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  1. Fourier-transform photoluminescence spectroscopy of excitons bound to group-III acceptors in silicon: Uniaxial stress

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    Karasyuk, V. A.; Thewalt, M. L. W.; An, S.; Lightowlers, E. C.

    1997-12-01

    Photoluminescence of excitons bound to Al, Ga, In, and Tl acceptors in Si crystals subjected to <001>, <111>, or <110> uniaxial stress was studied at liquid-He temperatures with 0.0025-meV spectral resolution. The deformation-potential constants of the group-III acceptors in the ground state are (in eV) b=-1.01+/-0.02, d=-3.31+/-0.06 for Al, b=-1.03+/-0.02, d=-3.10+/-0.06 for Ga, b=-0.43+/-0.01, d=-2.41+/-0.05 for In, and b=-0.30+/-0.03, d=-1.95+/-0.2 for Tl. The shear deformation-potential constant for electrons in acceptor bound excitons Ξu=8.6 eV for all group-III acceptors within an experimental error of +/-0.15 eV for Al, Ga, and In, and +/-0.8 eV for Tl. The order of the valley-orbit states in Tl bound excitons is Γ1, Γ3, Γ5 with the Γ5 energy 1.21 meV above Γ1, and 0.10 meV above Γ3. All details of the spectra including positions, relative amplitudes, and polarizations of the components have been explained on the basis of a simple model of acceptor bound excitons with holes in the J=0 state taking into account the valley-orbit splitting and the spin-orbit coupling of the electron. Significant deviations from the theoretical predictions were observed only for very small strains producing acceptor splittings comparable with the intrinsic zero-stress splitting.

  2. Bound Exciton Complexes

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    Meyer, B. K.

    In the preceding chapter, we concentrated on the properties of free excitons. These free excitons may move through the sample and hit a trap, a nonradiative or a radiative recombination center. At low temperatures, the latter case gives rise to either deep center luminescence, mentioned in Sect. 7.1 and discussed in detail in Chap. 9, or to the luminescence of bound exciton complexes (BE or BEC). The chapter continues with the most prominent of these BECs, namely A-excitons bound to neutral donors. The next aspects are the more weakly BEs at ionized donors. The Sect. 7.4 treats the binding or localization energies of BEC from a theoretical point of view, while Sect. 7.5 is dedicated to excited states of BECs, which contain either holes from deeper valence bands or an envelope function with higher quantum numbers. The last section is devoted to donor-acceptor pair transitions. There is no section devoted specifically to excitons bound to neutral acceptors, because this topic is still partly controversially discussed. Instead, information on these A0X complexes is scattered over the whole chapter, however, with some special emphasis seen in Sects. 7.1, 7.4, and 7.5.

  3. The impact of time-varying phosphorus doping on ZnMgO thin films and achievement of dominant acceptor-bound-exciton peak

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    Saha, S.; Nagar, S.; Gupta, S. K.; Chakrabarti, S.

    2014-03-01

    ZnO is a highly efficient and promising semiconductor material because of its large bandgap (3.37 eV) and exciton binding energy (60 meV). MgO also has a very high bandgap (7.8 eV), and the incorporation of Mg into ZnO can result in an alloy with a bandgap of more than 4 eV . We used plasma immersion ion implantation to dope phosphorus into Zn0.85Mg0.15O for achieving p-type ZnMgO. RF sputtering was used to deposit ZnMgO on a Si substrate. Phosphorus doping was conducted from 10 s to 70 s. Rapid thermal annealing of the samples was performed to remove any implantation defects. A highly dominant acceptor-bound-exciton peak was observed at 3.36 eV by photoluminescence measurements, which continued to dominate from low temperature to room temperature. Donor-bound acceptor and free-electron acceptor peaks were also observed at 3.24 eV and 3.28 eV, respectively.

  4. Photoluminescence due to impurity-cluster-bound exciton in highly doped and highly compensated Si

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    Tajima, Michio; Tanaka, Koji; Dubois, Sébastien; Veirman, Jordi; Nakagawa, Kei; Ogura, Atsushi

    2015-11-01

    We have investigated photoluminescence (PL) at 4.2 K in highly doped and highly compensated Si with donor and acceptor impurities in the intermediate concentration range from 1 × 1016 to 3 × 1018 cm-3. PL spectra were dominated by the radiative recombination of excitons bound by impurity clusters and the donor-acceptor pair emission. The peak position of the exciton emission shifts to the lower energy side monotonically with an increase in the sum of the donor and acceptor concentrations, where the relationship between the position and the concentration is universal regardless of the species of impurities and is valid also for uncompensated Si. This allowed us to suggest that the cluster consists of multiple species of donor and acceptor impurities and that the difference in the species does not cause a detectable variation in the binding energy of an exciton. A possible method for quantifying the donor and acceptor impurities is proposed.

  5. Arsenic-bound excitons in diamond

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    Barjon, J.; Jomard, F.; Morata, S.

    2014-01-01

    A set of new excitonic recombinations is observed in arsenic-implanted diamond. It is composed of two groups of emissions at 5.355/5.361 eV and at 5.215/5.220/5.227 eV. They are respectively attributed to the no-phonon and transverse-optical phonon-assisted recombinations of excitons bound to neutral arsenic donors. From the Haynes rule, an ionization energy of 0.41 eV is deduced for arsenic in diamond, which shows that arsenic is a shallower donor than phosphorus (0.6 eV), in agreement with theory.

  6. Bound exciton and free exciton states in GaSe thin slab

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    Wei, Chengrong; Chen, Xi; Li, Dian; Su, Huimin; He, Hongtao; Dai, Jun-Feng

    2016-01-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) and absorption experiments have been performed in GaSe slab with incident light polarized perpendicular to c-axis of sample at 10 K. An obvious energy difference of about 34 meV between exciton absorption peak and PL peak (the highest energy peak) is observed. By studying the temperature dependence of PL and absorption spectra, we attribute it to energy difference between free exciton and bound exciton states, where main exciton absorption peak comes from free exciton absorption, and PL peak is attributed to recombination of bound exciton at 10 K. This strong bound exciton effect is stable up to 50 K. Moreover, the temperature dependence of integrated PL intensity and PL lifetime reveals that a non-radiative process, with activation energy extracted as 0.5 meV, dominates PL emission. PMID:27654064

  7. Localized and bound excitons in type-II ZnMnSe/ZnSSe quantum wells.

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    Chernenko, A V; Brichkin, A S

    2014-10-22

    Photoluminescence of ZnMnSe/ZnSSe multiple quantum wells under a bandgap continuous wave and fs-pulsed excitations is measured in magnetic fields up to 10 T in Faraday geometry at temperatures within the range of 1.6-20 K. The measurements reveal two dominant lines in the spectra and LO-phonon replicas of the lower-energy line. The photoluminescence and time-resolved studies show dramatically different behaviour of the lines. Analysis of their properties reveals that they correspond to recombination of indirect localized excitons and indirect acceptor-bound excitons (A0X). Crossing of exciton and A0X lines because of the difference in magnitudes of their Zeeman shifts is observed. Analysis of LO-phonon replicas of photoluminescence lines provides additional evidence for strong carrier localization bound to A0X. A model of phonon-assisted recombination of indirect acceptor-bound excitons is proposed. The fitting of photoluminescence lines with this model gives the Huang-Rhys factor S≃0.25 for A0X and the hole localization size ah≃30 Å. Contrary to expectations the exciton magnetic polaron effect is hardly observed in these structures. PMID:25273841

  8. Atomistic model for excitons: Capturing Strongly Bound Excitons in Monolayer Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Tseng, Frank; Simsek, Ergun; Gunlycke, Daniel

    2015-03-01

    Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides form a direct bandgap predicted in the visible regime making them attractive host materials for various electronic and optoelectronic applications. Due to a weak dielectric screening in these materials, strongly bound electron-hole pairs or excitons have binding energies up to at least several hundred meV's. While the conventional wisdom is to think of excitons as hydrogen-like quasi-particles, we show that the hydrogen model breaks down for these experimentally observed strongly bound, room-temperature excitons. To capture these non-hydrogen-like photo-excitations, we introduce an atomistic model for excitons that predicts both bright excitons and dark excitons, and their broken degeneracy in these two-dimensional materials. For strongly bound exciton states, the lattice potential significantly distorts the envelope wave functions, which affects predicted exciton peak energies. The combination of large binding energies and non-degeneracy of exciton states in monolayer transition metal dichalogendies may furthermore be exploited in room temperature applications where prolonged exciton lifetimes are necessary. This work has been funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), directly and through the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). F.T and E.S acknowledge support from NRL through the NRC Research Associateship Program and ONR Summer Faculty Program, respectively.

  9. Photocurrent generation through electron-exciton interaction at the organic semiconductor donor/acceptor interface.

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    Chen, Lijia; Zhang, Qiaoming; Lei, Yanlian; Zhu, Furong; Wu, Bo; Zhang, Ting; Niu, Guoxi; Xiong, Zuhong; Song, Qunliang

    2013-10-21

    In this work, we report our effort to understand the photocurrent generation that is contributed via electron-exciton interaction at the donor/acceptor interface in organic solar cells (OSCs). Donor/acceptor bi-layer heterojunction OSCs, of the indium tin oxide/copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)/fullerene (C60)/molybdenum oxide/Al type, were employed to study the mechanism of photocurrent generation due to the electron-exciton interaction, where CuPc and C60 are the donor and the acceptor, respectively. It is shown that the electron-exciton interaction and the exciton dissociation processes co-exist at the CuPc/C60 interface in OSCs. Compared to conventional donor/acceptor bi-layer OSCs, the cells with the above configuration enable holes to be extracted at the C60 side while electrons can be collected at the CuPc side, resulting in a photocurrent in the reverse direction. The photocurrent thus observed is contributed to primarily by the charge carriers that are generated by the electron-exciton interaction at the CuPc/C60 interface, while charges derived from the exciton dissociation process also exist at the same interface. The mechanism of photocurrent generation due to electron-exciton interaction in the OSCs is further investigated, and it is manifested by the transient photovoltage characteristics and the external quantum efficiency measurements. PMID:24002235

  10. Exciton dissociation at organic small molecule donor-acceptor interfaces (Presentation Recording)

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    Robey, Steven W.

    2015-08-01

    Exciton dissociation at organic semiconductor donor-acceptor (D-A) heterojunctions is critical for the performance of organic photovoltaic (OPV) structures. Interfacial charge separation and recombination processes control device efficiency. We have investigated these fundamental interfacial issues using time-resolved two-photon photoemission (TR-2PPE), coupled with the formation of well-controlled D-A structures by organic molecular beam epitaxy. The interfacial electronic and molecular structure of these model interfaces was well-characterized using scanning tunneling microscopy and ultraviolet photoemission. Exciton dissociation dynamics were investigated by using a sub-picosecond pump pulse to create Pc π-->π* transitions, producing a population of singlet (S1) Pc excitons. The subsequent decay dynamics of this population was monitored via photoemission with a time-delayed UV pulse. For CuPcC60 interfaces, S1 exciton population decay in the interfacial CuPc layer was much faster than decay in the bulk due to interfacial charge separation. The rate constant for exciton dissociation was found to be ≍ 7 x 10 12 sec-1 (≍ 140 fs). Excitons that lose energy via intersystem crossing (ISC) to triplet levels dissociate approximately 500 to 1000 times slower. The dependence of exciton dissociation on separation was also studied. Exciton dissociation falls of rapidly with distance from the interface. Dissociation from the 2nd, and subsequent, layers of H2Pc is reduced by at least a factor of 10 from that in the interfacial layer. Finally, investigations of the relative efficiency for interfacial exciton dissociation by alternative acceptors based on perylene cores, (perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride, or PTCDA) compared to fullerene-based acceptors such as C60 will also be discussed.

  11. Dynamics of exciton dissociation in donor-acceptor polymer heterojunctions.

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    Sun, Zhen; Stafström, Sven

    2013-04-28

    Exciton dissociation in a donor-accepter polymer heterojunction has been simulated using a nonadiabatic molecular dynamics approach, which allows for the coupled evolution of the nuclear degrees of freedom and the electronic degrees of freedom described by multiconfigurational electronic wavefunctions. The simulations reveal important details of the charge separation process: the exciton in the donor polymer first dissociates into a "hot" charge transfer state, which is best described as a polaron pair. The polaron pair can be separated into free polaron charge carriers if a sufficiently strong external electric field is applied. We have also studied the effects of inter-chain interaction, temperature, and the external electric field strength. Increasing inter-chain interactions makes it easier for the exciton to dissociate into a polaron pair state, but more difficult for the polaron pair to dissociate into free charge carriers. Higher temperature and higher electric field strength both favor exciton dissociation as well as the formation of free charge carriers. PMID:23635169

  12. Charge Transfer Fluorescence and 34 nm Exciton Diffusion Length in Polymers with Electron Acceptor End Traps.

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    Zaikowski, Lori; Mauro, Gina; Bird, Matthew; Karten, Brianne; Asaoka, Sadayuki; Wu, Qin; Cook, Andrew R; Miller, John R

    2015-06-18

    Photoexcitation of conjugated poly-2,7-(9,9-dihexylfluorene) polyfluorenes with naphthylimide (NI) and anthraquinone (AQ) electron-acceptor end traps produces excitons that form charge transfer states at the end traps. Intramolecular singlet exciton transport to end traps was examined by steady state fluorescence for polyfluorenes of 17-127 repeat units in chloroform, dimethylformamide (DMF), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and p-xylene. End traps capture excitons and form charge transfer (CT) states at all polymer lengths and in all solvents. The CT nature of the end-trapped states is confirmed by their fluorescence spectra, solvent and trap group dependence, and DFT descriptions. Quantum yields of CT fluorescence are as large as 46%. This strong CT emission is understood in terms of intensity borrowing. Energies of the CT states from onsets of the fluorescence spectra give the depths of the traps which vary with solvent polarity. For NI end traps, the trap depths are 0.06 (p-xylene), 0.13 (THF), and 0.19 eV (CHCl3). For AQ, CT fluorescence could be observed only in p-xylene where the trap depth is 0.27 eV. Quantum yields, emission energies, charge transfer energies, solvent reorganization, and vibrational energies were calculated. Fluorescence measurements on chains >100 repeat units indicate that end traps capture ∼50% of the excitons, and that the exciton diffusion length is LD = 34 nm, which is much larger than diffusion lengths reported in polymer films or than previously known for diffusion along isolated chains. The efficiency of exciton capture depends on chain length but not on trap depth, solvent polarity, or which trap group is present.

  13. Charge transfer fluorescence and 34 nm exciton diffusion length in polymers with electron acceptor end traps

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    Zaikowski, Lori; Mauro, Gina; Bird, Matthew; Karten, Brianne; Asaoka, Sadayuki; Wu, Qin; Cook, Andrew R.; Miller, John R.

    2014-12-22

    Photoexcitation of conjugated poly-2,7-(9,9-dihexylfluorene) polyfluorenes with naphthylimide (NI) and anthraquinone (AQ) electron-acceptor end traps produces excitons that form charge transfer states at the end traps. Intramolecular singlet exciton transport to end traps was examined by steady state fluorescence for polyfluorenes of 17 to 127 repeat units in chloroform, dimethylformamide (DMF), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and p-xylene. End traps capture excitons and form charge transfer (CT) states at all polymer lengths and in all solvents. The CT nature of the end-trapped states is confirmed by their fluorescence spectra, solvent and trap group dependence and DFT descriptions. Quantum yields of CT fluorescence are as large as 46%. This strong CT emission is understood in terms of intensity borrowing. Energies of the CT states from onsets of the fluorescence spectra give the depths of the traps which vary with solvent polarity. For NI end traps the trap depths are 0.06 (p-xylene), 0.13 (THF) and 0.19 eV (CHCl3). For AQ, CT fluorescence could be observed only in p-xylene where the trap depth is 0.27 eV. Quantum yields, emission energies, charge transfer energies, solvent reorganization and vibrational energies were calculated. Fluorescence measurements on chains >100 repeat units indicate that end traps capture ~50% of the excitons, and that the exciton diffusion length LD =34 nm, which is much larger than diffusion lengths reported in polymer films or than previously known for diffusion along isolated chains. As a result, the efficiency of exciton capture depends on chain length, but not on trap depth, solvent polarity or which trap group is present.

  14. Charge transfer fluorescence and 34 nm exciton diffusion length in polymers with electron acceptor end traps

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    Zaikowski, Lori; Mauro, Gina; Bird, Matthew; Karten, Brianne; Asaoka, Sadayuki; Wu, Qin; Cook, Andrew R.; Miller, John R.

    2014-12-22

    Photoexcitation of conjugated poly-2,7-(9,9-dihexylfluorene) polyfluorenes with naphthylimide (NI) and anthraquinone (AQ) electron-acceptor end traps produces excitons that form charge transfer states at the end traps. Intramolecular singlet exciton transport to end traps was examined by steady state fluorescence for polyfluorenes of 17 to 127 repeat units in chloroform, dimethylformamide (DMF), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and p-xylene. End traps capture excitons and form charge transfer (CT) states at all polymer lengths and in all solvents. The CT nature of the end-trapped states is confirmed by their fluorescence spectra, solvent and trap group dependence and DFT descriptions. Quantum yields of CT fluorescence are asmore » large as 46%. This strong CT emission is understood in terms of intensity borrowing. Energies of the CT states from onsets of the fluorescence spectra give the depths of the traps which vary with solvent polarity. For NI end traps the trap depths are 0.06 (p-xylene), 0.13 (THF) and 0.19 eV (CHCl3). For AQ, CT fluorescence could be observed only in p-xylene where the trap depth is 0.27 eV. Quantum yields, emission energies, charge transfer energies, solvent reorganization and vibrational energies were calculated. Fluorescence measurements on chains >100 repeat units indicate that end traps capture ~50% of the excitons, and that the exciton diffusion length LD =34 nm, which is much larger than diffusion lengths reported in polymer films or than previously known for diffusion along isolated chains. As a result, the efficiency of exciton capture depends on chain length, but not on trap depth, solvent polarity or which trap group is present.« less

  15. Observation of selective plasmon-exciton coupling in nonradiative energy transfer: donor-selective versus acceptor-selective plexcitons.

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    Ozel, Tuncay; Hernandez-Martinez, Pedro Ludwig; Mutlugun, Evren; Akin, Onur; Nizamoglu, Sedat; Ozel, Ilkem Ozge; Zhang, Qing; Xiong, Qihua; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2013-07-10

    We report selectively plasmon-mediated nonradiative energy transfer between quantum dot (QD) emitters interacting with each other via Förster-type resonance energy transfer (FRET) under controlled plasmon coupling either to only the donor QDs (i.e., donor-selective) or to only the acceptor QDs (i.e., acceptor-selective). Using layer-by-layer assembled colloidal QD nanocrystal solids with metal nanoparticles integrated at carefully designed spacing, we demonstrate the ability to enable/disable the coupled plasmon-exciton (plexciton) formation distinctly at the donor (exciton departing) site or at the acceptor (exciton feeding) site of our choice, while not hindering the donor exciton-acceptor exciton interaction but refraining from simultaneous coupling to both sites of the donor and the acceptor in the FRET process. In the case of donor-selective plexciton, we observed a substantial shortening in the donor QD lifetime from 1.33 to 0.29 ns as a result of plasmon-coupling to the donors and the FRET-assisted exciton transfer from the donors to the acceptors, both of which shorten the donor lifetime. This consequently enhanced the acceptor emission by a factor of 1.93. On the other hand, in the complementary case of acceptor-selective plexciton we observed a 2.70-fold emission enhancement in the acceptor QDs, larger than the acceptor emission enhancement of the donor-selective plexciton, as a result of the combined effects of the acceptor plasmon coupling and the FRET-assisted exciton feeding. Here we present the comparative results of theoretical modeling of the donor- and acceptor-selective plexcitons of nonradiative energy transfer developed here for the first time, which are in excellent agreement with the systematic experimental characterization. Such an ability to modify and control energy transfer through mastering plexcitons is of fundamental importance, opening up new applications for quantum dot embedded plexciton devices along with the development of new

  16. Observation of selective plasmon-exciton coupling in nonradiative energy transfer: donor-selective versus acceptor-selective plexcitons.

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    Ozel, Tuncay; Hernandez-Martinez, Pedro Ludwig; Mutlugun, Evren; Akin, Onur; Nizamoglu, Sedat; Ozel, Ilkem Ozge; Zhang, Qing; Xiong, Qihua; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2013-07-10

    We report selectively plasmon-mediated nonradiative energy transfer between quantum dot (QD) emitters interacting with each other via Förster-type resonance energy transfer (FRET) under controlled plasmon coupling either to only the donor QDs (i.e., donor-selective) or to only the acceptor QDs (i.e., acceptor-selective). Using layer-by-layer assembled colloidal QD nanocrystal solids with metal nanoparticles integrated at carefully designed spacing, we demonstrate the ability to enable/disable the coupled plasmon-exciton (plexciton) formation distinctly at the donor (exciton departing) site or at the acceptor (exciton feeding) site of our choice, while not hindering the donor exciton-acceptor exciton interaction but refraining from simultaneous coupling to both sites of the donor and the acceptor in the FRET process. In the case of donor-selective plexciton, we observed a substantial shortening in the donor QD lifetime from 1.33 to 0.29 ns as a result of plasmon-coupling to the donors and the FRET-assisted exciton transfer from the donors to the acceptors, both of which shorten the donor lifetime. This consequently enhanced the acceptor emission by a factor of 1.93. On the other hand, in the complementary case of acceptor-selective plexciton we observed a 2.70-fold emission enhancement in the acceptor QDs, larger than the acceptor emission enhancement of the donor-selective plexciton, as a result of the combined effects of the acceptor plasmon coupling and the FRET-assisted exciton feeding. Here we present the comparative results of theoretical modeling of the donor- and acceptor-selective plexcitons of nonradiative energy transfer developed here for the first time, which are in excellent agreement with the systematic experimental characterization. Such an ability to modify and control energy transfer through mastering plexcitons is of fundamental importance, opening up new applications for quantum dot embedded plexciton devices along with the development of new

  17. Phonon sidebands of excitons bound to isoelectronic impurities in semiconductors

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    Zhang, Y.; Ge, W.; Sturge, M.D. ); Zheng, J.; Wu, B. )

    1993-03-15

    The configuration coordinate (CC) and momentum conservation (MC) models have been widely used to explain the phonon sidebands of impurity spectra in semiconductors. In this paper, the distinction between the CC and MC models is discussed. We conclude that the MC model only applies to shallow Coulombic impurities; in other cases, such as isoelectronic traps, the CC model is more appropriate. We show that the Huang-Rhys parameters for bulk phonon modes coupling to a bound electron or exciton can be calculated from the bound-state wave function in [ital k] space if the phonon-induced intervalley and intravalley electron scattering processes of the pure crystal are known. We study in detail the phonon sidebands of nitrogen-bound excitons in GaP, giving the selection rules for electron-phonon coupling in the CC model, and showing that their strength can be well accounted for by the CC model. The apparently anomalous [ital X]'' peak of the LO-phonon sideband in GaP:N is shown to be associated with intervalley scattering in the conduction band. The MC model, which has been used in an attempt to explain the phonon sidebands of GaP:N in some previous work, is shown to be inapplicable to this case.

  18. Bound excitons at nitrogen and bismuth isoelectronic impurities

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    Christian, Theresa; Alberi, Kirstin; Beaton, Daniel; Fluegel, Brian; Mascarenhas, Angelo

    When nitrogen and bismuth dopants are simultaneously incorporated into a host lattice such as gallium arsenide (GaAs) or gallium phosphide (GaP), each dopant species contributes to the evolution of the electronic structure. Bound excitons in these systems luminescence from localized states whose distinctive radiative signatures provide invaluable clues into the nature of impurity clustering and inter-impurity interactions within the host lattice. Spectroscopic studies of these states will be presented for a series of samples grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Research was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division under contract DE-AC36-08GO28308 and by the Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program (DOE SCGF), made possible in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, administered by ORISE-ORAU under Contract No. DE-AC05-06OR23100.

  19. Three holes bound to a double acceptor - Be(+) in germanium

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    Haller, E. E.; Mcmurray, R. E., Jr.; Falicov, L. M.; Haegel, N. M.; Hansen, W. L.

    1983-01-01

    A double acceptor binding three holes has been observed for the first time with photoconductive far-infrared spectroscopy in beryllium-doped germanium single crystals. This new center, Be(+), has a hole binding energy of about 5 meV and is only present when free holes are generated by ionization of either neutral shallow acceptors or neutral Be double acceptors. The Be(+) center thermally ionizes above 4 K. It disappears at a uniaxial stress higher than about a billion dyn/sq cm parallel to (111) as a result of the lifting of the valence-band degeneracy.

  20. Cathodoluminescence of stacking fault bound excitons for local probing of the exciton diffusion length in single GaN nanowires

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    Nogues, Gilles Den Hertog, Martien; Auzelle, Thomas; Gayral, Bruno; Daudin, Bruno

    2014-03-10

    We perform correlated studies of individual GaN nanowires in scanning electron microscopy combined to low temperature cathodoluminescence, microphotoluminescence, and scanning transmission electron microscopy. We show that some nanowires exhibit well localized regions emitting light at the energy of a stacking fault bound exciton (3.42 eV) and are able to observe the presence of a single stacking fault in these regions. Precise measurements of the cathodoluminescence signal in the vicinity of the stacking fault give access to the exciton diffusion length near this location.

  1. Hot charge-transfer excitons set the time limit for charge separation at donor/acceptor interfaces in organic photovoltaics.

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    Jailaubekov, Askat E; Willard, Adam P; Tritsch, John R; Chan, Wai-Lun; Sai, Na; Gearba, Raluca; Kaake, Loren G; Williams, Kenrick J; Leung, Kevin; Rossky, Peter J; Zhu, X-Y

    2013-01-01

    Photocurrent generation in organic photovoltaics (OPVs) relies on the dissociation of excitons into free electrons and holes at donor/acceptor heterointerfaces. The low dielectric constant of organic semiconductors leads to strong Coulomb interactions between electron-hole pairs that should in principle oppose the generation of free charges. The exact mechanism by which electrons and holes overcome this Coulomb trapping is still unsolved, but increasing evidence points to the critical role of hot charge-transfer (CT) excitons in assisting this process. Here we provide a real-time view of hot CT exciton formation and relaxation using femtosecond nonlinear optical spectroscopies and non-adiabatic mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics simulations in the phthalocyanine-fullerene model OPV system. For initial excitation on phthalocyanine, hot CT excitons are formed in 10(-13) s, followed by relaxation to lower energies and shorter electron-hole distances on a 10(-12) s timescale. This hot CT exciton cooling process and collapse of charge separation sets the fundamental time limit for competitive charge separation channels that lead to efficient photocurrent generation.

  2. Combined impact of entropy and carrier delocalization on charge transfer exciton dissociation at the donor-acceptor interface

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    Ono, Shota; Ohno, Kaoru

    2016-08-01

    Several models of the charge transfer exciton (CTE) have been proposed to explain its dissociation at the donor-acceptor (DA) interface. However, the underlying physics is still under debate. Here, we derive a temperature (T ) dependent tight-binding model for an electron-hole pair at the DA interface. The main finding is the existence of the localization-delocalization transition at a critical T , which can explain the CTE dissociation. The present study highlights the combined effect of entropy (finite T ) and carrier delocalization in the CTE dissociation.

  3. Transition from bound to free excitons observed in deep- ultraviolet photoluminescence of AlN grown by MOCVD

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    Wang, Weiying; Jin, Peng; Tang, Ning; Liu, Yali; Fu, Lei; Xu, Fujun; Qin, Zhixin; Ge, Weikun; Shen, Bo

    2016-07-01

    The transition from bound exciton to free exciton and exciton-phonon interaction in an AlN epilayer have been investigated by time resolved deep ultraviolet photoluminescence spectroscopy. Based on the analysis of the energy position (S-shaped dependence with temperature), integrated intensity as well as decay time, the main X peak located at 6.06 eV at 7.7 K is assigned to originate from radiative recombination of excitons bound to some unintentionally doped Si or O impurities. While the other two peaks on the lower energy side should be from the bound exciton’s phonon replicas. The corresponding small Huang-Rhys factor indicates weak interaction between phonon and bound excitons, in comparison to the case of free exciton, for which our experimental results are in good agreement with the theoretical calculation of the Huang-Rhys factors.

  4. Phonon coupling in optical transitions for singlet-triplet pairs of bound excitons in semiconductors

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    Pistol, M. E.; Monemar, B.

    1986-05-01

    A model is presented for the observed strong difference in selection rules for coupling of phonons in the one-phonon sideband of optical spectra related to bound excitons in semiconductors. The present treatment is specialized to the case of a closely spaced pair of singlet-triplet character as the lowest electronic states, as is common for bound excitons associated with neutral complexes in materials like GaP and Si. The optical transition for the singlet bound-exciton state is found to couple strongly only to symmetric A1 modes. The triplet state has a similar coupling strength to A1 modes, but in addition strong contributions are found for replicas corresponding to high-density-of-states phonons TAX, LAX, and TOX. This can be explained by a treatment of particle-phonon coupling beyond the ordinary adiabatic approximation. A weak mixing between the singlet and triplet states is mediated by the phonon coupling, as described in first-order perturbation theory. The model derived in this work, for such phonon-induced mixing of closely spaced electronic states, is shown to explain the observed phonon coupling for several bound-exciton systems of singlet-triplet character in GaP. In addition, the observed oscillator strength of the forbidden triplet state may be explained as partly derived from phonon-induced mixing with the singlet state, which has a much larger oscillator strength.

  5. Fast Carrier Formation from Acceptor Exciton in Low-Gap Organic Photovotalic

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    Yonezawa, Kouhei; Kamioka, Hayato; Yasuda, Takeshi; Han, Liyuan; Moritomo, Yutaka

    2012-04-01

    Bulk heterojunction (BHJ) based on a donor (D) polymer and an acceptor (A) fullerene derivative is a promising organic photovoltaic. Here, we investigated the femtosecond charge dynamics after acceptor excitation in poly[[4,8-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b '] dithiophene-2,6-diyl][3-fluoro-2-[(2-ethylhexyl)carbonyl]thieno[3,4-b] thiophenediyl

  6. Observation of Excitonic N-Body Bound States: Polyexcitons in Diamond

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    Omachi, J.; Suzuki, T.; Kato, K.; Naka, N.; Yoshioka, K.; Kuwata-Gonokami, M.

    2013-07-01

    We have found a series of resonances associated with the bound state (polyexcitons, PENs) of N excitons up to N=6 in the emission spectra of diamond under two-photon excitation at around 10 K. Time-resolved spectra show a stepwise formation of PENs with smaller to larger N, as well as a successive decay from larger to smaller N. At higher excitation levels, the transformation of PENs into a condensed phase of electron-hole droplets occurs. The binding energies of the PENs, normalized to the exciton Rydberg energy, agree well with those of silicon, suggesting the universality of the phenomena.

  7. Dynamics of excitons bound to nitrogen isoelectronic centers in GaAs

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    St-Jean, P.; Éthier-Majcher, G.; Francoeur, S.

    2015-03-01

    A detailed analysis of the dynamics of excitons bound to two nitrogen atoms forming an isoelectronic center of C2 v symmetry in GaAs is presented. The temperature dependence of photoluminescence (PL) intensities under both continuous and pulsed excitations reveals (1) overall decay rates significantly slower than that of spontaneous emission, (2) a decay rate anisotropy between states of orthogonal symmetry representations, and (3) a complementary behavior of relative intensities measured from states of identical symmetry representations. A comprehensive model of the exciton fine structure and the exciton dynamics allows the determination of the strength of the exchange and crystal-field interactions, the light- and heavy-hole splitting and composition of exciton states, the exciton capture time, the rates of spontaneous and nonradiative emission, and the rates of interlevel transfers induced by interactions with nuclear spins and by longitudinal acoustic phonons. It is found that the rate of electron spin flips is comparable to that measured in quantum dots but that the near degeneracy of light and heavy holes results in an efficient transfer channel between light- and heavy-hole states of identical symmetry representation.

  8. Repulsively bound exciton-biexciton states in high-spin fermions in optical lattices

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    Argueelles, A.; Santos, L.

    2011-03-15

    We show that the interplay between spin-changing collisions and quadratic Zeeman coupling provides a mechanism for the formation of repulsively bound composites in high-spin fermions, which we illustrate by considering spin flips in an initially polarized hard-core one-dimensional Mott insulator of spin-3/2 fermions. We show that after the flips the dynamics is characterized by the creation of two types of exciton-biexciton composites. We analyze the conditions for the existence of these bound states and discuss their intriguing properties. In particular we show that the effective mass and stability of the composites depends nontrivially on spin-changing collisions, on the quadratic Zeeman effect, and on the initial exciton localization. Finally, we show that the composites may remain stable against inelastic collisions, opening the possibility of interesting quantum composite phases.

  9. Elevated NK sensitivity of Raji cells carrying acceptor-bound C3 fragments.

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    Kai, C; Sármay, G; Ramos, O; Yefenof, E; Klein, E

    1988-05-01

    The majority of cell lines derived from Burkitt lymphomas carry CR2 on their plasma membrane cell lines of haematopoietic origin can activate C3 present in human serum through the alternative pathway. However, only the lines that carry CR2 were shown to bind C3 fragments. This bond can be either fixation to acceptor sites or attachment to the CR. Our studies with Raji cells showed that when the possibility for the covalent acceptor bond was eliminated by using methylamine (MA)- or zymosan-treated serum, considerably lower amounts of C3 were bound. In the zymosan-treated serum C3 fragments are present that can bind to receptors but their capacity for acceptor bond is absent. These results indicate that when Raji cell are incubated in human serum some of the generated C3 fragments are bound to acceptors and a lower proportion through the specific interaction with complement receptors. Pretreatment of the CR2 carrying cell lines with human serum elevated their sensitivity to the lytic effect of human blood lymphocytes. We showed in this work that MA-treated serum did not induce this elevation. Zymosan-treated serum under conditions that excluded activation of the residual native C3 molecules, i.e., in the presence of EDTA, did not have the enhancing effect either. These results suggest that the increased lytic efficiency imposed by human serum was due to cleavage of C3 molecules by Raji and fixation of the C3 fragments by acceptor sites. Natural killer cells carry CR3; therefore it is likely that the attached C3 fragments bind also to the effector cells. The C3 molecules could elevate thereby the avidity between the target and the lytic lymphocytes. The observation that C3 fragments are not bound to the surface of CR2 negative lines in spite of their capacity to activate C3 suggests that the receptor molecule is either involved in the activation and/or serves also as an acceptor. PMID:3359489

  10. Lattice and momentum space approach to bound states and excitonic condensation via user friendly interfaces

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    Jamell, Christopher Ray

    In this thesis, we focus on two broad categories of problems, exciton condensation and bound states, and two complimentary approaches, real and momentum space, to solve these problems. In chapter 2 we begin by developing the self-consistent mean field equations, in momentum space, used to calculate exciton condensation in semiconductor heterostructures/double quantum wells and graphene. In the double quantum well case, where we have one layer containing electrons and the other layer with holes separated by a distance d, we extend the analytical solution to the two dimensional hydrogen atom in order to provide a semi-quantitative measure of when a system of excitons can be considered dilute. Next we focus on the problem of electron-electron screening, using the random phase approximation, in double layer graphene. The literature contains calculations showing that when screening is not taken into account the temperature at which excitons in double layer graphene condense is approximately room temperature. Also in the literature is a calculation showing that under certain assumptions the transition temperature is approximately mK. The essential result is that the condensate is exponentially suppressed by the number of electron species in the system. Our mean field calculations show that the condensate, is in fact, not exponentially suppressed. Next, in chapter 3, we show the use of momentum space to solve the Schrodinger equation for a class of potentials that are not usually a part of a quantum mechanics courses. Our approach avoids the typical pitfalls that exist when one tries to discretize the real space Schrodinger equation. This technique widens the number of problems that can presented in an introductory quantum mechanics course while at the same time, because of the ease of its implementation, provides a simple introduction to numerical techniques and programming in general to students. We have furthered this idea by creating a modular program that allows

  11. Magneto-optical properties and recombination dynamics of isoelectronic bound excitons in ZnO

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    Chen, S. L.; Chen, W. M.; Buyanova, I. A.

    2014-02-21

    Magneto-optical and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies are employed to evaluate electronic structure of a bound exciton (BX) responsible for the 3.364 eV line (labeled as I{sub 1}{sup *}) in bulk ZnO. From time-resolved PL spectroscopy, I{sub 1}{sup *} is concluded to originate from the exciton ground state. Based on performed magneto-PL studies, the g-factors of the involved electron and hole are determined as being g{sub e} = 1.98 and g{sub h}{sup ∥}(g{sub h}{sup ⊥}) = 1.2(1.62), respectively. These values are nearly identical to the reported g-factors for the I{sup *} line in ZnO (Phys. Rev. B 86, 235205 (2012)), which proves that I{sub 1}{sup *} should have a similar origin as I{sup *} and should arise from an exciton bound to an isoelectronic center with a hole-attractive potential.

  12. Observation of excitonic N-body bound states: polyexcitons in diamond.

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    Omachi, J; Suzuki, T; Kato, K; Naka, N; Yoshioka, K; Kuwata-Gonokami, M

    2013-07-12

    We have found a series of resonances associated with the bound state (polyexcitons, PE(N)s) of N excitons up to N=6 in the emission spectra of diamond under two-photon excitation at around 10 K. Time-resolved spectra show a stepwise formation of PE(N)s with smaller to larger N, as well as a successive decay from larger to smaller N. At higher excitation levels, the transformation of PE(N)s into a condensed phase of electron-hole droplets occurs. The binding energies of the PE(N)s, normalized to the exciton Rydberg energy, agree well with those of silicon, suggesting the universality of the phenomena. PMID:23889423

  13. Bound exciton photoluminescence from ion‑implanted phosphorus in thin silicon layers.

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    Sumikura, Hisashi; Nishiguchi, Katsuhiko; Ono, Yukinori; Fujiwara, Akira; Notomi, Masaya

    2011-12-01

    We report the observation of clear bound exciton (BE) emission from ion-implanted phosphorus. Shallow implantation and high-temperature annealing successfully introduce active donors into thin silicon layers. The BE emission at a wavelength of 1079 nm shows that a part of the implanted donors are definitely activated and isolated from each other. However, photoluminescence and electron spin resonance studies find a cluster state of the activated donors. The BE emission is suppressed by this cluster state rather than the nonradiative processes caused by ion implantation. Our results provide important information about ion implantation for doping quantum devices with phosphorus quantum bits.

  14. Donor bound excitons in ZnSe nanoresonators - Applications in quantum information science

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    Pawlis, A.; Lischka, K.; Sanaka, K.; Yamamoto, Y.; Sleiter, D.

    2014-05-15

    Here we summarize the advantages of excitons bound to isolated fluorine donor in ZnSe/ZnMgSe quantum well nano-structures. Devices based on these semiconductors, are particularly suited to implement concepts of the optical manipulation of quantum states in solid-state material. The fluorine donor in ZnSe provides a physical qubit with potential advantages over previously researched qubits. In this context we show several initial demonstrations of devices, such as a low-threshold microdisk laser and an indistinguishable single photon source. Additionally we demonstrate the realization of a controllable three-level-system qubit consisting of a single Fluorine donor in a ZnSe nano-pillar, which provides an optical accessible single electon spin qubit.

  15. Donor bound excitons in ZnSe nanoresonators - Applications in quantum information science

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    Pawlis, A.; Lischka, K.; Sanaka, K.; Sleiter, D.; Yamamoto, Y.

    2014-05-01

    Here we summarize the advantages of excitons bound to isolated fluorine donor in ZnSe/ZnMgSe quantum well nano-structures. Devices based on these semiconductors, are particularly suited to implement concepts of the optical manipulation of quantum states in solid-state material. The fluorine donor in ZnSe provides a physical qubit with potential advantages over previously researched qubits. In this context we show several initial demonstrations of devices, such as a low-threshold microdisk laser and an indistinguishable single photon source. Additionally we demonstrate the realization of a controllable three-level-system qubit consisting of a single Fluorine donor in a ZnSe nano-pillar, which provides an optical accessible single electon spin qubit.

  16. Improved Exciton Dissociation at Semiconducting Polymer:ZnO Donor:Acceptor Interfaces via Nitrogen Doping of ZnO

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    Musselman, Kevin P; Albert-Seifried, Sebastian; Hoye, Robert L Z; Sadhanala, Aditya; Muñoz-Rojas, David; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Friend, Richard H

    2014-01-01

    Exciton dissociation at the zinc oxide/poly(3-hexylthiophene) (ZnO/P3HT) interface as a function of nitrogen doping of the zinc oxide, which decreases the electron concentration from approximately 1019 cm−3 to 1017 cm−3, is reported. Exciton dissociation and device photocurrent are strongly improved with nitrogen doping. This improved dissociation of excitons in the conjugated polymer is found to result from enhanced light-induced de-trapping of electrons from the surface of the nitrogen-doped ZnO. The ability to improve the surface properties of ZnO by introducing a simple nitrogen dopant has general applicability. PMID:25520604

  17. Electric field distribution and exciton recombination line shape in GaAs

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    Schuster, J.; Kim, T. Y.; Batke, E.; Reuter, D.; Wieck, A. D.

    2016-05-01

    We studied the photoluminescence line shapes of free and bound excitons in a n-modulation doped {{Al}}1-x{{Ga}}x{As}-GaAs heterostructure with linearly increasing electric field in the p-doped buffer. At small laser excitation power the line shapes of the neutral donor bound and free excitons deviate strongly from a simple Lorentzian, whereas the neutral acceptor bound exciton is not obviously affected. Asymmetric lines of sawtooth-type form are observed for the donor bound and the free exciton. The line asymmetry could be traced back to the field dependent exciton binding energy and the field distribution in our heterostructure. A simple analytical model can account for the field dependent line shapes and a fit to the experimental lines gives a satisfactory agreement.

  18. Charge Transfer Excitons at van der Waals Interfaces.

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    Zhu, Xiaoyang; Monahan, Nicholas R; Gong, Zizhou; Zhu, Haiming; Williams, Kristopher W; Nelson, Cory A

    2015-07-01

    The van der Waals interfaces of molecular donor/acceptor or graphene-like two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors are central to concepts and emerging technologies of light-electricity interconversion. Examples include, among others, solar cells, photodetectors, and light emitting diodes. A salient feature in both types of van der Waals interfaces is the poorly screened Coulomb potential that can give rise to bound electron-hole pairs across the interface, i.e., charge transfer (CT) or interlayer excitons. Here we address common features of CT excitons at both types of interfaces. We emphasize the competition between localization and delocalization in ensuring efficient charge separation. At the molecular donor/acceptor interface, electronic delocalization in real space can dictate charge carrier separation. In contrast, at the 2D semiconductor heterojunction, delocalization in momentum space due to strong exciton binding may assist in parallel momentum conservation in CT exciton formation. PMID:26001297

  19. The FX iron-sulfur cluster serves as the terminal bound electron acceptor in heliobacterial reaction centers.

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    Romberger, Steven P; Golbeck, John H

    2012-03-01

    Phototrophs of the family Heliobacteriaceae contain the simplest known Type I reaction center (RC), consisting of a homodimeric (PshA)(2) core devoid of bound cytochromes and antenna proteins. Unlike plant and cyanobacterial Photosystem I in which the F(A)/F(B) protein, PsaC, is tightly bound to P(700)-F(X) cores, the RCs of Heliobacterium modesticaldum contain two F(A)/F(B) proteins, PshBI and PshBII, which are loosely bound to P(800)-F(X) cores. These two 2[4Fe-4S] ferredoxins have been proposed to function as mobile redox proteins, reducing downstream metabolic partners much in the same manner as does [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin or flavodoxin (Fld) in PS I. Using P(800)-F(X) cores devoid of PshBI and PshBII, we show that iron-sulfur cluster F(X) directly reduces Fld without the involvement of F(A) or F(B) (Fld is used as a proxy for soluble redox proteins even though a gene encoding Fld is not identified in the H. modesticaldum genome). The reduction of Fld is suppressed by the addition of PshBI or PshBII, an effect explained by competition for the electron on F(X). In contrast, P(700)-F(X) cores require the presence of the PsaC, and hence, the F(A)/F(B) clusters for Fld (or ferredoxin) reduction. Thus, in H. modesticaldum, the interpolypeptide F(X) cluster serves as the terminal bound electron acceptor. This finding implies that the homodimeric (PshA)(2) cores should be capable of donating electrons to a wide variety of yet-to-be characterized soluble redox partners. PMID:22297911

  20. Generation of Nitrogen Acceptors in ZnO using Pulse Thermal Processing

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    Xu, Jun; Ott, Ronald D; Sabau, Adrian S; Pan, Zhengwei; Xiu, Faxian; Liu, Jilin; Erie, Jean-Marie; Norton, David P

    2008-01-01

    Bipolar doping in wide bandgap semiconductors is difficult to achieve under equilibrium conditions because of the spontaneous formation of compensating defects and unfavorable energetics for dopant substitution. In this work, we explored the use of rapid pulse thermal processing for activating nitrogen dopants into acceptor states in ZnO. Low-temperature photoluminescence spectra revealed both acceptor-bound exciton (A{sup 0}X) and donor-acceptor pair emissions, which present direct evidence for acceptors generated after pulse thermal processing of nitrogen-doped ZnO. This work suggests that pulse thermal processing is potentially an effective method for p-type doping of ZnO.

  1. Recombination dynamics of a localized exciton bound at basal stacking faults within the m-plane ZnO film

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    Yang, S.; Liu, W.-R.; Hsu, H. C. E-mail: wfhsieh@mail.nctu.edu.tw; Lin, B. H.; Hsu, C.-H.; Kuo, C. C.; Hsieh, W. F. E-mail: wfhsieh@mail.nctu.edu.tw; Eriksson, M. O.; Holtz, P. O.

    2014-07-07

    We investigated the carrier dynamics near basal stacking faults (BSFs) in m-plane ZnO epitaxial film. The behaviors of the type-II quantum wells related to the BSFs are verified through time-resolved and time-integrated photoluminescence. The decay time of the emission of BSFs is observed to have a higher power law value and longer decay time than the emission of the donor-bound excitons. The spectral-dependent decay times reveal a phenomenon of carriers migrating among band tail states, which are related to the spatial distribution of the type-II quantum wells formed by the BSFs. A high density of excited carriers leads to a band bending effect, which in turn causes a blue-shift of the emission peak of BSFs with a broadened distribution of band tail states.

  2. Using bound exciton transitions to optically resolve neutral donor hyperfine states of various donor species in Silicon-28

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    Salvail, Jeff; Dluhy, Phillip; Saeedi, Kamyar; Szech, Michael; Riemann, Helge; Abromisov, Nikolai; Becker, Peter; Pohl, Hans-Joachim; Thewalt, Michael

    2014-03-01

    Phosphorus in silicon is established as a promising resource for use in quantum information processing tasks. The neutral donor hyperfine states have been shown to have record long coherence times, high fidelity gates via RF pulses, and projective readout via optical bound exciton transitions. As Shannon's theory of information tells us, we can process more information in an alphabet of more symbols, so there is motivation to look at donors with higher nuclear spin than the I = 1 / 2 of 31P, which provide access to Hilbert spaces of dimension greater than two. In this talk I will describe optical studies of the donors 75As (I = 3 / 2), 121Sb (I = 5 / 2), and 209Bi (I = 9 / 2) in 28Si.

  3. Bound states and quantization of screening in the Wannier-Mott excitons

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    Makowski, Adam J.

    2011-02-15

    The problem of validity of the simple relation {lambda}=(n+2l)(n+2l+1) between the screening length {lambda} and the number of bound states in the Stern-Howard potential is discussed and the results are compared with those obtained for some potential with the same limiting behavior as the former one. The main conclusion of the present study is that the above relation does not hold for the Stern-Howard potential but most likely it is very close to an unknown relation to be discovered for the potential.

  4. Optical Characterization of Strong UV Luminescence Emitted from the Excitonic Edge of Nickel Oxide Nanotowers

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Kuo, Yi-Ming; Chan, Ching-Hsiang; Ma, Yuan-Ron

    2015-01-01

    NiO had been claimed to have the potential for application in transparent conducting oxide, electrochromic device for light control, and nonvolatile memory device. However, the detailed study of excitonic transition and light-emission property of NiO has rarely been explored to date. In this work, we demonstrate strong exciton-complex emission of high-quality NiO nanotowers grown by hot-filament metal-oxide vapor deposition with photoluminescence as an evaluation tool. Fine and clear emission features coming from the excitonic edge of the NiO are obviously observed in the photoluminescence spectra. A main excitonic emission of ~3.25 eV at 300 K can be decomposed into free exciton, bound excitons, and donor-acceptor-pair irradiations at lowered temperatures down to 10 K. The band-edge excitonic structure for the NiO nanocrystals has been evaluated and analyzed by transmission and thermoreflectacne measurements herein. All the experimental results demonstrate the cubic NiO thin-film nanotower is an applicable direct-band-gap material appropriate for UV luminescence and transparent-conducting-oxide applications. PMID:26506907

  5. Photoconductivity in donor-acceptor heterojunction organic photovoltaics

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    Renshaw, C. K.; Zimmerman, J. D.; Lassiter, B. E.; Forrest, S. R.

    2012-08-01

    Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) differ from ideal inorganic solar cells due to their pronounced voltage dependence under reverse bias. This feature is commonly modeled in an ad hoc fashion by including a parallel junction resistance (Rp) that bypasses the heterojunction energy barrier between donor and acceptor. The existence of a finite Rp has variously been attributed to rough interfaces, pinhole defects, or to the electric field dependence of the dissociation of polaron pairs that are bound at the heterojunction. Here we show that the voltage dependence of the photocurrent can also arise from photoconductivity resulting from exciton generation followed by dissociation into free polarons within the bulk of the donor and acceptor layers. The presence of photoconductivity of the active layers does not result in an increase in power conversion efficiency, and places a constraint on the maximum fill factor that can be achieved in an OPV cell.

  6. Singlet exciton fission photovoltaics.

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    Lee, Jiye; Jadhav, Priya; Reusswig, Philip D; Yost, Shane R; Thompson, Nicholas J; Congreve, Daniel N; Hontz, Eric; Van Voorhis, Troy; Baldo, Marc A

    2013-06-18

    Singlet exciton fission, a process that generates two excitons from a single photon, is perhaps the most efficient of the various multiexciton-generation processes studied to date, offering the potential to increase the efficiency of solar devices. But its unique characteristic, splitting a photogenerated singlet exciton into two dark triplet states, means that the empty absorption region between the singlet and triplet excitons must be filled by adding another material that captures low-energy photons. This has required the development of specialized device architectures. In this Account, we review work to develop devices that harness the theoretical benefits of singlet exciton fission. First, we discuss singlet fission in the archetypal material, pentacene. Pentacene-based photovoltaic devices typically show high external and internal quantum efficiencies. They have enabled researchers to characterize fission, including yield and the impact of competing loss processes, within functional devices. We review in situ probes of singlet fission that modulate the photocurrent using a magnetic field. We also summarize studies of the dissociation of triplet excitons into charge at the pentacene-buckyball (C60) donor-acceptor interface. Multiple independent measurements confirm that pentacene triplet excitons can dissociate at the C60 interface despite their relatively low energy. Because triplet excitons produced by singlet fission each have no more than half the energy of the original photoexcitation, they limit the potential open circuit voltage within a solar cell. Thus, if singlet fission is to increase the overall efficiency of a solar cell and not just double the photocurrent at the cost of halving the voltage, it is necessary to also harvest photons in the absorption gap between the singlet and triplet energies of the singlet fission material. We review two device architectures that attempt this using long-wavelength materials: a three-layer structure that uses

  7. Size dependence of the polarizability and Haynes rule for an exciton bound to an ionized donor in a single spherical quantum dot

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    Feddi, E. Zouitine, A.; Oukerroum, A.; Zazoui, M.; Dujardin, F.; Assaid, E.

    2015-02-14

    We study the effect of an external electric field on an exciton bound to an ionized donor (D{sup +}, X) confined in a spherical quantum dot using a perturbative-variational method where the wave function and energy are developed in series of powers of the electric field strength. After testing this new approach in the determination of the band gap for some semiconductor materials, we generalize it to the case of (D{sup +}, X) in the presence of the electric field and for several materials ZnO, PbSe, and InAs, with significant values of the mass ratio. Three interesting results can be deduced: First, we show that the present method allows to determine the ground state energy in the presence of a weak electric field in a simple way (E = E{sub 0} − αf{sup 2}) using the energy without electric field E{sub 0} and the polarizability α. The second point is that our theoretical predictions show that the polarizability of (D{sup +}, X) varies proportionally to R{sup 3.5} and follows an ordering α{sub D{sup 0}}<α{sub X}<α{sub (D{sup +},X)}. The last point to highlight is that the Haynes rule remains valid even in the presence of a weak electric field.

  8. The quadratic Zeeman effect used for state-radius determination in neutral donors and donor bound excitons in Si:P

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    Litvinenko, K. L.; Li, Juerong; Stavrias, N.; Meaney, A. J.; Christianen, P. C. M.; Engelkamp, H.; Homewood, K. P.; Pidgeon, C. R.; Murdin, B. N.

    2016-04-01

    We have measured the near-infrared photoluminescence spectrum of phosphorus doped silicon (Si:P) and extracted the donor-bound exciton (D0X) energy at magnetic fields up to 28 T. At high field the Zeeman effect is strongly nonlinear because of the diamagnetic shift, also known as the quadratic Zeeman effect (QZE). The magnitude of the QZE is determined by the spatial extent of the wave-function. High field data allows us to extract values for the radius of the neutral donor (D0) ground state, and the light and heavy hole D0X states, all with more than an order of magnitude better precision than previous work. Good agreement was found between the experimental state radius and an effective mass model for D0. The D0X results are much more surprising, and the radius of the m J = ±3/2 heavy hole is found to be larger than that of the m J = ±1/2 light hole.

  9. Mg acceptors in GaN: Dependence of the /g-anisotropy on the doping concentration

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    Hofmann, Detlev M.; Burkhardt, Wolfgang; Leiter, Frank; Walter von Förster; Alves, Helder; Hofstaetter, Albrecht; Meyer, Bruno K.; Romanov, Nikolai G.; Amano, Hiroshi; Akasaki, Isamu

    1999-12-01

    Mg acceptors in GaN epitaxial layers grown by metal-organic vapour-phase epitaxy were investigated by optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) spectroscopy. The magnetic resonances were detected on the magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) of the acceptor bound exciton (Mg0X) in the near bandgap region, and in the infrared spectral range on the MCD of the hole ionisation transition Mg0+hν→Mg-+hVB. The observed g-values of the Mg0 acceptors range for g|| from 2.102 to 2.065 and for g⊥ from 1.94 to 2.00, respectively. These variations depend on the Mg doping concentration.

  10. Theoretical study on the cooperative exciton dissociation process based on dimensional and hot charge-transfer state effects in an organic photocell

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    Shimazaki, Tomomi; Nakajima, Takahito

    2016-06-01

    This paper discusses the exciton dissociation process at the donor-acceptor interface in organic photocells. In our previous study, we introduced a local temperature to handle the hot charge-transfer (CT) state and calculated the exciton dissociation probability based on the 1D organic semiconductor model [T. Shimazaki and T. Nakajima, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 12538 (2015)]. Although the hot CT state plays an essential role in exciton dissociations, the probabilities calculated are not high enough to efficiently separate bound electron-hole pairs. This paper focuses on the dimensional (entropy) effect together with the hot CT state effect and shows that cooperative behavior between both effects can improve the exciton dissociation process. In addition, we discuss cooperative effects with site-disorders and external-electric-fields.

  11. Ligand-bound Structures and Site-directed Mutagenesis Identify the Acceptor and Secondary Binding Sites of Streptomyces coelicolor Maltosyltransferase GlgE*

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    Syson, Karl; Stevenson, Clare E. M.; Miah, Farzana; Barclay, J. Elaine; Tang, Minhong; Gorelik, Andrii; Rashid, Abdul M.; Lawson, David M.; Bornemann, Stephen

    2016-01-01

    GlgE is a maltosyltransferase involved in α-glucan biosynthesis in bacteria that has been genetically validated as a target for tuberculosis therapies. Crystals of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis enzyme diffract at low resolution so most structural studies have been with the very similar Streptomyces coelicolor GlgE isoform 1. Although the donor binding site for α-maltose 1-phosphate had been previously structurally defined, the acceptor site had not. Using mutagenesis, kinetics, and protein crystallography of the S. coelicolor enzyme, we have now identified the +1 to +6 subsites of the acceptor/product, which overlap with the known cyclodextrin binding site. The sugar residues in the acceptor subsites +1 to +5 are oriented such that they disfavor the binding of malto-oligosaccharides that bear branches at their 6-positions, consistent with the known acceptor chain specificity of GlgE. A secondary binding site remote from the catalytic center was identified that is distinct from one reported for the M. tuberculosis enzyme. This new site is capable of binding a branched α-glucan and is most likely involved in guiding acceptors toward the donor site because its disruption kinetically compromises the ability of GlgE to extend polymeric substrates. However, disruption of this site, which is conserved in the Streptomyces venezuelae GlgE enzyme, did not affect the growth of S. venezuelae or the structure of the polymeric product. The acceptor subsites +1 to +4 in the S. coelicolor enzyme are well conserved in the M. tuberculosis enzyme so their identification could help inform the design of inhibitors with therapeutic potential. PMID:27531751

  12. DNA-mediated excitonic upconversion FRET switching

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    Kellis, Donald L.; Rehn, Sarah M.; Cannon, Brittany L.; Davis, Paul H.; Graugnard, Elton; Lee, Jeunghoon; Yurke, Bernard; Knowlton, William B.

    2015-11-17

    Excitonics is a rapidly expanding field of nanophotonics in which the harvesting of photons, ensuing creation and transport of excitons via Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET), and subsequent charge separation or photon emission has led to the demonstration of excitonic wires, switches, Boolean logic and light harvesting antennas for many applications. FRET funnels excitons down an energy gradient resulting in energy loss with each step along the pathway. Conversely, excitonic energy up conversion via up conversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), although currently inefficient, serves as an energy ratchet to boost the exciton energy. Although FRET-based up conversion has been demonstrated, it suffers from low FRET efficiency and lacks the ability to modulate the FRET. We have engineered an up conversion FRET-based switch by combining lanthanide-doped UCNPs and fluorophores that demonstrates excitonic energy up conversion by nearly a factor of 2, an excited state donor to acceptor FRET efficiency of nearly 25%, and an acceptor fluorophore quantum efficiency that is close to unity. These findings offer a promising path for energy up conversion in nanophotonic applications including artificial light harvesting, excitonic circuits, photovoltaics, nanomedicine, and optoelectronics.

  13. DNA-mediated excitonic upconversion FRET switching

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    Kellis, Donald L.; Rehn, Sarah M.; Cannon, Brittany L.; Davis, Paul H.; Graugnard, Elton; Lee, Jeunghoon; Yurke, Bernard; Knowlton, William B.

    2015-11-17

    Excitonics is a rapidly expanding field of nanophotonics in which the harvesting of photons, ensuing creation and transport of excitons via Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET), and subsequent charge separation or photon emission has led to the demonstration of excitonic wires, switches, Boolean logic and light harvesting antennas for many applications. FRET funnels excitons down an energy gradient resulting in energy loss with each step along the pathway. Conversely, excitonic energy up conversion via up conversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), although currently inefficient, serves as an energy ratchet to boost the exciton energy. Although FRET-based up conversion has been demonstrated, it suffersmore » from low FRET efficiency and lacks the ability to modulate the FRET. We have engineered an up conversion FRET-based switch by combining lanthanide-doped UCNPs and fluorophores that demonstrates excitonic energy up conversion by nearly a factor of 2, an excited state donor to acceptor FRET efficiency of nearly 25%, and an acceptor fluorophore quantum efficiency that is close to unity. These findings offer a promising path for energy up conversion in nanophotonic applications including artificial light harvesting, excitonic circuits, photovoltaics, nanomedicine, and optoelectronics.« less

  14. DNA-mediated excitonic upconversion FRET switching

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    Kellis, Donald L.; Rehn, Sarah M.; Cannon, Brittany L.; Davis, Paul H.; Graugnard, Elton; Lee, Jeunghoon; Yurke, Bernard; Knowlton, William B.

    2015-11-01

    Excitonics is a rapidly expanding field of nanophotonics in which the harvesting of photons, ensuing creation and transport of excitons via Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET), and subsequent charge separation or photon emission has led to the demonstration of excitonic wires, switches, Boolean logic and light harvesting antennas for many applications. FRET funnels excitons down an energy gradient resulting in energy loss with each step along the pathway. Conversely, excitonic energy upconversion via upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), although currently inefficient, serves as an energy ratchet to boost the exciton energy. Although FRET-based upconversion has been demonstrated, it suffers from low FRET efficiency and lacks the ability to modulate the FRET. We have engineered an upconversion FRET-based switch by combining lanthanide-doped UCNPs and fluorophores that demonstrates excitonic energy upconversion by nearly a factor of 2, an excited state donor to acceptor FRET efficiency of nearly 25%, and an acceptor fluorophore quantum efficiency that is close to unity. These findings offer a promising path for energy upconversion in nanophotonic applications including artificial light harvesting, excitonic circuits, photovoltaics, nanomedicine, and optoelectronics.

  15. Exciton Emission from Bare and Alq3/Gold Coated GaN Nanorods

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    Mohammadi, Fatemesadat; Kuhnert, Gerd; Hommel, Detlef; Schmitzer, Heidrun; Wagner, Hans-Peter

    We study the excitonic and impurity related emission in bare and aluminum quinoline (Alq3)/gold coated wurtzite GaN nanorods by temperature-dependent time-integrated (TI) and time-resolved (TR) photoluminescence (PL). The GaN nanorods were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Alq3 as well as Alq3/gold covered nanorods were synthesized by organic molecular beam deposition. In the near-band edge region a donor-bound-exciton (D0X) emission is observed at 3.473 eV. Another emission band at 3.275 eV reveals LO-phonon replica and is attributed to a donor-acceptor-pair (DAP) luminescence. TR PL traces at 20 K show a nearly biexponential decay for the D0X with lifetimes of approximately 180 and 800 ps for both bare and Alq3 coated nanorods. In GaN nanorods which were coated with an Alq3 film and subsequently with a 10 nm thick gold layer we observe a PL quenching of D0X and DAP band and the lifetimes of the D0X transition shorten. The quenching behaviour is partially attributed to the energy-transfer from free excitons and donor-bound-excitons to plasmon oscillations in the gold layer.

  16. Directing energy transport in organic photovoltaic cells using interfacial exciton gates.

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    Menke, S Matthew; Mullenbach, Tyler K; Holmes, Russell J

    2015-04-28

    Exciton transport in organic semiconductors is a critical, mediating process in many optoelectronic devices. Often, the diffusive and subdiffusive nature of excitons in these systems can limit device performance, motivating the development of strategies to direct exciton transport. In this work, directed exciton transport is achieved with the incorporation of exciton permeable interfaces. These interfaces introduce a symmetry-breaking imbalance in exciton energy transfer, leading to directed motion. Despite their obvious utility for enhanced exciton harvesting in organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs), the emergent properties of these interfaces are as yet uncharacterized. Here, directed exciton transport is conclusively demonstrated in both dilute donor and energy-cascade OPVs where judicious optimization of the interface allows exciton transport to the donor-acceptor heterojunction to occur considerably faster than when relying on simple diffusion. Generalized systems incorporating multiple exciton permeable interfaces are also explored, demonstrating the ability to further harness this phenomenon and expeditiously direct exciton motion, overcoming the diffusive limit.

  17. Phosphorous doped ZnO nanowires: acceptor-related cathodoluminescence and p-type conducting FET-characteristics

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    Cao, B. Q.; Lorenz, M.; von Wenckstern, H.; Czekalla, C.; Brandt, M.; Lenzner, J.; Benndorf, G.; Biehne, G.; Grundmann, M.

    2008-02-01

    Phosphorous-doped ZnO (ZnO:P) nanowires were prepared by a high-pressure pulsed laser deposition process. To extend the size range of available wires, μm-thick ZnO:P microwires were grown additionally by a direct carbothermal deposition process. Low-temperature cathodoluminescence of single ZnO:P nanowires grown by both processes exhibit characteristic phosphorus acceptor-related peaks: neutral acceptor-bound exciton emission ((A 0, X), 3.356 eV), free-electron to neutral-acceptor emission ((e, A 0), 3.314 eV), and donor-to-acceptor pair emission (DAP, ~3.24 and ~3.04 eV). This proves that stable phosphorus acceptor levels have been induced into the ZnO:P nano- and microwires. From the quantitative evaluation of the spectroscopic features we deduct an acceptor binding energy of 122 meV. The ZnO:P microwires were used as channels in bottom-gate field effect transistors (FET) built on Si substrates with SiO II gate oxide. The electrical FET-characteristics of several wires show reproducibly clear qualitative indication for p-type conductivity for variation of gate voltage. This behavior is opposite to that of nominally undoped, n-type conducting wires investigated for comparison. The p-type conductivity was found to be stable over more than six months.

  18. Ultrafast exciton dynamics at molecular surfaces

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    Monahan, Nicholas R.

    Further improvements to device performance are necessary to make solar energy conversion a compelling alternative to fossil fuels. Singlet exciton fission and charge separation are two processes that can heavily influence the power conversion efficiency of a solar cell. During exciton fission one singlet excitation converts into two triplet excitons, potentially doubling the photocurrent generated by higher energy photons. There is significant discord over the singlet fission mechanism and of particular interest is whether the process involves a multiexciton intermediate state. I used time-resolved two-photon photoemission to investigate singlet fission in hexacene thin films, a model system with strong electronic coupling. My results indicate that a multiexciton state forms within 40 fs of photoexcitation and loses singlet character on a 280 fs timescale, creating two triplet excitons. This is concordant with the transient absorption spectra of hexacene single crystals and definitively proves that exciton fission in hexacene proceeds through a multiexciton state. This state is likely common to all strongly-coupled systems and my results suggest that a reassessment of the generally-accepted singlet fission mechanism is required. Charge separation is the process of splitting neutral excitons into carriers that occurs at donor-acceptor heterojunctions in organic solar cells. Although this process is essential for device functionality, there are few compelling explanations for why it is highly efficient in certain organic photovoltaic systems. To investigate the charge separation process, I used the model system of charge transfer excitons at hexacene surfaces and time-resolved two-photon photoemission. Charge transfer excitons with sufficient energy spontaneously delocalize, growing from about 14 nm to over 50 nm within 200 fs. Entropy drives this delocalization, as the density of states within the Coulomb potential increases significantly with energy. This charge

  19. Exciton management in organic photovoltaic multidonor energy cascades.

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    Griffith, Olga L; Forrest, Stephen R

    2014-05-14

    Multilayer donor regions in organic photovoltaics show improved power conversion efficiency when arranged in decreasing exciton energy order from the anode to the acceptor interface. These so-called "energy cascades" drive exciton transfer from the anode to the dissociating interface while reducing exciton quenching and allowing improved overlap with the solar spectrum. Here we investigate the relative importance of exciton transfer and blocking in a donor cascade employing diphenyltetracene (D1), rubrene (D2), and tetraphenyldibenzoperiflanthene (D3) whose optical gaps monotonically decrease from D1 to D3. In this structure, D1 blocks excitons from quenching at the anode, D2 accepts transfer of excitons from D1 and blocks excitons at the interface between D2 and D3, and D3 contributes the most to the photocurrent due to its strong absorption at visible wavelengths, while also determining the open circuit voltage. We observe singlet exciton Förster transfer from D1 to D2 to D3 consistent with cascade operation. The power conversion efficiency of the optimized cascade OPV with a C60 acceptor layer is 7.1 ± 0.4%, which is significantly higher than bilayer devices made with only the individual donors. We develop a quantitative model to identify the dominant exciton processes that govern the photocurrent generation in multilayer organic structures. PMID:24702468

  20. Effects of size restriction on donor-acceptor recombination in AgBr

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    Rodney, Paul J.; Marchetti, Alfred P.; Fauchet, Philippe M.

