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A picture of different-sized CdSe quantum dots synthesized in a heat transfer liquid (M.S. Wong, Rice University).

Band gap measurements of qds

As previously mentioned, QDs are small enough that quantum effects influence their properties. At sizes under approximately 10 nm, quantum confinement effects dominate the optoelectronic properties of a material. Quantum confinement results from electrons and electron holes being squeezed into a dimension that approaches a critical quantum measurement, called the exciton Bohr radius. As explained above, the distance between the electron and the hole within an exciton is called the exciton Bohr radius. In bulk semiconductors the exciton can move freely in all directions, but when the size of a semiconductor is reduced to only a few nanometers, quantum confinement effects occur and the band gap properties are changed. Confinement of the exciton in one dimension produces a quantum well, confinement in two dimensions produces a quantum wire, and confinement in all three dimensions produces a quantum dot.

Recombination occurs when an electron from a higher energy level relaxes to a lower energy level and recombines with an electron hole. This process is accompanied by the emission of radiation, which can be measured to give the band gap size of a semiconductor. The energy of the emitted photon in a recombination process of a QD can be modeled as the sum of the band gap energy, the confinement energies of the excited electron and the electron hole, and the bound energy of the exciton as show in [link] .

The confinement energy can be modeled as a simple particle in a one-dimensional box problem and the energy levels of the exciton can be represented as the solutions to the equation at the ground level (n = 1) with the mass replaced by the reduced mass. The confinement energy is given by [link] , where ħ is the reduced Plank’s constant, µ is the reduced mass, and a is the particle radius. m e and m h are the effective masses of the electron and the hole, respectively.

The bound exciton energy can be modeled by using the Coulomb interaction between the electron and the positively charged electron-hole, as shown in [link] .The negative energy is proportional to Rydberg’s energy ( R y ) (13.6 eV) and inversely proportional to the square of the size-dependent dielectric constant, ε r . µ and m e are the reduced mass and the effective mass of the electron, respectively.

Using these models and spectroscopic measurements of the emitted photon energy (E), it is possible to measure the band gap of QDs.

Photoluminescence spectroscopy

Photoluminescence (PL) Spectroscopy is perhaps the best way to measure the band gap of QDs. PL spectroscopy is a contactless, nondestructive method that is extremely useful in measuring the separation between different energy levels. PL spectroscopy works by directing light onto a sample, where energy is absorbed by electrons in the sample and elevated to a higher energy-state through a process known as photo-excitation. Photo-excitation produces the electron-electron hole pair. The recombination of the electron-electron hole pair then occurs with the emission of radiation (light). The energy of the emitted light (photoluminescence) relates to the difference in energy levels between the lower (ground) electronic state and the higher (excited) electronic state. This amount of energy is measured by PL spectroscopy to give the band gap size.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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
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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.
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Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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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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