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  1. Effect of annealing temperature on PL spectrum and surface morphology of zinc oxide thin films

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    Zendehnam, A.; Mirzaee, M.; Miri, S.

    2013-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were produced by thermal oxidation of Zn layers (200 nm thickness) which were coated on Si (1 0 0) substrate by DC magnetron sputtering. In order to study the effect of annealing temperature on photoluminescence (PL) properties and the surface morphology of the ZnO samples, the annealing temperature range of 500-700 °C was employed. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) for investigation of surface morphology of the ZnO samples were carried out. The surface statistical characteristics of these ZnO thin films are then evaluated against data which outcome from AFM. SEM and AFM results indicated that the annealing temperature produces larger grains and rough surfaces at higher temperatures. The results of PL spectra represent an increase in interstitial zinc with increasing annealing temperature.

  2. Temperature dependent photoluminescence and micromapping of multiple stacks InAs quantum dots

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    Xu, Ming Jaffré, Alexandre Alvarez, José Kleider, Jean-Paul Boutchich, Mohamed; Jittrong, Apichat; Chokamnuai, Thitipong; Panyakeow, Somsak; Kanjanachuchai, Songphol

    2015-02-27

    We utilized temperature dependent photoluminescence (PL) techniques to investigate 1, 3 and 5 stack InGaAs quantum dots (QDs) grown on cross-hatch patterns. PL mapping can well reproduce the QDs distribution as AFM and position dependency of QD growth. It is possible to observe crystallographic dependent PL. The temperature dependent spectra exhibit the QDs energy distribution which reflects the size and shape. The inter-dot carrier coupling effect is observed and translated as a red shift of 120mV on the [1–10] direction peak is observed at 30K on 1 stack with regards to 3 stacks samples, which is assigned to lateral coupling.

  3. Comparison of photoluminescence quantum yield of single gold nanobipyramids and gold nanorods.

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    Rao, Wenye; Li, Qiang; Wang, Yuanzhao; Li, Tao; Wu, Lijun

    2015-03-24

    Fluorescent gold nanoparticles with high quantum yield are highly desirable for optical imaging in the fields of biology and materials science. We investigate the one-photon photoluminescence (PL) properties of individual gold nanobipyramids (GNBs) and find they are analogous to those of the extensively studied gold nanorods (GNRs). By combining PL and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements with discrete dipole approximation (DDA) simulations, we obtain the PL quantum yield of single GNRs and GNBs. Compared to GNRs in the similar surface plasmon resonance range, the PL quantum yield of GNBs is found to be doubled. The stronger field intensity around GNBs can explain their higher PL quantum yields. Our research would provide deeper understanding of the mechanism of PL from gold nanoparticles as well as be beneficial for finding out optical imaging labels with high contrast.

  4. The relationship between photoluminescence (PL) decay and crystal growth kinetics in thioglycolic acid (TGA) capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs).

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    Lv, Xiangying; Xue, Xiaogang; Huang, Yang; Zhuang, Zanyong; Lin, Zhang

    2014-06-21

    The PL lifetime optimization of CdTe QDs capped with TGA has yet to be understood from a perspective of growth kinetics. In this work, the growth kinetics and PL properties of CdTe QDs growing in aqueous solutions of two TGA concentrations, 0 mM and 57 mM, were systematically investigated using UV, TEM, and PL methods. CdTe QDs in 0 mM TGA solution were found to follow the mixed OA (Oriented Attachment)-OR (Ostwald Ripening) growth kinetics. The PL peaks experienced a red-shift with almost unchanged intensity and the PL lifetimes increased gradually. In 57 mM TGA solution, the QDs followed the OA dominated growth mechanism. The PL peak broadened greatly with a red-shift and its intensity decreased significantly. The PL lifetime increased much higher than that in 0 mM TGA solution. Based on the different growth kinetic models of the two systems, we suggest that in the low (0 mM) TGA solution, the increased surface defects induced by TGA desorption and the existence of partial internal defects caused by OA growth were the main reasons for the gradual increase of PL lifetime, while in high (57 mM) TGA solution, the increase of PL lifetime was ascribed to the abundant internal defects produced by OA collision. Finally, kinetic data showed the effect of the TGA concentration on crystal growth and PL lifetime of CdTe QDs. The results might provide guidance for understanding the mechanism behind the phenomena of ligand-related PL properties.

