Blinking of CdSe/Cd.33Zn.67S semiconductor nanoplatelets

Laszlo Frazer, Jiho Han, Nicholas Kirkwood, Alison M. Funston

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Unstable photoluminescence quantum yield is important because it indicates changes in the transition rates between excited states. We synthesized 4.5 monolayer CdSe core, Cd.33Zn.67S gradient shell semiconductor nanoplatelets. The platelets exhibit a variety of blinking behaviors. Change points in the brightness of the platelets were investigated with frequentist and Bayesian techniques. We measured blinking power law constants ranging from 1.4 to 2.3. The brightness levels of blinking quantum particles are important because they are an accessible, if ambiguous, way to study surface photochemistry. Using histograms and a clustering algorithm, we determined that the number of brightness levels in the nanoplatelets is in the range of two to nine, with the lower end of that range appearing most likely and common. We conclude that the thickness and ensemble spectra are insufficient information to understand the evolving coupling between the excited states of platelets. Models of the interplay of excited state localization and reaction kinetics that span 10−10 m to 10−8 m and 10−10 s to 102 s are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1550-1558
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

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