Journal article

Spectral diffusion of single semiconductor nanocrystals: The influence of the dielectric environment

DE Gomez, J van Embden, P Mulvaney

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS | AMER INST PHYSICS | Published : 2006

Abstract

We have explored the influence of different matrices on the emission line shape of individual homogeneously coated CdSeCdSZnS nanocrystals. The results obtained corroborate previous observations of a correlation between blinking events and spectral diffusion, but in addition we have found that the extent of spectral diffusion is almost independent of the dielectric environment of the nanocrystal (NC). Additionally, we report the observation of a correlation between the linewidth and emission energy which is not expected to occur in the spherical-symmetric NCs employed in this work. The implications of these results are discussed. © 2006 American Institute of Physics.