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Colloidal quantum-dot-based silica gel glass: two-photon absorption, emission, and quenching mechanism

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Two-photon (TP) three-dimensional solid matrices have potential applications in high density optical data reading and storage, infrared-pumped visible displays, lasers, etc. Such technologies will benefit greatly from the advantageous properties of TP materials including tunable emission wavelength, photostability, and simple chemical processing. Here, this ideal TP solid is made possible by using a facile sol–gel process to engineer colloid quantum dots into silica gel glass. Characterization using an open-aperture Z-scan technique shows that the solid matrices exhibited significant TP optical properties with a TP absorption coefficient of (9.41 ± 0.39) × 10−2 cm GW−1 and a third-order nonlinear figure of merit of (7.30 ± 0.30) × 10−14 esu cm. In addition, the dependence of the TP properties on high-temperature thermal treatment is studied in detail to obtain a clear insight for practical applications. The results illustrate that the sample can maintain stable TP performance below the synthesis temperature of the CdTe/CdS colloidal quantum dots. Furthermore, the mechanisms for thermal quenching of photoluminescence under different temperature regimes are clarified as a function of the composition.

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The article was received on 21 Apr 2016, accepted on 15 Aug 2016 and first published on 16 Aug 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR03268K
Citation: Nanoscale, 2016,8, 16440-16448
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    Colloidal quantum-dot-based silica gel glass: two-photon absorption, emission, and quenching mechanism

    J. Li, H. Dong, S. Zhang, Y. Ma, J. Wang and L. Zhang, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 16440
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NR03268K

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