Multiple Exciton Generation in Films of Electronically Coupled PbSe Quantum Dots

Joseph M. Luther, Matthew C. Beard, Qing Song, Matt Law, Randy J. Ellingson, Arthur J. Nozik

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We study multiple exciton generation (MEG) in electronically coupled films of PbSe quantum dots (QDs) employing ultrafast time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. We demonstrate that the MEG efficiency in PbSe does not decrease when the QDs are treated with hydrazine, which has been shown to greatly enhance carrier transport in PbSe QD films by decreasing the interdot distance. The quantum yield is measured and compared to previously reported values for electronically isolated QDs suspended in organic solvents at ∼4 and 4.5 times the effective band gap. A slightly modified analysis is applied to extract the MEG efficiency and the absorption cross section of each sample at the pump wavelength. We compare the absorption cross sections of our samples to that of bulk PbSe. We find that both the biexciton lifetime and the absorption cross section increase in films relative to isolated QDs in solution.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1779-1784
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2007

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-270-41637


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