Author(s) Chang, A.Y.; Liu, W.; Talapin, D.V.; Schaller, R.D.
Journal ACS Nano
Date Published 2014 Aug 26

Nanometer-sized particles of indium antimonide (InSb) offer opportunities in areas such as solar energy conversion and single photon sources. Here, we measure electron-hole pair dynamics, spectra, and absorption cross sections of strongly quantum-confined colloidal InSb nanocrystal quantum dots using femtosecond transient absorption. For all samples, we observe a bleach feature that develops on ultrafast time scales, which notably moves to lower energy during the first several picoseconds following excitation. We associate this unusual red shift, which becomes larger for larger particles and more distinct at lower sample temperatures, with hot exciton cooling through states that we suggest arise from energetically proximal conduction band levels. From controlled optical excitation intensities, we determine biexciton lifetimes, which range from 2 to 20 ps for the studied 3-6 nm diameter particle sizes.

DOI 10.1021/nn5031274
ISSN 1936-086X
Citation ACS Nano. 2014;8(8):85139.

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