnT from the donor QD to the J-agg, while EnT from the J-agg to the acceptor QD occurs in J-agg with more intermolecular order. This work demonstrates the viability of relayed EnT through a molecular bridge as a strategy for accelerating long-distance exciton migration in assemblies of QDs, in particular in the near-infrared.

  5. Scalable high-performance algorithm for the simulation of exciton-dynamics. Application to the light harvesting complex II in the presence of resonant vibrational modes

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    Kreisbeck, Christoph; Kramer, Tobias; Aspuru-Guzik, Alán

    2014-01-01

    the exciton dynamics within a density-matrix formalism are known, but are restricted to small systems with less than ten sites due to their computational complexity. To study the excitonic energy transfer in larger systems, we adapt and extend the exact hierarchical equation of motion (HEOM) method to various...... high-performance many-core platforms using the Open Compute Language (OpenCL). For the light-harvesting complex II (LHC II) found in spinach, the HEOM results deviate from predictions of approximate theories and clarify the time-scale of the transfer-process. We investigate the impact of resonantly...

  6. Rapid identification of soil cadmium pollution risk at regional scale based on visible and near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Chen, T.; Changa, Q.; Clevers, J.G.P.W.; Kooistra, L.

    2015-01-01

    Soil heavy metal pollution due to long-term sewage irrigation is a serious environmental problem in many irrigation areas in northern China. Quickly identifying its pollution status is an important basis for remediation. Visible-near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (VNIRS) provides a useful tool.

  7. Prediction of pork quality with near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS): 1. Feasibility and robustness of NIRS measurements at laboratory scale

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    Kapper, C.; Klont, R.E.; Verdonk, J.M.A.J.; Urlings, H.A.P.

    2012-01-01

    The objective was to study prediction of pork quality by near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technology in the laboratory. A total of 131 commercial pork loin samples were measured with NIRS. Predictive equations were developed for drip loss %, colour L*, a*, b* and pH ultimate (pHu). Equations with

  8. Excitons in InP/InAs inhomogeneous quantum dots

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    Assaid, E; Khamkhami, J E; Dujardin, F

    2003-01-01

    Wannier excitons confined in an InP/InAs inhomogeneous quantum dot (IQD) have been studied theoretically in the framework of the effective mass approximation. A finite-depth potential well has been used to describe the effect of the quantum confinement in the InAs layer. The exciton binding energy has been determined using the Ritz variational method. The spatial correlation between the electron and the hole has been taken into account in the expression for the wavefunction. It has been shown that for a fixed size b of the IQD, the exciton binding energy depends strongly on the core radius a. Moreover, it became apparent that there are two critical values of the core radius, a sub c sub r sub i sub t and a sub 2 sub D , for which important changes of the exciton binding occur. The former critical value, a sub c sub r sub i sub t , corresponds to a minimum of the exciton binding energy and may be used to distinguish between tridimensional confinement and bidimensional confinement. The latter critical value, a ...

  9. Angular momentum transport with twisted exciton wave packets

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    Zang, Xiaoning; Lusk, Mark T.

    2017-10-01

    A chain of cofacial molecules with CN or CN h symmetry supports excitonic states with a screwlike structure. These can be quantified with the combination of an axial wave number and an azimuthal winding number. Combinations of these states can be used to construct excitonic wave packets that spiral down the chain with well-determined linear and angular momenta. These twisted exciton wave packets can be created and annihilated using laser pulses, and their angular momentum can be optically modified during transit. This allows for the creation of optoexcitonic circuits in which information, encoded in the angular momentum of light, is converted into excitonic wave packets that can be manipulated, transported, and then reemitted. A tight-binding paradigm is used to demonstrate the key ideas. The approach is then extended to quantify the evolution of twisted exciton wave packets in a many-body, multilevel time-domain density functional theory setting. In both settings, numerical methods are developed that allow the site-to-site transfer of angular momentum to be quantified.

  10. Exciton Effects in Optical Absorption of Boron-Nitride Nanotubes

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    Harigaya, Kikuo

    2007-01-01

    Exciton effects are studied in single-wall boron-nitride (BN) nanotubes. Linear absorption spectra are calculated with changing the chiral index of the zigzag nanotubes. We consider the extended Hubbard model with atomic energies at the boron and nitrogen sites. Exciton effects are calculated using the configuration interaction technique. The Coulomb interaction dependence of the band gap, the lowest exciton energy, and the binding energy of the exciton are discussed. The optical gap of the (5,0) nanotube is about 6 eV at the onsite interaction U=2t with the hopping integral t=1.2 eV. The binding energy of the exciton is 0.50 eV for these parameters. This energy agrees well with that of other theoretical investigations. We find that the energy gap and the binding energy are almost independent of the geometries of the nanotubes. This novel property is in contrast with that of the carbon nanotubes which show metallic and semiconducting properties depending on the chiral index.

  11. Phonon-assisted absorption of excitons in Cu2O

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    Schöne, Florian; Stolz, Heinrich; Naka, Nobuko

    2017-09-01

    The basic theoretical foundation for the modeling of phonon-assisted absorption spectra in direct band-gap semiconductors, introduced by Elliott 60 years ago [R. J. Elliott, Phys. Rev. 108, 1384 (1957), 10.1103/PhysRev.108.1384] using second order perturbation theory, results in a square root shaped dependency close to the absorption edge. A careful analysis of the experiments [N. Naka et al., Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44, 5096 (2005), 10.1143/JJAP.44.5096] reveals that for the yellow S excitons in Cu2O the lineshape does not follow that square root dependence. The reexamination of the theory shows that the basic assumptions of constant matrix elements and constant energy denominators is invalid for semiconductors with dominant exciton effects like Cu2O , where the phonon-assisted absorption proceeds via intermediate exciton states. The overlap between these and the final exciton states strongly determines the dependence of the absorption on the photon energy. To describe the experimental observed line shape of the indirect absorption of the yellow S exciton states we find it necessary to assume a momentum dependent deformation potential for the optical phonons.

  12. Spectral properties of excitons in the bilayer graphene

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    Apinyan, V.; Kopeć, T. K.

    2018-01-01

    In this paper, we consider the spectral properties of the bilayer graphene with the local excitonic pairing interaction between the electrons and holes. We consider the generalized Hubbard model, which includes both intralayer and interlayer Coulomb interaction parameters. The solution of the excitonic gap parameter is used to calculate the electronic band structure, single-particle spectral functions, the hybridization gap, and the excitonic coherence length in the bilayer graphene. We show that the local interlayer Coulomb interaction is responsible for the semimetal-semiconductor transition in the double layer system, and we calculate the hybridization gap in the band structure above the critical interaction value. The formation of the excitonic band gap is reported as the threshold process and the momentum distribution functions have been calculated numerically. We show that in the weak coupling limit the system is governed by the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS)-like pairing state. Contrary, in the strong coupling limit the excitonic condensate states appear in the semiconducting phase, by forming the Dirac's pockets in the reciprocal space.

  13. Dirac cones and Dirac saddle points of bright excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides.

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    Yu, Hongyi; Liu, Gui-Bin; Gong, Pu; Xu, Xiaodong; Yao, Wang

    2014-05-12

    In monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides, tightly bound excitons have been discovered with a valley pseudospin optically addressable through polarization selection rules. Here, we show that this valley pseudospin is strongly coupled to the exciton centre-of-mass motion through electron-hole exchange. This coupling realizes a massless Dirac cone with chirality index I = 2 for excitons inside the light cone, that is, bright excitons. Under moderate strain, the I = 2 Dirac cone splits into two degenerate I = 1 Dirac cones, and saddle points with a linear Dirac spectrum emerge. After binding an extra electron, the charged exciton becomes a massive Dirac particle associated with a large valley Hall effect protected from intervalley scattering. Our results point to unique opportunities to study Dirac physics, with exciton's optical addressability at specifiable momentum, energy and pseudospin. The strain-tunable valley-orbit coupling also implies new structures of exciton condensates, new functionalities of excitonic circuits and mechanical control of valley pseudospin.

  14. Direct determination of monolayer MoS2 and WSe2 exciton binding energies on insulating and metallic substrates

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    Park, Soohyung

    2018-01-03

    Understanding the excitonic nature of excited states in two-dimensional (2D) transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) is of key importance to make use of their optical and charge transport properties in optoelectronic applications. We contribute to this by the direct experimental determination of the exciton binding energy (E b,exc) of monolayer MoS2 and WSe2 on two fundamentally different substrates, i.e. the insulator sapphire and the metal gold. By combining angle-resolved direct and inverse photoelectron spectroscopy we measure the electronic band gap (E g), and by reflectance measurements the optical excitonic band gap (E exc). The difference of these two energies is E b,exc. The values of E g and E b,exc are 2.11 eV and 240 meV for MoS2 on sapphire, and 1.89 eV and 240 meV for WSe2 on sapphire. On Au E b,exc is decreased to 90 meV and 140 meV for MoS2 and WSe2, respectively. The significant E b,exc reduction is primarily due to a reduction of E g resulting from enhanced screening by the metal, while E exc is barely decreased for the metal support. Energy level diagrams determined at the K-point of the 2D TMDCs Brillouin zone show that MoS2 has more p-type character on Au as compared to sapphire, while WSe2 appears close to intrinsic on both. These results demonstrate that the impact of the dielectric environment of 2D TMDCs is more pronounced for individual charge carriers than for a correlated electron–hole pair, i.e. the exciton. A proper dielectric surrounding design for such 2D semiconductors can therefore be used to facilitate superior optoelectronic device function.

  15. Dephasing in the quasi-two-dimensional exciton-biexciton system

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    Langbein, Wolfgang Werner; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2000-01-01

    The polarization decay in the exciton-biexciton system of a homogeneously broadened single quantum well is studied by transient four-wave mixing. All three decay rates in the exciton-biexciton three-level system are deduced. The relation between the rates unravels correlations between scattering...... excitons and biexcitons are mutually uncorrelated. In contrast, the biexciton phonon scattering is twice as fast and correlated to exciton-phonon scattering, indicating the interaction with similar phonon modes....

  16. A perfect wetting of Mg monolayer on Ag(111) under atomic scale investigation: First principles calculations, scanning tunneling microscopy, and Auger spectroscopy

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    Migaou, Amani; Sarpi, Brice; Guiltat, Mathilde; Payen, Kevin; Daineche, Rachid; Landa, Georges; Vizzini, Sébastien; Hémeryck, Anne

    2016-05-01

    First principles calculations, scanning tunneling microscopy, and Auger spectroscopy experiments of the adsorption of Mg on Ag(111) substrate are conducted. This detailed study reveals that an atomic scale controlled deposition of a metallic Mg monolayer perfectly wets the silver substrate without any alloy formation at the interface at room temperature. A liquid-like behavior of the Mg species on the Ag substrate is highlighted as no dot formation is observed when coverage increases. Finally a layer-by-layer growth mode of Mg on Ag(111) can be predicted, thanks to density functional theory calculations as observed experimentally.

  17. Ultrafast generation of pseudo-magnetic field for valley excitons in WSe2 monolayers

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    Kim, J.

    2014-12-04

    The valley pseudospin is a degree of freedom that emerges in atomically thin two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (MX2). The capability to manipulate it, in analogy to the control of spin in spintronics, can open up exciting opportunities. Here, we demonstrate that an ultrafast and ultrahigh valley pseudo-magnetic field can be generated by using circularly polarized femtosecond pulses to selectively control the valley degree of freedom in monolayer MX2. Using ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy, we observed a pure and valley-selective optical Stark effect in WSe2 monolayers from the nonresonant pump, resulting in an energy splitting of more than 10 milli-electron volts between the K and K′ valley exciton transitions. Our study opens up the possibility to coherently manipulate the valley polarization for quantum information applications.

  18. The relationship between the electric field induced dissociation of charge transfer (CT) excitons and the photocurrent in novel hybrid small molecular/polymeric solar cells

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    Inal, Sahika; Neher, Dieter [Universitaet Potsdam (Germany). Institut fuer Physik und Astronomie; Sellinger, Alan [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore (China)

    2010-07-01

    Complete dissociation of coulombically bound interfacial states is an ultimate step accounting for photovoltaic performance. Recent work has proposed that the emission of CT-exciton, i.e. an exciplex, is a competing process to the generation of free charges. Here, we investigated the photophysical processes in a bulk heterojunction system using a soluble poly(p-phenylenevinylene) donor and a novel small molecular electron acceptor based on Vinazene (2-vinyl-4,5-dicyanoimidazole). Recent work has shown that this blend exhibits a featureless emission, prominent at long wavelengths of the spectrum, which was attributed to a CT-exciton. We monitored the field induced dissociation of these CT-excitons by means of steady state and time resolved PL spectroscopy. Shortened decay times and reduced PL emission in blend film evidence the dissociation of the emissive intermolecular pair by the external electric field. Analyzing the dependence of the photocurrent and external quantum efficiency on the external field, the fate of the separated exciplex pairs is tackled. It is suggested that the formation of free carriers involves channels other than CT-excitons in such blends.

  19. On the relation between local and charge-transfer exciton bindingenergies in organic photovoltaic materials

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    de Gier, Hilde Dorothea; Braam, Henderika; Havenith, Remco

    2015-01-01

    In organic photovoltaic devices two types of excitons can be generated for which different binding energies can be defined: the binding energy of the local exciton generated immediately after light absorption on the polymer and the binding energy of the charge-transfer exciton generated through the

  20. Incomplete Exciton Harvesting from Fullerenes in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Burkhard, George F.

    2009-12-09

    We investigate the internal quantum efficiencies (IQEs) of high efficiency poly-3-hexylthiophene:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) solar cells and find them to be lower at wavelengths where the PCBM absorbs. Because the exciton diffusion length in PCBM is too small, excitons generated in PCBM decay before reaching the donor-acceptor interface. This result has implications for most state of the art organic solar cells, since all of the most efficient devices use fullerenes as electron acceptors. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  1. Exciton localization-delocalization transition in an extended dendrimer

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    Pouthier, Vincent, E-mail: vincent.pouthier@univ-fcomte.fr [Institut UTINAM, Université de Franche-Comté, CNRS UMR 6213, 25030 Besançon Cedex (France)

    2013-12-21

    Exciton-mediated quantum state transfer between the periphery and the core of an extended dendrimer is investigated numerically. By mapping the dynamics onto that of a linear chain, it is shown that a localization-delocalization transition arises for a critical value of the generation number G{sub c} ≈ 5. This transition originates in the quantum interferences experienced by the excitonic wave due to the multiple scatterings that arise each time the wave tunnels from one generation to another. These results suggest that only small-size dendrimers could be used for designing an efficient quantum communication protocol.

  2. Excitonic surface polaritons in luminescence from ZnTe crystals

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    Brodin, M.S.; Bandura, V.M.; Matsko, M.G. (AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev. Inst. Fiziki)

    1984-10-01

    The form and structure of reflection and exciton-polariton luminescence spectra of ZnTe crystals are studied in the region of the ground (n = 1) exciton state. The longitudinal-transverse splitting magnitude ..delta..E/sub LT/ is determined from the shape of the reflection spectra. A detected doublet structure of an emission band from the lower polariton branch is associated with the k-linear term. The evolution of bulk and surface polariton luminescence spectra versus temperature and wavelength of the exciting light is investigated.

  3. One-dimensional models of excitons in carbon nanotubes

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    Cornean, Horia Decebal; Duclos, Pierre; Pedersen, Thomas Garm

    2004-01-01

    Excitons in carbon nanotubes may be modeled by two oppositely charged particles living on the surface of a cylinder. We derive three one-dimensional effective Hamiltonians which become exact as the radius of the cylinder vanishes. Two of them are solvable.......Excitons in carbon nanotubes may be modeled by two oppositely charged particles living on the surface of a cylinder. We derive three one-dimensional effective Hamiltonians which become exact as the radius of the cylinder vanishes. Two of them are solvable....

  4. Realization of an all optical exciton-polariton router

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    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. Exciton dynamics in solid-state green fluorescent protein

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    Dietrich, Christof P.; Siegert, Marie; Betzold, Simon; Ohmer, Jürgen; Fischer, Utz; Höfling, Sven

    2017-01-01

    We study the decay characteristics of Frenkel excitons in solid-state enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) dried from solution. We further monitor the changes of the radiative exciton decay over time by crossing the phase transition from the solved to the solid state. Complex interactions between protonated and deprotonated states in solid-state eGFP can be identified from temperature-dependent and time-resolved fluorescence experiments that further allow the determination of activation energies for each identified process.

  6. Semiconductor optoelectronic infrared spectroscopy

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    Hollingworth, A R

    2001-01-01

    level separation. This showed for the first time evidence of the phonon bottleneck in a working laser device. A new technique called time resolved optically detected cyclotron resonance, was used as a precursor to finding the carrier dynamics within a spatially confined quantum dot. By moving to the case of a spatial QD using an optically detected intraband resonance it was possible to measure the energy separation interband levels and conduction and valence sublevels within the dot simultaneously. Furthermore this technique has been shown that the inhomogeneous broadening of the photoluminescence spectrum is not purely affected by just size and composition. We suggest that other processes such as state occupancy, In roughing, and exciton binding energies may account for the extra energy. We use spectroscopy to study infrared optoelectronic inter and intraband semiconductor carrier dynamics. The overall aim of this thesis was to study both III-V and Pb chalcogenide material systems in order to show their futu...

  7. Enhanced Second-Order Nonlinearity for THz Generation by Resonant Interaction of Exciton-Polariton Rabi Oscillations with Optical Phonons

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    Rojan, Katharina; Léger, Yoan; Morigi, Giovanna; Richard, Maxime; Minguzzi, Anna

    2017-09-01

    Semiconductor microcavities in the strong-coupling regime exhibit an energy scale in the terahertz (THz) frequency range, which is fixed by the Rabi splitting between the upper and lower exciton-polariton states. While this range can be tuned by several orders of magnitude using different excitonic media, the transition between both polaritonic states is dipole forbidden. In this work, we show that, in cadmium telluride microcavities, the Rabi-oscillation-driven THz radiation is actually active without the need for any change in the microcavity design. This feature results from the unique resonance condition which is achieved between the Rabi splitting and the phonon-polariton states and leads to a giant enhancement of the second-order nonlinearity.

  8. Detection of atomic scale changes in the free volume void size of three-dimensional colorectal cancer cell culture using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Axpe, Eneko; Lopez-Euba, Tamara; Castellanos-Rubio, Ainara; Merida, David; Garcia, Jose Angel; Plaza-Izurieta, Leticia; Fernandez-Jimenez, Nora; Plazaola, Fernando; Bilbao, Jose Ramon

    2014-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) provides a direct measurement of the free volume void sizes in polymers and biological systems. This free volume is critical in explaining and understanding physical and mechanical properties of polymers. Moreover, PALS has been recently proposed as a potential tool in detecting cancer at early stages, probing the differences in the subnanometer scale free volume voids between cancerous/healthy skin samples of the same patient. Despite several investigations on free volume in complex cancerous tissues, no positron annihilation studies of living cancer cell cultures have been reported. We demonstrate that PALS can be applied to the study in human living 3D cell cultures. The technique is also capable to detect atomic scale changes in the size of the free volume voids due to the biological responses to TGF-β. PALS may be developed to characterize the effect of different culture conditions in the free volume voids of cells grown in vitro.

  9. Residual stress determination in oxide layers at different length scales combining Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction: Application to chromia-forming metallic alloys

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    Guerain, Mathieu; Grosseau-Poussard, Jean-Luc; Geandier, Guillaume; Panicaud, Benoit; Tamura, Nobumichi; Kunz, Martin; Dejoie, Catherine; Micha, Jean-Sebastien; Thiaudière, Dominique; Goudeau, Philippe

    2017-11-01

    In oxidizing environments, the protection of metals and alloys against further oxidation at high temperature is provided by the oxide film itself. This protection is efficient only if the formed film adheres well to the metal (substrate), i.e., without microcracks and spalls induced by thermomechanical stresses. In this study, the residual stresses at both macroscopic and microscopic scales in the oxide film adhering to the substrate and over the damaged areas have been rigorously determined on the same samples for both techniques. Ni-30Cr and Fe-47Cr alloys have been oxidized together at 900 and 1000 °C, respectively, to create films with a thickness of a few microns. A multi-scale approach was adopted: macroscopic stress was determined by conventional X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, while microscopic residual stress mappings were performed over different types of bucklings using Raman micro-spectroscopy and synchrotron micro-diffraction. A very good agreement is found at macro- and microscales between the residual stress values obtained with both techniques, giving confidence on the reliability of the measurements. In addition, relevant structural information at the interface between the metallic substrate and the oxide layer was collected by micro-diffraction, a non-destructive technique that allows mapping through the oxide layer, and both the grain size and the crystallographic orientation of the supporting polycrystalline metal located either under a buckling or not were measured.

  10. Carrier Formation Dynamics in Prototypical Organic Solar Cells as Investigated by Transient Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Yutaka Moritomo

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Subpicosecond transient absorption spectroscopy is a powerful tool used to clarify the exciton and carrier dynamics within the organic solar cells (OSCs. In this review article, we introduce a method to determine the absolute numbers of the excitons and carriers against delay time (t only from the photoinduced absorption (PIA and electrochemically induced absorption (EIA spectra. Application of this method to rr-P3HT-, PTB7-, and SMDPPEH-based OSCs revealed common aspects of the carrier formation dynamics. First, the temporal evolution of the numbers of the excitons and carriers indicates that the late decay component of exciton does not contribute to the carrier formation process. This is probably because the late component has not enough excess energy to separate into the electron and hole across the donor/acceptor (D/A interface. Secondly, the spectroscopy revealed that the exciton-to-carrier conversion process is insensitive to temperature. This observation, together with the fast carrier formation time in OSCs, is consistent with the hot exciton picture.

  11. Plexcitonic nanoparticles: plasmon-exciton coupling in nanoshell-J-aggregate complexes.

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    Fofang, Nche T; Park, Tae-Ho; Neumann, Oara; Mirin, Nikolay A; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J

    2008-10-01

    Stable Au nanoshell-J-aggregate complexes are formed that exhibit coherent coupling between the localized plasmons of a nanoshell and the excitons of molecular J-aggregates adsorbed on its surface. By tuning the nanoshell plasmon energies across the exciton line of the J-aggregate, plasmon-exciton coupling energies for these complexes are obtained. The strength of this interaction is dependent on the specific plasmon mode of the nanoparticle coupled to the J-aggregate exciton. From a model based on Gans theory, we obtain an expression for the plasmon-exciton hybridized states of the complex.

  12. Coherent dynamics of interwell excitons in GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs superlattices

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    Mizeikis, V.; Birkedal, Dan; Langbein, Wolfgang Werner

    1997-01-01

    Coherent exciton dynamics in a GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs narrow-miniband superlattice is studied by spectrally resolved transient four-wave mixing. Coherent optical properties of the investigated structure are found to be strongly affected by the existence of two different heavy-hole excitonic states. One...... of them, the Is heavy-hole exciton, is almost identical to the same state in noninteracting quantum wells, while the other, the heavy-hole interwell exciton, is composed of an electron and a heavy hole in adjacent wells. The interwell exciton leads to a resonant enhancement in the four-wave mixing spectra...

  13. Wannier-Mott Excitons in Nanoscale Molecular Ices

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    Chen, Y.-J.; Muñoz Caro, G. M.; Aparicio, S.; Jiménez-Escobar, A.; Lasne, J.; Rosu-Finsen, A.; McCoustra, M. R. S.; Cassidy, A. M.; Field, D.

    2017-10-01

    The absorption of light to create Wannier-Mott excitons is a fundamental feature dictating the optical and photovoltaic properties of low band gap, high permittivity semiconductors. Such excitons, with an electron-hole separation an order of magnitude greater than lattice dimensions, are largely limited to these semiconductors but here we find evidence of Wannier-Mott exciton formation in solid carbon monoxide (CO) with a band gap of >8 eV and a low electrical permittivity. This is established through the observation that a change of a few degrees K in deposition temperature can shift the electronic absorption spectra of solid CO by several hundred wave numbers, coupled with the recent discovery that deposition of CO leads to the spontaneous formation of electric fields within the film. These so-called spontelectric fields, here approaching 4 ×107 V m-1 , are strongly temperature dependent. We find that a simple electrostatic model reproduces the observed temperature dependent spectral shifts based on the Stark effect on a hole and electron residing several nm apart, identifying the presence of Wannier-Mott excitons. The spontelectric effect in CO simultaneously explains the long-standing enigma of the sensitivity of vacuum ultraviolet spectra to the deposition temperature.

  14. Subdiffusive exciton motion in systems with heavy-tailed disorder

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    Vlaming, S. M.; Malyshev, V.A.; Eisfeld, A.; Knoester, J.

    2013-01-01

    We study the transport of collective excitations (Frenkel excitons) in systems with static disorder in the transition energies, not limiting ourselves to Gaussian transition energy distributions. Instead, we generalize this model to the wider class of Levy stable distributions, characterized by

  15. Nonmonotonic energy harvesting efficiency in biased exciton chains

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    Vlaming, S.M.; Malyshev, V.A.; Knoester, J.

