Journal article

Optical properties of single semiconductor nanocrystals

Daniel E Gomez, Marco Califano, Paul Mulvaney

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2006

Abstract

We present an overview of the current progress in the understanding of the (steady state) optical properties of individual II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals. We begin with a presentation of the conceptual development of the theory required to model the electronic structure of these systems. This is followed by an overview of the current experimental results obtained from the spectroscopy of individual semiconductor nanocrystals, and in particular, we focus on the study of photoluminescence intermittency (blinking) and spectral diffusion. Where possible, we link the experimental observations to the predictions of current theories. We conclude that the surface of small semiconductor crystals pl..

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