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Equilibrium self-assembly of close-packed ordered PbTe nanocrystal thin film and near-infrared photoconductive detector

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Abstract

A PbTe thin film with near-infrared photoconductive characteristics is assembled from monodisperse PbTe nanocrystals (NCs). Monodisperse PbTe NCs show large absorption tunability (>400 nm) by a rapid injection solution-phase synthesis route. In order to obtain smooth close-packed NC thin films on a Si/SiO2 substrate with Ti/Au contacts the equilibrium self-assembly method is employed, which is conveniently controlled by adjusting the velocity of the argon flow and the evaporation temperature. According to atomic force microscope (AFM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis, we propose a schematic diagram of the PbTe NC assembly process to form the PbTe NC film. The PbTe NC thin film exhibits a good photoconductive gain after ethylenediamine treatment. This phenomenon thus illustrates that the PbTe NC thin film has near-infrared photoconductive characteristics.

Graphical abstract: Equilibrium self-assembly of close-packed ordered PbTe nanocrystal thin film and near-infrared photoconductive detector

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The article was received on 04 Jan 2012, accepted on 05 Mar 2012 and first published on 23 Mar 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM00054G
J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 9082-9085

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    Equilibrium self-assembly of close-packed ordered PbTe nanocrystal thin film and near-infrared photoconductive detector

    Z. Lin, M. Wang, L. Zhang, Y. Xue, X. Yao, H. Cheng and J. Bai, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 9082
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM00054G

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