    2007-01-01

    We theoretically study the efficiency of energy harvesting in linear exciton chains with an energy bias, where the initial excitation is taking place at the high-energy end of the chain and the energy is harvested (trapped) at the other end. The efficiency is characterized by means of the average

  16. Synthetic Control of Exciton Behavior in Colloidal Quantum Dots.

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    Pu, Chaodan; Qin, Haiyan; Gao, Yuan; Zhou, Jianhai; Wang, Peng; Peng, Xiaogang

    2017-03-08

    Colloidal quantum dots are promising optical and optoelectronic materials for various applications, whose performance is dominated by their excited-state properties. This article illustrates synthetic control of their excited states. Description of the excited states of quantum-dot emitters can be centered around exciton. We shall discuss that, different from conventional molecular emitters, ground-state structures of quantum dots are not necessarily correlated with their excited states. Synthetic control of exciton behavior heavily relies on convenient and affordable monitoring tools. For synthetic development of ideal optical and optoelectronic emitters, the key process is decay of band-edge excitons, which renders transient photoluminescence as important monitoring tool. On the basis of extensive synthetic developments in the past 20-30 years, synthetic control of exciton behavior implies surface engineering of quantum dots, including surface cation/anion stoichiometry, organic ligands, inorganic epitaxial shells, etc. For phosphors based on quantum dots doped with transition metal ions, concentration and location of the dopant ions within a nanocrystal lattice are found to be as important as control of the surface states in order to obtain bright dopant emission with monoexponential yet tunable photoluminescence decay dynamics.

  17. Enhancement of spin propagation due to interlayer exciton condensation

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    Rademaker, Louk; van den Brink, J.; Hilgenkamp, H.; Zaanen, Jan

    2013-01-01

    We show that an interlayer exciton condensate doped into a strongly correlated Mott insulator exhibits a remarkable enhancement of the bandwidth of the magnetic excitations (triplons). This triplon is visible in the dynamical magnetic susceptibility and can be measured using resonant inelastic x-ray

  18. Spatial inhomogeneity in spectra and exciton dynamics in porphyrin ...

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    2016-08-26

    Aug 26, 2016 ... ... Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 128; Issue 11. Spatial inhomogeneity in spectra and exciton dynamics in porphyrin micro-rods and micro-brushes: Confocal microscopy. SHYAMTANU CHATTORAJ KANKAN BHATTACHARYYA. Regular Article Volume 128 Issue 11 November 2016 pp 1717-1724 ...

  19. Exciton Recombination in Formamidinium Lead Triiodide : Nanocrystals versus Thin Films

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    Fang, Hong-Hua; Protesescu, Loredana; Balazs, Daniel M.; Adjokatse, Sampson; Kovalenko, Maksym V.; Loi, Maria Antonietta

    2017-01-01

    The optical properties of the newly developed near-infrared emitting formamidinium lead triiodide (FAPbI(3)) nanocrystals (NCs) and their polycrystalline thin film counterpart are comparatively investigated by means of steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence. The excitonic emission is

  20. Excitonic insulator transition in the conjugated polymer polyacene

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    Rice, MJ; Gartstein, YN

    2004-01-01

    According to molecular orbital theory, the symmetrically positioned one-dimensional (I-D) conduction and valence bands of polyacene touch at the X point. Clearly, the exciton binding energy of this semimetal exceeds the band gap so that polyacene should be a textbook case of a semimetal undergoing a

  1. Continuum contribution to excitonic four-wave mixing

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    Birkedal, Dan; Sayed, Karim El; Vadim, Lyssenko

    1996-01-01

    Summary form only given. We present an experimental and theoretical investigation of ultrafast transient four-wave mixing (TFWM) of GaAs-AlGaAs quantum wells for simultaneous excitation of exciton and continuum states. Recent TFWM experiments on semiconductors have shown unexpected results when b...

  2. Creation of Excitons Excited by Light with a Spatial Mode

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    Syouji, Atsushi; Saito, Shingo; Otomo, Akira

    2017-12-01

    When light is absorbed into matter, its degrees of freedom (i.e., energy, polarization, and phase) are transferred to the matter and conserved. In this study, we demonstrate that elementary excitations in matter, which are one-photon-forbidden transition states, become allowed states because of the phase conservation across the entire cross section of excitation light. In particular, when 1S orthoexcitons of the yellow series in the semiconductor cuprous oxide (Cu2O) were resonantly excited by light with a spatial mode, an increase in the Γ 3 - -phonon-emission peak intensity of the excitons was detected depending on the spatial mode. Using group-theory-based analysis, we show that the irreducible representation of a one-photon-forbidden exciton, which is one of the orthoexcitons, can be transmuted to an allowed state by taking the direct product with the polar vector produced from the spatial mode of the light. Although the transition process of the exciton is locally characterized by the usual quadrupole interaction, the phase conservation at each position at which the sample is irradiated causes the exciton to be in the same spatial-mode state. That causes a change in the transition selection rule. The selection rule relaxation due to the spatial mode of the light was also applied for paraexciton creation.

  3. Permanent Rabi oscillations in coupled exciton-photon systems with PT-symmetry.

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    Chestnov, Igor Yu; Demirchyan, Sevak S; Alodjants, Alexander P; Rubo, Yuri G; Kavokin, Alexey V

    2016-01-21

    We propose a physical mechanism which enables permanent Rabi oscillations in driven-dissipative condensates of exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities subjected to external magnetic fields. The method is based on stimulated scattering of excitons from the incoherent reservoir. We demonstrate that permanent non-decaying oscillations may appear due to the parity-time symmetry of the coupled exciton-photon system realized in a specific regime of pumping to the exciton state and depletion of the reservoir. At non-zero exciton-photon detuning, robust permanent Rabi oscillations occur with unequal amplitudes of exciton and photon components. Our predictions pave way to realization of integrated circuits based on exciton-polariton Rabi oscillators.

  4. Multi-exciton emission from solitary dopant states of carbon nanotubes.

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    Ma, Xuedan; Hartmann, Nicolai F; Velizhanin, Kirill A; Baldwin, Jon K S; Adamska, Lyudmyla; Tretiak, Sergei; Doorn, Stephen K; Htoon, Han

    2017-11-02

    By separating the photons from slow and fast decays of single and multi-exciton states in a time gated 2nd order photon correlation experiment, we show that solitary oxygen dopant states of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) allow emission of photon pairs with efficiencies as high as 44% of single exciton emission. Our pump dependent time resolved photoluminescence (PL) studies further reveal diffusion-limited exciton-exciton annihilation as the key process that limits the emission of multi-excitons at high pump fluences. We further postulate that creation of additional permanent exciton quenching sites occurring under intense laser irradiation leads to permanent PL quenching. With this work, we bring out multi-excitonic processes of solitary dopant states as a new area to be explored for potential applications in lasing and entangled photon generation.

  5. Fast Atomic-Scale Elemental Mapping of Crystalline Materials by STEM Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy Achieved with Thin Specimens.

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    Lu, Ping; Yuan, Renliang; Zuo, Jian Min

    2017-02-01

    Elemental mapping at the atomic-scale by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) provides a powerful real-space approach to chemical characterization of crystal structures. However, applications of this powerful technique have been limited by inefficient X-ray emission and collection, which require long acquisition times. Recently, using a lattice-vector translation method, we have shown that rapid atomic-scale elemental mapping using STEM-EDS can be achieved. This method provides atomic-scale elemental maps averaged over crystal areas of ~few 10 nm2 with the acquisition time of ~2 s or less. Here we report the details of this method, and, in particular, investigate the experimental conditions necessary for achieving it. It shows, that in addition to usual conditions required for atomic-scale imaging, a thin specimen is essential for the technique to be successful. Phenomenological modeling shows that the localization of X-ray signals to atomic columns is a key reason. The effect of specimen thickness on the signal delocalization is studied by multislice image simulations. The results show that the X-ray localization can be achieved by choosing a thin specimen, and the thickness of less than about 22 nm is preferred for SrTiO3 in [001] projection for 200 keV electrons.

  6. Precision high-throughput proton NMR spectroscopy of human urine, serum, and plasma for large-scale metabolic phenotyping.

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    Dona, Anthony C; Jiménez, Beatriz; Schäfer, Hartmut; Humpfer, Eberhard; Spraul, Manfred; Lewis, Matthew R; Pearce, Jake T M; Holmes, Elaine; Lindon, John C; Nicholson, Jeremy K

    2014-10-07

    Proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabolic phenotyping of urine and blood plasma/serum samples provides important prognostic and diagnostic information and permits monitoring of disease progression in an objective manner. Much effort has been made in recent years to develop NMR instrumentation and technology to allow the acquisition of data in an effective, reproducible, and high-throughput approach that allows the study of general population samples from epidemiological collections for biomarkers of disease risk. The challenge remains to develop highly reproducible methods and standardized protocols that minimize technical or experimental bias, allowing realistic interlaboratory comparisons of subtle biomarker information. Here we present a detailed set of updated protocols that carefully consider major experimental conditions, including sample preparation, spectrometer parameters, NMR pulse sequences, throughput, reproducibility, quality control, and resolution. These results provide an experimental platform that facilitates NMR spectroscopy usage across different large cohorts of biofluid samples, enabling integration of global metabolic profiling that is a prerequisite for personalized healthcare.

  7. Simultaneous diagnosis of radial profiles and mix in NIF ignition-scale implosions via X-ray spectroscopy

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    Ciricosta, O.; Scott, H.; Durey, P.; Hammel, B. A.; Epstein, R.; Preston, T. R.; Regan, S. P.; Vinko, S. M.; Woolsey, N. C.; Wark, J. S.

    2017-11-01

    In a National Ignition Facility implosion, hydrodynamic instabilities may cause the cold material from the imploding shell to be injected into the hot-spot (hot-spot mix), enhancing the radiative and conductive losses, which in turn may lead to a quenching of the ignition process. The bound-bound features of the spectrum emitted by high-Z ablator dopants that get mixed into the hot-spot have been previously used to infer the total amount of mixed mass; however, the typical errorbars are larger than the maximum tolerable mix. We present here an improved 2D model for mix spectroscopy which can be used to retrieve information on both the amount of mixed mass and the full imploded plasma profile. By performing radiation transfer and simultaneously fitting all of the features exhibited by the spectra, we are able to constrain self-consistently the effect of the opacity of the external layers of the target on the emission, thus improving the accuracy of the inferred mixed mass. The model's predictive capabilities are first validated by fitting simulated spectra arising from fully characterized hydrodynamic simulations, and then, the model is applied to previously published experimental results, providing values of mix mass in agreement with previous estimates. We show that the new self consistent procedure leads to better constrained estimates of mix and also provides insight into the sensitivity of the hot-spot spectroscopy to the spatial properties of the imploded capsule, such as the in-flight aspect ratio of the cold fuel surrounding the hotspot.

  8. Determination of thickness of thin turbid painted over-layers using micro-scale spatially offset Raman spectroscopy

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    Conti, Claudia; Realini, Marco; Colombo, Chiara; Botteon, Alessandra; Bertasa, Moira; Striova, Jana; Barucci, Marco; Matousek, Pavel

    2016-12-01

    We present a method for estimating the thickness of thin turbid layers using defocusing micro-spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (micro-SORS). The approach, applicable to highly turbid systems, enables one to predict depths in excess of those accessible with conventional Raman microscopy. The technique can be used, for example, to establish the paint layer thickness on cultural heritage objects, such as panel canvases, mural paintings, painted statues and decorated objects. Other applications include analysis in polymer, biological and biomedical disciplines, catalytic and forensics sciences where highly turbid overlayers are often present and where invasive probing may not be possible or is undesirable. The method comprises two stages: (i) a calibration step for training the method on a well characterized sample set with a known thickness, and (ii) a prediction step where the prediction of layer thickness is carried out non-invasively on samples of unknown thickness of the same chemical and physical make up as the calibration set. An illustrative example of a practical deployment of this method is the analysis of larger areas of paintings. In this case, first, a calibration would be performed on a fragment of painting of a known thickness (e.g. derived from cross-sectional analysis) and subsequently the analysis of thickness across larger areas of painting could then be carried out non-invasively. The performance of the method is compared with that of the more established optical coherence tomography (OCT) technique on identical sample set. This article is part of the themed issue "Raman spectroscopy in art and archaeology".

  9. NEAR-ULTRAVIOLET SPECTROSCOPY OF STAR-FORMING GALAXIES FROM eBOSS: SIGNATURES OF UBIQUITOUS GALACTIC-SCALE OUTFLOWS

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    Zhu, Guangtun Ben [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Comparat, Johan [Instituto de Física Teórica, UAM/CSIC, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Kneib, Jean-Paul; Delubac, Timothée [Laboratoire dástrophysique, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Observatoire de Sauverny, 1290 Versoix (Switzerland); Raichoor, Anand; Yèche, Christophe [CEA, Centre de Saclay, Irfu/SPP, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Dawson, Kyle S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (United States); Newman, Jeffrey [PITT PACC, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (United States); Zhou, Xu [Key Laboratory of Optical Astronomy, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012 (China); Schneider, Donald P., E-mail: guangtun@jhu.edu [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2015-12-10

    We present rest-frame near-ultraviolet (NUV) spectroscopy of star-forming galaxies (SFGs) at 0.6 < z < 1.2 from the Extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS) in SDSS-IV. One of the eBOSS programs is to obtain 2″ (about 15 kpc) fiber spectra of about 200,000 emission-line galaxies (ELGs) at redshift z ≳ 0.6. We use the data from the pilot observations of this program, including 8620 spectra of SFGs at 0.6 < z < 1.2. The median composite spectra of these SFGs at 2200 Å < λ < 4000 Å feature asymmetric, preferentially blueshifted non-resonant emission, Fe ii*, and blueshifted resonant absorption, e.g., Fe ii and Mg ii, indicating ubiquitous outflows driven by star formation at these redshifts. For the absorption lines, we find a variety of velocity profiles with different degrees of blueshift. Comparing our new observations with the literature, we do not observe the non-resonant emission in the small-aperture (<40 pc) spectra of local star-forming regions with the Hubble Space Telescope, and find the observed line ratios in the SFG spectra to be different from those in the spectra of local star-forming regions, as well as those of quasar absorption-line systems in the same redshift range. We introduce an outflow model that can simultaneously explain the multiple observed properties and suggest that the variety of absorption velocity profiles and the line ratio differences are caused by scattered fluorescent emission filling in on top of the absorption in the large-aperture eBOSS spectra. We develop an observation-driven, model-independent method to correct the emission infill to reveal the true absorption profiles. Finally, we show that the strengths of both the non-resonant emission and the emission-corrected resonant absorption increase with [O ii] λλ3727, 3730 rest equivalent width and luminosity, with a slightly larger dependence on the former. Our results show that the eBOSS and future dark-energy surveys (e.g., Dark Energy Spectroscopic

  10. In-situ laser spectroscopy of CO, CH{sub 4}, and H{sub 2}O in a particle laden laboratory-scale fluidized bed combustor

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    Lackner, M.; Totschnig, G.; Loeffler, G.; Hofbauer, H.; Winter, F. [Vienna University of Technology, Vienna (Austria). Inst. of Chemical Engineering

    2002-07-01

    The pyrolysis, devolatilization and char combustion of bituminous coal and biomass (beechwood, firewood) were investigated in a laboratory-scale fluidized bed combustor by tunable diode laser spectroscopy. Individual fuel particles were suspended in the freeboard of the unit. The bed temperature was 800{degree}C, the oxygen partial pressure 0 to 20 kPa. Two Fabry Perot type tunable near infrared diode lasers were deployed for quantitative in-situ species concentration measurement. CH{sub 4} and CO were measured simultaneously during devolatilization and char combustion in-situ 10 mm above the surface of the fuel particles as well as H{sub 2}O using laser spectroscopy. Sand particles were passing the probing laser beam path. Besides the resonant absorption of the laser light by CO, CH{sub 4} and H{sub 2}O severe and strongly transient non-resonant attenuation by partial blocking of the beam and beam steering effects occurred. By wavelength tuning the two laser sources, special concentrations could be determined. The measured absorbances had to be corrected for the real temperature measured at the position of the probing laser beam. In addition, CO, CO{sub 2} and O{sub 2} were determined ex-situ by conventional methods. A spatial profile inside the FBC of major species was calculated using a chemical kinetics program for a single fuel particle in a plug flow reactor geometry. The results were compared to the experimental findings. Good agreement was found. Tunable diode laser spectroscopy was found to be an apt method of determining quantitative species concentrations of multiple gases in a high temperature multi phase environment. 14 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  11. In-situ laser spectroscopy of CO, Ch4, and H2O in a particle laden laboratory-scale fluidized bed combustor

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    Lackner Maximilian

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The pyrolysis, devolatilization and char combustion of bituminous coal and biomass (beechwood, firwood were investigated in a laboratory-scale fluidized bed combustor by tunable diode laser spectroscopy. Individual fuel particles were suspended in the freeboard of the unit. The bed temperature was 800 °C, the oxygen partial pressure 0 to 20 kPa (0-10 vol.%. Two Fabry Perot type tunable near infrared diode lasers were deployed for quantitative in-situ species concentration measurements. CH4 and CO were measured simultaneously during devolatilization and char combustion in-situ 10 mm above the surface of the fuel particles as well as H2O using laser spectroscopy. Sand particles were passing the probing laser beam path. Besides the resonant absorption of the laser light by CO, CH4 and H2O severe and strongly transient non-resonant attenuation by partial blocking of the beam and beam steering effects occurred. By wavelength tuning the two laser sources, species concentrations could be determined. The measured absorbances had to be corrected for the real temperature measured at the position of the probing laser beam. In addition, CO, CO2 and O2 were determined ex-situ by con ventional methods. A spatial profile inside the FBC of major species (CH4, CO, CO2, O, H, OH was calculated using a chemical kinetics program for a single fuel particle in a plug flow reactor geometry. The results were compared to the experimental findings. Good agreement was found. Tunable diode laser spectroscopy was found to be an apt method of determining quantitative species concentrations of multiple gases in a high temperature multi phase environment.

  12. Is there any Exciton (bottleneck) in an Excitonic Solar Cell: Revisiting the Prospects of Single-Semiconductor OPV

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    Alam, Muhammad

    2014-03-01

    The discovery dye sensitized and bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells in early 1990s introduced a new class of PV technology that rely on (i) distributed photogeneration of excitons, (ii) dissociation of excitons into free carriers by the heterojunction between two organic semiconductors (OSC), and (iii) collection of free carriers through electron and hole transport layers. The success of the approach is undisputed: the highest efficiency OPV cells have all relied on variants of BHJ approach. Yet, three concerns related to the use of a pair of OSCs, namely, low Voc, process sensitivity, and reliability, suggest that the technology may never achieve efficiency-variability-reliability metrics comparable to inorganic solar cells. This encourages a reconsideration of the prospects of Single semiconductor OPV (SS-OPV), a system presumably doomed by the exciton bottleneck. In this talk, we use an inverted SS-OPV to demonstrate how the historical SS-OPV experiments may have been misinterpreted. No one disputes the signature of excitons in polymer under narrowband excitation, but our experiments show that exciton dissociation need not be a bottleneck for OPV under broadband solar illumination. We demonstrate that an alternate collection-limited theory consistently interprets the classical and new experiments, resolves puzzles such as efficiency loss with increasing light intensity, and voltage-dependent reverse photo-current, etc. The theory and experiments suggest a new ``perovskite-like'' strategy to efficiency-variability-reliability of organic solar cells. The work was supported by the Columbia DOE-EFRC (DE-SC0001085) and NSF-NCN (EEC-0228390).

  13. Time domain investigation on excitonic spectral diffusion in CdSe quantum dots grown on vicinal surface GaAs substrates

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    Makino, T.; André, R.; Gérard, J.-M.; Romestain, R.; Dang, Le Si; Bartels, M.; Lischka, K.; Schikora, D.

    2004-04-01

    Two monolayers of CdSe sandwiched by ZnSe layers were grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on a vicinal GaAs surface substrate. Small ensembles of these self-assembled quantum dots (QD) have been studied at low temperatures using micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy. We observe reversible spectral diffusion in individual QD luminescence lines. The energy shift is negligibly small at low optical excitation power and amount to about 0.7 meV under higher excitation (0.6 kW/cm2). Because the energy shift is found to be significantly smaller than the exciton-biexciton splitting of CdSe QDs even under high excitation, the conventional spectral filtering could be used to effectively select the exciton-related emission from these QDs.

  14. Rapid identification of soil cadmium pollution risk at regional scale based on visible and near-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Chen, Tao; Chang, Qingrui; Clevers, J G P W; Kooistra, L

    2015-11-01

    Soil heavy metal pollution due to long-term sewage irrigation is a serious environmental problem in many irrigation areas in northern China. Quickly identifying its pollution status is an important basis for remediation. Visible-near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (VNIRS) provides a useful tool. In a case study, 76 soil samples were collected and their reflectance spectra were used to estimate cadmium (Cd) concentration by partial least squares regression (PLSR) and back propagation neural network (BPNN). To reduce noise, six pre-treatments were compared, in which orthogonal signal correction (OSC) was first used in soil Cd estimation. Spectral analysis and geostatistics were combined to identify Cd pollution hotspots. Results showed that Cd was accumulated in topsoil at the study area. OSC can effectively remove irrelevant information to improve prediction accuracy. More accurate estimation was achieved by applying a BPNN. Soil Cd pollution hotspots could be identified by interpolating the predicted values obtained from spectral estimates. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. In vivo measurements of cutaneous melanin across spatial scales: using multiphoton microscopy and spatial frequency domain spectroscopy

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    Saager, Rolf B.; Balu, Mihaela; Crosignani, Viera; Sharif, Ata; Durkin, Anthony J.; Kelly, Kristen M.; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    2015-06-01

    The combined use of nonlinear optical microscopy and broadband reflectance techniques to assess melanin concentration and distribution thickness in vivo over the full range of Fitzpatrick skin types is presented. Twelve patients were measured using multiphoton microscopy (MPM) and spatial frequency domain spectroscopy (SFDS) on both dorsal forearm and volar arm, which are generally sun-exposed and non-sun-exposed areas, respectively. Both MPM and SFDS measured melanin volume fractions between ˜5% (skin type I non-sun-exposed) and 20% (skin type VI sun exposed). MPM measured epidermal (anatomical) thickness values ˜30-65 μm, while SFDS measured melanin distribution thickness based on diffuse optical path length. There was a strong correlation between melanin concentration and melanin distribution (epidermal) thickness measurements obtained using the two techniques. While SFDS does not have the ability to match the spatial resolution of MPM, this study demonstrates that melanin content as quantified using SFDS is linearly correlated with epidermal melanin as measured using MPM (R2=0.8895). SFDS melanin distribution thickness is correlated to MPM values (R2=0.8131). These techniques can be used individually and/or in combination to advance our understanding and guide therapies for pigmentation-related conditions as well as light-based treatments across a full range of skin types.

  16. Water modeled signal removal and data quantification in localized MR spectroscopy using a time-scale postacquistion method.

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    Serrai, H; Senhadji, L; Clayton, D B; Zuo, C; Lenkinski, R E

    2001-03-01

    We have previously shown the continuous wavelet transform (CWT), a signal-processing tool, which is based upon an iterative algorithm using a lorentzian signal model, to be useful as a postacquisition water suppression technique. To further exploit this tool we show its usefulness in accurately quantifying the signal metabolites after water removal. However, due to the static field inhomogeneities, eddy currents, and "radiation damping," the water signal and the metabolites may no longer have a lorentzian lineshape. Therefore, another signal model must be used. As the CWT is a flexible method, we have developed a new algorithm using a gaussian model and found that it fits the signal components, especially the water resonance, better than the lorentzian model in most cases. A new framework, which uses the two models, is proposed. The framework iteratively extracts each resonance, starting by the water peak, from the raw signal and adjusts its envelope to both the lorentzian and the gaussian models. The model giving the best fit is selected. As a consequence, the small signals originating from metabolites when selecting, removing, and quantifying the dominant water resonance from the raw time domain signal are preserved and an accurate estimation of their concentrations is obtained. This is demonstrated by analyzing (1H) magnetic resonance spectroscopy unsuppressed water data collected from a phantom with known concentrations at two different field strengths and data collected from normal volunteers using two different localization methods. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  17. High Resolution Vibrational Spectroscopy at the Atomic Scale: CO on Au(110) and Cu(100), and C2H2 on Cu(100)

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    Xu, Chen; Jiang, Chilun; Zhang, Yanning; Wu, Ruqian; Ho, Wilson

    2012-11-01

    STM-IETS has been regarded as the ultimate tool to identify and characterize single molecules adsorbed on solid surfaces with atomic spatial resolution. With the improvement of the energy resolution obtained at ˜600 mK, STM-IETS is able to reveal subtle interactions between the molecule and its environment which was previously not possible at higher temperatures. Here we demonstrate the capability of sub-Kelvin STM on detecting the influence of the tip as well as the anisotropy of the reconstructed Au(110) surface on the low energy hindered vibrational motions of single adsorbed CO molecule. In the case of acetylene, more vibrational modes are resolved due to the enhanced spectral resolution. Single molecule vibrational spectroscopy with atomic scale spatial resolution opens new possibilities to probe molecular interactions with high spectral resolution.

  18. On-line application of near-infrared spectroscopy for monitoring water levels in parts per million in a manufacturing-scale distillation process.

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    Lambertus, Gordon; Shi, Zhenqi; Forbes, Robert; Kramer, Timothy T; Doherty, Steven; Hermiller, James; Scully, Norma; Wong, Sze Wing; LaPack, Mark

    2014-01-01

    An on-line analytical method based on transmission near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for the quantitative determination of water concentrations (in parts per million) was developed and applied to the manufacture of a pharmaceutical intermediate. Calibration models for water analysis, built at the development site and applied at the manufacturing site, were successfully demonstrated during six manufacturing runs at a 250-gallon scale. The water measurements will be used as a forward-processing control point following distillation of a toluene product solution prior to use in a Grignard reaction. The most significant impact of using this NIRS-based process analytical technology (PAT) to replace off-line measurements is the significant reduction in the risk of operator exposure through the elimination of sampling of a severely lachrymatory and mutagenic compound. The work described in this report illustrates the development effort from proof-of-concept phase to manufacturing implementation.