    2000-08-01

    The behavior of donor-acceptor (DA) recombination luminescence in quantum confined AgBr has been investigated. The DA luminescence decay, after pulsed excitation, became longer lived as the nanocluster size decreased. This result differs from theoretical expectations and from observations with AgI nanoclusters. The DA lifetime increase with decreasing size is due to an increase in yield and lifetime of ``free'' excitons that slowly dissociate into ``close'' donor-acceptor pairs, giving rise to an ``exciton dribbling'' effect.

  1. Nanosecond intersystem crossing times in fullerene acceptors: implications for organic photovoltaic diodes.

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    Chow, Philip C Y; Albert-Seifried, Sebastian; Gélinas, Simon; Friend, Richard H

    2014-07-23

    Triplet-exciton formation through intersystem crossing of photogenerated singlet excitons in fullerene acceptors can compete with charge generation in organic photovoltaic diodes. This article reports the intersystem crossing timescale (τISC ) of the most commonly used fullerene acceptors, PC60 BM and PC70 BM, in solutions and in spin-coated films. These times are on the nanosecond timescale, and are longer than the characteristic times for charge generation (τd ).

  2. Subnanosecond control of excitons in coupled quantum well nanostructures: Photonic storage and Exciton Conveyer devices

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    Winbow, Alexander Graham

    Indirect excitons in GaAs coupled quantum well nanostructures are a versatile system for fundamental study of cold neutral bosonic gases and demonstration of novel optoelectronic devices based on excitons --- a bound electron--hole pair --- rather than electrons. Indirect exciton lifetimes range from nanoseconds to microseconds and cool rapidly after photoexcitation to the lattice temperature. Lithographically-patterned electrodes enable design of potential energy landscapes, and both energy and lifetime can be controlled in situ, rapidly, on timescales much shorter than the exciton lifetime. Such intrinsically optoelectronic devices can operate at speeds relevant to optical networks, and later be fabricated in other semiconductors for higher-temperature operation. Two different kinds of devices are demonstrated: Photon storage --- an optical memory --- with 250 ps rise time of the readout optical signal and storage time reaching microseconds was implemented with indirect excitons in CQW. The storage and release of photons was controlled by the gate voltage pulse, and the transient processes in the CQW studied by measuring the kinetics of the exciton emission spectra. This control of excitons on timescales much shorter than the exciton lifetime demonstrates the feasibility of studying excitons in in situ controlled electrostatic traps. The Exciton Conveyer is a laterally moving electrostatic lattice potential for actively transporting excitons. Generated by laterally modulated electrodes, the potential velocity and depth are controlled in situ by frequency and voltage. We observed exciton transport characterized by average exciton cloud spatial extension over several tens of microns, and observed dynamical localization--delocalization transitions for the excitons in the conveyer: In the localization regime of deeper potentials and moderate exciton density, excitons are moved by the conveyer; in the delocalized regime of shallower lattice potential or high exciton

  3. Theory of core excitons

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    Dow, J. D.; Hjalmarson, H. P.; Sankey, O. F.; Allen, R. E.; Buettner, H.

    1980-01-01

    The observation of core excitons with binding energies much larger than those of the valence excitons in the same material has posed a long-standing theoretical problem. A proposed solution to this problem is presented, and Frenkel excitons and Wannier excitons are shown to coexist naturally in a single material. (GHT)

  4. Observations of exciton and carrier spin relaxation in Be doped p-type GaAs

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    Asaka, Naohiro; Harasawa, Ryo; Tackeuchi, Atsushi; Lu, Shulong; Dai, Pan

    2014-03-17

    We have investigated the exciton and carrier spin relaxation in Be-doped p-type GaAs. Time-resolved spin-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements revealed spin relaxation behaviors between 10 and 100 K. Two PL peaks were observed at 1.511 eV (peak 1) and 1.497 eV (peak 2) at 10 K, and are attributed to the recombination of excitons bound to neutral Be acceptors (peak 1) and the band-to-acceptor transition (peak 2). The spin relaxation times of both PL peaks were measured to be 1.3–3.1 ns at 10–100 K, and found to originate from common electron spin relaxation. The observed existence of a carrier density dependence of the spin relaxation time at 10–77 K indicates that the Bir-Aronov-Pikus process is the dominant spin relaxation mechanism.

  5. Exciton-dominant electroluminescence from a diode of monolayer MoS{sub 2}

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    Ye, Yu; Ye, Ziliang; Gharghi, Majid; Zhu, Hanyu; Wang, Yuan; Zhao, Mervin; Yin, Xiaobo; Zhang, Xiang

    2014-05-12

    In two-dimensional monolayer MoS{sub 2}, excitons dominate the absorption and emission properties. However, the low electroluminescent efficiency and signal-to-noise ratio limit our understanding of the excitonic behavior of electroluminescence. Here, we study the microscopic origin of the electroluminescence from a diode of monolayer MoS{sub 2} fabricated on a heavily p-type doped silicon substrate. Direct and bound-exciton related recombination processes are identified from the electroluminescence. At a high electron-hole pair injection rate, Auger recombination of the exciton-exciton annihilation of the bound exciton emission is observed at room temperature. Moreover, the efficient electrical injection demonstrated here allows for the observation of a higher energy exciton peak of 2.255 eV in the monolayer MoS{sub 2} diode, attributed to the excited exciton state of a direct-exciton transition.

  6. Microscopic theories of excitons and their dynamics

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    Berkelbach, Timothy C.

    This thesis describes the development and application of microscopically-defined theories of excitons in a wide range of semiconducting materials. In Part I, I consider the topic of singlet exciton fission, an organic photophysical process which generates two spin-triplet excitons from one photoexcited spin-singlet exciton. I construct a theoretical framework that couples a realistic treatment of the static electronic structure with finite-temperature quantum relaxation techniques. This framework is applied separately, but consistently, to the problems of singlet fission in pentacene dimers, crystalline pentacene, and crystalline hexacene. Through this program, I am able to rationalize observed behaviors and make non-trivial predictions, some of which have been confirmed by experiment. In Part II, I present theoretical developments on the properties of neutral excitons and charged excitons (trions) in atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides. This work includes an examination of material trends in exciton binding energies via an effective mass approach. I also present an experimental and theoretical collaboration, which links the unconventional disposition of excitons in the Rydberg series to the peculiar screening properties of atomically thin materials. The light-matter coupling in these materials is examined within low-energy models and is shown to give rise to bright and dark exciton states, which can be qualitatively labeled in analogy with the hydrogen series. In Part III, I explore theories of relaxation dynamics in condensed phase environments, with a focus on methodology development. This work is aimed towards biological processes, including resonant energy transfer in chromophore complexes and electron transfer in donor-bridge-acceptor systems. Specifically, I present a collaborative development of a numerically efficient but highly accurate hybrid approach to reduced dynamics, which exploits a partitioning of environmental degrees of freedom into

  7. Fundamental processes of exciton scattering at organic solar-cell interfaces: One-dimensional model calculation

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    Masugata, Yoshimitsu; Iizuka, Hideyuki; Sato, Kosuke; Nakayama, Takashi

    2016-08-01

    Fundamental processes of exciton scattering at organic solar-cell interfaces were studied using a one-dimensional tight-binding model and by performing a time-evolution simulation of electron–hole pair wave packets. We found the fundamental features of exciton scattering: the scattering promotes not only the dissociation of excitons and the generation of interface-bound (charge-transferred) excitons but also the transmission and reflection of excitons depending on the electron and hole interface offsets. In particular, the dissociation increases in a certain region of an interface offset, while the transmission shows resonances with higher-energy bound-exciton and interface bound-exciton states. We also studied the effects of carrier-transfer and potential modulations at the interface and the scattering of charged excitons, and we found trap dissociations where one of the carriers is trapped around the interface after the dissociation.

  8. Vertically coupled dipolar exciton molecules

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    Cohen, Kobi; Khodas, Maxim; Laikhtman, Boris; Santos, Paulo V.; Rapaport, Ronen

    2016-06-01

    While the interaction potential between two dipoles residing in a single plane is repulsive, in a system of two vertically adjacent layers of dipoles it changes from repulsive interaction in the long range to attractive interaction in the short range. Here we show that for dipolar excitons in semiconductor heterostructures, such a potential may give rise to bound states if two such excitons are excited in two separate layers, leading to the formation of vertically coupled dipolar exciton molecules. Our calculations prove the existence of such bound states and predict their binding energy as a function of the layers separation as well as their thermal distributions. We show that these molecules should be observed in realistic systems such as semiconductor coupled quantum well structures and the more recent van der Waals bound heterostructures. Formation of such molecules can lead to new effects such as a collective dipolar drag between layers and new forms of multiparticle correlations, as well as to the study of dipolar molecular dynamics in a controlled system.

  9. Theory of Primary Photoexcitations in Donor-Acceptor Copolymers

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    Aryanpour, Karan; Dutta, Tirthankar; Huynh, Uyen N. V.; Vardeny, Zeev Valy; Mazumdar, Sumit

    2015-12-01

    We present a generic theory of primary photoexcitations in low band gap donor-acceptor conjugated copolymers. Because of the combined effects of strong electron correlations and broken symmetry, there is considerable mixing between a charge-transfer exciton and an energetically proximate triplet-triplet state with an overall spin singlet. The triplet-triplet state, optically forbidden in homopolymers, is allowed in donor-acceptor copolymers. For an intermediate difference in electron affinities of the donor and the acceptor, the triplet-triplet state can have a stronger oscillator strength than the charge-transfer exciton. We discuss the possibility of intramolecular singlet fission from the triplet-triplet state, and how such fission can be detected experimentally.

  10. Bound Polaron Pair Formation in Poly (phenylenevinylenes)

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    Rothberg, Lewis

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * PHOTOGENERATED YIELD OF SINGLET EXCITONS * AGGREGRATION EFFECTS ON EXCITED STATE PHOTO-GENERATION * ASSIGNMENT TO BOUND POLARON PAIRS AND DISCUSSION * PROBLEMS WITH THE BOUND POLARON PAIR PICTURE AND CONCLUSION * REFERENCES

  11. Excitons in boron nitride single layer

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    Galvani, Thomas; Paleari, Fulvio; Miranda, Henrique P. C.; Molina-Sánchez, Alejandro; Wirtz, Ludger; Latil, Sylvain; Amara, Hakim; Ducastelle, François

    2016-09-01

    Boron nitride single layer belongs to the family of two-dimensional materials whose optical properties are currently receiving considerable attention. Strong excitonic effects have already been observed in the bulk and still stronger effects are predicted for single layers. We present here a detailed study of these properties by combining ab initio calculations and a tight-binding Wannier analysis in both real and reciprocal space. Due to the simplicity of the band structure with single valence (π ) and conduction (π*) bands the tight-binding analysis becomes quasiquantitative with only two adjustable parameters and provides tools for a detailed analysis of the exciton properties. Strong deviations from the usual hydrogenic model are evidenced. The ground-state exciton is not a genuine Frenkel exciton, but a very localized tightly bound one. The other ones are similar to those found in transition-metal dichalcogenides and, although more localized, can be described within a Wannier-Mott scheme.

  12. Organic photosensitive cells having a reciprocal-carrier exciton blocking layer

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    Rand, Barry P.; Forrest, Stephen R.; Thompson, Mark E.

    2007-06-12

    A photosensitive cell includes an anode and a cathode; a donor-type organic material and an acceptor-type organic material forming a donor-acceptor junction connected between the anode and the cathode; and an exciton blocking layer connected between the acceptor-type organic material of the donor-acceptor junction and the cathode, the blocking layer consisting essentially of a material that has a hole mobility of at least 10.sup.-7 cm.sup.2/V-sec or higher, where a HOMO of the blocking layer is higher than or equal to a HOMO of the acceptor-type material.

  13. Associative Memory Acceptors.

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    Card, Roger

    The properties of an associative memory are examined in this paper from the viewpoint of automata theory. A device called an associative memory acceptor is studied under real-time operation. The family "L" of languages accepted by real-time associative memory acceptors is shown to properly contain the family of languages accepted by one-tape,…

  14. Bias activated dielectric response of excitons and excitonic Mott transition in quantum confined lasers structures.

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    Bhunia, Amit; Bansal, Kanika; Datta, Shouvik; Alshammari, Marzook S.; Henini, Mohamed

    In contrast to the widely reported optical techniques, there are hardly any investigations on corresponding electrical signatures of condensed matter physics of excitonic phenomena. We studied small signal steady state capacitance response in III-V materials based multi quantum well (AlGaInP) and MBE grown quantum dot (InGaAs) laser diodes to identify signatures of excitonic presence. Conductance activation by forward bias was probed using frequency dependent differential capacitance response (fdC/df), which changes characteristically with the onset of light emission indicating the occurrence of negative activation energy. Our analysis shows that it is connected with a steady state population of exciton like bound states. Calculated average energy of this bound state matches well with the binding energy of weakly confined excitons in this type of structures. Further increase in charge injection decreases the differential capacitive response in AlGaInP based diodes, indicating a gradual Mott transition of excitonic states into electron hole plasma. This electrical description of excitonic Mott transition is fully supplemented by standard optical spectroscopic signatures of band gap renormalization and phase space filling effects.

  15. Excitons in the optical properties of nanotubes

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    Spataru, Catalin

    2006-03-01

    We present ab initio calculation of self-energy and electron-hole interaction (excitonic) effects on the optical spectra of single-walled carbon and BN nanotubes. We employed a many-electron Green's function approach that determines both the quasiparticle and optical excitations from first principles. We found important many-electron effects that explain many of the puzzling experimental findings in the optical spectrum of these quasi-one dimensional systems, and the calculated spectra are in excellent quantitative agreement with measurements. In carbon nanotubes, excitons can bind by as much as one eV in semiconducting nanotubes^a). We discovered that bound excitons also exist in metallic carbon nanotubes with binding energy of many tens of meVs^a). Excitonic effects are shown to be even more inportant in BN nanotubes than in carbon nanotubes. Unlike the carbon nanotubes, theory predicts that excitons in some BN nanotubes are comprised of coherent superposition of transitions from several different subband pairs^b). We have also calculated the radiative lifetime of excitons in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Assuming a thermal occupation of bright and dark exciton bands, we find an effective radiative lifetime of the order of 10 ns at room temperature, in good accord with recent experiments^c). a) C.D. Spataru, S. Ismail-Beigi, L.X. Benedict and S.G. Louie, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 077402 (2004). b) C.-H. Park, C.D. Spataru and S.G. Louie, to be published. c) C.D. Spataru, S. Ismail-Beigi, R.B. Capaz and S.G. Louie, in press Phys. Rev. Lett.

  16. Optically programmable excitonic traps

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    Alloing, Mathieu; Lemaître, Aristide; Galopin, Elisabeth; Dubin, François

    2013-01-01

    With atomic systems, optically programmed trapping potentials have led to remarkable progress in quantum optics and quantum information science. Programmable trapping potentials could have a similar impact on studies of semiconductor quasi-particles, particularly excitons. However, engineering such potentials inside a semiconductor heterostructure remains an outstanding challenge and optical techniques have not yet achieved a high degree of control. Here, we synthesize optically programmable trapping potentials for indirect excitons of bilayer heterostructures. Our approach relies on the injection and spatial patterning of charges trapped in a field-effect device. We thereby imprint in-situ and on-demand electrostatic traps into which we optically inject cold and dense ensembles of excitons. This technique creates new opportunities to improve state-of-the-art technologies for the study of collective quantum behavior of excitons and also for the functionalisation of emerging exciton-based opto-electronic circuits. PMID:23546532

  17. Probing excitonic dark states in single-layer tungsten disulphide

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    Ye, Ziliang; Cao, Ting; O'Brien, Kevin; Zhu, Hanyu; Yin, Xiaobo; Wang, Yuan; Louie, Steven G.; Zhang, Xiang

    2014-09-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) monolayers have recently emerged as an important class of two-dimensional semiconductors with potential for electronic and optoelectronic devices. Unlike semi-metallic graphene, layered TMDCs have a sizeable bandgap. More interestingly, when thinned down to a monolayer, TMDCs transform from indirect-bandgap to direct-bandgap semiconductors, exhibiting a number of intriguing optical phenomena such as valley-selective circular dichroism, doping-dependent charged excitons and strong photocurrent responses. However, the fundamental mechanism underlying such a strong light-matter interaction is still under intensive investigation. First-principles calculations have predicted a quasiparticle bandgap much larger than the measured optical gap, and an optical response dominated by excitonic effects. In particular, a recent study based on a GW plus Bethe-Salpeter equation (GW-BSE) approach, which employed many-body Green's-function methodology to address electron-electron and electron-hole interactions, theoretically predicted a diversity of strongly bound excitons. Here we report experimental evidence of a series of excitonic dark states in single-layer WS2 using two-photon excitation spectroscopy. In combination with GW-BSE theory, we prove that the excitons are of Wannier type, meaning that each exciton wavefunction extends over multiple unit cells, but with extraordinarily large binding energy (~0.7 electronvolts), leading to a quasiparticle bandgap of 2.7 electronvolts. These strongly bound exciton states are observed to be stable even at room temperature. We reveal an exciton series that deviates substantially from hydrogen models, with a novel energy dependence on the orbital angular momentum. These excitonic energy levels are experimentally found to be robust against environmental perturbations. The discovery of excitonic dark states and exceptionally large binding energy not only sheds light on the importance of many

  18. Theory of exciton transfer and diffusion in conjugated polymers

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    Barford, William; Tozer, Oliver Robert

    2014-10-28

    We describe a theory of Förster-type exciton transfer between conjugated polymers. The theory is built on three assumptions. First, we assume that the low-lying excited states of conjugated polymers are Frenkel excitons coupled to local normal modes, and described by the Frenkel-Holstein model. Second, we assume that the relevant parameter regime is ℏω < J, i.e., the adiabatic regime, and thus the Born-Oppenheimer factorization of the electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom is generally applicable. Finally, we assume that the Condon approximation is valid, i.e., the exciton-polaron wavefunction is essentially independent of the normal modes. The resulting expression for the exciton transfer rate has a familiar form, being a function of the exciton transfer integral and the effective Franck-Condon factors. The effective Franck-Condon factors are functions of the effective Huang-Rhys parameters, which are inversely proportional to the chromophore size. The Born-Oppenheimer expressions were checked against DMRG calculations, and are found to be within 10% of the exact value for a tiny fraction of the computational cost. This theory of exciton transfer is then applied to model exciton migration in conformationally disordered poly(p-phenylene vinylene). Key to this modeling is the assumption that the donor and acceptor chromophores are defined by local exciton ground states (LEGSs). Since LEGSs are readily determined by the exciton center-of-mass wavefunction, this theory provides a quantitative link between polymer conformation and exciton migration. Our Monte Carlo simulations indicate that the exciton diffusion length depends weakly on the conformation of the polymer, with the diffusion length increasing slightly as the chromophores became straighter and longer. This is largely a geometrical effect: longer and straighter chromophores extend over larger distances. The calculated diffusion lengths of ∼10 nm are in good agreement with experiment. The spectral

  19. Storing excitons in transition-metal dichalcogenides using dark states

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    Gunlycke, Daniel; Tseng, Frank; Simsek, Ergun

    Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides exhibit strongly bound excitons confined to two dimensions. One challenge in exploiting these excitons is that they have a finite life time and collapse through electron-hole recombination. We propose that the exciton life time could be extended by transitioning the exciton population into dark states. The symmetry of these dark states require the electron and hole to be spatially separated, which not only causes these states to be optically inactive but also inhibits electron-hole recombination. Based on an atomistic model we call the Triangular Lattice Exciton (3ALE) model, we derive transition matrix elements and approximate selection rules showing that excitons could be transitioned into and out of dark states using a pulsed infrared laser. For illustration, we also present exciton population scenarios based on different recombination decay constants. Longer exciton lifetimes could make these materials candidates for applications in energy management and quantum information processing. This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research, directly and through the Naval Research Laboratory.

  20. Control of Radiative Exciton Recombination by Charge Transfer Induced Surface Dipoles in MoS2 and WS2 Monolayers

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    Hu, Peng; Ye, Jun; He, Xuexia; Du, Kezhao; Zhang, Keke K.; Wang, Xingzhi; Xiong, Qihua; Liu, Zheng; Jiang, Hui; Kloc, Christian

    2016-01-01

    Due to the two dimensional confinement of electrons in a monolayer of 2D materials, the properties of monolayer can be controlled by electrical field formed on the monolayer surface. F4TCNQ was evaporated on MoS2 and WS2 monolayer forming dipoles between strong acceptor, F4TCNQ, and monolayers of MoS2 or WS2. The strong acceptor attracts electrons (charge transfer) and decreases the number of the ionized excitons. Free excitons undergo radiative recombination in both MoS2 and WS2. Moreover, the photoluminescence enhancement is stronger in WS2 where the exciton-phonon coupling is weaker. The theoretical model indicates that the surface dipole controls the radiative exciton recombination and enhances photoluminescence radiation. Deposition of F4TCNQ on the 2D monolayers enables a convenient control of the radiative exciton recombination and leads to the applications of these materials in lasers or LEDs. PMID:27053440

  1. Organic photovoltaic cell incorporating electron conducting exciton blocking layers

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    Forrest, Stephen R.; Lassiter, Brian E.

    2014-08-26

    The present disclosure relates to photosensitive optoelectronic devices including a compound blocking layer located between an acceptor material and a cathode, the compound blocking layer including: at least one electron conducting material, and at least one wide-gap electron conducting exciton blocking layer. For example, 3,4,9,10 perylenetetracarboxylic bisbenzimidazole (PTCBI) and 1,4,5,8-napthalene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (NTCDA) function as electron conducting and exciton blocking layers when interposed between the acceptor layer and cathode. Both materials serve as efficient electron conductors, leading to a fill factor as high as 0.70. By using an NTCDA/PTCBI compound blocking layer structure increased power conversion efficiency is achieved, compared to an analogous device using a conventional blocking layers shown to conduct electrons via damage-induced midgap states.

  2. Amplified quenching of conjugated polymer nanoparticle photoluminescence for robust measurement of exciton diffusion length

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah A.; Köse, Muhammet E.

    2013-05-01

    A new method for measuring exciton diffusion length in nanoparticles (NPs) of conjugated materials is presented. Cationic acceptor dyes are used to quench the photoluminescence in NPs of the prototypical conjugated polymer poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV). Amplified quenching of MEH-PPV emission is observed with an initial Stern-Volmer constant in excess of 105 M-1. Stern-Volmer plots are nonlinear with two distinct quenching regimes, hinting saturation of NP surfaces with acceptor molecules at some point during titration experiments. Using an assumption that highly efficient quenching of excitons occurs after saturation with acceptors at the NP surfaces, the amount of maximum emission quenching can be compared with a model of exciton diffusion to determine exciton diffusion length. By assuming quenching efficiency above 80%, the measured three dimensional exciton diffusion length is estimated to be 12 ± 1 nm. This result is in the lower region of reported values ranging from 10 to 25 nm in MEH-PPV thin films. Both the derived model and the experimental methodology allow robust measurement of exciton diffusion length for any luminescent conjugated material from which NPs can be prepared.

  3. The excitonic insulator route through a dynamical phase transition induced by an optical pulse

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    Brazovskii, S.; Kirova, N.

    2016-03-01

    We consider a dynamical phase transition induced by a short optical pulse in a system prone to thermodynamical instability. We address the case of pumping to excitons whose density contributes directly to the order parameter. To describe both thermodynamic and dynamic effects on equal footing, we adopt a view of the excitonic insulator for the phase transition and suggest a formation of the Bose condensate for the pumped excitons. The work is motivated by experiments in donor-acceptor organic compounds with a neutral- ionic phase transition coupled to the spontaneous lattice dimerization and to charge transfer excitons. The double nature of the ensemble of excitons leads to an intricate time evolution, in particular, to macroscopic quantum oscillations from the interference between the Bose condensate of excitons and the ground state of the excitonic insulator. The coupling of excitons and the order parameter also leads to self-trapping of their wave function, akin to self-focusing in optics. The locally enhanced density of excitons can surpass a critical value to trigger the phase transformation, even if the mean density is below the required threshold. The system is stratified in domains that evolve through dynamical phase transitions and sequences of merging. The new circumstances in experiments and theory bring to life, once again, some remarkable inventions made by L.V. Keldysh.

  4. Excitonic surface lattice resonances

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    Humphrey, A. D.; Gentile, M. J.; Barnes, W. L.

    2016-08-01

    Electromagnetic resonances are important in controlling light at the nanoscale. The most studied such resonance is the surface plasmon resonance that is associated with metallic nanostructures. Here we explore an alternative resonance, the surface exciton-polariton resonance, one based on excitonic molecular materials. Our study is based on analytical and numerical modelling. We show that periodic arrays of suitable molecular nanoparticles may support surface lattice resonances that arise as a result of coherent interactions between the particles. Our results demonstrate that excitonic molecular materials are an interesting alternative to metals for nanophotonics; they offer the prospect of both fabrication based on supramolecular chemistry and optical functionality arising from the way the properties of such materials may be controlled with light.

  5. Charge transfer state versus hot exciton dissociation in polymer-fullerene blended solar cells.

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    Lee, Jiye; Vandewal, Koen; Yost, Shane R; Bahlke, Matthias E; Goris, Ludwig; Baldo, Marc A; Manca, Jean V; Van Voorhis, Troy

    2010-09-01

    We examine the significance of hot exciton dissociation in two archetypical polymer-fullerene blend solar cells. Rather than evolving through a bound charge transfer state, hot processes are proposed to convert excitons directly into free charges. But we find that the internal quantum yields of carrier photogeneration are similar for both excitons and direct excitation of charge transfer states. The internal quantum yield, together with the temperature dependence of the current-voltage characteristics, is consistent with negligible impact from hot exciton dissociation.

  6. Oxygen as Acceptor.

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    Borisov, Vitaliy B; Verkhovsky, Michael I

    2015-01-01

    Like most bacteria, Escherichia coli has a flexible and branched respiratory chain that enables the prokaryote to live under a variety of environmental conditions, from highly aerobic to completely anaerobic. In general, the bacterial respiratory chain is composed of dehydrogenases, a quinone pool, and reductases. Substrate-specific dehydrogenases transfer reducing equivalents from various donor substrates (NADH, succinate, glycerophosphate, formate, hydrogen, pyruvate, and lactate) to a quinone pool (menaquinone, ubiquinone, and dimethylmenoquinone). Then electrons from reduced quinones (quinols) are transferred by terminal reductases to different electron acceptors. Under aerobic growth conditions, the terminal electron acceptor is molecular oxygen. A transfer of electrons from quinol to O₂ is served by two major oxidoreductases (oxidases), cytochrome bo₃ encoded by cyoABCDE and cytochrome bd encoded by cydABX. Terminal oxidases of aerobic respiratory chains of bacteria, which use O₂ as the final electron acceptor, can oxidize one of two alternative electron donors, either cytochrome c or quinol. This review compares the effects of different inhibitors on the respiratory activities of cytochrome bo₃ and cytochrome bd in E. coli. It also presents a discussion on the genetics and the prosthetic groups of cytochrome bo₃ and cytochrome bd. The E. coli membrane contains three types of quinones that all have an octaprenyl side chain (C₄₀). It has been proposed that the bo₃ oxidase can have two ubiquinone-binding sites with different affinities. "WHAT'S NEW" IN THE REVISED ARTICLE: The revised article comprises additional information about subunit composition of cytochrome bd and its role in bacterial resistance to nitrosative and oxidative stresses. Also, we present the novel data on the electrogenic function of appBCX-encoded cytochrome bd-II, a second bd-type oxidase that had been thought not to contribute to generation of a proton motive force in E

  7. Oxygen as Acceptor.

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    Borisov, Vitaliy B; Verkhovsky, Michael I

    2015-01-01

    Like most bacteria, Escherichia coli has a flexible and branched respiratory chain that enables the prokaryote to live under a variety of environmental conditions, from highly aerobic to completely anaerobic. In general, the bacterial respiratory chain is composed of dehydrogenases, a quinone pool, and reductases. Substrate-specific dehydrogenases transfer reducing equivalents from various donor substrates (NADH, succinate, glycerophosphate, formate, hydrogen, pyruvate, and lactate) to a quinone pool (menaquinone, ubiquinone, and dimethylmenoquinone). Then electrons from reduced quinones (quinols) are transferred by terminal reductases to different electron acceptors. Under aerobic growth conditions, the terminal electron acceptor is molecular oxygen. A transfer of electrons from quinol to O₂ is served by two major oxidoreductases (oxidases), cytochrome bo₃ encoded by cyoABCDE and cytochrome bd encoded by cydABX. Terminal oxidases of aerobic respiratory chains of bacteria, which use O₂ as the final electron acceptor, can oxidize one of two alternative electron donors, either cytochrome c or quinol. This review compares the effects of different inhibitors on the respiratory activities of cytochrome bo₃ and cytochrome bd in E. coli. It also presents a discussion on the genetics and the prosthetic groups of cytochrome bo₃ and cytochrome bd. The E. coli membrane contains three types of quinones that all have an octaprenyl side chain (C₄₀). It has been proposed that the bo₃ oxidase can have two ubiquinone-binding sites with different affinities. "WHAT'S NEW" IN THE REVISED ARTICLE: The revised article comprises additional information about subunit composition of cytochrome bd and its role in bacterial resistance to nitrosative and oxidative stresses. Also, we present the novel data on the electrogenic function of appBCX-encoded cytochrome bd-II, a second bd-type oxidase that had been thought not to contribute to generation of a proton motive force in E

  8. Interlayer excitons with tunable dispersion relation

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    Skinner, Brian

    2016-06-01

    Interlayer excitons, comprising an electron in one material bound by Coulomb attraction to a hole in an adjacent material, are composite bosons that can assume a variety of many-body phases. The phase diagram of the bosonic system is largely determined by the dispersion relation of the bosons, which itself arises as a combination of the dispersion relations of the electron and hole separately. Here I show that in situations where either the electron or the hole has a nonmonotonic, "Mexican hat-shaped" dispersion relation, the exciton dispersion relation can have a range of qualitatively different forms, each corresponding to a different many-body phase at low temperature. This diversity suggests a platform for continuously tuning between different quantum phases using an external field.

  9. Control of Exciton Photon Coupling in Nano-structures

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    Liu, Xiaoze

    In this thesis, we study the interaction of excitons with photons and plasmons and methods to control and enhance this interaction. This study is categorized in three parts: light-matter interaction in microcavity structures, direct dipole-dipole interactions, and plasmon-exciton interaction in metal-semiconductor systems. In the microcavity structures, the light-matter interactions become significant when the excitonic energy is in resonance with microcavity photons. New hybrid quantum states named polariton states will be formed if the strong coupling regime is achieved, where the interaction rate is faster than the average decay rate of the excitons and photons. Polaritons have been investigated in zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles based microcavity at room temperature and stimulated emission of the polaritons has also been observed with a low optical pump threshold. Exictons in organic semiconductors (modeled as Frenkel excitons) are tightly bound to molecular sites, and differ considerably from loosely bound hydrogen atom-like inorganic excitons (modeled as Wannier-Mott excitons). This fundamental difference results in distinct optoelectronic properties. Not only strongly coupled to Wannier-Mott excitons in ZnO, the microcavity photons have also been observed to be simultaneously coupled to Frenkel excitons in 3,4,7,8-naphthalene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (NTCDA). The photons here act like a glue combining Wannier-Mott and Frenkel excitons into new hybrid polaritons taking the best from both constituents. Two-dimensional (2D) excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have emerged as a new and fascinating type of Wannier-Mott-like excitons due to direct bandgap transition, huge oscillator strength and large binding energy. Monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has been incorporated into the microcavity structure and 2D exciton-polaritons have been observed for the first time with directional emission in the strong coupling regime. Valley

  10. Role of strain on the coherent properties of GaAs excitons and biexcitons

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    Wilmer, Brian L.; Webber, Daniel; Ashley, Joseph M.; Hall, Kimberley C.; Bristow, Alan D.

    2016-08-01

    Polarization-dependent two-dimensional Fourier-transform spectroscopy (2DFTS) is performed on excitons in strained bulk GaAs layers, probing the coherent response for differing amounts of strain. Uniaxial tensile strain lifts the degeneracy of heavy-hole (HH) and light-hole (LH) valence states, leading to an observed splitting of the associated excitons at low temperature. Increasing the strain increases the magnitude of the HH/LH exciton peak splitting, induces an asymmetry in the off-diagonal interaction coherences, increases the difference in the HH and LH exciton homogenous linewidths, and increases the inhomogeneous broadening of both exciton species. All results arise from strain-induced variations in the local electronic environment, which is not uniform along the growth direction of the thin layers. For cross-linear polarized excitation, wherein excitonic signals give way to biexcitonic signals, the high-strain sample shows evidence of bound LH, HH, and mixed biexcitons.

  11. Photoluminescence study of Be acceptors in GaInNAs epilayers

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    Tsai, Y.; Barman, B.; Scrace, T.; Petrou, A.; Fukuda, M.; Sellers, I. R.; Leroux, M.; Khalfioui, M. A.

    2014-03-01

    We have studied the photoluminescence (PL) spectra from MBE grown GaInNAs epilayers doped p-type with Beryllium acceptors. The measurements were carried out in the 5 K - 70 K temperature range and in magnetic fields (B) up to 7 tesla. The PL spectra contain two features at T = 5 K: The exciton at 1093 meV and a second broader feature at 1058 meV. The intensity of this feature decreases with increasing temperature and disappears completely by 70K while the excitonic feature persists. The emission at 1058meV is identified as the conduction band to Beryllium acceptor transition. If we take into account the binding energy of the exciton [3] we get a value of 23 meV for the Beryllium acceptor binding energy. The acceptor related transition was studied as a function of magnetic field; the energy of this transition has a linear dependence on B with a slope of 055 meV/T. Research supported by Amethyst Research In. through the State of Oklahoma, ONAP program.

  12. Probing the origin of excitonic states in monolayer WSe2

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    Huang, Jiani; Hoang, Thang B.; Mikkelsen, Maiken H.

    2016-03-01

    Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have spurred excitement for potential applications in optoelectronic and valleytronic devices; however, the origin of the dynamics of excitons, trions, and other localized states in these low dimensional materials is not well-understood. Here, we experimentally probed the dynamics of excitonic states in monolayer WSe2 by investigating the temperature and polarization dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Four pronounced PL peaks were identified below a temperature of 60 K at near-resonant excitation and assigned to exciton, trion and localized states from excitation power dependence measurements. We find that the localized states vanish above 65 K, while exciton and trion emission peaks remain up to room temperature. This can be explained by a multi-level model developed for conventional semiconductors and applied to monolayer TMDCs for the first time here. From this model, we estimated a lower bound of the exciton binding energy of 198 meV for monolayer WSe2 and explained the vanishing of the localized states. Additionally, we observed a rapid decrease in the degree of circular polarization of the PL at increasing temperatures indicating a relatively strong electron-phonon coupling and impurity-related scattering. Our results reveal further insight into the excitonic states in monolayer WSe2 which is critical for future practical applications.

  13. Probing the origin of excitonic states in monolayer WSe2.

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    Huang, Jiani; Hoang, Thang B; Mikkelsen, Maiken H

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have spurred excitement for potential applications in optoelectronic and valleytronic devices; however, the origin of the dynamics of excitons, trions, and other localized states in these low dimensional materials is not well-understood. Here, we experimentally probed the dynamics of excitonic states in monolayer WSe2 by investigating the temperature and polarization dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Four pronounced PL peaks were identified below a temperature of 60 K at near-resonant excitation and assigned to exciton, trion and localized states from excitation power dependence measurements. We find that the localized states vanish above 65 K, while exciton and trion emission peaks remain up to room temperature. This can be explained by a multi-level model developed for conventional semiconductors and applied to monolayer TMDCs for the first time here. From this model, we estimated a lower bound of the exciton binding energy of 198 meV for monolayer WSe2 and explained the vanishing of the localized states. Additionally, we observed a rapid decrease in the degree of circular polarization of the PL at increasing temperatures indicating a relatively strong electron-phonon coupling and impurity-related scattering. Our results reveal further insight into the excitonic states in monolayer WSe2 which is critical for future practical applications. PMID:26940069

  14. Reducing exciton binding energy by increasing thin film permittivity: an effective approach to enhance exciton separation efficiency in organic solar cells.

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    Leblebici, Sibel Y; Chen, Teresa L; Olalde-Velasco, Paul; Yang, Wanli; Ma, Biwu

    2013-10-23

    Photocurrent generation in organic solar cells requires that excitons, which are formed upon light absorption, dissociate into free carriers at the interface of electron acceptor and donor materials. The high exciton binding energy, arising from the low permittivity of organic semiconductor films, generally causes low exciton separation efficiency and subsequently low power conversion efficiency. We demonstrate here, for the first time, that the exciton binding energy in B,O-chelated azadipyrromethene (BO-ADPM) donor films is reduced by increasing the film permittivity by blending the BO-ADPM donor with a high dielectric constant small molecule, camphoric anhydride (CA). Various spectroscopic techniques, including impedance spectroscopy, photon absorption and emission spectroscopies, as well as X-ray spectroscopies, are applied to characterize the thin film electronic and photophysical properties. Planar heterojunction solar cells are fabricated with a BO-ADPM:CA film as the electron donor and C60 as the acceptor. With an increase in the dielectric constant of the donor film from ∼4.5 to ∼11, the exciton binding energy is reduced and the internal quantum efficiency of the photovoltaic cells improves across the entire spectrum, with an ∼30% improvement in the BO-ADPM photoactive region.

  15. Probing excitonic dark states in single-layer tungsten disulphide.

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    Ye, Ziliang; Cao, Ting; O'Brien, Kevin; Zhu, Hanyu; Yin, Xiaobo; Wang, Yuan; Louie, Steven G; Zhang, Xiang

    2014-09-11

    Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) monolayers have recently emerged as an important class of two-dimensional semiconductors with potential for electronic and optoelectronic devices. Unlike semi-metallic graphene, layered TMDCs have a sizeable bandgap. More interestingly, when thinned down to a monolayer, TMDCs transform from indirect-bandgap to direct-bandgap semiconductors, exhibiting a number of intriguing optical phenomena such as valley-selective circular dichroism, doping-dependent charged excitons and strong photocurrent responses. However, the fundamental mechanism underlying such a strong light-matter interaction is still under intensive investigation. First-principles calculations have predicted a quasiparticle bandgap much larger than the measured optical gap, and an optical response dominated by excitonic effects. In particular, a recent study based on a GW plus Bethe-Salpeter equation (GW-BSE) approach, which employed many-body Green's-function methodology to address electron-electron and electron-hole interactions, theoretically predicted a diversity of strongly bound excitons. Here we report experimental evidence of a series of excitonic dark states in single-layer WS2 using two-photon excitation spectroscopy. In combination with GW-BSE theory, we prove that the excitons are of Wannier type, meaning that each exciton wavefunction extends over multiple unit cells, but with extraordinarily large binding energy (∼0.7 electronvolts), leading to a quasiparticle bandgap of 2.7 electronvolts. These strongly bound exciton states are observed to be stable even at room temperature. We reveal an exciton series that deviates substantially from hydrogen models, with a novel energy dependence on the orbital angular momentum. These excitonic energy levels are experimentally found to be robust against environmental perturbations. The discovery of excitonic dark states and exceptionally large binding energy not only sheds light on the importance of many

  16. Valley excitons in two-dimensional semiconductors

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    Yu, Hongyi; Cui, Xiaodong; Xu, Xiaodong; Yao, Wang

    2014-12-30

    Monolayer group-VIB transition metal dichalcogenides have recently emerged as a new class of semiconductors in the two-dimensional limit. The attractive properties include: the visible range direct band gap ideal for exploring optoelectronic applications; the intriguing physics associated with spin and valley pseudospin of carriers which implies potentials for novel electronics based on these internal degrees of freedom; the exceptionally strong Coulomb interaction due to the two-dimensional geometry and the large effective masses. The physics of excitons, the bound states of electrons and holes, has been one of the most actively studied topics on these two-dimensional semiconductors, where the excitons exhibit remarkably new features due to the strong Coulomb binding, the valley degeneracy of the band edges, and the valley dependent optical selection rules for interband transitions. Here we give a brief overview of the experimental and theoretical findings on excitons in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides, with focus on the novel properties associated with their valley degrees of freedom.

  17. Valley excitons in two-dimensional semiconductors

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    Yu, Hongyi; Cui, Xiaodong; Xu, Xiaodong; Yao, Wang

    2014-12-30

    Monolayer group-VIB transition metal dichalcogenides have recently emerged as a new class of semiconductors in the two-dimensional limit. The attractive properties include: the visible range direct band gap ideal for exploring optoelectronic applications; the intriguing physics associated with spin and valley pseudospin of carriers which implies potentials for novel electronics based on these internal degrees of freedom; the exceptionally strong Coulomb interaction due to the two-dimensional geometry and the large effective masses. The physics of excitons, the bound states of electrons and holes, has been one of the most actively studied topics on these two-dimensional semiconductors, where the excitons exhibitmore » remarkably new features due to the strong Coulomb binding, the valley degeneracy of the band edges, and the valley dependent optical selection rules for interband transitions. Here we give a brief overview of the experimental and theoretical findings on excitons in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides, with focus on the novel properties associated with their valley degrees of freedom.« less

  18. Femtosecond study of exciton dynamics in polyfluorene statistical copolymers in solutions and thin films

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    Zhang, Jin Z.; Kreger, Melissa A.; Klaerner, Gerrit; Kreyenschmidt, M.; Miller, Robert D.; Scott, J. Campbell

    1997-12-01

    The formation and decay dynamics of photogenerated excitons in polyfluorene statistical co-polymers in solutions and in thin films have been studied using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. In solution photoexcitation of the polymer generates primarily intrachain singlet excitons which are initially hot and then relax quickly (< 200 fs) towards the equilibrium position in the excited state. The exciton subsequently decays following a double exponential with time constants of 30 ps and 330 ps in toluene. The fast decay is attributable to vibrational relaxation, spectral diffusion, or internal conversion (recombination) of the exciton from the excited to the ground electronic state through tunneling or thermal-activated barrier crossing before thermalization. The slow decay is assigned to conversion of the thermalized exciton to the ground state through both radiative and non-radiative pathways. In films the exciton dynamics are found to depend strongly on excitation intensity. At low intensity, the dynamics are similar to that in solutions, with a double exponential decay with time constants of 15 ps and 300 ps. At high intensities, a fast decay component with a time constant of 0.8 ps appears, which becomes more dominant at higher intensities. This fast decay is attributed to exciton- exciton annihilation due to high density of excitons created. The signal in films at both low and high excitation intensities is attributable to intrachain singlet excitons, as in solution. There is no evidence for formation of interchain bound polaron pairs in films at low intensities. At high intensities, the possibility cannot be ruled out completely, especially in relation to the fast decay. If bound polaron pairs are formed as indicated by the fast decay, they must be generated as a result of interaction between excitons on different chains since they are absent at low power, an they must be created and then decay within about 1 ps.

  19. PHOTOVOLTAIC PROPERTIES OF AU-MEROCYANINE-TiO2 SANDWICH CELLS. II. PROPERTIES OF ILLUMINATED CELLS AND EFFECTS OF DOPING WITH ELECTRON ACCEPTORS

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    Skotheim, T.; Yang, J.-M.; Otvos, J.; Klein, M.P.

    1980-07-01

    Photocurrent generation in thin films of a merocyanine photosensitizing dye sandwiched between a TiO{sub 2} single crystal doped n type and an Au overlayer has been studied using photovoltaic techniques. A theoretical model was developed to explain the observed photovoltaic properties. The model assumes that the principal route for the formation of charge carriers is via singlet excitons diffusing to the merocyanine - TiO{sub 2} interface followed by dissociation of the excitons into electron-hole pairs, the electrons being injected into the TiO{sub 2} conduction band and the holes into the merocyanine. The model also incorporates field dependence of the quantum efficiency for charge generation. An exciton diffusion length of 79 {angstrom} was determined by analyzing the short circuit action spectra using the theoretical model developed. The low fill factor of 0.35 for these cells was attributed to the field dependence of the quantum efficiency and the high series resistance of the undoped merocyanine films. Doping the merocyanine films with iodine was found to increase both the dark conductivity and the steady state photoconductivity, the latter by as much as a factor of 5. This resulted in a quantum yield of 12% for a 500 {angstrom} thick film and an increase in the fill factor to 0.44 giving a monochromatic power conversion efficiency of 0.4% at 520 nm. The carrier generation in iodine doped films is shown to result from a bulk process, possibly involving collisions between singlet excitons and acceptor-hole complexes resulting in activation out of the bound states formed by the charge-transfer complex. The quenching of excitons in the immediate vicinity of the metal surface was studied by monitoring the photoconductive response of a 200 {angstrom} merocyanine film with varying thickness of perylene sandwiched between the metal and the merocyanine. Perylene was shown to be able to transport the photoexcited holes from the merocyanine to the Au electrode. The

  20. Free Carrier Generation in Organic Photovoltaic Bulk Heterojunctions of Conjugated Polymers with Molecular Acceptors: Planar versus Spherical Acceptors

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    Nardes, Alexandre M.; Ferguson, Andrew J.; Wolfer, Pascal; Gui, Kurt; Burn, Paul L.; Meredith, Paul; Kopidakis, Nikos

    2014-03-05

    We present a comparative study of the photophysical performance of the prototypical fullerene derivative PC61BM with a planar small-molecule acceptor in an organic photovoltaic device. The small-molecule planar acceptor is 2-[{7-(9,9-di-n-propyl-9H-fluoren-2-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazol-4-yl}methylene]malononitrile, termed K12. We discuss photoinduced free charge-carrier generation and transport in blends of PC61BM or K12 with poly(3-n-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), surveying literature results for P3HT:PC61BM and presenting new results on P3HT:K12. For both systems we also review previous work on film structure and correlate the structural and photophysical results. In both cases, a disordered mixed phase is formed between P3HT and the acceptor, although the photophysical properties of this mixed phase differ markedly for PC61BM and K12. In the case of PC61BM the mixed phase acts as a free carrier generation region that can efficiently shuttle carriers to the pure polymer and fullerene domains. As a result, the vast majority of excitons quenched in P3HT:PC61BM blends yield free carriers detected by the contactless time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) method. In contrast, approximately 85 % of the excitons quenched in P3HT:K12 do not result in free carriers over the nanosecond timescale of the TRMC experiment. We attribute this to poor electron-transport properties in the mixed P3HT:K12 phase. Here, we propose that the observed differences can be traced to the respective shapes of PC61BM and K12: the three-dimensional nature of the fullerene cage facilitates coupling between PC61BM molecules irrespective of their relative orientation, whereas for K12 strong electronic coupling is only expected for molecules oriented with their π systems parallel to each other. Comparison between the eutectic compositions of the P3HT:PC61BM and P3HT:K12 shows that the former contains enough fullerene to form a percolation pathway for electrons, whereas the latter contains a sub

  1. Free carrier generation in organic photovoltaic bulk heterojunctions of conjugated polymers with molecular acceptors: planar versus spherical acceptors.

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    Nardes, Alexandre M; Ferguson, Andrew J; Wolfer, Pascal; Gui, Kurt; Burn, Paul L; Meredith, Paul; Kopidakis, Nikos

    2014-06-01

    A comparative study of the photophysical performance of the prototypical fullerene derivative PC61BM with a planar small-molecule acceptor in an organic photovoltaic device is presented. The small-molecule planar acceptor is 2-[{7-(9,9-di-n-propyl-9H-fluoren-2-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazol-4-yl}methylene]malononitrile, termed K12. We discuss photoinduced free charge-carrier generation and transport in blends of PC61BM or K12 with poly(3-n-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), surveying literature results for P3HT:PC61BM and presenting new results on P3HT:K12. For both systems we also review previous work on film structure and correlate the structural and photophysical results. In both cases, a disordered mixed phase is formed between P3HT and the acceptor, although the photophysical properties of this mixed phase differ markedly for PC61BM and K12. In the case of PC61BM the mixed phase acts as a free carrier generation region that can efficiently shuttle carriers to the pure polymer and fullerene domains. As a result, the vast majority of excitons quenched in P3HT:PC61BM blends yield free carriers detected by the contactless time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) method. In contrast, approximately 85% of the excitons quenched in P3HT:K12 do not result in free carriers over the nanosecond timescale of the TRMC experiment. We attribute this to poor electron-transport properties in the mixed P3HT:K12 phase. We propose that the observed differences can be traced to the respective shapes of PC61BM and K12: the three-dimensional nature of the fullerene cage facilitates coupling between PC61BM molecules irrespective of their relative orientation, whereas for K12 strong electronic coupling is only expected for molecules oriented with their π systems parallel to each other. Comparison between the eutectic compositions of the P3HT:PC61BM and P3HT:K12 shows that the former contains enough fullerene to form a percolation pathway for electrons, whereas the latter contains a sub

  2. Free carrier generation in organic photovoltaic bulk heterojunctions of conjugated polymers with molecular acceptors: planar versus spherical acceptors.

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    Nardes, Alexandre M; Ferguson, Andrew J; Wolfer, Pascal; Gui, Kurt; Burn, Paul L; Meredith, Paul; Kopidakis, Nikos

    2014-06-01

    A comparative study of the photophysical performance of the prototypical fullerene derivative PC61BM with a planar small-molecule acceptor in an organic photovoltaic device is presented. The small-molecule planar acceptor is 2-[{7-(9,9-di-n-propyl-9H-fluoren-2-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazol-4-yl}methylene]malononitrile, termed K12. We discuss photoinduced free charge-carrier generation and transport in blends of PC61BM or K12 with poly(3-n-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), surveying literature results for P3HT:PC61BM and presenting new results on P3HT:K12. For both systems we also review previous work on film structure and correlate the structural and photophysical results. In both cases, a disordered mixed phase is formed between P3HT and the acceptor, although the photophysical properties of this mixed phase differ markedly for PC61BM and K12. In the case of PC61BM the mixed phase acts as a free carrier generation region that can efficiently shuttle carriers to the pure polymer and fullerene domains. As a result, the vast majority of excitons quenched in P3HT:PC61BM blends yield free carriers detected by the contactless time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) method. In contrast, approximately 85% of the excitons quenched in P3HT:K12 do not result in free carriers over the nanosecond timescale of the TRMC experiment. We attribute this to poor electron-transport properties in the mixed P3HT:K12 phase. We propose that the observed differences can be traced to the respective shapes of PC61BM and K12: the three-dimensional nature of the fullerene cage facilitates coupling between PC61BM molecules irrespective of their relative orientation, whereas for K12 strong electronic coupling is only expected for molecules oriented with their π systems parallel to each other. Comparison between the eutectic compositions of the P3HT:PC61BM and P3HT:K12 shows that the former contains enough fullerene to form a percolation pathway for electrons, whereas the latter contains a sub

  3. Excitons in asymmetric quantum wells

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    Grigoryev, P. S.; Kurdyubov, A. S.; Kuznetsova, M. S.; Ignatiev, I. V.; Efimov, Yu. P.; Eliseev, S. A.; Petrov, V. V.; Lovtcius, V. A.; Shapochkin, P. Yu.

    2016-09-01

    Resonance dielectric response of excitons is studied for the high-quality InGaAs/GaAs heterostructures with wide asymmetric quantum wells (QWs). To highlight effects of the QW asymmetry, we have grown and studied several heterostructures with nominally square QWs as well as with triangle-like QWs. Several quantum confined exciton states are experimentally observed as narrow exciton resonances. A standard approach for the phenomenological analysis of the profiles is generalized by introducing different phase shifts for the light waves reflected from the QWs at different exciton resonances. Good agreement of the phenomenological fit to the experimentally observed exciton spectra for high-quality structures allowed us to reliably obtain parameters of the exciton resonances: the exciton transition energies, the radiative broadenings, and the phase shifts. A direct numerical solution of the Schrödinger equation for the heavy-hole excitons in asymmetric QWs is used for microscopic modeling of the exciton resonances. Remarkable agreement with the experiment is achieved when the effect of indium segregation is taken into account. The segregation results in a modification of the potential profile, in particular, in an asymmetry of the nominally square QWs.

  4. Organic photovoltaics incorporating electron conducting exciton blocking layers

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    Lassiter, Brian E.; Wei, Guodan; Wang, Siyi; Zimmerman, Jeramy D.; Diev, Viacheslav V.; Thompson, Mark E.; Forrest, Stephen R.

    2011-06-01

    We demonstrate that 3,4,9,10 perylenetetracarboxylic bisbenzimidazole (PTCBI) and 1,4,5,8-napthalene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (NTCDA) can function as electron conducting and exciton blocking layers when interposed between the acceptor layer and cathode. A low-resistance contact is provided by PTCBI, while NTCDA acts as an exciton blocking layer and optical spacer. Both materials serve as efficient electron conductors, leading to a fill factor as high as 0.70. By using an NTCDA/PTCBI compound blocking layer structure in a functionalized-squaraine/C60-based device, we obtain a spectrally corrected power conversion efficiency of 5.1±0.1% under 1 sun, AM 1.5G simulated solar illumination, an improvement of >25% compared to an analogous device using a conventional bathocuproine layer that has previously been shown to conduct electrons via damage-induced midgap states.

  5. Exciton absorption of entangled photons in semiconductor quantum wells

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    Rodriguez, Ferney; Guzman, David; Salazar, Luis; Quiroga, Luis; Condensed Matter Physics Group Team

    2013-03-01

    The dependence of the excitonic two-photon absorption on the quantum correlations (entanglement) of exciting biphotons by a semiconductor quantum well is studied. We show that entangled photon absorption can display very unusual features depending on space-time-polarization biphoton parameters and absorber density of states for both bound exciton states as well as for unbound electron-hole pairs. We report on the connection between biphoton entanglement, as quantified by the Schmidt number, and absorption by a semiconductor quantum well. Comparison between frequency-anti-correlated, unentangled and frequency-correlated biphoton absorption is addressed. We found that exciton oscillator strengths are highly increased when photons arrive almost simultaneously in an entangled state. Two-photon-absorption becomes a highly sensitive probe of photon quantum correlations when narrow semiconductor quantum wells are used as two-photon absorbers. Research funds from Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de los Andes

  6. Efficient Exciton Diffusion and Resonance-Energy Transfer in Multilayered Organic Epitaxial Nanofibers

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    2015-01-01

    Multilayered epitaxial nanofibers are exemplary model systems for the study of exciton dynamics and lasing in organic materials because of their well-defined morphology, high luminescence efficiencies, and color tunability. We use temperature-dependent continuous wave and picosecond photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy to quantify exciton diffusion and resonance-energy transfer (RET) processes in multilayered nanofibers consisting of alternating layers of para-hexaphenyl (p6P) and α-sexithiophene (6T) serving as exciton donor and acceptor material, respectively. The high probability for RET processes is confirmed by quantum chemical calculations. The activation energy for exciton diffusion in p6P is determined to be as low as 19 meV, proving p6P epitaxial layers also as a very suitable donor material system. The small activation energy for exciton diffusion of the p6P donor material, the inferred high p6P-to-6T resonance-energy-transfer efficiency, and the observed weak PL temperature dependence of the 6T acceptor material together result in an exceptionally high optical emission performance of this all-organic material system, thus making it well suited, for example, for organic light-emitting devices. PMID:26191119

  7. Revealing the dark side of a bright exciton-polariton condensate.

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    Ménard, J-M; Poellmann, C; Porer, M; Leierseder, U; Galopin, E; Lemaître, A; Amo, A; Bloch, J; Huber, R

    2014-01-01

    Condensation of bosons causes spectacular phenomena such as superfluidity or superconductivity. Understanding the nature of the condensed particles is crucial for active control of such quantum phases. Fascinating possibilities emerge from condensates of light-matter-coupled excitations, such as exciton-polaritons, photons hybridized with hydrogen-like bound electron-hole pairs. So far, only the photon component has been resolved, while even the mere existence of excitons in the condensed regime has been challenged. Here we trace the matter component of polariton condensates by monitoring intra-excitonic terahertz transitions. We study how a reservoir of optically dark excitons forms and feeds the degenerate state. Unlike atomic gases, the atom-like transition in excitons is dramatically renormalized on macroscopic ground state population. Our results establish fundamental differences between polariton condensation and photon lasing and open possibilities for coherent control of condensates. PMID:25115964

  8. Dynamics of exciton formation and relaxation in photoexcited semiconductors

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    Janković, Veljko; Vukmirović, Nenad

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the dynamics of the exciton formation and relaxation on a picosecond time scale following a pulsed photoexcitation of a semiconductor. The study is conducted in the framework of the density matrix theory complemented with the dynamics controlled truncation scheme. We truncate the phonon branch of the resulting hierarchy of equations and propose the form of coupling among single-phonon-assisted and higher-order phonon-assisted density matrices so as to ensure the energy and particle-number conservation in a closed system. Time scales relevant for the exciton formation and relaxation processes are determined from numerical investigations performed on a one-dimensional model for the values of model parameters representative of a typical organic and inorganic semiconductor. The exciton dynamics is examined for different values of central frequency of the exciting field, temperature, and microscopic model parameters, such as the strengths of carrier-carrier and carrier-phonon couplings. We find that for typical organic semiconductor parameters, formation of bound excitons occurs on a several-hundred-femtosecond time scale, while their subsequent relaxation and equilibration take at least several picoseconds. These time scales are consistent with recent experimental studies of the exciton formation and relaxation in conjugated polymer-based materials.

  9. A photoluminescence study of excitonic grade CuInSe{sub 2} single crystals irradiated with 6 MeV electrons

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    Yakushev, M. V.; Mudryi, A. V.; Borodavchenko, O. M.; Volkov, V. A.; Martin, R. W.

    2015-10-21

    High-quality single crystals of CuInSe{sub 2} with near-stoichiometric elemental compositions were irradiated with 6 MeV electrons, at doses from 10{sup 15} to 3 × 10{sup 18 }cm{sup −2}, and studied using photoluminescence (PL) at temperatures from 4.2 to 300 K. Before irradiation, the photoluminescence spectra reveal a number of sharp and well resolved lines associated with free- and bound-excitons. The spectra also show broader bands relating to free-to-bound transitions and their phonon replicas in the lower energy region below 1.0 eV. The irradiation with 6 MeV electrons reduces the intensity of the free- and the majority of the bound-exciton peaks. Such a reduction can be seen for doses above 10{sup 16 }cm{sup −2}. The irradiation induces new PL lines at 1.0215 eV and 0.9909 eV and also enhances the intensity of the lines at 1.0325 and 1.0102 eV present in the photoluminescence spectra before the irradiation. Two broad bands at 0.902 and 0.972 eV, respectively, are tentatively associated with two acceptor-type defects: namely, interstitial selenium (Se{sub i}) and copper on indium site (Cu{sub In}). After irradiation, these become more intense suggesting an increase in the concentration of these defects due to irradiation.

  10. Short-lived charge-transfer excitons in organic photovoltaic cells studied by high-field magneto-photocurrent.

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    Devir-Wolfman, Ayeleth H; Khachatryan, Bagrat; Gautam, Bhoj R; Tzabary, Lior; Keren, Amit; Tessler, Nir; Vardeny, Z Valy; Ehrenfreund, Eitan

    2014-07-29

    The main route of charge photogeneration in efficient organic photovoltaic cells based on bulk hetero-junction donor-acceptor blends involves short-lived charge-transfer excitons at the donor-acceptor interfaces. The cell efficiency is critically affected by the charge-transfer exciton recombination and dissociation processes. By measuring the magneto-photocurrent under ambient conditions at room temperature, we show here that magnetic field-induced spin-mixing among the charge-transfer exciton spin sublevels occurs in fields up to at least 8.5 Tesla. The resulting magneto-photocurrent increases at high fields showing non-saturating behaviour up to the highest applied field. We attribute the observed high-field spin-mixing mechanism to the difference in the donor-acceptor g-factors. The non-saturating magneto-photocurrent response at high field indicates that there exist charge-transfer excitons with lifetime in the sub-nanosecond time domain. The non-Lorentzian high-field magneto-photocurrent response indicates a dispersive decay mechanism that originates due to a broad distribution of charge-transfer exciton lifetimes.

  11. Exciton transport, charge extraction, and loss mechanisms in organic photovoltaics

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    Scully, Shawn Ryan

    the primary losses that puts stringent requirements on the charge carrier mobilities in these cells is the recombination losses due to space charge build up at the heterojunction. Because electrons are confined to the acceptor and holes to the donor, net charge density always exists even when mobilities are matched, in contrast to bulk heterojunctions wherein matched mobilities lead to zero net charge. This net charge creates an electric field which opposes the built-in field and limits the current that can be carried away from this heterojunction. Using simulations we show that for relevant current densities charge carrier mobilities must be higher than 10-4 cm2/V.s to avoid significant losses due to space charge formation. In the last part of this work, we will focus on the second class of architectures in which exciton harvesting is efficient. We will present a systematic analysis of one of the leading polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction cells to show that losses in this architecture are due to charge recombination. Using optical measurements and simulations, exciton harvesting measurements, and device characteristics we will show that the dominant loss is likely due to field-dependent geminate recombination of the electron and hole pair created immediately following exciton dissociation. No losses in this system are seen due to bimolecular recombination or space charge which provides information on charge-carrier mobility targets necessary for the future design of high efficiency organic photovoltaics.

  12. Delay and distortion of slow light pulses by excitons in ZnO

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    Shubina, T. V.; Glazov, M. M.; Gippius, N. A.; Toropov, A. A.; Lagarde, D.; Disseix, P.; Leymarie, J.; Gil, B.; Pozina, G.; Bergman, J. P.; Monemar, B.

    2011-08-01

    Distortion of light pulses in ZnO caused by both bound and free excitons is demonstrated by time-of-flight spectroscopy. Numerous lines of bound excitons dissect the pulse spectrum and induce slowdown of light propagation around the dips. Exciton-polariton resonances determine the overall pulse delay, which approaches 1.6 ns at 3.374 eV for a 0.3 mm propagation length, as well as the pulse curvature in the time-energy plane and its attenuation. Analysis of cw and time-resolved data yields the excitonic parameters inherent for bulk ZnO. A discrepancy is found between these bulk parameters and those given by surface-probing techniques.

  13. Acceptor conductivity in bulk zinc oxide (0001) crystals

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    Adekore, Bababunmi Tolu

    ZnO is a promising wide bandgap semiconductor. Its renowned and prominent properties as its bandgap of 3.37eV at 4.2K; its very high excitonic binding energy, 60meV; its high melting temperature, 2248K constitute the basis for the recently renewed and sustained scientific interests in the material. In addition to the foregoing, the availability of bulk substrates of industrially relevant sizes provides important opportunities such as homoepitaxial deposition of the material which is a technological asset in the production of efficient optoelectronic and electronic devices. The nemesis of wide bandgap materials cannot be more exemplified than in ZnO. The notorious limitation of asymmetric doping and the haunting plague of electrically active point defects dim the bright future of the material. In this case, the search for reliable and consistent acceptor conductivity in bulk substrates has been hitherto, unsuccessful. In the dissertation that now follows, our efforts have been concerted in the search for a reliable acceptor. We have carefully investigated the science of point defects in the material, especially those responsible for the high donor conductivity. We also investigated and herein report variety of techniques of introducing acceptors into the material. We employ the most relevant and informative characterization techniques in verifying both the intended conductivity and the response of intrinsic crystals to variation in temperature and strain. And finally we explain deviations, where they exist, from ideal acceptor characteristics. Our work on reliable acceptor has been articulated in four papers. The first establishing capacitance based methods of monitoring electrically active donor defects. The second investigates the nature of anion acceptors on the oxygen sublattice. A study similar to the preceding study was conducted for cation acceptors on the zinc sublattice and reported in the third paper. Finally, an analysis of the response of the crystal to

  14. A simple model for exploring the role of quantum coherence and the environment in excitonic energy transfer.

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    Manikandan, Sreenath K; Shaji, Anil

    2015-07-28

    We investigate the role of quantum coherence in modulating the energy transfer rate between two independent energy donors and a single acceptor participating in an excitonic energy transfer process. The energy transfer rate depends explicitly on the nature of the initial coherent superposition state of the two donors and we connect it to the observed absorption profile of the acceptor and the stimulated emission profile of the energy donors. We consider simple models with mesoscopic environments interacting with the donors and the acceptor and compare the expression we obtained for the energy transfer rate with the results of numerical integration.

  15. Impact of Molecular Organization on Exciton Diffusion in Photosensitive Single-Crystal Halogenated Perylenediimides Charge Transfer Interfaces.

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    Pinto, Rui M; Gouveia, Wilson; Maçôas, Ermelinda M S; Santos, Isabel C; Raja, Sebastian; Baleizão, Carlos; Alves, Helena

    2015-12-23

    The efficiency of organic photodetectors and optoelectronic devices is strongly limited by exciton diffusion, in particular for acceptor materials. Although mechanisms for exciton diffusion are well established, their correlation to molecular organization in real systems has received far less attention. In this report, organic single-crystals interfaces were probed with wavelength-dependent photocurrent spectroscopy and their crystal structure resolved using X-ray diffraction. All systems present a dynamic photoresponse, faster than 500 ms, up to 650 nm. A relationship between molecular organization and favorable exciton diffusion in substituted butyl-perylenediimides (PDIB) is established. This is demonstrated by a set of PDIBs with different intra- and interstack distances and short contacts and their impact on photoresponse. Given the short packing distances between PDIs cores along the same stacking direction (3.4-3.7 Å), and across parallel stacks (2.5 Å), singlet exciton in these PDIBs can follow both Förster and Dexter exciton diffusion, with the Dexter-type mechanism assuming special relevance for interstack exciton diffusion. Yet, the response is maximized in substituted PDIBs, where a 2D percolation network is formed through strong interstack contacts, allowing for PDIBs primary excitons to reach with great efficiency the splitting interface with crystalline rubrene. The importance of short contacts and molecular distances, which is often overlooked as a parameter to consider and optimize when choosing materials for excitonic devices, is emphasized. PMID:26599347

  16. Exciton-photon correlations in bosonic condensates of exciton-polaritons.

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    Kavokin, Alexey V; Sheremet, Alexandra S; Shelykh, Ivan A; Lagoudakis, Pavlos G; Rubo, Yuri G

    2015-07-08

    Exciton-polaritons are mixed light-matter quasiparticles. We have developed a statistical model describing stochastic exciton-photon transitions within a condensate of exciton polaritons. We show that the exciton-photon correlator depends on the rate of incoherent exciton-photon transformations in the condensate. We discuss implications of this effect for the quantum statistics of photons emitted by polariton lasers.

