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Bright type-II photoluminescence from Mn-doped CdS/ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots with Mn2+ ions as exciton couplers

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Abstract

Mn2+ ions were introduced as exciton couplers to enhance the quantum yield (QY) of type-II photoluminescence (PL) from CdS/ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) with slow hot-exciton cooling and low radiative rate. Transient absorption spectroscopy verifies the faster bleach recovery and faster peak red-shifting at the charge-transfer state. And the transient PL peak of the QDs changes from blue-shifting to red-shifting due to Mn2+ doping. The QY of type-II PL can be enhanced from ∼35% to ∼60% by Mn2+ doping. As the energy-transfer-stations of hot excitons during rapid ET (∼100 ps), Mn2+ ions transform more excitons from hot to cold for emission. As the couplers of cold excitons during long thermal equilibrium (∼100 ns), Mn2+ ions further decrease exciton trapping by strong bidirectional coupling. This work provides a unique way of acquiring high QY of type-II PL, and highlights the general law of PL enhancement in Mn-doped QDs.

Graphical abstract: Bright type-II photoluminescence from Mn-doped CdS/ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots with Mn2+ ions as exciton couplers

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The article was received on 01 Aug 2017, accepted on 28 Oct 2017 and first published on 30 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR05670B
Citation: Nanoscale, 2017, Advance Article
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    Bright type-II photoluminescence from Mn-doped CdS/ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots with Mn2+ ions as exciton couplers

    R. Xu, C. Liao, Y. Xu, C. Zhang, M. Xiao, L. Zhang, C. Lu, Y. Cui and J. Zhang, Nanoscale, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7NR05670B

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