Sizing up the exciton in complex-shaped semiconductor nanocrystals

Jeongho Kim, P. Sreekumari Nair, Cathy Y. Wong, Gregory D. Scholes

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We report a spectroscopic study of how nanocrystal shape influences exciton size. The effective exciton size in complex-shaped nanocrystals is examined by comparing exciton fine structure relaxation rates, measured by the ultrafast polarization transient grating method, to an extensive empirical calibration curve that relates the relaxation rates of quantum dots and nanorods to their diameters. It is found that the overall nanocrystal shape is important for determining the effective exciton size in nanocrystals. How nanocrystal shape plays a role in quantum confinement and therefore exciton shape is qualitatively discussed based on these experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3884-3890
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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