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ADEM--14-064

Title:

Cooling and Auger Recombination of Charges in PbSe Nanorods: Crossover from Cubic to Bimolecular Decay

Author(s)

Aerts, Michiel;

Identification

ISBN

DOI

10.1021/nl402223q

Publication date

2013-08-22

Number of pages

7

Full text

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Abstract

The cooling and Auger recombination of electron–hole pairs in PbSe quantum dots (QDs) and a series of nanorods (NRs) with similar diameter and varying length was studied by ultrafast pump–probe laser spectroscopy. Hot exciton cooling rates are found to be independent of nanocrystal shape. The energy relaxation rate decreases during cooling of charges, due to reduction of the density of electronic states. Auger recombination occurs via cubic third-order kinetics of uncorrelated charges in the QDs and NRs with length up to 29 nm. On increasing the NR length to 52 nm, a crossover to bimolecular exciton decay is found. This suggests a spatial extent of the one-dimensional exciton of 30–50 nm, which is significantly smaller than the value of 92 nm for the three-dimensional exciton diameter in bulk PbSe. The Auger decay time increases with NR length, which is beneficial for applications in nanocrystal lasers as well as for generation of free charges in photovoltaics