  5. The influence of the number of pulses on the morphological and photoluminescence properties of SrAl 2O 4:Eu 2+,Dy 3+ thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Nsimama, P. D.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Coetsee, E.; Swart, H. C.

    2009-12-01

    The current work reports on the influence of the number of laser pulses on the morphological and photoluminescence properties of SrAl 2O 4:Eu 2+,Dy 3+ thin films prepared by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to study the surface topography and morphology of the films. The AFM data showed that the film deposited using a higher number of laser pulses was packed with a uniform layer of coarse grains. In addition, the surface of this film was shown to be relatively rougher than the films deposited at a lower number of pulses. Photoluminescence (PL) data were collected using the Cary Eclipse fluorescence spectrophotometer equipped with a monochromatic xenon lamp. An intense green photoluminescence was observed at 517 nm from the films prepared using a higher number of laser pulses. Consistent with the PL data, the decay time of the film deposited using a higher number of pulses was characteristically longer than those of the other films. The effects of laser pulses on morphology, topography and photoluminescence intensity of the SrAl 2O 4:Eu 2+,Dy 3+ thin films are discussed.

  6. Impact of photoluminescence temperature and growth parameter on the exciton localized in BxGa1-xAs/GaAs epilayers grown by MOCVD

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    Hidouri, Tarek; Saidi, Faouzi; Maaref, Hassen; Rodriguez, Philippe; Auvray, Laurent

    2016-10-01

    In this work, BxGa1-xAs/GaAs epilayers with three different boron compositions were elaborated by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on GaAs (001) substrate. Structural study using High resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) have been used to estimate the boron fraction. The luminescence keys were carried out as functions of temperature in the range 10-300 K, by the techniques of photoluminescence (PL). The low PL temperature has shown an abnormal emission appeared at low energy side witch attributed to the recombination through the deep levels. In all samples, the PL peak energy and the full width at half maximum (FWHM), present an anomalous behavior as a result of the competition process between localized and delocalized carriers. We propose the Localized-state Ensemble model to explain the unusual photoluminescence behaviors. Electrical carriers generation, thermal escape, recapture, radiative and non-radiative lifetime are taken into account. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements were found to be in reasonable agreement with the model of localized states. We controlled the evolution of such parameters versus composition by varying the V/III ratio to have a quantitative and qualitative understanding of the recombination mechanisms. At high temperature, the model can be approximated to the band-tail-state emission.

  7. Photoinduced spectral changes of photoluminescent gold nanoclusters

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    Matulionytė, Marija; Marcinonytė, Raminta; Rotomskis, Ričardas

    2015-05-01

    Ultrasmall photoluminescent gold nanoclusters (Au NCs), composed of several atoms with sizes up to a few nanometers, have recently stimulated extensive interest. Unique molecule-like behaviors, low toxicity, and facile synthesis make photoluminescent Au NCs a very promising alternative to organic fluorophores and semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in broad ranges of biomedical applications. However, using gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) for bioimaging might cause their degradation under continuous excitation with UV light, which might result in toxicity. We report spectral changes of photoluminescent 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES)-coated (Au-MES) NCs under irradiation with UV/blue light. Photoluminescent water soluble Au-MES NCs with a photoluminescence (PL) band maximum at 476 nm (λex=420 nm) were synthesized. Under irradiation with 402 nm wavelength light the size of photoluminescent Au-MES NCs decreased (λem=430 nm). Irradiating the sample solution with 330 nm wavelength light, nonluminescent Au NPs were disrupted, and photoluminescent Au NCs (λem=476 nm) were formed. Irradiation with 330 nm wavelength light did not directly affect photoluminescent Au-MES NCs, however, increase in PL intensity indicated the formation of photoluminescent Au NCs from the disrupted nonluminescent Au NPs. This study gives a good insight into the photostability of MES-coated Au NPs under continuous excitation with UV/blue light.

