Fluorescence intermittency and energy transfer in small clusters of semiconductor quantum dots

Douglas P. Shepherd, Kevin J. Whitcomb, Kenneth K. Milligan, Peter M. Goodwin, Martin P. Gelfand, Alan Van Orden

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We have studied isolated semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots (QDs) and small clusters of QDs by singlemolecule time-correlated single-photon counting, from which fluorescence intensity trajectories, autocorrelation functions, decay histograms, and lifetime-intensity distributions have been constructed. These measurements confirm that QD clusters exhibit unique fluorescence behavior not observed in isolated QDs. In particular, the QD clusters exhibit a short-lifetime component in their fluorescence decay that is correlated with low fluorescence intensity of the cluster. A model based on nonradiative energy transfer to QDs within a cluster that have smaller energy gaps, combined with independent blinking for the QDs in a cluster, accounts for the main experimental features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14831-14837
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 9 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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