  19. Coherent optical nonlinearities and phase relaxation of quasi-three-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional excitons in ZnSxSe1 - x/ZnSe structures

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    Wagner, Hans Peter; Schätz, A.; Maier, R.

    1997-01-01

    signal is attributed to the response of spin-coupled exciton states, with a decay time given by the inhomogeneous broadening. The photon echo is due to a distribution of localized, noninteracting excitons. We determine the exciton-exciton and exciton-phonon scattering cross sections for different...

  20. Exciton-polariton dynamics in quantum dot-cavity system

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    Neto, Antonio F.; Lima, William J.; Villas-Boas, Jose M. [Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (UFU), MG (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica

    2012-07-01

    Full text: One of the basic requirement for quantum information processing systems is the ability to completely control the state of a single qubit. This imply in know all sources of decoherence and elaborate ways to avoid them. In recent work, A. Laucht et al. [1] presented detailed theoretical and experimental investigations of electrically tunable single quantum dot (QD) - photonic crystal (PhC) nanocavity systems operating in the strong coupling regime of the light matter interaction. Unlike previous studies, where the exciton-cavity spectral detuning was varied by changing the lattice temperature, or by the adsorption of inert gases at low temperatures, they employ the quantum confined Stark-effect to electro-optically control the exciton-cavity detuning. The new built device enabled them to systematically probe the emission spectrum of the strongly coupled system as a function of external control parameters, as for example the incoherent excitation power density or the lattice temperature. Those studies reveal for the first time insights in dephasing mechanisms of 0D exciton polaritons [1]. In another study [2], using a similar device, they investigate the coupling between two different QDs with a single cavity mode. In both works, incoherent pumping was used, but for quantum information, coherent and controlled excitations are necessary. Here, we theoretically investigate the dynamics a single quantum dot inside a cavity under coherent pulse excitation and explore a wide range of parameters, as for example, the exciton-cavity detunings, the excitation power, the spontaneous decay, and pure dephasing. We use density matrix formalism in the Lindblad form, and we solve it numerically. Our results show that coherent excitation can be used to probe strong coupling between exciton and cavity mode by monitoring the exciton Rabi oscillation as function of the cavity detuning. This can give new insights for future experimental measurement focusing on quantum

  1. Large scale prediction of soil properties in the West African yam belt based on mid-infrared soil spectroscopy

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    Baumann, Philipp; Lee, Juhwan; Paule Schönholzer, Laurie; Six, Johan; Frossard, Emmanuel

    2016-04-01

    Yam (Dioscorea sp.) is an important staple food in West Africa. Fertilizer applications have variable effects on yam tuber yields, and a management option solely based on application of mineral NPK fertilizers may bear the risk of increased organic matter mineralization. Therefore, innovative and sustainable nutrient management strategies need to be developed and evaluated for yam cultivation. The goal of this study was to establish a mid-infrared soil spectroscopic library and models to predict soil properties relevant to yam growth. Soils from yam fields at four different locations in Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso that were representative of the West African yam belt were sampled. The project locations ranged from the humid forest zone (5.88 degrees N) to the northern Guinean savannah (11.07 degrees N). At each location, soils of 20 yam fields were sampled (0-30 cm). For the location in the humid forest zone additional 14 topsoil samples from positions that had been analyzed in the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework developed by ICRAF were included. In total, 94 soil samples were analyzed using established reference analysis protocols. Besides soils were milled and then scanned by fourier transform mid-infrared spectroscopy in the range between 400 and 4000 reciprocal cm. Using partial least squares (PLS) regression, PLS1 calibration models that included soils from the four locations were built using two thirds of the samples selected by Kennard-Stones sampling algorithm in the spectral principal component space. Models were independently validated with the remaining data set. Spectral models for total carbon, total nitrogen, total iron, total aluminum, total potassium, exchangeable calcium, and effective cation exchange capacity performed very well, which was indicated by R-squared values between 0.8 and 1.0 on both calibration and validation. For these soil properties, spectral models can be used for cost-effective, rapid, and accurate predictions

  2. Role of delocalized exciton states of light-harvesting pigments in excitation energy transfer in natural photosynthesis

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    Fetisova, Zoya; Mauring, Koit; Taisova, Alexandra

    1995-02-01

    Photosynthesis is an extremely efficient converter of light into chemical energy, with an observed quantum yield for primary photochemistry approximately 90%. To achieve this the photosynthetic apparatus must be highly optimized, and some of the design principles that may be involved have been suggested. The role of delocalized exciton states of light-harvesting pigments in the energy transfer process has been considered by mathematical simulation of the light-harvesting process in model systems. Namely, it has been shown that aggregation of antenna pigments (allowing to consider each aggregate as a supermolecule) is biologically expedient, as an efficient strategy for light harvesting in photosynthesis. The question of whether this design principle is realized in a natural antenna has been examined for the 3D chlorosomal superantenna of green bacteria with the hole-burning spectroscopy. Spectral hole burning studies of intact cells of green bacteria Chlorobium phaeovibriodes. Chloroflexus aurantiacus and Chlorobium limicola have proven that the Qy- absorption system of antenna bacteriochlorophylls e or c (BChl e or BChl c) should be interpreted in terms of the delocalized exciton level structure of an aggregate. For the first time the 0-0 transition band of the lowest exciton state of BChl e and BChl c aggregates has been directly detected as the lowest energy inhomogeneously broadened band of the 1.8 K near-infrared excitation spectrum. These lowest energy bands have different spectral position of their maximums: approximately 739 nm in C.phaeovibriodes (BChl e band), approximately 752 nm in C.aurantiacus (BChl c band) and approximately 774 nm in C.limicola (BChl c band) cells. However, these bands display a number of fundamentally similar spectral features: (1) The magnitude of inhomogeneous broadening of these bands is 90 - 100 cm-1; (2) The width of each band is 2 - 3 times less than that of the monomeric BChl c (or BChl e) in vitro at 5 K; (3) Each band

  3. Stark shift and electric-field-induced dissociation of excitons in monolayer MoS2 and h BN /MoS2 heterostructures

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    Haastrup, Sten; Latini, Simone; Bolotin, Kirill; Thygesen, Kristian S.

    2016-07-01

    Efficient conversion of photons into electrical current in two-dimensional semiconductors requires, as a first step, the dissociation of the strongly bound excitons into free electrons and holes. Here we calculate the dissociation rates and energy shift of excitons in monolayer MoS2 as a function of an applied in-plane electric field. The dissociation rates are obtained as the inverse lifetime of the resonant states of a two-dimensional hydrogenic Hamiltonian which describes the exciton within the Mott-Wannier model. The resonances are computed using complex scaling, and the effective masses and screened electron-hole interaction defining the hydrogenic Hamiltonian are computed from first principles. For field strengths above 0.1 V/nm the dissociation lifetime is shorter than 1 ps, which is below the lifetime associated with competing decay mechanisms. Interestingly, encapsulation of the MoS2 layer in just two layers of hexagonal boron nitride (h BN ), enhances the dissociation rate by around one order of magnitude due to the increased screening. This shows that dielectric engineering is an effective way to control exciton lifetimes in two-dimensional materials.

  4. Ultra-Broadband Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy and Pump-Probe Microscopy of Molecular Systems

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    Spokoyny, Boris M.

    Ultrafast spectroscopy offers an unprecedented view on the dynamic nature of chemical reactions. From charge transfer in semiconductors to folding and isomerization of proteins, these all important processes can now be monitored and in some instances even controlled on real, physical timescales. One of the biggest challenges of ultrafast science is the incredible energetic complexity of most systems. It is not uncommon to encounter macromolecules or materials with absorption spectra spanning significant portions of the visible spectrum. Monitoring a multitude of electronic and vibrational transitions, all dynamically interacting with each other on femtosecond timescales poses a truly daunting experimental task. The first part of this thesis deals with the development of a novel Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy (2DES) and its associated, advanced detection methodologies. Owing to its ultra-broadband implementation, this technique enables us to monitor femtosecond chemical dynamics that span the energetic landscape of the entire visible spectrum. In order to demonstrate the utility of our method, we apply it to two laser dye molecules, IR-144 and Cresyl Violet. Variation of photophysical properties on a microscopic scale in either man-made or naturally occurring systems can have profound implications on how we understand their macroscopic properties. Recently, inorganic hybrid perovskites have been tapped as the next generation solar energy harvesting materials. Their remarkable properties include low exciton binding energy, low exciton recombination rates and long carrier diffusion lengths. Nevertheless, considerable variability in device properties made with nearly identical preparation methods has puzzled the community. In the second part of this thesis we use non-linear pump probe microscopy to study the heterogeneous nature of femtosecond carrier dynamics in thin film perovskites. We show that the local morphology of the perovskite thin films has a

  5. Hole, impurity and exciton states in a spherical quantum dot

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    V.I. Boichuk

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The 3x3 kp hole Hamiltonian for the wave-function envelopes (effective mass Hamiltonian was used for calculation of discrete states of the hole and acceptor hydrogenic impurity in a spherical Si/SiO2 nanoheterostructure as a function of the quantum dot radius by neglecting the corrugation of constant-energy surfaces. A study was conducted in the case of finite potential well at the separation boundary of the nanoheterosystem. The dependence of the hole energy spectrum on polarization charges, which arise at the separation boundary of the media, and on the dielectric permittivity, was defined. Using the exact electron and hole solutions, the exciton wave-function was constructed and the exciton ground-state energy was defined. The theoretical results have been compared with experimental data.

  6. Linewidths in excitonic absorption spectra of cuprous oxide

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    Schweiner, Frank; Main, Jörg; Wunner, Günter

    2016-02-01

    We present a theoretical calculation of the absorption spectrum of cuprous oxide (Cu2O ) based on the general theory developed by Y. Toyozawa. An inclusion not only of acoustic phonons but also of optical phonons and of specific properties of the excitons in Cu2O like the central-cell corrections for the 1 S exciton allows us to calculate the experimentally observed linewidths in experiments by T. Kazimierczuk et al. [T. Kazimierczuk, D. Fröhlich, S. Scheel, H. Stolz, and M. Bayer, Nature (London) 514, 343 (2014), 10.1038/nature13832] within the same order of magnitude, which demonstrates a clear improvement in comparison to earlier work on this topic. We also discuss a variety of further effects, which explain the still observable discrepancy between theory and experiment but can hardly be included in theoretical calculations.

  7. Jointly Tuned Plasmonic–Excitonic Photovoltaics Using Nanoshells

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    Paz-Soldan, Daniel

    2013-04-10

    Recent advances in spectrally tuned, solution-processed plasmonic nanoparticles have provided unprecedented control over light\\'s propagation and absorption via engineering at the nanoscale. Simultaneous parallel progress in colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics offers the potential for low-cost, large-area solar power; however, these devices suffer from poor quantum efficiency in the more weakly absorbed infrared portion of the sun\\'s spectrum. Here, we report a plasmonic-excitonic solar cell that combines two classes of solution-processed infrared materials that we tune jointly. We show through experiment and theory that a plasmonic-excitonic design using gold nanoshells with optimized single particle scattering-to-absorption cross-section ratios leads to a strong enhancement in near-field absorption and a resultant 35% enhancement in photocurrent in the performance-limiting near-infrared spectral region. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  8. Evaluation of defects in cuprous oxide through exciton luminescence imaging

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    Frazer, Laszlo, E-mail: jl@laszlofrazer.com [Department of Physics, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Lenferink, Erik J. [Department of Physics, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Chang, Kelvin B. [Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R. [Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Stern, Nathaniel P. [Department of Physics, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Ketterson, John B. [Department of Physics, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States)

    2015-03-15

    The various decay mechanisms of excitons in cuprous oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) are highly sensitive to defects which can relax selection rules. Here we report cryogenic hyperspectral imaging of exciton luminescence from cuprous oxide crystals grown via the floating zone method showing that the samples have few defects. Some locations, however, show strain splitting of the 1s orthoexciton triplet polariton luminescence. Strain is reduced by annealing. In addition, annealing causes annihilation of oxygen and copper vacancies, which leads to a negative correlation between luminescence of unlike vacancies. - Highlights: • We use luminescence to observe defects in high quality cuprous oxide crystals. • Strain is reduced by annealing. • Annealing causes annihilation of oxygen and copper vacancies.

  9. Plasmonic band gap engineering of plasmon-exciton coupling.

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    Karademir, Ertugrul; Balci, Sinan; Kocabas, Coskun; Aydinli, Atilla

    2014-10-01

    Controlling plasmon-exciton coupling through band gap engineering of plasmonic crystals is demonstrated in the Kretschmann configuration. When the flat metal surface is textured with a sinusoidal grating only in one direction, using laser interference lithography, it exhibits a plasmonic band gap because of the Bragg scattering of surface plasmon polaritons on the plasmonic crystals. The contrast of the grating profile determines the observed width of the plasmonic band gap and hence allows engineering of the plasmonic band gap. In this work, resonant coupling between the molecular resonance of a J-aggregate dye and the plasmonic resonance of a textured metal film is extensively studied through plasmonic band gap engineering. Polarization dependent spectroscopic reflection measurements probe the spectral overlap occurring between the molecular resonance and the plasmonic resonance. The results indicate that plasmon-exciton interaction is attenuated in the band gap region along the grating direction.

  10. Coherent secondary emission from resonantly excited two-exciton states

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    Birkedal, Dan

    2000-01-01

    The coherent interaction of light and the electronic states of semiconductors near the fundamental bandgap has been a very active topic of research since the advent of ultrafast lasers. While many of the ultrafast nonlinear properties of semiconductors have been well explained within mean field...... to the nonlinear susceptibility. The method exploits that emission from two-exciton coherences can occur in non-specular directions, with the recoil momentum taken up by an exciton left behind in the sample. Using ultrafast spectral interferometry we demonstrate the presence of this new coherent component...... of the secondary emission from quantum wells following ultrafast resonant excitation and find that it provides information on not only the bound biexcitons but also the biexciton continuum. Due to the heterodyne nature of the experimental technique we obtain both amplitude and phase of the coherent emission...

  11. The formation of DNA photodamage: the role of exciton localization.

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    Rössle, Shaila; Friedrichs, Jana; Frank, Irmgard

    2010-06-21

    The electronic structure during the formation of a cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) between two thymine bases is investigated using semi-empirical and first-principles approaches. The dimerization of two isolated thymine bases is found to have no barrier or a very small barrier in agreement with previous studies suggesting low photostability of DNA. The well-known high photostability of DNA can only be explained taking other factors into account. We investigate the role of the exciton location in the particular environment. Different model systems, from isolated thymine bases to an oligonucleotide in aqueous solution, are discussed. Analysis of the frontier orbitals allows one to understand the connection between the location of the exciton, the relative orientation of the thymine bases, and the observed reactivity.

  12. Triplet energy transfer and triplet exciton recycling in singlet fission sensitized organic heterojunctions

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    Hamid, Tasnuva; Yambem, Soniya D.; Crawford, Ross; Roberts, Jonathan; Pandey, Ajay K.

    2017-08-01

    Singlet exciton fission is a process where an excited singlet state splits into two triplets, thus leading to generation of multiple excitons per absorbed photon in organic semiconductors. Herein, we report a detailed exciton management approach for multiexciton harvesting over a broadband region of the solar spectrum in singlet fission sensitized organic photodiodes. Through systematic studies on the model cascade of pentacene/rubrene/C60, we found that efficient photocurrent generation from pentacene can still occur despite the presence of a >10nm thick interlayer of rubrene in between the pentacene/C60 heterojunction. Our results show that thin rubrene interlayers of thickness operation a rather interesting result. We discuss the role of rubrene interlayer film discontinuity, triplet exciton reflection from rubrene interlayer and triplet energy transfer from rubrene to pentacene layer followed by diffusion of triplet excitons through rubrene as plausible mechanisms that would enable triplet excitons from pentacene to generate significant photocurrent in a multilayer organic heterojunction.

  13. Multiple exciton generation in chiral carbon nanotubes: Density functional theory based computation

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    Kryjevski, Andrei; Mihaylov, Deyan; Kilina, Svetlana; Kilin, Dmitri

    2017-10-01

    We use a Boltzmann transport equation (BE) to study time evolution of a photo-excited state in a nanoparticle including phonon-mediated exciton relaxation and the multiple exciton generation (MEG) processes, such as exciton-to-biexciton multiplication and biexciton-to-exciton recombination. BE collision integrals are computed using Kadanoff-Baym-Keldysh many-body perturbation theory based on density functional theory simulations, including exciton effects. We compute internal quantum efficiency (QE), which is the number of excitons generated from an absorbed photon in the course of the relaxation. We apply this approach to chiral single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), such as (6,2) and (6,5). We predict efficient MEG in the (6,2) and (6,5) SWCNTs within the solar spectrum range starting at the 2Eg energy threshold and with QE reaching ˜1.6 at about 3Eg, where Eg is the electronic gap.

  14. Ultrafast quantum beats of anisotropic excitons in atomically thin ReS2.

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    Sim, Sangwan; Lee, Doeon; Trifonov, Artur V; Kim, Taeyoung; Cha, Soonyoung; Sung, Ji Ho; Cho, Sungjun; Shim, Wooyoung; Jo, Moon-Ho; Choi, Hyunyong

    2018-01-24

    Quantum beats, periodic oscillations arising from coherent superposition states, have enabled exploration of novel coherent phenomena. Originating from strong Coulomb interactions and reduced dielectric screening, two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides exhibit strongly bound excitons either in a single structure or hetero-counterpart; however, quantum coherence between excitons is barely known to date. Here we observe exciton quantum beats in atomically thin ReS2 and further modulate the intensity of the quantum beats signal. Surprisingly, linearly polarized excitons behave like a coherently coupled three-level system exhibiting quantum beats, even though they exhibit anisotropic exciton orientations and optical selection rules. Theoretical studies are also provided to clarify that the observed quantum beats originate from pure quantum coherence, not from classical interference. Furthermore, we modulate on/off quantum beats only by laser polarization. This work provides an ideal laboratory toward polarization-controlled exciton quantum beats in two-dimensional materials.

  15. Superfluidity of dipolar excitons in a transition metal dichalcogenide double layer

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    Berman, Oleg L.; Kezerashvili, Roman Ya.

    2017-09-01

    We study formation and superfluidity of dipolar excitons in double layer heterostructures formed by two transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) atomically thin layers. Considering screening effects for an electron-hole interaction via the harmonic oscillator approximation for the Keldysh potential, the analytical expressions for the exciton energy spectrum and the mean field critical temperature Tc for the superfluidity are obtained. It is shown that binding energies of A excitons are larger than for B excitons. The mean field critical temperature for a two-component dilute exciton system in a TMDC double layer is analyzed and shown that the latter is an increasing function of the factor Q , determined by the effective masses of A and B excitons and their reduced mass. Comparison of the calculations for Tc performed by employing the Coulomb and Keldysh interactions demonstrates the importance of screening effects in TMDC.

  16. Harmonic Quantum Coherence of Multiple Excitons in PbS/CdS Core-Shell Nanocrystals

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    Tahara, Hirokazu; Sakamoto, Masanori; Teranishi, Toshiharu; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2017-12-01

    The generation and recombination dynamics of multiple excitons in nanocrystals (NCs) have attracted much attention from the viewpoints of fundamental physics and device applications. However, the quantum coherence of multiple exciton states in NCs still remains unclear due to a lack of experimental support. Here, we report the first observation of harmonic dipole oscillations in PbS/CdS core-shell NCs using a phase-locked interference detection method for transient absorption. From the ultrafast coherent dynamics and excitation-photon-fluence dependence of the oscillations, we found that multiple excitons cause the harmonic dipole oscillations with ω , 2 ω , and 3 ω oscillations, even though the excitation pulse energy is set to the exciton resonance frequency, ω . This observation is closely related to the quantum coherence of multiple exciton states in NCs, providing important insights into multiple exciton generation mechanisms.

  17. Excitonic transitions in MBE grown h-GaN with cubic inclusions

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    Strauf, Stefan; Michler, Peter; Gutowski, Jürgen; Selke, Hartmut; Birkle, Udo; Einfeldt, Sven; Hommel, Detlef

    1998-06-01

    Undoped and magnesium doped MBE grown GaN epilayers on sapphire substrates show a particular variety of near-bandgap luminescent transitions. Despite the large lattice mismatch to the substrate, pronounced free- and bound-exciton transitions allow for an estimation of the excitonic binding energies. For the given thickness range (about 1 μm), we find an almost strain-relaxed situation with the main exciton transition energies well corresponding to the bulk values. On their low-energy side, we identify lines having been tentatively assigned to stacking fault excitons, and interface-related exciton transitions correlated to extended defects and/or dislocations in this spatial region. Evidence of cubic inclusions of a size up to 500 nm is doubtless given by observing sharp c-GaN related donor-bound exciton emission and respective structures in transmission electron microscope investigations.

  18. Excitonic Coherence in Semiconductor Nanostructures Measured by Speckle Analysis

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    Langbein, Wolfgang; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1999-01-01

    are determined separately, thus distinguishing lifetime from pure dephasing. In particular, the secondary emission of excitons in semiconductor quantum wells is investigated. Here, the combination of static disorder and inelastic scattering leads to a partially coherent emission. The temperature dependence...... is well explained by phonon scattering. Spin-relaxation is found to be dominated by disorder, and is preserving the coherence, while phonon-assisted energy-relaxation is foundto destroy the coherence....

  19. Band Gap, Excitons, and Coulomb Interaction in Solid C60

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    Lof, R.W.; Veenendaal, M.A. van; Jonkman, H.T.; Sawatzky, G.A.; Koopmans, H.

    1992-01-01

    The band gap of solid C60 is found to be 2.3 ± 0.1 eV. The on-site molecular C60 Coulomb interaction (U) as determined from the KVV C60 Auger spectrum is found to be 1.6 ± 0.2 eV. This value of U is shown to lead to Frenkel-type molecular excitons in the 1.5-2 eV range. These results lead us to

  20. Excitonic condensation in quasi-two-dimensional systems

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    Crisan, M. [Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Cluj, 400084 Cluj-Napoca (Romania)]. E-mail: mcrisan@phys.ubbcluj.ro; Tifrea, I. [Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Cluj, 400084 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 (United States)

    2005-10-17

    We present a low energy model for the Bose-Einstein condensation in a quasi-two-dimensional excitonic gas. Using the flow equations of the renormalization group and a {phi}{sup 4} model with the dynamical critical exponent z=2 we calculate the temperature dependence of the critical density, coherence length, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat. The model can be relevant for the macroscopic coherence observed in GaAs/AlGaAs coupled quantum wells.

  1. Unidirectional flow of lossless exciton-polariton signals

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    Tan, E. Z.; Liew, T. C. H.

    2018-02-01

    We consider the propagation of intensity signals in the discrete nonlinear driven-dissipative Schrodinger equation, well-known for the description of a variety of systems from coupled arrays of Kerr nonlinear cavities to exciton-polariton arrays. By periodic switching of a driving laser field, we find that the propagation can be engineered to be unidirectional, while the signals fully withstand dissipation and are resilient against disorder. We anticipate that such a mechanism would be relevant for use in photonic circuits.

  2. Spin-exciton interaction and related micro-photoluminescence spectra of ZnSe:Mn DMS nanoribbon

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    Hou, Lipeng; Zhou, Weichang; Zou, Bingsuo; Zhang, Yu; Han, Junbo; Yang, Xinxin; Gong, Zhihong; Li, Jingbo; Xie, Sishen; Shi, Li-Jie

    2017-03-01

    For their spintronic applications the magnetic and optical properties of diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS) have been studied widely. However, the exact relationships between the magnetic interactions and optical emission behaviors in DMS are not well understood yet due to their complicated microstructural and compositional characters from different growth and preparation techniques. Manganese (Mn) doped ZnSe nanoribbons with high quality were obtained by using the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Successful Mn ion doping in a single ZnSe nanoribbon was identified by elemental energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy mapping and micro-photoluminescence (PL) mapping of intrinsic d-d optical transition at 580 nm, i.e. the transition of 4 T 1(4 G) → 6 A 1(6 s),. Besides the d-d transition PL peak at 580 nm, two other PL peaks related to Mn ion aggregates in the ZnSe lattice were detected at 664 nm and 530 nm, which were assigned to the d-d transitions from the Mn2+-Mn2+ pairs with ferromagnetic (FM) coupling and antiferromagnetic (AFM) coupling, respectively. Moreover, AFM pair formation goes along with strong coupling with acoustic phonon or structural defects. These arguments were supported by temperature-dependent PL spectra, power-dependent PL lifetimes, and first-principle calculations. Due to the ferromagnetic pair existence, an exciton magnetic polaron (EMP) is formed and emits at 460 nm. Defect existence favors the AFM pair, which also can account for its giant enhancement of spin-orbital coupling and the spin Hall effect observed in PRL 97, 126603(2006) and PRL 96, 196404(2006). These emission results of DMS reflect their relation to local sp-d hybridization, spin-spin magnetic coupling, exciton-spin or phonon interactions covering structural relaxations. This kind of material can be used to study the exciton-spin interaction and may find applications in spin-related photonic devices besides spintronics.