  8. Qplus AFM driven nanostencil.

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    Grévin, B; Fakir, M; Hayton, J; Brun, M; Demadrille, R; Faure-Vincent, J

    2011-06-01

    We describe the development of a novel setup, in which large stencils with suspended silicon nitride membranes are combined with atomic force microscopy (AFM) regulation by using tuning forks. This system offers the possibility to perform separate AFM and nanostencil operations, as well as combined modes when using stencil chips with integrated tips. The flexibility and performances are demonstrated through a series of examples, including wide AFM scans in closed loop mode, probe positioning repeatability of a few tens of nanometer, simultaneous evaporation of large (several hundred of micron square) and nanoscopic metals and fullerene patterns in static, multistep, and dynamic modes. This approach paves the way for further developments, as it fully combines the advantages of conventional stenciling with the ones of an AFM driven shadow mask. PMID:21721701

  9. Photoluminescence of a single complex plasmonic nanoparticle

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    Zhang, Tianyue; Lu, Guowei; Shen, Hongming; Shi, Kebin; Jiang, Yuanyuan; Xu, Dongsheng; Gong, Qihuang

    2014-01-01

    We report detailed investigations of the photoluminescence (PL) generated from an individual gold nanoflower, a highly branched plasmonic nanoparticle. Compared to nanostructures with simple shapes, such as spheres, nanorods, and bipyramids, nanoflowers exhibit more distinct features, i.e., the PL spectra and far-field emission patterns are strongly dependent on the wavelength and polarization of the excitation light. The experimental results are qualitatively explained using theoretical calculations. In addition, the intrinsic PL signal is highly dominated by localized surface plasmon resonances. The crucial role of plasmonic coupling in complex nanostructures during the plasmon-enhanced PL process is highlighted. The findings contribute to a deeper understanding of the PL properties of metallic nanoparticles. This study will be beneficial for several potential applications, including optical imaging and sensing in the fields of materials science and biology. PMID:24463794

  10. Improved photoluminescence and sensing stability of porous silicon nanowires by surface passivation.

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    Gan, Lu; He, Haiping; Sun, Luwei; Ye, Zhizhen

    2014-01-21

    Core-shell structured silicon nanowires (Si NWs) were obtained by coating Si NWs with an HfO2 layer. Enhanced photoluminescence (PL) and a slightly decreased PL lifetime are achieved by HfO2 coating. Furthermore, the sensing stability is strongly improved. The improvement of PL properties is interpreted in terms of surface passivation and the Purcell effect.

  11. Substrate temperature dependent surface morphology and photoluminescence of germanium quantum dots grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Samavati, Alireza; Othaman, Zulkafli; Ghoshal, Sib Krishna; Dousti, Mohammad Reza; Kadir, Mohammed Rafiq Abdul

    2012-10-09

    The visible luminescence from Ge nanoparticles and nanocrystallites has generated interest due to the feasibility of tuning band gap by controlling the sizes. Germanium (Ge) quantum dots (QDs) with average diameter ~16 to 8 nm are synthesized by radio frequency magnetron sputtering under different growth conditions. These QDs with narrow size distribution and high density, characterized using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) are obtained under the optimal growth conditions of 400 °C substrate temperature, 100 W radio frequency powers and 10 Sccm Argon flow. The possibility of surface passivation and configuration of these dots are confirmed by elemental energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. The room temperature strong visible photoluminescence (PL) from such QDs suggests their potential application in optoelectronics. The sample grown at 400 °C in particular, shows three PL peaks at around ~2.95 eV, 3.34 eV and 4.36 eV attributed to the interaction between Ge, GeO(x) manifesting the possibility of the formation of core-shell structures. A red shift of ~0.11 eV in the PL peak is observed with decreasing substrate temperature. We assert that our easy and economic method is suitable for the large-scale production of Ge QDs useful in optoelectronic devices.