  17. Ultrafast exciton dissociation followed by nongeminate charge recombination in PCDTBT:PCBM photovoltaic blends.

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    Etzold, Fabian; Howard, Ian A; Mauer, Ralf; Meister, Michael; Kim, Tae-Dong; Lee, Kwang-Sup; Baek, Nam Seob; Laquai, Frédéric

    2011-06-22

    The precise mechanism and dynamics of charge generation and recombination in bulk heterojunction polymer:fullerene blend films typically used in organic photovoltaic devices have been intensively studied by many research groups, but nonetheless remain debated. In particular the role of interfacial charge-transfer (CT) states in the generation of free charge carriers, an important step for the understanding of device function, is still under active discussion. In this article we present direct optical probes of the exciton dynamics in pristine films of a prototypic polycarbazole-based photovoltaic donor polymer, namely poly[N-11''-henicosanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT), as well as the charge generation and recombination dynamics in as-cast and annealed photovoltaic blend films using methanofullerene (PC(61)BM) as electron acceptor. In contrast to earlier studies we use broadband (500-1100 nm) transient absorption spectroscopy including the previously unobserved but very important time range between 2 ns and 1 ms, which allows us not only to observe the entire charge carrier recombination dynamics but also to quantify the existing decay channels. We determine that ultrafast exciton dissociation occurs in blends and leads to two separate pools of products, namely Coulombically bound charge-transfer (CT) states and unbound (free) charge carriers. The recombination dynamics are analyzed within the framework of a previously reported model for poly(3-hexylthiophene):PCBM (Howard, I. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14866) based on concomitant geminate recombination of CT states and nongeminate recombination of free charge carriers. The results reveal that only ~11% of the initial photoexcitations generate interfacial CT states that recombine exclusively by fast nanosecond geminate recombination and thus do not contribute to the photocurrent, whereas ~89% of excitons create free charge carriers on an ultrafast time scale

  18. A study of polaritonic transparency in couplers made from excitonic materials

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    Singh, Mahi R.; Racknor, Chris

    2015-03-14

    We have studied light matter interaction in quantum dot and exciton-polaritonic coupler hybrid systems. The coupler is made by embedding two slabs of an excitonic material (CdS) into a host excitonic material (ZnO). An ensemble of non-interacting quantum dots is doped in the coupler. The bound exciton polariton states are calculated in the coupler using the transfer matrix method in the presence of the coupling between the external light (photons) and excitons. These bound exciton-polaritons interact with the excitons present in the quantum dots and the coupler is acting as a reservoir. The Schrödinger equation method has been used to calculate the absorption coefficient in quantum dots. It is found that when the distance between two slabs (CdS) is greater than decay length of evanescent waves the absorption spectrum has two peaks and one minimum. The minimum corresponds to a transparent state in the system. However, when the distance between the slabs is smaller than the decay length of evanescent waves, the absorption spectra has three peaks and two transparent states. In other words, one transparent state can be switched to two transparent states when the distance between the two layers is modified. This could be achieved by applying stress and strain fields. It is also found that transparent states can be switched on and off by applying an external control laser field.

  19. Bethe-Salpeter equation for quantum-well exciton states in an inhomogeneous magnetic field

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    Koinov, Z. G.; Nash, P.; Witzel, J.

    2003-04-01

    The trapping of excitons in a single quantum well due to the presence of a strong homogeneous magnetic field and a weak inhomogeneous cylindrical symmetric magnetic field, created by the deposition of a magnetized disk on top of the quantum well, both applied perpendicular to the x-y plane of confinement is studied theoretically. The numerical calculations are performed for GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs quantum wells and the formation of bound exciton states with nonzero values for the center-of-mass exciton wave function only in a small area is predicted.

  20. Bethe-Salpeter equation for exciton states in quantum well in a nonhomogeneous magnetic field

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    Koinov, Z.; Nash, P.; Witzel, J.

    2003-03-01

    The trapping of excitons in a single quantum well due to the presence of an external strong constant magnetic field and a small nonhomogeneous cylindrical symmetric magnetic field, created by a magnetized disk on top of the quantum well, is studied by applying the Bethe-Salpeter formalism. The numerical calculations are performed for GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells. We find that the nonhomogeneous magnetic field leads to the formation of bound exciton states with nonzero values for the center-of-mass exciton wave function only in a sufficiently small area.

  1. X-ray emission from core excitons

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    Carson, R. D.; Schnatterly, S. E.

    1987-07-01

    We have observed soft x-ray emission from core excitons in several semiconductors and insulators and find that the exciton intensity is related to its binding energy. We propose an explanation for these excitons and this relationship using a Wannier model. The validity of the Wannier model is further tested by comparing our measured exciton binding energies with predicted values. We conclude that this model appears to be a good starting point in the understanding of core excitons.

  2. Momentum dependence of the excitons in pentacene

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    Roth, Friedrich; Schuster, Roman; Koenig, Andreas; Knupfer, Martin; Berger, Helmuth

    2012-05-28

    We have carried out electron energy-loss investigations of the lowest singlet excitons in pentacene at 20 K. Our studies allow to determine the full exciton band structure in the a*, b* reciprocal lattice plane. The lowest singlet exciton can move coherently within this plane, and the resulting exciton dispersion is highly anisotropic. The analysis of the energetically following (satellite) features indicates a strong admixture of charge transfer excitations to the exciton wave function.

  3. Photovoltaic enhancement of organic solar cells by a bridged donor-acceptor block copolymer approach

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    Sun, Sam-Shajing; Zhang, Cheng; Ledbetter, Abram; Choi, Soobum; Seo, Kang; Bonner, Carl E.; Drees, Martin; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar

    2007-01-01

    The authors show that a photovoltaic device composed of a -donor-bridge-acceptor-bridge- type block copolymer thin film exhibits a significant performance improvement over its corresponding donor/acceptor blend (Voc increased from 0.14to1.10V and Jsc increased from 0.017 to 0.058mA/cm2) under identical conditions, where donor is an alkyl derivatized poly-p-phenylenevinylene (PPV) conjugated block, acceptor is a sulfone-alkyl derivatized PPV conjugated block, and bridge is a nonconjugated and flexible unit. The authors attribute such improvement to the block copolymer intrinsic nanophase separation and molecular self-assembly that results in the reduction of the exciton and carrier losses.

  4. Molecular helices as electron acceptors in high-performance bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Zhong, Yu; Trinh, M. Tuan; Chen, Rongsheng; Purdum, Geoffrey E.; Khlyabich, Petr P.; Sezen, Melda; Oh, Seokjoon; Zhu, Haiming; Fowler, Brandon; Zhang, Boyuan; Wang, Wei; Nam, Chang-Yong; Sfeir, Matthew Y.; Black, Charles T.; Steigerwald, Michael L.; Loo, Yueh-Lin; Ng, Fay; Zhu, X.-Y.; Nuckolls, Colin

    2015-01-01

    Despite numerous organic semiconducting materials synthesized for organic photovoltaics in the past decade, fullerenes are widely used as electron acceptors in highly efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells. None of the non-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells have achieved efficiencies as high as fullerene-based solar cells. Design principles for fullerene-free acceptors remain unclear in the field. Here we report examples of helical molecular semiconductors as electron acceptors that are on par with fullerene derivatives in efficient solar cells. We achieved an 8.3% power conversion efficiency in a solar cell, which is a record high for non-fullerene bulk heterojunctions. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealed both electron and hole transfer processes at the donor−acceptor interfaces. Atomic force microscopy reveals a mesh-like network of acceptors with pores that are tens of nanometres in diameter for efficient exciton separation and charge transport. This study describes a new motif for designing highly efficient acceptors for organic solar cells. PMID:26382113

  5. Molecular helices as electron acceptors in high-performance bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Yu M. Zhong; Nam, Chang -Yong; Trinh, M. Tuan; Chen, Rongsheng; Purdum, Geoffrey E.; Khlyabich, Petr P.; Sezen, Melda; Oh, Seokjoon; Zhu, Haiming; Fowler, Brandon; et al

    2015-09-18

    Despite numerous organic semiconducting materials synthesized for organic photovoltaics in the past decade, fullerenes are widely used as electron acceptors in highly efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells. None of the non-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells have achieved efficiencies as high as fullerene-based solar cells. Design principles for fullerene-free acceptors remain unclear in the field. Here we report examples of helical molecular semiconductors as electron acceptors that are on par with fullerene derivatives in efficient solar cells. We achieved an 8.3% power conversion efficiency in a solar cell, which is a record high for non-fullerene bulk heterojunctions. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealedmore » both electron and hole transfer processes at the donor–acceptor interfaces. Atomic force microscopy reveals a mesh-like network of acceptors with pores that are tens of nanometres in diameter for efficient exciton separation and charge transport. As a result, this study describes a new motif for designing highly efficient acceptors for organic solar cells.« less

  6. Molecular helices as electron acceptors in high-performance bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Yu M. Zhong; Nam, Chang -Yong; Trinh, M. Tuan; Chen, Rongsheng; Purdum, Geoffrey E.; Khlyabich, Petr P.; Sezen, Melda; Oh, Seokjoon; Zhu, Haiming; Fowler, Brandon; Zhang, Boyuan; Wang, Wei; Sfeir, Matthew Y.; Black, Charles T.; Steigerwald, Michael L.; Loo, Yueh -Lin; Ng, Fay; Zhu, X. -Y.; Nuckolls, Colin

    2015-09-18

    Despite numerous organic semiconducting materials synthesized for organic photovoltaics in the past decade, fullerenes are widely used as electron acceptors in highly efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells. None of the non-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells have achieved efficiencies as high as fullerene-based solar cells. Design principles for fullerene-free acceptors remain unclear in the field. Here we report examples of helical molecular semiconductors as electron acceptors that are on par with fullerene derivatives in efficient solar cells. We achieved an 8.3% power conversion efficiency in a solar cell, which is a record high for non-fullerene bulk heterojunctions. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealed both electron and hole transfer processes at the donor–acceptor interfaces. Atomic force microscopy reveals a mesh-like network of acceptors with pores that are tens of nanometres in diameter for efficient exciton separation and charge transport. As a result, this study describes a new motif for designing highly efficient acceptors for organic solar cells.

  7. Molecular helices as electron acceptors in high-performance bulk heterojunction solar cells.

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    Zhong, Yu; Trinh, M Tuan; Chen, Rongsheng; Purdum, Geoffrey E; Khlyabich, Petr P; Sezen, Melda; Oh, Seokjoon; Zhu, Haiming; Fowler, Brandon; Zhang, Boyuan; Wang, Wei; Nam, Chang-Yong; Sfeir, Matthew Y; Black, Charles T; Steigerwald, Michael L; Loo, Yueh-Lin; Ng, Fay; Zhu, X-Y; Nuckolls, Colin

    2015-09-18

    Despite numerous organic semiconducting materials synthesized for organic photovoltaics in the past decade, fullerenes are widely used as electron acceptors in highly efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells. None of the non-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells have achieved efficiencies as high as fullerene-based solar cells. Design principles for fullerene-free acceptors remain unclear in the field. Here we report examples of helical molecular semiconductors as electron acceptors that are on par with fullerene derivatives in efficient solar cells. We achieved an 8.3% power conversion efficiency in a solar cell, which is a record high for non-fullerene bulk heterojunctions. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealed both electron and hole transfer processes at the donor-acceptor interfaces. Atomic force microscopy reveals a mesh-like network of acceptors with pores that are tens of nanometres in diameter for efficient exciton separation and charge transport. This study describes a new motif for designing highly efficient acceptors for organic solar cells.

  8. Molecular helices as electron acceptors in high-performance bulk heterojunction solar cells.

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    Zhong, Yu; Trinh, M Tuan; Chen, Rongsheng; Purdum, Geoffrey E; Khlyabich, Petr P; Sezen, Melda; Oh, Seokjoon; Zhu, Haiming; Fowler, Brandon; Zhang, Boyuan; Wang, Wei; Nam, Chang-Yong; Sfeir, Matthew Y; Black, Charles T; Steigerwald, Michael L; Loo, Yueh-Lin; Ng, Fay; Zhu, X-Y; Nuckolls, Colin

    2015-01-01

    Despite numerous organic semiconducting materials synthesized for organic photovoltaics in the past decade, fullerenes are widely used as electron acceptors in highly efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells. None of the non-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells have achieved efficiencies as high as fullerene-based solar cells. Design principles for fullerene-free acceptors remain unclear in the field. Here we report examples of helical molecular semiconductors as electron acceptors that are on par with fullerene derivatives in efficient solar cells. We achieved an 8.3% power conversion efficiency in a solar cell, which is a record high for non-fullerene bulk heterojunctions. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealed both electron and hole transfer processes at the donor-acceptor interfaces. Atomic force microscopy reveals a mesh-like network of acceptors with pores that are tens of nanometres in diameter for efficient exciton separation and charge transport. This study describes a new motif for designing highly efficient acceptors for organic solar cells. PMID:26382113

  9. Quantum confined acceptors and donors in InSe nanosheets

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    Mudd, G. W.; Patanè, A. Makarovsky, O.; Eaves, L.; Kudrynskyi, Z. R.; Kovalyuk, Z. D.; Fay, M. W.; Zólyomi, V.; Falko, V.

    2014-12-01

    We report on the radiative recombination of photo-excited carriers bound at native donors and acceptors in exfoliated nanoflakes of nominally undoped rhombohedral γ-polytype InSe. The binding energies of these states are found to increase with the decrease in flake thickness, L. We model their dependence on L using a two-dimensional hydrogenic model for impurities and show that they are strongly sensitive to the position of the impurities within the nanolayer.

  10. Onset of exciton-exciton annihilation in single-layer black phosphorus

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    Surrente, A.; Mitioglu, A. A.; Galkowski, K.; Klopotowski, L.; Tabis, W.; Vignolle, B.; Maude, D. K.; Plochocka, P.

    2016-08-01

    The exciton dynamics in monolayer black phosphorus is investigated over a very wide range of photoexcited exciton densities using time resolved photoluminescence. At low excitation densities, the exciton dynamics is successfully described in terms of a double exponential decay. With increasing exciton population, a fast, nonexponential component develops as exciton-exciton annihilation takes over as the dominant recombination mechanism under high excitation conditions. Our results identify an upper limit for the injection density, after which exciton-exciton annihilation reduces the quantum yield, which will significantly impact the performance of light emitting devices based on single-layer black phosphorus.

  11. External quantum efficiency above 100% in a singlet-exciton-fission-based organic photovoltaic cell.

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    Congreve, Daniel N; Lee, Jiye; Thompson, Nicholas J; Hontz, Eric; Yost, Shane R; Reusswig, Philip D; Bahlke, Matthias E; Reineke, Sebastian; Van Voorhis, Troy; Baldo, Marc A

    2013-04-19

    Singlet exciton fission transforms a molecular singlet excited state into two triplet states, each with half the energy of the original singlet. In solar cells, it could potentially double the photocurrent from high-energy photons. We demonstrate organic solar cells that exploit singlet exciton fission in pentacene to generate more than one electron per incident photon in a portion of the visible spectrum. Using a fullerene acceptor, a poly(3-hexylthiophene) exciton confinement layer, and a conventional optical trapping scheme, we show a peak external quantum efficiency of (109 ± 1)% at wavelength λ = 670 nanometers for a 15-nanometer-thick pentacene film. The corresponding internal quantum efficiency is (160 ± 10)%. Analysis of the magnetic field effect on photocurrent suggests that the triplet yield approaches 200% for pentacene films thicker than 5 nanometers. PMID:23599489

  12. Acceptors in ZnO

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    Mccluskey, Matthew D.; Corolewski, Caleb; Lv, Jinpeng; Tarun, Marianne C.; Teklemichael, Samuel T.; Walter, Eric D.; Norton, M. G.; Harrison, Kale W.; Ha, Su Y.

    2015-03-21

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) has potential for a range of applications in the area of optoelectronics. The quest for p-type ZnO has focused much attention on acceptors. In this paper, Cu, N, and Li acceptor impurities are discussed. Experimental evidence shows that these point defects have acceptor levels 3.2, 1.5, and 0.8 eV above the valence-band maximum, respectively. The levels are deep because the ZnO valence band is quite low compared to conventional, non-oxide semiconductors. Using MoO2 contacts, the electrical resistivity of ZnO:Li was measured and showed behavior consistent with bulk hole conduction for temperatures above 400 K. A photoluminescence peak in ZnO nanocrystals has been attributed to an acceptor, which may involve a zinc vacancy. High field (W-band) electron paramagnetic resonance measurements on the nanocrystals revealed an axial center with g = 2.0033 and g = 2.0075, along with an isotropic center at g = 2.0053.

  13. Acceptors in ZnO

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    McCluskey, Matthew D. Corolewski, Caleb D.; Lv, Jinpeng; Tarun, Marianne C.; Teklemichael, Samuel T.; Walter, Eric D.; Norton, M. Grant; Harrison, Kale W.; Ha, Su

    2015-03-21

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) has potential for a range of applications in the area of optoelectronics. The quest for p-type ZnO has focused much attention on acceptors. In this paper, Cu, N, and Li acceptor impurities are discussed. Experimental evidence indicates these point defects have acceptor levels 3.2, 1.4, and 0.8 eV above the valence-band maximum, respectively. The levels are deep because the ZnO valence band is quite low compared to conventional, non-oxide semiconductors. Using MoO{sub 2} contacts, the electrical resistivity of ZnO:Li was measured and showed behavior consistent with bulk hole conduction for temperatures above 400 K. A photoluminescence peak in ZnO nanocrystals is attributed to an acceptor, which may involve a Zn vacancy. High field (W-band) electron paramagnetic resonance measurements on the nanocrystals revealed an axial center with g{sub ⊥} = 2.0015 and g{sub //} = 2.0056, along with an isotropic center at g = 2.0035.

  14. Photosynthetic light harvesting: excitons and coherence

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    Fassioli, Francesca; Dinshaw, Rayomond; Arpin, Paul C.; Scholes, Gregory D.

    2014-01-01

    Photosynthesis begins with light harvesting, where specialized pigment–protein complexes transform sunlight into electronic excitations delivered to reaction centres to initiate charge separation. There is evidence that quantum coherence between electronic excited states plays a role in energy transfer. In this review, we discuss how quantum coherence manifests in photosynthetic light harvesting and its implications. We begin by examining the concept of an exciton, an excited electronic state delocalized over several spatially separated molecules, which is the most widely available signature of quantum coherence in light harvesting. We then discuss recent results concerning the possibility that quantum coherence between electronically excited states of donors and acceptors may give rise to a quantum coherent evolution of excitations, modifying the traditional incoherent picture of energy transfer. Key to this (partially) coherent energy transfer appears to be the structure of the environment, in particular the participation of non-equilibrium vibrational modes. We discuss the open questions and controversies regarding quantum coherent energy transfer and how these can be addressed using new experimental techniques. PMID:24352671

  15. Photosynthetic light harvesting: excitons and coherence.

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    Fassioli, Francesca; Dinshaw, Rayomond; Arpin, Paul C; Scholes, Gregory D

    2014-03-01

    Photosynthesis begins with light harvesting, where specialized pigment-protein complexes transform sunlight into electronic excitations delivered to reaction centres to initiate charge separation. There is evidence that quantum coherence between electronic excited states plays a role in energy transfer. In this review, we discuss how quantum coherence manifests in photosynthetic light harvesting and its implications. We begin by examining the concept of an exciton, an excited electronic state delocalized over several spatially separated molecules, which is the most widely available signature of quantum coherence in light harvesting. We then discuss recent results concerning the possibility that quantum coherence between electronically excited states of donors and acceptors may give rise to a quantum coherent evolution of excitations, modifying the traditional incoherent picture of energy transfer. Key to this (partially) coherent energy transfer appears to be the structure of the environment, in particular the participation of non-equilibrium vibrational modes. We discuss the open questions and controversies regarding quantum coherent energy transfer and how these can be addressed using new experimental techniques.

  16. An Infinite Order Discrete Variable Representation of an Effective Mass Hamiltonian: Application to Exciton Wave Functions in Quantum Confined Nanostructures.

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    Kaledin, Alexey L; Lian, Tianquan; Hill, Craig L; Musaev, Djamaladdin G

    2014-08-12

    We describe an extension of the conventional Fourier grid discrete variable representation (DVR) to the bound state problem of a particle with a position-dependent mass. An infinite order DVR, derived for a variable mass kinetic energy operator, coupled with an efficient grid contraction scheme yields essentially exact eigenvalues for a chosen grid spacing. Implementation of the method is shown to be very practical due to the fact that in a DVR no integral evaluation is necessary and that the resultant kinetic energy matrix is sparse. Numerical calculations are presented for exciton states of spherical, cylindrical, and toric Type I (CdSe/ZnS) core-shell quantum dots. In these examples, electron-hole interaction is treated explicitly by solving a self-consistent Schrödinger-Poisson equation on a contracted DVR grid. Prospective applications of the developed approach to calculating electron transfer rates between adsorbed molecular acceptors and quantum confined nanocrystals of generic shape, dimensionality, and composition are also discussed.

  17. From charge-transfer to a charge-separated state: a perspective from the real-time TDDFT excitonic dynamics.

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    Petrone, Alessio; Lingerfelt, David B; Rega, Nadia; Li, Xiaosong

    2014-11-28

    In-chain donor/acceptor block copolymers comprised of alternating electron rich/poor moieties are emerging as promising semiconducting chromophores for use in organic photovoltaic devices. The mobilities of charge carriers in these materials are experimentally probed using gated organic field-effect transistors to quantify electron and hole mobilities, but a mechanistic understanding of the relevant charge diffusion pathways is lacking. To elucidate the mechanisms of electron and hole transport following excitation to optically accessible low-lying valence states, we utilize mean-field quantum electronic dynamics in the TDDFT formalism to explicitly track the evolution of these photo-accessible states. From the orbital pathway traversed in the dynamics, p- and n-type conductivities can be distinguished. The electronic dynamics of the studied polymers show the time-resolved transitions between the initial photoexcited state, a tightly-bound excitonic state that is dark to the ground state, and a partially charge separated state indicated by long-lived, out-of-phase charge oscillations along the polymer backbone. The frequency of these charge oscillations yields an insight into the characteristic mobilities of charge carriers in these materials. When the barycenters of the electron and hole densities are followed during the dynamics, a pseudo-classical picture for the translation of charge carrier densities along the polymer backbone emerges that clarifies a crucial aspect in the design of efficient organic photovoltaic materials. PMID:25306872

  18. Intrinsic homogeneous linewidth and broadening mechanisms of excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Moody, Galan; Kavir Dass, Chandriker; Hao, Kai; Chen, Chang-Hsiao; Li, Lain-Jong; Singh, Akshay; Tran, Kha; Clark, Genevieve; Xu, Xiaodong; Berghäuser, Gunnar; Malic, Ermin; Knorr, Andreas; Li, Xiaoqin

    2015-01-01

    The band-edge optical response of transition metal dichalcogenides, an emerging class of atomically thin semiconductors, is dominated by tightly bound excitons localized at the corners of the Brillouin zone (valley excitons). A fundamental yet unknown property of valley excitons in these materials is the intrinsic homogeneous linewidth, which reflects irreversible quantum dissipation arising from system (exciton) and bath (vacuum and other quasiparticles) interactions and determines the timescale during which excitons can be coherently manipulated. Here we use optical two-dimensional Fourier transform spectroscopy to measure the exciton homogeneous linewidth in monolayer tungsten diselenide (WSe2). The homogeneous linewidth is found to be nearly two orders of magnitude narrower than the inhomogeneous width at low temperatures. We evaluate quantitatively the role of exciton–exciton and exciton–phonon interactions and population relaxation as linewidth broadening mechanisms. The key insights reported here—strong many-body effects and intrinsically rapid radiative recombination—are expected to be ubiquitous in atomically thin semiconductors. PMID:26382305

  19. Tuning excitons in monolayer and few-layer MoS2

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    Qiu, Diana Y.; da Jornada, Felipe H.; Louie, Steven G.

    2014-03-01

    Our recent ab initio GW-BSE calculations showed that monolayer MoS2 is a computationally challenging system, requiring a large number of empty bands and very fine k-point sampling to converge its quasiparticle band structure and optical properties. Careful convergence of a GW-BSE calculation reveals that MoS2 has a large number of bound excitons with varying k-space characteristics. Specifically, there are two series of excitons: a low-energy series with k-space wavefunctions localized at the K/K' valleys in the Brillouin zone and a higher energy series localized in a ring around the Γ point. There is very little hybridization between these two exciton series in monolayer MoS2, but changes in electronic structure and screening due to additional layers, strain, or doping can lead to changes in exciton binding energies, character, and hybridization. Thus, we have carried out ab initio GW-BSE calculations to study the excitonic properties of few-layer MoS2. We find that layering and straining MoS2 systematically changes the exciton binding energies, the peak positions and amount of absorbance in the optical spectrum, and the character and hybridization of the excitons near Γ. This work was supported by NSF grant No. DMR10-1006184 and U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  20. Loss mechanisms in organic solar cells based on perylene diimide acceptors studied by time-resolved photoluminescence

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    Gerhard, Marina; Gehrig, Dominik; Howard, Ian A.; Arndt, Andreas P.; Bilal, Mühenad; Rahimi-Iman, Arash; Lemmer, Uli; Laquai, Frédéric; Koch, Martin

    2016-04-01

    In organic photovoltaics (OPV), perylene diimide (PDI) acceptor materials are promising candidates to replace the commonly used, but more expensive fullerene derivatives. The use of alternative acceptor materials however implies new design guidelines for OPV devices. It is therefore important to understand the underlying photophysical processes, which either lead to charge generation or geminate recombination. In this contribution, we investigate radiative losses in a series of OPV materials based on two polymers, P3HT and PTB7, respectively, which were blended with different PDI derivatives. Our time-resolved photoluminescence measurements (TRPL) allow us to identify different loss mechanisms by the decay characteristics of several excitonic species. In particular, we find evidence for unfavorable morphologies in terms of large-scale pure domains, inhibited exciton transport and incomplete charge transfer. Furthermore, in one of the P3HT-blends, an interfacial emissive charge transfer (CT) state with strong trapping character is identified.

  1. Novel Exciton States in Monolayer MoS2: Unconventional Effective Hamiltonian

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    da Jornada, Felipe; Qiu, Diana; Louie, Steven

    2014-03-01

    Recent well-converged ab inito GW-BSE calculations show that monolayer MoS2 has a large number of strongly bound excitons with varying characters. We show that these excitonic states cannot be even qualitatively described by an effective mass hydrogenic model without a detailed understanding of the 2D screening. Additionally, we identify and analyze one exciton series having an unusually high binding energy, which originates around the Γ point of the Brillouin zone. We show that this excitonic series arises from a fundamentally different effective Hamiltonian with a kinetic energy term resembling a Mexican hat in momentum space, which is responsible for the unusual ordering of the energy levels and distribution of oscillator strength. This work was supported by NSF grant No. DMR10-1006184 and the U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  2. Fine structure of the Mn acceptor in GaAs

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    Krainov, I. V.; Debus, J.; Averkiev, N. S.; Dimitriev, G. S.; Sapega, V. F.; Lähderanta, E.

    2016-06-01

    We reveal the electronic level structure of the Mn acceptor, which consists of a valence-band hole bound to an Mn2 + ion, in presence of applied uniaxial stress and an external magnetic field in bulk GaAs. Resonant spin-flip Raman scattering is used to measure the g factor of the AMn0 center in the ground and excited states with the total angular momenta F =1 and F =2 and characterize the optical selection rules of the spin-flip transitions between these Mn-acceptor states. We determine the random stress fields near the Mn acceptor, the constant of the antiferromagnetic exchange interaction between the valence-band holes and the electrons of the inner Mn2 + shell as well as the deformation potential for the exchange energy. The p -d exchange energy, in particular, decreases significantly with increasing compressive stress. By combining the experimental Raman study with the developed theoretical model on the scattering efficiency, in which also the random local and external uniaxial stresses and magnetic field are considered, the fine structure of the Mn acceptor is determined in full detail.

  3. Exciton dynamicsstudied via internal THz transitions

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    Kaindl, R.A.; Hagele, D.; Carnahan, M.A.; Lovenich, R.; Chemla,D.S.

    2003-02-26

    We employ a novel, ultrafast terahertz probe to investigatethe dynamical interplay of optically-induced excitons and unboundelectron-hole pairs in GaAs quantum wells. Resonant creation ofheavy-hole excitons induces a new low-energy oscillator linked totransitions between the internal exciton degrees of freedom. The timeresolved terahertz optical conductivity is found to be a probe wellsuited for studies of fundamental processes such as formation, relaxationand ionization of excitons.

  4. Exciton coupling in molecular crystals

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    Ake, R. L.

    1976-01-01

    The implications of perfect exciton coupling and molecular vibrations were investigated, as well as the effect they have on the lifetime of singlet and triplet excitons coupled in a limiting geometry. Crystalline bibenzyl, Cl4Hl4, provided a situation in which these mechanisms involving exciton coupling can be studied in the limit of perfect coupling between units due to the crystal's geometry. This geometry leads to a coupling between the two halves of the molecule resulting in a splitting of the molecular excited states. The study reported involves an experimental spectroscopic approach and begins with the purification of the bibenzyl. The principal experimental apparatus was an emission spectrometer. A closed cycle cryogenic system was used to vary the temperature of the sample between 20 K and 300 K. The desired results are the temperature-dependent emission spectra of the bibenzyl; in addition, the lifetimes and quantum yields measured at each temperature reveal the effect of competing radiationless processes.

  5. Talbot Effect for Exciton Polaritons

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    Gao, T.; Estrecho, E.; Li, G.; Egorov, O. A.; Ma, X.; Winkler, K.; Kamp, M.; Schneider, C.; Höfling, S.; Truscott, A. G.; Ostrovskaya, E. A.

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate, experimentally and theoretically, a Talbot effect for hybrid light-matter waves—an exciton-polariton condensate formed in a semiconductor microcavity with embedded quantum wells. The characteristic "Talbot carpet" is produced by loading the exciton-polariton condensate into a microstructured one-dimensional periodic array of mesa traps, which creates an array of phase-locked sources for coherent polariton flow in the plane of the quantum wells. The spatial distribution of the Talbot fringes outside the mesas mimics the near-field diffraction of a monochromatic wave on a periodic amplitude and phase grating with the grating period comparable to the wavelength. Despite the lossy nature of the polariton system, the Talbot pattern persists for distances exceeding the size of the mesas by an order of magnitude. Thus, our experiment demonstrates efficient shaping of the two-dimensional flow of coherent exciton polaritons by a one-dimensional "flat lens."

  6. Talbot Effect for Exciton Polaritons.

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    Gao, T; Estrecho, E; Li, G; Egorov, O A; Ma, X; Winkler, K; Kamp, M; Schneider, C; Höfling, S; Truscott, A G; Ostrovskaya, E A

    2016-08-26

    We demonstrate, experimentally and theoretically, a Talbot effect for hybrid light-matter waves-an exciton-polariton condensate formed in a semiconductor microcavity with embedded quantum wells. The characteristic "Talbot carpet" is produced by loading the exciton-polariton condensate into a microstructured one-dimensional periodic array of mesa traps, which creates an array of phase-locked sources for coherent polariton flow in the plane of the quantum wells. The spatial distribution of the Talbot fringes outside the mesas mimics the near-field diffraction of a monochromatic wave on a periodic amplitude and phase grating with the grating period comparable to the wavelength. Despite the lossy nature of the polariton system, the Talbot pattern persists for distances exceeding the size of the mesas by an order of magnitude. Thus, our experiment demonstrates efficient shaping of the two-dimensional flow of coherent exciton polaritons by a one-dimensional "flat lens." PMID:27610883

  7. Charge and energy transfer in a bithiophene perylenediimide based donor-acceptor-donor system for use in organic photovoltaics.

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    Wenzel, Jan; Dreuw, Andreas; Burghardt, Irene

    2013-07-28

    The elementary charge and excitation energy transfer steps in a novel symmetric donor-acceptor-donor triad first described in Roland et al. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 273, consisting of a central perylenediimide moiety as a potential electron acceptor and two identical electron rich bithiophene compounds, have been investigated using quantum chemical methodology. These elementary processes determine the applicability of such systems in photovoltaic devices. The molecular structure, excited states and the photo-physical properties are investigated using smaller model systems and including solvation effects. The donor and acceptor π-systems are separated by an ethyl bridge such that the molecular orbitals are either located on the donor or acceptor moiety making the identification of locally excited versus charge transfer states straightforward. Using excited state geometry optimizations, the mechanism of photo-initiated charge separation could be identified. Geometry relaxation in the excited donor state leads to a near-degeneracy with the locally excited acceptor state, entailing strong excitonic coupling and resonance energy transfer. This energy transfer process is driven by planarization and bond length alternation of the donor molecule. Geometry relaxation of the locally excited acceptor state in turn reveals a crossing with the energetically lowest charge transfer excited state. The energetic position of the latter depends in a sensitive fashion on the solvent. This provides an explanation of the sequential process observed in the experiment, favoring ultrafast (∼130 fs) formation of the excited acceptor state followed by slower (∼3 ps scale) formation of the charge separated state.

  8. Excitons in a mirror: Formation of “optical bilayers” using MoS{sub 2} monolayers on gold substrates

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    Mertens, Jan; Baumberg, Jeremy J.; Shi, Yumeng; Yang, Hui Ying; Molina-Sánchez, Alejandro; Wirtz, Ludger

    2014-05-12

    We report coupling of excitons in monolayers of molybdenum disulphide to their mirror image in an underlying gold substrate. Excitons at the direct band gap are little affected by the substrate whereas strongly bound C-excitons associated with a van-Hove singularity change drastically. On quartz substrates only one C-exciton is visible (in the blue) but on gold substrates a strong red-shifted extra resonance in the green is seen. Exciton coupling to its image leads to formation of a “mirror biexciton” with enhanced binding energy. Estimates of this energy shift in an emitter-gold system match experiments well. The absorption spectrum of MoS{sub 2} on gold thus resembles a bilayer of MoS{sub 2} which has been created by optical coupling. Additional top-mirrors produce an “optical bulk.”.

  9. Tuning the driving force for exciton dissociation in single-walled carbon nanotube heterojunctions

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    Ihly, Rachelle; Mistry, Kevin S.; Ferguson, Andrew J.; Clikeman, Tyler T.; Larson, Bryon W.; Reid, Obadiah; Boltalina, Olga V.; Strauss, Steven H.; Rumbles, Garry; Blackburn, Jeffrey L.

    2016-06-01

    Understanding the kinetics and energetics of interfacial electron transfer in molecular systems is crucial for the development of a broad array of technologies, including photovoltaics, solar fuel systems and energy storage. The Marcus formulation for electron transfer relates the thermodynamic driving force and reorganization energy for charge transfer between a given donor/acceptor pair to the kinetics and yield of electron transfer. Here we investigated the influence of the thermodynamic driving force for photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and fullerene derivatives by employing time-resolved microwave conductivity as a sensitive probe of interfacial exciton dissociation. For the first time, we observed the Marcus inverted region (in which driving force exceeds reorganization energy) and quantified the reorganization energy for PET for a model SWCNT/acceptor system. The small reorganization energies (about 130 meV, most of which probably arises from the fullerene acceptors) are beneficial in minimizing energy loss in photoconversion schemes.

  10. Exciton-photon correlations in bosonic condensates of exciton-polaritons

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    Kavokin, Alexey V.; Sheremet, Alexandra S.; Shelykh, Ivan A.; Lagoudakis, Pavlos G.; Rubo, Yuri G.

    2015-01-01

    Exciton-polaritons are mixed light-matter quasiparticles. We have developed a statistical model describing stochastic exciton-photon transitions within a condensate of exciton polaritons. We show that the exciton-photon correlator depends on the rate of incoherent exciton-photon transformations in the condensate. We discuss implications of this effect for the quantum statistics of photons emitted by polariton lasers. PMID:26153979

  11. Negative Polaron and Triplet Exciton Diffusion inOrganometallic “Molecular Wires”

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    Schanze, K.S.; Miller, J.; Keller, J.M.; Sean McIlroy, S.; Sreearuothai, P.; Danilov, E.O.; Jiang, H.; Glusac, K.D.; Miller, J.R.

    2011-07-27

    The dynamics of negative polaron and triplet exciton transport within a series of monodisperse platinum (Pt) acetylide oligomers is reported. The oligomers consist of Pt-acetylide repeats, [PtL{sub 2}-C {triple_bond} C-Ph-C {triple_bond} C-]{sub n} (where L = PBu{sub 3} and Ph = 1,4-phenylene, n = 2, 3, 6, and 10), capped with naphthalene diimide (NDI) end groups. The Pt-acetylide segments are electro- and photoactive, and they serve as conduits for transport of electrons (negative polaron) and triplet excitons. The NDI end groups are relatively strong acceptors, serving as traps for the carriers. Negative polaron transport is studied by using pulse radiolysis/transient absorption at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Laser-Electron Accelerator Facility (LEAF). Electrons are rapidly attached to the oligomers, with some fraction initially residing upon the Pt-acetylide chains. The dynamics of transport are resolved by monitoring the spectral changes associated with transfer of electrons from the chain to the NDI end group. Triplet exciton transport is studied by femtosecond-picosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Near-UV excitation leads to rapid production of triplet excitons localized on the Pt-acetylide chains. The excitons transport to the chain ends, where they are annihilated by charge separation with the NDI end group. The dynamics of triplet transport are resolved by transient absorption spectroscopy, taking advantage of the changes in spectra associated with decay of the triplet exciton and rise of the charge-separated state. The results indicate that negative polarons and excitons are transported rapidly, on average moving distances of 3 nm in less than 200 ps. Analysis of the dynamics suggests diffusive transport by a site-to-site hopping mechanism with hopping times of 27 ps for triplets and <10 ps for electrons.

  12. Organic photovoltaic cells based on unconventional electron donor fullerene and electron acceptor copper hexadecafluorophthalocyanine

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    Yang, J. L.; Sullivan, P.; Schumann, S.; Hancox, I.; Jones, T. S.

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate organic discrete heterojunction photovoltaic cells based on fullerene (C60) and copper hexadecafluorophthalocyanine (F16CuPc), in which the C60 and F16CuPc act as the electron donor and the electron acceptor, respectively. The C60/F16CuPc cells fabricated with conventional and inverted architectures both exhibit comparable power conversion efficiencies. Furthermore, we show that the photocurrent in both cells is generated by a conventional exciton dissociation mechanism rather than the exciton recombination mechanism recently proposed for a similar C60/F16ZnPc system [Song et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 4554 (2010)]. These results demonstrate that new unconventional material systems are a potential way to fabricate organic photovoltaic cells with inverted as well as conventional architectures.

  13. Direct measurement of exciton valley coherence in monolayer WSe2

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    Hao, Kai; Moody, Galan; Wu, Fengcheng; Dass, Chandriker Kavir; Xu, Lixiang; Chen, Chang-Hsiao; Sun, Liuyang; Li, Ming-Yang; Li, Lain-Jong; MacDonald, Allan H.; Li, Xiaoqin

    2016-07-01

    In crystals, energy band extrema in momentum space can be identified by a valley index. The internal quantum degree of freedom associated with valley pseudospin indices can act as a useful information carrier, analogous to electronic charge or spin. Interest in valleytronics has been revived in recent years following the discovery of atomically thin materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides. However, the valley coherence time--a crucial quantity for valley pseudospin manipulation--is difficult to directly probe. In this work, we use two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy to resonantly generate and detect valley coherence of excitons (Coulomb-bound electron-hole pairs) in monolayer WSe2 (refs ,). The imposed valley coherence persists for approximately one hundred femtoseconds. We propose that the electron-hole exchange interaction provides an important decoherence mechanism in addition to exciton population recombination. This work provides critical insight into the requirements and strategies for optical manipulation of the valley pseudospin for future valleytronics applications.

  14. Excitonic effects in two-dimensional semiconductors: Path integral Monte Carlo approach

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Saxena, Avadh

    2015-11-01

    The most striking features of novel two-dimensional semiconductors (e.g., transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers or phosphorene) is a strong Coulomb interaction between charge carriers resulting in large excitonic effects. In particular, this leads to the formation of multicarrier bound states upon photoexcitation (e.g., excitons, trions, and biexcitons), which could remain stable at near-room temperatures and contribute significantly to the optical properties of such materials. In our work we have used the path integral Monte Carlo methodology to numerically study properties of multicarrier bound states in two-dimensional semiconductors. Specifically, we have accurately investigated and tabulated the dependence of single-exciton, trion, and biexciton binding energies on the strength of dielectric screening, including the limiting cases of very strong and very weak screening. Our results of this work are potentially useful in the analysis of experimental data and benchmarking of theoretical and computational models.

  15. Excitonic effects in two-dimensional semiconductors: Path integral Monte Carlo approach

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Saxena, Avadh

    2015-11-01

    The most striking features of novel two-dimensional semiconductors (e.g., transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers or phosphorene) is a strong Coulomb interaction between charge carriers resulting in large excitonic effects. In particular, this leads to the formation of multicarrier bound states upon photoexcitation (e.g., excitons, trions, and biexcitons), which could remain stable at near-room temperatures and contribute significantly to the optical properties of such materials. In our work we have used the path integral Monte Carlo methodology to numerically study properties of multicarrier bound states in two-dimensional semiconductors. Specifically, we have accurately investigated and tabulated the dependence of single-exciton, trion, and biexcitonmore » binding energies on the strength of dielectric screening, including the limiting cases of very strong and very weak screening. Our results of this work are potentially useful in the analysis of experimental data and benchmarking of theoretical and computational models.« less

  16. Excitonic effects in two-dimensional semiconductors: Path integral Monte Carlo approach

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Saxena, Avadh

    2015-11-11

    The most striking features of novel two-dimensional semiconductors (e.g., transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers or phosphorene) is a strong Coulomb interaction between charge carriers resulting in large excitonic effects. In particular, this leads to the formation of multicarrier bound states upon photoexcitation (e.g., excitons, trions, and biexcitons), which could remain stable at near-room temperatures and contribute significantly to the optical properties of such materials. In our work we have used the path integral Monte Carlo methodology to numerically study properties of multicarrier bound states in two-dimensional semiconductors. Specifically, we have accurately investigated and tabulated the dependence of single-exciton, trion, and biexciton binding energies on the strength of dielectric screening, including the limiting cases of very strong and very weak screening. Our results of this work are potentially useful in the analysis of experimental data and benchmarking of theoretical and computational models.

  17. Interface effects on acceptor qubits in silicon and germanium.

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    Abadillo-Uriel, J C; Calderón, M J

    2016-01-15

    Dopant-based quantum computing implementations often require the dopants to be situated close to an interface to facilitate qubit manipulation with local gates. Interfaces not only modify the energies of the bound states but also affect their symmetry. Making use of the successful effective mass theory we study the energy spectra of acceptors in Si or Ge taking into account the quantum confinement, the dielectric mismatch and the central cell effects. The presence of an interface puts constraints to the allowed symmetries and leads to the splitting of the ground state in two Kramers doublets (Mol et al 2015 Appl. Phys. Lett. 106 203110). Inversion symmetry breaking also implies parity mixing which affects the allowed optical transitions. Consequences for acceptor qubits are discussed. PMID:26618443

  18. Phase diagram of degenerate exciton systems.

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    Lai, C W; Zoch, J; Gossard, A C; Chemla, D S

    2004-01-23

    Degenerate exciton systems have been produced in quasi-two-dimensional confined areas in semiconductor coupled quantum well structures. We observed contractions of clouds containing tens of thousands of excitons within areas as small as (10 micron)2 near 10 kelvin. The spatial and energy distributions of optically active excitons were determined by measuring photoluminescence as a function of temperature and laser excitation and were used as thermodynamic quantities to construct the phase diagram of the exciton system, which demonstrates the existence of distinct phases. Understanding the formation mechanisms of these degenerate exciton systems can open new opportunities for the realization of Bose-Einstein condensation in the solid state.

  19. Band-edge optical transitions in a nonpolar-plane GaN substrate: exciton-phonon coupling and temperature effects

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    Wang, M. Z.; Xu, S. J.

    2016-09-01

    We present a detailed investigation of the band-edge optical transitions involving the interacting exciton-phonon system, especially first-order longitudinal optical (LO) phonon-assisted luminescence of bound and free excitons in m- and c-plane GaN substrates in a low temperature range from 4 K to 40 K. The main luminescence features of all of the three kinds of excitons can be well described by the theoretical models that take exciton-LO-phonon coupling into account. The effective Bohr radii of the excitons play a key role in determining the Huang-Rhys factor characterizing the exciton-LO-phonon coupling strength in GaN. An interesting oscillatory structure is found to appear in the low-temperature luminescence spectra of the nonpolar-plane GaN substrate, which needs to be clarified by further investigations.

  20. Stability of excitonic complexes in a multi-valley/band semiconductor

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    Katow, Hiroki; Usukura, Junko; Akashi, Ryosuke; Varga, Kalman; Tsuneyuki, Shinji

    Whether bound states are present for few-particle quantum systems is far from axiomatic and has been a hot topic for decades. For example, three-positronium and -/hydrogen bound states are not present in the vacuum. On the other hand, it has also been proposed that three excitons can be bound with each other in multi-valley/band semiconductors [J. S. Wang & C. Kittel, Phys. Lett. 42A, No. 3 (1972)]. Indeed, an array of photoluminescence peaks have been recently observed in diamond [J. Omachi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 026402(2013)], which could suggest the existence of possible multi-exciton bound states. We theoretically examine if such bound states are possible by a variational method. For the electron-hole Hamiltonian including the valley and band degrees of freedom, we expressed trial many-body wave function with the correlated Gaussian bases and optimized it with the stochastic variational method [J. Mitroy et al., Rev. of Mod. Phys., 85, 2013]. We have shown bound states for N-exciton systems with N more than two. In the talk, we discuss the dependence of the bound states on the model settings and its relation to the experimental observation.

  1. Effect of heteroboundary spreading on the properties of exciton states in Zn(Cd)Se/ZnMgSSe quantum wells

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    Adiyatullin, A. F. Belykh, V. V.; Kozlovsky, V. I.; Krivobok, V. S. Martovitsky, V. P.; Nikolaev, S. N.

    2012-11-15

    Exciton states in Zn(Cd)Se/ZnMgSSe quantum wells with different diffusion spreading of interfaces are studied by optical spectroscopy methods. It is shown that the emission spectrum of quantum wells at low temperatures is determined by free excitons and bound excitons on neutral donors. The nonlinear dependence of the stationary photoluminescence intensity on the excitation power density and the biexponential luminescence decay are explained by the neutralization of charged defects upon photoexcitation of heterostructures. With the stationary illumination on, durable (about 40 min) reversible changes in the reflection coefficient near the exciton resonances of quantum wells are observed. It is shown that, along with the shift of exciton levels, the spreading of heteroboundaries leads to three effects: an increase in the excitonphonon interaction, an increase in the energy shift between the emission lines of free and bound excitons, and a decrease in the decay time of exciton luminescence in a broad temperature range. The main reasons for these effects are discussed.

  2. Observation of excitonic super-radiance in quantum well structures and its application for laser cooling of solids

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    Hassani Nia, Iman; Weinberg, David; Wheaton, Skylar; Weiss, Emily A.; Mohseni, Hooman

    2016-03-01

    Excitons, bound electron-hole pairs, possess distinct physical properties from free electrons and holes that can be employed to improve the performance of optoelectronic devices. In particular, the signatures of excitons are enhanced optical absorption and radiative emission. These characteristics could be of major benefit for the laser cooling of semiconductors, a process which has stringent requirements on the parasitic absorption of incident radiation and the internal quantum efficiency. Here we experimentally demonstrate the dominant ultrafast excitonic super-radiance of our quantum well structure from 78 K up to room temperature. The experimental results are followed by our detailed discussions about the advantages and limitations of this method.

  3. Translational mass of an exciton

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    Cafolla, A. A.; Schnatterly, S. E.; Tarrio, C.

    1985-12-01

    From transmission electron-energy-loss measurements we show that the mass of an exciton M* is greater than the sum of the effective masses of the electron and hole me+mh. This result is consistent with a recent prediction by Mattis and Gallinar.

  4. Exciton size and quantum transport in nanoplatelets

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    Pelzer, Kenley M. Gray, Stephen K.; Darling, Seth B.; Schaller, Richard D.

    2015-12-14

    Two-dimensional nanoplatelets (NPLs) are an exciting class of materials with promising optical and energy transport properties. The possibility of efficient energy transport between nanoplatelets raises questions regarding the nature of energy transfer in these thin, laterally extended systems. A challenge in understanding exciton transport is the uncertainty regarding the size of the exciton. Depending on the material and defects in the nanoplatelet, an exciton could plausibly extend over an entire plate or localize to a small region. The variation in possible exciton sizes raises the question how exciton size impacts the efficiency of transport between nanoplatelet structures. Here, we explore this issue using a quantum master equation approach. This method goes beyond the assumptions of Förster theory to allow for quantum mechanical effects that could increase energy transfer efficiency. The model is extremely flexible in describing different systems, allowing us to test the effect of varying the spatial extent of the exciton. We first discuss qualitative aspects of the relationship between exciton size and transport and then conduct simulations of exciton transport between NPLs for a range of exciton sizes and environmental conditions. Our results reveal that exciton size has a strong effect on energy transfer efficiency and suggest that manipulation of exciton size may be useful in designing NPLs for energy transport.

  5. Emission quenching and charge separation in bridged donor-acceptor block copolymers

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    Bonner, Carl E., Jr.; Sun, Sam-Shajing; Wang, Meina; Vick, Shameika; Winston, Kizzy M.; Ledbetter, Abram J.; Douglas, Lawrence

    2004-11-01

    The optical properties of previously synthesized sulfone and methoxy substituted block co-polymers of poly-phenlyenevinylene (PPV) have been examined. An internal space charge field is formed which has been used to quench the luminescence intensity in these materials by separating optically generated excitons and electron-hole pairs. The absorption and emission spectra and the time dependence of the emission of donor and acceptor derivatized block co-polymers was measured and the quenching of the luminescence was observed and quantified. PPV materials with this internal field have potential applications as solar energy converters and photodetectors.

  6. Effective tight-binding models for excitons in branched conjugated molecules.

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    Li, Hao; Malinin, Sergey V; Tretiak, Sergei; Chernyak, Vladimir Y

    2013-08-14

    Effective tight-binding models have been introduced to describe vertical electronic excitations in branched conjugated molecules. The excited-state electronic structure is characterized by quantum particles (excitons) that reside on an irregular lattice (graph) that reflects the molecular structure. The methodology allows for the exciton spectra and energy-dependent exciton scattering matrices to be described in terms of a small number of lattice parameters which can be obtained from quantum-chemical computations using the exciton scattering approach as a tool. We illustrate the tight-binding model approach using the time-dependent Hartree-Fock computations in phenylacetylene oligomers. The on-site energies and hopping constants have been identified from the exciton dispersion and scattering matrices. In particular, resonant, as well as bound states, are reproduced for a symmetric quadruple branching center. The capability of the tight-binding model approach to describe the exciton-phonon coupling and energetic disorder in large branched conjugated molecules is briefly discussed. PMID:23947845

  7. Optical spectroscopy of free excitons in a CuInS{sub 2} chalcopyrite semiconductor compound

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    Mudryi, A. V. Ivanyukovich, A. V.; Yakushev, M. V.; Martin, R.; Saad, A.

    2008-01-15

    The spectra of reflectance and luminescence of high-quality CuInS{sub 2} single crystals grown by oriented crystallization are studied at the temperature 4.2 K. In the region of the fundamental absorption edge, the two excitonic resonance reflectance peaks, nondegenerate peak A at the energy {approx}1.5356 eV and doubly degenerate peak BC at the energy {approx}1.5567 eV, and the luminescence signal produced by free and bound excitons are observed. The luminescence lines, A{sub UPB} at {approx}1.5361 eV and A{sub LPB} at {approx}1.5347 eV, with a half-width {approx}1 meV, are attributed to exciton-polariton recombination. From the experimentally observed energy position of the exciton ground state and excited states, the binding energy of free excitons is determined to be {approx}18.5 meV. In studying the photoluminescence in magnetic fields up to 10 T, a diamagnetic shift of the ground state of free excitons A is observed.

  8. Ultrafast formation of interlayer hot excitons in atomically thin MoS2/WS2 heterostructures.

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    Chen, Hailong; Wen, Xiewen; Zhang, Jing; Wu, Tianmin; Gong, Yongji; Zhang, Xiang; Yuan, Jiangtan; Yi, Chongyue; Lou, Jun; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Zhuang, Wei; Zhang, Guangyu; Zheng, Junrong

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals heterostructures composed of two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides layers have recently emerged as a new family of materials, with great potential for atomically thin opto-electronic and photovoltaic applications. It is puzzling, however, that the photocurrent is yielded so efficiently in these structures, despite the apparent momentum mismatch between the intralayer/interlayer excitons during the charge transfer, as well as the tightly bound nature of the excitons in 2D geometry. Using the energy-state-resolved ultrafast visible/infrared microspectroscopy, we herein obtain unambiguous experimental evidence of the charge transfer intermediate state with excess energy, during the transition from an intralayer exciton to an interlayer exciton at the interface of a WS2/MoS2 heterostructure, and free carriers moving across the interface much faster than recombining into the intralayer excitons. The observations therefore explain how the remarkable charge transfer rate and photocurrent generation are achieved even with the aforementioned momentum mismatch and excitonic localization in 2D heterostructures and devices. PMID:27539942

  9. Ultrafast formation of interlayer hot excitons in atomically thin MoS2/WS2 heterostructures

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    Chen, Hailong; Wen, Xiewen; Zhang, Jing; Wu, Tianmin; Gong, Yongji; Zhang, Xiang; Yuan, Jiangtan; Yi, Chongyue; Lou, Jun; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Zhuang, Wei; Zhang, Guangyu; Zheng, Junrong

    2016-08-01

    Van der Waals heterostructures composed of two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides layers have recently emerged as a new family of materials, with great potential for atomically thin opto-electronic and photovoltaic applications. It is puzzling, however, that the photocurrent is yielded so efficiently in these structures, despite the apparent momentum mismatch between the intralayer/interlayer excitons during the charge transfer, as well as the tightly bound nature of the excitons in 2D geometry. Using the energy-state-resolved ultrafast visible/infrared microspectroscopy, we herein obtain unambiguous experimental evidence of the charge transfer intermediate state with excess energy, during the transition from an intralayer exciton to an interlayer exciton at the interface of a WS2/MoS2 heterostructure, and free carriers moving across the interface much faster than recombining into the intralayer excitons. The observations therefore explain how the remarkable charge transfer rate and photocurrent generation are achieved even with the aforementioned momentum mismatch and excitonic localization in 2D heterostructures and devices.

  10. Ultrafast formation of interlayer hot excitons in atomically thin MoS2/WS2 heterostructures.

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    Chen, Hailong; Wen, Xiewen; Zhang, Jing; Wu, Tianmin; Gong, Yongji; Zhang, Xiang; Yuan, Jiangtan; Yi, Chongyue; Lou, Jun; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Zhuang, Wei; Zhang, Guangyu; Zheng, Junrong

    2016-08-19

    Van der Waals heterostructures composed of two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides layers have recently emerged as a new family of materials, with great potential for atomically thin opto-electronic and photovoltaic applications. It is puzzling, however, that the photocurrent is yielded so efficiently in these structures, despite the apparent momentum mismatch between the intralayer/interlayer excitons during the charge transfer, as well as the tightly bound nature of the excitons in 2D geometry. Using the energy-state-resolved ultrafast visible/infrared microspectroscopy, we herein obtain unambiguous experimental evidence of the charge transfer intermediate state with excess energy, during the transition from an intralayer exciton to an interlayer exciton at the interface of a WS2/MoS2 heterostructure, and free carriers moving across the interface much faster than recombining into the intralayer excitons. The observations therefore explain how the remarkable charge transfer rate and photocurrent generation are achieved even with the aforementioned momentum mismatch and excitonic localization in 2D heterostructures and devices.

  11. Ultrafast formation of interlayer hot excitons in atomically thin MoS2/WS2 heterostructures

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    Chen, Hailong; Wen, Xiewen; Zhang, Jing; Wu, Tianmin; Gong, Yongji; Zhang, Xiang; Yuan, Jiangtan; Yi, Chongyue; Lou, Jun; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Zhuang, Wei; Zhang, Guangyu; Zheng, Junrong

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals heterostructures composed of two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides layers have recently emerged as a new family of materials, with great potential for atomically thin opto-electronic and photovoltaic applications. It is puzzling, however, that the photocurrent is yielded so efficiently in these structures, despite the apparent momentum mismatch between the intralayer/interlayer excitons during the charge transfer, as well as the tightly bound nature of the excitons in 2D geometry. Using the energy-state-resolved ultrafast visible/infrared microspectroscopy, we herein obtain unambiguous experimental evidence of the charge transfer intermediate state with excess energy, during the transition from an intralayer exciton to an interlayer exciton at the interface of a WS2/MoS2 heterostructure, and free carriers moving across the interface much faster than recombining into the intralayer excitons. The observations therefore explain how the remarkable charge transfer rate and photocurrent generation are achieved even with the aforementioned momentum mismatch and excitonic localization in 2D heterostructures and devices. PMID:27539942

  12. Probing excitonic states in suspended two-dimensional semiconductors by photocurrent spectroscopy

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    Klots, A. R.; Newaz, A. K. M.; Wang, Bin; Prasai, D.; Krzyzanowska, H.; Lin, Junhao; Caudel, D.; Ghimire, N. J.; Yan, J.; Ivanov, B. L.; et al

    2014-10-16

    The optical response of semiconducting monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) is dominated by strongly bound excitons that are stable even at room temperature. However, substrate-related effects such as screening and disorder in currently available specimens mask many anticipated physical phenomena and limit device applications of TMDCs. Here, we demonstrate that that these undesirable effects are strongly suppressed in suspended devices. Extremely robust (photogain > 1,000) and fast (response time < 1 ms) photoresponse allow us to study, for the first time, the formation, binding energies, and dissociation mechanisms of excitons in TMDCs through photocurrent spectroscopy. By analyzing the spectral positions ofmore » peaks in the photocurrent and by comparing them with first-principles calculations, we obtain binding energies, band gaps and spin-orbit splitting in monolayer TMDCs. For monolayer MoS2, in particular, we obtain an extremely large binding energy for band-edge excitons, Ebind ≥ 570 meV. Along with band-edge excitons, we observe excitons associated with a van Hove singularity of rather unique nature. In conclusion, the analysis of the source-drain voltage dependence of photocurrent spectra reveals exciton dissociation and photoconversion mechanisms in TMDCs.« less

  13. Probing excitonic states in suspended two-dimensional semiconductors by photocurrent spectroscopy

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    Klots, A. R.; Newaz, A. K. M.; Wang, Bin; Prasai, D.; Krzyzanowska, H.; Lin, Junhao; Caudel, D.; Ghimire, N. J.; Yan, J.; Ivanov, B. L.; Velizhanin, K. A.; Burger, A.; Mandrus, D. G.; Tolk, N. H.; Pantelides, S. T.; Bolotin, K. I.

    2014-10-16

    The optical response of semiconducting monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) is dominated by strongly bound excitons that are stable even at room temperature. However, substrate-related effects such as screening and disorder in currently available specimens mask many anticipated physical phenomena and limit device applications of TMDCs. Here, we demonstrate that that these undesirable effects are strongly suppressed in suspended devices. Extremely robust (photogain > 1,000) and fast (response time < 1 ms) photoresponse allow us to study, for the first time, the formation, binding energies, and dissociation mechanisms of excitons in TMDCs through photocurrent spectroscopy. By analyzing the spectral positions of peaks in the photocurrent and by comparing them with first-principles calculations, we obtain binding energies, band gaps and spin-orbit splitting in monolayer TMDCs. For monolayer MoS2, in particular, we obtain an extremely large binding energy for band-edge excitons, Ebind ≥ 570 meV. Along with band-edge excitons, we observe excitons associated with a van Hove singularity of rather unique nature. In conclusion, the analysis of the source-drain voltage dependence of photocurrent spectra reveals exciton dissociation and photoconversion mechanisms in TMDCs.

  14. Spatially indirect excitons in coupled quantum wells

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    Lai, Chih-Wei Eddy

    2004-03-01

    Microscopic quantum phenomena such as interference or phase coherence between different quantum states are rarely manifest in macroscopic systems due to a lack of significant correlation between different states. An exciton system is one candidate for observation of possible quantum collective effects. In the dilute limit, excitons in semiconductors behave as bosons and are expected to undergo Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) at a temperature several orders of magnitude higher than for atomic BEC because of their light mass. Furthermore, well-developed modern semiconductor technologies offer flexible manipulations of an exciton system. Realization of BEC in solid-state systems can thus provide new opportunities for macroscopic quantum coherence research. In semiconductor coupled quantum wells (CQW) under across-well static electric field, excitons exist as separately confined electron-hole pairs. These spatially indirect excitons exhibit a radiative recombination time much longer than their thermal relaxation time a unique feature in direct band gap semiconductor based structures. Their mutual repulsive dipole interaction further stabilizes the exciton system at low temperature and screens in-plane disorder more effectively. All these features make indirect excitons in CQW a promising system to search for quantum collective effects. Properties of indirect excitons in CQW have been analyzed and investigated extensively. The experimental results based on time-integrated or time-resolved spatially-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and imaging are reported in two categories. (i) Generic indirect exciton systems: general properties of indirect excitons such as the dependence of exciton energy and lifetime on electric fields and densities were examined. (ii) Quasi-two-dimensional confined exciton systems: highly statistically degenerate exciton systems containing more than tens of thousands of excitons within areas as small as (10 micrometer){sup 2} were

  15. Electronic structure disorder, vibronic coupling, and charge transfer excitons in poly(fluorene-alt-bithiophene):fullerene films

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    Riisness, I.; Gordon, M. J.

    2013-03-18

    Charge transfer processes in conjugated polymer:fullerene blends play an important role in the operation of organic solar cells and organic light emitting diodes. Herein, near-infrared emission from poly-(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-bithiophene) (F8T2) and [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61}-butyric acid methyl ester blends was studied and attributed to charge transfer exciton (CTX) recombination. Polymer and CTX emission were monitored via low-temperature/transient photoluminescence and absorbance to elucidate the effects of annealing and composition on donor-acceptor morphology. CTX emission decreased and F8T2 vibronic structure was partially restored due to lower fullerene dispersion and polymer realignment upon annealing. Differences in the temperature-dependent emissions of the polymer singlet vs. CTX were attributed to exciton diffusion in the polymer phase vs. enhanced quenching at the donor-acceptor interface, respectively.

  16. Contrastive analysis of multiple exciton generation theories

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    Tan, Hengyu; Chang, Qing

    2015-10-01

    Multiple exciton generation (MEG) is an effect that semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) quantum dots (QDs) generate multiple excitons (electron-hole pairs) through absorbing a single high energy photon. It can translate the excess photon energy of bandgap (Eg) into new excitons instead of heat loss and improve the photovoltaic performance of solar cells. However, the theories of MEG are not uniform. The main MEG theories can be divided into three types. The first is impact ionization. It explains MEG through a conventional way that a photogenerated exciton becomes multiple excitons by Coulomb interactions between carriers. The Second is coherent superposition of excitonic states. Multiple excitons are generated by the coherent superposition of single photogenerated exciton state with enough excess momentum and the two-exciton state with the same momentum. The third is excitation via virtual excitonic states. The nanocrystals vacuum generates a virtual biexciton by coulomb coupling between two valence band electrons. The virtual biexciton absorbing a photon with an intraband optical transition is converted into a real biexciton. This paper describes the MEG influence on solar photoelectric conversion efficiency, concludes and analyzes the fundamentals of different MEG theories, the MEG experimental measure, their merits and demerits, calculation methods of generation efficiency.

  17. Fluorescence quenching in an organic donor-acceptor dyad: a first principles study.

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    Körzdörfer, T; Tretiak, S; Kümmel, S

    2009-07-21

    Perylene bisimide and triphenyl diamine are prototypical organic dyes frequently used in organic solar cells and light emitting devices. Recent Forster-resonant-energy-transfer experiments on a bridged organic dyad consisting of triphenyl diamine as an energy-donor and perylene bisimide as an energy-acceptor revealed a strong fluorescence quenching on the perylene bisimide. This quenching is absent in a solution of free donors and acceptors and thus attributed to the presence of the saturated CH(2)O(CH(2))(12)-bridge. We investigate the cause of the fluorescence quenching as well as the special role of the covalently bound bridge by means of time dependent density functional theory and molecular dynamics. The conformational dynamics of the bridged system leads to a charge transfer process between donor and acceptor that causes the acceptor fluorescence quenching. PMID:19624200

  18. Two-exciton excited states of J-aggregates in the presence of exciton-exciton annihilation

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    Levinsky, B.; Fainberg, B. D.; Nesterov, L. A.; Rosanov, N. N.

    2016-07-01

    We study decay of two-exciton states of a J-aggregate that is collective in nature. We use mathematical formalism based on effective non-Hermitian Hamiltonian suggested in nuclear theory. We show that decay of two-exciton states is strongly affected by the interference processes in the exciton-exciton annihilation. Our evaluations of the imaginary part of the effective Hamiltonian show that it exceeds the spacing between real energies of the two-exciton states that gives rise to the transition to the regime of overlapping resonances supplying the system by the new collectivity - the possibility of coherent decay in the annihilation channel. The decay of two-exciton states varies from twice bimolecular decay rate to the much smaller values that is associated with population trapping. We have also considered the corresponding experiment in the framework of our approach, the picture of which appears to be more complex and richer than it was reasoned before.

  19. Solution-grown organic single-crystalline donor-acceptor heterojunctions for photovoltaics.

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    Li, Hanying; Fan, Congcheng; Fu, Weifei; Xin, Huolin L; Chen, Hongzheng

    2015-01-12

    Organic single crystals are ideal candidates for high-performance photovoltaics due to their high charge mobility and long exciton diffusion length; however, they have not been largely considered for photovoltaics due to the practical difficulty in making a heterojunction between donor and acceptor single crystals. Here, we demonstrate that extended single-crystalline heterojunctions with a consistent donor-top and acceptor-bottom structure throughout the substrate can be simply obtained from a mixed solution of C60 (acceptor) and 3,6-bis(5-(4-n-butylphenyl)thiophene-2-yl)-2,5-bis(2-ethylhexyl)pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione (donor). 46 photovoltaic devices were studied with the power conversion efficiency of (0.255±0.095)% under 1 sun, which is significantly higher than the previously reported value for a vapor-grown organic single-crystalline donor-acceptor heterojunction (0.007%). As such, this work opens a practical avenue for the study of organic photovoltaics based on single crystals.

  20. Exciton Seebeck effect in molecular systems

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    Yan, Yun-An; Cai, Shaohong

    2014-08-07

    We investigate the exciton dynamics under temperature difference with the hierarchical equations of motion. Through a nonperturbative simulation of the transient absorption of a heterogeneous trimer model, we show that the temperature difference causes exciton population redistribution and affects the exciton transfer time. It is found that one can reproduce not only the exciton population redistribution but also the change of the exciton transfer time induced by the temperature difference with a proper tuning of the site energies of the aggregate. In this sense, there exists a site energy shift equivalence for any temperature difference in a broad range. This phenomenon is similar to the Seebeck effect as well as spin Seebeck effect and can be named as exciton Seebeck effect.

