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Group 12-16 semiconductor nanocrystals when exposed to light of a particular energy absorb light to excite electrons from the ground state to the excited state, resulting in the formation of an electron-hole pair (also known as excitons). The excited electrons relax back to the ground state, mainly through radiative emission of energy in the form of photons.

Quantum dots (QD) refer to nanocrystals of semiconductor materials where the size of the particles is comparable to the natural characteristic separation of an electron-hole pair, otherwise known as the exciton Bohr radius of the material. In quantum dots, the phenomenon of emission of photons associated with the transition of electrons from the excited state to the ground state is called fluorescence.

Fluorescence spectroscopy

Emission spectroscopy, in general, refers to a characterization technique that measures the emission of radiation by a material that has been excited. Fluorescence spectroscopy is one type of emission spectroscopy which records the intensity of light radiated from the material as a function of wavelength. It is a nondestructive characterization technique.

After an electron is excited from the ground state, it needs to relax back to the ground state. This relaxation or loss of energy to return to the ground state, can be achieved by a combination of non-radiative decay (loss of energy through heat) and radiative decay (loss of energy through light). Non-radiative decay by vibrational modes typically occurs between energy levels that are close to each other. Radiative decay by the emission of light occurs when the energy levels are far apart like in the case of the band gap. This is because loss of energy through vibrational modes across the band gap can result in breaking the bonds of the crystal. This phenomenon is shown in [link] .

Emission of luminescence photon for Group 12-16 semiconductor quantum dot.

The band gap of Group 12-16 semiconductors is in the UV-visible region. Thus, the wavelength of the emitted light as a result of radiative decay is also in the visible region, resulting in fascinating fluorescence properties.

A fluorimeter is a device that records the fluorescence intensity as a function of wavelength. The fluorescence quantum yield can then be calculated by the ratio of photons absorbed to photons emitted by the system. The quantum yield gives the probability of the excited state getting relaxed via fluorescence rather than by any other non-radiative decay.

Difference between fluorescence and phosphorescence

Photoluminescence is the emission of light from any material due to the loss of energy from excited state to ground state. There are two main types of luminescence – fluorescence and phosphorescence. Fluorescence is a fast decay process, where the emission rate is around 10 8 s -1 and the lifetime is around 10 -9 - 10 -7 s. Fluorescence occurs when the excited state electron has an opposite spin compared to the ground state electrons. From the laws of quantum mechanics, this is an allowed transition, and occurs rapidly by emission of a photon. Fluorescence disappears as soon as the exciting light source is removed.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply

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