  3. Excitonic resonance effects and Davydov splitting in circularly polarized Raman spectra of few-layer WSe2

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    Kim, Sanghun; Kim, Kangwon; Lee, Jae-Ung; Cheong, Hyeonsik

    2017-12-01

    Few-layer tungsten diselenide (WSe2) is investigated using circularly polarized Raman spectroscopy with up to eight excitation energies. The main E2\\text{g}1 and A 1g modes near 250 cm-1 appear as a single peak in the Raman spectrum taken without consideration of polarization but are resolved by using circularly polarized Raman scattering. The resonance behaviors of the E2\\text{g}1 and A 1g modes are examined. Firstly, both the E2\\text{g}1 and A 1g modes are enhanced near resonances with the exciton states. The A 1g mode exhibits Davydov splitting for trilayers or thicker near some of the exciton resonances. The low-frequency Raman spectra show shear and breathing modes involving rigid vibrations of the layers and also exhibit strong dependence on the excitation energy. An unidentified peak at ~19 cm-1 that does not depend on the number of layers appears near resonance with the B exciton state at 1.96 eV (632.8 nm). The strengths of the intra- and inter-layer interactions are estimated by comparing the mode frequencies and Davydov splitting with the linear chain model, and the contribution of the next-nearest-neighbor interaction to the inter-layer interaction turns out to be about 34% of the nearest-neighbor interaction. Fano resonance is observed for 1.58 eV excitation, and its origin is found to be the interplay between two-phonon scattering and indirect band transition.

  4. SHARP-TACSY: triple-band tailored correlated spectroscopy for base-to-sugar transfer in nucleic acid residues with intermediate time scale motions.

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    Farès, Christophe; Carlomagno, Teresa

    2006-08-02

    Established experiments to identify the sugar-to-base connectivity in isotopically labeled RNA require long transfer periods and are inefficient for residues undergoing intermediate time scale motions (microsecond to millisecond). Here, an alternative transfer experiment is introduced, whereby the C1'-N1/9-C6/8 spin system is selectively brought to the so-called Hartmann-Hahn condition using selectiveheteronuclear planar triple-band tailored correlated spectroscopy (SHARP-TACSY). Results are shown for the fully labeled 30-mer oligonucleotide TAR RNA with particular attention placed on residues from and close to the bulge and the loop. For these residues, the faster relaxation can be attributed to exchange contributions stemming from transient stacking and unstacking of the bases and/or from the isomerization of the ribose sugar pucker. The new experiment shows improved signal-to-noise for residues exhibiting large microsecond-millisecond time scale motions with respect to established experiments, thus providing a valid alternative for resonance assignment in mobile RNA regions.

  5. The nature of singlet excitons in oligoacene molecular crystals

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    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.

  6. Excitonic spectra in HgGa2Se4 crystals

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    Syrbu, N. N.; Zalamai, V. V.

    2018-02-01

    Ground and excited states of four excitonic series (A, B, C and D) were discovered in HgGa2Se4 crystals at 10 K. Parameters of excitons and bands were determined. An effective mass of electrons mc is equal to 0.26m0 and masses of holes mv1, mv2 and mv3 are equal to 2.48m0, 2.68m0 and 1.6m0 respectively in Γ point of Brilloin zone. Valence bands splitting by crystal field (Δcf = 70 meV) and spin-orbital interaction (Δso = 250 meV) were estimated in Brillouin zone center. Optical functions (n, ε1 and ε2) for polarizations E⊥c and E||c in electron transitions region (2-6 eV) were calculated by Kramers-Kronig method. The discovered features were discussed on a base of the existing theoretical energetical band structure calculations and excitonic bands symmetries in k = 0 Brillouin zone for chalcopyrite crystals. The resonance Raman scattering was investigated.

  7. Collective Behavior of a Spin-Aligned Gas of Interwell Excitons in Double Quantum Wells

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    Larionov, A. V.; Bayer, M.; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2005-01-01

    The kinetics of a spin-aligned gas of interwell excitons in GaAs/AlGaAs double quantum wells (n–i–n heterostructure) is studied. The temperature dependence of the spin relaxation time for excitons, in which a photoexcited electron and hole are spatially separated between two adjacent quantum well...... is associated with indirect evidence of the coherence of the collective phase of interwell excitons at temperatures below the critical value....

  8. Picosecond spin relaxations of acceptor-bound exciton and A-band free exciton in wurtzite GaN

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    Tackeuchi, A.; Otake, H.; Fujita, T.; Kuroda, T. [Department of Applied Physics, Waseda University, Tokyo 169-8555 (Japan); Chinone, T.; Liang, J.H.; Kajikawa, M. [Stanley Electric Company, Ltd., Edanishi 1-3-1, Aoba, Yokohama 225-0014 (Japan)

    2006-07-01

    The spin relaxation process of acceptor-bound excitons in wurtzite GaN is observed by spin-dependent pump and probe reflectance measurement with subpicosecond time resolution. The time evolutions measured at 15-50 K have a single exponential component corresponding to the electron spin relaxation time of 1.40-1.14 ps. These spin relaxation times are slightly longer than those of the A-band free excitons of 0.47-0.25 ps in GaN at 150-225 K. The spin relaxation time is found to be proportional to T{sup -0.175}, where T is the temperature. This weak temperature dependence indicates that the main spin relaxation mechanism is the Bir-Aronov-Pikus process. (copyright 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Interaction and Dephasing of Excitons in ZnSe Quantum Wires

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    Wagner, Hans Peter; Langbein, Wolfgang; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1999-01-01

    We study the coherent formation of biexcitons in wet-etched ZnSe quantum wires of lateral sizes down to 23 nm by transient degenerate four-wave mixing. We observe an increase of the biexciton binding energy with decreasing wire width reaching 30% energy enhancement in the smallest wire structure...... compared to the mesa structure which is attributed to a quenching of the exciton-exciton scattering efficiency by density dependent measurements. The exciton dephasing is found to increase with decreasing wire width which is assigned to an enhanced repulsive exchange interaction between excitons of equal...

  10. The excitonic insulator route through a dynamical phase transition induced by an optical pulse

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    Brazovskii, S., E-mail: brazov@lptms.u-psud.fr [Université Paris-Saclay, LPTMS, CNRS, Univ. Paris-sud (France); Kirova, N. [Université Paris-Saclay, LPS, CNRS, Univ. Paris-sud (France)

    2016-03-15

    We consider a dynamical phase transition induced by a short optical pulse in a system prone to thermodynamical instability. We address the case of pumping to excitons whose density contributes directly to the order parameter. To describe both thermodynamic and dynamic effects on equal footing, we adopt a view of the excitonic insulator for the phase transition and suggest a formation of the Bose condensate for the pumped excitons. The work is motivated by experiments in donor–acceptor organic compounds with a neutral- ionic phase transition coupled to the spontaneous lattice dimerization and to charge transfer excitons. The double nature of the ensemble of excitons leads to an intricate time evolution, in particular, to macroscopic quantum oscillations from the interference between the Bose condensate of excitons and the ground state of the excitonic insulator. The coupling of excitons and the order parameter also leads to self-trapping of their wave function, akin to self-focusing in optics. The locally enhanced density of excitons can surpass a critical value to trigger the phase transformation, even if the mean density is below the required threshold. The system is stratified in domains that evolve through dynamical phase transitions and sequences of merging. The new circumstances in experiments and theory bring to life, once again, some remarkable inventions made by L.V. Keldysh.

  11. Tightly bound indirect exciton in single-layer hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite semiconductor

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    Li, Jing; Liu, Tao; Liew, Timothy C. H.

    2017-10-01

    We theoretically study the direct and indirect excitons (IXs) in a single-layer hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite (HOIP) semiconductor. Due to the 2D nature, the single-layer HOIP supports the large binding energy of IXs and direct excitons over a wide range of applied electric fields, which exceed the thermal energy of room temperature. Moreover, the ground-state IX has a lower energy than that of direct exciton, which will extend the coherence and relaxation time of IXs. This is beneficial to optoelectronic applications and excitonic information processing devices of IXs.

  12. Plasmonic Structure Enhanced Exciton Generation at the Interface between the Perovskite Absorber and Copper Nanoparticles

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    Sheng Hsiung Chang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The refractive index and extinction coefficient of a triiodide perovskite absorber (TPA were obtained by fitting the transmittance spectra of TPA/PEDOT:PSS/ITO/glass using the transfer matrix method. Cu nanoplasmonic structures were designed to enhance the exciton generation in the TPA and to simultaneously reduce the film thickness of the TPA. Excitons were effectively generated at the interface between TPA and Cu nanoparticles, as observed through the 3D finite-difference time-domain method. The exciton distribution is advantageous for the exciton dissociation and carrier transport.

  13. Exciton dephasing and biexciton binding in CdSe/ZnSe islands

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    Wagner, Hans Peter; Tranitz, H.-P.; Preis, H

    1999-01-01

    The dephasing of excitons and the formation of biexcitons in self-organized CdSe/ZnSe islands grown by molecular-beam epitaxy is investigated using spectrally resolved four-wave mixing. A distribution of exciton-exciton scattering efficiencies and dephasing times in the range of 0.5-10 ps are obs...... energy slightly increases from 21.5 to 23 meV, while its broadening decreases from 5.5 to 3 meV. This is attributed to a strong three-dimensional confinement with improving shape uniformity for decreasing exciton energy. [S0163-1829(99)04739-6]....

  14. Interaction of Rayleigh waves with 2D dipolar exciton gas: impact of Bose–Einstein condensation

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    Boev, M. V.; Chaplik, A. V.; Kovalev, V. M.

    2017-12-01

    The theory of the interaction of a two-dimensional gas of indirect dipolar excitons with Rayleigh surface elastic waves has been developed. The absorption and renormalization of the phase velocity of a surface wave, as well as the drag of excitons by the surface acoustic wave and the generation of bulk acoustic waves by a two dimensional gas of dipolar excitons irradiated by external electromagnetic radiation, have been considered. These effects have been studied both in a normal phase at high temperatures and in a condensed phase of the exciton gas. The calculations have been performed in the ballistic and diffusion limits for both phases.

  15. Coherent Exciton and Biexciton Nonlinearities in Semiconductor Nanostructures: Effects of Disorder

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    Langbein, Wolfgang; Borri, Paola; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1999-01-01

    The coherent response of excitons in semiconductor nanostructures measured in four-wave mixing (FWM) depends strongly on the inhomogenous broadening of the exciton transition. We investigate InAs/Al0.3Ga0.7As single quantum wells (SQW) and AlxGa1-xAs mixed crystals. Additional to the usual phase...... rate difference between two subsystems within the inhomogeneous distribution is strongly dependent on their energy difference. BIF is strongly affecting the cross-linear polarized FWM response. The signal for positive delay is dominated by the transitions from the one-exciton state X to the two-exciton-states...

  16. Plasmonic Structure Enhanced Exciton Generation at the Interface between the Perovskite Absorber and Copper Nanoparticles

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    Lin, Kuen-Feng; Chiang, Chien-Hung; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2014-01-01

    The refractive index and extinction coefficient of a triiodide perovskite absorber (TPA) were obtained by fitting the transmittance spectra of TPA/PEDOT:PSS/ITO/glass using the transfer matrix method. Cu nanoplasmonic structures were designed to enhance the exciton generation in the TPA and to simultaneously reduce the film thickness of the TPA. Excitons were effectively generated at the interface between TPA and Cu nanoparticles, as observed through the 3D finite-difference time-domain method. The exciton distribution is advantageous for the exciton dissociation and carrier transport. PMID:25295290

  17. Chiroptical Spectroscopy

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    Gurst, Jerome E.

    1995-09-01

    A brief review of the literature, and Chemical and Engineering News in particular, reveals that the determination and use of optical activity is of increasing importance in today's commercial and research laboratories. The classical technique is to measure [alpha]D using a manual or recording polarimeter to provide a single value, the specific rotation at 589 nm. A spectropolarimeter can be used to determine optical activity through the UV-Visible spectrum (Optical Rotatory Dispersion [ORD]). At wavelengths far removed from electronic absorption bands, optical activity arises from circular birefringence, or the difference in the refractive index for left- and right-circularly polarized light; i.e., nL - nR does not equal zero for chiral materials. If the optical activity is measured through an absorption band, complex behavior is observed (a Cotton Effect curve). At an absorption band, chiral materials exhibit circular dichroism (CD), or a difference in the absorption of left- and right-circularly polarized light; epsilon L minus epsilon R does not equal zero. If the spectropolarimeter is set for the measurement of CD spectra, one observes what appears to be a UV-Vis spectrum except that some absorption bands are positive while others may be negative. Just as enantiomers have specific rotations that are equal and opposite at 589 nm (sodium D line), rotations are equal and opposite at all wavelengths, and CD measurements are equal and opposite at all wavelengths. Figure 1 shows the ORD curves for the enantiomeric carvones while Figure 2 contains the CD curves. The enantiomer of carvone that has the positive [alpha]D is obtained from caraway seeds and is known to have the S-configuration while the R-enantiomer is found in spearmint oil. Figure 1. ORD of S-(+)- and R-(-)-carvones Figure 2. CD of S-(+)- and R-(-)-carvones While little can be done to correlate stereochemistry with [alpha]D values, chiroptical spectroscopy (ORD and/or CD) often can be used to assign

  18. Coherent wavepackets in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex are robust to excitonic-structure perturbations caused by mutagenesis

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    Maiuri, Margherita; Ostroumov, Evgeny E.; Saer, Rafael G.; Blankenship, Robert E.; Scholes, Gregory D.

    2018-02-01

    Femtosecond pulsed excitation of light-harvesting complexes creates oscillatory features in their response. This phenomenon has inspired a large body of work aimed at uncovering the origin of the coherent beatings and possible implications for function. Here we exploit site-directed mutagenesis to change the excitonic level structure in Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complexes and compare the coherences using broadband pump-probe spectroscopy. Our experiments detect two oscillation frequencies with dephasing on a picosecond timescale—both at 77 K and at room temperature. By studying these coherences with selective excitation pump-probe experiments, where pump excitation is in resonance only with the lowest excitonic state, we show that the key contributions to these oscillations stem from ground-state vibrational wavepackets. These experiments explicitly show that the coherences—although in the ground electronic state—can be probed at the absorption resonances of other bacteriochlorophyll molecules because of delocalization of the electronic excitation over several chromophores.

  19. Communication: Broad manifold of excitonic states in light-harvesting complex 1 promotes efficient unidirectional energy transfer in vivo

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    Sohail, Sara H.; Dahlberg, Peter D.; Allodi, Marco A.; Massey, Sara C.; Ting, Po-Chieh; Martin, Elizabeth C.; Hunter, C. Neil; Engel, Gregory S.

    2017-10-01

    In photosynthetic organisms, the pigment-protein complexes that comprise the light-harvesting antenna exhibit complex electronic structures and ultrafast dynamics due to the coupling among the chromophores. Here, we present absorptive two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectra from living cultures of the purple bacterium, Rhodobacter sphaeroides, acquired using gradient assisted photon echo spectroscopy. Diagonal slices through the 2D lineshape of the LH1 stimulated emission/ground state bleach feature reveal a resolvable higher energy population within the B875 manifold. The waiting time evolution of diagonal, horizontal, and vertical slices through the 2D lineshape shows a sub-100 fs intra-complex relaxation as this higher energy population red shifts. The absorption (855 nm) of this higher lying sub-population of B875 before it has red shifted optimizes spectral overlap between the LH1 B875 band and the B850 band of LH2. Access to an energetically broad distribution of excitonic states within B875 offers a mechanism for efficient energy transfer from LH2 to LH1 during photosynthesis while limiting back transfer. Two-dimensional lineshapes reveal a rapid decay in the ground-state bleach/stimulated emission of B875. This signal, identified as a decrease in the dipole strength of a strong transition in LH1 on the red side of the B875 band, is assigned to the rapid localization of an initially delocalized exciton state, a dephasing process that frustrates back transfer from LH1 to LH2.

  20. Coherent wavepackets in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex are robust to excitonic-structure perturbations caused by mutagenesis.

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    Maiuri, Margherita; Ostroumov, Evgeny E; Saer, Rafael G; Blankenship, Robert E; Scholes, Gregory D

    2018-02-01

    Femtosecond pulsed excitation of light-harvesting complexes creates oscillatory features in their response. This phenomenon has inspired a large body of work aimed at uncovering the origin of the coherent beatings and possible implications for function. Here we exploit site-directed mutagenesis to change the excitonic level structure in Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complexes and compare the coherences using broadband pump-probe spectroscopy. Our experiments detect two oscillation frequencies with dephasing on a picosecond timescale-both at 77 K and at room temperature. By studying these coherences with selective excitation pump-probe experiments, where pump excitation is in resonance only with the lowest excitonic state, we show that the key contributions to these oscillations stem from ground-state vibrational wavepackets. These experiments explicitly show that the coherences-although in the ground electronic state-can be probed at the absorption resonances of other bacteriochlorophyll molecules because of delocalization of the electronic excitation over several chromophores.

  1. Photo-induced exciton generation in polyvinylpyrrolidone encapsulated Ag2S core-shells: Electrochemical deposition, regular shape and high order of particle size distribution

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    Mukherjee, Nillohit; Jana, Sumanta; Gopal Khan, Gobinda; Mondal, Anup

    2012-12-01

    Visible light induced frequency switching behavior, exhibited by the electrochemically deposited thin films of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) encapsulated Ag2S nanosphere (core-shell) is shown here. A low frequency (˜40 Hz) pulse was found to be generated upon illumination with 1 Sun due to excitonic transition, which also showed good switching behavior with the "on" and "off" state of the light. Capping of the semiconductor surface by a polymer like PVP reduces the surface states and thus lowers the built in barrier height and the width of depletion region. So, the number of photo generated but non recombining electron-hole pairs (excitons) increases, which put their signature in some unique physical properties like increase in photoluminescence (PL) intensity, light induced frequency switching behavior due to free exciton generation, etc. Here, the depositions were carried out on indium tin oxide coated glass substrates from an aqueous solution of AgNO3, thioacetamide, and PVP. The films were structurally characterized using high resolution X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and high resolution transmission electron microscopic techniques. The deposited particles were regular in shape with significantly high order of size distribution. Furrier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the presence of PVP as the encapsulating agent. Optical characterization, viz., UV - vis - NIR and NIR-PL revealed noteworthy amount of NIR emission from the deposited material.

  2. Diffractive optics based four-wave, six-wave, ..., nu-wave nonlinear spectroscopy.

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    Miller, R J Dwayne; Paarmann, Alexander; Prokhorenko, Valentyn I

    2009-09-15

    A detailed understanding of chemical processes requires information about both structure and dynamics. By definition, a reaction involves nonstationary states and is a dynamic process. Structure describes the atomic positions at global minima in the nuclear potential energy surface. Dynamics are related to the anharmonicities in this potential that couple different minima and lead to changes in atomic positions (reactions) and correlations. Studies of molecular dynamics can be configured to directly access information on the anharmonic interactions that lead to chemical reactions and are as central to chemistry as structural information. In this regard, nonlinear spectroscopies have distinct advantages over more conventional linear spectroscopies. Because of this potential, nonlinear spectroscopies could eventually attain a comparable level of importance for studying dynamics on the relevant time scales to barrier crossings and reactive processes as NMR has for determining structure. Despite this potential, nonlinear spectroscopy has not attained the same degree of utility as linear spectroscopy largely because nonlinear studies are more technically challenging. For example, unlike the linear spectrometers that exist in almost all chemistry departments, there are no "black box" four-wave mixing spectrometers. This Account describes recent advances in the application of diffractive optics (DOs) to nonlinear spectroscopy, which reduces the complexity level of this technology to be closer to that of linear spectroscopy. The combination of recent advances in femtosecond laser technology and this single optic approach could bring this form of spectroscopy out of the exclusive realm of specialists and into the general user community. However, the real driving force for this research is the pursuit of higher sensitivity limits, which would enable new forms of nonlinear spectroscopy. This Account chronicles the research that has now extended nonlinear spectroscopy to six

  3. Carbon conversion of solid fuels in the freeboard of a laboratory-scale fluidized bed combustor -- application of in situ laser spectroscopy

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    M. Lackner; G. Loeffler; G. Totschnig; F. Winter; H. Hofbauer [Vienna University of Technology, Wien (Austria). Institute of Chemical Engineering

    2004-07-01

    The carbon conversion of different solid fuels (i.e. beech wood, fir wood, bituminous coal) was investigated in the freeboard of a laboratory-scale fluidized bed combustor by in situ tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy. A room temperature continuous wave InGaAsSb/AlGaAsSb quantum well ridge diode laser emitting at 2.3-2.35 {mu}m was wavelength tuned at 300 Hz to determine simultaneously CH{sub 4} and CO during devolatilization and char combustion in situ 10 mm above the fuel particles. The lower detection limit was 0.2 vol% (5000 ppm m) for both species. In addition, CO, CO{sub 2} and O{sub 2} were determined ex situ by conventional methods. The experimental results obtained for the bituminous coal were compared to a detailed chemical kinetic model. The in situ measurements proved to be advantageous compared to conventional ex situ concentration measurements. The calculations confirm the determination of the primary products of solid fuel combustion during devolatilization and char combustion. A rather simple model for the devolatilization products was proven to describe well the release rates of CH{sub 4} and CO for the bituminous coal. 27 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Exploring the time-scale of photo-initiated interfacial electron transfer through first-principles interpretation of ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy (Presentation Recording)

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    Prendergast, David; Pemmaraju, Sri Chaitanya Das

    2015-09-01

    With the advent of X-ray free electron lasers and table-top high-harmonic-generation X-ray sources, we can now explore changes in electronic structure on ultrafast time scales -- at or less than 1ps. Transient X-ray spectroscopy of this kind provides a direct probe of relevant electronic levels related to photoinitiated processes and associated interfacial electron transfer as the initial step in solar energy conversion. However, the interpretation of such spectra is typically fraught with difficulty, especially since we rarely have access to spectral standards for nonequilibrium states. To this end, direct first-principles simulations of X-ray absorption spectra can provide the necessary connection between measurements and reliable models of the atomic and electronic structure. We present examples of modeling excited states of materials interfaces relevant to solar harvesting and their corresponding X-ray spectra in either photoemission or absorption modalities. In this way, we can establish particular electron transfer mechanisms to reveal detailed working principles of materials systems in solar applications and provide insight for improved efficiency.

  5. Correlating the Integral Sensing Properties of Zeolites with Molecular Processes by Combining Broadband Impedance and DRIFT Spectroscopy--A New Approach for Bridging the Scales.

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    Chen, Peirong; Schönebaum, Simon; Simons, Thomas; Rauch, Dieter; Dietrich, Markus; Moos, Ralf; Simon, Ulrich

    2015-11-13

    Zeolites have been found to be promising sensor materials for a variety of gas molecules such as NH₃, NOx, hydrocarbons, etc. The sensing effect results from the interaction of the adsorbed gas molecules with mobile cations, which are non-covalently bound to the zeolite lattice. The mobility of the cations can be accessed by electrical low-frequency (LF; mHz to MHz) and high-frequency (HF; GHz) impedance measurements. Recent developments allow in situ monitoring of catalytic reactions on proton-conducting zeolites used as catalysts. The combination of such in situ impedance measurements with diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS), which was applied to monitor the selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides (DeNOx-SCR), not only improves our understanding of the sensing properties of zeolite catalysts from integral electric signal to molecular processes, but also bridges the length scales being studied, from centimeters to nanometers. In this work, recent developments of zeolite-based, impedimetric sensors for automotive exhaust gases, in particular NH₃, are summarized. The electrical response to NH₃ obtained from LF impedance measurements will be compared with that from HF impedance measurements, and correlated with the infrared spectroscopic characteristics obtained from the DRIFTS studies of molecules involved in the catalytic conversion. The future perspectives, which arise from the combination of these methods, will be discussed.

  6. Direct observation of free-exciton thermalization in quantum-well structures

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    Umlauff, M.; Hoffmann, J.; Kalt, H.

    1998-01-01

    . The subsequent relaxation dynamics within the 1s-exciton dispersion is directly monitored by time-resolved studies of the phonon-assisted photoluminescence. It is demonstrated that the free-exciton distribution remains nonthermal for some 100 ps. The observed dynamics is in reasonable agreement with numerical...

  7. Thermal effects in exciton harvesting in biased one-dimensional systems

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    Vlaming, S. M.; Malyshev, V.A.; Knoester, J.

    2008-01-01

    The study of energy harvesting in chain-like structures is important due to its relevance to a variety of interesting physical systems. Harvesting is understood as the combination of exciton transport through intra-band exciton relaxation (via scattering on phonon modes) and subsequent quenching by

  8. Dynamics of exciton diffusion in poly(p-phenylene vinylene)/fullerene heterostructures

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    Markov, D.E.; Hummelen, J.C.; Blom, P.W.M.; Sieval, A.B.

    The exciton diffusion process in a poly(p-phenylene vinylene)- (PPV-)based derivative is investigated using time-resolved photoluminescence in conjugated polymer/fullerene heterostructures. The decay of the luminescence in the polymer/fullerene heterostructures is governed by exciton diffusion and

  9. The dynamical frustration of interlayer excitons delocalizing in bilayer quantum antiferromagnets

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    Rademaker, L.; Wu, K.; Hilgenkamp, H.; Zaanen, J.