  1. Charge-transfer excitons in DNA.

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    Conwell, E M; McLaughlin, P M; Bloch, S M

    2008-02-21

    There have been a number of theoretical treatments of excitons in DNA, most neglecting both the intrachain and interchain wavefunction overlaps of the electron and hole, treating them as Frenkel excitons. Recently, the importance of the intrachain and interchain coupling has been highlighted. Experiments have shown that in (dA)n oligomers and in duplex (dA)n.(dT)n, to be abbreviated (A/T), where A is adenine and T is thymine, the exciton wavefunction is delocalized over several bases. In duplexes it is possible to have charge-transfer (CT) excitons. Theoretical calculations have suggested that CT excitons in DNA may have lower energy than single chain excitons. In all the calculations of excitons in DNA, the polarization of the surrounding water has been neglected. Calculations have shown, however, that polarization of the water by an excess electron or a hole in DNA lowers its energy by approximately 1/2 eV, causing it to become a polaron. It is therefore to be expected that polarization charge induced in the surrounding water has a significant effect on the properties of the exciton. In what follows, we present calculations of some properties CT excitons would have in an A/T duplex taking into account the wavefunction overlaps, the effect of the surrounding water, which results in the electron and hole becoming polarons, and the ions in the water. As expected, the CT exciton has lowest energy when the electron and hole polarons are directly opposite each other. By appropriate choice of the dielectric constant, we can obtain a CT exciton delocalized over the number of sites found in photoinduced absorption experiments. The absorption threshold that we then calculate for CT exciton creation in A/T is in reasonable agreement with the lowest singlet absorption deduced from available data. PMID:18232682

  2. Quantitative measurements of magnetic polaron binding on acceptors in CdMnTe alloys

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    Nhung, Tran Hong; Planel, R.

    1983-03-01

    The acceptor binding energy is measured as a function of Temperature and composition in Cd1-x Mnx Te alloys, by time resolved spectroscopy. The Bound magnetic polaron effect is measured and compared with a theory accouting for magnetic saturation and fluctuations.

  3. The Effect of Exciton-Delocalizing Thiols on Intrinsic Dual Emitting Semiconductor Nanocrystals.

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    Jethi, Lakshay; Mack, Timothy G; Krause, Michael M; Drake, Sebastian; Kambhampati, Patanjali

    2016-03-01

    The emissive properties of thiol-capped CdSe nanocrystals (NCs) with intrinsic dual emission are investigated through temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements. We demonstrate the influence of thiols on the relative PL intensities of the core and surface emissive states, as well as on the observed Stokes shifts. A redshift of both the core and surface PL in comparison with phosphonate-capped NCs is consistent with recent work exploring the effect of thiols as excitonic hole-delocalizing ligands. This observation is consistent with prior reports suggesting that surface excitons originate from electrons bound to cadmium trap states. PMID:26752223

  4. The dissociation of excitons at indium tin oxide-copper phthalocyanine interface in organic solar cells

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    Sun, X. Y.; Song, Q. L.; Wang, M. L.; Ding, X. M.; Hou, X. Y.; Zhou, Z. G.; Li, F. Y.

    2008-11-01

    Exciton dissociation process at indium tin oxide (ITO)/copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) interface of ITO/CuPc(370 nm)/Al is studied by transient photovoltage method. A negative-to-positive change in the polarity of photovoltage upon pulsed laser irradiation is observed in CuPc thin film. The polarity change is regarded as a summation of the effect of exciton dissociation at ITO/CuPc interface (fast process) and that of free carrier separation by built-in field (slow process). Further experiments confirm the existence of exciton dissociation at ITO/CuPc interface, and the direction of which is electron injected into ITO, with holes left in CuPc film. This is opposite to that of the interfacial dissociation at donor/acceptor (D/A) interface in single heterojunction cells (ITO/D/A/buffer/Al). 3-nm-thick LiF insulating layer is inserted between ITO and CuPc to inhibit the exciton dissociation at ITO/CuPc interface. Thereby, the open-circuit voltage and power conversion efficiency of the single layer cell have been increased by several times.

  5. Distinct exciton dissociation behavior of organolead trihalide perovskite and excitonic semiconductors studied in a same device

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    Hu, Miao; Bi, Cheng; Yuan, Yongbo; Xiao, Zhengguo; Dong, Qingfeng; Shao, Yuchuan; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-01-15

    The nonexcitonic character for organometal trihalide perovskites is demonstrated by examining the field-dependent exciton dissociation behavior. Moreover, it is found that photogenerated excitons can be effectively dissociated into free charges inside perovskite without the assistance of charge extraction layer or external field, which is a stark contrast to the charge-separation behavior in excitonic materials in the same photovoltaic operation system.

  6. Anaerobic electron acceptor chemotaxis in Shewanella putrefaciens

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    Nealson, K. H.; Moser, D. P.; Saffarini, D. A.

    1995-01-01

    Shewanella putrefaciens MR-1 can grow either aerobically or anaerobically at the expense of many different electron acceptors and is often found in abundance at redox interfaces in nature. Such redox interfaces are often characterized by very strong gradients of electron acceptors resulting from rapid microbial metabolism. The coincidence of S. putrefaciens abundance with environmental gradients prompted an examination of the ability of MR-1 to sense and respond to electron acceptor gradients in the laboratory. In these experiments, taxis to the majority of the electron acceptors that S. putrefaciens utilizes for anaerobic growth was seen. All anaerobic electron acceptor taxis was eliminated by the presence of oxygen, nitrate, nitrite, elemental sulfur, or dimethyl sulfoxide, even though taxis to the latter was very weak and nitrate and nitrite respiration was normal in the presence of dimethyl sulfoxide. Studies with respiratory mutants of MR-1 revealed that several electron acceptors that could not be used for anaerobic growth nevertheless elicited normal anaerobic taxis. Mutant M56, which was unable to respire nitrite, showed normal taxis to nitrite, as well as the inhibition of taxis to other electron acceptors by nitrite. These results indicate that electron acceptor taxis in S. putrefaciens does not conform to the paradigm established for Escherichia coli and several other bacteria. Carbon chemo-taxis was also unusual in this organism: of all carbon compounds tested, the only positive response observed was to formate under anaerobic conditions.

  7. Cross-polarized excitons in carbon nanotubes.

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    Kilina, Svetlana; Tretiak, Sergei; Doorn, Stephen K; Luo, Zhengtang; Papadimitrakopoulos, Fotios; Piryatinski, Andrei; Saxena, Avadh; Bishop, Alan R

    2008-05-13

    Polarization of low-lying excitonic bands in finite-size semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) is studied by using quantum-chemical methodologies. Our calculations elucidate properties of cross-polarized excitons, which lead to the transverse optical absorption of nanotubes and presumably couple to intermediate-frequency modes recently observed in resonance Raman excitation spectroscopy. We identify up to 12 distinct excitonic transitions below the second fundamental band associated with the E(22) van Hove singularity. Calculations for several chiral SWNTs distinguish the optically active "bright" excitonic band polarized parallel to the tube axis and several optically "weak" cross-polarized excitons. The rest are optically (near) forbidden "dark" transitions. An analysis of the transition density matrices related to excitonic bands provides detailed information about delocalization of excitonic wavefunction along the tube. Utilization of the natural helical coordinate system accounting for the tube chirality allows one to disentangle longitudinal and circumferential components. The distribution of the transition density matrix along a tube axis is similar for all excitons. However, four parallel-polarized excitons associated with the E(11) transition are more localized along the circumference of a tube, compared with others related to the E(12) and E(21) cross-polarized transitions. Calculated splitting between optically active parallel- and cross-polarized transitions increases with tube diameter, which compares well with experimental spectroscopic data. PMID:18463293

  8. Cross-polarized excitons in carbon nanotubes

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    Kilina, Svetlana; Tretiak, Sergei; Doorn, Stephen K.; Luo, Zhengtang; Papadimitrakopoulos, Fotios; Piryatinski, Andrei; Saxena, Avadh; Bishop, Alan R.

    2008-01-01

    Polarization of low-lying excitonic bands in finite-size semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) is studied by using quantum-chemical methodologies. Our calculations elucidate properties of cross-polarized excitons, which lead to the transverse optical absorption of nanotubes and presumably couple to intermediate-frequency modes recently observed in resonance Raman excitation spectroscopy. We identify up to 12 distinct excitonic transitions below the second fundamental band associated with the E22 van Hove singularity. Calculations for several chiral SWNTs distinguish the optically active “bright” excitonic band polarized parallel to the tube axis and several optically “weak” cross-polarized excitons. The rest are optically (near) forbidden “dark” transitions. An analysis of the transition density matrices related to excitonic bands provides detailed information about delocalization of excitonic wavefunction along the tube. Utilization of the natural helical coordinate system accounting for the tube chirality allows one to disentangle longitudinal and circumferential components. The distribution of the transition density matrix along a tube axis is similar for all excitons. However, four parallel-polarized excitons associated with the E11 transition are more localized along the circumference of a tube, compared with others related to the E12 and E21 cross-polarized transitions. Calculated splitting between optically active parallel- and cross-polarized transitions increases with tube diameter, which compares well with experimental spectroscopic data. PMID:18463293

  9. Exciton spin dynamics in GaSe

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    Tang, Yanhao; Xie, Wei; McGuire, John A. Lai, Chih Wei; Mandal, Krishna C.

    2015-09-21

    We analyze exciton spin dynamics in GaSe under nonresonant circularly polarized optical pumping with an exciton spin-flip rate-equation model. The model reproduces polarized time-dependent photoluminescence measurements in which the initial circular polarization approaches unity even when pumping with 0.15 eV excess energy. At T = 10 K, the exciton spin relaxation exhibits a biexponential decay with sub-20 ps and >500 ps time constants, which are also reproduced by the rate-equation model assuming distinct spin-relaxation rates for hot (nonequilibrium) and cold band-edge excitons.

  10. Exciton induced photodesorption in rare gas solids

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    Hirayama, Takato; Arakawa, Ichiro

    2006-08-01

    This paper reviews our progress on the desorption induced by electronic transitions (DIET) in rare gas solids by selective excitation of valence excitons. Observation of metastable atoms desorbed by excitonic excitation gives us direct information on the exciton-induced desorption processes in rare gas solids. The validity of three desorption mechanisms, cavity ejection, excimer dissociation, and internal sputtering, is demonstrated by systematic measurements of kinetic energies and angular distributions of desorbed particles. The absolute yield of total and partial desorption was measured, which can lead us to the quantitative understanding of exciton-induced desorption processes.

  11. Ballistic spin transport in exciton gases

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    Kavokin, A. V.; Vladimirova, M.; Jouault, B.; Liew, T. C. H.; Leonard, J. R.; Butov, L. V.

    2013-11-01

    Traditional spintronics relies on spin transport by charge carriers, such as electrons in semiconductor crystals. The challenges for the realization of long-range electron spin transport include rapid spin relaxation due to electron scattering. Scattering and, in turn, spin relaxation can be effectively suppressed in excitonic devices where the spin currents are carried by electrically neutral bosonic quasiparticles: excitons or exciton-polaritons. They can form coherent quantum liquids that carry spins over macroscopic distances. The price to pay is a finite lifetime of the bosonic spin carriers. We present the theory of exciton ballistic spin transport which may be applied to a range of systems supporting bosonic spin transport, in particular to indirect excitons in coupled quantum wells. We describe the effect of spin-orbit interaction for the electron and the hole on the exciton spin, account for the Zeeman effect induced by external magnetic fields and long-range and short-range exchange splittings of the exciton resonances. We also consider exciton transport in the nonlinear regime and discuss the definitions of the exciton spin current, polarization current, and spin conductivity.

  12. Exciton Brightening in Monolayer Phosphorene via Dimensionality Modification.

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    Xu, Renjing; Yang, Jiong; Myint, Ye Win; Pei, Jiajie; Yan, Han; Wang, Fan; Lu, Yuerui

    2016-05-01

    Exciton brightening in monolayer phosphorene is achieved via the dimensionality modification of excitons from quasi-1D to 0D. The luminescence quantum yield of 0D-like excitons is >33.6 times larger than that of quasi-1D free excitons. 2D phosphorene with quasi-1D free excitons and 0D-like excitons provides a unique platform to investigate the fundamental phenomena in the ideal 2D-1D-0D hybrid system.

  13. Skyrmions in quantum Hall ferromagnets as spin waves bound to unbalanced magnetic-flux quanta

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    Oaknin, J. H.; Paredes, B.; Tejedor, C.

    1998-11-01

    A microscopic description of (baby) skyrmions in quantum Hall ferromagnets is derived from a scattering theory of collective (neutral) spin modes by a bare quasiparticle. We start by mapping the low-lying spectrum of spin waves in the uniform ferromagnet onto that of freely moving spin excitons, and then we study their scattering by the charge defect. In the presence of this disturbance, the local spin stiffness varies in space, and we translate it into an inhomogeneous metric in the Hilbert space supporting the excitons. An attractive potential is then required to preserve the symmetry under global spin rotations, and it traps the excitons around the charged defect. The quasiparticle now carries a spin texture. Textures containing more than one exciton are described within a mean-field theory, the interaction among the excitons being taken into account through a new renormalization of the metric. The number of excitons actually bound depends on the Zeeman coupling, which plays the same role as a chemical potential. For small Zeeman energies, the defect binds many excitons that condensate. As the bound excitons have a unit of angular momentum, provided by the quantum of magnetic flux left unbalanced by the defect of charge, the resulting texture turns out to be a topological excitation of charge 1. Its energy is that given by the nonlinear σ model for the ground state in this topological sector, i.e., the texture is a skyrmion.

  14. Features of exciton dynamics in molecular nanoclusters (J-aggregates): Exciton self-trapping (Review Article)

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    Malyukin, Yu. V.; Sorokin, A. V.; Semynozhenko, V. P.

    2016-06-01

    We present thoroughly analyzed experimental results that demonstrate the anomalous manifestation of the exciton self-trapping effect, which is already well-known in bulk crystals, in ordered molecular nanoclusters called J-aggregates. Weakly-coupled one-dimensional (1D) molecular chains are the main structural feature of J-aggregates, wherein the electron excitations are manifested as 1D Frenkel excitons. According to the continuum theory of Rashba-Toyozawa, J-aggregates can have only self-trapped excitons, because 1D excitons must adhere to barrier-free self-trapping at any exciton-phonon coupling constant g = ɛLR/2β, wherein ɛLR is the lattice relaxation energy, and 2β is the half-width of the exciton band. In contrast, very often only the luminescence of free, mobile excitons would manifest in experiments involving J-aggregates. Using the Urbach rule in order to analyze the low-frequency region of the low-temperature exciton absorption spectra has shown that J-aggregates can have both a weak (g < 1) and a strong (g > 1) exciton-phonon coupling. Moreover, it is experimentally demonstrated that under certain conditions, the J-aggregate excited state can have both free and self-trapped excitons, i.e., we establish the existence of a self-trapping barrier for 1D Frenkel excitons. We demonstrate and analyze the reasons behind the anomalous existence of both free and self-trapped excitons in J-aggregates, and demonstrate how exciton-self trapping efficiency can be managed in J-aggregates by varying the values of g, which is fundamentally impossible in bulk crystals. We discuss how the exciton-self trapping phenomenon can be used as an alternate interpretation of the wide band emission of some J-aggregates, which has thus far been explained by the strongly localized exciton model.

  15. Josephson effects in condensates of excitons and exciton polaritons

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    Shelykh, I. A.; Solnyshkov, D. D.; Pavlovic, G.; Malpuech, G.

    2008-07-01

    We analyze theoretically the phenomena related to the Josephson effect for exciton and polariton condensates, taking into account their specific spin degrees of freedom. We distinguish between two types of Josephson effects: the extrinsic effect, related to the coherent tunneling of particles with the same spin between two spatially separated potential traps, and the intrinsic effect, related to the “tunneling” between different spinor components of the condensate within the same trap. We show that the Josephson effect in the nonlinear regime can lead to nontrivial polarization dynamics and produce spontaneous separation of the condensates with opposite polarization in real space.

  16. Josephson effects in condensates of excitons and exciton polaritons

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    Shelykh, I. A.; Solnyshkov, D. D.; Pavlovic, G.; Malpuech, G.

    2008-07-15

    We analyze theoretically the phenomena related to the Josephson effect for exciton and polariton condensates, taking into account their specific spin degrees of freedom. We distinguish between two types of Josephson effects: the extrinsic effect, related to the coherent tunneling of particles with the same spin between two spatially separated potential traps, and the intrinsic effect, related to the 'tunneling' between different spinor components of the condensate within the same trap. We show that the Josephson effect in the nonlinear regime can lead to nontrivial polarization dynamics and produce spontaneous separation of the condensates with opposite polarization in real space.

  17. Bright Solid-State Emission of Disilane-Bridged Donor-Acceptor-Donor and Acceptor-Donor-Acceptor Chromophores.

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    Shimada, Masaki; Tsuchiya, Mizuho; Sakamoto, Ryota; Yamanoi, Yoshinori; Nishibori, Eiji; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Nishihara, Hiroshi

    2016-02-24

    The development of disilane-bridged donor-acceptor-donor (D-Si-Si-A-Si-Si-D) and acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-Si-Si-D-Si-Si-A) compounds is described. Both types of compound showed strong emission (λem =ca. 500 and ca. 400 nm, respectively) in the solid state with high quantum yields (Φ: up to 0.85). Compound 4 exhibited aggregation-induced emission enhancement in solution. X-ray diffraction revealed that the crystal structures of 2, 4, and 12 had no intermolecular π-π interactions to suppress the nonradiative transition in the solid state.

  18. A design strategy for intramolecular singlet fission mediated by charge-transfer states in donor-acceptor organic materials

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    Busby, Erik; Xia, Jianlong; Wu, Qin; Low, Jonathan Z.; Song, Rui; Miller, John R.; Zhu, X.-Y.; Campos, Luis M.; Sfeir, Matthew Y.

    2015-04-01

    The ability to advance our understanding of multiple exciton generation (MEG) in organic materials has been restricted by the limited number of materials capable of singlet fission. A particular challenge is the development of materials that undergo efficient intramolecular fission, such that local order and strong nearest-neighbour coupling is no longer a design constraint. Here we address these challenges by demonstrating that strong intrachain donor-acceptor interactions are a key design feature for organic materials capable of intramolecular singlet fission. By conjugating strong-acceptor and strong-donor building blocks, small molecules and polymers with charge-transfer states that mediate population transfer between singlet excitons and triplet excitons are synthesized. Using transient optical techniques, we show that triplet populations can be generated with yields up to 170%. These guidelines are widely applicable to similar families of polymers and small molecules, and can lead to the development of new fission-capable materials with tunable electronic structure, as well as a deeper fundamental understanding of MEG.

  19. Exciton dynamics at a single dislocation in GaN probed by picosecond time-resolved cathodoluminescence

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    Liu, W.; Carlin, J.-F.; Grandjean, N.; Deveaud, B.; Jacopin, G.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the dynamics of donor bound excitons (D°XA) at T = 10 K around an isolated single edge dislocation in homoepitaxial GaN, using a picosecond time-resolved cathodoluminescence (TR-CL) setup with high temporal and spatial resolutions. An ˜ 1.3 meV dipole-like energy shift of D°XA is observed around the dislocation, induced by the local strain fields. By simultaneously recording the variations of both the exciton lifetime and the CL intensity across the dislocation, we directly assess the dynamics of excitons around the defect. Our observations are well reproduced by a diffusion model. It allows us to deduce an exciton diffusion length of ˜24 nm as well as an effective area of the dislocation with a radius of ˜95 nm, where the recombination can be regarded as entirely non-radiative.

  20. Exciton photoluminescence and energy in a percolation cluster of ZnSe quantum dots as a fractal object

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    Bondar, N. V. Brodyn, M. S.

    2012-05-15

    The results of studies of samples containing ZnSe quantum dots with a density corresponding to or considerably higher than the exciton percolation threshold, at which quantum dots form conglomerates, are reported. Excitonic emission from a percolation cluster of bound quantum dots as a fractal object is observed for the first time. Analysis of the structure of the photoluminescence spectra shows that the spectra are determined by the contribution of exciton states that belong to different structural elements of the percolation cluster, specifically, to the skeleton (backbone), dangling (dead) ends, and internal hollow spaces. A qualitative model is proposed to interpret the dependence of the exciton energy in these structural elements on the concentration of quantum dots in the material.

  1. Excited-State Structure Modifications Due to Molecular Substituents and Exciton Scattering in Conjugated Molecules.

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    Li, Hao; Catanzaro, Michael J; Tretiak, Sergei; Chernyak, Vladimir Y

    2014-02-20

    Attachment of chemical substituents (such as polar moieties) constitutes an efficient and convenient way to modify physical and chemical properties of conjugated polymers and oligomers. Associated modifications in the molecular electronic states can be comprehensively described by examining scattering of excitons in the polymer's backbone at the scattering center representing the chemical substituent. Here, we implement effective tight-binding models as a tool to examine the analytical properties of the exciton scattering matrices in semi-infinite polymer chains with substitutions. We demonstrate that chemical interactions between the substitution and attached polymer are adequately described by the analytical properties of the scattering matrices. In particular, resonant and bound electronic excitations are expressed via the positions of zeros and poles of the scattering amplitude, analytically continued to complex values of exciton quasi-momenta. We exemplify the formulated concepts by analyzing excited states in conjugated phenylacetylenes substituted by perylene. PMID:26270830

  2. Nanoscale transport of surface excitons at the interface between ZnO and a molecular monolayer

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    Friede, Sebastian; Kuehn, Sergei; Sadofev, Sergey; Blumstengel, Sylke; Henneberger, Fritz; Elsaesser, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    Excitons play a key role for the optoelectronic properties of hybrid systems. We apply steady-state and time-resolved near-field scanning optical microscopy with a 100-nm spatial resolution to study the photoluminescence (PL) of surface excitons (SX) in a 20-nm-thick ZnO film capped with a monolayer of stearic acid molecules. The PL spectra exhibit emission from SX, donor-bound (DX), and—at sample temperatures T >20 K —free (FX) excitons. The 4 meV broad smooth envelope of SX emission at T <10 K points to an inhomogeneous distribution of SX transition energies and spectral diffusion caused by diffusive SX transport on a 50-nm scale with a diffusion coefficient of DSX(T <10 K ) =0.30 cm 2/s .

  3. Cavity-less on-chip optomechanics using excitonic transitions in semiconductor heterostructures

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    Okamoto, Hajime; Watanabe, Takayuki; Ohta, Ryuichi; Onomitsu, Koji; Gotoh, Hideki; Sogawa, Tetsuomi; Yamaguchi, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The hybridization of semiconductor optoelectronic devices and nanomechanical resonators provides a new class of optomechanical systems in which mechanical motion can be coupled to light without any optical cavities. Such cavity-less optomechanical systems interconnect photons, phonons and electrons (holes) in a highly integrable platform, opening up the development of functional integrated nanomechanical devices. Here we report on a semiconductor modulation-doped heterostructure–cantilever hybrid system, which realizes efficient cavity-less optomechanical transduction through excitons. The opto-piezoelectric backaction from the bound electron–hole pairs enables us to probe excitonic transition simply with a sub-nanowatt power of light, realizing high-sensitivity optomechanical spectroscopy. Detuning the photon energy from the exciton resonance results in self-feedback cooling and amplification of the thermomechanical motion. This cavity-less on-chip coupling enables highly tunable and addressable control of nanomechanical resonators, allowing high-speed programmable manipulation of nanomechanical devices and sensor arrays. PMID:26477487

  4. Excitonic luminescence of SiGe/Si quantum wells δ-doped with boron

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    Bagaev, V. S.; Nikolaev, S. N.; Onishchenko, E. E.; Pruchkina, A. A.; Krivobok, V. S.; Novikov, A. V.

    2015-05-14

    Low-temperature photoluminescence of undoped and moderately δ-doped Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x}/Si (x < 0.1) quantum wells has been studied. The influence of boron δ-layer on the excitonic luminescence and the luminescence caused by a dense electron plasma was demonstrated. The conditions under which the luminescence spectra of quantum wells are dominated by impurity-bound excitons (BE) have been established. Some unusual properties of these BE are explained in terms of type II band-offset in Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x}/Si (x < 0.1) quantum wells, which favors a spatial separation of electrons and holes. It is shown that the temperature dependence of an excitonic emission in the quantum wells allows to calculate the BE-related density of states and, thus, can be used for contactless estimation of the impurity concentration in quantum wells.

  5. Cavity-less on-chip optomechanics using excitonic transitions in semiconductor heterostructures.

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    Okamoto, Hajime; Watanabe, Takayuki; Ohta, Ryuichi; Onomitsu, Koji; Gotoh, Hideki; Sogawa, Tetsuomi; Yamaguchi, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The hybridization of semiconductor optoelectronic devices and nanomechanical resonators provides a new class of optomechanical systems in which mechanical motion can be coupled to light without any optical cavities. Such cavity-less optomechanical systems interconnect photons, phonons and electrons (holes) in a highly integrable platform, opening up the development of functional integrated nanomechanical devices. Here we report on a semiconductor modulation-doped heterostructure-cantilever hybrid system, which realizes efficient cavity-less optomechanical transduction through excitons. The opto-piezoelectric backaction from the bound electron-hole pairs enables us to probe excitonic transition simply with a sub-nanowatt power of light, realizing high-sensitivity optomechanical spectroscopy. Detuning the photon energy from the exciton resonance results in self-feedback cooling and amplification of the thermomechanical motion. This cavity-less on-chip coupling enables highly tunable and addressable control of nanomechanical resonators, allowing high-speed programmable manipulation of nanomechanical devices and sensor arrays. PMID:26477487

  6. Correlation between charge transfer exciton recombination and photocurrent in polymer/fullerene solar cells

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    Hallermann, Markus; Da Como, Enrico; Feldmann, Jochen; Izquierdo, Marta; Filippone, Salvatore; Martin, Nazario; Juechter, Sabrina; Hauff, Elizabeth von

    2010-07-12

    We correlate carrier recombination via charge transfer excitons (CTEs) with the short circuit current, J{sub sc}, in polymer/fullerene solar cells. Near infrared photoluminescence spectroscopy of CTE in three blends differing for the fullerene acceptor, gives unique insights into solar cell characteristics. The energetic position of the CTE is directly correlated with the open-circuit voltage, V{sub oc}, and more important J{sub sc} decreases with increasing CTE emission intensity. CTE emission intensity is discussed from the perspective of blend morphology. The work points out the fundamental role of CTE recombination and how optical spectroscopy can be used to derive information on solar cell performances.

  7. Achieving effective terminal exciton delivery in quantum dot antenna-sensitized multistep DNA photonic wires.

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    Spillmann, Christopher M; Ancona, Mario G; Buckhout-White, Susan; Algar, W Russ; Stewart, Michael H; Susumu, Kimihiro; Huston, Alan L; Goldman, Ellen R; Medintz, Igor L

    2013-08-27

    Assembling DNA-based photonic wires around semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) creates optically active hybrid architectures that exploit the unique properties of both components. DNA hybridization allows positioning of multiple, carefully arranged fluorophores that can engage in sequential energy transfer steps while the QDs provide a superior energy harvesting antenna capacity that drives a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) cascade through the structures. Although the first generation of these composites demonstrated four-sequential energy transfer steps across a distance >150 Å, the exciton transfer efficiency reaching the final, terminal dye was estimated to be only ~0.7% with no concomitant sensitized emission observed. Had the terminal Cy7 dye utilized in that construct provided a sensitized emission, we estimate that this would have equated to an overall end-to-end ET efficiency of ≤ 0.1%. In this report, we demonstrate that overall energy flow through a second generation hybrid architecture can be significantly improved by reengineering four key aspects of the composite structure: (1) making the initial DNA modification chemistry smaller and more facile to implement, (2) optimizing donor-acceptor dye pairings, (3) varying donor-acceptor dye spacing as a function of the Förster distance R0, and (4) increasing the number of DNA wires displayed around each central QD donor. These cumulative changes lead to a 2 orders of magnitude improvement in the exciton transfer efficiency to the final terminal dye in comparison to the first-generation construct. The overall end-to-end efficiency through the optimized, five-fluorophore/four-step cascaded energy transfer system now approaches 10%. The results are analyzed using Förster theory with various sources of randomness accounted for by averaging over ensembles of modeled constructs. Fits to the spectra suggest near-ideal behavior when the photonic wires have two sequential acceptor dyes (Cy3 and Cy3.5) and

  8. Exciton luminescence of 8-azasteroid microcrystals

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    Akhrem, A. A.; Borisevich, N. A.; Gulyakevich, O. V.; Knyukshto, V. N.; Mikhal'Chuk, A. L.; Tikhomirov, S. A.; Tolstorozhev, G. B.

    1999-05-01

    Luminescence of microcrystals of 2,3-methoxy-8-azagon-1,3,5(10),13-tetraene-12,17-dion of the class of molecules of biologically active steroids is detected at room temperature (293 K). It represents fast fluorescence of free and self-localized excitons and prolonged phosphorescence of triplet excitons.

  9. Excitons and optical spectra of phosphorene nanoribbons

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    Nourbakhsh, Zahra; Asgari, Reza

    2016-07-01

    On the basis of many-body ab initio calculations, using the single-shot G0W0 method and Bethe-Salpeter equation, we study phosphorene nanoribbons (PNRs) in the two typical zigzag and armchair directions. The electronic structure, optical absorption, electron-hole (exciton) binding energy, exciton exchange splitting, and exciton wave functions are calculated for different sizes of PNRs. The typically strong splitting between singlet and triplet excitonic states make PNRs favorable systems for optoelectronic applications. Quantum confinement occurs in both kinds of PNRs, and it is stronger in the zPNRs, which behave like quasi-zero-dimensional systems. Scaling laws are investigated for the size-dependent behaviors of PNRs. The first bright excitonic state in PNRs is explored in detail.

  10. Photocurrent spectroscopy of exciton and free particle optical transitions in suspended carbon nanotube pn-junctions

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    Chang, Shun-Wen; Theiss, Jesse; Hazra, Jubin; Aykol, Mehmet; Kapadia, Rehan; Cronin, Stephen B.

    2015-08-03

    We study photocurrent generation in individual, suspended carbon nanotube pn-junction diodes formed by electrostatic doping using two gate electrodes. Photocurrent spectra collected under various electrostatic doping concentrations reveal distinctive behaviors for free particle optical transitions and excitonic transitions. In particular, the photocurrent generated by excitonic transitions exhibits a strong gate doping dependence, while that of the free particle transitions is gate independent. Here, the built-in potential of the pn-junction is required to separate the strongly bound electron-hole pairs of the excitons, while free particle excitations do not require this field-assisted charge separation. We observe a sharp, well defined E{sub 11} free particle interband transition in contrast with previous photocurrent studies. Several steps are taken to ensure that the active charge separating region of these pn-junctions is suspended off the substrate in a suspended region that is substantially longer than the exciton diffusion length and, therefore, the photocurrent does not originate from a Schottky junction. We present a detailed model of the built-in fields in these pn-junctions, which, together with phonon-assistant exciton dissociation, predicts photocurrents on the same order of those observed experimentally.

  11. Crystalline Nanoporous Frameworks: a Nanolaboratory for Probing Excitonic Device Concepts.

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    Allendorf, Mark D.; Azoulay, Jason; Ford, Alexandra Caroline; Foster, Michael E.; El Gabaly Marquez, Farid; Leonard, Francois Leonard; Leong-Hau, Kirsty; Stavila, Vitalie; Talin, Albert Alec; Wong, Brian M.; Brumbach, Michael T.; Van Gough, D.; Lambert, Timothy N.; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Spoerke, Erik David; Wheeler, David Roger; Deaton, Joseph C.; Centrone, Andrea; Haney, Paul; Kinney, R.; Szalai, Veronika; Yoon, Heayoung P.

    2014-09-01

    in disordered systems. Implementing this concept also creates entirely new dimensions for device fabrication that could both improve performance, increase durability, and reduce costs with unprecedented control of over properties. This report summarizes the key results of this project and is divided into sections based on publications that resulted from the work. We begin in Section 2 with an investigation of light harvesting and energy transfer in a MOF infiltrated with donor and acceptor molecules of the type typically used in OPV devices (thiophenes and fullerenes, respectively). The results show that MOFs can provide multiple functions: as a light harvester, as a stabilizer and organizer or the infiltrated molecules, and as a facilitator of energy transfer. Section 3 describes computational design of MOF linker groups to accomplish light harvesting in the visible and facilitate charge separation and transport. The predictions were validated by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, demonstrating that rational design of MOFs for light-harvesting purposes is feasible. Section 4 extends the infiltration concept discussed in Section to, which we now designate as "Molecule@MOF" to create an electrically conducting framework. The tailorability and high conductivity of this material are unprecedented, meriting publication in the journal Science and spawning several Technical Advances. Section 5 discusses processes we developed for depositing MOFs as thin films on substrates, a critical enabling technology for fabricating MOF-based electronic devices. Finally, in Section 6 we summarize results showing that a MOF thin film can be used as a sensitizer in a DSSC, demonstrating that MOFs can serve as active layers in excitonic devices. Overall, this project provides several crucial proofs-of- concept that the potential of MOFs for use in optoelectronic devices that we predicted several years ago [ 3 ] can be realized in practice.

  12. Outward Bound.

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    The Outward Bound concept was developed in Germany and Great Britain with the saving of human life as the ultimate goal. Courses are designed to help students discover their true physical and mental limits through development of skills including emergency medical aid, firefighting, search and rescue, mountaineering, and sailing. Five Outward Bound…

  13. Synthetic CO.sub.2 acceptor

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    Lancet, Michael S.; Curran, George P.

    1981-08-18

    A synthetic CO.sub.2 acceptor consisting essentially of at least one compound selected from the group consisting of calcium oxide and calcium carbonate supported in a refractory carrier matrix, the carrier having the general formula Ca.sub.5 (SiO.sub.4).sub.2 CO.sub.3. A method for producing the synthetic CO.sub.2 acceptor is also disclosed.

  14. Biexciton formation and exciton coherent coupling in layered GaSe

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    Dey, P.; Paul, J.; Moody, G.; Stevens, C. E.; Glikin, N.; Kovalyuk, Z. D.; Kudrynskyi, Z. R.; Romero, A. H.; Cantarero, A.; Hilton, D. J.; Karaiskaj, D.

    2015-06-01

    Nonlinear two-dimensional Fourier transform (2DFT) and linear absorption spectroscopy are used to study the electronic structure and optical properties of excitons in the layered semiconductor GaSe. At the 1s exciton resonance, two peaks are identified in the absorption spectra, which are assigned to splitting of the exciton ground state into the triplet and singlet states. 2DFT spectra acquired for co-linear polarization of the excitation pulses feature an additional peak originating from coherent energy transfer between the singlet and triplet. At cross-linear polarization of the excitation pulses, the 2DFT spectra expose a new peak likely originating from bound biexcitons. The polarization dependent 2DFT spectra are well reproduced by simulations using the optical Bloch equations for a four level system, where many-body effects are included phenomenologically. Although biexciton effects are thought to be strong in this material, only moderate contributions from bound biexciton creation can be observed. The biexciton binding energy of ˜2 meV was estimated from the separation of the peaks in the 2DFT spectra. Temperature dependent absorption and 2DFT measurements, combined with "ab initio" theoretical calculations of the phonon spectra, indicate strong interaction with the A1 ' phonon mode. Excitation density dependent 2DFT measurements reveal excitation induced dephasing and provide a lower limit for the homogeneous linewidth of the excitons in the present GaSe crystal.

  15. Biexciton formation and exciton coherent coupling in layered GaSe

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    Dey, P.; Paul, J.; Stevens, C. E.; Glikin, N.; Karaiskaj, D.; Moody, G.; Kovalyuk, Z. D.; Kudrynskyi, Z. R.; Romero, A. H.; Cantarero, A.; Hilton, D. J.

    2015-06-07

    Nonlinear two-dimensional Fourier transform (2DFT) and linear absorption spectroscopy are used to study the electronic structure and optical properties of excitons in the layered semiconductor GaSe. At the 1s exciton resonance, two peaks are identified in the absorption spectra, which are assigned to splitting of the exciton ground state into the triplet and singlet states. 2DFT spectra acquired for co-linear polarization of the excitation pulses feature an additional peak originating from coherent energy transfer between the singlet and triplet. At cross-linear polarization of the excitation pulses, the 2DFT spectra expose a new peak likely originating from bound biexcitons. The polarization dependent 2DFT spectra are well reproduced by simulations using the optical Bloch equations for a four level system, where many-body effects are included phenomenologically. Although biexciton effects are thought to be strong in this material, only moderate contributions from bound biexciton creation can be observed. The biexciton binding energy of ∼2 meV was estimated from the separation of the peaks in the 2DFT spectra. Temperature dependent absorption and 2DFT measurements, combined with “ab initio” theoretical calculations of the phonon spectra, indicate strong interaction with the A{sub 1}{sup ′} phonon mode. Excitation density dependent 2DFT measurements reveal excitation induced dephasing and provide a lower limit for the homogeneous linewidth of the excitons in the present GaSe crystal.

  16. Femtosecond transient studies of charge transfer in polymers doped with acceptor molecules; applications for organic solar cells

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    Holt, Josh; Sheng, Chuanxiang; Drori, Tomer; Valy Vardeny, Z.

    2006-10-01

    Current developments in organic solar cells (˜5% efficiency nowadays) require understanding and control of charge carrier transfer and electronic state dynamics of donor-acceptor pairs. One current drawback to organic solar cell efficiency is negligible absorption in the near infrared region of the solar spectrum. We provide evidence that poly(2-methoxy-5(2'-ethyl)hexoxy-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV) doped with 2,7-dinitrofluoronone (DNF) forms a charge transfer complex state that can extend absorption into the near infrared. We found that photoluminescence and the photoinduced absorption (PA) band of excitons are simultaneously quenched. Ultrafast spectroscopic measurements with spectral range from 0.2 to 1.2 eV provide insights into polaron and exciton band dynamics for these complexes. We also suggest a mechanism for bimolecular charge transfer in this system.

  17. Exciton-Polariton Dynamics in Carbon Nanotubes

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    Bondarev, Igor

    2007-03-01

    This work addresses theoretically the nonlinear response of phonon-coupled excitons[1] in carbon nanotubes to an external electromagnetic field. The photon Green's function approach developed recently to quantize the electromagnetic field in the presence of quasi-1D absorbing bodies[2],[3] is being used to study the dynamics of phonon-coupled excitonic states interacting with the surface photonic modes excited by the external electromagnetic field in semiconductor carbon nanotubes. The formation of the new elementary excitations, exciton-polaritons, representing the eigen states of the full photon-matter Hamiltonian has been studied for small-diameter nanotubes under strong exciton-photon coupling. Time-resolved simulations have been performed of the coherent exciton- polariton dynamics with the exciton-phonon interactions taken into account. The criteria for the coherent control of the excitonic states population in optically excited carbon nanotubes have been formulated. [1]F.Plentz et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 247401 (2005). [2]I.V.Bondarev and Ph.Lambin, Phys. Rev. B 72, 035451 (2005). [3]I.V.Bondarev and Ph.Lambin, in: Trends in Nanotubes Reasearch (NovaScience, New York, 2006), p.139.

  18. Excitons in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect

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    Laughlin, R. B.

    1984-09-01

    Quasiparticles of charge 1/m in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect form excitons, which are collective excitations physically similar to the transverse magnetoplasma oscillations of a Wigner crystal. A variational exciton wavefunction which shows explicitly that the magnetic length is effectively longer for quasiparticles than for electrons is proposed. This wavefunction is used to estimate the dispersion relation of these excitons and the matrix elements to generate them optically out of the ground state. These quantities are then used to describe a type of nonlinear conductivity which may occur in these systems when they are relatively clean.

  19. Orbital diamagnetic susceptibility in excitonic condensation phase

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    Sugimoto, Koudai; Ohta, Yukinori

    2016-08-01

    We study the orbital diamagnetic susceptibility in excitonic condensation phase using the mean-field approximation for a two-band model defined on a square lattice. We find that, in semiconductors, the excitonic condensation acquires a finite diamagnetic susceptibility due to spontaneous hybridization between the valence and the conduction bands, whereas in semimetals, the diamagnetic susceptibility in the normal phase is suppressed by the excitonic condensation. We also study the orbital diamagnetic and Pauli paramagnetic susceptibilities of Ta2NiSe5 using a two-dimensional three-band model and find that the calculated temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility is in qualitative agreement with experiment.

  20. Pyridine as proton acceptor in the concerted proton electron transfer oxidation of phenol.

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    Bonin, Julien; Costentin, Cyrille; Robert, Marc; Savéant, Jean-Michel

    2011-06-01

    Taking pyridine as a prototypal example of biologically important nitrogen bases involved in proton-coupled electron transfers, it is shown with the example of the photochemically triggered oxidation of phenol by Ru(III)(bpy)(3) that this proton acceptor partakes in a concerted pathway whose kinetic characteristics can be extracted from the overall kinetic response. The treatment of these data, implemented by the results of a parallel study carried out in heavy water, allowed the determination of the intrinsic kinetic characteristics of this proton acceptor. Comparison of the reorganization energies and of the pre-exponential factors previously derived for hydrogen phosphate and water (in water) as proton acceptors suggests that, in the case of pyridine, the proton charge is delocalized over a primary shell of water molecules firmly bound to the pyridinium cation. PMID:21499600

  1. Pyridine as proton acceptor in the concerted proton electron transfer oxidation of phenol.

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    Bonin, Julien; Costentin, Cyrille; Robert, Marc; Savéant, Jean-Michel

    2011-06-01

    Taking pyridine as a prototypal example of biologically important nitrogen bases involved in proton-coupled electron transfers, it is shown with the example of the photochemically triggered oxidation of phenol by Ru(III)(bpy)(3) that this proton acceptor partakes in a concerted pathway whose kinetic characteristics can be extracted from the overall kinetic response. The treatment of these data, implemented by the results of a parallel study carried out in heavy water, allowed the determination of the intrinsic kinetic characteristics of this proton acceptor. Comparison of the reorganization energies and of the pre-exponential factors previously derived for hydrogen phosphate and water (in water) as proton acceptors suggests that, in the case of pyridine, the proton charge is delocalized over a primary shell of water molecules firmly bound to the pyridinium cation.

  2. Multiple Exciton Generation Solar Cells

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    Luther, J. M.; Semonin, O. E.; Beard, M. C.; Gao, J.; Nozik, A. J.

    2012-01-01

    Heat loss is the major factor limiting traditional single junction solar cells to a theoretical efficiency of 32%. Multiple Exciton Generation (MEG) enables efficient use of the solar spectrum yielding a theoretical power conversion efficiency of 44% in solar cells under 1-sun conditions. Quantum-confined semiconductors have demonstrated the ability to generate multiple carriers but present-day materials deliver efficiencies far below the SQ limit of 32%. Semiconductor quantum dots of PbSe and PbS provide an active testbed for developing high-efficiency, inexpensive solar cells benefitting from quantum confinement effects. Here, we will present recent work of solar cells employing MEG to yield external quantum efficiencies exceeding 100%.

  3. Temperature-dependent excitonic effects in the optical properties of single-layer MoS2

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    Molina-Sánchez, Alejandro; Palummo, Maurizia; Marini, Andrea; Wirtz, Ludger

    2016-04-01

    Temperature influences the performance of two-dimensional (2D) materials in optoelectronic devices. Indeed, the optical characterization of these materials is usually realized at room temperature. Nevertheless, most ab initio studies are still performed without including any temperature effect. As a consequence, important features are thus overlooked, such as the relative height of the excitonic peaks and their broadening, directly related to the temperature and to the nonradiative exciton relaxation time. We present ab initio calculations of the optical response of single-layer MoS2, a prototype 2D material, as a function of temperature using density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory. We compute the electron-phonon interaction using the full spinorial wave functions, i.e., fully taking into account the effects of spin-orbit interaction. We find that bound excitons (A and B peaks) and resonant excitons (C peak) exhibit different behavior with temperature, displaying different nonradiative linewidths. We conclude that the inhomogeneous broadening of the absorption spectra is mainly due to electron-phonon scattering mechanisms. Our calculations explain the shortcomings of previous (zero-temperature) theoretical spectra and match well with the experimental spectra acquired at room temperature. Moreover, we disentangle the contributions of acoustic and optical phonon modes to the quasiparticles and exciton linewidths. Our model also allows us to identify which phonon modes couple to each exciton state, which is useful for the interpretation of resonant Raman-scattering experiments.

  4. Quantum and classical solutions for statically screened two-dimensional Wannier-Mott excitons

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    Makowski, Adam J.

    2011-08-15

    Quantum solutions and classical orbits are discussed for statically screened Wannier-Mott excitons for two closely related potentials: the Stern-Howard potential and a suggested simple focusing one. Bound states and exact ''quantized'' values of screening are obtained as well. For the suggested potential, the scattering matrix, the Regge poles, and the transmission coefficient are calculated exactly. We argue that the simple potential can be utilized in applications instead of the Stern-Howard potential, which is difficult to handle.

  5. Femtosecond transient studies of photoinduced charge transfer in polymers doped with strong acceptor molecules; applications for organic solar cells

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    Holt, Josh; Drori, Tomer; Sheng, Chuanxiang; Valy Vardeny, Z.

    2007-03-01

    Current developments in organic solar cells (˜5% efficiency nowadays) require understanding and control of photoinduced charge carrier transfer and electronic state dynamics of donor-acceptor pairs. One current drawback to organic solar cell efficiency is negligible absorption in the near infrared region of the solar spectrum. We provide and compare evidence that poly(2-methoxy-5(2'-ethyl)hexoxy-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV) and regio-regular poly-3-hexyl thiophene (RR-P3HT) doped with 2,7-dinitrofluorenone (DNF) or 2,4,7-trinitrofluorenone (TNF) form below-gap charge transfer complex state that can extend absorption into the near infrared. Using fs transient and CW spectroscopies we found that the photoluminescence and mid-ir photoinduced absorption (PA) band of excitons are simultaneously quenched, when excited in the visible/uv or near ir. We compare our results to those of comparable systems using C60 as acceptor molecules.

  6. Oligosaccharide synthesis by dextransucrase: new unconventional acceptors.

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    Demuth, Kristin; Jördening, Hans Joachim; Buchholz, Klaus

    2002-11-01

    The acceptor reactions of dextransucrase offer the potential for a targeted synthesis of a wide range of di-, tri- and higher oligosaccharides by the transfer of a glucosyl group from sucrose to the acceptor. We here report on results which show that the synthetic potential of this enzyme is not restricted to 'normal' saccharides. Additionally functionalized saccharides, such as alditols, aldosuloses, sugar acids, alkyl saccharides, and glycals, and rather unconventional saccharides, such as fructose dianhydride, may also act as acceptors. Some of these acceptors even turned out to be relatively efficient: alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-->5)-D-arabinonic acid, alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-->4)-D-glucitol, alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-->6)-D-glucitol, alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-->6)-D-mannitol, alpha-D-fructofuranosyl-beta-D-fructofuranosyl-(1,2':2,3')-dianhydride, 1,5-anhydro-2-deoxy-D-arabino-hex-1-enitol ('D-glucal'), and may therefore be of interest for future applications of the dextransucrase acceptor reaction.

  7. Observation of long-lived interlayer excitons in monolayer MoSe2–WSe2 heterostructures

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    Rivera, Pasqual; Schaibley, John R.; Jones, Aaron M.; Ross, Jason S.; Wu, Sanfeng; Aivazian, Grant; Klement, Philip; Seyler, Kyle; Clark, Genevieve; Ghimire, Nirmal J.; et al

    2015-02-24

    Van der Waals bound heterostructures constructed with two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, boron nitride and transition metal dichalcogenides, have sparked wide interest in both device physics and technologies at the two-dimensional limit. One highly coveted heterostructure is that of differing monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides with type-II band alignment, with bound electrons and holes localized in individual monolayers, that is, interlayer excitons. Here, we report the observation of interlayer excitons in monolayer MoSe2–WSe2 heterostructures by photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy. The energy and luminescence intensity are highly tunable by an applied vertical gate voltage. Moreover, we measure an interlayer exciton lifetimemore » of ~1.8 ns, an order of magnitude longer than intralayer excitons in monolayers. Ultimately, our work demonstrates optical pumping of interlayer electric polarization, which may provoke further exploration of interlayer exciton condensation, as well as new applications in two-dimensional lasers, light-emitting diodes and photovoltaic devices.« less

  8. Rate expressions for excitation transfer. II. Electronic considerations of direct and through-configuration exciton resonance interactions

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    Harcourt, Richard D.; Scholes, Gregory D.; Ghiggino, Kenneth P.

    1994-12-01

    The electronic interactions which promote singlet-singlet and triplet-triplet electronic excitation (energy) transfer (EET) are investigated in detail. Donor and acceptor locally excited configurations, ψ1(A*B) and ψ4(AB*), respectively, are each allowed to mix with bridging ionic configurations, ψ2(A+B-) and ψ3(A-B+) to form the new donor and acceptor wave functions ΨR=ψ1+λψ2+μψ3 and ΨP=ψ4+μψ2+λψ3. Use of the latter wave functions leads to the establishment of the matrix element TRP= <ΨR‖H-E1‖ΨP>≊T14-(T12T24+T 13T34)/A, with Tij=<ψi‖H-E1‖ψj> and A=E2-E1, as the exciton resonance interaction term for EET. Introduction of the Mulliken approximation shows that the ``direct'' exciton resonance interaction term (T14) contributes primarily a Coulombic interaction, for singlet-singlet EET, while the ``through-configuration'' exciton resonance interaction term [-(T12T24+T13T34)/A] replaces the Dexter exchange integral (which is a component of H14) as the primary source of short-range orbital overlap-dependent EET. The origins of ``Dexter-type'' energy transfer are thus shown to be quite different from that originally outlined.

  9. Exciton Hierarchies in Gapped Carbon Nanotubes

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    Konik, R.M.

    2011-04-01

    We present evidence that the strong electron-electron (e-e) interactions in gapped carbon nanotubes lead to finite hierarchies of excitons within a given nanotube subband. We study these hierarchies by employing a field theoretic reduction of the gapped carbon nanotube permitting e-e interactions to be treated exactly. We analyze this reduction by employing a Wilsonian-like numerical renormalization group. We are so able to determine the gap ratios of the one-photon excitons as a function of the effective strength of interactions. We also determine within the same subband the gaps of the two-photon excitons, the single particle gaps, as well as a subset of the dark excitons. The strong e-e interactions in addition lead to strongly renormalized dispersion relations where the consequences of spin-charge separation can be readily observed.

  10. Exciton hierarchies in gapped carbon nanotubes.

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    Konik, Robert M

    2011-04-01

    We present evidence that the strong electron-electron (e-e) interactions in gapped carbon nanotubes lead to finite hierarchies of excitons within a given nanotube subband. We study these hierarchies by employing a field theoretic reduction of the gapped carbon nanotube permitting e-e interactions to be treated exactly. We analyze this reduction by employing a Wilsonian-like numerical renormalization group. We are so able to determine the gap ratios of the one-photon excitons as a function of the effective strength of interactions. We also determine within the same subband the gaps of the two-photon excitons, the single particle gaps, as well as a subset of the dark excitons. The strong e-e interactions in addition lead to strongly renormalized dispersion relations where the consequences of spin-charge separation can be readily observed.

  11. Cavity-Enhanced Transport of Excitons

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    Schachenmayer, Johannes; Genes, Claudiu; Tignone, Edoardo; Pupillo, Guido

    2015-05-01

    We show that exciton-type transport in certain materials can be dramatically modified by their inclusion in an optical cavity: the modification of the electromagnetic vacuum mode structure introduced by the cavity leads to transport via delocalized polariton modes rather than through tunneling processes in the material itself. This can help overcome exponential suppression of transmission properties as a function of the system size in the case of disorder and other imperfections. We exemplify massive improvement of transmission for excitonic wave packets through a cavity, as well as enhancement of steady-state exciton currents under incoherent pumping. These results may have implications for experiments of exciton transport in disordered organic materials. We propose that the basic phenomena can be observed in quantum simulators made of Rydberg atoms, cold molecules in optical lattices, as well as in experiments with trapped ions.

  12. Exciton absorption in narrow armchair graphene nanoribbons

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    Monozon, B. S.; Schmelcher, P.

    2016-11-01

    We develop an analytical approach to the exciton optical absorption for narrow gap armchair graphene nanoribbons (AGNR). We focus on the regime of dominant size quantization in combination with the attractive electron-hole interaction. An adiabatic separation of slow and fast motions leads via the two-body Dirac equation to the isolated and coupled subband approximations. Discrete and continuous exciton states are in general coupled and form quasi-Rydberg series of purely discrete and resonance type character. The corresponding oscillator strengths and widths are derived. We show that the exciton peaks are blue-shifted, become broader and increase in magnitude upon narrowing the ribbon. At the edge of a subband the singularity related to the 1D density of states is transformed into finite absorption via the presence of the exciton. Our analytical results are in good agreement with those obtained by other methods including numerical approaches. Estimates of the expected experimental values are provided for realistic AGNR.

  13. Hybrid interlayer excitons with tunable dispersion relation

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    Skinner, Brian

    When two semiconducting materials are layered on top of each other, interlayer excitons can be formed by the Coulomb attraction of an electron in one layer to a hole in the opposite layer. The resulting exciton is a composite boson with a dispersion relation that is a hybrid between the dispersion relations of the electron and the hole separately. In this talk I show how such hybridization is particularly interesting when one layer has a ``Mexican hat''-shaped dispersion relation and the other has a conventional parabolic dispersion. In this case the interlayer exciton can have a range of qualitatively different dispersion relations, which can be continuously altered by an external field. This tunability in principle allows one to continuously tune a collection of interlayer excitons between different quantum many-body phases, including Bose-Einstein condensate, Wigner crystal, and fermion-like ``moat band'' phases.

  14. Signatures of Quantum Coherences in Rydberg Excitons

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    Grünwald, P.; Aßmann, M.; Heckötter, J.; Fröhlich, D.; Bayer, M.; Stolz, H.; Scheel, S.

    2016-09-01

    Coherent optical control of individual particles has been demonstrated both for atoms and semiconductor quantum dots. Here we demonstrate the emergence of quantum coherent effects in semiconductor Rydberg excitons in bulk Cu2O . Because of the spectral proximity between two adjacent Rydberg exciton states, a single-frequency laser may pump both resonances with little dissipation from the detuning. As a consequence, additional resonances appear in the absorption spectrum that correspond to dressed states consisting of two Rydberg exciton levels coupled to the excitonic vacuum, forming a V -type three-level system, but driven only by one laser light source. We show that the level of pure dephasing in this system is extremely low. These observations are a crucial step towards coherently controlled quantum technologies in a bulk semiconductor.

  15. Quantum information processing using acceptors in silicon and phonon entanglement

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    Clark, Susan; Reinke, Charles; McGuinness, Hayden; El-Kady, Ihab

    2014-03-01

    Quantum computing with large numbers of qubits remains challenging due to the decoherence and complexity that arise as more qubits are added to a system. Here I propose a new platform for semiconductor quantum computing which may be robust to common sources of decoherence and may not be difficult to fabricate repeatedly. This system consists of a hole bound to an acceptor in silicon which has been implanted in the center of a mechanical cavity (similar to a photonic crystal cavity) and connected to other cavities by a system of waveguides. I will outline a basic entangling gate and calculations showing the promise of this platform as the ideal qubit. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U. S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  16. Electron transport mechanism of bathocuproine exciton blocking layer in organic photovoltaics.

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    Lee, Jeihyun; Park, Soohyung; Lee, Younjoo; Kim, Hyein; Shin, Dongguen; Jeong, Junkyeong; Jeong, Kwangho; Cho, Sang Wan; Lee, Hyunbok; Yi, Yeonjin

    2016-02-21

    Efficient exciton management is a key issue to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics (OPVs). It is well known that the insertion of an exciton blocking layer (ExBL) having a large band gap promotes the efficient dissociation of photogenerated excitons at the donor-acceptor interface. However, the large band gap induces an energy barrier which disrupts the charge transport. Therefore, building an adequate strategy based on the knowledge of the true charge transport mechanism is necessary. In this study, the true electron transport mechanism of a bathocuproine (BCP) ExBL in OPVs is comprehensively investigated by in situ ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, inverse photoemission spectroscopy, density functional theory calculation, and impedance spectroscopy. The chemical interaction between deposited Al and BCP induces new states within the band gap of BCP, so that electrons can transport through these new energy levels. Localized trap states are also formed upon the Al-BCP interaction. The activation energy of these traps is estimated with temperature-dependent conductance measurements to be 0.20 eV. The Al-BCP interaction induces both transport and trap levels in the energy gap of BCP and their interplay results in the electron transport observed.

  17. Tailored exciton diffusion in organic photovoltaic cells for enhanced power conversion efficiency.

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    Menke, S Matthew; Luhman, Wade A; Holmes, Russell J

    2013-02-01

    Photoconversion in planar-heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) is limited by a short exciton diffusion length (L(D)) that restricts migration to the dissociating electron donor/acceptor interface. Consequently, bulk heterojunctions are often used to realize high efficiency as these structures reduce the distance an exciton must travel to be dissociated. Here, we present an alternative approach that seeks to directly engineer L(D) by optimizing the intermolecular separation and consequently, the photophysical parameters responsible for excitonic energy transfer. By diluting the electron donor boron subphthalocyanine chloride into a wide-energy-gap host material, we optimize the degree of interaction between donor molecules and observe a ~50% increase in L(D). Using this approach, we construct planar-heterojunction OPVs with a power conversion efficiency of (4.4 ± 0.3)%, > 30% larger than the case of optimized devices containing an undiluted donor layer. The underlying correlation between L(D) and the degree of molecular interaction has wide implications for the design of both OPV active materials and device architectures.

  18. Electron transport mechanism of bathocuproine exciton blocking layer in organic photovoltaics.

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    Lee, Jeihyun; Park, Soohyung; Lee, Younjoo; Kim, Hyein; Shin, Dongguen; Jeong, Junkyeong; Jeong, Kwangho; Cho, Sang Wan; Lee, Hyunbok; Yi, Yeonjin

    2016-02-21

    Efficient exciton management is a key issue to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics (OPVs). It is well known that the insertion of an exciton blocking layer (ExBL) having a large band gap promotes the efficient dissociation of photogenerated excitons at the donor-acceptor interface. However, the large band gap induces an energy barrier which disrupts the charge transport. Therefore, building an adequate strategy based on the knowledge of the true charge transport mechanism is necessary. In this study, the true electron transport mechanism of a bathocuproine (BCP) ExBL in OPVs is comprehensively investigated by in situ ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, inverse photoemission spectroscopy, density functional theory calculation, and impedance spectroscopy. The chemical interaction between deposited Al and BCP induces new states within the band gap of BCP, so that electrons can transport through these new energy levels. Localized trap states are also formed upon the Al-BCP interaction. The activation energy of these traps is estimated with temperature-dependent conductance measurements to be 0.20 eV. The Al-BCP interaction induces both transport and trap levels in the energy gap of BCP and their interplay results in the electron transport observed. PMID:26821701

  19. Exciton properties of selected aromatic hydrocarbon systems

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    Roth, Friedrich; Mahns, Benjamin; Hampel, Silke; Nohr, Markus; Berger, Helmuth; Büchner, Bernd; Knupfer, Martin

    2013-02-01

    We have examined the singlet excitons in two representatives of acene-type (tetracene and pentacene) and phenacene-type (chrysene and picene) molecular crystals, respectively, using electron energy-loss spectroscopy at low temperatures. We show that the excitation spectra of the two hydrocarbon families significantly differ. Moreover, close inspection of the data indicates that there is an increasing importance of charge-transfer excitons at lowest excitation energy with increasing length of the molecules.

  20. Anisotropic exciton Stark shift in black phosphorus

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    Chaves, A.; Low, Tony; Avouris, P.; ćakır, D.; Peeters, F. M.

    2015-04-01

    We calculate the excitonic spectrum of few-layer black phosphorus by direct diagonalization of the effective mass Hamiltonian in the presence of an applied in-plane electric field. The strong attractive interaction between electrons and holes in this system allows one to investigate the Stark effect up to very high ionizing fields, including also the excited states. Our results show that the band anisotropy in black phosphorus becomes evident in the direction-dependent field-induced polarizability of the exciton.

  1. Theory of Orbital Susceptibility on Excitonic Insulator

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    Matsuura, Hiroyasu; Ogata, Masao

    2016-09-01

    We study the temperature dependence of the orbital susceptibility of an excitonic insulator on the basis of a two-band model. It is shown that a drastic change (an anomalous enhancement) in susceptibility as a function of temperature occurs owing to the occurrence of additional orbital susceptibility due to the excitonic gap. We calculate explicitly the temperature dependence of orbital susceptibility for a model of Ta2NiSe5, and show that the result is consistent with experimental results.

  2. Exciton transport by surface acoustic waves

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    Rudolph, J.; Hey, R.; Santos, P. V.

    2007-05-01

    Long-range acoustic transport of excitons in GaAs quantum wells (QWs) is demonstrated. The mobile strain field of a surface acoustic wave creates a dynamic lateral type I modulation of the conduction and valence bands in a double-quantum-well (DQW) structure. This mobile potential modulation transports long-living indirect excitons in the DQW over several hundreds of μm.

  3. Exciton-polariton wakefields in semiconductor microcavities

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    Terças, H.; Mendonça, J. T.

    2016-02-01

    We consider the excitation of polariton wakefields due to a propagating light pulse in a semiconductor microcavity. We show that two kinds of wakes are possible, depending on the constituents fraction (either exciton or photon) of the polariton wavefunction. The nature of the wakefields (pure excitonic or polaritonic) can be controlled by changing the speed of propagation of the external pump. This process could be used as a diagnostic for the internal parameters of the microcavity.

  4. Conduction electrons in acceptor-doped GaAs/GaAlAs heterostructures: a review

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    Zawadzki, Wlodek; Raymond, Andre; Kubisa, Maciej

    2016-05-01

    We review magneto-optical and magneto-transport effects in GaAs/GaAlAs heterostructures doped in GaAlAs barriers with donors, providing two-dimensional (2D) electron gas (2DEG) in GaAs quantum wells (QWS), and additionally doped with smaller amounts of acceptors (mostly Be atoms) in the vicinity of 2DEG. One may also deal with residual acceptors (mostly C atoms). The behavior of such systems in the presence of a magnetic field differs appreciably from those doped in the vicinity of 2DEG with donors. Three subjects related to the acceptor-doped heterostructures are considered. First is the problem of bound states of conduction electrons confined to the vicinity of negatively charged acceptors by the joint effect of a QW and an external magnetic field parallel to the growth direction. A variational theory of such states is presented, demonstrating that an electron turning around a repulsive center has discrete energies above the corresponding Landau levels. Experimental evidence for the discrete electron energies comes from the work on interband photo-magneto-luminescence, intraband cyclotron resonance and quantum magneto-transport (the Quantum Hall and Shubnikov-de Haas effects). An electron rain-down effect at weak electric fields and a boil-off effect at strong electric fields are introduced. It is demonstrated, both theoretically and experimentally, that a negatively charged acceptor can localize more than one electron. The second subject describes experiment and theory of asymmetric quantized Hall and Shubnikov-de Haas plateaus in acceptor-doped GaAs/GaAlAs heterostructures. It is shown that the main features of the plateau asymmetry can be attributed to asymmetric density of Landau states in the presence of acceptors. However, at high magnetic fields, the rain-down effect is also at work. The third subject deals with the so-called disorder modes (DMs) in the cyclotron resonance of conduction electrons. The DMs originate from random distributions of negatively

  5. Exciton quasicondensation in one-dimensional systems

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    Werman, Yochai; Berg, Erez

    2015-06-01

    Two Luttinger liquids, with an equal density and opposite sign of charge carriers, may exhibit enhanced excitonic correlations. We term such a system an exciton quasicondensate, with a possible realization being two parallel oppositely doped quantum wires, coupled by repulsive Coulomb interactions. We show that this quasiexciton condensate can be stabilized in an extended range of parameters, in both spinless and spinful systems. We calculate the interwire tunneling current-voltage characteristic, and find that a negative differential conductance is a signature of excitonic correlations. For spinful electrons, the excitonic regime is shown to be distinct from the usual quasi-long-range ordered Wigner crystal phase characterized by power-law density wave correlations. The two phases can be clearly distinguished through their interwire tunneling current-voltage characteristics. In the quasiexciton condensate regime the tunneling conductivity diverges at low temperatures and voltages, whereas in the Wigner crystal it is strongly suppressed. Both the Wigner crystal and the excitonic regime are characterized by a divergent Coulomb drag at low temperature. Finally, metallic carbon nanotubes are considered as a special case of such a one-dimensional setup, and it is shown that exciton condensation is favorable due to the additional valley degree of freedom.

  6. Surface Exciton-Plasmons in Carbon Nanotubes

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    Bondarev, Igor; Tatur, Kevin; Woods, Lilia

    2008-03-01

    We study theoretically the interactions of excitonic states with surface electromagnetic modes of a single-walled carbon nanotube. We use our previously developed Green's function formalism to quantize an electromagnetic field in the presence of quasi-1D absorbing bodies [1]. We show that these interactions result in the exciton-plasmon coupling that is significant in its strength due to the presence of weakly-dispersive low-energy (˜0.5-2eV) interband surface plasmon modes [2] and large exciton excitation energies ˜1eV in small-diameter nanotubes [3]. We estimate the exciton-plasmon Rabi splitting to be ˜0.01-0.1eV which is close to that observed in organic semiconductors [4] and much larger than that reported for hybrid semiconductor-metal nanoparticle molecules [5]. We calculate the exciton absorption lineshape and demonstrate a clear line splitting effect as the exciton energy is tuned to the closest interband surface plasmon resonance. [1] I.V.Bondarev and Ph.Lambin, Phys. Rev. B72, 035451 (2005). [2] T.Pichler, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 4729 (1998). [3] D.Spataru, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 247402 (2005). [4] J.Belessa, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 036404 (2004). [5] W.Zhang, A.O.Govorov, G.W.Bryant, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 146804 (2006).

  7. Donor-acceptor heteroleptic open sandwiches.

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    Merino, Gabriel; Beltrán, Hiram I; Vela, Alberto

    2006-02-01

    A series of donor-acceptor heteroleptic open sandwiches with formula CpM-M'Pyl (M = B, Al, Ga; M' = Li, Na; Cp = cyclopentadienyl; Pyl = pentadienyl) has been designed in silico using density functional theory. The most stable complexes are those containing boron as a donor atom. A molecular orbital analysis shows that the s character of the lone pair located at the group 13 element is mainly responsible for the complex stabilization. It is also found that the surrounding medium has a similar effect on these sandwiches such as in the "classical" donor-acceptor complexes, showing a decrement in the group 13 element-alkaline metal bond lengths.

  8. Decoherence processes during optical manipulation of excitonic qubits in semiconductor quantum dots

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    Wang, Q. Q.; Muller, A.; Bianucci, P.; Rossi, E.; Xue, Q. K.; Takagahara, T.; Piermarocchi, C.; MacDonald, A. H.; Shih, C. K.

