Electron-hole overlap dictates the hole spin relaxation rate in nanocrystal heterostructures

Jun He, Haizheng Zhong, Gregory D. Scholes

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Hole spin relaxation dynamics in CdTe/CdSe core-shell nanocrystals are measured by an ultrafast polarization transient grating technique. Photoexcited charge separation in type II structures suppresses the electron-hole exchange interaction and the hole spin relaxation time constant is found to increase from ∼0.3ps to ∼10ps at 293 K as the CdSe shell thickness increases from ∼0.2nm to ∼2.4nm. Analysis of these data suggests that spin relaxation in semiconductor nanostructures is tunable between type I and type II localization according to an electron-hole overlap function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number046601
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 21 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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