    2012-01-01

    Using the self-consistent Born approximation we study the delocalization of interlayer excitons in the bilayer Heisenberg quantum antiferromagnet. Under realistic conditions we find that the coupling between the exciton motion and the spin system is strongly enhanced as compared to the case of a

  10. Real-Time Tracking of Singlet Exciton Diffusion in Organic Semiconductors

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    Kozlov, Oleg V.; de Haan, Foppe; Kerner, Ross A.; Rand, Barry P.; Cheyns, David; Pshenichnikov, Maxim S.

    2016-01-01

    Exciton diffusion in organic materials provides the operational basis for functioning of such devices as organic solar cells and light-emitting diodes. Here we track the exciton diffusion process in organic semiconductors in real time with a novel technique based on femtosecond photoinduced

  11. Excitonic optical nonlinearities and transport in the layered compound semiconductor GaSe

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    Mizeikis, V.; Vadim, Lyssenko; Østergaard, John Erland

    1995-01-01

    Dephasing and transient grating experiments in the direct excitonic absorption region of GaSe at low temperatures show that a fast relaxation within the one-dimensionally disordered excitonic band results in band filling being the dominant mechanism of the optical nonlinearity. Correspondingly, w...

  12. Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dipolar excitons in a phosphorene double layer

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    Berman, Oleg L.; Gumbs, Godfrey; Kezerashvili, Roman Ya.

    2017-07-01

    We study the formation of dipolar excitons and their superfluidity in a phosphorene double layer. The analytical expressions for the single dipolar exciton energy spectrum and wave function are obtained. It is predicted that a weakly interacting gas of dipolar excitons in a double layer of black phosphorus exhibits superfluidity due to the dipole-dipole repulsion between the dipolar excitons. In calculations are employed the Keldysh and Coulomb potentials for the interaction between the charge carriers to analyze the influence of the screening effects on the studied phenomena. It is shown that the critical velocity of superfluidity, the spectrum of collective excitations, concentrations of the superfluid and normal component, and mean-field critical temperature for superfluidity are anisotropic and demonstrate the dependence on the direction of motion of dipolar excitons. The critical temperature for superfluidity increases if the exciton concentration and the interlayer separation increase. It is shown that the dipolar exciton binding energy and mean-field critical temperature for superfluidity are sensitive to the electron and hole effective masses. The proposed experiment to observe a directional superfluidity of excitons is addressed.

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

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    Olsen, Thomas; Latini, Simone; Rasmussen, Filip Anselm

    2016-01-01

    , 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...

  14. The excitonic ground state of the half-filled Peierls insulator

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    Rice, MJ; Gartstein, YN

    2005-01-01

    We point out that the half-filled Peierls insulator, celebrated for its soliton excitations and its application to trans(polyacetylene), is an excitonic insulator in which collectively bound electron-hole pair excitations (excitons) are mixed into the ground state. Unlike the bound electron pairs of

  15. Supersonic exciton gratings: coherent inter-polariton scattering in semiconductor microcavities

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    Birkedal, Dan; Vadim, Lyssenko; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2002-01-01

    We report on a coherent nonlinear phenomenon in a semiconductor microcavity (SMC), which has no parallel for QW excitons. When two different polariton modes of the SMC are impulsively excited they undergo normal mode oscillations (NMOs) with coherent energy exchange between the exciton and the ca...

  16. Continuum contribution to excitonic four-wave mixing due to interaction-induced nonlinearities

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    Birkedal, Dan; Vadim, Lyssenko; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1996-01-01

    We present an experimental and theoretical investigation of ultrafast transient four-wave mixing of GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs quantum wells for coherent excitation of exciton and continuum states. The signal appears at the exciton resonance and is shown to consist of two contributions: an intense spectrally...

  17. Exciton formation and dissociation in mass-asymmetric electron-hole plasmas

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    Fehske, H [Institut fuer Physik, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universitaet Greifswald, Domstrasse 10a, D-17489 Greifswald (Germany); Filinov, V [Institute for High Energy Density, Russian Academy of Sciences, Izhorskay 13/19, Moscow 127412 (Russian Federation); Bonitz, M [Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel, Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik, Lehrstuhl Statistische Physik, Leibnizstrasse 15, 24098 Kiel (Germany); Fortov, V [Institute for High Energy Density, Russian Academy of Sciences, Izhorskay 13/19, Moscow 127412 (Russian Federation); Levashov, P [Institute for High Energy Density, Russian Academy of Sciences, Izhorskay 13/19, Moscow 127412 (Russian Federation)

    2005-01-01

    First-principle path integral Monte Carlo simulations were performed in order to analyze correlation effects in complex electron-hole plasmas, particularly with regard to the appearance of excitonic bound states. Results are discussed in relation to exciton formation in unconventional semiconductors with large electron hole mass asymmetry.

  18. Single Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals at Low Temperature: Fast Single-Photon Emission, Reduced Blinking, and Exciton Fine Structure.

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    Rainò, Gabriele; Nedelcu, Georgian; Protesescu, Loredana; Bodnarchuk, Maryna I; Kovalenko, Maksym V; Mahrt, Rainer F; Stöferle, Thilo

    2016-02-23

    Metal-halide semiconductors with perovskite crystal structure are attractive due to their facile solution processability, and have recently been harnessed very successfully for high-efficiency photovoltaics and bright light sources. Here, we show that at low temperature single colloidal cesium lead halide (CsPbX3, where X = Cl/Br) nanocrystals exhibit stable, narrow-band emission with suppressed blinking and small spectral diffusion. Photon antibunching demonstrates unambiguously nonclassical single-photon emission with radiative decay on the order of 250 ps, representing a significant acceleration compared to other common quantum emitters. High-resolution spectroscopy provides insight into the complex nature of the emission process such as the fine structure and charged exciton dynamics.

  19. Ultrafast dynamics of multiple exciton harvesting in the CdSe-ZnO system: electron injection versus Auger recombination.

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    Zídek, Karel; Zheng, Kaibo; Abdellah, Mohamed; Lenngren, Nils; Chábera, Pavel; Pullerits, Tõnu

    2012-12-12

    We study multiple electron transfer from a CdSe quantum dot (QD) to ZnO, which is a prerequisite for successful utilization of multiple exciton generation for photovoltaics. By using ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy we observe competition between electron injection into ZnO and quenching of multiexcitons via Auger recombination. We show that fast electron injection dominates over biexcitonic Auger recombination and multiple electrons can be transferred into ZnO. A kinetic component with time constant of a few tens of picoseconds was identified as the competition between injection of the second electron from a doubly excited QD and a trion Auger recombination. Moreover, we demonstrate that the multiexciton harvesting efficiency changes significantly with QD size. Within a narrow QD diameter range from 2 to 4 nm, the efficiency of electron injection from a doubly excited QD can vary from 30% to 70% in our system.

  20. Direct measurement of exciton dissociation energy in polymers

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Exciton dissociation energy was obtained based on the comparison of thickness of the space charge region estimated from the measurement of capacitance of prepared Schottky diode and from the measurement of photovoltage spectra. While the capacitance measurements provide information about the total width of the space charge region (SCR the surface photovoltaic effect brings information only about the part of the SCR where electric field is sufficiently high to cause dissociation. For determination of the dissociation energy it is sufficient to find the electric potential in the SCR where the process starts.

  1. Self-trapping phenomenon in exciton-polariton dynamics

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    Vasilieva, O. F.; Khadzhi, P. I.

    2013-12-01

    The polariton dynamics in a microcavity in the parametric oscillator mode, when two pump polaritons are transformed into signal and idler polaritons and vice versa, has been studied. A nonlinear differential equation is obtained, which describes the temporal evolution of pump-polariton density, the solution of which is expressed in terms of the Jacobi elliptical functions. The amplitude and period of polaritondensity oscillations are determined by the initial polariton densities and the resonance detuning. The possibility of self-trapping in exciton-polariton dynamics is predicted.

  2. Lateral excitonic switching in vertically stacked quantum dots

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    Jarzynka, Jarosław R.; McDonald, Peter G.; Galbraith, Ian [Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, SUPA, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom); Shumway, John [Department of Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States)

    2016-06-14

    We show that the application of a vertical electric field to the Coulomb interacting system in stacked quantum dots leads to a 90° in-plane switching of charge probability distribution in contrast to a single dot, where no such switching exists. Results are obtained using path integral quantum Monte Carlo with realistic dot geometry, alloy composition, and piezo-electric potential profiles. The origin of the switching lies in the strain interactions between the stacked dots hence the need for more than one layer of dots. The lateral polarization and electric field dependence of the radiative lifetimes of the excitonic switch are also discussed.

  3. Exciton Recombination in Formamidinium Lead Triiodide: Nanocrystals versus Thin Films

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    Fang, Hong-Hua; Protesescu, Loredana; Balazs, Daniel M.; Adjokatse, Sampson; Kovalenko, Maksym V.; Loi, Maria A.

    2017-01-01

    The optical properties of the newly developed near-infrared emitting formamidinium lead triiodide (FAPbI(3)) nanocrystals (NCs) and their polycrystalline thin film counterpart are comparatively investigated by means of steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence. The excitonic emission is dominant in NC ensemble because of the localization of electron-hole pairs. A promisingly high quantum yield above 70%, and a large absorption cross-section (5.2 x 10(-13) cm(-2)) are measured. At high ...

  4. Soliton physics with semiconductor exciton-polaritons in confined systems

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    Sich, Maksym; Skryabin, Dmitry V.; Krizhanovskii, Dmitry N.

    2016-10-01

    In the past decade, there has been a significant progress in the study of non-linear polariton phenomena in semiconductor microcavities. One of the key features of non-linear systems is the emergence of solitons. The complexity and the inherently strong nonlinearity of the polariton system made it a perfect sandpit for observing solitonic effects in half-light half-matter environment. This review focuses on the theory and the latest experimental elucidating physics as well as potential applications of conservative and dissipative solitons in exciton-polariton systems. xml:lang="fr"

  5. Exciton quenching close to polymer : vacuum interface of spin-coated films of poly(p-phenylenevinylene) derivative

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    Mikhnenko, O.V.; Cordella, F.; Sieval, A.B.; Hummelen, J.C.; Blom, P.W.M.; Loi, M.A.

    2009-01-01

    Polymer-fullerene bilayer heterostructures are suited to study excitonic processes in conjugated polymers. Excitons are efficiently quenched at the polymer-fullerene interface, whereas the polymer-vacuum interface is often considered as an exciton-reflecting interface. Here, we report about

  6. Phase Diagram of the Bose Condensation of Interwell Excitons in GaAs/AlGaAs Double Quantum Wells

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    Dremin, A. A.; Timofeev, V. B.; Larionov, A. V.

    2002-01-01

    observed in the experiment was attributed to Bose–Einstein condensation in a quasi-two-dimensional system of interwell excitons. In the temperature interval studied (0.5–3.6) K, the critical exciton density and temperature were determined and a phase diagram outlining the exciton condensate region...

  7. Coherent spin dynamics of an interwell excitonic gas in GaAs/AlGaAs coupled quantum wells

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    Larionov, A. V.; Bisti, V. E.; Bayer, M.

    2006-01-01

    The spin dynamics of an interwell exciton gas has been investigated in n-i-n GaAs/AlGaAs coupled quantum wells. The time evolution kinetics of the interwell exciton photoluminescence has been measured under resonant excitation of the 1s heavy-hole intrawell exciton, using a pulsed tunable laser...

  8. Orientation-Dependent Exciton-Plasmon Coupling in Embedded Organic/Metal Nanowire Heterostructures.

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    Li, Yong Jun; Hong, Yan; Peng, Qian; Yao, Jiannian; Zhao, Yong Sheng

    2017-10-24

    The excitation of surface plasmons by optical emitters based on exciton-plasmon coupling is important for plasmonic devices with active optical properties. It has been theoretically demonstrated that the orientation of exciton dipole can significantly influence the coupling strength, yet systematic study of the coupling process in nanostructures is still hindered by the lack of proper material systems. In this work, we have experimentally investigated the orientation-dependent exciton-plasmon coupling in a rationally designed organic/metal nanowire heterostructure system. The heterostructures were prepared by inserting silver nanowires into crystalline organic waveguides during the self-assembly of dye molecules. Structures with different exciton orientations exhibited varying coupling efficiencies. The near-field exciton-plasmon coupling facilitates the design of nanophotonic devices based on the directional surface plasmon polariton propagations.

  9. Dephasing and interaction of excitons CdSe/ZnSe islands

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    Wagner, H. P.; Tranitz, H.-P.; Preis, H.

    2000-01-01

    The dephasing of excitons in self-organized CdSe/ZnSe islands grown by molecular-beam epitaxy is investigated using spectrally resolved four-wave mixing. A distribution of dephasing times is observed, indicating the existence of localized excitons with different relaxation times at comparable tra...... transition energies. Polarization-dependent measurements identify the formation of biexcitons. The observed large biexciton binding energy of 22meV increases with decreasing exciton energy, which is attributed to an increasing three-dimensional confinement.......The dephasing of excitons in self-organized CdSe/ZnSe islands grown by molecular-beam epitaxy is investigated using spectrally resolved four-wave mixing. A distribution of dephasing times is observed, indicating the existence of localized excitons with different relaxation times at comparable...

  10. An excitonic approach to the intraband THz response of semiconductor nanostructures

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    Dignam, Marc M.; Sy, Fredrik; Parks, Andrew M. [Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, Queen' s University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 (Canada); Wang, Dawei [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory - Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, and International Center for Dielectric Research, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2014-03-31

    Considerable effort has been devoted in recent years to developing an accurate and computationally-viable theoretical treatment of the THz response of semiconductor nanostructures that are excited by ultrashort optical pulses. Although most approaches, such as the semiconductor Bloch equations, employ an electron-hole basis, we have developed an excitonic approach that has significant advantages in many situations. Our approach includes the exchange interaction between excitons, the effects of the Pauli exclusion principle for the excitons (which are composite Bosons), and the dipole-dipole interactions between excitons. In this paper we review our excitonic formalism and apply it to examine the THz absorption of optically-excited CdSe nanorods and 2D GaAs quantum wells.

  11. Effect of periodic potential on exciton states in semiconductor carbon nanotubes

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    Roslyak, Oleksiy, E-mail: oroslyak@fordham.edu [Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458 (United States); Piryatinski, Andrei, E-mail: apiryat@lanl.gov [Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2016-12-20

    We develop a theoretical background to treat exciton states in semiconductor single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in the presence of a periodic potential induced by a surface acoustic wave (SAW) propagating along SWCNT. The formalism accounts for the electronic band splitting into the Floquet sub-bands induced by the Bragg scattering on the SAW potential. Optical transitions between the Floquet states and correlated electron–hole pairs (excitons) are numerically examined. Formation of new van Hove singularities within the edges of Floquet sub-bands and associated transfer of the exciton oscillator strengths resulting in the photoluminescence quenching are predicted. The simulations demonstrate the exciton energy red Stark shift and reduction in the exciton binding energy. Comparison of our results with reported theoretical and experimental studies is provided.

  12. Excitons in semiconducting quantum filaments of CdS and CdSe with dielectric barriers

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    Dneprovskij, V S; Shalygina, O A; Lyaskovskij, V L; Mulyarov, E A; Gavrilov, S A; Masumoto, I

    2002-01-01

    The peculiarities of the luminescence spectra obtained by different polarization and intensity of the pumping excitation and luminescence kinetics of the CdS and CdSe nanocrystals are explained by the exciton transitions in the semiconducting quantum threads with dielectric barriers. The exciton transition energies correspond to the calculated ones with an account of both their dimensional quantization and the effect of the excitons dielectric intensification. It is shown that the excitons transition energies do not change by the change in the quantum threads diameter within the wide range, while the increase in the one-dimensional forbidden zone width of quantum thread by the decrease in its diameter is compensated through the decrease in the excitons binding energy

  13. Excitonic optical response of carbon chains confined in single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Bonabi, Farzad; Brun, Søren J.; Pedersen, Thomas G.

    2017-10-01

    It has been recently shown that long linear carbon chains (carbyne) can be formed inside multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Encapsulation of carbyne inside the CNT affects the electronic structure of the chain by the long-range Coulomb interaction. This introduces an indirect band gap in the combined CNT-chain system and results in a change in the optical band gap. We study the excitonic optical response of the combined system using the Bethe-Salpeter and Wannier equations based on density functional theory and tight-binding band structures. The optical properties of isolated CNTs and chains are strongly affected by excitonic effects and the CNT-chain system follows a similar trend. The interaction between the CNT and chain results in new bright excitons as well as charge transfer excitons, where electrons are localized on the CNT and holes on the chain, yielding new dark excitons in the combined system.

  14. Probing long-lived dark excitons in self-assembled quantum dots

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    Johansen, Jeppe; Julsgaard, Brian; Stobbe, Søren

    2010-01-01

    size. The energy dependence is compared to a recent model from the literature, in which the spin flip is due to the combined action of short-range exchange interaction and acoustic phonons. We furthermore observe a pronounced enhancement of the spin-flip rate close to semiconductor-air interfaces......Long-lived dark exciton states are formed in self-assembled quantum dots due to the combination of the angular momentum of electrons and holes. The lifetime of dark excitons are determined by spin-flip processes that transfer dark excitons into radiative bright excitons. We employ time......-resolved spontaneous emission measurements in a modified local density of optical states to unambiguously record the spin-flip rate. Pronounced variations in the spin-flip rate with the quantum dot emission energy are observed demonstrating that the exciton storage time can be extended by controlling the quantum dot...

  15. Rate Equation Analysis of the Dynamics of First-order Exciton Mott Transition

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    Sekiguchi, Fumiya; Shimano, Ryo

    2017-10-01

    We perform a rate equation analysis of the dynamics of the exciton Mott transition (EMT) assuming a detailed balance between excitons and unbound electron-hole (e-h) pairs. Using the Saha equation and adopting an empirical expression for the band-gap renormalization effect caused by unbound e-h pairs, we show that the ionization ratio of excitons exhibits bistability as a function of the total e-h pair density at low temperatures. We demonstrate that an incubation time emerges in the dynamics of the EMT from the oversaturated exciton gas phase on the verge of the bistable region. The incubation time shows slowing down behavior when the pair density approaches saddle-node bifurcation of the hysteresis curve of the exciton ionization ratio.

  16. Spin dynamics of low-dimensional excitons due to acoustic phonons

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    Thilagam, A; Lohe, M A [Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005 (Australia)

    2006-03-29

    We investigate the spin dynamics of excitons interacting with acoustic phonons in quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum discs by employing a multiband model based on the 4 x 4 Luttinger Hamiltonian. We also use the Bir-Pikus Hamiltonian to model the coupling of excitons to both longitudinal acoustic phonons and transverse acoustic phonons, thereby providing us with a realistic framework in which to determine details of the spin dynamics of excitons. We use a fractional dimensional formulation to model the excitonic wavefunctions and we demonstrate explicitly the decrease of spin relaxation time with dimensionality. Our numerical results are consistent with experimental results of spin relaxation times for various configurations of the GaAs/Al{sub 0.3}Ga{sub 0.7}As material system. We find that longitudinal and transverse acoustic phonons are equally significant in processes of exciton spin relaxations involving acoustic phonons.

  17. Spin dynamics of low-dimensional excitons due to acoustic phonons

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    Thilagam, A.; Lohe, M. A.

    2006-03-01

    We investigate the spin dynamics of excitons interacting with acoustic phonons in quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum discs by employing a multiband model based on the 4 × 4 Luttinger Hamiltonian. We also use the Bir-Pikus Hamiltonian to model the coupling of excitons to both longitudinal acoustic phonons and transverse acoustic phonons, thereby providing us with a realistic framework in which to determine details of the spin dynamics of excitons. We use a fractional dimensional formulation to model the excitonic wavefunctions and we demonstrate explicitly the decrease of spin relaxation time with dimensionality. Our numerical results are consistent with experimental results of spin relaxation times for various configurations of the GaAs/Al0.3Ga0.7As material system. We find that longitudinal and transverse acoustic phonons are equally significant in processes of exciton spin relaxations involving acoustic phonons.

  18. Nanophotonic interactions between organic excitons and plasmonic metasurfaces (Conference Presentation)

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    O'Carroll, Deirdre M.

    2016-09-01

    Thin-film organic semiconductor materials are emerging as energy-efficient, versatile alternatives to inorganic semiconductors for display and solid-state lighting applications. Additionally, thin-film organic laser and photovoltaic technologies, while not yet competitive with inorganic semiconductor-based analogues, can exhibit small device embodied energies (due to comparatively low temperature and low energy-use fabrication processes) which is of interest for reducing overall device cost. To improve energy conversion efficiency in thin-film organic optoelectronics, light management using nanophotonic structures is necessary. Here, our recent work on improving light trapping and light extraction in organic semiconductor thin films using nanostructured silver plasmonic metasurfaces will be presented [1,2]. Numerous optical phenomena, such as absorption induced scattering, out-of-plane waveguiding and morphology-dependent surface plasmon outcoupling, are identified due to exciton-plasmon coupling between the organic semiconductor and the metasurface. Interactions between localized and propagating surface plasmon polaritons and the excitonic transitions of a variety of organic conjugated polymer materials will be discussed and ways in which these interactions may be optimized for particular optoelectronic applications will be presented. [1] C. E. Petoukhoff, D. M. O'Carroll, Absorption-Induced Scattering and Surface Plasmon Out-Coupling from Absorber-Coated Plasmonic Metasurfaces. Nat. Commun. 6, 7899-1-13 (2015). [2] Z. Shen, D. M. O'Carroll, Nanoporous Silver Thin Films: Multifunctional Platforms for Influencing Chain Morphology and Optical Properties of Conjugated Polymers. Adv. Funct. Mater. 25, 3302-3313 (2015).

  19. Excitonic effects in ZnO nanowires and hollow nanotubes

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    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.

  20. Exciton Recombination in Formamidinium Lead Triiodide: Nanocrystals versus Thin Films.

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    Fang, Hong-Hua; Protesescu, Loredana; Balazs, Daniel M; Adjokatse, Sampson; Kovalenko, Maksym V; Loi, Maria Antonietta

    2017-08-01

    The optical properties of the newly developed near-infrared emitting formamidinium lead triiodide (FAPbI 3 ) nanocrystals (NCs) and their polycrystalline thin film counterpart are comparatively investigated by means of steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence. The excitonic emission is dominant in NC ensemble because of the localization of electron-hole pairs. A promisingly high quantum yield above 70%, and a large absorption cross-section (5.2 × 10 -13 cm -2 ) are measured. At high pump fluence, biexcitonic recombination is observed, featuring a slow recombination lifetime of 0.4 ns. In polycrystalline thin films, the quantum efficiency is limited by nonradiative trap-assisted recombination that turns to bimolecular at high pump fluences. From the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra, a phase transition is clearly observed in both NC ensemble and polycrystalline thin film. It is interesting to note that NC ensemble shows PL temperature antiquenching, in contrast to the strong PL quenching displayed by polycrystalline thin films. This difference is explained in terms of thermal activation of trapped carriers at the nanocrystal's surface, as opposed to the exciton thermal dissociation and trap-mediated recombination, which occur in thin films at higher temperatures. © 2017 The Authors. Published by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Boosting the performance of red PHOLEDs by exciton harvesting

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    Chang, Y.-L.; Wang, Z. B.; Helander, M. G.; Qiu, J.; Lu, Z. H.

    2012-09-01

    Significant development has been made on phosphorescent organic light emitting diodes (PHOLEDs) over the past decade, which eventually resulted in the commercialization of widely distributed active-matrix organic light emitting diode displays for mobile phones. However, higher efficiency PHOLEDs are still needed to further reduce the cost and lower the power consumption for general lighting and LED backlight applications. In particular, red PHOLEDs currently have in general the lowest efficiencies among the three primary colors, due most likely to the energy-gap law. Therefore, a number of groups have of made use of various device configurations, including insertion of a carrier blocking or exciton confining layer, doping the transport layers, as well as employing multiple emissive zone structures to improve the device efficiency. However, these approaches are rather inconvenient for commercial applications. In this work, we have developed a simpler way to boost the performance of red PHOLEDs by incorporating an exciton harvesting green emitter, which transfers a large portion of the energy to the co-deposited red emitter. A high external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 20.6% was achieved, which is among the best performances for red PHOLEDs.

  2. Efficient Multiple Exciton Generation Observed in Colloidal PbSe Quantum Dots with Temporally and Spectrally Resolved Intraband Excitation

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    Ji, Minbiao

    2009-03-11

    We have spectrally resolved the intraband transient absorption of photogenerated excitons to quantify the exciton population dynamics in colloidal PbSe quantum dots (QDs). These measurements demonstrate that the spectral distribution, as well as the amplitude, of the transient spectrum depends on the number of excitons excited in a QD. To accurately quantify the average number of excitons per QD, the transient spectrum must be spectrally integrated. With spectral integration, we observe efficient multiple exciton generation In colloidal PbSe QDs. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  3. Toward Metal–Organic Framework-Based Solar Cells: Enhancing Directional Exciton Transport by Collapsing Three-Dimensional Film Structures

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    Goswami, Subhadip; Ma, Lin; Martinson, Alex B. F.; Wasielewski, Michael R.; Farha, Omar K.; Hupp, Joseph T.