    2005-07-01

    Using photoluminescence spectroscopy, we have investigated the nature of Rabi oscillation damping during optical manipulation of excitonic qubits in self-assembled quantum dots. Rabi oscillations were recorded by varying the pulse amplitude for fixed pulse durations between 4ps and 10ps . Up to five periods are visible, making it possible to quantify the excitation dependent damping. We find that this damping is more pronounced for shorter pulse widths and show that its origin is the nonresonant excitation of carriers in the wetting layer, most likely involving bound-to-continuum and continuum-to-bound transitions.

  9. Electron Donor Acceptor Interactions. Final Progress Report

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    2002-08-16

    The Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Electron Donor Acceptor Interactions was held at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, 8/11-16/02. Emphasis was placed on current unpublished research and discussion of the future target areas in this field.

  10. Exciton transport and dissociation at organic interfaces

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    Beljonne, David

    2011-03-01

    This paper focuses on modeling studies of exciton transport and dissociation at organic interfaces and includes three parts: 1) Experiments have shown that the values of exciton diffusion length LD in conjugated polymers (CPs) are rather low, in the range of 5-10 nm, apparently regardless of their chemical structure and solid-state packing. In contrast, larger LD values have been reported in molecular materials that are chemically more well-defined than CPs. Here we demonstrate that energetic disorder alone reduces the exciton diffusion length more than one order of magnitude, from values typically encountered in molecules (> 50nm) to values actually measured in CPs (<10nm). 2) A number of organic crystals show anisotropic excitonic couplings, with weak interlayer interactions between molecules that are more strongly coupled within the layers. The resulting energy carriers are intra-layer 2D excitons that diffuse along the interlayer direction. We model this analytically for infinite layers and using quantum-chemical calculations of the electronic couplings for anthracene clusters. We show that the exciton hopping rates and diffusion lengths depend in a subtle manner on the size and shape of the interacting aggregates, temperature and the presence of energetic disorder. 3) The electronic structure at organic/organic interfaces plays a key role, among others, in defining the quantum efficiency of organic-based photovoltaic cells. Here, we perform quantum-chemical and microelectrostatic calculations on molecular aggregates of various sizes and shapes to characterize the interfacial dipole moment at pentacene/C60 heterojunctions. The results show that the interfacial dipole mostly originates in polarization effects due to the asymmetry in the multipolar expansion of the electronic density distribution between the interacting molecules. We will discuss how the quadrupoles on the pentacene molecules produce direct electrostatic interactions with charge carriers and how

  11. Excitons in a quasi-one-dimensional quantum nanorod under a strong electric field

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    Lyo, S. K.

    2014-03-21

    The response of an exciton in the ground and first excited states to a strong DC electric field is studied in a quasi-one-dimensional nano quantum well (i.e., nanorod) bounded by high symmetric barriers by studying the energy, the oscillator strength, the root-mean-square (RMS) average of the electron-hole (e-h) separation, and the average positions of the electron and the hole. The interplaying effect between the barrier confinement, e-h attraction, and the field-induced e-h separation for exciton binding is examined. We find that, for a long nanorod, the exciton energy, as well as, the oscillator strength drops abruptly as a function of the field near the exciton-dissociation field while the RMS average of the e-h separation rises rapidly. For shorter rods, the transition is more gradual due to the combined effect of the confinement and the long-range e-h interaction. A strong field is shown to transform the optically-inactive first excited state into an optically-active state in the field range between the dissociation field of the ground state and that of the first excited level. We also find that, in the ground state, the (lighter) electron is dragged by the (heavier) hole below the dissociation field. The dependence of the above mentioned properties on the rod length is also investigated for varying fields. The results are compared with those obtained for the rods with parabolic confinement.

  12. Optically decomposed near-band-edge structure and excitonic transitions in Ga₂S₃.

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Chen, Hsin-Hung

    2014-08-21

    The band-edge structure and band gap are key parameters for a functional chalcogenide semiconductor to its applications in optoelectronics, nanoelectronics, and photonics devices. Here, we firstly demonstrate the complete study of experimental band-edge structure and excitonic transitions of monoclinic digallium trisulfide (Ga₂S₃) using photoluminescence (PL), thermoreflectance (TR), and optical absorption measurements at low and room temperatures. According to the experimental results of optical measurements, three band-edge transitions of EA = 3.052 eV, EB = 3.240 eV, and EC = 3.328 eV are respectively determined and they are proven to construct the main band-edge structure of Ga₂S₃. Distinctly optical-anisotropic behaviors by orientation- and polarization-dependent TR measurements are, respectively, relevant to distinguish the origins of the EA, EB, and EC transitions. The results indicated that the three band-edge transitions are coming from different origins. Low-temperature PL results show defect emissions, bound-exciton and free-exciton luminescences in the radiation spectra of Ga₂S₃. The below-band-edge transitions are respectively characterized. On the basis of experimental analyses, the optical property of near-band-edge structure and excitonic transitions in the monoclinic Ga₂S₃ crystal is revealed.

  13. Optically decomposed near-band-edge structure and excitonic transitions in Ga2S3

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Chen, Hsin-Hung

    2014-01-01

    The band-edge structure and band gap are key parameters for a functional chalcogenide semiconductor to its applications in optoelectronics, nanoelectronics, and photonics devices. Here, we firstly demonstrate the complete study of experimental band-edge structure and excitonic transitions of monoclinic digallium trisulfide (Ga2S3) using photoluminescence (PL), thermoreflectance (TR), and optical absorption measurements at low and room temperatures. According to the experimental results of optical measurements, three band-edge transitions of EA = 3.052 eV, EB = 3.240 eV, and EC = 3.328 eV are respectively determined and they are proven to construct the main band-edge structure of Ga2S3. Distinctly optical-anisotropic behaviors by orientation- and polarization-dependent TR measurements are, respectively, relevant to distinguish the origins of the EA, EB, and EC transitions. The results indicated that the three band-edge transitions are coming from different origins. Low-temperature PL results show defect emissions, bound-exciton and free-exciton luminescences in the radiation spectra of Ga2S3. The below-band-edge transitions are respectively characterized. On the basis of experimental analyses, the optical property of near-band-edge structure and excitonic transitions in the monoclinic Ga2S3 crystal is revealed. PMID:25142550

  14. Localised and delocalised excitons in star-like squaraine homo- and heterotrimers.

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    Ceymann, Harald; Balkenhohl, Moritz; Schmiedel, Alexander; Holzapfel, Marco; Lambert, Christoph

    2016-01-28

    Exciton coupling of localised chromophore states within covalently bound superchromophores is a viable strategy to modify optical properties such as spectral broadening and red-shifting of absorption bands. These are desirable properties for e.g. organic photovoltaic applications. Attaching three squaraine dyes to a central nitrogen core in a star-shaped manner leads to the formation of superchromophores that may form localised and delocalised excitons upon photoexcitation. In this work we investigated two homotrimers, two heterotrimers and a heterodimer formed by the combination of two different squaraines SQA and SQB. Due to exciton coupling the two homotrimers display a red shift of the main absorption band by about 1000 cm(-1) compared to their monomeric reference compounds. On the other hand, the heterotrimers show a broadening of the absorption spectra with three peak maxima at the exciton manifold band. In fluorescence experiments the homotrimers display signals similar to the emission of the monomeric compounds but red shifted. However, the heterotrimers and the heterodimer show, beside emission from the delocalised lowest energy state, an additional signal that overlaps strongly with the absorption. Excitation and time-dependent emission spectra of the hetero compounds indicate that this emission stems from a localised higher energy state. This interpretation is corroborated by transient absorption measurements with fs-time resolution. PMID:26699932

  15. Dynamics of exciton recombination in strong magnetic fields in ultrathin GaAs/AlAs quantum wells with indirect band gap and type-II band alignment

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    Shamirzaev, T. S.; Debus, J.; Yakovlev, D. R.; Glazov, M. M.; Ivchenko, E. L.; Bayer, M.

    2016-07-01

    The exciton recombination dynamics is studied experimentally and theoretically in two-monolayer-thick GaAs/AlAs quantum wells characterized by an indirect band gap and a type-II band alignment. At cryogenic temperatures, the lifetimes of the excitons that are indirect both in real and k space are in the millisecond range. The exciton recombination time and the photoluminescence (PL) intensity are strongly dependent on strength and orientation of an applied magnetic field. In contrast to the very weak influence of an in-plane field, at 2 K temperature a field applied parallel to the growth axis drastically slows down the recombination and reduces the PL intensity. With increasing temperature the magnetic field effects on PL intensity and decay time are vanishing. The experimental data are well described by a model for the exciton dynamics that takes into account the magnetic-field-induced redistribution of the indirect excitons between their bright and dark states. It allows us to evaluate the lower bound of the heavy-hole longitudinal g factor of 2.5, the radiative recombination time for the bright excitons of 0.34 ms, and the nonradiative recombination time of the bright and dark excitons of 8.5 ms.

  16. Tuning the driving force for exciton dissociation in single-walled carbon nanotube heterojunctions.

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    Ihly, Rachelle; Mistry, Kevin S; Ferguson, Andrew J; Clikeman, Tyler T; Larson, Bryon W; Reid, Obadiah; Boltalina, Olga V; Strauss, Steven H; Rumbles, Garry; Blackburn, Jeffrey L

    2016-06-01

    Understanding the kinetics and energetics of interfacial electron transfer in molecular systems is crucial for the development of a broad array of technologies, including photovoltaics, solar fuel systems and energy storage. The Marcus formulation for electron transfer relates the thermodynamic driving force and reorganization energy for charge transfer between a given donor/acceptor pair to the kinetics and yield of electron transfer. Here we investigated the influence of the thermodynamic driving force for photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and fullerene derivatives by employing time-resolved microwave conductivity as a sensitive probe of interfacial exciton dissociation. For the first time, we observed the Marcus inverted region (in which driving force exceeds reorganization energy) and quantified the reorganization energy for PET for a model SWCNT/acceptor system. The small reorganization energies (about 130 meV, most of which probably arises from the fullerene acceptors) are beneficial in minimizing energy loss in photoconversion schemes. PMID:27219706

  17. Plasmon-Exciton Coupling Using DNA Templates.

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    Roller, Eva-Maria; Argyropoulos, Christos; Högele, Alexander; Liedl, Tim; Pilo-Pais, Mauricio

    2016-09-14

    Coherent energy exchange between plasmons and excitons is a phenomenon that arises in the strong coupling regime resulting in distinct hybrid states. The DNA-origami technique provides an ideal framework to custom-tune plasmon-exciton nanostructures. By employing this well controlled self-assembly process, we realized hybrid states by precisely positioning metallic nanoparticles in a defined spatial arrangement with fixed nanometer-sized interparticle spacing. Varying the nanoparticle diameter between 30 nm and 60 nm while keeping their separation distance constant allowed us to precisely adjust the plasmon resonance of the structure to accurately match the energy frequency of a J-aggregate exciton. With this system we obtained strong plasmon-exciton coupling and studied far-field scattering at the single-structure level. The individual structures displayed normal mode splitting up to 170 meV. The plasmon tunability and the strong field confinement attained with nanodimers on DNA-origami renders an ideal tool to bottom-up assembly plasmon-exciton systems operating at room temperature. PMID:27531635

  18. Plasmon-Exciton Coupling Using DNA Templates.

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    Roller, Eva-Maria; Argyropoulos, Christos; Högele, Alexander; Liedl, Tim; Pilo-Pais, Mauricio

    2016-09-14

    Coherent energy exchange between plasmons and excitons is a phenomenon that arises in the strong coupling regime resulting in distinct hybrid states. The DNA-origami technique provides an ideal framework to custom-tune plasmon-exciton nanostructures. By employing this well controlled self-assembly process, we realized hybrid states by precisely positioning metallic nanoparticles in a defined spatial arrangement with fixed nanometer-sized interparticle spacing. Varying the nanoparticle diameter between 30 nm and 60 nm while keeping their separation distance constant allowed us to precisely adjust the plasmon resonance of the structure to accurately match the energy frequency of a J-aggregate exciton. With this system we obtained strong plasmon-exciton coupling and studied far-field scattering at the single-structure level. The individual structures displayed normal mode splitting up to 170 meV. The plasmon tunability and the strong field confinement attained with nanodimers on DNA-origami renders an ideal tool to bottom-up assembly plasmon-exciton systems operating at room temperature.

  19. Photoinduced gap closure in an excitonic insulator

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    Golež, Denis; Werner, Philipp; Eckstein, Martin

    2016-07-01

    We study the dynamical phase transition out of an excitonic insulator phase after photoexcitation using a time-dependent extension of the self-consistent GW method. We connect the evolution of the photoemission spectra to the dynamics of the excitonic order parameter and identify two dynamical phase transition points marked by a slowdown in the relaxation: one critical point is connected with the trapping in a nonthermal state with reduced exciton density and the second corresponds to the thermal phase transition. The transfer of kinetic energy from the photoexcited carriers to the exciton condensate is shown to be the main mechanism for the gap melting. We analyze the low energy dynamics of screening, which strongly depends on the presence of the excitonic gap, and argue that it is difficult to interpret the static component of the screened interaction as the effective interaction of some low energy model. Instead we propose a phenomenological measure for the effective interaction which indicates that screening has minor effects on the low energy dynamics.

  20. Exciton Emission under Strong Exciton-Plasmon Coupling in Carbon Nanotubes

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    Bondarev, Igor; Woods, Lilia; Tatur, Kevin

    2010-03-01

    We study theoretically the interactions of excitonic states with surface electromagnetic modes of small-diameter (˜1nm) semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNs). We show that these interactions can result in strong exciton-interband-surface-plasmon coupling in individual CNs. This results in the exciton emission line (Rabi) splitting ˜0.1eV as the exciton energy is tuned to the nearest interband plasmon resonance of the CN [1]. The exciton-plasmon coupling strength we predict for individual CNs is close to that previously reported for hybrid plasmonic nanostructures artificially fabricated of organic semiconductors on metallic films [2]. The quantum confined Stark effect with an electrostatic field applied perpendicular to the CN axis can be used to control the exciton-plasmon coupling, and the exciton emission accordingly [3]. We expect this effect to open up paths to new tunable optoelectronic device applications of small-diameter semiconducting CNs.[4pt] [1] I.V.Bondarev, K.Tatur, L.M.Woods, Optics Commun. 282, 661 (2009). [2] J.Bellessa, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 036404 (2004). [3] I.V.Bondarev, L.M.Woods, K.Tatur, Phys. Rev. B 80, 085407 (2009).

  1. Exciton-Exciton Annihilation in Copper-Phthalocyanine Single-Crystal Nanowires

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    Ma, Yingzhong; Xiao, Kai; Shaw, Robert W

    2012-01-01

    Femtosecond one-color pump-probe spectroscopy was applied to study exciton dynamics in single-crystal copper-phthalocyanine (CuPc) nanowires grown on an opaque silicon substrate. The transient reflectance kinetics measured at different pump fluences exhibit a remarkable intensity-dependent decay behavior which accelerates significantly with increasing pump pulse intensity. All the kinetic decays can be satisfactorily described using a bi-exponential decay function with lifetimes of 22 and 204 ps, and corresponding relative amplitudes depending on the pump intensity. The accelerated decay behavior observed at high pump intensities arises from a nonlinear exciton-exciton annihilation process. While this phenomenon has been found previously in crystalline metallophthalocyanine (MPc) polymorphs such as colloidal particles and thin films, the results obtained using the CuPc nanowires are markedly distinct, namely, much longer decay times and a linear intensity dependence of the initial peak amplitudes. Despite these differences, detailed data analysis further shows that, as found for other metal-phthalocyanine polymorphs, exciton-exciton annihilation in the CuPc nanowires is one-dimensional (1D) diffusion-limited, which possibly involves intra-chain exciton diffusion along 1D molecular stacks. The significantly long-lived excitons of CuPc nanowires in comparison to those of other crystalline polymorphs make them particularly suitable for photovoltaic applications.

  2. Microscopic theory of two-dimensional spatially-indirect-exciton condensates and exciton-polariton condensates

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    Xue, Fei; Wu, Feng Cheng; MacDonald, Allan

    BEC of excitons and polaritons have drawn attention in recent years because of the demonstration of their ability to host macroscopic quantum phenomena and because of their promise for applications. We study the case of a system containing two TMD monolayers that are separated and surrounded by h-BN. Under appropriate conditions this system is expected to support a spatially indirect thermal equilibrium exciton condensate. We combine a microscopic mean-field calculation and a weakly interacting boson model to explore the bilayer exciton condensates phase diagram. By varying the layer separation and exciton density, we find a phase transition occurs between states containing one and two condensate flavors. We also use a microscopic time-dependent mean-field theory to address condensate collective mode spectra and quantum fluctuations. Next we study the case of exciton-polariton formed by strong coupling between quantum well excitons and confined photon modes when the system is placed in a vertical microcavity. We build a microscopic mean-field theory starting from electrons and holes, and account for their coupling to coherent light field. We compare our model with the normal weakly interacting boson model that starts from weakly interacting excitons that are coupled to photons. This work was supported by the SRC and NIST under the Nanoelectronic Research Initiative (NRI) and SWAN, by the Welch Foundation under Grant No. F1473, and by the ARO Grant No. 26-3508-81.

  3. Probing Bose-Einstein condensation of excitons with electromagnetic radiation.

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    Johnsen, K; Kavoulakis, G M

    2001-01-29

    We examine the absorption spectrum of electromagnetic radiation from excitons, where an exciton in the 1s state absorbs a photon and makes a transition to the 2p state. We demonstrate that the absorption spectrum depends strongly on the quantum degeneracy of the exciton gas, and that it will generally manifest many-body effects. Based on our results we propose that absorption of infrared radiation could resolve recent contradictory experimental results on excitons in Cu(2)O.

  4. Harvesting excitons through plasmonic strong coupling

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    Gonzalez-Ballestero, Carlos; Feist, Johannes; Moreno, Esteban; Garcia-Vidal, Francisco J.

    2015-09-01

    Exciton harvesting is demonstrated in an ensemble of quantum emitters coupled to localized surface plasmons. When the interaction between emitters and the dipole mode of a metallic nanosphere reaches the strong-coupling regime, the exciton conductance is greatly increased. The spatial map of the conductance matches the plasmon field intensity profile, which indicates that transport properties can be tuned by adequately tailoring the field of the plasmonic resonance. Under strong coupling, we find that pure dephasing can have detrimental or beneficial effects on the conductance, depending on the effective number of participating emitters. Finally, we show that the exciton transport in the strong-coupling regime occurs on an ultrafast time scale given by the inverse Rabi splitting (˜10 fs), which is orders of magnitude faster than transport through direct hopping between the emitters.

  5. Optical spacing effect in organic photovoltaic cells incorporating a dilute acceptor layer

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    Menke, S. Matthew; Lindsay, Christopher D.; Holmes, Russell J.

    2014-06-16

    The addition of spacing layers in organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) can enhance light absorption by optimizing the spatial distribution of the incident optical field in the multilayer structure. We explore the optical spacing effect in OPVs achieved using a diluted electron acceptor layer of C{sub 60}. While optical spacing is often realized by optimizing buffer layer thickness, we find that optical spacing via dilution leads to cells with similar or enhanced photocurrent. This is observed despite a smaller quantity of absorbing molecules, suggesting a more efficient use of absorbed photons. In fact, dilution is found to concentrate optical absorption near the electron donor-acceptor interface, resulting in a marked increase in the exciton diffusion efficiency. Contrasting the use of changes in thickness to engineer optical absorption, the use of dilution does not significantly alter the overall thickness of the OPV. Optical spacing via dilution is shown to be a viable alternative to more traditional optical spacing techniques and may be especially useful in the continued optimization of next-generation, tandem OPVs where it is important to minimize competition for optical absorption between individual sub-cells.

  6. Optical spacing effect in organic photovoltaic cells incorporating a dilute acceptor layer

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    Menke, S. Matthew; Lindsay, Christopher D.; Holmes, Russell J.

    2014-06-01

    The addition of spacing layers in organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) can enhance light absorption by optimizing the spatial distribution of the incident optical field in the multilayer structure. We explore the optical spacing effect in OPVs achieved using a diluted electron acceptor layer of C60. While optical spacing is often realized by optimizing buffer layer thickness, we find that optical spacing via dilution leads to cells with similar or enhanced photocurrent. This is observed despite a smaller quantity of absorbing molecules, suggesting a more efficient use of absorbed photons. In fact, dilution is found to concentrate optical absorption near the electron donor-acceptor interface, resulting in a marked increase in the exciton diffusion efficiency. Contrasting the use of changes in thickness to engineer optical absorption, the use of dilution does not significantly alter the overall thickness of the OPV. Optical spacing via dilution is shown to be a viable alternative to more traditional optical spacing techniques and may be especially useful in the continued optimization of next-generation, tandem OPVs where it is important to minimize competition for optical absorption between individual sub-cells.

  7. Exciton dynamics in perturbed vibronic molecular aggregates

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    Brüning, C.; Wehner, J.; Hausner, J.; Wenzel, M.; Engel, V.

    2015-01-01

    A site specific perturbation of a photo-excited molecular aggregate can lead to a localization of excitonic energy. We investigate this localization dynamics for laser-prepared excited states. Changing the parameters of the electric field significantly influences the exciton localization which offers the possibility for a selective control of this process. This is demonstrated for aggregates possessing a single vibrational degree of freedom per monomer unit. It is shown that the effects identified for the molecular dimer can be generalized to larger aggregates with a high density of vibronic states. PMID:26798840

  8. Control of exciton transport using quantum interference

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    Lusk, Mark T.; Stafford, Charles A.; Zimmerman, Jeramy D.; Carr, Lincoln D.

    2015-12-01

    It is shown that quantum interference can be employed to create an exciton transistor. An applied potential gates the quasiparticle motion and also discriminates between quasiparticles of differing binding energy. When implemented within nanoscale assemblies, such control elements could mediate the flow of energy and information. Quantum interference can also be used to dissociate excitons as an alternative to using heterojunctions. A finite molecular setting is employed to exhibit the underlying discrete, two-particle, mesoscopic analog to Fano antiresonance. Selected entanglement measures are shown to distinguish regimes of behavior which cannot be resolved from population dynamics alone.

  9. Excitons in van der Waals heterostructures: The important role of dielectric screening

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    Latini, S.; Olsen, T.; Thygesen, K. S.

    2015-12-01

    The existence of strongly bound excitons is one of the hallmarks of the newly discovered atomically thin semiconductors. While it is understood that the large binding energy is mainly due to the weak dielectric screening in two dimensions, a systematic investigation of the role of screening on two-dimensional (2D) excitons is still lacking. Here we provide a critical assessment of a widely used 2D hydrogenic exciton model, which assumes a dielectric function of the form ɛ (q )=1 +2 π α q , and we develop a quasi-2D model with a much broader applicability. Within the quasi-2D picture, electrons and holes are described as in-plane point charges with a finite extension in the perpendicular direction, and their interaction is screened by a dielectric function with a nonlinear q dependence which is computed ab initio. The screened interaction is used in a generalized Mott-Wannier model to calculate exciton binding energies in both isolated and supported 2D materials. For isolated 2D materials, the quasi-2D treatment yields results almost identical to those of the strict 2D model, and both are in good agreement with ab initio many-body calculations. On the other hand, for more complex structures such as supported layers or layers embedded in a van der Waals heterostructure, the size of the exciton in reciprocal space extends well beyond the linear regime of the dielectric function, and a quasi-2D description has to replace the 2D one. Our methodology has the merit of providing a seamless connection between the strict 2D limit of isolated monolayer materials and the more bulk-like screening characteristics of supported 2D materials or van der Waals heterostructures.

  10. Temperature Evolution of Excitonic Absorptions in Cd(1-x)Zn(x)Te Materials

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    Quijada, Manuel A.; Henry, Ross

    2007-01-01

    The studies consist of measuring the frequency dependent transmittance (T) and reflectance (R) above and below the optical band-gap in the UV/Visible and infrared frequency ranges for Cd(l-x),Zn(x),Te materials for x=0 and x=0.04. Measurements were also done in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. The results show that the optical gap near 1.49 eV at 300 K increases to 1.62 eV at 5 K. Finally, we observe sharp absorption peaks near this gap energy at low temperatures. The close proximity of these peaks to the optical transition threshold suggests that they originate from the creation of bound electron-hole pairs or excitons. The decay of these excitonic absorptions may contribute to a photoluminescence and transient background response of these back-illuminated HgCdTe CCD detectors.

  11. Exciton effects in the index of refraction of multiple quantum wells and superlattices

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    Kahen, K. B.; Leburton, J. P.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical calculations of the index of refraction of multiple quantum wells and superlattices are presented. The model incorporates both the bound and continuum exciton contributions for the gamma region transitions. In addition, the electronic band structure model has both superlattice and bulk alloy properties. The results indicate that large light-hole masses, i.e., of about 0.23, produced by band mixing effects, are required to account for the experimental data. Furthermore, it is shown that superlattice effects rapidly decrease for energies greater than the confining potential barriers. Overall, the theoretical results are in very good agreement with the experimental data and show the importance of including exciton effects in the index of refraction.

  12. Solution-Processable Organic Molecule for High-Performance Organic Solar Cells with Low Acceptor Content.

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    Wang, Kun; Guo, Bing; Xu, Zhuo; Guo, Xia; Zhang, Maojie; Li, Yongfang

    2015-11-11

    A new planar D2-A-D1-A-D2 structured organic molecule with bithienyl benzodithiophene (BDT) as central donor unit D1 and fluorine-substituted benzothiadiazole (BTF) as acceptor unit and alkyl-dithiophene as end group and donor unit D2, BDT-BTF, was designed and synthesized for the application as donor material in organic solar cells (OSCs). BDT-BTF shows a broad absorption in visible region, suitable highest occupied molecular orbital energy level of -5.20 eV, and high hole mobility of 1.07 × 10(-2) cm(2)/(V s), benefitted from its high coplanarity and strong crystallinity. The OSCs based on BDT-BTF as donor (D) and PC71BM as acceptor (A) at a D/A weight ratio of 3:1 without any extra treatment exhibit high photovoltaic performance with Voc of 0.85 V, Jsc of 10.48 mA/cm(2), FF of 0.66, and PCE of 5.88%. The morphological study by transmission electron microscopy reveals that the blend of BDT-BTF and PC71BM (3:1, w/w) possesses an appropriate interpenetrating D/A network for the exciton separation and charge carrier transport, which agrees well with the good device performance. The optimized D/A weight ratio of 3:1 is the lowest acceptor content in the active layer reported so far for the high-performance OSCs, and the organic molecules with the molecular structure like BDT-BTF could be promising high-performance donor materials in solution-processable OSCs.

  13. Bright and dark excitons in semiconductor carbon nanotubes

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    Tretiak, Sergei

    2008-01-01

    We report electronic structure calculations of finite-length semiconducting carbon nanotubes using the time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and the time dependent Hartree Fock (TD-HF) approach coupled with semiempirical AM1 and ZINDO Hamiltonians. We specifically focus on the energy splitting, relative ordering, and localization properties of the optically active (bright) and optically forbidden (dark) states from the lowest excitonic band of the nanotubes. These excitonic states are very important in competing radiative and non-radiative processes in these systems. Our analysis of excitonic transition density matrices demonstrates that pure DFT functionals overdelocalize excitons making an electron-hole pair unbound; consequently, excitonic features are not presented in this method. In contrast, the pure HF and A111 calculations overbind excitons inaccurately predicting the lowest energy state as a bright exciton. Changing AM1 with ZINDO Hamiltonian in TD-HF calculations, predicts the bright exciton as the second state after the dark one. However, in contrast to AM1 calculations, the diameter dependence of the excitation energies obtained by ZINDO does not follow the experimental trends. Finally, the TD-DFT approach incorporating hybrid functions with a moderate portion of the long-range HF exchange, such as B3LYP, has the most generality and predictive capacity providing a sufficiently accurate description of excitonic structure in finite-size nanotubes. These methods characterize four important lower exciton bands. The lowest state is dark, the upper band is bright, and the two other dark and nearly degenerate excitons lie in-between. Although the calculated energy splittings between the lowest dark and the bright excitons are relatively large ({approx}0.1 eV), the dense excitonic manifold below the bright exciton allows for fast non-radiative relaxation leasing to the fast population of the lowest dark exciton. This rationalizes the low

  14. Exciton-exciton annihilation and relaxation pathways in semiconducting carbon nanotubes

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    Chmeliov, Jevgenij; Narkeliunas, Jonas; Graham, Matt W.; Fleming, Graham R.; Valkunas, Leonas

    2016-01-01

    We present a thorough analysis of one- and two-color transient absorption measurements performed on single- and double-walled semiconducting carbon nanotubes. By combining the currently existing models describing exciton-exciton annihilation--the coherent and the diffusion-limited ones--we are able to simultaneously reproduce excitation kinetics following both E11 and E22 pump conditions. Our simulations revealed the fundamental photophysical behavior of one-dimensional coherent excitons and non-trivial excitation relaxation pathways. In particular, we found that after non-linear annihilation a doubly-excited exciton relaxes directly to its E11 state bypassing the intermediate E22 manifold, so that after excitation resonant with the E11 transition, the E22 state remains unpopulated. A quantitative explanation for the observed much faster excitation kinetics probed at E22 manifold, comparing to those probed at the E11 band, is also provided.

  15. Polarization-dependent exciton linewidth in semiconductor quantum wells: A consequence of bosonic nature of excitons

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    Singh, Rohan; Suzuki, Takeshi; Autry, Travis M.; Moody, Galan; Siemens, Mark E.; Cundiff, Steven T.

    2016-08-01

    The exciton coherent signal decay rate in GaAs quantum wells, as measured in four-wave mixing experiments, depends on the polarization of the excitation pulses. Using polarization-dependent two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy, we show that this behavior is due to the bosonic character of excitons. Interference between two different quantum mechanical pathways results in a smaller decay rate for cocircular and colinear polarization of the optical excitation pulses. This interference does not exist for cross-linearly polarized excitation pulses resulting in a larger decay rate. Our result shows that the bosonic nature of excitons must be considered when interpreting ultrafast spectroscopic studies of exciton dephasing in semiconductors. This behavior should be considered while interpreting results of ultrafast spectroscopy experiments involving bosonlike excitations.

  16. Engineering excitonic dynamics and environmental stability of post-transition metal chalcogenides by pyridine functionalization technique

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    Meng, Xiuqing; Pant, Anupum; Cai, Hui; Kang, Jun; Sahin, Hasan; Chen, Bin; Wu, Kedi; Yang, Sijie; Suslu, Aslihan; Peeters, F. M.; Tongay, Sefaattin

    2015-10-01

    Owing to their strong photon emission, low excitonic binding energies, and nearly-ideal band offset values for water splitting reactions, direct gap quasi-2D gallium chalcogenides are potential candidates for applications in energy harvesting, optoelectronics, and photonics. Unlike other 2D materials systems, chemical functionalization of gallium chalcogenides is still at its seminal stages. Here, we propose vapor phase pyridine intercalation technique to manipulate optical properties of gallium chalcogenides. After functionalization, the excitonic dynamics of quasi-2D GaSe change significantly as evidenced by an increase in integrated PL intensity and emergence of a new emission feature that is below the band edge. Based on our DFT calculations, we attribute these to formation of bound exciton complexes at the trap sites introduced by chemical reaction between pyridine and GaSe. On the contrary, pyridine functionalization does not impact the optical properties of GaTe, instead treats GaTe surface to prevent oxidization of tellurium atoms. Overall, results suggest novel ways to control properties of gallium chalcogenides on demand and unleash their full potential for a range of applications in photonics and optoelectronics.Owing to their strong photon emission, low excitonic binding energies, and nearly-ideal band offset values for water splitting reactions, direct gap quasi-2D gallium chalcogenides are potential candidates for applications in energy harvesting, optoelectronics, and photonics. Unlike other 2D materials systems, chemical functionalization of gallium chalcogenides is still at its seminal stages. Here, we propose vapor phase pyridine intercalation technique to manipulate optical properties of gallium chalcogenides. After functionalization, the excitonic dynamics of quasi-2D GaSe change significantly as evidenced by an increase in integrated PL intensity and emergence of a new emission feature that is below the band edge. Based on our DFT calculations

  17. Cyanomethylbenzoic acid: an acceptor for donor-π-acceptor chromophores used in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Xiang, Wanchun; Gupta, Akhil; Kashif, Muhammad Kalim; Duffy, Noel; Bilic, Ante; Evans, Richard A; Spiccia, Leone; Bach, Udo

    2013-02-01

    Sensing the sun: Incorporation of a cyanomethyl benzoic acid electron acceptor into donor-π-acceptor sensitizers for dye-sensitized-solar cell is shown to lead to devices with improved conversion efficiency when compared with more widely used cyanoacetic acid acceptor.

  18. Free and trapped hybrid charge transfer excitons at a ZnO/small-molecule heterojunction

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    Panda, Anurag; Ding, Kan; Liu, Xiao; Forrest, Stephen R.

    2016-09-01

    We study the temperature-dependent electrical and optical properties of hybrid charge transfer excitons (HCTEs) at a ZnO/4,4'-bis(N-carbazolyl)-1,1'-biphenyl (CBP) organic/inorganic semiconductor heterojunction (OI-HJ). The electroluminescence spectrum of the HCTE formed by recombination of injected charge undergoes a hypsochromic shift from 1.65 ± 0.01 eV to 2.05 ± 0.01 eV with decreasing temperature from T =300 K to 30 K at a current density of J =100 mA c m-2 , and with increasing voltage from V =1.5 V to 4.5 V. We observe an external quantum efficiency of 6.0 ± 0.2% at a wavelength of 332 nm for excitons generated in CBP, indicating exciton to charge conversion via HCTEs. However, no HCTE photoluminescence is observed at temperatures as low as T =25 K . A quantum mechanical model based on the coexistence of both free and trapped singlet HCTE states at the OI-HJ describes these observations. The free HCTE consists of a hole in CPB Coulombically bound with an energy of 9 meV to a delocalized electron in ZnO, and it is the precursor to photocurrent generation via CBP Frenkel excitons. The observed electroluminescence is due to electron injection into localized defect states at the ZnO surface that are bound to holes in CBP forming a trapped HCTE with binding energies of 60-430 meV and oscillator strength that is four orders of magnitude higher compared to the free HCTE.

  19. Topological aspects of nonlinear excitonic processes in noncentrosymmetric crystals

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    Morimoto, Takahiro; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-07-01

    We study excitonic processes second order in the electric fields in noncentrosymmetric crystals. We derive formulas for shift current and second harmonic generation produced by exciton creation, by using the Floquet formalism combined with the Keldysh Green's function method. It is shown that (i) the steady dc shift current flows by exciton creation without dissociation into free carriers and (ii) second harmonic generation is enhanced at the exciton resonance. The obtained formulas clarify topological aspects of these second order excitonic processes which are described by Berry connections of the relevant valence and conduction bands.

  20. Exciton localization and drift in tailored-potential quantum nanowires

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    Szeszko, J. Rudra, A.; Kapon, E.; Belykh, V. V.; Sibeldin, N. N.

    2014-06-30

    Exciton recombination dynamics in tailored-potential, site-controlled AlGaAs quantum wires (QWRs) are studied. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectra evidence exciton localization in weakly disordered “uniform” QWRs, whereas deterministic bandgap grading is shown to suppress localization and promote exciton drift along the potential gradient. Measured exciton transit times between two quantum dot probes placed at opposite ends of the potential gradient yield the effective 1D exciton mobility as >1300 cm{sup 2}/(eVs).

  1. Long-range coupling of electron-hole pairs in spatially separated organic donor-acceptor layers.

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    Nakanotani, Hajime; Furukawa, Taro; Morimoto, Kei; Adachi, Chihaya

    2016-02-01

    Understanding exciton behavior in organic semiconductor molecules is crucial for the development of organic semiconductor-based excitonic devices such as organic light-emitting diodes and organic solar cells, and the tightly bound electron-hole pair forming an exciton is normally assumed to be localized on an organic semiconducting molecule. We report the observation of long-range coupling of electron-hole pairs in spatially separated electron-donating and electron-accepting molecules across a 10-nanometers-thick spacer layer. We found that the exciton energy can be tuned over 100 megaelectron volts and the fraction of delayed fluorescence can be increased by adjusting the spacer-layer thickness. Furthermore, increasing the spacer-layer thickness produced an organic light-emitting diode with an electroluminescence efficiency nearly eight times higher than that of a device without a spacer layer. Our results demonstrate the first example of a long-range coupled charge-transfer state between electron-donating and electron-accepting molecules in a working device.

  2. Long-range coupling of electron-hole pairs in spatially separated organic donor-acceptor layers

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    Nakanotani, Hajime; Furukawa, Taro; Morimoto, Kei; Adachi, Chihaya

    2016-01-01

    Understanding exciton behavior in organic semiconductor molecules is crucial for the development of organic semiconductor-based excitonic devices such as organic light-emitting diodes and organic solar cells, and the tightly bound electron-hole pair forming an exciton is normally assumed to be localized on an organic semiconducting molecule. We report the observation of long-range coupling of electron-hole pairs in spatially separated electron-donating and electron-accepting molecules across a 10-nanometers-thick spacer layer. We found that the exciton energy can be tuned over 100 megaelectron volts and the fraction of delayed fluorescence can be increased by adjusting the spacer-layer thickness. Furthermore, increasing the spacer-layer thickness produced an organic light-emitting diode with an electroluminescence efficiency nearly eight times higher than that of a device without a spacer layer. Our results demonstrate the first example of a long-range coupled charge-transfer state between electron-donating and electron-accepting molecules in a working device. PMID:26933691

  3. Conjugated “Molecular Wire” for Excitons

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    Shibano, Y.; Miller, J.; Imahori, H.; Sreearunothai, P.; Cook, A.R.

    2010-05-06

    We have synthesized new conjugated, rigid rod oligomers of fluorene, F{sub n}(C{sub 60}){sub 2}, n = 4, 8, 12, and 16. These pure compounds have F{sub n} chains up to 140 {angstrom} long. The C{sub 60} groups covalently attached at both ends serve as traps for excitons created in the F{sub n} chains. Excitons created in the chains by photoexcitation reacted rapidly with the C{sub 60} groups with decays described well by the sum of two exponentials. Mean reaction times were 2.3, 5.5, and 10.4 ps for n = 8, 12, and 16. In F{sub 16}(C{sub 60}){sub 2}, the 10.4 ps reaction time was 40 times faster than that found in earlier reports on molecules of slightly longer length. The simplest possible model, that of one-dimensional diffusion of excitonic polarons that react whenever they encounter the end of a chain, fits the results to obtain diffusion coefficients. Deviations of those fits from the data may point to the need for alternative pictures or may just indicate that diffusion is not ideal. The definite lengths of these molecules enable a stringent test for theories. These results reveal that exciton transport can be much faster than previously believed, a finding that could, along with appropriate nanoassembly, enable new kinds of high-efficiency organic photovoltaics.

  4. Multiple Exciton Generation in Colloidal Silicon Nanocrystals

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    Beard, M. C.; Knutsen, K. P.; Yu, P.; Luther, J. M.; Song, Q.; Metzger, W. K.; Ellingson, R. J.; Nozik, A. M.

    2007-01-01

    Multiple exciton generation (MEG) is a process whereby multiple electron-hole pairs, or excitons, are produced upon absorption of a single photon in semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) and represents a promising route to increased solar conversion efficiencies in single-junction photovoltaic cells. We report for the first time MEG yields in colloidal Si NCs using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. We find the threshold photon energy for MEG in 9.5 nm diameter Si NCs (effective band gap {identical_to} Eg = 1.20 eV) to be 2.4 {+-} 0.1E{sub g} and find an exciton-production quantum yield of 2.6 {+-} 0.2 excitons per absorbed photon at 3.4E{sub g}. While MEG has been previously reported in direct-gap semiconductor NCs of PbSe, PbS, PbTe, CdSe, and InAs, this represents the first report of MEG within indirect-gap semiconductor NCs. Furthermore, MEG is found in relatively large Si NCs (diameter equal to about twice the Bohr radius) such that the confinement energy is not large enough to produce a large blue-shift of the band gap (only 80 meV), but the Coulomb interaction is sufficiently enhanced to produce efficient MEG. Our findings are of particular importance because Si dominates the photovoltaic solar cell industry, presents no problems regarding abundance and accessibility within the Earth's crust, and poses no significant environmental problems regarding toxicity.

  5. electric dipole superconductor in bilayer exciton system

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    Sun, Qing-Feng; Jiang, Qing-Dong; Bao, Zhi-Qiang; Xie, X. C.

    Recently, it was reported that the bilayer exciton systems could exhibit many new phenomena, including the large bilayer counterflow conductivity, the Coulomb drag, etc. These phenomena imply the formation of exciton condensate superfluid state. On the other hand, it is now well known that the superconductor is the condensate superfluid state of the Cooper pairs, which can be viewed as electric monopoles. In other words, the superconductor state is the electric monopole condensate superfluid state. Thus, one may wonder whether there exists electric dipole superfluid state. In this talk, we point out that the exciton in a bilayer system can be considered as a charge neutral electric dipole. And we derive the London-type and Ginzburg-Landau-type equations of electric dipole superconductivity. From these equations, we discover the Meissner-type effect (against spatial variation of magnetic fields), and the dipole current Josephson effect. The frequency in the AC Josephson effect of the dipole current is equal to that in the normal (monopole) superconductor. These results can provide direct evidence for the formation of exciton superfluid state in the bilayer systems and pave new ways to obtain the electric dipole current. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support by NBRP of China (2012CB921303 and 2015CB921102) and NSF-China under Grants Nos. 11274364 and 11574007.

  6. Extended-Charge-Transfer Excitons in Crystalline Supramolecular Photocatalytic Scaffolds.

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    Hestand, Nicholas J; Kazantsev, Roman V; Weingarten, Adam S; Palmer, Liam C; Stupp, Samuel I; Spano, Frank C

    2016-09-14

    Coupling among chromophores in molecular assemblies is responsible for phenomena such as resonant energy transfer and intermolecular charge transfer. These processes are central to the fields of organic photovoltaics and photocatalysis, where it is necessary to funnel energy or charge to specific regions within the system. As such, a fundamental understanding of these transport processes is essential for developing new materials for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications. Recently, photocatalytic systems based on photosensitizing perylene monomimide (PMI) chromophore amphiphiles were found to show variation in hydrogen gas (H2) production as a function of nanostructure crystallinity. The 2D crystalline systems form in aqueous electrolyte solution, which provides a high dielectric environment where the Coulomb potential between charges is mitigated. This results in relatively weakly bound excitons that are ideal for reducing protons. In order to understand how variations in crystalline structure affect H2 generation, two representative PMI systems are investigated theoretically using a modified Holstein Hamiltonian. The Hamiltonian includes both molecular Frenkel excitations (FE) and charge-transfer excitations (CTE) coupled nonadiabatically to local intramolecular vibrations. Signatures of FE/CTE mixing and the extent of electron/hole separation are identified in the optical absorption spectrum and are found to correlate strongly to the observed H2 production rates. The absorption spectral signatures are found to sensitively depend on the relative phase between the electron and hole transfer integrals, as well as the diabatic energy difference between the Frenkel and CT exciton bands. Our analysis provides design rules for artificial photosynthetic systems based on organic chromophore arrays. PMID:27589150

  7. Evidence of Delocalization in Charge-Transfer State Manifold for Donor:Acceptor Organic Photovoltaics.

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    Guan, Zhiqiang; Li, Ho-Wa; Zhang, Jinfeng; Cheng, Yuanhang; Yang, Qingdan; Lo, Ming-Fai; Ng, Tsz-Wai; Tsang, Sai-Wing; Lee, Chun-Sing

    2016-08-24

    How charge-transfer states (CTSs) assist charge separation of a Coulombically bound exciton in organic photovoltaics has been a hot topic. It is believed that the delocalization feature of a CTS plays a crucial role in the charge separation process. However, the delocalization of the "hot" and the "relaxed" CTSs is still under debate. Here, with a novel frequency dependent charge-modulated electroabsorption spectroscopy (CMEAS) technique, we elucidate clearly that both "hot" and "relaxed" CTSs are loosely bound and delocalized states. This is confirmed by comparing the CMEAS results of CTSs with those of localized polaron states. Our results reveal the role of CTS delocalization on charge separation and indicate that no substantial delocalization gradient exists in CTSs.

  8. Binomial distribution-based quantitative measurement of multiple-acceptors fluorescence resonance energy transfer by partially photobleaching acceptor

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    Zhang, Lili; Yu, Huaina; Zhang, Jianwei; Chen, Tongsheng

    2014-06-01

    We report that binomial distribution depending on acceptor photobleaching degree can be used to characterize the proportions of various kinds of FRET (Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer) constructs resulted from partial acceptor photobleaching of multiple-acceptors FRET system. On this basis, we set up a rigorous quantitation theory for multiple-acceptors FRET construct named as Mb-PbFRET which is not affected by the imaging conditions and fluorophore properties. We experimentally validate Mb-PbFRET with FRET constructs consisted of one donor and two or three acceptors inside living cells on confocal and wide-field microscopes.

  9. Quantum-confined emission and fluorescence blinking of individual exciton complexes in CdSe nanowires.

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    Franz, Dennis; Reich, Aina; Strelow, Christian; Wang, Zhe; Kornowski, Andreas; Kipp, Tobias; Mews, Alf

    2014-11-12

    One-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures combine electron mobility in length direction with the possibility of tailoring the physical properties by confinement effects in radial direction. Here we show that thin CdSe quantum nanowires exhibit low-temperature fluorescence spectra with a specific universal structure of several sharp lines. The structure strongly resembles the pattern of bulk spectra but show a diameter-dependent shift due to confinement effects. Also the fluorescence shows a pronounced complex blinking behavior with very different blinking dynamics of different emission lines in one and the same spectrum. Time- and space-resolved optical spectroscopy are combined with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy of the very same quantum nanowires to establish a detailed structure-property relationship. Extensive numerical simulations strongly suggest that excitonic complexes involving donor and acceptor sites are the origin of the feature-rich spectra.

  10. Extended storage of multiple excitons in trap states of semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Xu, Qinfeng; Huang, Xiangnan; Hua, Zheng; Hu, Lian; Du, Lingxiao; Wu, Huizhen; Zhang, Chunfeng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2016-02-01

    Owing to the Auger recombination effect, multiple excitons (MEs) in semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) are dissipated nonradiatively at the sub-nanosecond time scale, which sets a stringent limit on the time window within which one can operate with them. Here, we show that this issue can be resolved by utilizing an intrinsic energy transfer system in CdSe NCs, where MEs created in the donor quantized states can be effectively extracted to the acceptor trap states. This was evidenced by the step-like increase in the intensity and the apparent decrease in the rise time of the trap-state photoluminescence with the elevated laser excitation power. With the radiative lifetime being tens of nanoseconds for the trap states, extended storage of MEs has been achieved and marks a crucial step towards flexible manipulations of their optoelectronic properties.

  11. Alkyl Chlorides as Hydrogen Bond Acceptors

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    Nadas, Janos I; Vukovic, Sinisa; Hay, Benjamin

    2012-01-01

    To gain an understanding of the role of an alkyl chloride as a hydrogen bond acceptor, geometries and interaction energies were calculated at the MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ level of theory for complexes between ethyl chloride and representative hydrogen donor groups. The results establish that these donors, which include hydrogen cyanide, methanol, nitrobenzene, pyrrole, acetamide, and N-methylurea, form X-H {hor_ellipsis} Cl hydrogen bonds (X = C, N, O) of weak to moderate strength, with {Delta}E values ranging from -2.8 to -5.3 kcal/mol.

  12. Exciton-electron dynamics studied by microwave photoconductivity and photoluminescence in undoped GaAs/Al0.3Ga0.7As quantum wells

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    Kozhevnikov, M.; Ashkinadze, B. M.; Cohen, E.; Ron, Arza; Shtrikman, Hadas

    1999-12-01

    We report on a comparative study of the photoinduced microwave absorption (PMA) (contactless photoconductivity) at 35.6 GHz and the photoluminescence (PL) in undoped GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs quantum wells (QW's) having various well widths (50-200 Å). While the PL and its excitation (PLE) spectra probe the excitonic transitions, the PMA intensity and its excitation (PMAE) spectra provide information on unbound electron-hole generation processes. The PMAE spectra show strong (e1:hh1)1S and (e1:1h1)1S excitonic bands. Since these are bound electron-hole transitions that are observed to give rise to free carrier microwave absorption, exciton dissociation processes are involved. A model is presented that explains these bands in terms of Auger-like exciton dissociation at low temperatures and thermal exciton dissociation at high temperatures. We also discuss the effect of carrier and exciton localization in the spatially fluctuating QW potential.

  13. Exciton polaritons in two-dimensional dichalcogenide layers placed in a planar microcavity: Tunable interaction between two Bose-Einstein condensates

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    Vasilevskiy, Mikhail I.; Santiago-Pérez, Darío G.; Trallero-Giner, Carlos; Peres, Nuno M. R.; Kavokin, Alexey

    2015-12-01

    Exciton-polariton modes arising from interaction between bound excitons in monolayer thin semiconductor sheets and photons in a Fabry-Perot microcavity are considered theoretically. We calculate the dispersion curves, mode lifetimes, Rabi splitting, and Hopfield coefficients of these structures for two nearly 2D semiconductor materials, MoS2 and WS2, and suggest that they are interesting for studying the rich physics associated with the Bose-Einstein condensation of exciton polaritons. The large exciton binding energy and dipole allowed exciton transitions, in addition to the relatively easily controllable distance between the semiconductor sheets, are the advantages of this system in comparison with traditional GaAs or CdTe based semiconductor microcavities. In particular, in order to mimic the rich physical properties of the quantum degenerate mixture of two bosonic species of dilute atomic gases with tunable interspecies interaction, we put forward a structure containing two semiconductor sheets separated by some atomic-scale distance (l ) using a nearly 2D dielectric (e.g., h-BN), which offers the possibility of tuning the interaction between two exciton-polariton Bose-Enstein condensates. We show that the dynamics of this structure are ruled by two coupled Gross-Pitaevskii equations with the coupling parameter ˜l-1 .

  14. Observation of long-lived interlayer excitons in monolayer MoSe2–WSe2 heterostructures

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    Rivera, Pasqual; Schaibley, John R.; Jones, Aaron M.; Ross, Jason S.; Wu, Sanfeng; Aivazian, Grant; Klement, Philip; Seyler, Kyle; Clark, Genevieve; Ghimire, Nirmal J.; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, D. G.; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2015-02-24

    Van der Waals bound heterostructures constructed with two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, boron nitride and transition metal dichalcogenides, have sparked wide interest in both device physics and technologies at the two-dimensional limit. One highly coveted heterostructure is that of differing monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides with type-II band alignment, with bound electrons and holes localized in individual monolayers, that is, interlayer excitons. Here, we report the observation of interlayer excitons in monolayer MoSe2–WSe2 heterostructures by photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy. The energy and luminescence intensity are highly tunable by an applied vertical gate voltage. Moreover, we measure an interlayer exciton lifetime of ~1.8 ns, an order of magnitude longer than intralayer excitons in monolayers. Ultimately, our work demonstrates optical pumping of interlayer electric polarization, which may provoke further exploration of interlayer exciton condensation, as well as new applications in two-dimensional lasers, light-emitting diodes and photovoltaic devices.

  15. Excitonic connectivity between photosystem II units: what is it, and how to measure it?

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    Stirbet, Alexandrina

    2013-10-01

    In photosynthetic organisms, light energy is absorbed by a complex network of chromophores embedded in light-harvesting antenna complexes. In photosystem II (PSII), the excitation energy from the antenna is transferred very efficiently to an active reaction center (RC) (i.e., with oxidized primary quinone acceptor Q(A)), where the photochemistry begins, leading to O2 evolution, and reduction of plastoquinones. A very small part of the excitation energy is dissipated as fluorescence and heat. Measurements on chlorophyll (Chl) fluorescence and oxygen have shown that a nonlinear (hyperbolic) relationship exists between the fluorescence yield (Φ(F)) (or the oxygen emission yield, (Φ(O2)) and the fraction of closed PSII RCs (i.e., with reduced Q(A)). This nonlinearity is assumed to be related to the transfer of the excitation energy from a closed PSII RC to an open (active) PSII RC, a process called PSII excitonic connectivity by Joliot and Joliot (CR Acad Sci Paris 258: 4622-4625, 1964). Different theoretical approaches of the PSII excitonic connectivity, and experimental methods used to measure it, are discussed in this review. In addition, we present alternative explanations of the observed sigmoidicity of the fluorescence induction and oxygen evolution curves. PMID:23794168

  16. Analysis of Triplet Exciton Loss Pathways in PTB7:PC71BM Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Kraus, Hannes; Heiber, Michael C.; Väth, Stefan; Kern, Julia; Deibel, Carsten; Sperlich, Andreas; Dyakonov, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A strategy for increasing the conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics has been to increase the VOC by tuning the energy levels of donor and acceptor components. However, this opens up a new loss pathway from an interfacial charge transfer state to a triplet exciton (TE) state called electron back transfer (EBT), which is detrimental to device performance. To test this hypothesis, we study triplet formation in the high performing PTB7:PC71BM blend system and determine the impact of the morphology-optimizing additive 1,8-diiodoctane (DIO). Using photoluminescence and spin-sensitive optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) measurements at low temperature, we find that TEs form on PC71BM via intersystem crossing from singlet excitons and on PTB7 via EBT mechanism. For DIO blends with smaller fullerene domains, an increased density of PTB7 TEs is observed. The EBT process is found to be significant only at very low temperature. At 300 K, no triplets are detected via ODMR, and electrically detected magnetic resonance on optimized solar cells indicates that TEs are only present on the fullerenes. We conclude that in PTB7:PC71BM devices, TE formation via EBT is impacted by fullerene domain size at low temperature, but at room temperature, EBT does not represent a dominant loss pathway. PMID:27380928

  17. Analysis of Triplet Exciton Loss Pathways in PTB7:PC71BM Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Kraus, Hannes; Heiber, Michael C.; Väth, Stefan; Kern, Julia; Deibel, Carsten; Sperlich, Andreas; Dyakonov, Vladimir

    2016-07-01

    A strategy for increasing the conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics has been to increase the VOC by tuning the energy levels of donor and acceptor components. However, this opens up a new loss pathway from an interfacial charge transfer state to a triplet exciton (TE) state called electron back transfer (EBT), which is detrimental to device performance. To test this hypothesis, we study triplet formation in the high performing PTB7:PC71BM blend system and determine the impact of the morphology-optimizing additive 1,8-diiodoctane (DIO). Using photoluminescence and spin-sensitive optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) measurements at low temperature, we find that TEs form on PC71BM via intersystem crossing from singlet excitons and on PTB7 via EBT mechanism. For DIO blends with smaller fullerene domains, an increased density of PTB7 TEs is observed. The EBT process is found to be significant only at very low temperature. At 300 K, no triplets are detected via ODMR, and electrically detected magnetic resonance on optimized solar cells indicates that TEs are only present on the fullerenes. We conclude that in PTB7:PC71BM devices, TE formation via EBT is impacted by fullerene domain size at low temperature, but at room temperature, EBT does not represent a dominant loss pathway.

  18. Analysis of Triplet Exciton Loss Pathways in PTB7:PC71BM Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Kraus, Hannes; Heiber, Michael C; Väth, Stefan; Kern, Julia; Deibel, Carsten; Sperlich, Andreas; Dyakonov, Vladimir

    2016-07-06

    A strategy for increasing the conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics has been to increase the VOC by tuning the energy levels of donor and acceptor components. However, this opens up a new loss pathway from an interfacial charge transfer state to a triplet exciton (TE) state called electron back transfer (EBT), which is detrimental to device performance. To test this hypothesis, we study triplet formation in the high performing PTB7:PC71BM blend system and determine the impact of the morphology-optimizing additive 1,8-diiodoctane (DIO). Using photoluminescence and spin-sensitive optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) measurements at low temperature, we find that TEs form on PC71BM via intersystem crossing from singlet excitons and on PTB7 via EBT mechanism. For DIO blends with smaller fullerene domains, an increased density of PTB7 TEs is observed. The EBT process is found to be significant only at very low temperature. At 300 K, no triplets are detected via ODMR, and electrically detected magnetic resonance on optimized solar cells indicates that TEs are only present on the fullerenes. We conclude that in PTB7:PC71BM devices, TE formation via EBT is impacted by fullerene domain size at low temperature, but at room temperature, EBT does not represent a dominant loss pathway.

  19. Analysis of Triplet Exciton Loss Pathways in PTB7:PC71BM Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Kraus, Hannes; Heiber, Michael C; Väth, Stefan; Kern, Julia; Deibel, Carsten; Sperlich, Andreas; Dyakonov, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A strategy for increasing the conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics has been to increase the VOC by tuning the energy levels of donor and acceptor components. However, this opens up a new loss pathway from an interfacial charge transfer state to a triplet exciton (TE) state called electron back transfer (EBT), which is detrimental to device performance. To test this hypothesis, we study triplet formation in the high performing PTB7:PC71BM blend system and determine the impact of the morphology-optimizing additive 1,8-diiodoctane (DIO). Using photoluminescence and spin-sensitive optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) measurements at low temperature, we find that TEs form on PC71BM via intersystem crossing from singlet excitons and on PTB7 via EBT mechanism. For DIO blends with smaller fullerene domains, an increased density of PTB7 TEs is observed. The EBT process is found to be significant only at very low temperature. At 300 K, no triplets are detected via ODMR, and electrically detected magnetic resonance on optimized solar cells indicates that TEs are only present on the fullerenes. We conclude that in PTB7:PC71BM devices, TE formation via EBT is impacted by fullerene domain size at low temperature, but at room temperature, EBT does not represent a dominant loss pathway. PMID:27380928

  20. Excitonic polarons in low-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Thilagam, A.

    2015-05-01

    We examine the excitonic polaron properties of common monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2). The excitonic polaron is formed when excitons interact with acoustic or optical phonons via coupling to the deformation potentials associated with the conduction and valence bands. A unitary transformation which performs an approximate diagonalization of the exciton-phonon operator is used to evaluate the ground state energy of the excitonic polaron. We derive analytical expressions of the changes in the excitonic polaron energy and mass at small exciton wavevectors involving the deformation potential due to optical phonons. The polaronic effect of the monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides is examined by comparing changes in the energy gap shift and effective masses based on known deformation potential constants for carrier-phonon interactions. Our results indicate the occurrence of comparable energy shifts when the ground state exciton interacts with optical or acoustic phonons. We extend our calculations to explore the influence of exciton-lattice interactions on the binding energies and the self-trapping of excitons in two-dimensional layers of transition metal dichalcogenides.

  1. Exciton radiative lifetime in transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers

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    Robert, C.; Lagarde, D.; Cadiz, F.; Wang, G.; Lassagne, B.; Amand, T.; Balocchi, A.; Renucci, P.; Tongay, S.; Urbaszek, B.; Marie, X.

    2016-05-01

    We have investigated the exciton dynamics in transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers using time-resolved photoluminescence experiments performed with optimized time resolution. For MoS e2 monolayer, we measure τrad0=1.8 ±0.2 ps at T =7 K that we interpret as the intrinsic radiative recombination time. Similar values are found for WS e2 monolayers. Our detailed analysis suggests the following scenario: at low temperature (T ≲50 K ), the exciton oscillator strength is so large that the entire light can be emitted before the time required for the establishment of a thermalized exciton distribution. For higher lattice temperatures, the photoluminescence dynamics is characterized by two regimes with very different characteristic times. First the photoluminescence intensity drops drastically with a decay time in the range of the picosecond driven by the escape of excitons from the radiative window due to exciton-phonon interactions. Following this first nonthermal regime, a thermalized exciton population is established gradually yielding longer photoluminescence decay times in the nanosecond range. Both the exciton effective radiative recombination and nonradiative recombination channels including exciton-exciton annihilation control the latter. Finally the temperature dependence of the measured exciton and trion dynamics indicates that the two populations are not in thermodynamical equilibrium.

  2. Taming excitons in II-VI semiconductor nanowires and nanobelts

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    Xu, Xinlong; Zhang, Qing; Zhang, Jun; Zhou, Yixuan; Xiong, Qihua

    2014-10-01

    Excitons are one of the most important fundamental quasi-particles, and are involved in a variety of processes forming the basis of a wide range of opto-electronic and photonic devices based on II-VI semiconductor nanowires and nanobelts, such as light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells, photodetectors and nanolasers. A clear understanding of their properties and unveiling the potential engineering for excitons is of particular importance for the design and optimization of nanoscale opto-electronic and photonic devices. Herein, we present a comprehensive review on discussing the fundamental behaviours of the excitons in one-dimensional (1D) II-VI semiconductor nanomaterials (nanowires and nanobelts). We will start with a focus on the unique properties (origin, generation, etc) and dynamics of excitons and exciton complexes in the II-VI semiconductor nanowires and nanobelts. Then we move to the recent progress on the excitonic response in 1D nanomaterials and focus on the tailoring and engineering of excitonic properties through rational controlling of the physical parameters and conditions, intrinsically and extrinsically. These include (1) exciton-exciton interaction, which is important for 1D nanomaterial nanolasing; (2) exciton-phonon interaction, which has interesting applications for laser cooling; and (3) exciton-plasmon interaction, which is the cornerstone towards the realization of plasmonic lasers. The potential of electric field, morphology and size control for excitonic properties is also discussed. Unveiling and controlling excitonic properties in II-VI semiconductor nanowires and nanobelts would promote the development of 1D nanoscience and nanotechnology.

  3. A spectroscopic study of the wavelength-dependent photoisomerizations of bilirubins bound to human serum albumin

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    Mazzoni, Marina; Agati, Giovanni; Pratesi, Riccardo; Persico, Maurizio

    2005-12-01

    The wavelength-dependent photoisomerizations of the asymmetric bilirubin BR-IXα and of the symmetric bilirubin-IIIα (BR-III) and mesobilirubin-XIIIα (MBR-XIII) bound to human serum albumin (HSA) in aqueous solution were analysed with the help of an exciton coupling model. The modelling was based on the absorption and circular dichroism (CD) spectra (bisignate Cotton effect). Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) of the free BR-IX molecule suggested the presence of two main bands of exciton coupling character in the blue region of the spectrum, and other weaker bands of charge transfer character at longer wavelengths. These peculiarities were taken into account to fit the photoisomerization quantum yields in the blue-green region as functions of the wavelength, obtaining the bandshape of the exciton coupling bands from the experimental CD spectra. The other excitons were extracted from the decomposition of the band resulting from the difference between the absorption spectrum and the sum (normalized-to-absorption) of the two CD excitons. We expressed photoisomerization quantum yields in terms of the sum of the contributions to photon absorption deriving from all the exciton states normalized to total absorption. For all the reversible photoprocesses of bilirubins and for the irreversible one of BR-IXα in HSA (i.e. lumirubin formation), we give reliable mean values of the individual state excitation probabilities and photoisomerization efficiencies in the pigment protein complex.

  4. Highly luminescent two dimensional excitons in atomically thin CdSe nanosheets

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    Halder, O.; Pradhani, A.; Rath, S.; Sahoo, P. K.; Satpati, B.

    2014-05-05

    Atomically thin Cadmium Selenide (CdSe) nanosheets have been synthesized using a surfactant mediated growth technique. The transmission electron microscopy studies confirm the presence of single layered nanosheets with thickness 1.31 nm and their stacking structures which are complemented by the small angle x-ray scattering measurements. The strongly bound and polarized character of two dimensional excitonic states with enhanced oscillator strength yielding distinct narrow blue luminescence has been observed from the CdSe nanosheets using room temperature based optical studies.

  5. Optical properties of MgZnO alloys: Excitons and exciton-phonon complexes

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    Neumann, M. D.; Cobet, C.; Esser, N.; Laumer, B.; Wassner, T. A.; Eickhoff, M.; Feneberg, M.; Goldhahn, R.

    2011-07-01

    The characteristics of the excitonic absorption and emission around the fundamental bandgap of wurtzite Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy with Mg contents between x = 0 and x = 0.23 are studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The ellipsometric data were analyzed using a multilayer model yielding the dielectric function (DF). The imaginary part of the DF for the alloys exhibits a pronounced feature which is attributed to exciton-phonon coupling (EPC) similar to the previously reported results for ZnO. Thus, in order to determine reliable transition energies, the spectral dependence is analyzed by a model which includes free excitonic lines, the exciton continuum, and the enhanced absorption due to EPC. A line shape analysis of the temperature-dependent PL spectra yielded in particular the emission-related free excitonic transition energies, which are compared to the results from the DF line-shape analysis. The PL linewidth is discussed within the framework of an alloy disorder model.

  6. Self-assembly of peptide-porphyrin complexes leads to pH-dependent excitonic coupling.

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    Kuciauskas, Darius; Caputo, Gregory A

    2009-10-29

    Using absorbance, fluorescence, resonance light scattering, and circular dichroism spectroscopy, we studied the self-assembly of the anionic meso-tetra(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphine (TPPS(4)(2-/4-)) and a cationic 22-residue polypeptide. We found that three TPPS(4)(2-/4-) molecules bind to the peptide, which contains nine lysine residues in the primary sequence. In acidic solutions, when the peptide is in the random-coil conformation, TPPS(4)(2-) bound to the peptide forms excitonically coupled J-aggregates. In pH 7.6 solutions, when the peptide secondary structure is partially alpha-helical, the porphyrin-to-peptide binding constants are approximately the same as in acidic solutions (approximately 3 x 10(6) M(-1)), but excitonic interactions between the porphyrins are insignificant. The binding of TPPS(4)(2-/4-) to lysine-containing peptides is cooperative and can be described by the Hill model. Our results show that porphyrin binding can be used to change the secondary structure of peptide-based biomaterials. In addition, binding to peptides could be used to optimize porphyrin intermolecular electronic interactions (exciton coupling), which is relevant for the design of light-harvesting antennas for artificial photosynthesis.

  7. The reaction of choline dehydrogenase with some electron acceptors.

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    Barrett, M C; Dawson, A P

    1975-01-01

    1. The choline dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.99.1) WAS SOLUBILIZED FROM ACETONE-DRIED POWDERS OF RAT LIVER MITOCHONDRIA BY TREATMENT WITH Naja naja venom. 2. The kinetics of the reaction of enzyme with phenazine methosulphate and ubiquinone-2 as electron acceptors were investigated. 3. With both electron acceptors the reaction mechanism appears to involve a free, modified-enzyme intermediate. 4. With some electron acceptors the maximum velocity of the reaction is independent of the nature of the acceptor. With phenazine methosulphate and ubiquinone-2 as acceptors the Km value for choline is also independent of the nature of the acceptor molecule. 5. The mechanism of the Triton X-100-solubilized enzyme is apparently the smae as that for the snake venom solubilized enzyme. PMID:1218095

  8. The reaction of choline dehydrogenase with some electron acceptors.

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    Barrett, M C; Dawson, A P

    1975-12-01

    1. The choline dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.99.1) WAS SOLUBILIZED FROM ACETONE-DRIED POWDERS OF RAT LIVER MITOCHONDRIA BY TREATMENT WITH Naja naja venom. 2. The kinetics of the reaction of enzyme with phenazine methosulphate and ubiquinone-2 as electron acceptors were investigated. 3. With both electron acceptors the reaction mechanism appears to involve a free, modified-enzyme intermediate. 4. With some electron acceptors the maximum velocity of the reaction is independent of the nature of the acceptor. With phenazine methosulphate and ubiquinone-2 as acceptors the Km value for choline is also independent of the nature of the acceptor molecule. 5. The mechanism of the Triton X-100-solubilized enzyme is apparently the smae as that for the snake venom solubilized enzyme.

