Demonstration of bulk semiconductor optical properties in processable Ag 2 S and EuS nanocrystalline systems

Vanessa M. Huxter, Tihana Mirkovic, P. Sreekumari Nair, Gregory D. Scholes

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The optical properties of two bulk nanocrystal (NC) systems, namely Ag 2 S and EuS, were analyzed. A novel solvent-free method was used to synthesize Ag 2 S nanoparticles whereas thermal decomposition of a single-source precursor was used to synthesize EuS nanoparticles. The particle size distribution of both the Ag 2 S and EuS nanoparticles were characterized through transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found that nanocrystals, which can be potentially mistaken for quantum-confined structures on the basis of anomalous absorption spectra, does not only apply to EuS. The results show that these two bulk nanocrystal systems can occupy a complementary role to quantum confined structures as another building block for the development of new technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2439-2443
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 18 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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