    2016-11-16

    Owing to their ability to act as light-harvesting scaffolds, porphyrin-containing metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are in the forefront of research on the application of highly ordered molecular materials to problems in solar-energy conversion. In this work, solvent-assisted linker exchange (SALE) is performed on a pillared paddlewheel porphyrin containing MOF thin film to collapse a 3D framework to a 2D framework. The change in dimensionality of the framework is confirmed by a decrease in the film thickness, the magnitude of which is in agreement with crystallographic parameters for related bulk materials. Furthermore, NMR spectroscopy performed on the digested sample suggests a similar change in geometry is achieved in bulk MOF samples. The decreased distance between the porphyrin chromophores in the 2D MOF film compared to the 3D film results in enhanced energy transfer through the film. The extent of energy transport was probed by assembling MOF thin film where the outermost layers are palladium porphyrin (P2) units, which act as energy traps and fluorescence quenchers. Steady-state emission spectroscopy together with time-resolved emission spectroscopy indicates that excitons can travel through about 9-11 layers (porphyrin layers) in 2D films, whereas in 3D films energy transfer occurs through no more than about 6-8 layers. The results are difficult to understand if only changes in MOF interlayer spacing are considered but become much more understandable if dipole-dipole coupling distances are considered.

  4. Quantum-limit spectroscopy

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    Ficek, Zbigniew

    2017-01-01

    This book covers the main ideas, methods, and recent developments of quantum-limit optical spectroscopy and applications to quantum information, resolution spectroscopy, measurements beyond quantum limits, measurement of decoherence, and entanglement. Quantum-limit spectroscopy lies at the frontier of current experimental and theoretical techniques, and is one of the areas of atomic spectroscopy where the quantization of the field is essential to predict and interpret the existing experimental results. Currently, there is an increasing interest in quantum and precision spectroscopy both theoretically and experimentally, due to significant progress in trapping and cooling of single atoms and ions. This progress allows one to explore in the most intimate detail the ways in which light interacts with atoms and to measure spectral properties and quantum effects with high precision. Moreover, it allows one to perform subtle tests of quantum mechanics on the single atom and single photon scale which were hardly eve...

  5. Analytic derivative couplings and first-principles exciton/phonon coupling constants for an ab initio Frenkel-Davydov exciton model: Theory, implementation, and application to compute triplet exciton mobility parameters for crystalline tetracene

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    Morrison, Adrian F.; Herbert, John M.

    2017-06-01

    Recently, we introduced an ab initio version of the Frenkel-Davydov exciton model for computing excited-state properties of molecular crystals and aggregates. Within this model, supersystem excited states are approximated as linear combinations of excitations localized on molecular sites, and the electronic Hamiltonian is constructed and diagonalized in a direct-product basis of non-orthogonal configuration state functions computed for isolated fragments. Here, we derive and implement analytic derivative couplings for this model, including nuclear derivatives of the natural transition orbital and symmetric orthogonalization transformations that are part of the approximation. Nuclear derivatives of the exciton Hamiltonian's matrix elements, required in order to compute the nonadiabatic couplings, are equivalent to the "Holstein" and "Peierls" exciton/phonon couplings that are widely discussed in the context of model Hamiltonians for energy and charge transport in organic photovoltaics. As an example, we compute the couplings that modulate triplet exciton transport in crystalline tetracene, which is relevant in the context of carrier diffusion following singlet exciton fission.

  6. Analytic derivative couplings and first-principles exciton/phonon coupling constants for an ab initio Frenkel-Davydov exciton model: Theory, implementation, and application to compute triplet exciton mobility parameters for crystalline tetracene.

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    Morrison, Adrian F; Herbert, John M

    2017-06-14

    Recently, we introduced an ab initio version of the Frenkel-Davydov exciton model for computing excited-state properties of molecular crystals and aggregates. Within this model, supersystem excited states are approximated as linear combinations of excitations localized on molecular sites, and the electronic Hamiltonian is constructed and diagonalized in a direct-product basis of non-orthogonal configuration state functions computed for isolated fragments. Here, we derive and implement analytic derivative couplings for this model, including nuclear derivatives of the natural transition orbital and symmetric orthogonalization transformations that are part of the approximation. Nuclear derivatives of the exciton Hamiltonian's matrix elements, required in order to compute the nonadiabatic couplings, are equivalent to the "Holstein" and "Peierls" exciton/phonon couplings that are widely discussed in the context of model Hamiltonians for energy and charge transport in organic photovoltaics. As an example, we compute the couplings that modulate triplet exciton transport in crystalline tetracene, which is relevant in the context of carrier diffusion following singlet exciton fission.

  7. External electric field effect on exciton binding energy in InGaAsP/InP cylindrical quantum wires

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    Wang, Hailong, E-mail: hlwang@mail.qfnu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Engineering, Qufu Normal University, Qufu 273165 (China); Wang, Wenjuan [College of Physics and Engineering, Qufu Normal University, Qufu 273165 (China); Gong, Qian; Wang, Shumin [State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2016-12-15

    Exciton binding energies in InGaAsP/InP cylindrical quantum wires are calculated through variational method under the framework of effective-mass envelope-function approximation. It is shown that the variation of exciton binding energy is highly dependent on radius of the wire, material composition and external electric field. Exciton binding energy is a non-monotonic function of wire radius. It increases until it reaches a maximum, and then decreases as the wire radius decreases. With the increase of In composition, the wire radius need increase to reach the maximum value of exciton binding energy. It is also found that the external electric field has little effect on exciton binding energy. However, the excitonic effect will be destroyed when external electric field is large enough. In addition, the Stark shift of exciton binding energy is also calculated.

  8. Excitons into one-axis crystals of zinc phosphide (Zn3P2

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    D.M. Stepanchikov

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Theoretical study of excitons spectra is offered in this report as for Zn3P2 crystals. Spectra are got in the zero approach of the theory of perturbations with consideration of both the anisotropy of the dispersion law and the selection rules. The existence of two exciton series was found, which corresponds to two valence bands (hh, lh and the conductivity band (c. It is noteworthy that anisotropy of the dispersion law plus the existence of crystalline packets (layers normal to the main optical axis, both will permit the consideration of two-dimensional excitons too. The high temperature displaying of these 2D-exciton effects is not eliminated even into bulk crystals. The calculated values of the binding energies as well as the oscillator's strength for the optical transitions are given for a volume (3D and for two-dimensional (2D excitons. The model of energy exciton transitions and four-level scheme of stimulated exciton radiation for receiving laser effect are offered.

  9. Theory of optical absorption by interlayer excitons in transition metal dichalcogenide heterobilayers

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    Wu, Fengcheng; Lovorn, Timothy; MacDonald, A. H.

    2018-01-01

    We present a theory of optical absorption by interlayer excitons in a heterobilayer formed from transition metal dichalcogenides. The theory accounts for the presence of small relative rotations that produce a momentum shift between electron and hole bands located in different layers, and a moire pattern in real space. Because of the momentum shift, the optically active interlayer excitons are located at the moire Brillouin zone's corners, instead of at its center, and would have elliptical optical selection rules if the individual layers were translationally invariant. We show that the exciton moire potential energy restores circular optical selection rules by coupling excitons with different center of mass momenta. A variety of interlayer excitons with both senses of circular optical activity, and energies that are tunable by twist angle, are present at each valley. The lowest energy exciton states are generally localized near the exciton potential energy minima. We discuss the possibility of using the moire pattern to achieve scalable two-dimensional arrays of nearly identical quantum dots.

  10. Composite Boson Description of a Low-Density Gas of Excitons

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    Golomedov, A. E.; Lozovik, Yu. E.; Astrakharchik, G. E.; Boronat, J.

    2017-12-01

    Ground-state properties of a fermionic Coulomb gas are calculated using the fixed-node diffusion Monte Carlo method. The validity of the composite boson description is tested for different densities. We extract the exciton-exciton s-wave scattering length by solving the four-body problem in a harmonic trap and mapping the energy to that of two trapped bosons. The equation of state is consistent with the Bogoliubov theory for composite bosons interacting with the obtained s-wave scattering length. The perturbative expansion at low density has contributions physically coming from (a) exciton binding energy, (b) mean-field Gross-Pitaevskii interaction between excitons, and (c) quantum depletion of the excitonic condensate (Lee-Huang-Yang terms for composite bosons). In addition, for low densities we find a good agreement with the Bogoliubov bosonic theory for the condensate fraction of excitons. The equation of state in the opposite limit of large density is found to be well described by the perturbative theory including (a) mixture of two ideal Fermi gases and (b) exchange energy. We find that for low densities both energetic and coherent properties are correctly described by the picture of composite bosons (excitons).

  11. Strong excitonic interactions in the oxygen K-edge of perovskite oxides

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    Tomita, Kota; Miyata, Tomohiro [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan); Olovsson, Weine [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden); Mizoguchi, Teruyasu, E-mail: teru@iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan)

    2017-07-15

    Excitonic interactions of the oxygen K-edge electron energy-loss near-edge structure (ELNES) of perovskite oxides, CaTiO{sub 3}, SrTiO{sub 3}, and BaTiO{sub 3}, together with reference oxides, MgO, CaO, SrO, BaO, and TiO{sub 2}, were investigated using a first-principles Bethe–Salpeter equation calculation. Although the transition energy of oxygen K-edge is high, strong excitonic interactions were present in the oxygen K-edge ELNES of the perovskite oxides, whereas the excitonic interactions were negligible in the oxygen K-edge ELNES of the reference compounds. Detailed investigation of the electronic structure suggests that the strong excitonic interaction in the oxygen K-edge ELNES of the perovskite oxides is caused by the directionally confined, low-dimensional electronic structure at the Ti–O–Ti bonds. - Highlights: • Excitonic interaction in oxygen-K edge is investigated. • Strong excitonic interaction is found in the oxygen-K edge of perovskite oxides. • The strong excitonic interaction is ascribed to the low-dimensional and confined electronic structure.

  12. A study of polaritonic transparency in couplers made from excitonic materials

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    Singh, Mahi R.; Racknor, Chris [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western University, London, Ontario N6A 3K7 (Canada)

    2015-03-14

    We have studied light matter interaction in quantum dot and exciton-polaritonic coupler hybrid systems. The coupler is made by embedding two slabs of an excitonic material (CdS) into a host excitonic material (ZnO). An ensemble of non-interacting quantum dots is doped in the coupler. The bound exciton polariton states are calculated in the coupler using the transfer matrix method in the presence of the coupling between the external light (photons) and excitons. These bound exciton-polaritons interact with the excitons present in the quantum dots and the coupler is acting as a reservoir. The Schrödinger equation method has been used to calculate the absorption coefficient in quantum dots. It is found that when the distance between two slabs (CdS) is greater than decay length of evanescent waves the absorption spectrum has two peaks and one minimum. The minimum corresponds to a transparent state in the system. However, when the distance between the slabs is smaller than the decay length of evanescent waves, the absorption spectra has three peaks and two transparent states. In other words, one transparent state can be switched to two transparent states when the distance between the two layers is modified. This could be achieved by applying stress and strain fields. It is also found that transparent states can be switched on and off by applying an external control laser field.

  13. Temperature dependence of exciton peak energies in ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe epitaxial films

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    Pässler, R.; Griebl, E.; Riepl, H.; Lautner, G.; Bauer, S.; Preis, H.; Gebhardt, W.; Buda, B.; As, D. J.; Schikora, D.; Lischka, K.; Papagelis, K.; Ves, S.

    1999-10-01

    High-quality ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe epitaxial films were grown on (001)-GaAs-substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The 1s-exciton peak energy positions have been determined by absorption measurements from 2 K up to about room temperature. For ZnS and ZnSe additional high-temperature 1s-exciton energy data were obtained by reflectance measurements performed from 300 up to about 550 K. These complete E1s(T) data sets are fitted using a recently developed analytical model. The high-temperature slopes of the individual E1s(T) curves and the effective phonon temperatures of ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe are found to scale almost linearly with the corresponding zero-temperature energy gaps and the Debye temperatures, respectively. Various ad hoc formulas of Varshni type, which have been invoked in recent articles for numerical simulations of restricted E1s(T) data sets for cubic ZnS, are discussed.

  14. Terahertz spectroscopy

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    Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2009-01-01

    In this presentation I will review methods for spectroscopy in the THz range, with special emphasis on the practical implementation of the technique known ad THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). THz-TDS has revived the old field of far-infrared spectroscopy, and enabled a wealth of new activit...

  15. Excitonic Coupling in Linear and Trefoil Trimer Perylenediimide Molecules Probed by Single-Molecule Spectroscopy

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    Yoo, Hyejin

    2012-10-25

    Perylenediimide (PDI) molecules are promising building blocks for photophysical studies of electronic interactions within multichromophore arrays. Such PDI arrays are important materials for fabrication of molecular nanodevices such as organic light-emitting diodes, organic semiconductors, and biosensors because of their high photostability, chemical and physical inertness, electron affinity, and high tinctorial strength over the entire visible spectrum. In this work, PDIs have been organized into linear (L3) and trefoil (T3) trimer molecules and investigated by single-molecule fluorescence microscopy to probe the relationship between molecular structures and interchromophoric electronic interactions. We found a broad distribution of coupling strengths in both L3 and T3 and hence strong/weak coupling between PDI units by monitoring spectral peak shifts in single-molecule fluorescence spectra upon sequential photobleaching of each constituent chromophore. In addition, we used a wide-field defocused imaging technique to resolve heterogeneities in molecular structures of L3 and T3 embedded in a PMMA polymer matrix. A systematic comparison between the two sets of experimental results allowed us to infer the correlation between intermolecular interactions and molecular structures. Our results show control of the PDI intermolecular interactions using suitable multichromophoric structures. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  16. Resonant exciton-phonon coupling in ZnO nanorods at room temperature

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    Soumee Chakraborty

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Vibronic and optoelectronic properties, along with detailed studies of exciton-phonon coupling at room temperature (RT for random and aligned ZnO nanorods are reported. Excitation energy dependent Raman studies are performed for detailed analysis of multi-phonon processes in the nanorods. We report here the origin of coupling between free exciton and its associated phonon replicas, including its higher order modes, in the photoluminescence spectra at RT. Resonance of excitonic electron and resonating first order zone center LO phonon, invoked strongly by Frolich interaction, are made responsible for the observed phenomenon.

  17. Particle-in-a-bos model of one-dimensional excitons in conjugated polymers

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    Pedersen, T.G.; Johansen, P.M.; Pedersen, H.C.

    2000-01-01

    A simple two-particle model of excitons in conjugated polymers is proposed as an alternative to usual highly computationally demanding quantum chemical methods. In the two-particle model, the exciton is described as an electron-hole pair interacting via Coulomb forces and confined to the polymer...... of these cases an approximate solution for the general case is obtained. As an application of the model the influence of a static electric field on the electron-hole overlap integral and exciton energy is considered....

  18. Proposal of highly efficient photoemitter with strong photon-harvesting capability and exciton superradiance

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    Matsuda, Takuya; Ishihara, Hajime

    2017-08-01

    We propose a system of highly efficient photoemitters comprising metal-molecule multilayered structures. In the proposed structure, the absorption in the molecular layer is greatly enhanced through quantum interference between the split modes arising from the coupling of the layered excitons and the plasmons sustained by the metal layer. Furthermore, the large interaction volume between surface plasmons and excitons causes exciton superradiance, which results in the extremely efficient photoemission. This finding indicates the possibility of designing highly efficient photoemitters based on simple layered structures.

  19. Slow light enhanced singlet exciton fission solar cells with a 126% yield of electrons per photon

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    Thompson, Nicholas J.; Congreve, Daniel N.; Baldo, Marc A., E-mail: vmenon@qc.cuny.edu, E-mail: baldo@mit.edu [Energy Frontier Research Center for Excitonics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Goldberg, David; Menon, Vinod M., E-mail: vmenon@qc.cuny.edu, E-mail: baldo@mit.edu [Department of Physics, Queens College and Graduate Center, The City University of New York, Flushing, New York 11367 (United States)

    2013-12-23

    Singlet exciton fission generates two triplet excitons per absorbed photon. It promises to increase the power extracted from sunlight without increasing the number of photovoltaic junctions in a solar cell. We demonstrate solar cells with an external quantum efficiency of 126% by enhancing absorption in thin films of the singlet exciton fission material pentacene. The device structure exploits the long photon dwell time at the band edge of a distributed Bragg reflector to achieve enhancement over a broad range of angles. Measuring the reflected light from the solar cell establishes a lower bound of 137% for the internal quantum efficiency.

  20. Dynamic Control of Plasmon-Exciton Coupling in Au Nanodisk–J-Aggregate Hybrid Nanostructure Arrays

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    Zheng, Yue Bing

    2009-01-01

    We report the dynamic control of plasmon-exciton coupling in Au nanodisk arrays adsorbed with J-aggregate molecules by incident angle of light. The angle-resolved spectra of an array of bare Au nanodisks exhibit continuous shifting of localized surface plasmon resonances. This characteristic enables the production of real-time, controllable spectral overlaps between molecular and plasmonic resonances, and the efficient measurement of plasmon-exciton coupling as a function of wavelength with one or fewer nanodisk arrays. Experimental observations of varying plasmon-exciton coupling match with coupled dipole approximation calculations.

  1. Improved value for the silicon free exciton binding energy

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    Martin A. Green

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The free exciton binding energy is a key parameter in silicon material and device physics. In particular, it provides the necessary link between the energy threshold for valence to conduction band optical absorption and the bandgap determining electronic properties. The long accepted low temperature binding energy value of 14.7 ± 0.4 meV is reassessed taking advantage of developments subsequent to its original determination, leading to the conclusion that this value is definitely an underestimate. Using three largely independent experimental data sets, an improved low temperature value of 15.01 ± 0.06 meV is deduced, in good agreement with the most comprehensive theoretical calculations to date.

  2. Generation of Rabi frequency radiation using exciton-polaritons

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    Barachati, Fábio; Kéna-Cohen, Stéphane

    2015-01-01

    We study the use of exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities to generate radiation spanning the infrared to terahertz regions of the spectrum by exploiting transitions between upper and lower polariton branches. The process, which is analogous to difference-frequency generation (DFG), relies on the use of semiconductors with a nonvanishing second-order susceptibility. For an organic microcavity composed of a nonlinear optical polymer, we predict a DFG irradiance enhancement of $2.8\\cdot10^2$, as compared to a bare nonlinear polymer film, when triple resonance with the fundamental cavity mode is satisfied. In the case of an inorganic microcavity composed of (111) GaAs, an enhancement of $8.8\\cdot10^3$ is found, as compared to a bare GaAs slab. Both structures show high wavelength tunability and relaxed design constraints due to the high modal overlap of polariton modes.

  3. Multiple exciton generation in quantum dot-based solar cells

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    Goodwin Heather

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiple exciton generation (MEG in quantum-confined semiconductors is the process by which multiple bound charge-carrier pairs are generated after absorption of a single high-energy photon. Such charge-carrier multiplication effects have been highlighted as particularly beneficial for solar cells where they have the potential to increase the photocurrent significantly. Indeed, recent research efforts have proved that more than one charge-carrier pair per incident solar photon can be extracted in photovoltaic devices incorporating quantum-confined semiconductors. While these proof-of-concept applications underline the potential of MEG in solar cells, the impact of the carrier multiplication effect on the device performance remains rather low. This review covers recent advancements in the understanding and application of MEG as a photocurrent-enhancing mechanism in quantum dot-based photovoltaics.

  4. Multiple exciton generation in quantum dot-based solar cells

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    Goodwin, Heather; Jellicoe, Tom C.; Davis, Nathaniel J. L. K.; Böhm, Marcus L.

    2018-01-01

    Multiple exciton generation (MEG) in quantum-confined semiconductors is the process by which multiple bound charge-carrier pairs are generated after absorption of a single high-energy photon. Such charge-carrier multiplication effects have been highlighted as particularly beneficial for solar cells where they have the potential to increase the photocurrent significantly. Indeed, recent research efforts have proved that more than one charge-carrier pair per incident solar photon can be extracted in photovoltaic devices incorporating quantum-confined semiconductors. While these proof-of-concept applications underline the potential of MEG in solar cells, the impact of the carrier multiplication effect on the device performance remains rather low. This review covers recent advancements in the understanding and application of MEG as a photocurrent-enhancing mechanism in quantum dot-based photovoltaics.

  5. Exciton dephasing in single InGaAs quantum dots

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    Leosson, Kristjan; Østergaard, John Erland; Jensen, Jacob Riis

    2000-01-01

    . The homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening of InGaAs quantum dot luminescence is of central importance for the potential application of this material system in optoelectronic devices. Recent measurements of MOCVD-grown InAs/InGaAs quantum dots indicate a large homogeneous broadening at room temperature due......The homogeneous linewidth of excitonic transitions is a parameter of fundamental physical importance. In self-assembled quantum dot systems, a strong inhomogeneous broadening due to dot size fluctuations masks the homogeneous linewidth associated with transitions between individual states...... to fast dephasing. We present an investigation of the low-temperature homogeneous linewidth of individual PL lines from MBE-grown In0.5Ga0.5As/GaAs quantum dots....

  6. True Bilayer Exciton Condensate of One-Dimensional Electrons.

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    Kantian, A; Abergel, D S L

    2017-07-21

    We theoretically predict that a true bilayer exciton condensate, characterized by off-diagonal long-range order and global phase coherence, can be created in one-dimensional solid state electron systems. The mechanism by which this happens is to introduce a single particle hybridization of electron and hole populations, which locks the phase of the relevant mode and hence invalidates the Mermin-Wagner theorem. Electron-hole interactions then amplify this tendency towards off-diagonal long-range order, enhancing the condensate properties by more than an order of magnitude over the noninteracting limit. We show that the temperatures below which a substantial condensate fraction would form could reach hundreds of Kelvin, a benefit of the weak screening in one-dimensional systems.

  7. Microscopic theory of singlet exciton fission. III. Crystalline pentacene

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    Berkelbach, Timothy C., E-mail: tcb2112@columbia.edu; Reichman, David R., E-mail: drr2103@columbia.edu [Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, 3000 Broadway, New York, New York 10027 (United States); Hybertsen, Mark S., E-mail: mhyberts@bnl.gov [Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973-5000 (United States)

    2014-08-21

    We extend our previous work on singlet exciton fission in isolated dimers to the case of crystalline materials, focusing on pentacene as a canonical and concrete example. We discuss the proper interpretation of the character of low-lying excited states of relevance to singlet fission. In particular, we consider a variety of metrics for measuring charge-transfer character, conclusively demonstrating significant charge-transfer character in the low-lying excited states. The impact of this electronic structure on the subsequent singlet fission dynamics is assessed by performing real-time master-equation calculations involving hundreds of quantum states. We make direct comparisons with experimental absorption spectra and singlet fission rates, finding good quantitative agreement in both cases, and we discuss the mechanistic distinctions that exist between small isolated aggregates and bulk systems.

  8. Ab initio nonadiabatic dynamics of multichromophore complexes: a scalable graphical-processing-unit-accelerated exciton framework.

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    Sisto, Aaron; Glowacki, David R; Martinez, Todd J

    2014-09-16

    Conspectus Although advances in computer hardware and algorithms tuned for novel computer architectures are leading to significant increases in the size and time scale for molecular simulations, it remains true that new methods and algorithms will be needed to address some of the problems in complex chemical systems, such as electrochemistry, excitation energy transport, proton transport, and condensed phase reactivity. Ideally, these new methods would exploit the strengths of emerging architectures. Fragment based approaches for electronic structure theory decompose the problem of solving the electronic Schrodinger equation into a series of much smaller problems. Because each of these smaller problems is largely independent, this strategy is particularly well-suited to parallel architectures. It appears that the most significant advances in computer architectures will be toward increased parallelism, and therefore fragment-based approaches are an ideal match to these trends. When the computational effort involved scales with the third (or higher) power of the molecular size, there is a large benefit to fragment-based approaches even on serial architectures. This is the case for many of the well-known methods for solving the electronic structure theory problem, especially when wave function-based approaches including electron correlation are considered. A major issue in fragment-based approaches is determining or improving their accuracy. Since the Achilles' heel of any such method lies in the approximations used to stitch the smaller problems back together (i.e., in the treatment of the cross-fragment interactions), it can often be important to ensure that the size of the smaller problems is "large enough." Thus, there are two frontiers that need to be extended in order to enable molecular simulations for large systems and long times: the strongly coupled problem of medium sized molecules (100-500 atoms) and the more weakly coupled problem of decomposing

  9. Self-trapped exciton configurations in Beryllium Oxide

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    Botov, M. A.; Kuznetsov, A. Yu; Sobolev, A. B.

    2017-05-01

    The modern radiation technology, nuclear engineering, non-linear optics are associated with radiation-resistant optical material study. Evolution of electronic excitations in these materials is a complex multichannel process which currently has no integrated model. A special role belongs to the low-symmetry single crystals, such as beryllium oxide (BeO). We present theoretical results that advance our understanding of exciton-based channel of electronic excitations relaxation. The four possible self-trapped exciton (STE) configurations in beryllia single crystal have been investigated by using a quantum mechanical approach (Hartree-Fock and B3LYP HF-DFT hybrid functional, as implemented in the CRYSTAL09 code). B3LYP DFT functional with 30% of exact exchange was used (B3LYP30). All calculations were performed using periodic boundary conditions and full SC geometry relaxation. The lattice distortion and charge density distribution for considered defect configurations were obtained. STE-A1 luminescence energy was found to be 6.0 eV for HF and 6.5 eV for B3LYP30; STE-A2 luminescence energy was found to be 9.2 eV for HF and 7.8 eV for B3LYP30. STE-B1 luminescence energy was found to be 5.5 eV for HF, 6.2 eV for B3LYP30; STE-B2 luminescence energy was found to be 4.7 eV for HF.