  9. Electronic structure of acceptor-donor complexes in silicon

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    Atoro, E.; Ohama, Y.; Hayafuji, Y.

    2003-10-01

    The electronic structure of trimer acceptor-donor complexes in silicon Si clusters is studied using the ab initio discrete variational-Xα molecular-orbital (MO) method. The trimer complexes In2D (D=phosphorus P, arsenic As, antimony Sb, or bismuth Bi) consist of two indium In acceptor elements and a centered donor element D from the group V elements. Calculations are performed under the assumption that the three atoms are arranged in the nearest neighbor substitutional trimer configuration. Results indicate that the trimer complexes act as shallower acceptors having smaller ionization activation energies than In acceptor. The potential of In2D as an acceptor in Si is then discussed and In2D is proposed as a promising acceptor for the formation of channels and source/drains in ultralarge scaled integration.

  10. Exciton-polariton oscillations in real space

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    Liew, T. C. H.; Rubo, Y. G.; Kavokin, A. V.

    2014-12-01

    We introduce and model spin-Rabi oscillations based on exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities. The phase and polarization of oscillations can be controlled by resonant coherent pulses and the propagation of oscillating domains gives rise to phase-dependent interference patterns in real space. We show that interbranch polariton-polariton scattering controls the propagation of oscillating domains, which can be used to realize logic gates based on an analog variable phase.

  11. Excitonic gap formation and condensation in the bilayer graphene structure

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    Apinyan, V.; Kopeć, T. K.

    2016-09-01

    We have studied the excitonic gap formation in the Bernal Stacked, bilayer graphene (BLG) structures at half-filling. Considering the local Coulomb interaction between the layers, we calculate the excitonic gap parameter and we discuss the role of the interlayer and intralayer Coulomb interactions and the interlayer hopping on the excitonic pair formation in the BLG. Particularly, we predict the origin of excitonic gap formation and condensation, in relation to the furthermost interband optical transition spectrum. The general diagram of excitonic phase transition is given, explaining different interlayer correlation regimes. The temperature dependence of the excitonic gap parameter is shown and the role of the chemical potential, in the BLG, is discussed in details.

  12. Wannier-Mott excitons in semiconductors with a superlattice

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    Suris, R. A.

    2015-06-15

    The effect of the motion of a Wannier-Mott exciton in semiconductors with a superlattice formed by heterojunctions on the exciton binding energy and wave function is analyzed. This effect arises as a result of the fact that the dispersion laws of the electron and hole that form an exciton in a superlattice differ from the quadratic law. The investigated one-dimensional superlattice consists of alternating semiconductor layers with different energy positions of the conduction and valence bands, i.e., with one-dimensional wells and barriers. The exciton state in a superlattice consisting of quantum dots is analyzed. It is demonstrated that the closer the electron and hole effective masses, the greater the dependence of the binding energy on the exciton quasi-momentum. The possibility of replacing the tunneling excitation transfer between superlattice cells with the dipole-dipole one at certain exciton quasi-wave vector values is investigated.

  13. Energy levels of exciton in a gapped graphene sheet

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    Fallah, Farhang; Esmaeilzadeh, Mahdi

    2013-08-01

    A theory is presented for exciton formation in a graphene sheet using the center-of-mass approximation. The energy levels and wavefunctions of exciton are calculated analytically which show that the exciton can form if the band gap of graphene is not zero. We show that the energy gap of graphene plays the role of the mass which if not zero, leads to formation of the excitons. It is shown that the main quantum number of the exciton ground state changes with the graphene dielectric constant. Also, all of the states are found to be four-fold degenerate. The binding energy of exciton can reach as high as 1/4 of the energy gap of graphene which is notable among the conventional quasi-2D systems. This result can play an important rule in the photonics of graphene.

  14. Laser pulse induced multiple exciton kinetics in molecular ring structures

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    Hou, Xiao; Wang, Luxia

    2016-11-01

    Multiple excitons can be formed upon strong optical excitation of molecular aggregates and complexes. Based on a theoretical approach on exciton-exciton annihilation dynamics in supramolecular systems (May et al., 2014), exciton interaction kinetics in ring aggregates of two-level molecules are investigated. Excited by the sub-picosecond laser pulse, multiple excitons keep stable in the molecular ring shaped as a regular polygon. If the symmetry is destroyed by changing the dipole of a single molecule, the excitation of different molecules becomes not identical, and the changed dipole-dipole interaction initiates subsequent energy redistribution. Depending on the molecular distance and the dipole configuration, the kinetics undergo different types of processes, but all get stable within some hundreds of femtoseconds. The study of exciton kinetics will be helpful for further investigations of the efficiency of optical devices based on molecular aggregates.

  15. Singlet Exciton Fission in Nanostructured Organic Solar Cells

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    Jadhav, P. J.; Mohanty, A.; Sussman, J.; Baldo, Marc

    2011-04-13

    Singlet exciton fission is an efficient multiexciton generation process in organic molecules. But two concerns must be satisfied before it can be exploited in low-cost solution-processed organic solar cells. Fission must be combined with longer wavelength absorption in a structure that can potentially surpass the single junction limit, and its efficiency must be demonstrated in nanoscale domains within blended devices. Here, we report organic solar cells comprised of tetracene, copper phthalocyanine, and the buckyball C{sub 6}0. Short wavelength light generates singlet excitons in tetracene. These are subsequently split into two triplet excitons and transported through the phthalocyanine. In addition, the phthalocyanine absorbs photons below the singlet exciton energy of tetracene. To test tetracene in nanostructured blends, we fabricate coevaporated bulk heterojunctions and multilayer heterojunctions of tetracene and C{sub 60}. We measure a singlet fission efficiency of (71 ± 18)%, demonstrating that exciton fission can efficiently compete with exciton dissociation on the nanoscale.

  16. Fluorescence spectroscopy, exciton dynamics, and photochemistry of single allophycocyanin trimers

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    Ying, L.; Sie, X.S.

    1998-12-10

    The authors report a study of the allophycocyanin trimer (APC), a light-harvesting protein complex from cyanobacteria, by room-temperature single-molecule measurements of fluorescence spectra, lifetimes, intensity trajectories, and polarization modulation. Emission spectra of individual APC trimers are found to be homogeneous on the time scale of seconds. In contrast, their emission lifetimes are found to be widely distributed because of generation of long-lived exciton traps during the course of measurements. The intensity trajectories and polarization modulation experiments indicate reversible exciton trap formation within the three quasi-independent pairs of strong interacting {alpha}84 and {beta}84 chromophores in APC, as well as photobleaching of individual chromophores. Comparison experiments under continuous-wave and pulsed excitation reveal a two-photon mechanism for generating exciton traps and/or photobleaching, which involves exciton-exciton annihilation. These single-molecule experiments provide new insights into the spectroscopy, exciton dynamics, and photochemistry of light-harvesting complexes.

  17. Excitonic effects in oxyhalide scintillating host compounds

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    Shwetha, G.; Kanchana, V.; Valsakumar, M. C.

    2014-10-07

    Ab-initio calculations based on density functional theory have been performed to study the electronic, optical, mechanical, and vibrational properties of scintillator host compounds YOX (X = F, Cl, Br, and I). Semiempirical dispersion correction schemes are used to find the effect of van der Waals forces on these layered compounds and we found this effect to be negligible except for YOBr. Calculations of phonons and elastic constants showed that all the compounds studied here are both dynamically and mechanically stable. YOF and YOI are found to be indirect band gap insulators while YOCl and YOBr are direct band gap insulators. The band gap is found to decrease as we move from fluorine to iodine, while the calculated refractive index shows the opposite trend. As the band gap decreases on going down the periodic table from YOF to YOI, the luminescence increases. The excitonic binding energy calculated, within the effective mass approximation, is found to be more for YOF than the remaining compounds, suggesting that the excitonic effect to be more in YOF than the other compounds. The optical properties are calculated within the Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) and compared with results obtained within the random phase approximation. The TDDFT calculations, using the newly developed bootstrap exchange-correlation kernel, showed significant excitonic effects in all the compounds studied here.

  18. Fractional Solitons in Excitonic Josephson Junctions

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    Hsu, Ya-Fen; Su, Jung-Jung

    2015-10-01

    The Josephson effect is especially appealing to physicists because it reveals macroscopically the quantum order and phase. In excitonic bilayers the effect is even subtler due to the counterflow of supercurrent as well as the tunneling between layers (interlayer tunneling). Here we study, in a quantum Hall bilayer, the excitonic Josephson junction: a conjunct of two exciton condensates with a relative phase ϕ0 applied. The system is mapped into a pseudospin ferromagnet then described numerically by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. In the presence of interlayer tunneling, we identify a family of fractional sine-Gordon solitons which resemble the static fractional Josephson vortices in the extended superconducting Josephson junctions. Each fractional soliton carries a topological charge Q that is not necessarily a half/full integer but can vary continuously. The calculated current-phase relation (CPR) shows that solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π is the lowest energy state starting from zero ϕ0 - until ϕ0 > π - then the alternative group of solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π - 1 takes place and switches the polarity of CPR.

  19. Exciton-exciton annihilation and biexciton stimulated emission in graphene nanoribbons.

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    Soavi, Giancarlo; Dal Conte, Stefano; Manzoni, Cristian; Viola, Daniele; Narita, Akimitsu; Hu, Yunbin; Feng, Xinliang; Hohenester, Ulrich; Molinari, Elisa; Prezzi, Deborah; Müllen, Klaus; Cerullo, Giulio

    2016-03-17

    Graphene nanoribbons display extraordinary optical properties due to one-dimensional quantum-confinement, such as width-dependent bandgap and strong electron-hole interactions, responsible for the formation of excitons with extremely high binding energies. Here we use femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy to explore the ultrafast optical properties of ultranarrow, structurally well-defined graphene nanoribbons as a function of the excitation fluence, and the impact of enhanced Coulomb interaction on their excited states dynamics. We show that in the high-excitation regime biexcitons are formed by nonlinear exciton-exciton annihilation, and that they radiatively recombine via stimulated emission. We obtain a biexciton binding energy of ≈ 250 meV, in very good agreement with theoretical results from quantum Monte Carlo simulations. These observations pave the way for the application of graphene nanoribbons in photonics and optoelectronics.

  20. Multiparticle Exciton Ionization in Shallow Doped Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Sau, Jay D; Crochet, Jared J; Doorn, Stephen K; Cohen, Marvin L

    2013-03-21

    Shallow hole doping in small-diameter semiconducting carbon nanotubes with a valley degeneracy is predicted to result in the resonant ionization of excitons into free electron-hole pairs. This mechanism, which relies on the chirality of the electronic states, causes excitons to decay with high efficiencies where the rate scales as the square of the dopant density. Moreover, multiparticle exciton ionization can account for delocalized fluorescence quenching when a few holes per micrometer of tube length are present.

  1. Exciton Transport in a Bilayer Quantum Hall Superfluid

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    Eisenstein, J. P.; Finck, A. D. K.; Nandi, D.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    2013-08-01

    Bilayer quantum Hall systems at vT = 1 support an excitonic ground state. In addition to the usual charged quasiparticles, this system possesses a condensate degree of freedom: exciton transport. Detection of this neutral transport mode is facilitated by the use of the Corbino multiply-connected geometry in which charge transport is suppressed. We here summarize our recent experiments on Corbino devices which directly demonstrate exciton transport across the bulk of the incompressible vT = 1 quantum Hall state.

  2. Excitons, polarons, and laser action in poly(p-phenylene vinylene) films

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    Österbacka, R.; Wohlgenannt, M.; Shkunov, M.; Chinn, D.; Vardeny, Z. V.

    2003-05-01

    We have used a multitude of linear and nonlinear cw optical spectroscopies to study the optical properties of water precursor poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) thin films. These spectroscopies include absorption, photoluminescence, photoinduced absorption and their respective optically detected magnetic resonance, and electroabsorption spectroscopy. We have studied singlet and triplet excitons, polarons, and laser action in PPV films. We found that the lowest-lying absorption band is excitonic in origin. It consists of two absorption components due to a bimodal distribution of the polymer chain conjugation lengths. Electroabsorption spectroscopy unambiguously shows the positions of the lowest-lying odd parity exciton 1Bu at 2.59 eV and two of the higher-lying even-parity excitons, namely, mAg at 3.4 eV and kAg at 3.7 eV. From these exciton energies we obtained a lower bound for the exciton binding energy in PPV, Eb(min)=E(mAg)-E(1Bu)=0.8 eV. The quantum efficiency spectrum for triplet exciton photogeneration consists of two contributions; the intersystem crossing and, at higher energies, singlet fission. From the onset of the singlet fission process at ESF=2ET, we could estimate the energy of the lowest-lying triplet exciton, 1 3Bu, at 1.55 eV, with a singlet-triplet splitting as large as 0.9 eV. From photoinduced absorption spectroscopy we measured the triplet-triplet transition, T→T*, to be 1.45 eV. The quantum efficiency spectrum for polaron photogeneration also consists of two contributions: one extrinsic and the other intrinsic. The latter shows a monotonically increasing function of energy with an energy onset at 3.3 eV. The intrinsic photogeneration process is analyzed with a model of free-electron-hole pair photogeneration, which separate more effectively at higher energy. The carrier generation quantum yield at 3.65 eV is estimated to be 0.5%. The quantum efficiency for photoluminescence, on the other hand, shows one single step-function process, with an

  3. Quantum computing with acceptor spins in silicon.

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    Salfi, Joe; Tong, Mengyang; Rogge, Sven; Culcer, Dimitrie

    2016-06-17

    The states of a boron acceptor near a Si/SiO2 interface, which bind two low-energy Kramers pairs, have exceptional properties for encoding quantum information and, with the aid of strain, both heavy hole and light hole-based spin qubits can be designed. Whereas a light-hole spin qubit was introduced recently (arXiv:1508.04259), here we present analytical and numerical results proving that a heavy-hole spin qubit can be reliably initialised, rotated and entangled by electrical means alone. This is due to strong Rashba-like spin-orbit interaction terms enabled by the interface inversion asymmetry. Single qubit rotations rely on electric-dipole spin resonance (EDSR), which is strongly enhanced by interface-induced spin-orbit terms. Entanglement can be accomplished by Coulomb exchange, coupling to a resonator, or spin-orbit induced dipole-dipole interactions. By analysing the qubit sensitivity to charge noise, we demonstrate that interface-induced spin-orbit terms are responsible for sweet spots in the dephasing time [Formula: see text] as a function of the top gate electric field, which are close to maxima in the EDSR strength, where the EDSR gate has high fidelity. We show that both qubits can be described using the same starting Hamiltonian, and by comparing their properties we show that the complex interplay of bulk and interface-induced spin-orbit terms allows a high degree of electrical control and makes acceptors potential candidates for scalable quantum computation in Si. PMID:27171901

  4. Quantum computing with acceptor spins in silicon.

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    Salfi, Joe; Tong, Mengyang; Rogge, Sven; Culcer, Dimitrie

    2016-06-17

    The states of a boron acceptor near a Si/SiO2 interface, which bind two low-energy Kramers pairs, have exceptional properties for encoding quantum information and, with the aid of strain, both heavy hole and light hole-based spin qubits can be designed. Whereas a light-hole spin qubit was introduced recently (arXiv:1508.04259), here we present analytical and numerical results proving that a heavy-hole spin qubit can be reliably initialised, rotated and entangled by electrical means alone. This is due to strong Rashba-like spin-orbit interaction terms enabled by the interface inversion asymmetry. Single qubit rotations rely on electric-dipole spin resonance (EDSR), which is strongly enhanced by interface-induced spin-orbit terms. Entanglement can be accomplished by Coulomb exchange, coupling to a resonator, or spin-orbit induced dipole-dipole interactions. By analysing the qubit sensitivity to charge noise, we demonstrate that interface-induced spin-orbit terms are responsible for sweet spots in the dephasing time [Formula: see text] as a function of the top gate electric field, which are close to maxima in the EDSR strength, where the EDSR gate has high fidelity. We show that both qubits can be described using the same starting Hamiltonian, and by comparing their properties we show that the complex interplay of bulk and interface-induced spin-orbit terms allows a high degree of electrical control and makes acceptors potential candidates for scalable quantum computation in Si.

  5. Quantum computing with acceptor spins in silicon

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    Salfi, Joe; Tong, Mengyang; Rogge, Sven; Culcer, Dimitrie

    2016-06-01

    The states of a boron acceptor near a Si/SiO2 interface, which bind two low-energy Kramers pairs, have exceptional properties for encoding quantum information and, with the aid of strain, both heavy hole and light hole-based spin qubits can be designed. Whereas a light-hole spin qubit was introduced recently (arXiv:1508.04259), here we present analytical and numerical results proving that a heavy-hole spin qubit can be reliably initialised, rotated and entangled by electrical means alone. This is due to strong Rashba-like spin-orbit interaction terms enabled by the interface inversion asymmetry. Single qubit rotations rely on electric-dipole spin resonance (EDSR), which is strongly enhanced by interface-induced spin-orbit terms. Entanglement can be accomplished by Coulomb exchange, coupling to a resonator, or spin-orbit induced dipole-dipole interactions. By analysing the qubit sensitivity to charge noise, we demonstrate that interface-induced spin-orbit terms are responsible for sweet spots in the dephasing time {T}2* as a function of the top gate electric field, which are close to maxima in the EDSR strength, where the EDSR gate has high fidelity. We show that both qubits can be described using the same starting Hamiltonian, and by comparing their properties we show that the complex interplay of bulk and interface-induced spin-orbit terms allows a high degree of electrical control and makes acceptors potential candidates for scalable quantum computation in Si.

  6. Balance the Carrier Mobility To Achieve High Performance Exciplex OLED Using a Triazine-Based Acceptor.

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    Hung, Wen-Yi; Chiang, Pin-Yi; Lin, Shih-Wei; Tang, Wei-Chieh; Chen, Yi-Ting; Liu, Shih-Hung; Chou, Pi-Tai; Hung, Yi-Tzu; Wong, Ken-Tsung

    2016-02-01

    A star-shaped 1,3,5-triazine/cyano hybrid molecule CN-T2T was designed and synthesized as a new electron acceptor for efficient exciplex-based OLED emitter by mixing with a suitable electron donor (Tris-PCz). The CN-T2T/Tris-PCz exciplex emission shows a high ΦPL of 0.53 and a small ΔET-S = -0.59 kcal/mol, affording intrinsically efficient fluorescence and highly efficient exciton up-conversion. The large energy level offsets between Tris-PCz and CN-T2T and the balanced hole and electron mobility of Tris-PCz and CN-T2T, respectively, ensuring sufficient carrier density accumulated in the interface for efficient generation of exciplex excitons. Employing a facile device structure composed as ITO/4% ReO3:Tris-PCz (60 nm)/Tris-PCz (15 nm)/Tris-PCz:CN-T2T(1:1) (25 nm)/CN-T2T (50 nm)/Liq (0.5 nm)/Al (100 nm), in which the electron-hole capture is efficient without additional carrier injection barrier from donor (or acceptor) molecule and carriers mobilities are balanced in the emitting layer, leads to a highly efficient green exciplex OLED with external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 11.9%. The obtained EQE is 18% higher than that of a comparison device using an exciplex exhibiting a comparable ΦPL (0.50), in which TCTA shows similar energy levels but higher hole mobility as compared with Tris-PCz. Our results clearly indicate the significance of mobility balance in governing the efficiency of exciplex-based OLED. Exploiting the Tris-PCz:CN-T2T exciplex as the host, we further demonstrated highly efficient yellow and red fluorescent OLEDs by doping 1 wt % Rubrene and DCJTB as emitter, achieving high EQE of 6.9 and 9.7%, respectively.

  7. Balance the Carrier Mobility To Achieve High Performance Exciplex OLED Using a Triazine-Based Acceptor.

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    Hung, Wen-Yi; Chiang, Pin-Yi; Lin, Shih-Wei; Tang, Wei-Chieh; Chen, Yi-Ting; Liu, Shih-Hung; Chou, Pi-Tai; Hung, Yi-Tzu; Wong, Ken-Tsung

    2016-02-01

    A star-shaped 1,3,5-triazine/cyano hybrid molecule CN-T2T was designed and synthesized as a new electron acceptor for efficient exciplex-based OLED emitter by mixing with a suitable electron donor (Tris-PCz). The CN-T2T/Tris-PCz exciplex emission shows a high ΦPL of 0.53 and a small ΔET-S = -0.59 kcal/mol, affording intrinsically efficient fluorescence and highly efficient exciton up-conversion. The large energy level offsets between Tris-PCz and CN-T2T and the balanced hole and electron mobility of Tris-PCz and CN-T2T, respectively, ensuring sufficient carrier density accumulated in the interface for efficient generation of exciplex excitons. Employing a facile device structure composed as ITO/4% ReO3:Tris-PCz (60 nm)/Tris-PCz (15 nm)/Tris-PCz:CN-T2T(1:1) (25 nm)/CN-T2T (50 nm)/Liq (0.5 nm)/Al (100 nm), in which the electron-hole capture is efficient without additional carrier injection barrier from donor (or acceptor) molecule and carriers mobilities are balanced in the emitting layer, leads to a highly efficient green exciplex OLED with external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 11.9%. The obtained EQE is 18% higher than that of a comparison device using an exciplex exhibiting a comparable ΦPL (0.50), in which TCTA shows similar energy levels but higher hole mobility as compared with Tris-PCz. Our results clearly indicate the significance of mobility balance in governing the efficiency of exciplex-based OLED. Exploiting the Tris-PCz:CN-T2T exciplex as the host, we further demonstrated highly efficient yellow and red fluorescent OLEDs by doping 1 wt % Rubrene and DCJTB as emitter, achieving high EQE of 6.9 and 9.7%, respectively. PMID:26820247

  8. Exciton annihilation in dye-sensitized nanocrystalline semiconductor films

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    Namekawa, Akihiro; Katoh, Ryuzi

    2016-08-01

    Exciton annihilation in dye-sensitized nanocrystalline semiconductor (Al2O3) films has been studied through laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy. The relative quantum yield of the fluorescence decreases with increasing excitation light intensity, the indication being that exciton annihilation occurred. The rate constants of the annihilation were estimated for three dyes, N719, D149, and MK2, that are known to be sensitizing dyes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. The hopping time between dye molecules and the diffusion length of excitons within their lifetime were also estimated to facilitate discussion of the relevance of exciton annihilation to primary processes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  9. Simulations of singlet exciton diffusion in organic semiconductors: a review

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah A.; Kose, Muhammet Erkan

    2014-12-22

    Our review describes the various aspects of simulation strategies for exciton diffusion in condensed phase thin films of organic semiconductors. Several methods for calculating energy transfer rate constants are discussed along with procedures for how to account for energetic disorder. Exciton diffusion can be modelled by using kinetic Monte-Carlo methods or master equations. Recent literature on simulation efforts for estimating exciton diffusion lengths of various conjugated polymers and small molecules are introduced. Moreover, these studies are discussed in the context of the effects of morphology on exciton diffusion and the necessity of accurate treatment of disorder for comparison of simulation results with those of experiment.

  10. Polarization-dependent exciton dynamics in tetracene single crystals

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    Zhang, Bo; Zhang, Chunfeng Xu, Yanqing; Wang, Rui; He, Bin; Liu, Yunlong; Zhang, Shimeng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2014-12-28

    We conduct polarization-dependent ultrafast spectroscopy to study the dynamics of singlet fission (SF) in tetracene single crystals. The spectrotemporal species for singlet and triplet excitons in transient absorption spectra are found to be strongly dependent on probe polarization. By carefully analyzing the polarization dependence, the signals contributed by different transitions related to singlet excitons have been disentangled, which is further applied to construct the correlation between dynamics of singlet and triplet excitons. The anisotropy of exciton dynamics provides an alternative approach to tackle the long-standing challenge in understanding the mechanism of singlet fission in organic semiconductors.

  11. Localization length scales of triplet excitons in singlet fission materials

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    Bayliss, Sam L.; Thorley, Karl J.; Anthony, John E.; Bouchiat, Hélène; Greenham, Neil C.; Chepelianskii, Alexei D.

    2015-09-01

    We measure the dielectric confinement length scales of triplet excitons in organic semiconductors by jointly measuring their microwave-domain electric and magnetic susceptibilities. We apply this technique to characterize triplet excitons in two singlet fission materials with distinct solid-state packing and correlate the extracted localization length scales with the role of the excitonic environment. By using the magnetic susceptibility simultaneously determined through our experiments, we compare the independently extracted dielectric and spin-spin localization length scales, highlighting the role of local anisotropy on the properties of excitonic triplet states.

  12. Revealing and Characterizing Dark Excitons through Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy.

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    Tollerud, Jonathan O; Cundiff, Steven T; Davis, Jeffrey A

    2016-08-26

    Dark excitons are of fundamental importance in a broad range of contexts but are difficult to study using conventional optical spectroscopy due to their weak interaction with light. We show how coherent multidimensional spectroscopy can reveal and characterize dark states. Using this approach, we identify parity-forbidden and spatially indirect excitons in InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells and determine details regarding lifetimes, homogeneous and inhomogeneous linewidths, broadening mechanisms, and coupling strengths. The observations of coherent coupling between these states and bright excitons hint at a role for a multistep process by which excitons in the barrier can relax into the quantum wells. PMID:27610881

  13. Exciton migration and quenching in poly(propylene imine) dendrimers

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    Minevičiūtė, I.; Gulbinas, V.; Franckevičius, M.; Vaišnoras, R.; Marcos, M.; Serrano, J. L.

    2009-05-01

    Exciton migration between chromophore groups of the poly(propylene imine) dendrimer in chloroform solution and in solid state has been investigated by means of the time-resolved fluorescence measurements. Fluorescence decay kinetics, dynamic band shift and the depolarization rate have been analyzed. Exciton migration in a single dendrimer was found to be slow in comparison with temperature-dependent chromophore reorientation time of 150-600 ps. In a solid state chromophore groups form collective excitonic states responsible for the dendrimer film fluorescence. Exciton migration and localization to the lowest energy sites within the distributed density of states take place on a subnanosecond-nanosecond time scale.

  14. Upconverted photoluminescence induced by radiative coupling between excitons

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    Matsuda, Takuya; Yokoshi, Nobuhiko; Ishihara, Hajime

    2016-04-01

    We propose an unconventional scheme of photoluminescence in a semiconductor thin film, where the nonlocal correlation between an excitonic wave and light wave prominently enhances the interaction between different excitonic states via radiation beyond the long-wavelength approximation (the so-called excitonic superradiance regime). On the basis of the developed method extending input-output theory, we elucidate atypical photoluminescence effects due to the strong wave-wave correlation. In particular, the upconverted photoluminescence based on the coherent quantum superposition of excitons is found to be highly efficient, i.e., it can be realized by weak pumping without auxiliary systems such as cavities or photonic antennas.

  15. Revealing and Characterizing Dark Excitons through Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy

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    Tollerud, Jonathan O.; Cundiff, Steven T.; Davis, Jeffrey A.

    2016-08-01

    Dark excitons are of fundamental importance in a broad range of contexts but are difficult to study using conventional optical spectroscopy due to their weak interaction with light. We show how coherent multidimensional spectroscopy can reveal and characterize dark states. Using this approach, we identify parity-forbidden and spatially indirect excitons in InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells and determine details regarding lifetimes, homogeneous and inhomogeneous linewidths, broadening mechanisms, and coupling strengths. The observations of coherent coupling between these states and bright excitons hint at a role for a multistep process by which excitons in the barrier can relax into the quantum wells.

  16. Binding energies of indirect excitons in double quantum well systems

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    Rossokhaty, Alex; Schmult, Stefan; Dietsche, Werner; von Klitzing, Klaus; Kukushkin, Igor

    2011-03-01

    A prerequisite towards Bose-Einstein condensation is a cold and dense system of bosons. Indirect excitons in double GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells (DQWs) are believed to be suitable candidates. Indirect excitons are formed in asymmetric DQW structures by mass filtering, a method which does not require external electric fields. The exciton density and the electron-hole balance can be tuned optically. Binding energies are measured by a resonant microwave absorption technique. Our results show that screening of the indirect excitons becomes already relevant at densities as low as ~ 5 × 109 cm-2 and results in their destruction.

  17. Organic-Inorganic Composites of Semiconductor Nanocrystals for Efficient Excitonics.

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    Guzelturk, Burak; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2015-06-18

    Nanocomposites of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals integrated into conjugated polymers are the key to soft-material hybrid optoelectronics, combining advantages of both plastics and particles. Synergic combination of the favorable properties in the hybrids of colloidal nanocrystals and conjugated polymers offers enhanced performance and new functionalities in light-generation and light-harvesting applications, where controlling and mastering the excitonic interactions at the nanoscale are essential. In this Perspective, we highlight and critically consider the excitonic interactions in the organic-inorganic nanocomposites to achieve highly efficient exciton transfer through rational design of the nanocomposites. The use of strong excitonic interactions in optoelectronic devices can trigger efficiency breakthroughs in hybrid optoelectronics.

  18. Time-dependent transition density matrix for visualizing charge-transfer excitations in photoexcited organic donor-acceptor systems

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    Li, Yonghui; Ullrich, Carsten

    2013-03-01

    The time-dependent transition density matrix (TDM) is a useful tool to visualize and interpret the induced charges and electron-hole coherences of excitonic processes in large molecules. Combined with time-dependent density functional theory on a real-space grid (as implemented in the octopus code), the TDM is a computationally viable visualization tool for optical excitation processes in molecules. It provides real-time maps of particles and holes which gives information on excitations, in particular those that have charge-transfer character, that cannot be obtained from the density alone. Some illustration of the TDM and comparison with standard density difference plots will be shown for photoexcited organic donor-acceptor molecules. This work is supported by NSF Grant DMR-1005651

  19. Effects of Be acceptors on the spin polarization of carriers in p-i-n resonant tunneling diodes

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    Awan, I. T.; Galeti, H. V. A.; Galvão Gobato, Y.; Brasil, M. J. S. P.; Taylor, D.; Henini, M.

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the effect of Be acceptors on the electroluminescence and the spin polarization in GaAs/AlAs p-i-n resonant tunneling diodes. The quantum well emission comprise two main lines separated by ˜20 meV attributed to excitonic and Be-related transitions, which intensities show remarkably abrupt variations at critical voltages, particularly at the electron resonant peak where it shows a high-frequency bistability. The circular-polarization degree of the quantum-well electroluminescence also shows strong and abrupt variations at the critical bias voltages and it attains relatively large values (of ˜-75% at 15 T). These effects may be explored to design novel devices for spintronic applications such as a high-frequency spin-oscillators.

  20. Effects of Be acceptors on the spin polarization of carriers in p-i-n resonant tunneling diodes

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    Awan, I. T.; Galvão Gobato, Y.; Galeti, H. V. A.; Brasil, M. J. S. P.; Taylor, D.; Henini, M.

    2014-08-07

    In this paper, we have investigated the effect of Be acceptors on the electroluminescence and the spin polarization in GaAs/AlAs p-i-n resonant tunneling diodes. The quantum well emission comprise two main lines separated by ∼20 meV attributed to excitonic and Be-related transitions, which intensities show remarkably abrupt variations at critical voltages, particularly at the electron resonant peak where it shows a high-frequency bistability. The circular-polarization degree of the quantum-well electroluminescence also shows strong and abrupt variations at the critical bias voltages and it attains relatively large values (of ∼−75% at 15 T). These effects may be explored to design novel devices for spintronic applications such as a high-frequency spin-oscillators.

  1. Carrier effects on the excitonic absorption in GaAs quantum-well structures: Phase-space filling

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    Huang, D.; Chyi, J.; Morkoc, H. )

    1990-09-15

    The carrier effects on the excitonic absorption in GaAs quantum-well structures have been investigated both theoretically and experimentally. A two-dimensional model was used to calculate the oscillator strength and binding energy of excitons associated with filled subbands, with phase-space filling being taken into account. The calculation gives explicitly the oscillator strength of excitons as a function of two-dimensional carrier density. The results are compared with measured absorption data from a series of {ital p}-type modulation-doped GaAs/Al{sub {ital x}}Ga{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}As multiple-quantum-well structures, and quantitative agreement is obtained. The calculation shows that the effect of phase-space filling on the binding energy of a bound state can be described by an effective dielectric constant as a function of carrier density. It predicts the decrease of exciton binding energy with carrier density due to phase-space filling, which has been experimentally observed.

  2. New acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-D-A) type copolymers for efficient organic photovoltaic devices

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    Ghomrasni, S.; Ayachi, S.; Alimi, K.

    2015-01-01

    Three new conjugated systems alternating acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-D-A) type copolymers have been investigated by means of Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Time-Dependent DFT (TD-DFT) at the 6-31g (d) level of theory. 4,4‧-Dimethoxy-chalcone, also called the 1,3-bis(4-methoxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (BMP), has been used as a common acceptor moiety. It forced intra-molecular S⋯O interactions through alternating oligo-thiophene derivatives: 4-AlkylThiophenes (4-ATP), 4-AlkylBithiophenes (4-ABTP) and 4-Thienylene Vinylene (4-TEV) as donor moieties. The band gap, HOMO and LUMO electron distributions as well as optical properties were analyzed for each molecule. The fully optimized resulting copolymers showed low band gaps (2.2-2.8 eV) and deep HOMO energy levels ranging from -4.66 to -4.86 eV. A broad absorption [300-900 nm] covering the solar spectrum and absorption maxima ranges from 486 to 604 nm. In addition, organic photovoltaic cells (OPCs) based on alternating copolymers in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) composites with the 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl) propyl-1-phenyl-[6,6]-C61 (PCBM), as an acceptor, have been optimized. Thus, the band gap decreased to 1.62 eV, the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) were about 3-5% and the open circuit voltage Voc of the resulting molecules decreased from 1.50 to 1.27 eV.

  3. Aromatic donor-acceptor interactions in non-polar environments.

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    Prentice, Giles M; Pascu, Sofia I; Filip, Sorin V; West, Kevin R; Pantoş, G Dan

    2015-05-14

    We have evaluated the strength of aromatic donor-acceptor interactions between dialkyl naphthalenediimide and dialkoxynaphthalene in non-polar environments. (1)H NMR, UV-vis spectroscopy and isothermal titration calorimetry were used to characterise this interaction. We concluded that the strength of donor-acceptor interactions in heptane is sufficient to drive supramolecular assemblies in this and other aliphatic solvents. PMID:25875729

  4. Roles of Energy/Charge Cascades and Intermixed Layers at Donor/Acceptor Interfaces in Organic Solar Cells

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    Nakano, Kyohei; Suzuki, Kaori; Chen, Yujiao; Tajima, Keisuke

    2016-07-01

    The secret to the success of mixed bulk heterojunctions (BHJs) in yielding highly efficient organic solar cells (OSCs) could reside in the molecular structures at their donor/acceptor (D/A) interfaces. In this study, we aimed to determine the effects of energy and charge cascade structures at the interfaces by using well-defined planar heterojunctions (PHJs) as a model system. The results showed that (1) the charge cascade structure enhanced VOC because it shuts down the recombination pathway through charge transfer (CT) state with a low energy, (2) the charge cascade layer having a wider energy gap than the bulk material decreased JSC because the diffusion of the excitons from the bulk to D/A interface was blocked; the energy of the cascade layers must be appropriately arranged for both the charges and the excitons, and (3) molecular intermixing in the cascade layer opened the recombination path through the low-energy CT state and decreased VOC. Based on these findings, we propose improved structures for D/A interfaces in BHJs.

  5. Roles of Energy/Charge Cascades and Intermixed Layers at Donor/Acceptor Interfaces in Organic Solar Cells

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    Nakano, Kyohei; Suzuki, Kaori; Chen, Yujiao; Tajima, Keisuke

    2016-01-01

    The secret to the success of mixed bulk heterojunctions (BHJs) in yielding highly efficient organic solar cells (OSCs) could reside in the molecular structures at their donor/acceptor (D/A) interfaces. In this study, we aimed to determine the effects of energy and charge cascade structures at the interfaces by using well-defined planar heterojunctions (PHJs) as a model system. The results showed that (1) the charge cascade structure enhanced VOC because it shuts down the recombination pathway through charge transfer (CT) state with a low energy, (2) the charge cascade layer having a wider energy gap than the bulk material decreased JSC because the diffusion of the excitons from the bulk to D/A interface was blocked; the energy of the cascade layers must be appropriately arranged for both the charges and the excitons, and (3) molecular intermixing in the cascade layer opened the recombination path through the low-energy CT state and decreased VOC. Based on these findings, we propose improved structures for D/A interfaces in BHJs. PMID:27404948

  6. Magnetic field enhanced electroluminescence in organic light emitting diodes based on electron donor-acceptor exciplex blends

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    Baniya, Sangita; Basel, Tek; Sun, Dali; McLaughlin, Ryan; Vardeny, Zeev Valy

    2016-03-01

    A useful process for light harvesting from injected electron-hole pairs in organic light emitting diodes (OLED) is the transfer from triplet excitons (T) to singlet excitons (S) via reverse intersystem crossing (RISC). This process adds a delayed electro-luminescence (EL) emission component that is known as thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF). We have studied electron donor (D)/acceptor(A) blends that form an exciplex manifold in which the energy difference, ΔEST between the lowest singlet (S1) and triplet (T1) levels is relatively small (<100 meV), and thus allows RISC at ambient temperature. We found that the EL emission in OLED based on the exciplex blend is enhanced up to 40% by applying a relatively weak magnetic field of 50 mT at ambient. Moreover the MEL response is activated with activation energy similar that of the EL emission. This suggests that the large magneto-EL originates from an additional spin-mixing channel between singlet and triplet states of the generated exciplexes, which is due to TADF. We will report on the MEL dependencies on the temperature, bias voltage, and D-A materials for optimum OLED performance. Supported by SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) program, and also by the NSF-Material Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) program at the University of Utah (DMR-1121252).

  7. Roles of Energy/Charge Cascades and Intermixed Layers at Donor/Acceptor Interfaces in Organic Solar Cells.

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    Nakano, Kyohei; Suzuki, Kaori; Chen, Yujiao; Tajima, Keisuke

    2016-07-12

    The secret to the success of mixed bulk heterojunctions (BHJs) in yielding highly efficient organic solar cells (OSCs) could reside in the molecular structures at their donor/acceptor (D/A) interfaces. In this study, we aimed to determine the effects of energy and charge cascade structures at the interfaces by using well-defined planar heterojunctions (PHJs) as a model system. The results showed that (1) the charge cascade structure enhanced VOC because it shuts down the recombination pathway through charge transfer (CT) state with a low energy, (2) the charge cascade layer having a wider energy gap than the bulk material decreased JSC because the diffusion of the excitons from the bulk to D/A interface was blocked; the energy of the cascade layers must be appropriately arranged for both the charges and the excitons, and (3) molecular intermixing in the cascade layer opened the recombination path through the low-energy CT state and decreased VOC. Based on these findings, we propose improved structures for D/A interfaces in BHJs.

  8. Roles of Energy/Charge Cascades and Intermixed Layers at Donor/Acceptor Interfaces in Organic Solar Cells.

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    Nakano, Kyohei; Suzuki, Kaori; Chen, Yujiao; Tajima, Keisuke

    2016-01-01

    The secret to the success of mixed bulk heterojunctions (BHJs) in yielding highly efficient organic solar cells (OSCs) could reside in the molecular structures at their donor/acceptor (D/A) interfaces. In this study, we aimed to determine the effects of energy and charge cascade structures at the interfaces by using well-defined planar heterojunctions (PHJs) as a model system. The results showed that (1) the charge cascade structure enhanced VOC because it shuts down the recombination pathway through charge transfer (CT) state with a low energy, (2) the charge cascade layer having a wider energy gap than the bulk material decreased JSC because the diffusion of the excitons from the bulk to D/A interface was blocked; the energy of the cascade layers must be appropriately arranged for both the charges and the excitons, and (3) molecular intermixing in the cascade layer opened the recombination path through the low-energy CT state and decreased VOC. Based on these findings, we propose improved structures for D/A interfaces in BHJs. PMID:27404948

  9. Acceptor impurity activation in III-nitride light emitting diodes

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    Römer, Friedhard Witzigmann, Bernd

    2015-01-12

    In this work, the role of the acceptor doping and the acceptor activation and its impact on the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of a Gallium Nitride (GaN) based multi-quantum well light emitting diode is studied by microscopic simulation. Acceptor impurities in GaN are subject to a high activation energy which depends on the presence of proximate dopant atoms and the electric field. A combined model for the dopant ionization and activation barrier reduction has been developed and implemented in a semiconductor carrier transport simulator. By model calculations, we demonstrate the impact of the acceptor activation mechanisms on the decay of the IQE at high current densities, which is known as the efficiency droop. A major contributor to the droop is the electron leakage which is largely affected by the acceptor doping.

  10. Excitonic luminescence upconversion in a two-dimensional semiconductor

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    Jones, Aaron M.; Yu, Hongyi; Schaibley, John R.; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David G.; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Dery, Hanan; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2016-04-01

    Photon upconversion is an elementary light-matter interaction process in which an absorbed photon is re-emitted at higher frequency after extracting energy from the medium. This phenomenon lies at the heart of optical refrigeration in solids, where upconversion relies on anti-Stokes processes enabled either by rare-earth impurities or exciton-phonon coupling. Here, we demonstrate a luminescence upconversion process from a negatively charged exciton to a neutral exciton resonance in monolayer WSe2, producing spontaneous anti-Stokes emission with an energy gain of 30 meV. Polarization-resolved measurements find this process to be valley selective, unique to monolayer semiconductors. Since the charged exciton binding energy closely matches the 31 meV A1' optical phonon, we ascribe the spontaneous excitonic anti-Stokes to doubly resonant Raman scattering, where the incident and outgoing photons are in resonance with the charged and neutral excitons, respectively. In addition, we resolve a charged exciton doublet with a 7 meV splitting, probably induced by exchange interactions, and show that anti-Stokes scattering is efficient only when exciting the doublet peak resonant with the phonon, further confirming the excitonic doubly resonant picture.

  11. Mapping the exciton diffusion in semiconductor nanocrystal solids.

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    Kholmicheva, Natalia; Moroz, Pavel; Bastola, Ebin; Razgoniaeva, Natalia; Bocanegra, Jesus; Shaughnessy, Martin; Porach, Zack; Khon, Dmitriy; Zamkov, Mikhail

    2015-03-24

    Colloidal nanocrystal solids represent an emerging class of functional materials that hold strong promise for device applications. The macroscopic properties of these disordered assemblies are determined by complex trajectories of exciton diffusion processes, which are still poorly understood. Owing to the lack of theoretical insight, experimental strategies for probing the exciton dynamics in quantum dot solids are in great demand. Here, we develop an experimental technique for mapping the motion of excitons in semiconductor nanocrystal films with a subdiffraction spatial sensitivity and a picosecond temporal resolution. This was accomplished by doping PbS nanocrystal solids with metal nanoparticles that force the exciton dissociation at known distances from their birth. The optical signature of the exciton motion was then inferred from the changes in the emission lifetime, which was mapped to the location of exciton quenching sites. By correlating the metal-metal interparticle distance in the film with corresponding changes in the emission lifetime, we could obtain important transport characteristics, including the exciton diffusion length, the number of predissociation hops, the rate of interparticle energy transfer, and the exciton diffusivity. The benefits of this approach to device applications were demonstrated through the use of two representative film morphologies featuring weak and strong interparticle coupling.

  12. Excitons in atomically thin black phosphorus

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    Surrente, A.; Mitioglu, A. A.; Galkowski, K.; Tabis, W.; Maude, D. K.; Plochocka, P.

    2016-03-01

    Raman scattering and photoluminescence spectroscopy are used to investigate the optical properties of single layer black phosphorus obtained by mechanical exfoliation of bulk crystals under an argon atmosphere. The Raman spectroscopy, performed in situ on the same flake as the photoluminescence measurements, demonstrates the single layer character of the investigated samples. The emission spectra, dominated by excitonic effects, display the expected in-plane anisotropy. The emission energy depends on the type of substrate on which the flake is placed due to the different dielectric screening. Finally, the blueshift of the emission with increasing temperature is well described using a two-oscillator model for the temperature dependence of the band gap.

  13. Feasibility study of a nuclear exciton laser

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    ten Brinke, Nicolai; Schützhold, Ralf; Habs, Dietrich

    2013-05-01

    Nuclear excitons known from Mössbauer spectroscopy describe coherent excitations of a large number of nuclei—analogous to Dicke states (or Dicke super-radiance) in quantum optics. In this paper, we study the possibility of constructing a laser based on these coherent excitations. In contrast to the free-electron laser (in its usual design), such a device would be based on stimulated emission and thus might offer certain advantages, e.g., regarding energy-momentum accuracy. Unfortunately, inserting realistic parameters, the window of operability is probably not open (yet) to present-day technology; but our design should be feasible in the UV regime, for example.

  14. Electro-optical properties of Rydberg excitons

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    Zielińska-Raczyńska, Sylwia; Ziemkiewicz, David; Czajkowski, Gerard

    2016-07-01

    We show how to compute the electro-optical functions (absorption, reflection, and transmission) when Rydberg exciton-polaritons appear, including the effect of the coherence between the electron-hole pair and the electromagnetic field. With the use of the real density matrix approach, numerical calculations applied for the Cu2O crystal are performed. We also examine in detail and explain the dependence of the resonance displacement on the state number and applied electric field strength. We report a fairly good agreement with recently published experimental data.

  15. Structural basis for acceptor-substrate recognition of UDP-glucose: anthocyanidin 3-O-glucosyltransferase from Clitoria ternatea.

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    Hiromoto, Takeshi; Honjo, Eijiro; Noda, Naonobu; Tamada, Taro; Kazuma, Kohei; Suzuki, Masahiko; Blaber, Michael; Kuroki, Ryota

    2015-03-01

    UDP-glucose: anthocyanidin 3-O-glucosyltransferase (UGT78K6) from Clitoria ternatea catalyzes the transfer of glucose from UDP-glucose to anthocyanidins such as delphinidin. After the acylation of the 3-O-glucosyl residue, the 3'- and 5'-hydroxyl groups of the product are further glucosylated by a glucosyltransferase in the biosynthesis of ternatins, which are anthocyanin pigments. To understand the acceptor-recognition scheme of UGT78K6, the crystal structure of UGT78K6 and its complex forms with anthocyanidin delphinidin and petunidin, and flavonol kaempferol were determined to resolutions of 1.85 Å, 2.55 Å, 2.70 Å, and 1.75 Å, respectively. The enzyme recognition of unstable anthocyanidin aglycones was initially observed in this structural determination. The anthocyanidin- and flavonol-acceptor binding details are almost identical in each complex structure, although the glucosylation activities against each acceptor were significantly different. The 3-hydroxyl groups of the acceptor substrates were located at hydrogen-bonding distances to the Nε2 atom of the His17 catalytic residue, supporting a role for glucosyl transfer to the 3-hydroxyl groups of anthocyanidins and flavonols. However, the molecular orientations of these three acceptors are different from those of the known flavonoid glycosyltransferases, VvGT1 and UGT78G1. The acceptor substrates in UGT78K6 are reversely bound to its binding site by a 180° rotation about the O1-O3 axis of the flavonoid backbones observed in VvGT1 and UGT78G1; consequently, the 5- and 7-hydroxyl groups are protected from glucosylation. These substrate recognition schemes are useful to understand the unique reaction mechanism of UGT78K6 for the ternatin biosynthesis, and suggest the potential for controlled synthesis of natural pigments. PMID:25556637

  16. Structural basis for acceptor-substrate recognition of UDP-glucose: anthocyanidin 3-O-glucosyltransferase from Clitoria ternatea

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    Hiromoto, Takeshi; Honjo, Eijiro; Noda, Naonobu; Tamada, Taro; Kazuma, Kohei; Suzuki, Masahiko; Blaber, Michael; Kuroki, Ryota

    2015-01-01

    UDP-glucose: anthocyanidin 3-O-glucosyltransferase (UGT78K6) from Clitoria ternatea catalyzes the transfer of glucose from UDP-glucose to anthocyanidins such as delphinidin. After the acylation of the 3-O-glucosyl residue, the 3′- and 5′-hydroxyl groups of the product are further glucosylated by a glucosyltransferase in the biosynthesis of ternatins, which are anthocyanin pigments. To understand the acceptor-recognition scheme of UGT78K6, the crystal structure of UGT78K6 and its complex forms with anthocyanidin delphinidin and petunidin, and flavonol kaempferol were determined to resolutions of 1.85 Å, 2.55 Å, 2.70 Å, and 1.75 Å, respectively. The enzyme recognition of unstable anthocyanidin aglycones was initially observed in this structural determination. The anthocyanidin- and flavonol-acceptor binding details are almost identical in each complex structure, although the glucosylation activities against each acceptor were significantly different. The 3-hydroxyl groups of the acceptor substrates were located at hydrogen-bonding distances to the Nε2 atom of the His17 catalytic residue, supporting a role for glucosyl transfer to the 3-hydroxyl groups of anthocyanidins and flavonols. However, the molecular orientations of these three acceptors are different from those of the known flavonoid glycosyltransferases, VvGT1 and UGT78G1. The acceptor substrates in UGT78K6 are reversely bound to its binding site by a 180° rotation about the O1–O3 axis of the flavonoid backbones observed in VvGT1 and UGT78G1; consequently, the 5- and 7-hydroxyl groups are protected from glucosylation. These substrate recognition schemes are useful to understand the unique reaction mechanism of UGT78K6 for the ternatin biosynthesis, and suggest the potential for controlled synthesis of natural pigments. PMID:25556637

  17. Excitonic correlation in the Mott crossover regime in Ge

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    Sekiguchi, Fumiya; Shimano, Ryo

    2015-04-01

    Exciton Mott transition (EMT) in Ge was investigated by using optical-pump and terahertz-probe spectroscopy. From the quantitative analysis of optical conductivity and dielectric function, we evaluated the densities of unbound electron-hole pairs and excitons after the photoexcitation, from which we determined the ionization ratio of excitons α. The Mott crossover density region in Ge was elucidated from the density dependence of α in the temperature range above the critical temperature of electron-hole droplets. The 1 s -2 p excitonic transition energy hardly shifted with increasing density toward the EMT. Combined with the similar results recently observed in bulk Si, we suggest that the robustness of excitonic correlation against the Coulomb screening is a universal feature in bulk semiconductors in the Mott crossover regime.

  18. How to Draw Energy Level Diagrams in Excitonic Solar Cells.

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    Zhu, X-Y

    2014-07-01

    Emerging photovoltaic devices based on molecular and nanomaterials are mostly excitonic in nature. The initial absorption of a photon in these materials creates an exciton that can subsequently dissociate in each material or at their interfaces to give charge carriers. Any attempt at mechanistic understanding of excitonic solar cells must start with drawing energy level diagrams. This seemingly elementary exercise, which is described in textbooks for inorganic solar cells, has turned out to be a difficult subject in the literature. The problem stems from conceptual confusion of single-particle energy with quasi-particle energy and the misleading practice of mixing the two on the same energy level diagram. Here, I discuss how to draw physically accurate energy diagrams in excitonic solar cells using only single-particle energies (ionization potentials and electron affinities) of both ground and optically excited states. I will briefly discuss current understanding on the electronic energy landscape responsible for efficient charge separation in excitonic solar cells.

  19. Trap-limited carrier recombination in single-walled carbon nanotube heterojunctions with fullerene acceptor layers

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    Ferguson, Andrew J.; Dowgiallo, Anne-Marie; Bindl, Dominick J.; Mistry, Kevin S.; Reid, Obadiah G.; Kopidakis, Nikos; Arnold, Michael S.; Blackburn, Jeffrey L.

    2015-06-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT)-fullerene (C60) bilayers represent an attractive "donor-acceptor" binary system for solar photoconversion, where the kinetics of photoinduced processes depend critically on the properties of the interface between the two materials. Using photoconductivity measurements we identify the kinetic scheme that describes the free carrier kinetics in such bilayers where the dominant SWCNT species is the (7,5) semiconducting nanotube. Following charge separation, the carrier kinetics, covering up to four orders of magnitude in volumetric hole density, are described by a recombination process that is limited by capture and emission at traps or states at the SWCNT-C60 interface. The high-frequency mobility of holes in the (7,5) SWCNT phase is lower than in multichiral films, potentially due to differences in SWCNT defect density for nanotubes that have been purified more aggressively. The results obtained here provide fundamental insights into the transport and recombination of both charges and excitons within SWCNT thin films and bilayers, and point to several potential ways to improve SWCNT-C60 photovoltaic devices.

  20. Charge Transfer States in Dilute Donor-Acceptor Blend Organic Heterojunctions.

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    Liu, Xiao; Ding, Kan; Panda, Anurag; Forrest, Stephen R

    2016-08-23

    We study the charge transfer (CT) states in small-molecule blend heterojunctions comprising the nonpolar donor, tetraphenyldibenzoperiflanthene (DBP), and the acceptor, C70, using electroluminescence and steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy along with density functional theory calculations. We find that the CT exciton energy blue shifts as the C70 concentration in the blend is either decreased or increased away from 50 vol %. At 20 K, the increase in CT state lifetime is correlated with the increasing diameter of C70 nanocrystallites in the blends. A quantum confinement model is used to quantitatively describe the dependence of both CT energy and lifetime on the C70 or DBP domain size. Two discrete CT emission peaks are observed for blends whose C70 concentration is >65%, at which point C70 nanocrystallites with diameters >4 nm appear in high-resolution transmission electron micrographs. The presence of two CT states is attributed to coexistence of crystalline C70 and amorphous phases in the blends. Furthermore, analysis of CT dissociation efficiency versus photon energy suggests that the >90% dissociation efficiency of delocalized CT2 states from the crystalline phase significantly contributes to surprisingly efficient photogeneration in highly dilute (>80% C70) DBP/C70 heterojunctions. PMID:27487403

  1. Influence of Exciton Localization on the Emission and Ultraviolet Photoresponse of ZnO/ZnS Core-Shell Nanowires.

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    Fang, Xuan; Wei, Zhipeng; Chen, Rui; Tang, Jilong; Zhao, Haifeng; Zhang, Ligong; Zhao, Dongxu; Fang, Dan; Li, Jinhua; Fang, Fang; Chu, Xueying; Wang, Xiaohua

    2015-05-20

    The structural and optical properties of ZnO and ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanowires grown by a wet chemical method are investigated. The near-bandgap ultraviolet (UV) emission of the ZnO nanowires was enhanced by four times after coating with ZnS. The enhanced emission was attributed to surface passivation of the ZnO nanowires and localized states introduced during ZnS growth. The emission of the ZnO and ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanowires was attributed to neutral donor-bound excitons and localized excitons, respectively. Localized states prevented excitons from diffusing to nonradiative recombination centers, so therefore contributed to the enhanced emission. Emission from the localized exciton was not sensitive to temperature, so emission from the ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanowires was more stable at higher temperature. UV photodetectors based on the ZnO and ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanowires were fabricated. Under UV excitation, the device based on the ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanowires exhibited a photocurrent approximately 40 times higher than that of the device based on the ZnO nanowires. The differing photoresponse of the detectors was consistent with the existence of surface passivation and localized states. This study provides a means for modifying the optical properties of ZnO materials, and demonstrates the potential of ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanowires in UV excitonic emission and detection. PMID:25918945

  2. Exciton Correlations in Intramolecular Singlet Fission.

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    Sanders, Samuel N; Kumarasamy, Elango; Pun, Andrew B; Appavoo, Kannatassen; Steigerwald, Michael L; Campos, Luis M; Sfeir, Matthew Y

    2016-06-15

    We have synthesized a series of asymmetric pentacene-tetracene heterodimers with a variable-length conjugated bridge that undergo fast and efficient intramolecular singlet fission (iSF). These compounds have distinct singlet and triplet energies, which allow us to study the spatial dynamics of excitons during the iSF process, including the significant role of exciton correlations in promoting triplet pair generation and recombination. We demonstrate that the primary photoexcitations in conjugated dimers are delocalized singlets that enable fast and efficient iSF. However, in these asymmetric dimers, the singlet becomes more localized on the lower energy unit as the length of the bridge is increased, slowing down iSF relative to analogous symmetric dimers. We resolve the recombination kinetics of the inequivalent triplets produced via iSF, and find that they primarily decay via concerted processes. By identifying different decay channels, including delayed fluorescence via triplet-triplet annihilation, we can separate transient species corresponding to both correlated triplet pairs and uncorrelated triplets. Recombination of the triplet pair proceeds rapidly despite our experimental and theoretical demonstration that individual triplets are highly localized and unable to be transported across the conjugated linker. In this class of compounds, the rate of formation and yield of uncorrelated triplets increases with bridge length. Overall, these constrained, asymmetric systems provide a unique platform to isolate and study transient species essential for singlet fission, which are otherwise difficult to observe in symmetric dimers or condensed phases. PMID:27183040

  3. Exciton Dynamics in Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes

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    Graham, Matt; Chmeliov, Javgenij; Ma, Yingzhong; Shinohara, Nori; Green, Alexander A.; Hersam, Mark C.; Valkunas, Leonas; Fleming, Graham

    2010-01-01

    We report femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopic study on the (6, 5) single-walled carbon nanotubes and the (7, 5) inner tubes of a dominant double-walled carbon nanotube species. We found that the dynamics of exciton relaxation probed at the first transition-allowed state (E11) of a given tube type exhibits a markedly slower decay when the second transition-allowed state (E22) is excited than that measured by exciting its first transition-allowed state (E11). A linear intensity dependence of the maximal amplitude of the transient absorption signal is found for the E22 excitation, whereas the corresponding amplitude scales linearly with the square root of the E11 excitation intensity. Theoretical modeling of these experimental findings was performed by developing a continuum model and a stochastic model with explicit consideration of the annihilation of coherent excitons. Our detailed numerical simulations show that both models can reproduce reasonably well the initial portion of decay kinetics measured upon the E22 and E11 excitation of the chosen tube species, but the stochastic model gives qualitatively better agreement with the intensity dependence observed experimentally than those obtained with the continuum model.

  4. Robust excitons inhabit soft supramolecular nanotubes

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    Eisele, Dörthe M.; Arias, Dylan H.; Fu, Xiaofeng; Bloemsma, Erik A.; Steiner, Colby P.; Jensen, Russell A.; Rebentrost, Patrick; Eisele, Holger; Tokmakoff, Andrei; Lloyd, Seth; Nelson, Keith A.; Nicastro, Daniela; Knoester, Jasper; Bawendi, Moungi G.

    2014-01-01

    Nature's highly efficient light-harvesting antennae, such as those found in green sulfur bacteria, consist of supramolecular building blocks that self-assemble into a hierarchy of close-packed structures. In an effort to mimic the fundamental processes that govern nature’s efficient systems, it is important to elucidate the role of each level of hierarchy: from molecule, to supramolecular building block, to close-packed building blocks. Here, we study the impact of hierarchical structure. We present a model system that mirrors nature’s complexity: cylinders self-assembled from cyanine-dye molecules. Our work reveals that even though close-packing may alter the cylinders’ soft mesoscopic structure, robust delocalized excitons are retained: Internal order and strong excitation-transfer interactions—prerequisites for efficient energy transport—are both maintained. Our results suggest that the cylindrical geometry strongly favors robust excitons; it presents a rational design that is potentially key to nature’s high efficiency, allowing construction of efficient light-harvesting devices even from soft, supramolecular materials. PMID:25092336

  5. Exciton Correlations in Intramolecular Singlet Fission

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    Sanders, Samuel N.; Kumarasamy, Elango; Pun, Andrew B.; Appavoo, Kannatassen; Steigerwald, Michael L.; Campos, Luis M.; Sfeir, Matthew Y.

    2016-05-16

    We have synthesized a series of asymmetric pentacene-tetracene heterodimers with a variable-length conjugated bridge that undergo fast and efficient intramolecular singlet fission (iSF). These compounds have distinct singlet and triplet energies, which allow us to study the spatial dynamics of excitons during the iSF process, including the significant role of exciton correlations in promoting triplet pair generation and recombination. We demonstrate that the primary photoexcitations in conjugated dimers are delocalized singlets that enable fast and efficient iSF. However, in these asymmetric dimers, the singlet becomes more localized on the lower energy unit as the length of the bridge is increased,more » slowing down iSF relative to analogous symmetric dimers. We resolve the recombination kinetics of the inequivalent triplets produced via iSF, and find that they primarily decay via concerted processes. By identifying different decay channels, including delayed fluorescence via triplet-triplet annihilation, we can separate transient species corresponding to both correlated triplet pairs and uncorrelated triplets. Recombination of the triplet pair proceeds rapidly despite our experimental and theoretical demonstration that individual triplets are highly localized and unable to be transported across the conjugated linker. In this class of compounds, the rate of formation and yield of uncorrelated triplets increases with bridge length. Overall, these constrained, asymmetric systems provide a unique platform to isolate and study transient species essential for singlet fission, which are otherwise difficult to observe in symmetric dimers or condensed phases.« less

  6. A matrix lower bound

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    Grcar, Joseph F.

    2002-02-04

    A matrix lower bound is defined that generalizes ideas apparently due to S. Banach and J. von Neumann. The matrix lower bound has a natural interpretation in functional analysis, and it satisfies many of the properties that von Neumann stated for it in a restricted case. Applications for the matrix lower bound are demonstrated in several areas. In linear algebra, the matrix lower bound of a full rank matrix equals the distance to the set of rank-deficient matrices. In numerical analysis, the ratio of the matrix norm to the matrix lower bound is a condition number for all consistent systems of linear equations. In optimization theory, the matrix lower bound suggests an identity for a class of min-max problems. In real analysis, a recursive construction that depends on the matrix lower bound shows that the level sets of continuously differential functions lie asymptotically near those of their tangents.

  7. Excitation and deexcitation dynamics of excitons in a GaN film based on the analysis of radiation from high-order states

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    Ishitani, Yoshihiro; Takeuchi, Kazuma; Oizumi, Naoyuki; Sakamoto, Hironori; Ma, Bei; Morita, Ken; Miyake, Hideto; Hiramatsu, Kazumasa

    2016-06-01

    The physical mechanism of excitation and deexcitation transitions of nonthermal exciton states in a GaN film is investigated at a measurement temperature of 23 K by time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) analysis involving phonon replica lines of the principal quantum number n  =  2 in addition to n  =  1 and bound states of the A exciton. A time region of 280 ps after a pulse excitation is mainly analyzed. The emission intensities of the constituent lines are obtained by spectrum fitting. Although the effective exciton temperature of the n  =  1 state shows a relaxation time within approximately 150 ps as a previous report, the temperature of the n  =  2 state is found to have a longer relaxation time. This is because the n  =  2 state strongly couples with the continuum by excitation and deexcitation transfers, while the n  =  1 state couples with the donor bound state. These two systems exhibit different dynamic properties. Overall population transfer is the direction of energy relaxation, however, cooling of the upper states is delayed when compared to the lower states by the increase in the excitation transfer rate to the continuum. This dynamics of the exciton has a similarity to that of hydrogen atoms in plasma.

  8. Single and double acceptor-levels of a carbon-hydrogen defect in n-type silicon

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    Stübner, R.; Scheffler, L.; Kolkovsky, Vl.; Weber, J.

    2016-05-01

    In the present study, we discuss the origin of two dominant deep levels (E42 and E262) observed in n-type Si, which is subjected to hydrogenation by wet chemical etching or a dc H-plasma treatment. Their activation enthalpies determined from Laplace deep level transient spectroscopy measurements are EC-0.06 eV (E42) and EC-0.51 eV (E262). The similar annealing behavior and identical depth profiles of E42 and E262 correlate them with two different charge states of the same defect. E262 is attributed to a single acceptor state due to the absence of the Poole-Frenkel effect and the lack of a capture barrier for electrons. The emission rate of E42 shows a characteristic enhancement with the electric field, which is consistent with the assignment to a double acceptor state. In samples with different carbon and hydrogen content, the depth profiles of E262 can be explained by a defect with one H-atom and one C-atom. From a comparison with earlier calculations [Andersen et al., Phys. Rev. B 66, 235205 (2002)], we attribute E42 to the double acceptor and E262 to the single acceptor state of the CH1AB configuration, where one H atom is directly bound to carbon in the anti-bonding position.

  9. Quantum-Chemical Studies on Excitation Energy Transfer Processes in BODIPY-Based Donor-Acceptor Systems.

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    Spiegel, J Dominik; Kleinschmidt, Martin; Larbig, Alexander; Tatchen, Jörg; Marian, Christel M

    2015-09-01

    BODIPY-based excitation energy transfer (EET) cassettes are experimentally extensively studied and serve as excellent model systems for the investigation of photophysical processes, since they occur in any photosynthetic system and in organic photovoltaics. In the present work, the EET rates in five BODIPY-based EET cassettes in which anthracene serves as the donor have been determined, employing the monomer transition density approach (MTD) and the ideal dipole approximation (IDA). To this end, a new computer program has been devised that calculates the direct and exchange contributions to the excitonic coupling (EC) matrix element from transition density matrices generated by a combined density functional and multireference configuration interaction (DFT/MRCI) calculation for the monomers. EET rates have been calculated according to Fermi's Golden Rule from the EC and the spectral overlap, which was obtained from the calculated vibrationally resolved emission and absorption spectra of donor and acceptor, respectively. We find that the direct contribution to the EC matrix element is dominant in the studied EET cassettes. Furthermore, we show that the contribution of the molecular linker to the EET rate cannot be neglected. In our best fragment model, the molecular linker is attached to the donor moiety. For cassettes in which the transition dipole moments of donor and acceptor are oriented in parallel manner, our results confirm the experimental findings reported by Kim et al. [J. Phys. Chem. A 2006, 110, 20-27]. In cassettes with a perpendicular orientation of the donor and acceptor transition dipole moments, dynamic effects turn out to be important. PMID:26575926

  10. Quantum-Chemical Studies on Excitation Energy Transfer Processes in BODIPY-Based Donor-Acceptor Systems.

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    Spiegel, J Dominik; Kleinschmidt, Martin; Larbig, Alexander; Tatchen, Jörg; Marian, Christel M

    2015-09-01

    BODIPY-based excitation energy transfer (EET) cassettes are experimentally extensively studied and serve as excellent model systems for the investigation of photophysical processes, since they occur in any photosynthetic system and in organic photovoltaics. In the present work, the EET rates in five BODIPY-based EET cassettes in which anthracene serves as the donor have been determined, employing the monomer transition density approach (MTD) and the ideal dipole approximation (IDA). To this end, a new computer program has been devised that calculates the direct and exchange contributions to the excitonic coupling (EC) matrix element from transition density matrices generated by a combined density functional and multireference configuration interaction (DFT/MRCI) calculation for the monomers. EET rates have been calculated according to Fermi's Golden Rule from the EC and the spectral overlap, which was obtained from the calculated vibrationally resolved emission and absorption spectra of donor and acceptor, respectively. We find that the direct contribution to the EC matrix element is dominant in the studied EET cassettes. Furthermore, we show that the contribution of the molecular linker to the EET rate cannot be neglected. In our best fragment model, the molecular linker is attached to the donor moiety. For cassettes in which the transition dipole moments of donor and acceptor are oriented in parallel manner, our results confirm the experimental findings reported by Kim et al. [J. Phys. Chem. A 2006, 110, 20-27]. In cassettes with a perpendicular orientation of the donor and acceptor transition dipole moments, dynamic effects turn out to be important.

