Amplified spontaneous emission in close-packed films of semiconductor nanocrystals using picosecond excitation

C. E. Finlayson, D. M. Russell, C. M. Ramsdale, D. S. Ginger, C. Silva, N. C. Greenham*

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Abstract

We present experimental observations of line-narrowing of the photoluminescence in close-packed thin films of CdSe nanocrystals with epitaxial ZnS shells, under excitation from a pulsed source of 100 ps duration, both at 77 K and at room temperature (RT). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) of these films reveals them to be optically flat to less than 1% of the emission wavelength and we propose that waveguiding and amplified spontaneous emission is the principal mechanism for line-narrowing. We observe that line-narrowing is assisted by the use of films with a bimodal distribution of nanocrystal sizes, where the excited state population is concentrated on the larger nanocrystals due to energy transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2002

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