  10. Determination of lateral size distribution of type-II ZnTe/ZnSe stacked submonolayer quantum dots via spectral analysis of optical signature of the Aharanov-Bohm excitons

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    Ji, Haojie; Dhomkar, Siddharth; Roy, Bidisha; Kuskovsky, Igor L. [Department of Physics, Queens College of CUNY, Queens, New York 11367 (United States); The Graduate Center of CUNY, New York, New York 10016 (United States); Shuvayev, Vladimir [Department of Physics, Queens College of CUNY, Queens, New York 11367 (United States); Deligiannakis, Vasilios; Tamargo, Maria C. [The Graduate Center of CUNY, New York, New York 10016 (United States); Department of Chemistry, City College of CUNY, New York, New York 10031 (United States); Ludwig, Jonathan [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida 32310 (United States); Department of Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306 (United States); Smirnov, Dmitry [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida 32310 (United States); Wang, Alice [Evans Analytical Group, Sunnyvale, California 94086 (United States)

    2014-10-28

    For submonolayer quantum dot (QD) based photonic devices, size and density of QDs are critical parameters, the probing of which requires indirect methods. We report the determination of lateral size distribution of type-II ZnTe/ZnSe stacked submonolayer QDs, based on spectral analysis of the optical signature of Aharanov-Bohm (AB) excitons, complemented by photoluminescence studies, secondary-ion mass spectroscopy, and numerical calculations. Numerical calculations are employed to determine the AB transition magnetic field as a function of the type-II QD radius. The study of four samples grown with different tellurium fluxes shows that the lateral size of QDs increases by just 50%, even though tellurium concentration increases 25-fold. Detailed spectral analysis of the emission of the AB exciton shows that the QD radii take on only certain values due to vertical correlation and the stacked nature of the QDs.

  11. Disorder-induced exciton localization and violation of optical selection rules in supramolecular nanotubes

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    Vlaming, S. M.; Bloemsma, E. A.; Nietiadi, M. Linggarsari; Knoester, J.

    2011-01-01

    Using numerical simulations, we study the effect of disorder on the optical properties of cylindrical aggregates of molecules with strong excitation transfer interactions. The exciton states and the energy transport properties of such molecular nanotubes attract considerable interest for application

  12. Efficient exciton transport in layers of self-assembled porphyrin derivatives

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    Huijser, A.; Suijkerbuijk, B.M.J.M.; Klein Gebbink, R.J.M.; Savenije, T.J.; Siebbeles, D.A.

    2008-01-01

    The photosynthetic apparatus of green sulfur bacteria, the chlorosome, is generally considered as a highly efficient natural light-harvesting system. The efficient exciton transport through chlorosomes toward the reaction centers originates from self-assembly of the bacteriochlorophyll molecules.

  13. Quantum dot-like excitonic behavior in individual single walled-carbon nanotubes

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    Wang, Xu; Alexander-Webber, Jack A.; Jia, Wei; Reid, Benjamin P. L.; Stranks, Samuel D.; Holmes, Mark J.; Chan, Christopher C. S.; Deng, Chaoyong; Nicholas, Robin J.; Taylor, Robert A.

    2016-11-01

    Semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes are one-dimensional materials with great prospects for applications such as optoelectronic and quantum information devices. Yet, their optical performance is hindered by low fluorescent yield. Highly mobile excitons interacting with quenching sites are attributed to be one of the main non-radiative decay mechanisms that shortens the exciton lifetime. In this paper we report on time-integrated photoluminescence measurements on individual polymer wrapped semiconducting carbon nanotubes. An ultra narrow linewidth we observed demonstrates intrinsic exciton dynamics. Furthermore, we identify a state filling effect in individual carbon nanotubes at cryogenic temperatures as previously observed in quantum dots. We propose that each of the CNTs is segmented into a chain of zero-dimensional states confined by a varying local potential along the CNT, determined by local environmental factors such as the amount of polymer wrapping. Spectral diffusion is also observed, which is consistent with the tunneling of excitons between these confined states.

  14. Impact of the Crystallite Orientation Distribution on Exciton Transport in Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers.

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    Ayzner, Alexander L; Mei, Jianguo; Appleton, Anthony; DeLongchamp, Dean; Nardes, Alexandre; Benight, Stephanie; Kopidakis, Nikos; Toney, Michael F; Bao, Zhenan

    2015-12-30

    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.

  15. Quantum dot-like excitonic behavior in individual single walled-carbon nanotubes.

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    Wang, Xu; Alexander-Webber, Jack A; Jia, Wei; Reid, Benjamin P L; Stranks, Samuel D; Holmes, Mark J; Chan, Christopher C S; Deng, Chaoyong; Nicholas, Robin J; Taylor, Robert A

    2016-11-16

    Semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes are one-dimensional materials with great prospects for applications such as optoelectronic and quantum information devices. Yet, their optical performance is hindered by low fluorescent yield. Highly mobile excitons interacting with quenching sites are attributed to be one of the main non-radiative decay mechanisms that shortens the exciton lifetime. In this paper we report on time-integrated photoluminescence measurements on individual polymer wrapped semiconducting carbon nanotubes. An ultra narrow linewidth we observed demonstrates intrinsic exciton dynamics. Furthermore, we identify a state filling effect in individual carbon nanotubes at cryogenic temperatures as previously observed in quantum dots. We propose that each of the CNTs is segmented into a chain of zero-dimensional states confined by a varying local potential along the CNT, determined by local environmental factors such as the amount of polymer wrapping. Spectral diffusion is also observed, which is consistent with the tunneling of excitons between these confined states.

  16. Particle-in-a-Box Model of Exciton Absorption and Electroabsorption in Conjugated Polymers

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    Pedersen, Thomas Garm

    2001-01-01

    The recently proposed particle-in-a-box model of one-dimensional excitons in conjugated polymers is applied in calculations of optical absorption and electroabsorption spectra. It is demonstrated that for polymers of long conjugation length a superposition of single exciton resonances produces a ...... a line shape characterized by a square-root singularity in agreement with experimental spectra near the absorption edge. The effects of finite conjugation length on both absorption and electroabsorption spectra are analyzed.......The recently proposed particle-in-a-box model of one-dimensional excitons in conjugated polymers is applied in calculations of optical absorption and electroabsorption spectra. It is demonstrated that for polymers of long conjugation length a superposition of single exciton resonances produces...

  17. FIR Induced Intrinsic Exciton Transitions in GaAs/AlGaAs Superlattices

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    Dremin, A. A.; Timofeev, V. B.; Birkedal, Dan

    1997-01-01

    Intrinsic transitions of confined excitons in GaAs/AlGaAs superlattices with different barrier widths have been studied with the use of resonant far-infrared absorption under variation of magnetic field perpendicular and tilted with respect to the growth directions. Few resonances have been obser...... observed in spectra induced by FIR radiation by monitoring the changes of the ground state excitonic photoluminescence. The dominant resonances are the electron cyclotron resonance and the intrinsic 1s --> 2p. intrawell transitions of the heavy-hole excitons.......Intrinsic transitions of confined excitons in GaAs/AlGaAs superlattices with different barrier widths have been studied with the use of resonant far-infrared absorption under variation of magnetic field perpendicular and tilted with respect to the growth directions. Few resonances have been...

  18. Phonon induced pure dephasing process of excitonic state in colloidal semiconductor quantum dots

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    Huang, Tongyun; Han, Peng; Wang, Xinke; Feng, Shengfei; Sun, Wenfeng; Ye, Jiasheng; Zhang, Yan

    2016-04-01

    We present a theoretical study on the pure dephasing process of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots induced by lattice vibrations using continuum model calculations. By solving the time dependent Liouville-von Neumann equation, we present the ultrafast Rabi oscillations between excitonic state and virtual state via exciton-phonon interaction and obtain the pure dephasing time from the fast decayed envelope of the Rabi oscillations. The interaction between exciton and longitudinal optical phonon vibration is found to dominate the pure dephasing process and the dephasing time increases nonlinearly with the reduction of exciton-phonon coupling strength. We further find that the pure dephasing time of large quantum dots is more sensitive to temperature than small quantum dots.

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

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    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. Observation of Half-Quantum Vortices in an Exciton-Polariton Condensate

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    K. G. Lagoudakis; T. Ostatnický; A. V. Kavokin; Y. G. Rubo; R. André; B. Deveaud-Plédran

    2009-01-01

    Singly quantized vortices have already been observed in many systems, including the superfluid helium, Bose-Einstein condensates of dilute atomic gases, and condensates of exciton-polaritons in the solid state...

  1. Bilayer Excitons in Two-Dimensional Nanostructures for Greatly Enhanced Thermoelectric Efficiency

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    Wu, Kai; Rademaker, Louk; Zaanen, Jan

    2014-11-01

    Currently, a major nanotechnological challenge is to design thermoelectric devices that have a high figure of merit. To that end, we propose to use bilayer excitons in two-dimensional nanostructures. Bilayer-exciton systems are shown to have an improved thermopower and an enhanced electric counterflow and thermal conductivity, with respect to regular semiconductor-based thermoelectrics. We suggest an experimental realization of a bilayer-exciton thermocouple. Based on current experimental parameters, a bilayer-exciton heterostructure of p - and n -doped Bi2Te3 can enhance the figure of merit an order of magnitude compared to bulk Bi2Te3 . Another material suggestion is to make a bilayer out of electron-doped SrTiO3 and hole-doped Ca3Co4O9 .

  2. Dynamic properties of excitons in ZnO/AlGaN/GaN hybrid nanostructures.

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    Forsberg, Mathias; Hemmingsson, Carl; Amano, Hiroshi; Pozina, Galia

    2015-01-20

    Hybrid samples based on ZnO colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) deposited on AlGaN/GaN quantum well (QW) structures with different top barrier thickness d = 3, 6 and 9 nm are studied by time-resolved photoluminescence. Thermal behavior of the QW exciton lifetime in the hybrids and in the bare QW structures has been compared and it has been found that the QW exciton recombination rate increases in the hybrid having d = 3 nm and decreases in the hybrid with d = 6 nm, while no change has been observed for the structure with d = 9 nm. It is suggested that non-radiative resonance energy transfer from the QW excitons to the ZnO NCs and a variation of the surface potential can both influence the QW exciton lifetime in the hybrids.

  3. Halogenation of SiC for band-gap engineering and excitonic functionalization

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    Drissi, L.B.; Ramadan, F. Z.; Lounis, S.

    2017-01-01

    The optical excitation spectra and excitonic resonances are investigated in systematically functionalized SiC with Fluorine and/or Chlorine utilizing density functional theory in combination with many-body perturbation theory. The latter is required for a realistic description of the energy band-gaps as well as for the theoretical realization of excitons. Structural, electronic and optical properties are scrutinized and show the high stability of the predicted two-dimensional materials. Their...

  4. Quantum exciton-polariton networks through inverse four-wave mixing

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    Liew, T. C. H.; Rubo, Y. G.

    2018-01-01

    We demonstrate the potential of quantum operation using lattices of exciton-polaritons in patterned semiconductor microcavities. By introducing an inverse four-wave mixing scheme acting on localized modes, we show that it is possible to develop nonclassical correlations between individual condensates. This allows a concept of quantum exciton-polariton networks, characterized by the appearance of multimode entanglement even in the presence of realistic levels of dissipation.

  5. Amateur spectroscopy

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    Gavin, M. V.

    1998-06-01

    (The 1997 Presidential Address to the British Astronomical Association.) Auguste Comte is remembered for an unfortunate remark. In 1825 he said the chemical composition of stars would never be revealed. Within a decade or so the heart of the atom was being explored in remote stars through the science of spectroscopy. In simplistic terms one can regard the atom as a miniature solar system, but with the novel option that electrons (representing planets) having the ability to 'jump' from one orbit to another. In 'falling' to a lower orbit a photon of light of precise wavelength is released to travel outwards. When the electron 'jumps' to a higher orbit a photon of light is absorbed. This is taking place on a vast scale which we observe as lines in the spectrum - their position and prominence relates to the particular atomic element, temperature and pressure within the stellar atmosphere. It is beyond the scope of this Address to discuss the various processes that affect spectra, or to provide a mathematical explanation which can be found elsewhere. In any case the lack of a deep understanding does not preclude enjoyable or useful observations. Methods and results from amateurs conducting such observations are discussed in this paper.

  6. Excitons in tunnel coupled CdTe and (Cd,Mn)Te quantum wells

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    Terletskii, Oleg; Ryabchenko, Sergiy; Tereshchenko, Oleksandr [Institute of Physics NASU, pr. Nauki 46, 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Sugakov, Volodymyr; Vertsimakha, Ganna [Institute for Nuclear Research NASU, pr. Nauki 47, 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Karczewski, Grzegorz [Institute of Physics PAS, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, PL-02-668 Warsaw (Poland)

    2017-05-15

    The photoluminescence (PL) from structures containing Cd{sub 0.95}Mn{sub 0.05}Te and CdTe quantum wells (QWs) separated by a narrow (1.94 nm) barrier was studied. The PL lines of comparable intensities from several possible exciton states were observed simultaneously at energy distances substantially exceeding kT. This means that the energy transfer in the studied systems is slower than the radiative recombination of the confined excitons. For the CdTe QW width of about 8.7-9 nm, indirect excitons with the electron and heavy hole chiefly localized in the CdTe and Cd{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te QWs, respectively, were detected in the magnetic field. These indirect excitons have PL energy of about 10-20 meV above the PL line of the direct excitons in the CdTe QW. The observation of the PL from the indirect excitons which are not the lowest excitations in the structure is a distinctive feature of the system. Photoluminescence intensity dependence on the energy and the magnetic field. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. Bright, long-lived and coherent excitons in carbon nanotube quantum dots.

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    Hofmann, Matthias S; Glückert, Jan T; Noé, Jonathan; Bourjau, Christian; Dehmel, Raphael; Högele, Alexander

    2013-07-01

    Carbon nanotubes exhibit a wealth of unique physical properties. By virtue of their exceptionally low mass and extreme stiffness they provide ultrahigh-quality mechanical resonances, promise long electron spin coherence times in a nuclear-spin free lattice for quantum information processing and spintronics, and feature unprecedented tunability of optical transitions for optoelectronic applications. Excitons in semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes could facilitate the upconversion of spin, mechanical or hybrid spin-mechanical degrees of freedom to optical frequencies for efficient manipulation and detection. However, successful implementation of such schemes with carbon nanotubes has been impeded by rapid exciton decoherence at non-radiative quenching sites, environmental dephasing and emission intermittence. Here we demonstrate that these limitations may be overcome by exciton localization in suspended carbon nanotubes. For excitons localized in nanotube quantum dots we found narrow optical lines free of spectral wandering, radiative exciton lifetimes and effectively suppressed blinking. Our findings identify the great potential of localized excitons for efficient and spectrally precise interfacing of photons, phonons and spins in novel carbon nanotube-based quantum devices.

  8. Probing Exciton Diffusion and Dissociation in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube-C60 Heterojunctions

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    Dowgiallo, Anne-Marie; Mistry, Kevin S.; Johnson, Justin C.; Reid, Obadiah G.; Blackburn, Jeffrey L.

    2016-05-19

    The efficiency of thin-film organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices relies heavily upon the transport of excitons to type-II heterojunction interfaces, where there is sufficient driving force for exciton dissociation and ultimately the formation of charge carriers. Semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are strong near-infrared absorbers that form type-II heterojunctions with fullerenes such as C60. Although the efficiencies of SWCNT-fullerene OPV devices have climbed over the past few years, questions remain regarding the fundamental factors that currently limit their performance. In this study, we determine the exciton diffusion length in the C60 layer of SWCNT-C60 bilayer active layers using femtosecond transient absorption measurements. We demonstrate that hole transfer from photoexcited C60 molecules to SWCNTs can be tracked by the growth of narrow spectroscopic signatures of holes in the SWCNT 'reporter layer'. In bilayers with thick C60 layers, the SWCNT charge-related signatures display a slow rise over hundreds of picoseconds, reflecting exciton diffusion through the C60 layer to the interface. A model based on exciton diffusion with a Beer-Lambert excitation profile, as well as Monte Carlo simulations, gives the best fit to the data as a function of C60 layer thickness using an exciton diffusion length of approximately 5 nm.

  9. Effects of magnetic fields on free excitons in CuInSe{sub 2}

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    Martin, R.W. [Department of Physics, Strathclyde University, Glasgow (United Kingdom); Babinski, A. [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Warsaw (Poland); Mudryi, A.V. [Scientific-Practical Material Research Centre, National Academy of Science of Belarus, Minsk (Belarus); Yakushev, M.V.

    2009-05-15

    The effects of magnetic fields up to 20 T were studied in CuInSe{sub 2} single crystals using photoluminescence (PL) at 4.2 K. Diamagnetic shifts of the free A and B excitons measured in the PL spectra in CuInSe{sub 2} at 4.2 K under the magnetic fields were used to estimate the reduced masses (0.095m{sub 0} for the A and 0.098m{sub 0} for the B exciton), binding energies (7.0 meV for the A and 7.2 meV for the B exciton) and Bohr radii (7.6 nm for the A and 7.3 nm for the B exciton) of the free-excitons in CuInSe{sub 2} assuming that both excitons are isotropic and hydrogen-like. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Atomistic theory of excitonic fine structure in InAs/InP nanowire quantum dot molecules

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    Świderski, M.; Zieliński, M.

    2017-03-01

    Nanowire quantum dots have peculiar electronic and optical properties. In this work we use atomistic tight binding to study excitonic spectra of artificial molecules formed by a double nanowire quantum dot. We demonstrate a key role of atomistic symmetry and nanowire substrate orientation rather than cylindrical shape symmetry of a nanowire and a molecule. In particular for [001 ] nanowire orientation we observe a nonvanishing bright exciton splitting for a quasimolecule formed by two cylindrical quantum dots of different heights. This effect is due to interdot coupling that effectively reduces the overall symmetry, whereas single uncoupled [001 ] quantum dots have zero fine structure splitting. We found that the same double quantum dot system grown on [111 ] nanowire reveals no excitonic fine structure for all considered quantum dot distances and individual quantum dot heights. Further we demonstrate a pronounced, by several orders of magnitude, increase of the dark exciton optical activity in a quantum dot molecule as compared to a single quantum dot. For [111 ] systems we also show spontaneous localization of single particle states in one of nominally identical quantum dots forming a molecule, which is mediated by strain and origins from the lack of the vertical inversion symmetry in [111 ] nanostructures of overall C3 v symmetry. Finally, we study lowering of symmetry due to alloy randomness that triggers nonzero excitonic fine structure and the dark exciton optical activity in realistic nanowire quantum dot molecules of intermixed composition.

  11. Exciton dynamics of luminescent defects in aging organic light-emitting diodes

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    Ingram, Grayson L.; Zhao, Yong-Biao; Lu, Zheng-Hong

    2017-12-01

    Fundamental device physics of exciton dynamics is crucial to the design and fabrication of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with a long lifetime at high brightness. In this paper, we report a set of analytical equations which describe how and where defects form during exciton-driven degradation of an OLED and their impact on device operation. This set of equations allows us to quantify changes in the exciton and defect populations as a function of time in neat layers of 4,4'-Bis(carbazol-9-yl)biphenyl (CBP) in simple bilayer OLEDs. CBP produces luminescent defects which present a unique opportunity to quantify the exciton capturing dynamics of the defects. Through modeling of the time and current density dependence of both the CBP and defect emission, we clearly identify CBP singlet excitons as the source of OLED degradation. Further analysis of experimental data on devices with precisely positioned exciton capturing layers suggests that defects are formed near organic heterojunctions.

  12. Magnetic brightening and control of dark excitons in monolayer WSe2.

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    Zhang, Xiao-Xiao; Cao, Ting; Lu, Zhengguang; Lin, Yu-Chuan; Zhang, Fan; Wang, Ying; Li, Zhiqiang; Hone, James C; Robinson, Joshua A; Smirnov, Dmitry; Louie, Steven G; Heinz, Tony F

    2017-09-01

    Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide crystals, as direct-gap materials with strong light-matter interactions, have attracted much recent attention. Because of their spin-polarized valence bands and a predicted spin splitting at the conduction band edges, the lowest-lying excitons in WX 2 (X = S, Se) are expected to be spin-forbidden and optically dark. To date, however, there has been no direct experimental probe of these dark excitons. Here, we show how an in-plane magnetic field can brighten the dark excitons in monolayer WSe 2 and permit their properties to be observed experimentally. Precise energy levels for both the neutral and charged dark excitons are obtained and compared with ab initio calculations using the GW-BSE approach. As a result of their spin configuration, the brightened dark excitons exhibit much-increased emission and valley lifetimes. These studies directly probe the excitonic spin manifold and reveal the fine spin-splitting at the conduction band edges.

  13. A minimal model for excitons within time-dependent density-functional theory.

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    Yang, Zeng-hui; Li, Yonghui; Ullrich, Carsten A

    2012-07-07

    The accurate description of the optical spectra of insulators and semiconductors remains an important challenge for time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT). Evidence has been given in the literature that TDDFT can produce bound as well as continuum excitons for specific systems, but there are still many unresolved basic questions concerning the role of dynamical exchange and correlation (xc). In particular, the roles of the long spatial range and the frequency dependence of the xc kernel f(xc) for excitonic binding are still not very well explored. We present a minimal model for excitons in TDDFT, consisting of two bands from a one-dimensional (1D) Kronig-Penney model and simple approximate xc kernels, providing an easily accessible model system for studying excitonic effects in TDDFT. For the 1D model system, it is found that adiabatic xc kernels can produce at most two bound excitons, confirming that the long spatial range of f(xc) is not a necessary condition. It is shown how the Wannier model, featuring an effective electron-hole interaction, emerges from TDDFT. The collective, many-body nature of excitons is explicitly demonstrated.

  14. A Comparison Between Magnetic Field Effects in Excitonic and Exciplex Organic Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Sahin Tiras, Kevser; Wang, Yifei; Harmon, Nicholas J.; Wohlgenannt, Markus; Flatte, Michael E.

    In flat-panel displays and lighting applications, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have been widely used because of their efficient light emission, low-cost manufacturing and flexibility. The electrons and holes injected from the anode and cathode, respectively, form a tightly bound exciton as they meet at a molecule in organic layer. Excitons occur as spin singlets or triplets and the ratio between singlet and triplet excitons formed is 1:3 based on spin degeneracy. The internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of fluorescent-based OLEDs is limited 25% because only singlet excitons contribute the light emission. To overcome this limitation, thermally activated delayed fluorescent (TADF) materials have been introduced in the field of OLEDs. The exchange splitting between the singlet and triplet states of two-component exciplex systems is comparable to the thermal energy in TADF materials, whereas it is usually much larger in excitons. Reverse intersystem crossing occurs from triplet to singlet exciplex state, and this improves the IQE. An applied small magnetic field can change the spin dynamics of recombination in TADF blends. In this study, magnetic field effects on both excitonic and exciplex OLEDs will be presented and comparison similarities and differences will be made.

  15. Dynamical patterns of phase transformations from self-trapping of quantum excitons

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    Yi, Tianyou [South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055 (China); Kirova, Natasha, E-mail: kirova@lps.u-psud.fr [CNRS, LPS, UMR 8626, Univeristé Paris-sud, Orsay 91405 (France); International Institute of Physics, UFRN, 59078-400 Natal, RN (Brazil); Brazovskii, Serguei [CNRS, LPTMS, UMR 8502, Univeristé Paris-sud, Orsay 91405 (France); International Institute of Physics, UFRN, 59078-400 Natal, RN (Brazil)

    2015-03-01

    Phase transitions induced by short optical pulses is a new mainstream in studies of cooperative electronic states. Its special realization in systems with neutral-ionic transformations stands out in a way that the optical pumping goes to excitons rather than to electronic bands. We present a semi-phenomenological modeling of spacio-temporal effects applicable to any system where the optical excitons are coupled to a symmetry breaking order parameter. In our scenario, after a short initial pulse of photons, a quasi-condensate of excitons appears as a macroscopic quantum state which then evolves interacting with other degrees of freedom prone to instability. This coupling leads to self-trapping of excitons; that locally enhances their density which can surpass a critical value to trigger the phase transformation, even if the mean density is below the required threshold. The system is stratified in domains which evolve through dynamical phase transitions and may persist even after the initiating excitons have recombined. We recover dynamic interplays of fields such as the excitons' wave function, electronic charge transfer and polarization, lattice dimerization.