  11. Energy Transfer of Excitons Between Quantum Wells Separated by a Wide Barrier

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    LYO,SUNGKWUN K.

    1999-12-06

    We present a microscopic theory of the excitonic Stokes and anti-Stokes energy transfer mechanisms between two widely separated unequal quantum wells with a large energy mismatch ({Delta}) at low temperatures (T). Exciton transfer through dipolar coupling, photon-exchange coupling and over-barrier ionization of the excitons through exciton-exciton Auger processes are examined. The energy transfer rate is calculated as a function of T and the center-to-center distance d between the two wells. The rates depend sensitively on T for plane-wave excitons. For located excitons, the rates depend on T only through the T-dependence of the localization radius.

  12. Exciton Transfer in Carbon Nanotube Aggregates for Energy Harvesting Applications

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    Davoody, Amirhossein; Karimi, Farhad; Knezevic, Irena

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are promising building blocks for organic photovoltaic devices, owing to their tunable band gap, mechanical and chemical stability. We study intertube excitonic energy transfer between pairs of CNTs with different orientations and band gaps. The optically bright and dark excitonic states in CNTs are calculated by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation. We calculate the exciton transfer rates due to the direct and exchange Coulomb interactions, as well as the second-order phonon-assisted processes. We show the importance of phonons in calculating the transfer rates that match the measurements. In addition, we discuss the contribution of optically inactive excited states in the exciton transfer process, which is difficult to determine experimentally. Furthermore, we study the effects of sample inhomogeneity, impurities, and temperature on the exciton transfer rate. The inhomogeneity in the CNT sample dielectric function can increase the transfer rate by about a factor of two. We show that the exciton confinement by impurities has a detrimental effect on the transfer rate between pairs of similar CNTs. The exciton transfer rate increases monotonically with increasing temperature. Support by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Award DE-SC0008712.

  13. Excitons in InP/InAs inhomogeneous quantum dots

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    Assaid, E.; Feddi, E.; El Khamkhami, J.; Dujardin, F.

    2003-01-01

    Wannier excitons confined in an InP/InAs inhomogeneous quantum dot (IQD) have been studied theoretically in the framework of the effective mass approximation. A finite-depth potential well has been used to describe the effect of the quantum confinement in the InAs layer. The exciton binding energy has been determined using the Ritz variational method. The spatial correlation between the electron and the hole has been taken into account in the expression for the wavefunction. It has been shown that for a fixed size b of the IQD, the exciton binding energy depends strongly on the core radius a. Moreover, it became apparent that there are two critical values of the core radius, acrit and a2D, for which important changes of the exciton binding occur. The former critical value, acrit, corresponds to a minimum of the exciton binding energy and may be used to distinguish between tridimensional confinement and bidimensional confinement. The latter critical value, a2D, corresponds to a maximum of the exciton binding energy and to the most pronounced bidimensional character of the exciton.

  14. Nitrogen is a deep acceptor in ZnO

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    Tarun, M. C.; Iqbal, M. Zafar; McCluskey, M. D.

    2011-04-14

    Zinc oxide is a promising material for blue and UV solid-state lighting devices, among other applications. Nitrogen has been regarded as a potential p-type dopant for ZnO. However, recent calculations indicate that nitrogen is a deep acceptor. This paper presents experimental evidence that nitrogen is, in fact, a deep acceptor and therefore cannot produce p-type ZnO. A broad photoluminescence (PL) emission band near 1.7 eV, with an excitation onset of ~2.2 eV, was observed, in agreement with the deep-acceptor model of the nitrogen defect. Thus the deep-acceptor behavior can be explained by the low energy of the ZnO valence bandmore » relative to the vacuum level.« less

  15. Nitrogen is a deep acceptor in ZnO

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    Tarun, M. C.; Iqbal, M. Zafar; McCluskey, M. D.

    2011-04-14

    Zinc oxide is a promising material for blue and UV solid-state lighting devices, among other applications. Nitrogen has been regarded as a potential p-type dopant for ZnO. However, recent calculations indicate that nitrogen is a deep acceptor. This paper presents experimental evidence that nitrogen is, in fact, a deep acceptor and therefore cannot produce p-type ZnO. A broad photoluminescence (PL) emission band near 1.7 eV, with an excitation onset of ~2.2 eV, was observed, in agreement with the deep-acceptor model of the nitrogen defect. Thus the deep-acceptor behavior can be explained by the low energy of the ZnO valence band relative to the vacuum level.

  16. Electron Transfer Rate Maxima at Large Donor-Acceptor Distances.

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    Kuss-Petermann, Martin; Wenger, Oliver S

    2016-02-01

    Because of their low mass, electrons can transfer rapidly over long (>15 Å) distances, but usually reaction rates decrease with increasing donor-acceptor distance. We report here on electron transfer rate maxima at donor-acceptor separations of 30.6 Å, observed for thermal electron transfer between an anthraquinone radical anion and a triarylamine radical cation in three homologous series of rigid-rod-like donor-photosensitizer-acceptor triads with p-xylene bridges. Our experimental observations can be explained by a weak distance dependence of electronic donor-acceptor coupling combined with a strong increase of the (outer-sphere) reorganization energy with increasing distance, as predicted by electron transfer theory more than 30 years ago. The observed effect has important consequences for light-to-chemical energy conversion. PMID:26800279

  17. Novel exciton systems in 2D TMD monolayers and heterobilayers

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    Yu, Hongyi

    In this talk, two exciton systems in transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) monolayer and heterobilayer will be discussed. In TMD monolayers, the strong e-h Coulomb exchange interaction splits the exciton and trion dispersions into two branches with zero and finite gap, respectively. Each branch is a center-of-mass wave vector dependent coherent superposition of the two valleys, which leads to a valley-orbit coupling and possibly a trion valley Hall effect. The exchange interaction also eliminates the linear polarization of the negative trion PL emission. In TMD heterobilayers with a type-II band alignment, the low energy exciton has an interlayer configuration with the e and h localized in opposite layers. Because of the inevitable twist or/and lattice mismatch between the two layers, the bright interlayer excitons are located at finite center-of-mass velocities with a six-fold degeneracy. The corresponding photon emission is elliptically polarized, with the major axis locked to the direction of exciton velocity, and helicity determined by the valley indices of the e and h. Some experimental results on the interlayer excitons in the WSe2-MoSe2 heterobilayers will also be presented. The interlayer exciton exhibits a long lifetime as well as a long depolarization time, which facilitate the observation of a PL polarization ring pattern due to the valley dependent exciton-exciton interaction induced expansion. The works were supported by the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong (HKU17305914P, HKU705513P), the Croucher Foundation, and the HKU OYRA and ROP.

  18. Ultrafast energy transfer of one-dimensional excitons between carbon nanotubes: a femtosecond time-resolved luminescence study.

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    Koyama, Takeshi; Miyata, Yasumitsu; Asaka, Koji; Shinohara, Hisanori; Saito, Yahachi; Nakamura, Arao

    2012-01-21

    Excitation energy transfer has long been an intriguing subject in the fields of photoscience and materials science. Along with the recent progress of photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and photosensors using nanoscale materials, excitation energy transfer between a donor and an acceptor at a short distance (≤1-10 nm) is of growing importance in both fundamental research and technological applications. This Perspective highlights our recent studies on exciton energy transfer between carbon nanotubes with interwall (surface-to-surface) distances of less than ∼1 nm, which are equivalent to or shorter than the size of one-dimensional excitons in carbon nanotubes. We show exciton energy transfer in bundles of single-walled carbon nanotubes with the interwall distances of ∼0.34 and 0.9 nm (center-to-center distances ∼1.3-1.4 and 1.9 nm). For the interwall distance of ∼0.34 nm (center-to-center distance ∼1.3-1.4 nm), the transfer rate per tube from a semiconducting tube to adjacent semiconducting tubes is (1.8-1.9) × 10(12) s(-1), and that to adjacent metallic tubes is 1.1 × 10(12) s(-1). For the interwall distance of ∼0.9 nm (center-to-center distance ∼1.9 nm), the transfer rate per tube from a semiconducting tube to adjacent semiconducting tubes is 2.7 × 10(11) s(-1). These transfer rates are much lower than those predicted by the Förster model calculation based on a point dipole approximation, indicating the failure of the conventional Förster model calculations. In double-walled carbon nanotubes, which are equivalent to ideal nanoscale coaxial cylinders, we show exciton energy transfer from the inner to the outer tubes. The transfer rate between the inner and the outer tubes with an interwall distance of ∼0.38 nm is 6.6 × 10(12) s(-1). Our findings provide an insight into the energy transfer mechanisms of one-dimensional excitons.

  19. Physical Uncertainty Bounds (PUB)

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    Vaughan, Diane Elizabeth; Preston, Dean L.

    2015-03-19

    This paper introduces and motivates the need for a new methodology for determining upper bounds on the uncertainties in simulations of engineered systems due to limited fidelity in the composite continuum-level physics models needed to simulate the systems. We show that traditional uncertainty quantification methods provide, at best, a lower bound on this uncertainty. We propose to obtain bounds on the simulation uncertainties by first determining bounds on the physical quantities or processes relevant to system performance. By bounding these physics processes, as opposed to carrying out statistical analyses of the parameter sets of specific physics models or simply switching out the available physics models, one can obtain upper bounds on the uncertainties in simulated quantities of interest.

  20. Synthesis, Properties, and Design Principles of Donor-Acceptor Nanohoops.

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    Darzi, Evan R; Hirst, Elizabeth S; Weber, Christopher D; Zakharov, Lev N; Lonergan, Mark C; Jasti, Ramesh

    2015-09-23

    We have synthesized a series of aza[8]cycloparaphenylenes containing one, two, and three nitrogens to probe the impact of nitrogen doping on optoelectronic properties and solid state packing. Alkylation of these azananohoops afforded the first donor-acceptor nanohoops where the phenylene backbone acts as the donor and the pyridinium units act as the acceptor. The impact on the optoelectronic properties was then studied experimentally and computationally to provide new insight into the effect of functionalization on nanohoops properties. PMID:27162989

  1. Synthesis, Properties, and Design Principles of Donor–Acceptor Nanohoops

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    2015-01-01

    We have synthesized a series of aza[8]cycloparaphenylenes containing one, two, and three nitrogens to probe the impact of nitrogen doping on optoelectronic properties and solid state packing. Alkylation of these azananohoops afforded the first donor–acceptor nanohoops where the phenylene backbone acts as the donor and the pyridinium units act as the acceptor. The impact on the optoelectronic properties was then studied experimentally and computationally to provide new insight into the effect of functionalization on nanohoops properties. PMID:27162989

  2. Excitonic fine structure and binding energies of excitonic complexes in single InAs quantum dashes

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    Mrowiński, P.; Zieliński, M.; Świderski, M.; Misiewicz, J.; Somers, A.; Reithmaier, J. P.; Höfling, S.; Sek, G.

    2016-09-01

    The fundamental electronic and optical properties of elongated InAs nanostructures embedded in quaternary InGaAlAs barrier are investigated by means of high-resolution optical spectroscopy and many-body atomistic tight-binding theory. These wire-like shaped, self-assembled nanostructures are known as quantum dashes and are typically formed during the molecular beam epitaxial growth on InP substrates. In this paper, we study properties of excitonic complexes confined in quantum dashes emitting in a broad spectral range from below 1.2 to 1.55 μm. We find peculiar trends for the biexciton and negative trion binding energies, with pronounced trion binding in smaller size quantum dashes. These experimental findings are then compared and qualitatively explained by atomistic theory. The theoretical analysis shows a fundamental role of correlation effects for the absolute values of excitonic binding energies. Eventually, we determine the bright exciton fine structure splitting (FSS), where both the experiment and theory predict a broad distribution of the splitting varying from below 50 to almost 180 μeV. We identify several key factors determining the FSS values in such nanostructures, including quantum dash size variation and composition fluctuations.

  3. Potentials and bound states

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    Buell, W.F. ); Shadwick, B.A. )

    1995-03-01

    We discuss several quantum mechanical potential problems, focusing on those which highlight commonly held misconceptions about the existence of bound states. We present a proof, based on the variational principle, that certain one dimensional potentials always support at least one bound state, regardless of the potential's strength. We examine arguments concerning the existence of bound states based on the uncertainty principle and demonstrate, by explicit calculations, that such arguments must be viewed with skepticism.

  4. Excitonic AND Logic Gates on DNA Brick Nanobreadboards

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    2015-01-01

    A promising application of DNA self-assembly is the fabrication of chromophore-based excitonic devices. DNA brick assembly is a compelling method for creating programmable nanobreadboards on which chromophores may be rapidly and easily repositioned to prototype new excitonic devices, optimize device operation, and induce reversible switching. Using DNA nanobreadboards, we have demonstrated each of these functions through the construction and operation of two different excitonic AND logic gates. The modularity and high chromophore density achievable via this brick-based approach provide a viable path toward developing information processing and storage systems. PMID:25839049

  5. Intraband effects in excitonic second-harmonic generation

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    Pedersen, Thomas Garm

    2015-12-01

    A theory for the nonlinear excitonic optical response of semiconductors is developed. By adopting the length gauge, intraband effects are rigorously taken into account. We show that the second-order nonlinear response mixing intra- and interband transitions can be expressed in terms of generalized derivatives of the exciton Green's function. The theory is applied to hexagonal boron-nitride monolayers. For both the linear and nonlinear response, a dramatic influence of excitons is found. Hence, new discrete resonances appear as well as pronounced changes in the continuum spectrum.

  6. Compensation of dipolar-exciton spin splitting in magnetic field

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    Gorbunov, A. V.; Timofeev, V. B.

    2013-03-01

    Magnetoluminescence of spatially indirect dipolar excitons in 25 nm GaAs/AlGaAs single quantum well collected within a lateral potential trap has been studied in Faraday geometry. The paramagnetic spin splitting of the luminescence line of the heavy-hole excitons in the trap centre is completely compensated at magnetic field below critical value ≈2 Т. The effect of spin splitting compensation is caused by the exchange interaction in dense exciton Bose gas which is in qualitative agreement with the existing theoretical concepts.

  7. Confocal shift interferometry of coherent emission from trapped dipolar excitons

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    Repp, J.; Schinner, G. J.; Schubert, E.; Rai, A. K.; Wieck, A. D.; Reuter, D.; Wurstbauer, U.; Holleitner, A. W.; and others

    2014-12-15

    We introduce a confocal shift-interferometer based on optical fibers. The presented spectroscopy allows measuring coherence maps of luminescent samples with a high spatial resolution even at cryogenic temperatures. We apply the spectroscopy onto electrostatically trapped, dipolar excitons in a semiconductor double quantum well. We find that the measured spatial coherence length of the excitonic emission coincides with the point spread function of the confocal setup. The results are consistent with a temporal coherence of the excitonic emission down to temperatures of 250 mK.

  8. Excitons and the lifetime of organic semiconductor devices

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    Forrest, Stephen R.

    2015-01-01

    While excitons are responsible for the many beneficial optical properties of organic semiconductors, their non-radiative recombination within the material can result in material degradation due to the dumping of energy onto localized molecular bonds. This presents a challenge in developing strategies to exploit the benefits of excitons without negatively impacting the device operational stability. Here, we will briefly review the fundamental mechanisms leading to excitonic energy-driven device ageing in two example devices: blue emitting electrophosphorescent organic light emitting devices (PHOLEDs) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. We describe strategies used to minimize or even eliminate this fundamental device degradation pathway. PMID:25987572

  9. Ubiquity of Exciton Localization in Cryogenic Carbon Nanotubes

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    2016-01-01

    We present photoluminescence studies of individual semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes at room and cryogenic temperatures. From the analysis of spatial and spectral features of nanotube photoluminescence, we identify characteristic signatures of unintentional exciton localization. Moreover, we quantify the energy scale of exciton localization potentials as ranging from a few to a few tens of millielectronvolts and stemming from both environmental disorder and shallow covalent side-wall defects. Our results establish disorder-induced crossover from the diffusive to the localized regime of nanotube excitons at cryogenic temperatures as a ubiquitous phenomenon in micelle-encapsulated and as-grown carbon nanotubes. PMID:27105355

  10. Ubiquity of Exciton Localization in Cryogenic Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Hofmann, Matthias S; Noé, Jonathan; Kneer, Alexander; Crochet, Jared J; Högele, Alexander

    2016-05-11

    We present photoluminescence studies of individual semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes at room and cryogenic temperatures. From the analysis of spatial and spectral features of nanotube photoluminescence, we identify characteristic signatures of unintentional exciton localization. Moreover, we quantify the energy scale of exciton localization potentials as ranging from a few to a few tens of millielectronvolts and stemming from both environmental disorder and shallow covalent side-wall defects. Our results establish disorder-induced crossover from the diffusive to the localized regime of nanotube excitons at cryogenic temperatures as a ubiquitous phenomenon in micelle-encapsulated and as-grown carbon nanotubes.

  11. Spectroscopy of excitonic Zeeman levels in single quantum dots

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    Schaller, A.; Zrenner, A.; Abstreiter, G.; Böhm, G.

    1998-07-01

    Fully confined excitons are investigated in natural quantum dots, which are formed by well-width fluctuations in GaAs/AlAs coupled quantum-well structures. In magnetooptic experiments a population inversion of the Zeeman split levels in the quantum dots is found under the condition of charge injection from the AlAs X-point state. This new phenomenon is explained in terms of spin thermalization in the intermediate indirect exciton state and subsequent tunnelling into the direct quantum-dot state. Population inversion is thereby caused by the associated sign reversal of the effective exciton g-factor.

  12. Exciton coupling of surface complexes on a nanocrystal surface.

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    Xu, Xiangxing; Ji, Jianwei; Wang, Guan; You, Xiaozeng

    2014-08-25

    Exciton coupling may arise when chromophores are brought into close spatial proximity. Herein the intra-nanocrystal exciton coupling of the surface complexes formed by coordination of 8-hydroxyquinoline to ZnS nanocrystals (NCs) is reported. It is studied by absorption, photoluminescence (PL), PL excitation (PLE), and PL lifetime measurements. The exciton coupling of the surface complexes tunes the PL color and broadens the absorption and PLE windows of the NCs, and thus is a potential strategy for improving the light-harvesting efficiency of NC solar cells and photocatalysts.

  13. Role of phonons in Josephson oscillations of excitonic and polaritonic condensates

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    Magnusson, E. B.; Flayac, H.; Malpuech, G.; Shelykh, I. A.

    2010-11-15

    We analyze theoretically the role of the exciton-phonon interactions in phenomena related to the Josephson effect between two spatially separated exciton and exciton-polariton condensates. We consider the role of the dephasing introduced by phonons in such phenomena as Josephson tunneling, self-trapping and spontaneous polarization separation. In the regime of cw pumping we find a remarkable bistability effect arising from exciton-exciton interactions as well as regimes of self-sustained regular and chaotic oscillations.

  14. Exciton and multi-exciton dynamics in CdSe/Cd1-xZnxS quantum dots

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    Righetto, Marcello; Minotto, Alessandro; Bozio, Renato

    2016-04-01

    The outstanding optical properties of Semiconductor Quantum Dots (QDs) have attracted much interest for over two decades. The development of synthetic methods for the production of core-shell QDs has opened the way to attaining almost ideal emitting properties. Their implementation in opto-electronic devices, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers, requires a full understanding of the fine details of their photophysics. The exciton dynamics of core and coreshell QDs was extensively studied by means of pump and probe (P and P) and transient photoluminescence (TRPL) spectroscopies. Nevertheless, the wealth of possible exciton and multi-exciton decay mechanisms, operating on comparable time-scales, results in complex signals. In this work, the exciton dynamics of a complete CdSe/Cd1-xZnxS series is investigated, with a focus on exciton trapping processes. Insights into the energy distribution of exciton traps are unveiled by wavelength resolve QY measurements. Multicolor P and P measurements give a deeper insight into the dynamics of exciton trapping and Auger recombinations. An inversion method is proposed as a powerful tool for separating different contribution in complex P and P transients. The outcomes of this work clarify the role of core/shell interfaces and surfaces in modulating the optical properties and suggest possible routes for their improvement.

  15. Exciton-exciton annihilation in a disordered molecular system by direct and multistep Förster transfer

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    Fennel, Franziska; Lochbrunner, Stefan

    2015-10-01

    Exciton annihilation dynamics in a disordered organic model system is investigated by ultrafast absorption spectroscopy. We show that the temporal evolution of the exciton density can be quantitatively understood by applying Förster energy transfer theory to describe the diffusion of the excitons as well as the annihilation step itself. To this end, previous formulations of Förster theory are extended to account for the inhomogeneous distribution of the S0-S1 transition energies resulting in an effective exciton diffusion constant. Two annihilation pathways are considered, the direct transfer of an exciton between two excited molecules and diffusive motion by multiple transfer steps towards a second exciton preceding the annihilation event. One pathway can be emphasized with respect to the other by tuning the exciton diffusion constant via the chromophore concentration. The investigated system allows one to extract all relevant parameters for the description and provides in this way a proof that the annihilation dynamics can be entirely understood and modeled by Förster energy transfer.

  16. Luminescence dynamics of bound exciton of hydrogen doped ZnO nanowires

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    Yoo, Jinkyoung; Yi, Gyu -Chul; Chon, Bonghwan; Joo, Taiha; Wang, Zhehui

    2016-04-11

    In this study, all-optical camera, converting X-rays into visible photons, is a promising strategy for high-performance X-ray imaging detector requiring high detection efficiency and ultrafast detector response time. Zinc oxide is a suitable material for all-optical camera due to its fast radiative recombination lifetime in sub-nanosecond regime and its radiation hardness. ZnO nanostructures have been considered as proper building blocks for ultrafast detectors with spatial resolution in sub-micrometer scale. To achieve remarkable enhancement of luminescence efficiency n-type doping in ZnO has been employed. However, luminescence dynamics of doped ZnO nanostructures have not been thoroughly investigated whereas undoped ZnO nanostructures havemore » been employed to study their luminescence dynamics. Here we report a study of luminescence dynamics of hydrogen doped ZnO nanowires obtained by hydrogen plasma treatment. Hydrogen doping in ZnO nanowires gives rise to significant increase in the near-band-edge emission of ZnO and decrease in averaged photoluminescence lifetime from 300 to 140 ps at 10 K. The effects of hydrogen doping on the luminescent characteristics of ZnO nanowires were changed by hydrogen doping process variables.« less

  17. First-principles simulation of light propagation and exciton dynamics in metal cluster nanostructures

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    Lisinetskaya, Polina G.; Röhr, Merle I. S.; Mitrić, Roland

    2016-06-01

    We present a theoretical approach for the simulation of the electric field and exciton propagation in ordered arrays constructed of molecular-sized noble metal clusters bound to organic polymer templates. In order to describe the electronic coupling between individual constituents of the nanostructure we use the ab initio parameterized transition charge method which is more accurate than the usual dipole-dipole coupling. The electronic population dynamics in the nanostructure under an external laser pulse excitation is simulated by numerical integration of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation employing the fully coupled Hamiltonian. The solution of the TDSE gives rise to time-dependent partial point charges for each subunit of the nanostructure, and the spatio-temporal electric field distribution is evaluated by means of classical electrodynamics methods. The time-dependent partial charges are determined based on the stationary partial and transition charges obtained in the framework of the TDDFT. In order to treat large plasmonic nanostructures constructed of many constituents, the approximate self-consistent iterative approach presented in (Lisinetskaya and Mitrić in Phys Rev B 89:035433, 2014) is modified to include the transition-charge-based interaction. The developed methods are used to study the optical response and exciton dynamics of Ag3+ and porphyrin-Ag4 dimers. Subsequently, the spatio-temporal electric field distribution in a ring constructed of ten porphyrin-Ag4 subunits under the action of circularly polarized laser pulse is simulated. The presented methodology provides a theoretical basis for the investigation of coupled light-exciton propagation in nanoarchitectures built from molecular size metal nanoclusters in which quantum confinement effects are important.

  18. Hole-Burning Spectroscopy on Excitonically Coupled Pigments in Proteins: Theory Meets Experiment

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    2016-01-01

    A theory for the calculation of resonant and nonresonant hole-burning (HB) spectra of pigment–protein complexes is presented and applied to the water-soluble chlorophyll-binding protein (WSCP) from cauliflower. The theory is based on a non-Markovian line shape theory (Renger and MarcusJ. Chem. Phys.2002, 116, 9997) and includes exciton delocalization, vibrational sidebands, and lifetime broadening. An earlier approach by Reppert (J. Phys. Chem. Lett.2011, 2, 2716) is found to describe nonresonant HB spectra only. Here we present a theory that can be used for a quantitative description of HB data for both nonresonant and resonant burning conditions. We find that it is important to take into account the excess energy of the excitation in the HB process. Whereas excitation of the zero-phonon transition of the lowest exciton state, that is, resonant burning allows the protein to access only its conformational substates in the neighborhood of the preburn state, any higher excitation gives the protein full access to all conformations present in the original inhomogeneous ensemble. Application of the theory to recombinant WSCP from cauliflower, reconstituted with chlorophyll a or chlorophyll b, gives excellent agreement with experimental data by Pieper et al. (J. Phys. Chem. B2011, 115, 405321417356) and allows us to obtain an upper bound of the lifetime of the upper exciton state directly from the HB experiments in agreement with lifetimes measured recently in time domain 2D experiments by Alster et al. (J. Phys. Chem. B2014, 118, 352424627983). PMID:26811003

  19. Coexistence of bound and virtual-bound states in shallow-core to valence x-ray spectroscopies

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    Sen Gupta, Subhra; Bradley, J. A.; Haverkort, M. W.; Seidler, G. T.; Tanaka, A.; Sawatzky, G. A.

    2011-08-01

    With the example of the non-resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (NIXS) at the O45 edges (5d→5f) of the actinides, we develop the theory for shallow-core to valence excitations, where the multiplet spread is larger than the core-hole attraction, such as if the core and valence orbitals have the same principal quantum number. This involves very strong final state configuration interaction (CI), which manifests itself as huge reductions in the Slater-Condon integrals, needed to explain the spectral shapes within a simple renormalized atomic multiplet theory. But more importantly, this results in a cross-over from bound (excitonic) to virtual-bound excited states with increasing energy, within the same core-valance multiplet structure, and in large differences between the dipole and high-order multipole transitions, as observed in NIXS. While the bound states (often higher multipole allowed) can still be modeled using local cluster-like models, the virtual-bound resonances (often dipole-allowed) cannot be interpreted within such local approaches. This is in stark contrast to the more familiar core-valence transitions between different principal quantum number shells, where all the final excited states almost invariably form bound core-hole excitons and can be modeled using local approaches. The possibility of observing giant multipole resonances for systems with high angular momentum ground states is also predicted. The theory is important to obtain ground state information from core-level x-ray spectroscopies of strongly correlated transition metal, rare-earth, and actinide systems.

  20. Exciton-polariton localized wave packets in a microcavity

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    Voronych, Oksana; Buraczewski, Adam; Matuszewski, MichałÂ; Stobińska, Magdalena

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the possibility of creating X waves, or localized wave packets, in resonantly excited exciton-polariton superfluids. We demonstrate the existence of X-wave traveling solutions in the coupled exciton-photon system past the inflection point, where the effective mass of lower polaritons is negative in the direction perpendicular to the wave vector of the pumping beam. Contrary to the case of bright solitons, X waves do not require nonlinearity for sustaining their shape. Nevertheless, we show that nonlinearity is important for their dynamics, as it allows for their spontaneous formation from an initial Gaussian wave packet. Unique properties of exciton-polaritons may lead to applications of their X waves in long-distance signal propagation inside novel integrated optoelectronic circuits based on excitons.

  1. Simulations of singlet exciton diffusion in organic semiconductors: a review

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah A.; Kose, Muhammet Erkan

    2014-12-22

    Our review describes the various aspects of simulation strategies for exciton diffusion in condensed phase thin films of organic semiconductors. Several methods for calculating energy transfer rate constants are discussed along with procedures for how to account for energetic disorder. Exciton diffusion can be modelled by using kinetic Monte-Carlo methods or master equations. Recent literature on simulation efforts for estimating exciton diffusion lengths of various conjugated polymers and small molecules are introduced. Moreover, these studies are discussed in the context of the effects of morphology on exciton diffusion and the necessity of accurate treatment of disorder for comparison of simulationmore » results with those of experiment.« less

  2. Hopping approach towards exciton dissociation in conjugated polymers

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    Emelianova, E. V.; Auweraer, M. van der; Baessler, H.

    2008-06-14

    By employing random walk an analytic theory for the dissociation of singlet excitons in a random organic solid, for instance, a conjugated polymer, has been developed. At variance of conventional three-dimensional Onsager theory, it is assumed that an exciton with finite lifetime can first transfer endothermically an electron to an adjacent site, thereby generating a charge transfer state whose energy is above the energy of that of the initial exciton. In a second step the latter can fully dissociate in accordance with Onsager's concept Brownian motion. The results indicate that, depending of the energy required for the first jump, the first jump contributes significantly to the field dependence of the dissociation yield. Disorder weakens the temperature dependence of the yield dramatically and precludes extracting information on the exciton binding energy from it.

  3. Excitonic condensation in spatially separated one-dimensional systems

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    Abergel, D. S. L.

    2015-05-25

    We show theoretically that excitons can form from spatially separated one-dimensional ground state populations of electrons and holes, and that the resulting excitons can form a quasicondensate. We describe a mean-field Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory in the low carrier density regime and then focus on the core-shell nanowire giving estimates of the size of the excitonic gap for InAs/GaSb wires and as a function of all the experimentally relevant parameters. We find that optimal conditions for pairing include small overlap of the electron and hole bands, large effective mass of the carriers, and low dielectric constant of the surrounding media. Therefore, one-dimensional systems provide an attractive platform for the experimental detection of excitonic quasicondensation in zero magnetic field.

  4. Effect of correlation of local fluctuations on exciton coherence

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    Chen, Xin; Silbey, Robert J.

    2010-01-01

    Recent experimental studies have shown both oscillations of exciton populations and long lasting coherence in multichromophoric systems such as photosynthetic light harvesting systems and conjugated polymers. It has been suggested that this quantum effect is due to correlations of the fluctuations of site energies among the closely packed chromophores in the protein environment. In addition to these, there is the strong possibility of correlations between site energies and transfer matrix elements. In order to understand the role of such correlations we generalize the Haken–Strobl–Reineker (HSR) model to include the energetic correlations and the site diagonal-off-diagonal correlations in a systematic way. The extended HSR model in the exciton basis is also constructed and allows us to study the dynamics of the exciton populations and coherences. With the extended model, we can provide insight into how these correlations affect the evolution of the populations and coherences of excitons by comparing to the original HSR model with uncorrelated fluctuating environments.

  5. Strong Quantum Coherence between Fermi Liquid Mahan Excitons.

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    Paul, J; Stevens, C E; Liu, C; Dey, P; McIntyre, C; Turkowski, V; Reno, J L; Hilton, D J; Karaiskaj, D

    2016-04-15

    In modulation doped quantum wells, the excitons are formed as a result of the interactions of the charged holes with the electrons at the Fermi edge in the conduction band, leading to the so-called "Mahan excitons." The binding energy of Mahan excitons is expected to be greatly reduced and any quantum coherence destroyed as a result of the screening and electron-electron interactions. Surprisingly, we observe strong quantum coherence between the heavy hole and light hole excitons. Such correlations are revealed by the dominating cross-diagonal peaks in both one-quantum and two-quantum two-dimensional Fourier transform spectra. Theoretical simulations based on the optical Bloch equations where many-body effects are included phenomenologically reproduce well the experimental spectra. Time-dependent density functional theory calculations provide insight into the underlying physics and attribute the observed strong quantum coherence to a significantly reduced screening length and collective excitations of the many-electron system.

  6. Anomalous magnetization of a carbon nanotube as an excitonic insulator

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    Rontani, Massimo

    2014-11-01

    We show theoretically that an undoped carbon nanotube might be an excitonic insulator—the long-sought phase of matter proposed by Keldysh, Kohn, and others fifty years ago. We predict that the condensation of triplet excitons, driven by intervalley exchange interaction, spontaneously occurs at equilibrium if the tube radius is sufficiently small. The signatures of exciton condensation are its sizable contributions to both the energy gap and the magnetic moment per electron. The increase of the gap might have already been measured, albeit with a different explanation [V. V. Deshpande, B. Chandra, R. Caldwell, D. S. Novikov, J. Hone, and M. Bockrath, Science 323, 106 (2009), 10.1126/science.1165799]. The enhancement of the quasiparticle magnetic moment is a pair-breaking effect that counteracts the weak paramagnetism of the ground-state condensate of excitons. This property could rationalize the anomalous magnitude of magnetic moments recently observed in different devices close to charge neutrality.

  7. Bounding species distribution models

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    Stohlgren, T.J.; Jarnevich, C.S.; Esaias, W.E.; Morisette, J.T.

    2011-01-01

    Species distribution models are increasing in popularity for mapping suitable habitat for species of management concern. Many investigators now recognize that extrapolations of these models with geographic information systems (GIS) might be sensitive to the environmental bounds of the data used in their development, yet there is no recommended best practice for "clamping" model extrapolations. We relied on two commonly used modeling approaches: classification and regression tree (CART) and maximum entropy (Maxent) models, and we tested a simple alteration of the model extrapolations, bounding extrapolations to the maximum and minimum values of primary environmental predictors, to provide a more realistic map of suitable habitat of hybridized Africanized honey bees in the southwestern United States. Findings suggest that multiple models of bounding, and the most conservative bounding of species distribution models, like those presented here, should probably replace the unbounded or loosely bounded techniques currently used. ?? 2011 Current Zoology.

  8. Bounding Species Distribution Models

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    Stohlgren, Thomas J.; Jarnevich, Cahterine S.; Morisette, Jeffrey T.; Esaias, Wayne E.

    2011-01-01

    Species distribution models are increasing in popularity for mapping suitable habitat for species of management concern. Many investigators now recognize that extrapolations of these models with geographic information systems (GIS) might be sensitive to the environmental bounds of the data used in their development, yet there is no recommended best practice for "clamping" model extrapolations. We relied on two commonly used modeling approaches: classification and regression tree (CART) and maximum entropy (Maxent) models, and we tested a simple alteration of the model extrapolations, bounding extrapolations to the maximum and minimum values of primary environmental predictors, to provide a more realistic map of suitable habitat of hybridized Africanized honey bees in the southwestern United States. Findings suggest that multiple models of bounding, and the most conservative bounding of species distribution models, like those presented here, should probably replace the unbounded or loosely bounded techniques currently used [Current Zoology 57 (5): 642-647, 2011].

  9. Excitonic emissions and above-band-gap luminescence in the single-crystal perovskite semiconductors CsPbB r3 and CsPbC l3

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    Sebastian, M.; Peters, J. A.; Stoumpos, C. C.; Im, J.; Kostina, S. S.; Liu, Z.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Freeman, A. J.; Wessels, B. W.

    2015-12-01

    The ternary compounds CsPb X3 (X =Br or Cl) have perovskite structures that are being considered for optical and electronic applications such as lasing and gamma-ray detection. An above-band-gap excitonic photoluminescence (PL) band is seen in both CsPb X3 compounds. An excitonic emission peak centered at 2.98 eV, ˜ 0.1 eV above the room-temperature band gap, is observed for CsPbC l3 . The thermal quenching of the excitonic luminescence is well described by a two-step quenching model, yielding activation energies of 0.057 and 0.0076 eV for high- and low-temperature regimes, respectively. CsPbB r3 exhibits bound excitonic luminescence peaks located at 2.29 and 2.33 eV that are attributed to recombination involving Br vacancy centers. Activation energies for thermal quenching of the excitonic luminescence of 0.017 and 0.0007 eV were calculated for CsPbB r3 . Temperature-dependent PL experiments reveal unexpected blueshifts for all excitonic emission peaks in CsPb X3 compounds. A phonon-assisted step-up process leads to the blueshift in CsPbB r3 emission, while there is a contribution from band-gap widening in CsPbC l3 . The absence of significant deep level defect luminescence in these compounds makes them attractive candidates for high-resolution, room-temperature radiation detection.

  10. Quantum confinement of excitons in wurtzite InP nanowires

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    Pemasiri, K.; Jackson, H. E.; Smith, L. M.; Wong, B. M.; Paiman, S.; Gao, Q.; Tan, H. H.; Jagadish, C.

    2015-05-01

    Exciton resonances are observed in photocurrent spectra of 80 nm wurtzite InP nanowire devices at low temperatures, which correspond to transitions between the A, B, and C valence bands and the lower conduction band. Photocurrent spectra for 30 nm WZ nanowires exhibit shifts of the exciton resonances to higher energy, which are consistent with finite element calculations of wavefunctions of the confined electrons and holes for the various bands.

  11. Quantum confinement of excitons in wurtzite InP nanowires

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    Pemasiri, K.; Jackson, H. E.; Smith, L. M.; Wong, B. M.; Paiman, S.; Gao, Q.; Tan, H. H.; Jagadish, C.

    2015-05-21

    Exciton resonances are observed in photocurrent spectra of 80 nm wurtzite InP nanowire devices at low temperatures, which correspond to transitions between the A, B, and C valence bands and the lower conduction band. Photocurrent spectra for 30 nm WZ nanowires exhibit shifts of the exciton resonances to higher energy, which are consistent with finite element calculations of wavefunctions of the confined electrons and holes for the various bands.

  12. Kekule-distortion-induced exciton instability in graphene

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    Dillenschneider, Raoul

    2008-09-15

    Effects of a Kekule distortion on exciton instability in single-layer graphene are discussed. In the framework of quantum electrodynamics the mass of the electron generated dynamically is worked out using a Schwinger-Dyson equation. For homogeneous lattice distortion it is shown that the generated mass is independent of the amplitude of the lattice distortion at the one-loop approximation. Formation of excitons induced by the homogeneous Kekule distortion could appear only through direct dependence of the lattice distortion.

  13. Electronic and optical properties of single excitons and biexcitons in type-II quantum dot nanocrystals

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    Koc, Fatih; Sahin, Mehmet E-mail: mehsahin@gmail.com

    2014-05-21

    In this study, a detailed investigation of the electronic and optical properties (i.e., binding energies, absorption wavelength, overlap of the electron-hole wave functions, recombination oscillator strength, etc.) of an exciton and a biexciton in CdTe/CdSe core/shell type-II quantum dot heterostructures has been carried out in the frame of the single band effective mass approximation. In order to determine the electronic properties, we have self-consistently solved the Poisson-Schrödinger equations in the Hartree approximation. We have considered all probable Coulomb interaction effects on both energy levels and also on the corresponding wave functions for both single exciton and biexciton. In addition, we have taken into account the quantum mechanical exchange-correlation effects in the local density approximation between same kinds of particles for biexciton. Also, we have examined the effect of the ligands and dielectric mismatch on the electronic and optical properties. We have used a different approximation proposed by Sahin and Koc [Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 183103 (2013)] for the recombination oscillator strength of the biexciton for bound and unbound cases. The results obtained have been presented comparatively as a function of the shell thicknesses and probable physical reasons in behind of the results have been discussed in a detail.

  14. Magnetic brightening of dark excitons in transitional metal dichalcogenides

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    Zhang, Xiao-Xiao; Lu, Zhengguang; Cao, Ting; Zhang, Fan; Hone, James; Louie, Steven G.; Li, Zhiqiang; Smirnov, Dmitry; Heinz, Tony

    Transitional metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) in the MX2 (M = Mo, W, X = S, Se) family represent an excellent platform to study of excitonic effects. At monolayer thickness, these materials exhibit both direct band-gap character and enhanced excitonic interactions. Theoretical studies suggest that both the valence and conduction bands are split and exhibit spin polarized character at the K/K' valleys. The lowest energy band-edge excitons are predicted to have different spin configurations for different materials in this family. When the lowest lying exciton has parallel electron and hole spin, radiative decay is forbidden and the state is dark. Here we demonstrate that by applying an in-plane magnetic field we can perturb the exciton spin configuration and brighten this state, allowing it to undergo radiative decay. We identify such a brightened dark state by the emergence of a new emission peak lying below the absorption peak, with a strength growing with applied in-plane magnetic field. On the other hand, for monolayer MoSe2, where no low-lying dark state is expected, we do not see the growth of a new emission feature under application of an in-plane magnetic field. Our experimental findings are in agreement with the calculated properties of dark excitons based on GW plus Bethe-Salpeter equation approach

  15. Simulation of Singlet Exciton Diffusion in Bulk Organic Materials.

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    Kranz, Julian J; Elstner, Marcus

    2016-09-13

    We present a scheme for nonadiabatic direct dynamics simulation of Frenkel exciton diffusion in bulk molecular systems. The fluctuations of exciton couplings caused by the molecular motion can crucially influence exciton transport in such materials. This effect can be conveniently taken into account by computing the exciton couplings along molecular dynamics trajectories, as shown recently. In this work, we combine Molecular Dynamics simulations with a Frenkel Hamiltonian into a combined quantum-mechanical/molecular mechanics approach in order to allow for a simultaneous propagation of nuclear and electronic degrees of freedom using nonadiabatic dynamics propagation schemes. To reach the necessary time and length scales, we use classical force-fields and the semiempirical time-dependent density functional tight-binding method in combination with a fragmentation of the electronic structure. Fewest-switches surface-hopping, with adaptions to handle trivial crossings, and the Boltzmann-corrected Ehrenfest method are used to follow the excitonic quantum dynamics according to the classical evolution of the nuclei. As an application, we present the simulation of singlet exciton diffusion in crystalline anthracene, which allows us to address strengths and shortcomings of the presented methodology in detail. PMID:27434173

  16. Femtosecond THz Studies of Intra-Excitonic Transitions

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    Huber, Rupert; Schmid, Ben A.; Kaindl, Robert A.; Chemla, Daniel S.

    2007-10-02

    Few-cycle THz pulses are employed to resonantly access the internal fine structure of photogenerated excitons in semiconductors, on the femtosecond time scale. This technique allows us to gain novel insight into many-body effects of excitons and reveal key quantum optical processes. We discuss experiments that monitor the density-dependent re?normalization of the binding energy of a high-density exciton gas in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells close to the Mott transition. In a dilute ensemble of 3p excitons in Cu2O, stimulated THz emission from internal transitions to the energetically lower 2s state is observed at a photon energy of 6.6 meV, with a cross section of 10-14 cm2. Simultaneous interband excitation of both exciton levels drives quantum beats, which cause efficient THz emission at the difference frequency. By extending this principle to various other exciton resonances, we develop a novel way of mapping the fine structure by two-dimensional THz emission spectroscopy.

  17. Trapping and transport of indirect excitons in coupled quantum wells

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    Wuenschell, Jeffrey K.

    Spatially indirect excitons are optically generated composite bosons with a radiative lifetime sufficient to reach thermal equilibrium. This work explores the physics of indirect excitons in coupled quantum wells in the GaAs/AlGaAs system, specifically in the low-temperature, high-density regime. Particular attention is paid to a technique whereby a spatially inhomogeneous strain field is used as a trapping potential. In the process of modeling the trapping profile in wide quantum wells, dramatic effects due to intersubband coupling were observed at high strain. Experimentally, this regime coincides with the abrupt appearance of a dark population of indirect excitons at trap center, an effect originally suspected to be related to Bose-Einstein condensation. Here, the role of band mixing due to the strain-induced distortion of the crystal symmetry will be explored in detail in the context of this effect. Experimental studies presented here and in the literature suggest that Bose-Einstein condensation in indirect exciton systems may be difficult to detect with optical means (e.g., coherence measurements, momentum-space narrowing), possibly due to the strong dipole interaction between indirect excitons. Due to similarities between this system and liquid helium, it may be more fruitful to look for transport-related signatures of condensation, such as super fluidity. Here, a method for performing transport measurements on optically generated indirect excitons is also outlined and preliminary results are presented.

  18. Optical Absorption Spectra and Excitons of Dye-Substrate Interfaces: Catechol on TiO2(110).

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    Mowbray, Duncan John; Migani, Annapaola

    2016-06-14

    Optimizing the photovoltaic efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) based on staggered gap heterojunctions requires a detailed understanding of sub-band gap transitions in the visible from the dye directly to the substrate's conduction band (CB) (type-II DSSCs). Here, we calculate the optical absorption spectra and spatial distribution of bright excitons in the visible region for a prototypical DSSC, catechol on rutile TiO2(110), as a function of coverage and deprotonation of the OH anchoring groups. This is accomplished by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) based on hybrid range-separated exchange and correlation functional (HSE06) density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Such a treatment is necessary to accurately describe the interfacial level alignment and the weakly bound charge transfer transitions that are the dominant absorption mechanism in type-II DSSCs. Our HSE06 BSE spectra agree semiquantitatively with spectra measured for catechol on anatase TiO2 nanoparticles. Our results suggest deprotonation of catechol's OH anchoring groups, while being nearly isoenergetic at high coverages, shifts the onset of the absorption spectra to lower energies, with a concomitant increase in photovoltaic efficiency. Further, the most relevant bright excitons in the visible region are rather intense charge transfer transitions with the electron and hole spatially separated in both the [110] and [001] directions. Such detailed information on the absorption spectra and excitons is only accessible via periodic models of the combined dye-substrate interface. PMID:27183273

  19. Room-Temperature Transport of Indirect Excitons in (Al ,Ga )N /GaN Quantum Wells

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    Fedichkin, F.; Guillet, T.; Valvin, P.; Jouault, B.; Brimont, C.; Bretagnon, T.; Lahourcade, L.; Grandjean, N.; Lefebvre, P.; Vladimirova, M.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the exciton propagation in polar (Al ,Ga )N /GaN quantum wells over several micrometers and up to room temperature. The key ingredient to achieve this result is the crystalline quality of GaN quantum wells grown on GaN substrate that limits nonradiative recombination. From the comparison of the spatial and temporal dynamics of photoluminescence, we conclude that the propagation of excitons under continuous-wave excitation is assisted by efficient screening of the in-plane disorder. Modeling within drift-diffusion formalism corroborates this conclusion and suggests that exciton propagation is still limited by the exciton scattering on defects rather than by exciton-exciton scattering so that improving interface quality can boost exciton transport further. Our results pave the way towards room-temperature excitonic devices based on gate-controlled exciton transport in wide-band-gap polar heterostructures.

  20. Cooperative Singlet and Triplet Exciton Transport in Tetracene Crystals Visualized by Ultrafast Microscopys

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    Wan, Yan; Guo, Zhi; Zhu, Tong; Yan, Suxia; Johnson, Justin; Huang, Libai

    2015-09-14

    Singlet fission presents an attractive solution to overcome the Shockley–Queisser limit by generating two triplet excitons from one singlet exciton. Although triplet excitons are long-lived, their transport occurs through a Dexter transfer, making them slower than singlet excitons, which travel by means of a Förster mechanism. A thorough understanding of the interplay between singlet fission and exciton transport is therefore necessary to assess the potential and challenges of singlet-fission utilization. We report a direct visualization of exciton transport in single tetracene crystals using transient absorption microscopy with 200 fs time resolution and 50 nm spatial precision. Moreover, these measurements reveal a new singlet-mediated transport mechanism for triplets, which leads to an enhancement in effective triplet exciton diffusion of more than one order of magnitude on picosecond to nanosecond timescales. These results establish that there are optimal energetics of singlet and triplet excitons that benefit both singlet fission and exciton diffusion.

  1. Bound infragravity waves

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    Okihiro, Michele; Guza, R. T.; Seymour, R. J.

    1992-07-01

    Model predictions of bound (i.e., nonlinearly forced by and coupled to wave groups) infragravity wave energy are compared with about 2 years of observations in 8- to 13-m depths at Imperial Beach, California, and Barbers Point, Hawaii. Frequency-directional spectra of free waves at sea and swell frequencies, estimated with a small array of four pressure sensors, are used to predict the bound wave spectra below 0.04 Hz. The predicted total bound wave energy is always less than the observed infragravity energy, and the underprediction increases with increasing water depth and especially with decreasing swell energy. At most half, and usually much less, of the observed infragravity energy is bound. Bound wave spectra are also predicted with data from a single wave gage in 183-m depth at Point Conception, California, and the assumption of unidirectional sea and swell. Even with energetic swell, less than 10% of the total observed infragravity energy in 183-m depth is bound. Free waves, either leaky or edge waves, are more energetic than bound waves at both the shallow and deep sites. The low level of infragravity energy observed in 183-m depth compared with 8- to 13-m depths, with similarly moderate sea and swell energy, suggests that leaky (and very high-mode edge) waves contribute less than 10% of the infragravity energy in 8-13 m. Most of the free infragravity energy in shallow water is refractively trapped and does not reach deep water.

  2. Electron acceptor-dependent respiratory and physiological stratifications in biofilms.

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    Yang, Yonggang; Xiang, Yinbo; Sun, Guoping; Wu, Wei-Min; Xu, Meiying

    2015-01-01

    Bacterial respiration is an essential driving force in biogeochemical cycling and bioremediation processes. Electron acceptors respired by bacteria often have solid and soluble forms that typically coexist in the environment. It is important to understand how sessile bacteria attached to solid electron acceptors respond to ambient soluble alternative electron acceptors. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) provide a useful tool to investigate this interaction. In MFCs with Shewanella decolorationis, azo dye was used as an alternative electron acceptor in the anode chamber. Different respiration patterns were observed for biofilm and planktonic cells, with planktonic cells preferred to respire with azo dye while biofilm cells respired with both the anode and azo dye. The additional azo respiration dissipated the proton accumulation within the anode biofilm. There was a large redox potential gap between the biofilms and anode surface. Changing cathodic conditions caused immediate effects on the anode potential but not on the biofilm potential. Biofilm viability showed an inverse and respiration-dependent profile when respiring with only the anode or azo dye and was enhanced when respiring with both simultaneously. These results provide new insights into the bacterial respiration strategies in environments containing multiple electron acceptors and support an electron-hopping mechanism within Shewanella electrode-respiring biofilms.

  3. All-Polymer Solar Cell Performance Optimized via Systematic Molecular Weight Tuning of Both Donor and Acceptor Polymers.

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    Zhou, Nanjia; Dudnik, Alexander S; Li, Ting I N G; Manley, Eric F; Aldrich, Thomas J; Guo, Peijun; Liao, Hsueh-Chung; Chen, Zhihua; Chen, Lin X; Chang, Robert P H; Facchetti, Antonio; Olvera de la Cruz, Monica; Marks, Tobin J

    2016-02-01

    The influence of the number-average molecular weight (Mn) on the blend film morphology and photovoltaic performance of all-polymer solar cells (APSCs) fabricated with the donor polymer poly[5-(2-hexyldodecyl)-1,3-thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione-alt-5,5-(2,5-bis(3-dodecylthiophen-2-yl)thiophene)] (PTPD3T) and acceptor polymer poly{[N,N'-bis(2-octyldodecyl)naphthalene-1,4,5,8-bis(dicarboximide)-2,6-diyl]-alt-5,5'-(2,2'-bithiophene)} (P(NDI2OD-T2); N2200) is systematically investigated. The Mn effect analysis of both PTPD3T and N2200 is enabled by implementing a polymerization strategy which produces conjugated polymers with tunable Mns. Experimental and coarse-grain modeling results reveal that systematic Mn variation greatly influences both intrachain and interchain interactions and ultimately the degree of phase separation and morphology evolution. Specifically, increasing Mn for both polymers shrinks blend film domain sizes and enhances donor-acceptor polymer-polymer interfacial areas, affording increased short-circuit current densities (Jsc). However, the greater disorder and intermixed feature proliferation accompanying increasing Mn promotes charge carrier recombination, reducing cell fill factors (FF). The optimized photoactive layers exhibit well-balanced exciton dissociation and charge transport characteristics, ultimately providing solar cells with a 2-fold PCE enhancement versus devices with nonoptimal Mns. Overall, it is shown that proper and precise tuning of both donor and acceptor polymer Mns is critical for optimizing APSC performance. In contrast to reports where maximum power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) are achieved for the highest Mns, the present two-dimensional Mn optimization matrix strategy locates a PCE "sweet spot" at intermediate Mns of both donor and acceptor polymers. This study provides synthetic methodologies to predictably access conjugated polymers with desired Mn and highlights the importance of optimizing Mn for both polymer

  4. Photoaffinity labelling of methyltransferase enzymes with S-adenosylmethionine: effects of methyl acceptor substrates.

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    Hurst, J H; Billingsley, M L; Lovenberg, W

    1984-07-31

    Radioactivity from 3H-[methyl]-S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet) was covalently bound to protein-O-carboxylmethyltransferase and phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase following 10-15 min irradiation by short-wave ultraviolet light. This photoaffinity binding of 3H-[methyl]-AdoMet was blocked by S-adenosylhomocysteine and sinefungin, but was not affected by 5 mM dithiothreitol. The binding was also inhibited by including methyl acceptors such as calmodulin (protein-O-carboxylmethyltransferase) or phenylethanolamine (phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase) in the photoaffinity incubation. Staphlococcus V8 protease digests of 3H-[methyl]-AdoMet/enzyme complexes revealed that the primary structure around the AdoMet binding site is different in these two enzymes. Thus, protein-O-carboxylmethyltransferase, a large molecule methyltransferase, can covalently bind 3H-[methyl]-AdoMet in a manner similar to that of phenylethanolamine-N-methyltransferase.

  5. Donor-acceptor-donor tetrazines containing a ferrocene unit: synthesis, electrochemical and spectroscopic properties.

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    Janowska, Izabela; Miomandre, Fabien; Clavier, Gilles; Audebert, Pierre; Zakrzewski, Janusz; Thi, Khuyen Hoang; Ledoux-Rak, Isabelle

    2006-11-30

    Donor-acceptor-donor tetrazines containing ferrocene moieties and phenyl unit as a pi-bridge have been synthesized and characterized. UV-vis spectroscopic and cyclic voltamperometric results indicate sizable intramolecular charge transfer interactions in the ground state when the ferrocene is directly bound to the tetrazine. On the other hand, the results show reduction of the electron-donor strength of ferrocene moieties when there is a phenyl linkage. Both tetrazines display a high reduction potential. The role of ferrocenyl groups appear to be detrimental to maximize the cubic hyperpolarizability gamma of tetrazines, as compared to purely organic groups such as thiophene. A possible explanation for this behavior may originate from metal-to-ligand charge transfer processes.

  6. Negative activation energy and dielectric signatures of excitons and excitonic Mott transitions in quantum confined laser structures

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    Bhunia, Amit; Bansal, Kanika; Henini, Mohamed; Alshammari, Marzook S.; Datta, Shouvik

    2016-10-01

    Mostly, optical spectroscopies are used to investigate the physics of excitons, whereas their electrical evidences are hardly explored. Here, we examined a forward bias activated differential capacitance response of GaInP/AlGaInP based multi-quantum well laser diodes to trace the presence of excitons using electrical measurements. Occurrence of "negative activation energy" after light emission is understood as thermodynamical signature of steady state excitonic population under intermediate range of carrier injections. Similar corroborative results are also observed in an InGaAs/GaAs quantum dot laser structure grown by molecular beam epitaxy. With increasing biases, the measured differential capacitance response slowly vanishes. This represents gradual Mott transition of an excitonic phase into an electron-hole plasma in a GaInP/AlGaInP laser diode. This is further substantiated by more and more exponentially looking shapes of high energy tails in electroluminescence spectra with increasing forward bias, which originates from a growing non-degenerate population of free electrons and holes. Such an experimental correlation between electrical and optical properties of excitons can be used to advance the next generation excitonic devices.

  7. Simple screened exact-exchange approach for excitonic properties in solids

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    Yang, Zeng-hui; Sottile, Francesco; Ullrich, Carsten A.

    2015-07-01

    We present a screened exact-exchange (SXX) method for the efficient and accurate calculation of the optical properties of solids, where the screening is achieved through the zero-wave-vector limit of the inverse dielectric function. The SXX approach can be viewed as a simplification of the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) or, in the context of time-dependent density-functional theory, as a first step towards a new class of hybrid functionals for the optical properties of solids. SXX performs well for bound excitons and continuum spectra in both small-gap semiconductors and large-gap insulators, with a computational cost much lower than that of the BSE.

  8. Exciton Dynamics and Many Body Interactions in Layered Semiconducting Materials Revealed with Non-linear Coherent Spectroscopy

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    Dey, Prasenjit

    Atomically thin, semiconducting transition metal dichalogenides (TMDs), a special class of layered semiconductors, that can be shaped as a perfect two dimensional material, have garnered a lot of attention owing to their fascinating electronic properties which are achievable at the extreme nanoscale. In contrast to graphene, the most celebrated two-dimensional (2D) material thus far; TMDs exhibit a direct band gap in the monolayer regime. The presence of a non-zero bandgap along with the broken inversion symmetry in the monolayer limit brands semiconducting TMDs as the perfect candidate for future optoelectronic and valleytronics-based device application. These remarkable discoveries demand exploration of different materials that possess similar properties alike TMDs. Recently, III-VI layered semiconducting materials (example: InSe, GaSe etc.) have also emerged as potential materials for optical device based applications as, similar to TMDs, they can be shaped into a perfect two-dimensional form as well as possess a sizable band gap in their nano-regime. The perfect 2D character in layered materials cause enhancement of strong Coulomb interaction. As a result, excitons, a coulomb bound quasiparticle made of electron-hole pair, dominate the optical properties near the bandgap. The basis of development for future optoelectronic-based devices requires accurate characterization of the essential properties of excitons. Two fundamental parameters that characterize the quantum dynamics of excitons are: a) the dephasing rate, gamma, which represents the coherence loss due to the interaction of the excitons with their environment (for example- phonons, impurities, other excitons, etc.) and b) excited state population decay rate arising from radiative and non-radiative relaxation processes. The dephasing rate is representative of the time scale over which excitons can be coherently manipulated, therefore accurately probing the source of exciton decoherence is crucial for

  9. Organic solar cells based on acceptor-functionalized diketopyrrolopyrrole derivatives

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    Ghosh, Sanjay S.; Serrano, Luis A.; Ebenhoch, Bernd; Rotello, Vincent M.; Cooke, Graeme; Samuel, Ifor D. W.

    2015-01-01

    The synthesis and characterization of three solution processable diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) derivatives featuring acceptor units attached to the core by alkyne linker units is reported. Cyclic voltammetry and density functional theory calculations indicate that the DPP derivatives possess similar HOMO and LUMO energies. Solar cells were fabricated by blending the synthesized DPP derivatives with [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyrate methyl ester. The influence of donor:acceptor blend ratio, film thickness, annealing temperature, and annealing time on device performance was studied. Differences in device performance were related to atomic force microscopy measurements of the films. The highest power conversion efficiency of 1.76% was achieved for the DPP derivative functionalized with an aldehyde electron-withdrawing group with a 1∶0.7 donor:acceptor ratio when the active layer was annealed for 10 min at 110°C.

  10. Origin and impact of recombination via charge transfer excitons in polymer/fullerene solar cells

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    Hallermann, Markus; da Como, Enrico; Feldmann, Jochen

    2010-03-01

    To further advance the performances of organic photovoltaic cells a thorough understanding of loss mechanisms in polymer/fullerene blends is mandatory. Recombination via charge transfer excitons (CTEs) appears to be a fundamental loss, potentially impacting the open circuit voltage (VOC) and the short circuit current (ISC) of cells. We unravel the origin of CTEs forming in polymer/fullerene blends and discuss their importance in recombination processes considering binding energy [1], polymer conformation [2], and energetic position. CTE photoluminescence (PL) is observed in material combinations such as P3HT and PPV blended with fullerene acceptors. By combining electron microscopy and PL spectroscopy, we show that CTE recombination is only slightly influenced by the mesoscopic morphology, whereas strongly by the polymer chain conformation [2]. By shifting the orbital energies of the fullerene, we tune the CTE PL characteristics. High energy CTE emission results in cells with a beneficial increase in VOC. On the other hand, high energy CTE emission leads to a more efficient recombination impacting directly the ISC. The results highlight a fundamental limit in the efficiency of organic solar cells with CTE recombination. [1] Hallermann et al. APL 2008 [2] Hallermann et al. AFM 2009

  11. Donor/Acceptor Molecular Orientation-Dependent Photovoltaic Performance in All-Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Zhou, Ke; Zhang, Rui; Liu, Jiangang; Li, Mingguang; Yu, Xinhong; Xing, Rubo; Han, Yanchun

    2015-11-18

    The correlated donor/acceptor (D/A) molecular orientation plays a crucial role in solution-processed all-polymer solar cells in term of photovoltaic performance. For the conjugated polymers PTB7-th and P(NDI2OD-T2), the preferential molecular orientation of neat PTB7-th films kept face-on regardless of the properties of processing solvents. However, an increasing content of face-on molecular orientation in the neat P(NDI2OD-T2) films could be found by changing processing solvents from chloronaphthalene (CN) and o-dichlorobenzene (oDCB) to chlorobenzene (CB). Besides, the neat P(NDI2OD-T2) films also exhibited a transformation of preferential molecular orientation from face-on to edge-on when extending film drying time by casting in the same solution. Consequently, a distribution diagram of molecular orientation for P(NDI2OD-T2) films was depicted and the same trend could be observed for the PTB7-th/P(NDI2OD-T2) blend films. By manufacture of photovoltaic devices with blend films, the relationship between the correlated D/A molecular orientation and device performance was established. The short-circuit current (Jsc) of devices processed by CN, oDCB, and CB enhanced gradually from 1.24 to 8.86 mA/cm(2) with the correlated D/A molecular orientation changing from face-on/edge-on to face-on/face-on, which could be attributed to facile exciton dissociation at D/A interface with the same molecular orientation. Therefore, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of devices processed by CN, oDCB, and CB improved from 0.53% to 3.52% ultimately.

  12. Dark High Density Dipolar Liquid of Excitons

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    Cohen, Kobi; Shilo, Yehiel; West, Ken; Pfeiffer, Loren; Rapaport, Ronen

    2016-06-01

    The possible phases and the nano-scale particle correlations of two-dimensional interacting dipolar particles is a long-sought problem in many-body physics. Here we observe a spontaneous condensation of trapped two-dimensional dipolar excitons with internal spin degrees of freedom from an interacting gas into a high density, closely packed liquid state made mostly of dark dipoles. Another phase transition, into a bright, highly repulsive plasma is observed at even higher excitation powers. The dark liquid state is formed below a critical temperature $T_c \\approx 4.8K$, and it is manifested by a clear spontaneous spatial condensation to a smaller and denser cloud, suggesting an attractive part to the interaction which goes beyond the purely repulsive dipole-dipole forces. Contributions from quantum mechanical fluctuations are expected to be significant in this strongly correlated, long living dark liquid. This is a new example of a two-dimensional atomic-like interacting dipolar quantum liquid, but where the coupling of light to its internal spin degrees of freedom plays a crucial role in the dynamical formation and the nature of resulting ground state.

  13. Plasmon transmission through excitonic subwavelength gaps.

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    Sukharev, Maxim; Nitzan, Abraham

    2016-04-14

    We study the transfer of electromagnetic energy across a subwavelength gap separating two co-axial metal nanorods. In the absence of spacer in the gap separating the rods, the system exhibits strong coupling behavior between longitudinal plasmons in the two rods. The nature and magnitude of this coupling are studied by varying various geometrical parameters. As a function of frequency, the transmission is dominated by a split longitudinal plasmon peak. The two hybrid modes are the dipole-like "bonding" mode characterized by a peak intensity in the gap and a quadrupole-like "antibonding" mode whose amplitude vanishes at the gap center. When the length of one rod is varied, this mode spectrum exhibits the familiar anti-crossing behavior that depends on the coupling strength determined by the gap width. When off-resonant 2-level emitters are placed in the gap, almost no effect on the frequency dependent transmission is observed. In contrast, when the molecular system is resonant with the plasmonic line shape, the transmission is strongly modified, showing characteristics of strong exciton-plasmon coupling. Most strongly modified is the transmission near the lower frequency "bonding" plasmon mode. The presence of resonant molecules in the gap affects not only the molecule-field interaction but also the spatial distribution of the field intensity and the electromagnetic energy flux across the junction. PMID:27083741

  14. Dark High Density Dipolar Liquid of Excitons.

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    Cohen, Kobi; Shilo, Yehiel; West, Ken; Pfeiffer, Loren; Rapaport, Ronen

    2016-06-01

    The possible phases and the nanoscale particle correlations of two-dimensional interacting dipolar particles is a long-sought problem in many-body physics. Here we observe a spontaneous condensation of trapped two-dimensional dipolar excitons with internal spin degrees of freedom from an interacting gas into a high density, closely packed liquid state made mostly of dark dipoles. Another phase transition, into a bright, highly repulsive plasma, is observed at even higher excitation powers. The dark liquid state is formed below a critical temperature Tc ≈ 4.8 K, and it is manifested by a clear spontaneous spatial condensation to a smaller and denser cloud, suggesting an attractive part to the interaction which goes beyond the purely repulsive dipole-dipole forces. Contributions from quantum mechanical fluctuations are expected to be significant in this strongly correlated, long living dark liquid. This is a new example of a two-dimensional atomic-like interacting dipolar liquid, but where the coupling of light to its internal spin degrees of freedom plays a crucial role in the dynamical formation and the nature of resulting condensed dark ground state.

  15. Chirality inversion in the bilirubin molecular exciton.

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    Boiadjiev, S E; Lightner, D A

    2001-05-15

    The bichromophoric pigment bilirubin acts as a molecular exciton in its UV-visible and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. In both polar and nonpolar solvents, an optically active analog, (beta R,beta 'R)-dimethylmesobilirubin-XIII alpha (1), exhibits intense bisignate CD Cotton effects in the region of its long wavelength UV-vis absorption near 400 nm: Delta epsilon(434)(max) + 337, Delta epsilon(389)(max) - 186 (CHCl(3)), and Delta epsilon(431)(max) + 285, Delta epsilon(386)(max) - 177 (CH(3)OH). However, introduction of an amine into a CHCl(3) solution of 1 causes the Cotton effect signs to become inverted, e.g., after addition of NH(3), Delta epsilon(433)(max) - 345, Delta epsilon(389)(max) + 243, and after addition of ethylene diamine, Delta epsilon(435)(max) - 420, Delta epsilon(390)(max) + 299. The sign inversions imply inversion of molecular chirality of the bilirubin and the phenomenon appears to be general for amines, including alpha,omega-diamines. 1,8-Diaminooctane was found to be more effective than longer or shorter chain analogs in producing CD sign inversion.

  16. Impurity trapped excitons under high hydrostatic pressure

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    Grinberg, Marek

    2013-09-01

    Paper summarizes the results on pressure effect on energies of the 4fn → 4fn and 4fn-15d1 → 4fn transitions as well as influence of pressure on anomalous luminescence in Lnα+ doped oxides and fluorides. A model of impurity trapped exciton (ITE) was developed. Two types of ITE were considered. The first where a hole is localized at the Lnα+ ion (creation of Ln(α+1)+) and an electron is attracted by Coulomb potential at Rydberg-like states and the second where an electron captured at the Lnα+ ion (creation of Ln(α-1)+) and a hole is attracted by Coulomb potential at Rydberg-like states. Paper presents detailed analysis of nonlinear changes of energy of anomalous luminescence of BaxSr1-xF2:Eu2+ (x > 0.3) and LiBaF3:Eu2+, and relate them to ITE-4f65d1 states mixing.

  17. Benchmarking Calculations of Excitonic Couplings between Bacteriochlorophylls.

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    Kenny, Elise P; Kassal, Ivan

    2016-01-14

    Excitonic couplings between (bacterio)chlorophyll molecules are necessary for simulating energy transport in photosynthetic complexes. Many techniques for calculating the couplings are in use, from the simple (but inaccurate) point-dipole approximation to fully quantum-chemical methods. We compared several approximations to determine their range of applicability, noting that the propagation of experimental uncertainties poses a fundamental limit on the achievable accuracy. In particular, the uncertainty in crystallographic coordinates yields an uncertainty of about 20% in the calculated couplings. Because quantum-chemical corrections are smaller than 20% in most biologically relevant cases, their considerable computational cost is rarely justified. We therefore recommend the electrostatic TrEsp method across the entire range of molecular separations and orientations because its cost is minimal and it generally agrees with quantum-chemical calculations to better than the geometric uncertainty. Understanding these uncertainties can guard against striving for unrealistic precision; at the same time, detailed benchmarks can allow important qualitative questions-which do not depend on the precise values of the simulation parameters-to be addressed with greater confidence about the conclusions. PMID:26651217

  18. Singlet fission of hot excitons in π-conjugated polymers

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    Zhai, Yaxin; Sheng, Chuanxiang; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    2015-01-01

    We used steady-state photoinduced absorption (PA), excitation dependence (EXPA(ω)) spectrum of the triplet exciton PA band, and its magneto-PA (MPA(B)) response to investigate singlet fission (SF) of hot excitons into two separated triplet excitons, in two luminescent and non-luminescent π-conjugated polymers. From the high energy step in the triplet EXPA(ω) spectrum of the luminescent polymer poly(dioctyloxy)phenylenevinylene (DOO-PPV) films, we identified a hot-exciton SF (HE-SF) process having threshold energy at E≈2ET (=2.8 eV, where ET is the energy of the lowest lying triplet exciton), which is about 0.8 eV above the lowest singlet exciton energy. The HE-SF process was confirmed by the triplet MPA(B) response for excitation at E>2ET, which shows typical SF response. This process is missing in DOO-PPV solution, showing that it is predominantly interchain in nature. By contrast, the triplet EXPA(ω) spectrum in the non-luminescent polymer polydiacetylene (PDA) is flat with an onset at E=Eg (≈2.25 eV). From this, we infer that intrachain SF that involves a triplet–triplet pair state, also known as the ‘dark’ 2Ag exciton, dominates the triplet photogeneration in PDA polymer as Eg>2ET. The intrachain SF process was also identified from the MPA(B) response of the triplet PA band in PDA. Our work shows that the SF process in π-conjugated polymers is a much more general process than thought previously. PMID:25987576

  19. Higher excited states of acceptors in cubic semiconductors

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    Said, M.; Kanehisa, M. A.; Balkanski, M.

    1986-02-01

    For the first time, higher excited states of shallow acceptors up to the 3s and 4s states are calculated based on the Balderschi and Lipari theory including the cubic correction. The eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the effective mass Hamiltonian for shallow acceptor states were obtained by the finite element method. The resultant sparse matrix is diagonalized by a newly developed Saad's method based on Arnoldi's algorithm. Comparison with experimental spectra on ZnTe:Li and ZnTe:P gives best valence band parameters for ZnTe; μ = 0.60 and δ = 0.12.

  20. Donor-acceptor chemistry in the main group.

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    Rivard, Eric

    2014-06-21

    This Perspective article summarizes recent progress from our laboratory in the isolation of reactive main group species using a general donor-acceptor protocol. A highlight of this program is the use of carbon-based donors in combination with suitable Lewis acidic acceptors to yield stable complexes of parent Group 14 element hydrides (e.g. GeH2 and H2SiGeH2). It is anticipated that this strategy could be extended to include new synthetic targets from throughout the Periodic Table with possible applications in bottom-up materials synthesis and main group element catalysis envisioned. PMID:24788390

  1. Acceptors in bulk and nanoscale ZnO

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    McCluskey, M. D.

    2012-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a semiconductor that emits bright UV light, with little wasted heat. This intrinsic feature makes it a promising material for energy-efficient white lighting, nano-lasers, and other optical applications. For devices to be competitive, however, it is necessary to develop reliable p-type doping. Although substitutional nitrogen has been considered as a potential p-type dopant for ZnO, theoretical and experimental work indicates that nitrogen is a deep acceptor and will not lead to p-type conductivity. This talk will highlight recent experiments on ZnO:N at low temperatures. A red/near-IR photoluminescence (PL) band is correlated with the presence of deep nitrogen acceptors. PL excitation (PLE) measurements show an absorption threshold of 2.26 eV, in good agreement with theory. Magnetic resonance experiments provide further evidence for this assignment. The results of these studies seem to rule out group-V elements as shallow acceptors in ZnO, contradicting numerous reports in the literature. If these acceptors do not work as advertised, is there a viable alternative? Optical studies on ZnO nanocrystals show some intriguing leads. At liquid-helium temperatures, a series of sharp IR absorption peaks arise from an unknown acceptor impurity. The data are consistent with a hydrogenic acceptor 0.46 eV above the valence band edge. While this binding energy is still too deep for many practical applications, it represents a significant improvement over the ˜ 1.3 eV binding energy for nitrogen acceptors. Nanocrystals present another twist. Due to their high surface-to-volume ratio, surface states are especially important. Specifically, electron-hole recombination at the surface give rises to a red luminescence band. From our PL and IR experiments, we have developed a ``unified'' model that attempts to explain acceptor and surface states in ZnO nanocrystals. This model could provide a useful framework for designing future nanoscale ZnO devices.

  2. Stark shift and electric-field-induced dissociation of excitons in monolayer MoS2 and h BN /MoS2 heterostructures

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    Haastrup, Sten; Latini, Simone; Bolotin, Kirill; Thygesen, Kristian S.

    2016-07-01

    Efficient conversion of photons into electrical current in two-dimensional semiconductors requires, as a first step, the dissociation of the strongly bound excitons into free electrons and holes. Here we calculate the dissociation rates and energy shift of excitons in monolayer MoS2 as a function of an applied in-plane electric field. The dissociation rates are obtained as the inverse lifetime of the resonant states of a two-dimensional hydrogenic Hamiltonian which describes the exciton within the Mott-Wannier model. The resonances are computed using complex scaling, and the effective masses and screened electron-hole interaction defining the hydrogenic Hamiltonian are computed from first principles. For field strengths above 0.1 V/nm the dissociation lifetime is shorter than 1 ps, which is below the lifetime associated with competing decay mechanisms. Interestingly, encapsulation of the MoS2 layer in just two layers of hexagonal boron nitride (h BN ), enhances the dissociation rate by around one order of magnitude due to the increased screening. This shows that dielectric engineering is an effective way to control exciton lifetimes in two-dimensional materials.

  3. Optical Spectroscopy of Acceptors in Semiconductors: I. Acceptor Complexes in Neutron Transmutation-Doped Silicon. I. Piezospectroscopy of Beryllium Double Acceptors in Germanium.

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    Labrec, Charles Raymond

    Substitutional group III impurities in group IV elemental semiconductors bind a hole from the valence band and are solid-state analogs of the hydrogen atom; likewise, group II impurities bind two holes and are analogs of the helium atom. In these materials, the electronic transitions from the acceptor s-like ground state to the p-like excited states are infrared active. A high-resolution Fourier transform spectrometer, and a liquid-helium cooled germanium bolometer and glass sample cryostat are ideally suited to study these effects. When silicon is exposed to neutron radiation, a fraction of the atoms are converted to phosphorus. After annealing, these impurity atoms occupy substitutional locations and are thus donors. When the initial crystal is p-type and the final phosphorus concentration is less than that of the acceptor, the sample is left p-type but highly compensated. This results in broadening of the transition lines. However, before complete annealing, it is discovered that a new, extremely shallow acceptor is formed, with an ionization energy of 28.24 meV, which is far shallower than any previously known. Neutral Be in Ge is known to be a double acceptor. Under uniaxial stress, the single hole (1s)^2 to (1s)(np) excitation spectrum shows splittings and polarization effects. These piezospectroscopic effects were observed for a compressive force vec F | (111) and vec F | (100). The phenomenological shear deformation potential constants have been deduced for the ground and excited states of the D transition.

  4. Intermolecular exciton-exciton annihilation in phospholipid vesicles doped with [Ru(bpy)2dppz]2+

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    De la Cadena, Alejandro; Pascher, Torbjörn; Davydova, Dar'ya; Akimov, Denis; Herrmann, Felix; Presselt, Martin; Wächtler, Maria; Dietzek, Benjamin

    2016-01-01

    The ultrafast photophysics of [Ru(bpy)2dppz]2+ (dppz = dipyrido[3,2-a:2‧,3‧-c]-phenazine) embedded into the walls of phospholipid vesicles has been studied by femtosecond time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy. While [Ru(bpy)2dppz]2+ has been studied intensively with respect to its intramolecular charge transfer processes, which are associated with the well known light-switch effect, this study focuses on intermolecular energy transfer processes taking place upon dense packing of the complexes into a phospholipid membrane composed of dipalmitoyl-L-α-phosphatidylglycerol, which can be thought of as a simplistic model of a cellular membrane. The data indicate additional quenching of excited [Ru(bpy)2dppz]2+ upon increasing the pump-pulse intensity. Hence, the observed photophysics, which is assigned to the presence of intermolecular exciton-exciton annihilation at high pump-intensities, might be related to the ultrafast photophysics of [Ru(bpy)2dppz]2+ when used as a chromophore to stain cells, an effect that may be taken into account during the employment of novel cellular markers based on Ru polypyridine complexes.

  5. Tetrathiafulvalene-based mixed-valence acceptor-donor-acceptor triads: a joint theoretical and experimental approach.

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    Calbo, Joaquín; Aragó, Juan; Otón, Francisco; Lloveras, Vega; Mas-Torrent, Marta; Vidal-Gancedo, José; Veciana, Jaume; Rovira, Concepció; Ortí, Enrique

    2013-12-01

    This work presents a joint theoretical and experimental characterisation of the structural and electronic properties of two tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)-based acceptor-donor-acceptor triads (BQ-TTF-BQ and BTCNQ-TTF-BTCNQ; BQ is naphthoquinone and BTCNQ is benzotetracyano-p-quinodimethane) in their neutral and reduced states. The study is performed with the use of electrochemical, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and UV/Vis/NIR spectroelectrochemical techniques guided by quantum-chemical calculations. Emphasis is placed on the mixed-valence properties of both triads in their radical anion states. The electrochemical and EPR results reveal that both BQ-TTF-BQ and BTCNQ-TTF-BTCNQ triads in their radical anion states behave as class-II mixed-valence compounds with significant electronic communication between the acceptor moieties. Density functional theory calculations (BLYP35/cc-pVTZ), taking into account the solvent effects, predict charge-localised species (BQ(.-)-TTF-BQ and BTCNQ(.-)-TTF-BTCNQ) as the most stable structures for the radical anion states of both triads. A stronger localisation is found both experimentally and theoretically for the BTCNQ-TTF-BTCNQ anion, in accordance with the more electron-withdrawing character of the BTCNQ acceptor. CASSCF/CASPT2 calculations suggest that the low-energy, broad absorption bands observed experimentally for the BQ-TTF-BQ and BTCNQ-TTF-BTCNQ radical anions are associated with the intervalence charge transfer (IV-CT) electronic transition and two nearby donor-to-acceptor CT excitations. The study highlights the molecular efficiency of the electron-donor TTF unit as a molecular wire connecting two acceptor redox centres.

  6. Three Redox States of a Diradical Acceptor-Donor-Acceptor Triad: Gating the Magnetic Coupling and the Electron Delocalization.

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    Souto, Manuel; Lloveras, Vega; Vela, Sergi; Fumanal, Maria; Ratera, Imma; Veciana, Jaume

    2016-06-16

    The diradical acceptor-donor-acceptor triad 1(••), based on two polychlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radicals connected through a tetrathiafulvalene(TTF)-vinylene bridge, has been synthesized. The generation of the mixed-valence radical anion, 1(•-), and triradical cation species, 1(•••+), obtained upon electrochemical reduction and oxidation, respectively, was monitored by optical and ESR spectroscopy. Interestingly, the modification of electron delocalization and magnetic coupling was observed when the charged species were generated and the changes have been rationalized by theoretical calculations.

  7. Interface exciton at lateral heterojunction of monolayer semiconductors

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    Lau, Ka Wai; Gong, Zhirui; Yu, Hongyi; Yao, Wang

    Heterostructures based on 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have attracted extensive research interest recently due to the appealing physical properties of TMDs and new geometries for forming heterostructures. One such heterostructure is the lateral heterojunctions seamlessly formed in a monolayer crystal between two different types of TMDs, e.g. WSe2 and MoSe2. Such heterojunction exhibits a type II band alignment, with electrons (holes) having lower energy on the MoSe2 (WSe2) region. Here we present the study of an interface exciton at the 1D lateral junction of monolayer TMDs. With the distance dependent screening, we find that the interface exciton can have strong binding even though the electron-hole separation is much larger compare to the 2D excitons in TMDs. Neutral excitons are studied using two different approaches: the solution based on a real-space tight binding model, and the perturbation expansion in a hydrogen-like basis in an effective mass model. We have also used the latter method to study charged excitons at a MoSe2-WSe2-MoSe2 nanoscale junction. The work is supported by the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong (HKU705513P, HKU9/CRF/13G), the Croucher Foundation, and the HKU OYRA.

  8. Multiple Exciton Generation in Semiconductor Nanostructures: DFT-based Computation

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    Mihaylov, Deyan; Kryjevski, Andrei; Kilin, Dmitri; Kilina, Svetlana; Vogel, Dayton

    Multiple exciton generation (MEG) in nm-sized H-passivated Si nanowires (NWs), and quasi 2D nanofilms depends strongly on the degree of the core structural disorder as shown by the perturbation theory calculations based on the DFT simulations. In perturbation theory, we work to the 2nd order in the electron-photon coupling and in the (approximate) RPA-screened Coulomb interaction. We also include the effect of excitons for which we solve Bethe-Salpeter Equation. To describe MEG we calculate exciton-to-biexciton as well as biexciton-to-exciton rates and quantum efficiency (QE). We consider 3D arrays of Si29H36 quantum dots, NWs, and quasi 2D silicon nanofilms, all with both crystalline and amorphous core structures. Efficient MEG with QE of 1.3 up to 1.8 at the photon energy of about 3Egap is predicted in these nanoparticles except for the crystalline NW and film where QE ~=1. MEG in the amorphous nanoparticles is enhanced by the electron localization due to structural disorder. The exciton effects significantly red-shift QE vs. photon energy curves. Nm-sized a-Si NWs and films are predicted to have effective MEG within the solar spectrum range. Also, we find efficient MEG in the chiral single-wall Carbon nanotubes and in a perovskite nanostructure.

  9. Inverse Funnel Effect of Excitons in Strained Black Phosphorus

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    San-Jose, Pablo; Parente, Vincenzo; Guinea, Francisco; Roldán, Rafael; Prada, Elsa

    2016-07-01

    We study the effects of strain on the properties and dynamics of Wannier excitons in monolayer (phosphorene) and few-layer black phosphorus (BP), a promising two-dimensional material for optoelectronic applications due to its high mobility, mechanical strength, and strain-tunable direct band gap. We compare the results to the case of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2 ) monolayers. We find that the so-called funnel effect, i.e., the possibility of controlling exciton motion by means of inhomogeneous strains, is much stronger in few-layer BP than in MoS2 monolayers and, crucially, is of opposite sign. Instead of excitons accumulating isotropically around regions of high tensile strain like in MoS2 , excitons in BP are pushed away from said regions. This inverse funnel effect is moreover highly anisotropic, with much larger funnel distances along the armchair crystallographic direction, leading to a directional focusing of exciton flow. A strong inverse funnel effect could enable simpler designs of funnel solar cells and offer new possibilities for the manipulation and harvesting of light.

  10. Studies of exciton condensation and transport in quantum Hall bilayers

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    Finck, Aaron David Kiyoshi

    This thesis is a report of the transport properties of bilayer two-dimensional electron systems found in GaAs/AlGaAs double quantum well semiconductor heterostructures. When a strong perpendicular magnetic field is applied so that the total Landau filling factor is equal to one and if the two layers are close enough together, a novel quantum Hall (QH) state with strong interlayer correlations can form. This QH state is often described as an excitonic condensate, in which electrons in one layer pair with holes in the other. As neutral particles, excitons feel no Lorentz force and are not confined to the edges of the bilayer system like charged quasiparticles are. Instead, excitons are expected to be able to move freely through the bulk and even flow without any dissipation under proper conditions (i.e.,~excitonic superfluidity). Counterflow studies that directly probe the bulk verify this exciton transport in the electrically insulating interior. We also report on studies of the phase boundary between the correlated and uncorrelated phases at total Landau filling factor one as the effective interlayer separation is tuned. When both phases are fully spin polarized at high Zeeman energy, the phase transition is much broader than when the uncorrelated phase is incompletely polarized at low Zeeman energy. This suggests a possible change in the nature of the phase transition in the regime of complete spin polarization.

  11. Hybrid quadrupole excitons and polaritons in cuprous oxide

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    Roslyak, Oleksiy

    In this thesis I consider novel type of materials such as hybrid organic/inorganic heteoro-structures and polystyrene micro-spheres/inorganic composites. The organic/inorganic compound is presented by DCM2:CA:PS/cuprous oxide material. Using "solid state solvent" mechanism I propose to bring the Frenkel exciton (FE) of the DCM2 into resonance with 1S quadrupole Wanier-Mott exciton (WE) in cuprous oxide. This two types of the excitons form new type of quadrupole-dipole hybrid exciton. This hybrid is characterized by long lifetime and big oscillator strength inherited from the organic FE. In the part I of the thesis I investigate the enhancement of the quadrupole properties generic to cuprous oxide exciton by means of such resonant hybridization. I consider enhancement of photo-thermal bi-stability and second harmonic generation. The second part is devoted to the problems of light-matter interaction in cuprous oxide crystals such as weak interaction with LA phonons and whispering gallery modes (WGM) in adjacent layer of polystyrene micro-spheres. While the first effect is likely to impeded BEC of the polaritons, the second mechanism provides necessary temporal coherence. It is possible by trapping the light part of the polariton into resonant WGM through big gradient of the evanescent tail which provides big lifetime of such evanescent polariton. Due to big gradient of the evanescent field it couples "naturally" to the quadrupole WE in cuprous oxide.

  12. Membrane-bound respiratory of Spirillum itersonii.

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    Dailey, H A

    1976-01-01

    The membrane-bound respiratory system of the gram-negative bacterium Spirillum itersonii was investigated. It contains cytochromes b (558), c (550), and o (558) and beta-dihydro-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and succinate oxidase activities under all growth conditions. It is also capable of producing D-lactate and alpha-glycerophosphate dehydrogenases when grown with lactate or glycerol as sole carbon source. Membrane-bound malate dehydrogenase was not detectable under any conditions, although there is high activity of soluble nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide: malate dehydrogenase. When grown with oxygen as the sole terminal electron acceptor, approximately 60% of the total b-type cytochrome is present as cytochrome o, whereas only 40% is present as cytochrome o in cells grown with nitrate in the presence of oxygen. Both NADH and succinate oxidase are inhibited by azide, cyanide, antimycin A, and 2-n-heptyl-4-hydroxyquinoline-N-oxidase at low concentrations. The ability of these inhibitors to completely inhibit oxidase activity at low concentrations and their effects upon the aerobic steady-state reduction levels of b- and c-type cytochromes as well as the aerobic steady-state reduction levels obtained with NADH, succinate, and ascorbate-dichlorophenolindophenol suggest that presence of an unbranched respiratory chain in S. itersonii with the order ubiquinone leads to b leads to c leads to c leads to oxygen. PMID:182674

  13. Exciton effective mass enhancement in coupled quantum wells in electric and magnetic fields

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    Wilkes, J.; Muljarov, E. A.

    2016-02-01

    We present a calculation of exciton states in semiconductor coupled quantum wells in the presence of electric and magnetic fields applied perpendicular to the QW plane. The exciton Schrödinger equation is solved in real space in three-dimensions to obtain the Landau levels of both direct and indirect excitons. Calculation of the exciton energy levels and oscillator strengths enables mapping of the electric and magnetic field dependence of the exciton absorption spectrum. For the ground state of the system, we evaluate the Bohr radius, optical lifetime, binding energy and dipole moment. The exciton mass renormalization due to the magnetic field is calculated using a perturbative approach. We predict a non-monotonous dependence of the exciton ground state effective mass on magnetic field. Such a trend is explained in a classical picture, in terms of the ground state tending from an indirect to a direct exciton with increasing magnetic field.

  14. Covalent non-fused tetrathiafulvalene-acceptor systems.

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    Pop, Flavia; Avarvari, Narcis

    2016-06-28

    Covalent donor-acceptor (D-A) systems have significantly contributed to the development of many organic materials and to molecular electronics. Tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) represents one of the most widely studied donor precursors and has been incorporated into the structure of many D-A derivatives with the objective of obtaining redox control and modulation of the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT), in order to address switchable emissive systems and to take advantage of its propensity to form regular stacks in the solid state. In this review, we focus on the main families of non-fused TTF-acceptors, which are classified according to the nature of the acceptor: nitrogen-containing heterocycles, BODIPY, perylenes and electron poor unsaturated hydrocarbons, as well as radical acceptors. We describe herein the most representative members of each family with a brief mention of their synthesis and a special focus on their D-A characteristics. Special attention is given to ICT and its modulation, fluorescence quenching and switching, photoconductivity, bistability and spin distribution by discussing and comparing spectroscopic and electrochemical features, photophysical properties, solid-state properties and theoretical calculations. PMID:27193500

  15. Development of imide- and imidazole-containing electron acceptors for use in donor-acceptor conjugated compounds and polymers

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    Li, Duo

    Conjugated organic compounds and polymers have attracted significant attention due to their potential application in electronic devices as semiconducting materials, such as organic solar cells (OSCs). In order to tune band gaps, donor-acceptor (D-A) structure is widely used, which has been proved to be one of the most effective strategies. This thesis consists of three parts: 1) design, syntheses and characterization of new weak acceptors based on imides and the systematic study of the structure-property relationship; (2) introduction of weak and strong acceptors in one polymer to achieve a broad coverage of light absorption and improve the power conversion efficiency (PCE); (3) modification of benzothiadiazole (BT) acceptor in order to increase the electron withdrawing ability. Imide-based electron acceptors, 4-(5-bromothiophen-2-y1)-2-(2-ethylhexyl)-9- phenyl- 1H-benzo[f]isoindole-1,3(2H)-dione (BIDO-1) and 4,9-bis(5-bromothiophen-2-yl)-2-(2-ethylhexyl)-benzo[f]isoindole-1,3-dione (BIDO-2), were designed and synthesized. In this design, naphthalene is selected as its main core to maintain a planar structure, and thienyl groups are able to facilitate the bromination reaction and lower the band gap. BIDO-1 and BIDO-2 were successfully coupled with different donors by both Suzuki cross-coupling and Stille cross-coupling reactions. Based on the energy levels and band gaps of the BIDO-containing compounds and polymers, BIDO-1 and BIDO-2 are proved to be weak electron acceptors. Pyromellitic diimide (PMDI) was also studied and found to be a stronger electron acceptor than BIDO . In order to obtain broad absorption coverage, both weak acceptor ( BIDO-2) and strong acceptor diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) were introduced in the same polymer. The resulting polymers show two absorption bands at 400 and 600 nm and two emission peaks at 500 and 680 nm. The band gaps of the polymers are around 1.6 eV, which is ideal for OSC application. The PCE of 1.17% was achieved. Finally

  16. Anaerobic methanotrophy in tidal wetland: Effects of electron acceptors

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    Lin, Li-Hung; Yu, Zih-Huei; Wang, Pei-Ling

    2016-04-01

    Wetlands have been considered to represent the largest natural source of methane emission, contributing substantially to intensify greenhouse effect. Despite in situ methanogenesis fueled by organic degradation, methanotrophy also plays a vital role in controlling the exact quantity of methane release across the air-sediment interface. As wetlands constantly experience various disturbances of anthropogenic activities, biological burrowing, tidal inundation, and plant development, rapid elemental turnover would enable various electron acceptors available for anaerobic methanotrophy. The effects of electron acceptors on stimulating anaerobic methanotrophy and the population compositions involved in carbon transformation in wetland sediments are poorly explored. In this study, sediments recovered from tidally influenced, mangrove covered wetland in northern Taiwan were incubated under the static conditions to investigate whether anaerobic methanotrophy could be stimulated by the presence of individual electron acceptors. Our results demonstrated that anaerobic methanotrophy was clearly stimulated in incubations amended with no electron acceptor, sulfate, or Fe-oxyhydroxide. No apparent methane consumption was observed in incubations with nitrate, citrate, fumarate or Mn-oxides. Anaerobic methanotrophy in incubations with no exogenous electron acceptor appears to proceed at the greatest rates, being sequentially followed by incubations with sulfate and Fe-oxyhydroxide. The presence of basal salt solution stimulated methane oxidation by a factor of 2 to 3. In addition to the direct impact of electron acceptor and basal salts, incubations with sediments retrieved from low tide period yielded a lower rate of methane oxidation than from high tide period. Overall, this study demonstrates that anaerobic methanotrophy in wetland sediments could proceed under various treatments of electron acceptors. Low sulfate content is not a critical factor in inhibiting methane

  17. Novel Quantum Condensates in Excitonic Matter

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    Littlewood, P. B.; Keeling, J. M. J.; Simons, B. D.; Eastham, P. R.; Marchetti, F. M.; Szymanska, M. H.

    2009-08-20

    These lectures interleave discussion of a novel physical problem of a new kind of condensate with teaching of the fundamental theoretical tools of quantum condensed matter field theory. Polaritons and excitons are light mass composite bosons that can be made inside solids in a number of different ways. As bosonic particles, they are liable to make a phase coherent ground state - generically called a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) - and these lectures present some models to describe that problem, as well as general approaches to the theory. The focus is very much to explain how mean-field-like approximations that are often presented heuristically can be derived in a systematic fashion by path integral methods. Going beyond the mean field theory then produces a systematic approach to calculation of the excitation energies, and the derivation of effective low energy theories that can be generalised to more complex dynamical and spatial situations than is practicable for the full theory, as well as to study statistical properties beyond the semi-classical regime. in particular, for the polariton problem, it allows one to connect the regimes of equilibrium BEC and non-equilibrium laser. The lectures are self-sufficient, but not highly detailed. The methodological aspects are covered in standard quantum field theory texts and the presentation here is deliberately cursory: the approach will be closest to the book of Altland and Simons. Since these lectures concern a particular type of condensate, reference should also be made to texts on BEC, for example by Pitaevskii and Stringari. A recent theoretically focussed review of polariton systems covers many of the technical issues associated with the polariton problem in greater depth and provides many further references.

  18. Novel Quantum Condensates in Excitonic Matter

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    Littlewood, P. B.; Keeling, J. M. J.; Simons, B. D.; Eastham, P. R.; Marchetti, F. M.; Szymańska, M. H.

    2009-08-01

    These lectures interleave discussion of a novel physical problem of a new kind of condensate with teaching of the fundamental theoretical tools of quantum condensed matter field theory. Polaritons and excitons are light mass composite bosons that can be made inside solids in a number of different ways. As bosonic particles, they are liable to make a phase coherent ground state—generically called a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC)—and these lectures present some models to describe that problem, as well as general approaches to the theory. The focus is very much to explain how mean-field-like approximations that are often presented heuristically can be derived in a systematic fashion by path integral methods. Going beyond the mean field theory then produces a systematic approach to calculation of the excitation energies, and the derivation of effective low energy theories that can be generalised to more complex dynamical and spatial situations than is practicable for the full theory, as well as to study statistical properties beyond the semi-classical regime. in particular, for the polariton problem, it allows one to connect the regimes of equilibrium BEC and non-equilibrium laser. The lectures are self-sufficient, but not highly detailed. The methodological aspects are covered in standard quantum field theory texts and the presentation here is deliberately cursory: the approach will be closest to the book of Altland and Simons [1]. Since these lectures concern a particular type of condensate, reference should also be made to texts on BEC, for example by Pitaevskii and Stringari [2]. A recent theoretically focussed review of polariton systems is [3] covers many of the technical issues associated with the polariton problem in greater depth and provides many further references.

  19. Validation of EMP bounds

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    Warne, L.K.; Merewether, K.O.; Chen, K.C.; Jorgenson, R.E.; Morris, M.E.; Solberg, J.E.; Lewis, J.G.; Derr, W.

    1996-07-01

    Test data on canonical weapon-like fixtures are used to validate previously developed analytical bounding results. The test fixtures were constructed to simulate (but be slightly worse than) weapon ports of entry but have known geometries (and electrical points of contact). The exterior of the test fixtures exhibited exterior resonant enhancement of the incident fields at the ports of entry with magnitudes equal to those of weapon geometries. The interior consisted of loaded transmission lines adjusted to maximize received energy or voltage but incorporating practical weapon geometrical constraints. New analytical results are also presented for bounding the energies associated with multiple bolt joints and for bounding the exterior resonant enhancement of the exciting fields.

  20. Fresh look at electron-transfer mechanisms via the donor/acceptor bindings in the critical encounter complex.

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    Rosokha, Sergiy V; Kochi, Jay K

    2008-05-01

    Seminal insights provided by the iconic R. S. Mulliken and his "charge-transfer" theory, H. Taube and his "outer/inner-sphere" mechanisms, R. A. Marcus and his "two-state non-adiabatic" theory, and N. S. Hush and his "intervalence" theory are each separately woven into the rich panoramic tapestry constituting chemical research into electron-transfer dynamics, and its mechanistic dominance for the past half century and more. In this Account, we illustrate how the simultaneous melding of all four key concepts allows sharp focus on the charge-transfer character of the critical encounter complex to evoke the latent facet of traditional electron-transfer mechanisms. To this end, we exploit the intervalence (electronic) transition that invariably accompanies the diffusive encounter of electron-rich organic donors (D) with electron-poor acceptors (A) as the experimental harbinger of the collision complex, which is then actually isolated and X-ray crystallographically established as loosely bound pi-stacked pairs of various aromatic and olefinic donor/acceptor dyads with uniform interplanar separations of r(DA) = 3.1 +/- 0.2 A. These X-ray structures, together with the spectral measurements of their intervalence transitions, lead to the pair of important electron-transfer parameters, H(DA) (electronic coupling element) versus lambdaT (reorganization energy), the ratio of which generally defines the odd-electron mobility within such an encounter complex in terms of the resonance stabilization of the donor/acceptor assembly [D, A] as opposed to the reorganization-energy penalty required for its interconversion to the electron-transfer state [D(+*), A(-*)]. We recognize the resonance-stabilization energy relative to the intrinsic activation barrier as the mechanistic binding factor, Q = 2H(DA)/lambdaT, to represent the quantitative measure of the highly variable continuum of inner-sphere/outer-sphere interactions that are possible within various types of precursor complexes

  1. Quantum Simulation of Multiple-Exciton Generation in a Nanocrystal by a Single Photon

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    Witzel, Wayne M.; Shabaev, Andrew; Hellberg, C. Stephen; Jacobs, Verne L.; Efros, Alexander L.

    2010-09-22

    We have shown theoretically that efficient multiple-exciton generation (MEG) by a single photon can be observed in small nanocrystals. Our quantum simulations that include hundreds of thousands of exciton and multiexciton states demonstrate that the complex time-dependent dynamics of these states in a closed electronic system yields a saturated MEG effect on a picosecond time scale. Including phonon relaxation confirms that efficient MEG requires the exciton-biexciton coupling time to be faster than exciton relaxation time.

  2. Magnetic-field-induced nonparabolicity of exciton dispersion in semiconductors with a nondegenerate valence band

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    Loginov, D. K. Chegodaev, A. D.

    2011-09-15

    The nonparabolicity of exciton dispersion due to the mixing of the ground and excited states of an exciton in an external magnetic field perpendicular to the direction of its motion is considered. A model describing this effect is proposed and the nonparabolicity for an exciton in a CdTe crystal is calculated. The magnetic-field induced exciton nonparabolicity is compared with the effect caused by the nonparabolicity of the electron energy dispersion in the conduction band.

  3. Density functional study of the electronic structure of dye-functionalized fullerenes and their model donor-acceptor complexes containing P3HT.

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    Baruah, Tunna; Garnica, Amanda; Paggen, Marina; Basurto, Luis; Zope, Rajendra R

    2016-04-14

    We study the electronic structure of C60 fullerenes functionalized with a thiophene-diketo-pyrrolopyrrole-thiophene based chromophore using density functional theory combined with large polarized basis sets. As the attached chromophore has electron donor character, the functionalization of the fullerene leads to a donor-acceptor (DA) system. We examine in detail the effect of the linker and the addition site on the electronic structure of the functionalized fullerenes. We further study the electronic structure of these DA complexes with a focus on the charge transfer excitations. Finally, we examine the interface of the functionalized fullerenes with the widely used poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) donor. Our results show that all functionalized fullerenes with an exception of the C60-pyrrolidine [6,6], where the pyrrolidine is attached at a [6,6] site, have larger electron affinities relative to the pristine C60 fullerene. We also estimate the quasi-particle gap, lowest charge transfer excitation energy, and the exciton binding energies of the functionalized fullerene-P3MT model systems. Results show that the exciton binding energies in these model complexes are slightly smaller compared to a similarly prepared phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM)-P3MT complex.

  4. Density functional study of the electronic structure of dye-functionalized fullerenes and their model donor-acceptor complexes containing P3HT

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    Baruah, Tunna; Garnica, Amanda; Paggen, Marina; Basurto, Luis; Zope, Rajendra R.

    2016-04-01

    We study the electronic structure of C60 fullerenes functionalized with a thiophene-diketo-pyrrolopyrrole-thiophene based chromophore using density functional theory combined with large polarized basis sets. As the attached chromophore has electron donor character, the functionalization of the fullerene leads to a donor-acceptor (DA) system. We examine in detail the effect of the linker and the addition site on the electronic structure of the functionalized fullerenes. We further study the electronic structure of these DA complexes with a focus on the charge transfer excitations. Finally, we examine the interface of the functionalized fullerenes with the widely used poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) donor. Our results show that all functionalized fullerenes with an exception of the C60-pyrrolidine [6,6], where the pyrrolidine is attached at a [6,6] site, have larger electron affinities relative to the pristine C60 fullerene. We also estimate the quasi-particle gap, lowest charge transfer excitation energy, and the exciton binding energies of the functionalized fullerene-P3MT model systems. Results show that the exciton binding energies in these model complexes are slightly smaller compared to a similarly prepared phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM)-P3MT complex.

  5. Excitons in semiconducting superlattices, quantum wells, and ternary alloys

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    Sturge, M.D. . Dept. of Physics); Nahory, R.E.; Tamargo, M.C. )

    1990-08-22

    It is now possible to fabricated semiconducting layered structures with precisely defined layer thicknesses of a few atomic diameters. Examples are the quantum well'' and the superlattice'' structures, in which semiconductors with different band gaps are interleaved. Microstructures'' can be produced from this material by patterning and etching them on a small ({approximately}10nm) scale. Their electronic properties are quite different from those of the constituents and offer interesting new possibilities both in device design and in basic physics. This proposal aims to improve our understanding of optically excited states ( excitons'' and electron-hole plasmas'') in these structures. Work will also continue on ternary alloys, primarily to establish if the alloy disorder produces a mobility edge for excitons, and on II-VI compounds, where the principal interest at present is in the nature of the exciton-phonon coupling.

  6. Robust Excitons and Trions in Monolayer MoTe2.

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    Yang, Jiong; Lü, Tieyu; Myint, Ye Win; Pei, Jiajie; Macdonald, Daniel; Zheng, Jin-Cheng; Lu, Yuerui

    2015-06-23

    Molybdenum telluride (MoTe2) has emerged as a special member in the family of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide semiconductors, owing to the strong spin-orbit coupling and relatively small energy gap, which offers new applications in valleytronic and excitonic devices. Here we successfully demonstrated the electrical modulation of negatively charged (X(-)), neutral (X(0)), and positively charged (X(+)) excitons in monolayer MoTe2 via photoluminescence spectroscopy. The binding energies of X(+) and X(-) were measured to be ∼24 and ∼27 meV, respectively.The exciton binding energy of monolayer MoTe2 was measured to be 0.58 ± 0.08 eV via photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy, which matches well with our calculated value of 0.64 eV. PMID:26039551

  7. Electrodynamic and excitonic intertube interactions in semiconducting carbon nanotube aggregates.

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    Crochet, Jared J; Sau, Jay D; Duque, Juan G; Doorn, Stephen K; Cohen, Marvin L

    2011-04-26

    The optical properties of selectively aggregated, nearly single chirality single-wall carbon nanotubes were investigated by both continuous-wave and time-resolved spectroscopies. With reduced sample heterogeneities, we have resolved aggregation-dependent reductions of the excitation energy of the S(1) exciton and enhanced electron-hole pair absorption. Photoluminescence spectra revealed a spectral splitting of S(1) and simultaneous reductions of the emission efficiencies and nonradiative decay rates. The observed strong deviations from isolated tube behavior are accounted for by enhanced screening of the intratube Coulomb interactions, intertube exciton tunneling, and diffusion-driven exciton quenching. We also provide evidence that density gradient ultracentrifugation can be used to structurally sort single-wall carbon nanotubes by aggregate size as evident by a monotonic dependence of the aforementioned optical properties on buoyant density.

  8. Exciton dynamics in organic light-emitting diodes

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    Kim, Kwangsik; Won, Taeyoung

    2012-11-01

    In this paper, we present a numerical simulation for the optoelectronic material and device characterization in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Our model includes a Gaussian density of states to account for the energetic disorder in the organic semiconductors and the Fermi-Dirac statistics to account for the charge-hopping process between uncorrelated sites. The motivation for this work is the extraction of the emission profile and the source spectrum of a given OLED structure. The physical model covers all the key physical processes in OLEDs: namely, charge injection, transport and recombination, exciton diffusion, transfer, and decay. The exciton model includes generation, diffusion, energy transfer, and annihilation. We assume that the light emission originates from an oscillation and is thus embodied as excitons and is embedded in a stack of multilayers. The outcoupled emission spectrum is numerically calculated as a function of viewing angle, polarization, and dipole orientation. We also present simulated current-voltage and transient results.

  9. Optical control of charged exciton states in tungsten disulfide

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    Currie, M.; Hanbicki, A. T.; Jonker, B. T.; Kioseoglou, G.

    2015-05-18

    A method is presented for optically preparing WS{sub 2} monolayers to luminescence from only the charged exciton (trion) state–completely suppressing the neutral exciton. When isolating the trion state, we observed changes in the Raman A{sub 1g} intensity and an enhanced feature on the low energy side of the E{sup 1}{sub 2g} peak. Photoluminescence and optical reflectivity measurements confirm the existence of the prepared trion state. This technique also prepares intermediate regimes with controlled luminescence amplitudes of the neutral and charged exciton. This effect is reversible by exposing the sample to air, indicating the change is mitigated by surface interactions with the ambient environment. This method provides a tool to modify optical emission energy and to isolate physical processes in this and other two-dimensional materials.

  10. Charged two-exciton emission from a single semiconductor nanocrystal

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    Hu, Fengrui; Zhang, Qiang; Zhang, Chunfeng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2015-03-30

    Here, we study the photoluminescence (PL) time trajectories of single CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals (NCs) as a function of the laser excitation power. At the low laser power, the PL intensity of a single NC switches between the “on” and “off” levels arising from the neutral and positively charged single excitons, respectively. With the increasing laser power, an intermediate “grey” level is formed due to the optical emission from a charged multiexciton state composed of two excitons and an extra electron. Both the inter-photon correlation and the PL decay measurements demonstrate that lifetime-indistinguishable photon pairs are emitted from this negatively charged two-exciton state.

  11. Quantum Hall Exciton Condensation at Full Spin Polarization

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    Finck, A. D. K.; Eisenstein, J. P.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    2010-01-01

    Using Coulomb drag as a probe, we explore the excitonic phase transition in quantum Hall bilayers at νT=1 as a function of Zeeman energy EZ. The critical layer separation (d/ℓ)c for exciton condensation initially increases rapidly with EZ, but then reaches a maximum and begins a gentle decline. At high EZ, where both the excitonic phase at small d/ℓ and the compressible phase at large d/ℓ are fully spin polarized, we find that the width of the transition, as a function of d/ℓ, is much larger than at small EZ and persists in the limit of zero temperature. We discuss these results in the context of two models in which the system contains a mixture of the two fluids.

  12. Quantum Hall Exciton Condensation at Full Spin Polarization

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    Finck, A. D. K.; Eisenstein, J. P.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    2010-03-01

    Using Coulomb drag as a probe, we explore the excitonic phase transition in quantum Hall bilayers at νT=1 as a function of Zeeman energy, EZ. The critical layer separation (d/l)c for exciton condensation initially increases rapidly with EZ, but then reaches a maximum and begins a gentle decline. At high EZ, where both the excitonic phase at small d/l and the compressible phase at large d/l are fully spin polarized, we find that the width of the transition, as a function of d/l, is much larger than at small EZ and persists in the limit of zero temperature. We discuss these results in the context of two models in which the system contains a mixture of the two fluids.

  13. Multiple beats of weakly confined excitons with inverted selection rule

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    Yasuda, Hideki; Ishihara, Hajime

    2009-05-01

    The phenomenon of multiple beats (MBs) arising from nondipole-type excitons weakly confined in a thin film is theoretically elucidated using a nonlocal transient-response theory. Kojima previously demonstrated for a GaAs thin film that the degenerate four-wave mixing signals from the quantized levels of the center-of-mass motion of excitons exhibit complex interference between beats under femtosecond-order pulse incidence [Kojima , J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 77, 044701 (2008)]. This leads to an ultrafast optical response on the order of femtoseconds. This effect occurs in a size region beyond the long-wavelength approximation regime due to the resonant enhancement of the internal field, wherein the usual dipole selection rule is violated. Our analysis of MBs employs a model of the nonlocal multilevel system that considers the spatial interplay between excitonic waves and the radiation field to elucidate the mechanism behind the observed ultrafast response.

  14. Dynamics of Photogenerated Polaron-Excitons in Organic Semiconductors

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    Junior, Luiz A. Ribeiro; Neto, Pedro H. Oliveira; da Cunha, Wiliam F.; Silva, Geraldo M. e.

    In this work we performed numerical simulations of one π-conjugated polymer chain subjected to photogeneration. Within the SSH model modified to include the Brazoviskii-Kirova symmetry breaking term, we investigate the dynamics of photoexcitations to address the generation mechanism of polaron-excitons using the unrestricted Hartree-Fock approximation. It was obtained that after the photoexcitation the system relaxes spontaneously into a polaron-exciton in a transient state in a range of 200 fs. Our results also show that charged polarons are generated directly after this transient state.

  15. Engineering Efficient Exciton Energy Transfer in Artificial Arrays

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    Vogt, Leslie; Perdomo, Alejandro; Saikin, Semion; Aspuru-Guzik, Alan

    2009-03-01

    A critical component of light harvesting devices is efficient transfer of excitonic energy. Biological systems have optimized this process over time for the particular molecular components involved. Understanding this energy transfer in model arrays will allow us to engineer new materials for solar cell technology. In particular, we explore a perturbative approach to optimize both coherent and incoherent transport in small arrays. By following the evolving coherences and populations over time using a density matrix formalism, we gain an intuition about the importance of coherent processes in exciton transfer in natural and designed light harvesting systems.

  16. Frequency combs with weakly lasing exciton-polariton condensates.

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    Rayanov, K; Altshuler, B L; Rubo, Y G; Flach, S

    2015-05-15

    We predict the spontaneous modulated emission from a pair of exciton-polariton condensates due to coherent (Josephson) and dissipative coupling. We show that strong polariton-polariton interaction generates complex dynamics in the weak-lasing domain way beyond Hopf bifurcations. As a result, the exciton-polariton condensates exhibit self-induced oscillations and emit an equidistant frequency comb light spectrum. A plethora of possible emission spectra with asymmetric peak distributions appears due to spontaneously broken time-reversal symmetry. The lasing dynamics is affected by the shot noise arising from the influx of polaritons. That results in a complex inhomogeneous line broadening.

  17. Realization of an all optical exciton-polariton router

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    Marsault, Félix; Nguyen, Hai Son; Tanese, Dimitrii; Lemaître, Aristide; Galopin, Elisabeth; Sagnes, Isabelle; Amo, Alberto

    2015-11-16

    We report on the experimental realization of an all optical router for exciton-polaritons. This device is based on the design proposed by Flayac and Savenko [Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 201105 (2013)], in which a zero-dimensional island is connected through tunnel barriers to two periodically modulated wires of different periods. Selective transmission of polaritons injected in the island, into either of the two wires, is achieved by tuning the energy of the island state across the band structure of the modulated wires. We demonstrate routing of ps polariton pulses using an optical control beam which controls the energy of the island quantum states, thanks to polariton-exciton interactions.

  18. Enhanced energy transport in genetically engineered excitonic networks

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    Park, Heechul; Heldman, Nimrod; Rebentrost, Patrick; Abbondanza, Luigi; Iagatti, Alessandro; Alessi, Andrea; Patrizi, Barbara; Salvalaggio, Mario; Bussotti, Laura; Mohseni, Masoud; Caruso, Filippo; Johnsen, Hannah C.; Fusco, Roberto; Foggi, Paolo; Scudo, Petra F.; Lloyd, Seth; Belcher, Angela M.

    2016-02-01

    One of the challenges for achieving efficient exciton transport in solar energy conversion systems is precise structural control of the light-harvesting building blocks. Here, we create a tunable material consisting of a connected chromophore network on an ordered biological virus template. Using genetic engineering, we establish a link between the inter-chromophoric distances and emerging transport properties. The combination of spectroscopy measurements and dynamic modelling enables us to elucidate quantum coherent and classical incoherent energy transport at room temperature. Through genetic modifications, we obtain a significant enhancement of exciton diffusion length of about 68% in an intermediate quantum-classical regime.

  19. Nongeneric dispersion of excitons in the bulk of WSe2

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    Schuster, R.; Wan, Y.; Knupfer, M.; Büchner, B.

    2016-08-01

    We combine electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations to study the dispersion and effective mass of excitons in the bulk of WSe2. Our EELS data suggest substantial deviations from the generic quadratic momentum dependence along the Γ K direction. From the DFT-derived Kohn-Sham states we deduce the EELS response without the inclusion of particle-hole attraction to study the possible role of the single-particle band structure on the exciton behavior. Based on this analysis we argue in favor of a strongly momentum dependent particle-hole interaction in WSe2 and other group-VI-transition-metal dichalcogenides.

  20. Crossed excitons in a semiconductor nanostructure of mixed dimensionality

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    Owschimikow, Nina Kolarczik, Mirco; Kaptan, Yücel I.; Grosse, Nicolai B.; Woggon, Ulrike

    2014-09-08

    Semiconductor systems of reduced dimensionality, e.g., quantum dots or quantum wells, display a characteristic spectrum of confined excitons. Combining several of these systems may lead to the formation of “crossed” excitons, and thus new equilibrium states and scattering channels. We derive gain excitation spectra from two-color pump-probe experiments on an In(Ga)As based quantum dot semiconductor optical amplifier by analyzing the amplitudes of the traces. This grants access to the quantum dot response, even in the presence of strong absorption by the surroundings at the excitation energy. The gain excitation spectra yield evidence of crossed quantum dot-bulk states.

  1. Plasmon and exciton superconductivity mechanisms in layered structures

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    Gabovich, A. M.; Pashitskiy, E. A.; Uvarova, S. K.

    1977-01-01

    Plasmon and exciton superconductivity mechanisms are discussed. Superconductivity in a three layer metal semiconductor metal and insulator semimetal insulator sandwich structure was described in terms of the temperature dependent Green function of the longitudinal (Coulomb) field. The dependences of the superconducting transition temperature on structure parameters were obtained. In a semiconducting film, as a result of interactions of degenerate free carriers with excitons, superconductivity exists only in a certain range of parameter values, and the corresponding critical temperature is much lower than in the plasmon mechanism of superconductivity.

  2. Mechanisms of electron acceptor utilization: Implications for simulating anaerobic biodegradation

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    Schreiber, M.E.; Carey, G.R.; Feinstein, D.T.; Bahr, J.M.

    2004-01-01

    Simulation of biodegradation reactions within a reactive transport framework requires information on mechanisms of terminal electron acceptor processes (TEAPs). In initial modeling efforts, TEAPs were approximated as occurring sequentially, with the highest energy-yielding electron acceptors (e.g. oxygen) consumed before those that yield less energy (e.g., sulfate). Within this framework in a steady state plume, sequential electron acceptor utilization would theoretically produce methane at an organic-rich source and Fe(II) further downgradient, resulting in a limited zone of Fe(II) and methane overlap. However, contaminant plumes often display much more extensive zones of overlapping Fe(II) and methane. The extensive overlap could be caused by several abiotic and biotic processes including vertical mixing of byproducts in long-screened monitoring wells, adsorption of Fe(II) onto aquifer solids, or microscale heterogeneity in Fe(III) concentrations. Alternatively, the overlap could be due to simultaneous utilization of terminal electron acceptors. Because biodegradation rates are controlled by TEAPs, evaluating the mechanisms of electron acceptor utilization is critical for improving prediction of contaminant mass losses due to biodegradation. Using BioRedox-MT3DMS, a three-dimensional, multi-species reactive transport code, we simulated the current configurations of a BTEX plume and TEAP zones at a petroleum- contaminated field site in Wisconsin. Simulation results suggest that BTEX mass loss due to biodegradation is greatest under oxygen-reducing conditions, with smaller but similar contributions to mass loss from biodegradation under Fe(III)-reducing, sulfate-reducing, and methanogenic conditions. Results of sensitivity calculations document that BTEX losses due to biodegradation are most sensitive to the age of the plume, while the shape of the BTEX plume is most sensitive to effective porosity and rate constants for biodegradation under Fe(III)-reducing and

  3. Bright and dark excitons in semiconductor carbon nanotubes: insights from electronic structure calculations.

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    Kilina, Svetlana; Badaeva, Ekaterina; Piryatinski, Andrei; Tretiak, Sergei; Saxena, Avadh; Bishop, Alan R

    2009-06-01

    We review electronic structure calculations of finite-length semiconducting carbon nanotubes using time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and the time dependent Hartree-Fock (TD-HF) approach coupled with semi-empirical AM1 and ZINDO Hamiltonians. We specifically focus on the energy splitting, relative ordering, and localization properties of optically active (bright) and optically forbidden (dark) states from the lowest excitonic band of the nanotubes. These excitonic states are very important in competing radiative and non-radiative processes in these systems. Our analysis of excitonic transition density matrices demonstrates that pure DFT functionals overdelocalize excitons making an electron-hole pair unbound; consequently, excitonic features are not presented in this method. In contrast, the pure HF and AM1 calculations overbind excitons, inaccurately predicting the lowest energy state as a bright exciton. Changing the AM1 with the ZINDO Hamiltonian in TD-HF calculations predicts the bright exciton as the second state after the dark one. However, in contrast to AM1 calculations, the diameter dependence of the excitation energies obtained by ZINDO does not follow the experimental trends. Finally, the TD-DFT approach incorporating hybrid functionals with a moderate portion of the long-range HF exchange, such as B3LYP, has the most generality and predictive capacity providing a sufficiently accurate description of excitonic structure in finite-size nanotubes. These methods characterize four important lower exciton bands: the lowest state is dark, the upper band is bright, and the two other dark and nearly degenerate excitons lie in between. Although the calculated energy splittings between the lowest dark and the bright excitons are relatively large ( approximately 0.1 eV), the dense excitonic manifold below the bright exciton allows for fast non-radiative relaxation leading to the rapid population of the lowest dark exciton. This rationalizes the low

  4. Endohedral fullerene as acceptor: A DFT study on charge transfer states of Sc3N@C80-porphyrin complex

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    Amerikheirabadi, Fatameh; Basurto, Luis; Zope, Rajendra; Baruah, Tunna

    2013-03-01

    C60 fullerene and its derivatives are the most popular acceptors which are used in molecular/polymeric complexes used in organic photovoltaics. Endohedral fullerenes are shown to produce long lived charge separated states. The Sc3N@C80, the third most abundant fullerene after C60 and C70, has a larger cage with a radius of 4.1 Ang. We have carried out a DFT study on the electronic structure of ground and charge transfer states of a model Sc3N@C80-Zn tetraphenyl porphyrin cofacial complex. The C80 cage used in our calculations has icosahedral symmetry. We find that the lowest charge transfer state with a hole on the porphyrin and an electron on the Sc3N@C80 is at 2.1 eV above the ground state. The calculations show that different orientations of the Sc3N unit to the porphyrin plane do not significantly alter the electronic structure. The electronic structure of the complex and its components along with the exciton binding energies will be presented. Supported by NSF through grant no. DMR 1205302.

  5. Microscopic simulations of electronic excitations in donor-acceptor heterojunctions of small-molecule based solar cells

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    Baumeier, Bjoern

    2015-03-01

    Fundamental processes involving electronic excitations govern the functionality of molecular materials in which the dynamics of excitons and charges is determined by an interplay of molecular electronic structure and morphological order. To understand, e.g., charge separation and recombination at donor-acceptor heterojunctions in organic solar cells, knowledge about the microscopic details influencing these dynamics in the bulk and across the interface is required. For a set of prototypical heterojunctions of small-molecule donor materials with C60, we employ a hybrid QM/MM approach linking density-functional and many-body Green's functions theory and analyze the charged and neutral electronic excitations therein. We pay special attention the spatially-resolved electron/hole transport levels, as well as the relative energies of Frenkel and charge-transfer excitations at the interface. Finally, we link the molecular architecture of the donor material, its orientation on the fullerene substrate as well as mesoscale order to the solar cell performance.

  6. Calibration of the photoluminescence technique for measuring concentrations of shallow dopants in Ge

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    Allardt, M.; Kolkovsky, Vl.; Irmscher, K.; Weber, J.

    2012-11-01

    A systematic study of the photoluminescence (PL) from excitons bound to shallow donors or acceptors in Al-, As-, B-, Ga-, In-, P-, and Sb-doped Ge is presented. The results of the PL measurements are correlated with those from photothermal ionization spectroscopy and Hall effect measurements. The dissociation energy of the excitons is shown to satisfy Haynes rule. A calibration is presented, which allows a determination of the donor and acceptor concentrations from their respective bound exciton intensities related to the free exciton intensity.

  7. All-optical depletion of dark excitons from a semiconductor quantum dot

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    Schmidgall, E. R.; Schwartz, I.; Cogan, D.; Gershoni, D.; Gantz, L.; Heindel, T.; Reitzenstein, S.

    2015-05-11

    Semiconductor quantum dots are considered to be the leading venue for fabricating on-demand sources of single photons. However, the generation of long-lived dark excitons imposes significant limits on the efficiency of these sources. We demonstrate a technique that optically pumps the dark exciton population and converts it to a bright exciton population, using intermediate excited biexciton states. We show experimentally that our method considerably reduces the dark exciton population while doubling the triggered bright exciton emission, approaching thereby near-unit fidelity of quantum dot depletion.

  8. Photoluminescence properties and exciton dynamics in monolayer WSe{sub 2}

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    Yan, Tengfei; Qiao, Xiaofen; Liu, Xiaona; Tan, Pingheng; Zhang, Xinhui

    2014-09-08

    In this work, comprehensive temperature and excitation power dependent photoluminescence and time-resolved photoluminescence studies are carried out on monolayer WSe{sub 2} to reveal its properties of exciton emissions and related excitonic dynamics. Competitions between the localized and delocalized exciton emissions, as well as the exciton and trion emissions are observed, respectively. These competitions are suggested to be responsible for the abnormal temperature and excitation intensity dependent photoluminescence properties. The radiative lifetimes of both excitons and trions exhibit linear dependence on temperature within the temperature regime below 260 K, providing further evidence for two-dimensional nature of monolayer material.

  9. Influence of an Inorganic Interlayer on Exciton Separation in Hybrid Solar Cells.

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    Armstrong, Claire L; Price, Michael B; Muñoz-Rojas, David; Davis, Nathaniel J K L; Abdi-Jalebi, Mojtaba; Friend, Richard H; Greenham, Neil C; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Böhm, Marcus L; Musselman, Kevin P

    2015-12-22

    It has been shown that in hybrid polymer-inorganic photovoltaic devices not all the photogenerated excitons dissociate at the interface immediately, but can instead exist temporarily as bound charge pairs (BCPs). Many of these BCPs do not contribute to the photocurrent, as their long lifetime as a bound species promotes various charge carrier recombination channels. Fast and efficient dissociation of BCPs is therefore considered a key challenge in improving the performance of polymer-inorganic cells. Here we investigate the influence of an inorganic energy cascading Nb2O5 interlayer on the charge carrier recombination channels in poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT)-TiO2 and PbSe colloidal quantum dot-TiO2 photovoltaic devices. We demonstrate that the additional Nb2O5 film leads to a suppression of BCP formation at the heterojunction of the P3HT cells and also a reduction in the nongeminate recombination mechanisms in both types of cells. Furthermore, we provide evidence that the reduction in nongeminate recombination in the P3HT-TiO2 devices is due in part to the passivation of deep midgap trap states in the TiO2, which prevents trap-assisted Shockley-Read-Hall recombination. Consequently a significant increase in both the open-circuit voltage and the short-circuit current was achieved, in particular for P3HT-based solar cells, where the power conversion efficiency increased by 39%.

  10. Influence of an Inorganic Interlayer on Exciton Separation in Hybrid Solar Cells.

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    Armstrong, Claire L; Price, Michael B; Muñoz-Rojas, David; Davis, Nathaniel J K L; Abdi-Jalebi, Mojtaba; Friend, Richard H; Greenham, Neil C; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Böhm, Marcus L; Musselman, Kevin P

    2015-12-22

    It has been shown that in hybrid polymer-inorganic photovoltaic devices not all the photogenerated excitons dissociate at the interface immediately, but can instead exist temporarily as bound charge pairs (BCPs). Many of these BCPs do not contribute to the photocurrent, as their long lifetime as a bound species promotes various charge carrier recombination channels. Fast and efficient dissociation of BCPs is therefore considered a key challenge in improving the performance of polymer-inorganic cells. Here we investigate the influence of an inorganic energy cascading Nb2O5 interlayer on the charge carrier recombination channels in poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT)-TiO2 and PbSe colloidal quantum dot-TiO2 photovoltaic devices. We demonstrate that the additional Nb2O5 film leads to a suppression of BCP formation at the heterojunction of the P3HT cells and also a reduction in the nongeminate recombination mechanisms in both types of cells. Furthermore, we provide evidence that the reduction in nongeminate recombination in the P3HT-TiO2 devices is due in part to the passivation of deep midgap trap states in the TiO2, which prevents trap-assisted Shockley-Read-Hall recombination. Consequently a significant increase in both the open-circuit voltage and the short-circuit current was achieved, in particular for P3HT-based solar cells, where the power conversion efficiency increased by 39%. PMID:26548399

  11. Influence of an Inorganic Interlayer on Exciton Separation in Hybrid Solar Cells

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    It has been shown that in hybrid polymer–inorganic photovoltaic devices not all the photogenerated excitons dissociate at the interface immediately, but can instead exist temporarily as bound charge pairs (BCPs). Many of these BCPs do not contribute to the photocurrent, as their long lifetime as a bound species promotes various charge carrier recombination channels. Fast and efficient dissociation of BCPs is therefore considered a key challenge in improving the performance of polymer–inorganic cells. Here we investigate the influence of an inorganic energy cascading Nb2O5 interlayer on the charge carrier recombination channels in poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT)–TiO2 and PbSe colloidal quantum dot–TiO2 photovoltaic devices. We demonstrate that the additional Nb2O5 film leads to a suppression of BCP formation at the heterojunction of the P3HT cells and also a reduction in the nongeminate recombination mechanisms in both types of cells. Furthermore, we provide evidence that the reduction in nongeminate recombination in the P3HT–TiO2 devices is due in part to the passivation of deep midgap trap states in the TiO2, which prevents trap-assisted Shockley–Read–Hall recombination. Consequently a significant increase in both the open-circuit voltage and the short-circuit current was achieved, in particular for P3HT-based solar cells, where the power conversion efficiency increased by 39%. PMID:26548399

  12. Heavy ion collisions and the pre-equilibrium exciton model

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    Betak, E.

    2012-10-20

    We present a feasible way to apply the pre-equilibrium exciton model in its masterequation formulation to heavy-ion induced reactions including spin variables. Emission of nucleons, {gamma}'s and also light clusters is included in our model.

  13. Physics and applications of exciton-polariton lasers

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    Fraser, Michael D.; Höfling, Sven; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    2016-10-01

    Although exciton-polariton lasers have been experimentally demonstrated in a variety of material systems, robust practical implementations are still challenging. Similarities with atomic Bose-Einstein condensates make the system suitable for chip-based quantum simulators for non-trivial many-body physics.

  14. Exploration of exciton delocalization in organic crystalline thin films

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    Hua, Kim; Manning, Lane; Rawat, Naveen; Ainsworth, Victoria; Furis, Madalina

    The electronic properties of organic semiconductors play a crucial role in designing new materials for specific applications. Our group recently found evidence for a rotation of molecular planes in phthalocyanines that is responsible for the disappearance of a delocalized exciton in these systems for T >150K.................()().......1 In this study, we attempt to tune the exciton delocalization of small organic molecules using strain effects and alloying different molecules in the same family. The exciton behavior is monitored using time- and polarization resolved photolumniscence (PL) spectroscopy as a function of temperature. Specifically, organic crystalline thin films of octabutoxy phthalocyanine (H2OBPc), octyloxy phthalocyanines and H-bonded semiconductors such as the quinacridone and indigo derivatives are deposited on flexible substrates (i.e. Kapton and PEN) using an in-house developed pen-writing method.........2 that results in crystalline films with macroscopic long range order. The room temperature PL studies show redshift and changes in polarization upon bending of the film. Crystalline thin films of alloyed H2OBPc and octabutoxy naphthalocyanine with ratios ranging from 1:1 to 100:1 fabricated on both sapphire and flexible substrates are also explored using the same PL spectroscopy to elucidate the behaviors of delocalized excitons. .1N. Rawat, et al., J Phys Chem Lett 6, 1834 (2015). 2R. L. Headrick, et al., Applied Physics Letters 92, 063302 (2008). NSF DMR-1056589, NSF DMR-1062966.

  15. Exciton condensation in microcavities under three-dimensional quantization conditions

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    Kochereshko, V. P. Platonov, A. V.; Savvidis, P.; Kavokin, A. V.; Bleuse, J.; Mariette, H.

    2013-11-15

    The dependence of the spectra of the polarized photoluminescence of excitons in microcavities under conditions of three-dimensional quantization on the optical-excitation intensity is investigated. The cascade relaxation of polaritons between quantized states of a polariton Bose condensate is observed.

  16. Multiple Exciton Generation for Highly Efficient Solar Cells

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    Nozik, Arthur

    2007-03-01

    In order to utilize solar power for the production of electricity and fuel on a massive scale, it will be necessary to develop solar photon conversion systems that have an appropriate combination of high efficiency and low capital cost (/m^2). One new potential approach to high solar cell efficiency is to utilize the unique properties of semiconductor quantum dot nanostructures to control the relaxation dynamics of photogenerated carriers to produce either enhanced photocurrent through efficient multiple exciton generation (MEG) or enhanced photopotential through hot electron transport and transfer processes. To achieve these desirable effects it is necessary to understand and control the dynamics of electron relaxation, cooling, multiple exciton generation , transport, and interfacial electron transfer of the photogenerated carriers with fs to ns time resolution. We have been studying these fundamental dynamics in bulk and nanoscale semiconductors (quantum dots, quantum wires, and quantum wells) using femtosecond transient absorption, photoluminescence, and THz spectroscopy. This work will be summarized and recent advances in creating multiple excitons from a single photon will be discussed, including a unique model to explain efficient MEG based on the coherent superposition of multiple excitonic states. Various possible configurations for quantum dot solar cells that could produce ultra-high conversion efficiencies for the production of electricity, as well as for producing solar fuels (for example, hydrogen from water splitting), will be discussed, along with associated thermodynamic calculations that show the increase in the maximum theoretical gain in solar photon conversion efficiency for both electricity and fuel production.

  17. Enhanced Multiple Exciton Generation in Amorphous Silicon Nanoparticles

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    Kryjevski, Andrei; Mihaylov, Deyan; Kilin, Dmitri

    2015-03-01

    Multiple exciton generation (MEG) in nm-sized hydrogen-passivated silicon nanowires (NWs), and quasi two-dimensional nanofilms depends strongly on the degree of the core structural disorder as shown by the many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) calculations based on the DFT simulations. Here, we use the HSE exchange correlation functional. In MBPT, we work to the 2nd order in the electron-photon coupling and in the approximate screened Coulomb interaction. We also include the effect of excitons for which we solve Bethe-Salpeter Equation. We calculate quantum efficiency (QE), the average number of excitons created by a single absorbed photon, in 3D arrays of Si29H36 quantum dots, NWs, and quasi 2D silicon nanofilms, all with both crystalline and amorphous core structures. Efficient MEG with QE of 1.3 up to 1.8 at the photon energy of about 3Eg , where Eg is the gap, is predicted in these nanoparticles except for the crystalline NW and film where QE ~= 1 . MEG in the amorphous nanoparticles is enhanced by the electron localization due to structural disorder. The exciton effects significantly red-shift QE (Ephoton) curves. Nanometer-sized amorphous silicon NWs and films are predicted to have effective MEG within the solar spectrum range. We acknowledge NSF support (CHE-1413614) for method development.

  18. Magnetic control of Coulomb scattering and terahertz transitions among excitons

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    Bhattacharyya, J.; Zybell, S.; Eßer, F.; Helm, M.; Schneider, H.; Schneebeli, L.; Böttge, C. N.; Breddermann, B.; Kira, M.; Koch, S. W.; Andrews, A. M.; Strasser, G.

    2014-03-01

    Time-resolved terahertz quenching studies of the magnetoexcitonic photoluminescence from GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells are performed. A microscopic theory is developed to analyze the experiments. Detailed experiment-theory comparisons reveal a remarkable magnetic-field controllability of the Coulomb and terahertz interactions in the excitonic system.

  19. National solar technology roadmap: Multiple-exciton-generation PV

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    Ellingson, Randy

    2007-06-01

    This roadmap addresses the development of solar cells based on inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs)—such as spherical quantum dots (QDs), quantum rods (QRs), or quantum wires (QWs)—focusing on their potential to improve upon bulk semiconductor cell efficiencies by efficient multiple-exciton generation (MEG

  20. Excitons in AgI-BASED-GLASSES and -

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    Fujishiro, Fumito; Mochizuki, Shosuke

    2007-01-01

    We summarize our recent optical studies on different pristine AgI films, different AgI-based glasses and different AgI-oxide fine particle composites. The exciton spectra of these specimens give useful information about the ionic and electronic structures at the AgI/glass and AgI/oxide particle interfaces.