  16. Ultrafast exciton dynamics and light-driven H2 evolution in colloidal semiconductor nanorods and Pt-tipped nanorods.

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    Wu, Kaifeng; Zhu, Haiming; Lian, Tianquan

    2015-03-17

    Colloidal quantum confined one-dimensional (1D) semiconductor nanorods (NRs) and related semiconductor-metal heterostructures are promising new materials for efficient solar-to-fuel conversion because of their unique physical and chemical properties. NRs can simultaneously exhibit quantum confinement effects in the radial direction and bulk like carrier transport in the axial direction. The former implies that concepts well-established in zero-dimensional quantum dots, such as size-tunable energetics and wave function engineering through band alignment in heterostructures, can also be applied to NRs; while the latter endows NRs with fast carrier transport to achieve long distance charge separation. Selective growth of catalytic metallic nanoparticles, such as Pt, at the tips of NRs provides convenient routes to multicomponent heterostructures with photocatalytic capabilities and controllable charge separation distances. The design and optimization of such materials for efficient solar-to-fuel conversion require the understanding of exciton and charge carrier dynamics. In this Account, we summarize our recent studies of ultrafast charge separation and recombination kinetics and their effects on steady-state photocatalytic efficiencies of colloidal CdS and CdSe/CdS NRs and related NR-Pt heterostructures. After a brief introduction of their electronic structure, we discuss exciton dynamics of CdS NRs. By transient absorption and time-resolved photoluminescence decay, it is shown that although the conduction band electrons are long-lived, photogenerated holes in CdS NRs are trapped on an ultrafast time scale (∼0.7 ps), which forms localized excitons due to strong Coulomb interaction in 1D NRs. In quasi-type II CdSe/CdS dot-in-rod NRs, a large valence band offset drives the ultrafast localization of holes to the CdSe core, and the competition between this process and ultrafast hole trapping on a CdS rod leads to three types of exciton species with distinct spatial

  17. Collective state of interwall excitons on GaAs/AlGaAs double quantum wells under pulse resonant excitation

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    Larionov, A V; Hvam, J; Soerensen, K

    2002-01-01

    The time evolution and kinetics of the photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the interwall excitons under the pulse resonant excitation of the interwall excitons are studied in the GaAs/AlGaAs binary quantum well. It is established, that the collective exciton phase originates with the time delay relative to the exciting pulse (several nanoseconds), which is conditioned by the density and temperature relaxation to the equilibrium values.The origination of the collective phase of the interwall excitons is accompanied by the strong narrowing of the corresponding photoluminescence line, the superlinear growth of its intensity and large time of change in the degree of the circular polarization.The collective exciton phase originates at the temperatures < 6 K and the interwall excitons densities 3 x 10 sup 1 sup 0 cm sup - sup 2

  18. Electrical control of the exciton-biexciton splitting in self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots

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    Kaniber, M; Huck, M F; Mueller, K; Clark, E C; Bichler, M; Finley, J J [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall 4, 85748 Garching (Germany); Troiani, F [S3, Instituto Nanoscienze-CNR, 41125 Modena (Italy); Krenner, H J, E-mail: kaniber@wsi.tum.de [Lehrstuhl fuer Experimentalphysik 1 and Augsburg Center for Innovative Technologies (ACIT), Universitaet Augsburg, Universiaetsstr. 1, 86159 Augsburg (Germany)

    2011-08-12

    The authors demonstrate how lateral electric fields can be used to precisely control the exciton-biexciton splitting in InGaAs quantum dots. By defining split-gate electrodes on the sample surface, optical studies show how the exciton transition can be tuned into resonance with the biexciton by exploiting the characteristically dissimilar DC Stark shifts. The results are compared to model calculations of the relative energies of the exciton and biexciton, demonstrating that the tuning can be traced to a dominance of hole-hole repulsion in the presence of a lateral field. Cascaded decay of the exciton-biexciton system enables the generation of entangled photon pairs without the need to suppress the fine structure splitting of the exciton. Our results demonstrate how the exciton-biexciton system can be electrically controlled.

  19. A method for the direct measurement of electronic site populations in a molecular aggregate using two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy

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    Lewis, Nicholas H. C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Dong, Hui [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Oliver, Thomas A. A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Fleming, Graham R. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-09-28

    Two dimensional electronic spectroscopy has proven to be a valuable experimental technique to reveal electronic excitation dynamics in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes, nanoscale semiconductors, organic photovoltaic materials, and many other types of systems. It does not, however, provide direct information concerning the spatial structure and dynamics of excitons. 2D infrared spectroscopy has become a widely used tool for studying structural dynamics but is incapable of directly providing information concerning electronic excited states. 2D electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectroscopy provides a link between these domains, directly connecting the electronic excitation with the vibrational structure of the system under study. In this work, we derive response functions for the 2DEV spectrum of a molecular dimer and propose a method by which 2DEV spectra could be used to directly measure the electronic site populations as a function of time following the initial electronic excitation. We present results from the response function simulations which show that our proposed approach is substantially valid. This method provides, to our knowledge, the first direct experimental method for measuring the electronic excited state dynamics in the spatial domain, on the molecular scale.

  20. A method for the direct measurement of electronic site populations in a molecular aggregate using two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy

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    Lewis, Nicholas H. C.; Dong, Hui; Oliver, Thomas A. A.; Fleming, Graham R., E-mail: grfleming@lbl.gov [Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Kavli Energy Nanosciences Institute at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

    2015-09-28

    Two dimensional electronic spectroscopy has proved to be a valuable experimental technique to reveal electronic excitation dynamics in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes, nanoscale semiconductors, organic photovoltaic materials, and many other types of systems. It does not, however, provide direct information concerning the spatial structure and dynamics of excitons. 2D infrared spectroscopy has become a widely used tool for studying structural dynamics but is incapable of directly providing information concerning electronic excited states. 2D electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectroscopy provides a link between these domains, directly connecting the electronic excitation with the vibrational structure of the system under study. In this work, we derive response functions for the 2DEV spectrum of a molecular dimer and propose a method by which 2DEV spectra could be used to directly measure the electronic site populations as a function of time following the initial electronic excitation. We present results from the response function simulations which show that our proposed approach is substantially valid. This method provides, to our knowledge, the first direct experimental method for measuring the electronic excited state dynamics in the spatial domain, on the molecular scale.

  1. Effect of heterojunction on exciton binding energy and electron-hole recombination probability in CdSe/ZnS quantum dots.

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    Elward, Jennifer M; Chakraborty, Arindam

    2015-02-10

    Presence of heterojunctions is important for generation of free charge carriers and the dissociation of bound electron-hole pairs in semiconductor nanoparticles. This work presents a theoretical investigation of the effect of core/shell heterojunction on electron-hole interaction in CdSe/ZnS quantum dots. The excitonic wave function in the CdSe/ZnS dots was calculated using the electron-hole explicitly correlated Hartree-Fock (eh-XCHF) method and the effect of successive addition of the ZnS shell on exciton binding energy, electron-hole recombination probability, and the electron-hole separation distance was investigated. It was found that the scaling of all the three quantities as a function of dot diameter did not follow conventional volume scaling laws of core-only dots, and the scaling laws were significantly altered due to the presence of the heterojunction. The spatial localization of the quasiparticles in the core/shell quantum dot was analyzed by calculating the 1-particle reduced density from the eh-XCHF wave function and partitioning the density spatially into core and shell regions. It was found that in the 15 nm CdSe/ZnS dot, the relative probability of the electron localization in the shell region was higher than the hole by a factor of 3. The degree of spatial localization of the quasiparticles was found to depend strongly on the initial size of the CdSe core in the core/shell quantum dot. It was found that a reduction in the CdSe core diameter by a factor of 1.7 resulted in an enhancement of the preferential localization of the electron in the shell region by a factor of 11.3. The results demonstrate that large CdSe/ZnS quantum dots with a small CdSe core have the necessary characteristics for efficient exciton dissociation and generation of free charge carriers.

  2. Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Gerrard, Donald L.

    1984-01-01

    Reviews literature on Raman spectroscopy from late 1981 to late 1983. Topic areas include: instrumentation and sampling; liquids and solutions; gases and matrix isolation; biological molecules; polymers; high-temperature and high-pressure studies; Raman microscopy; thin films and surfaces; resonance-enhanced and surface-enhanced spectroscopy; and…

  3. Electronic spectroscopies

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    Weckhuysen, B.M.; Schoonheydt, R.A.

    2000-01-01

    Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) in the ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared region is a versatile spectroscopic technique, as both d-d and charge transfer transitions of supported TMI can be probed. One of the advantages of electronic spectroscopy is that the obtained information is

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

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    Yang, Shize [International Center for Quantum Materials, School of Physics, Peking University and Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing (China); Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Tian, Xuezeng; Wang, Lifen; Wei, Jiake; Qi, Kuo; Li, Xiaomin; Xu, Zhi, E-mail: xuzhi@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: xdbai@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: egwang@pku.edu.cn; Wang, Wenlong; Zhao, Jimin; Bai, Xuedong, E-mail: xuzhi@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: xdbai@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: egwang@pku.edu.cn [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Wang, Enge, E-mail: xuzhi@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: xdbai@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: egwang@pku.edu.cn [International Center for Quantum Materials, School of Physics, Peking University and Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing (China)

    2014-08-18

    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.

  5. Effect of exciton oscillator strength on upconversion photoluminescence in GaAs/AlAs multiple quantum wells

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    Kojima, Osamu, E-mail: kojima@phoenix.kobe-u.ac.jp; Okumura, Shouhei; Kita, Takashi [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, 1-1 Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Akahane, Kouichi [National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8795 (Japan)

    2014-11-03

    We report upconversion photoluminescence (UCPL) in GaAs/AlAs multiple quantum wells. UCPL from the AlAs barrier is caused by the resonant excitation of the excitons in the GaAs well. When the quantum well has sufficient miniband width, UCPL is hardly observed because of the small exciton oscillator strength. The excitation-energy and excitation-density dependences of UCPL intensity show the exciton resonant profile and a linear increase, respectively. These results demonstrate that the observed UCPL caused by the saturated two-step excitation process requires a large number of excitons.

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

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    Klochikhin, O.; Ogloblin, S. G.; Permogorov, S.

    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 ...... a value corresponding to the critical index of anomalous diffusion to the index of normal diffusion as the temperature increases from 5 to 80 K. This change allows estimation of the energy scale for the fluctuation tail of the conduction band. (C) 2000 MAIK "Nauka / Interperiodica"....

  7. Directional Control of Plasmon-Exciton interaction with Plexcitonic Crystals

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    Balci, Sinan; Karademir, Ertugrul; Kocabas, Coskun; Aydinli, Atilla

    2015-03-01

    Plexcitons are strongly coupled plasmon excitons modes. In this work, we developed a platform, consisting of one and two dimensional corrugated surface patterns coated with a thin metal film and a dye solution. This system shows a controlled coupling action based on the excitation direction of SPP modes. Our scheme is based on the control of wavelengths of the forbidden SPP modes. Three kinds of patterns have been tested; a one dimensional uniform, a triangular, and a square lattice type crystals. For all three cases, lowest wavelength of the band gap is observed in Γ to M direction. For triangular and square lattice cases, band gap center oscillates between two finite values for every 60° and 90°s, respectively. We utilized this behavior to control SPP and J-aggregate coupling. We observe directional dependence of Rabi splitting energy varying between 0 meV and 60 meV . Square lattice gives the ability to tune a larger band gap, whereas triangular lattice gives higher number of symmetry points. Simulations show that, an 80 nm deep triangular lattice with 280 nm periodicity can result in omnidirectional decoupling of plexcitons. TUBITAK, Grants 110T790, 110T589, and 112T091.

  8. Exciton-polaritons in cuprous oxide: Theory and comparison with experiment

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    Schweiner, Frank; Ertl, Jan; Main, Jörg; Wunner, Günter; Uihlein, Christoph

    2017-12-01

    The observation of giant Rydberg excitons in cuprous oxide (Cu2O ) up to a principal quantum number of n =25 by T. Kazimierczuk et al. [Nature (London) 514, 343 (2014), 10.1038/nature13832] inevitably raises the question whether these quasiparticles must be described within a multipolariton framework since excitons and photons are always coupled in the solid. In this paper we present the theory of exciton-polaritons in Cu2O . To this end we extend the Hamiltonian which includes the complete valence-band structure, the exchange interaction, and the central-cell corrections effects, and which has been recently deduced by F. Schweiner et al. [Phys. Rev. B 95, 195201 (2017), 10.1103/PhysRevB.95.195201], for finite values of the exciton momentum ℏ K . We derive formulas to calculate not only dipole but also quadrupole oscillator strengths when using the complete basis of F. Schweiner et al., which has recently been proven as a powerful tool to calculate exciton spectra. Very complex polariton spectra for the three orientations of K along the axes [001 ] , [110 ] , and [111 ] of high symmetry are obtained and a strong mixing of exciton states is reported. The main focus is on the 1 S ortho-exciton-polariton, for which pronounced polariton effects have been measured in experiments. We set up a 5 ×5 matrix model, which accounts for both the polariton effect and the K -dependent splitting, and which allows treating the anisotropic polariton dispersion for any direction of K . We especially discuss the dispersions for K being oriented in the planes perpendicular to [1 1 ¯0 ] and [111 ] , for which experimental transmission spectra have been measured. Furthermore, we compare our results with experimental values of the K -dependent splitting, the group velocity, and the oscillator strengths of this exciton-polariton. The results are in good agreement. This proves the validity of the 5 ×5 matrix model as a useful theoretical model for further investigations on the 1 S

  9. Numerical modeling of exciton-polariton Bose-Einstein condensate in a microcavity

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    Voronych, Oksana; Buraczewski, Adam; Matuszewski, Michał; Stobińska, Magdalena

    2017-06-01

    A novel, optimized numerical method of modeling of an exciton-polariton superfluid in a semiconductor microcavity was proposed. Exciton-polaritons are spin-carrying quasiparticles formed from photons strongly coupled to excitons. They possess unique properties, interesting from the point of view of fundamental research as well as numerous potential applications. However, their numerical modeling is challenging due to the structure of nonlinear differential equations describing their evolution. In this paper, we propose to solve the equations with a modified Runge-Kutta method of 4th order, further optimized for efficient computations. The algorithms were implemented in form of C++ programs fitted for parallel environments and utilizing vector instructions. The programs form the EPCGP suite which has been used for theoretical investigation of exciton-polaritons. Catalogue identifier: AFBQ_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AFBQ_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: BSD-3 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 2157 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 498994 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: C++ with OpenMP extensions (main numerical program), Python (helper scripts). Computer: Modern PC (tested on AMD and Intel processors), HP BL2x220. Operating system: Unix/Linux and Windows. Has the code been vectorized or parallelized?: Yes (OpenMP) RAM: 200 MB for single run Classification: 7, 7.7. Nature of problem: An exciton-polariton superfluid is a novel, interesting physical system allowing investigation of high temperature Bose-Einstein condensation of exciton-polaritons-quasiparticles carrying spin. They have brought a lot of attention due to their unique properties and potential applications in polariton-based optoelectronic integrated circuits. This is an out-of-equilibrium quantum system confined

  10. Room temperature triplet state spectroscopy of organic semiconductors.

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    Reineke, Sebastian; Baldo, Marc A

    2014-01-21

    Organic light-emitting devices and solar cells are devices that create, manipulate, and convert excited states in organic semiconductors. It is crucial to characterize these excited states, or excitons, to optimize device performance in applications like displays and solar energy harvesting. This is complicated if the excited state is a triplet because the electronic transition is 'dark' with a vanishing oscillator strength. As a consequence, triplet state spectroscopy must usually be performed at cryogenic temperatures to reduce competition from non-radiative rates. Here, we control non-radiative rates by engineering a solid-state host matrix containing the target molecule, allowing the observation of phosphorescence at room temperature and alleviating constraints of cryogenic experiments. We test these techniques on a wide range of materials with functionalities spanning multi-exciton generation (singlet exciton fission), organic light emitting device host materials, and thermally activated delayed fluorescence type emitters. Control of non-radiative modes in the matrix surrounding a target molecule may also have broader applications in light-emitting and photovoltaic devices.

  11. Microscopic theory of linear and nonlinear terahertz spectroscopy of semiconductors

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    Steiner, Johannes

    2008-12-09

    This Thesis presents a fully microscopic theory to describe terahertz (THz)-induced processes in optically-excited semiconductors. The formation process of excitons and other quasi-particles after optical excitation has been studied in great detail for a variety of conditions. Here, the formation process is not modelled but a realistic initial many-body state is assumed. In particular, the linear THz response is reviewed and it is demonstrated that correlated quasi-particles such as excitons and plasmons can be unambiguously detected via THz spectroscopy. The focus of the investigations, however, is on situations where the optically-excited many-body state is excited by intense THz fields. While weak pulses detect the many-body state, strong THz pulses control and manipulate the quasi-particles in a way that is not accessible via conventional techniques. The nonlinear THz dynamics of exciton populations is especially interesting because similarities and differences to optics with atomic systems can be studied. (orig.)

  12. Multi-THz spectroscopy of mobile charge carriers in P3HT:PCBM on a sub-100 fs time scale

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    Cooke, David G.; Krebs, Frederik C; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2013-01-01

    spectroscopy of a polymer bulk heterojunction film P3HT:PCBM using a single-cycle, phase-locked and coherently detected multi-THz transient as a probe pulse following femtosecond excitation at 400 nm. By observing changes to the reflected THz transients from the film surface following photoexcitation, we can...... extract the complex optical conductivity spectrum for the film in snapshots of 40 fs following photoexcitation. We find that for our excitation conditions mobile charges are created in less than 120 fs and are characterized by a spectrum which is characteristic of a two dimensional delocalized polaron...

  13. Halogenation of SiC for band-gap engineering and excitonic functionalization.

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    Drissi, Lalla Btissam; Ramadan, Fatima Zahra; Lounis, Samir

    2017-09-11

    The optical excitation spectra and excitonic resonances are investigated in systematically functionalized SiC with Fluorine and/or Chlorine utilizing density functional theory in combination with many-body perturbation theory. The latter is required for a realistic description of the energy band-gaps as well as for the theoretical realization of excitons. Structural, electronic and optical properties are scrutinized and show the high stability of the predicted two-dimensional materials. Their realization in laboratory is thus possible. Large band-gaps of the order of 4 eV are found in the so-called GW approximation, with the occurrence of bright excitons, optically active in the four investigated materials. Their binding energies vary from 0.9 eV to 1.75 eV depending on the decoration choice and in one case, a dark exciton is foreseen to exist in the fully chlorinated SiC. The wide variety of opto-electronic properties suggest halogenated SiC as interesting materials with potential not only for solar cell applications, anti-reflection coatings or high-reflective systems but also for a possible realization of excitonic Bose-Einstein condensation. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  14. The confinement effect in spherical inhomogeneous quantum dots and stability of excitons

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    F. Benhaddou

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available We investigate in this work the quantum confinement effect of exciton in spherical inhomogeneous quantum dots IQDs. The spherical core is enveloped by two shells. The inner shell is a semiconductor characterized by a small band-gap. The core and the outer shell are the same semiconductor characterized by a large band-gap. So there is a significant gap-offset creating a deep potential well where the excitons are localized and strongly confined. We have adopted the Ritz variational method to calculate numerically the excitonic ground state energy and its binding energy in the strong, moderate and low confinement regimes. The results show that the Ritz variational method is in good agreement with the perturbation method in strong confinement. There is a double confinement effect and dual control. The calculation checks the effective Rydberg R* at the asymptotic limit of bulk semiconductor when the thickness takes very large values. The excitonic binding energy increases, Thus giving the excitons a high stability even at ambient temperature. These nanosystems are promising in several applications: lighting, detection, biological labeling and quantum computing.

  15. Electrical pumping and tuning of exciton-polaritons in carbon nanotube microcavities

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    Graf, Arko; Held, Martin; Zakharko, Yuriy; Tropf, Laura; Gather, Malte C.; Zaumseil, Jana

    2017-09-01

    Exciton-polaritons are hybrid light-matter particles that form upon strong coupling of an excitonic transition to a cavity mode. As bosons, polaritons can form condensates with coherent laser-like emission. For organic materials, optically pumped condensation was achieved at room temperature but electrically pumped condensation remains elusive due to insufficient polariton densities. Here we combine the outstanding optical and electronic properties of purified, solution-processed semiconducting (6,5) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in a microcavity-integrated light-emitting field-effect transistor to realize efficient electrical pumping of exciton-polaritons at room temperature with high current densities (>10 kA cm-2) and tunability in the near-infrared (1,060 nm to 1,530 nm). We demonstrate thermalization of SWCNT polaritons, exciton-polariton pumping rates ~104 times higher than in current organic polariton devices, direct control over the coupling strength (Rabi splitting) via the applied gate voltage, and a tenfold enhancement of polaritonic over excitonic emission. This powerful material-device combination paves the way to carbon-based polariton emitters and possibly lasers.

  16. Halogenation of SiC for band-gap engineering and excitonic functionalization

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    Drissi, L. B.; Ramadan, F. Z.; Lounis, S.

    2017-11-01

    The optical excitation spectra and excitonic resonances are investigated in systematically functionalized SiC with Fluorine and/or Chlorine utilizing density functional theory in combination with many-body perturbation theory. The latter is required for a realistic description of the energy band-gaps as well as for the theoretical realization of excitons. Structural, electronic and optical properties are scrutinized and show the high stability of the predicted two-dimensional materials. Their realization in laboratory is thus possible. Large band-gaps of the order of 4 eV are found in the so-called GW approximation, with the occurrence of bright excitons, optically active in the four investigated materials. Their binding energies vary from 0.9 eV to 1.75 eV depending on the decoration choice and in one case, a dark exciton is foreseen to exist in the fully chlorinated SiC. The wide variety of opto-electronic properties suggest halogenated SiC as interesting materials with potential not only for solar cell applications, anti-reflection coatings or high-reflective systems but also for a possible realization of excitonic Bose–Einstein condensation.

  17. The confinement effect in spherical inhomogeneous quantum dots and stability of excitons

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    Benhaddou, F.; Zorkani, I.; Jorio, A.

    2017-06-01

    We investigate in this work the quantum confinement effect of exciton in spherical inhomogeneous quantum dots IQDs. The spherical core is enveloped by two shells. The inner shell is a semiconductor characterized by a small band-gap. The core and the outer shell are the same semiconductor characterized by a large band-gap. So there is a significant gap-offset creating a deep potential well where the excitons are localized and strongly confined. We have adopted the Ritz variational method to calculate numerically the excitonic ground state energy and its binding energy in the strong, moderate and low confinement regimes. The results show that the Ritz variational method is in good agreement with the perturbation method in strong confinement. There is a double confinement effect and dual control. The calculation checks the effective Rydberg R* at the asymptotic limit of bulk semiconductor when the thickness takes very large values. The excitonic binding energy increases, Thus giving the excitons a high stability even at ambient temperature. These nanosystems are promising in several applications: lighting, detection, biological labeling and quantum computing.

  18. Excitonic complexes in natural InAs/GaAs quantum dots

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    Zieliński, M.; Gołasa, K.; Molas, M. R.; Goryca, M.; Kazimierczuk, T.; Smoleński, T.; Golnik, A.; Kossacki, P.; Nicolet, A. A. L.; Potemski, M.; Wasilewski, Z. R.; Babiński, A.

    2015-02-01

    The quantum confinement in a typical quantum dot (QD) is determined primarily by the nanosystem's dimensions and average composition. We demonstrate, however, that excitonic properties of natural QDs formed in the InAs/GaAs wetting layer are governed predominantly by effects of random fluctuations of the lattice composition. It is shown that the biexciton binding energy is a very sensitive function of the lattice randomness with a nearly flat dependence on the exciton energy. The large variation in different random realizations of a QD structure is shown to lead in some cases to the reversal of the order of excitonic lines. Results of theoretical calculations correspond to statistical properties of neutral excitons and biexcitons as well as trions confined to single natural QDs studied in our microspectroscopic measurements. We observe substantial variation of the biexciton and trion binding energies as well as a correlation of the trion and the biexciton energies. The transition from the negative to the positive binding energy of the trion is also observed, which strongly supports the attribution of the observed trion to the positively charged exciton.

  19. Characterizing and tuning excitons in monolayer and few-layer MoS 2

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    Qiu, Diana Y.; da Jornada, Felipe H.; Louie, Steven G.

    2015-03-01

    We use the GW-BSE method to study excitons arising from transitions in different regions of momentum space in mono- and few-layer MoS2 and consider mechanisms to fundamentally change the features and character of the optical spectra. Our calculations show that sharp spatial variations in dielectric screening make 2D systems, such as MoS2 , computationally challenging, requiring very fine k-space sampling to resolve the structure of excitonic wave functions and converge binding energies. In highly converged calculations, we identify a series of excitons arising from transitions at the K/K' valleys in the Brillouin zone, a higher energy series arising from transitions in the valley of a Mexican hat potential centered at the Γ point, and transitions at the indirect gap from Γ to Λ in few-layer MoS2 . As layer number changes, these states, which have varying character, momentum-space structure and real-space locations, are affected differently by changes in confinement and hybridization. By tuning layer number and strain, we find that we not only can tune the excitation energies but can also change the relative energies of the various excitonic series, allowing for movement of the lowest energy exciton between different regions of the Brillouin zone This work was supported by NSF Grant No. DMR10-1006184 and U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  20. Ultrafast exciton migration in an HJ-aggregate: Potential surfaces and quantum dynamics

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    Binder, Robert; Polkehn, Matthias; Ma, Tianji; Burghardt, Irene

    2017-01-01

    Quantum dynamical and electronic structure calculations are combined to investigate the mechanism of exciton migration in an oligothiophene HJ aggregate, i.e., a combination of oligomer chains (J-type aggregates) and stacked aggregates of such chains (H-type aggregates). To this end, a Frenkel exciton model is parametrized by a recently introduced procedure [Binder et al., J. Chem. Phys. 141, 014101 (2014)] which uses oligomer excited-state calculations to perform an exact, point-wise mapping of coupled potential energy surfaces to an effective Frenkel model. Based upon this parametrization, the Multi-Layer Multi-Configuration Time-Dependent Hartree (ML-MCTDH) method is employed to investigate ultrafast dynamics of exciton transfer in a small, asymmetric HJ aggregate model composed of 30 sites and 30 active modes. For a partially delocalized initial condition, it is shown that a torsional defect confines the trapped initial exciton, and planarization induces an ultrafast resonant transition between an HJ-aggregated segment and a covalently bound "dangling chain" end. This model is a minimal realization of experimentally investigated mixed systems exhibiting ultrafast exciton transfer between aggregated, highly planarized chains and neighboring disordered segments.