  12. Ga nanoparticle-enhanced photoluminescence of GaAs

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    Kang, M.; Al-Heji, A. A.; Jeon, S.; Wu, J. H.; Lee, J.-E.; Saucer, T. W.; Zhao, L.; Sih, V.; Katzenstein, A. L.; Sofferman, D. L.; Goldman, R. S.

    2013-09-02

    We have examined the influence of surface Ga nanoparticles (NPs) on the enhancement of GaAs photoluminescence (PL) efficiency. We have utilized off-normal focused-ion-beam irradiation of GaAs surfaces to fabricate close-packed Ga NP arrays. The enhancement in PL efficiency is inversely proportional to the Ga NP diameter. The maximum PL enhancement occurs for the Ga NP diameter predicted to maximize the incident electromagnetic (EM) field enhancement. The PL enhancement is driven by the surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-induced enhancement of the incident EM field which overwhelms the SPR-induced suppression of the light emission.

  13. Nature of room-temperature photoluminescence in ZnO

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    Shan, W.; Walukiewicz, W.; Ager III, J.W.; Yu, K.M.; Yuan, H.B.; Xin, H.P.; Cantwell, G.; Song, J.J.

    2004-11-11

    The temperature dependence of the photoluminescence (PL) transitions associated with various excitons and their phonon replicas in high-purity bulk ZnO has been studied at temperatures from 12 K to above room temperature (320 K). Several strong PL emission lines associated with LO phonon replicas of free and bound excitons are clearly observed. The room temperature PL spectrum is dominated by the phonon replicas of the free exciton transition with the maximum at the first LO phonon replica. The results explain the discrepancy between the transition energy of free exciton determined by reflection measurement and the peak position obtained by the PL measurement.

  14. Structured photoluminescence spectrum in laterally anodized porous silicon

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    Fujiwara, Yasufumi; Nishitani, Hikaru; Nakata, Hiroyasu; Ohyama, Tyuzi

    1992-12-01

    Visible photoluminescence (PL) has been systematically investigated in laterally anodized porous silicon. The PL peak position was dependent on the distance from the meniscus and shifted towards a shorter wavelength with increasing anodization current density. A PL spectrum exhibiting several structures was observed inside the mirrorlike region on the sample surface, which was interpreted by multiple reflection of the luminescence, not by the quantum size effects. Through the analysis of the PL spectrum, the Si density of the porous layer was roughly estimated to be 37 percent by means of the effective-medium model.

  15. Strong photoluminescence emission from resonant Fibonacci quantum wells.

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    Chang, C H; Chen, C H; Hsueh, W J

    2013-06-17

    Strong photoluminescence (PL) emission from a resonant Fibonacci quantum well (FQW) is demonstrated. The maximum PL intensity in the FQW is significantly stronger than that in a periodic QW under the Bragg or anti-Bragg conditions. Moreover, the peaks of the squared electric field in the FQW are located very near each of the QWs. The optimal PL spectrum in the FQW has an asymmetrical form rather than the symmetrical one in the periodic case. The maximum PL intensity and the corresponding thickness filling factor in the FQW become greater with increasing generation order. PMID:23787654

  16. Photoluminescence properties of porous silicon

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    Heben, M. J.; Xiao, Y.; McCullough, J. M.; Tsuo, Y. S.; Pankove, J. I.; Deb, S. K.

    1992-12-01

    A porous silicon (PS) layer can be produced on a crystalline silicon substrate by electrochemical or chemical etching in hydrofluoric acid (HF) solutions. There are many properties that make PS thin films interesting for photovoltaic applications, such as a possible direct band gap that can be adjusted between 1.5 and 1.9 eV, textured surfaces for light trapping, the potential for low cost and large-area fabrication, and the possibility of tandem cell structures with Si. We report the fabrication of large area PS (up to 3` diameter) with quite uniform photoluminescence (PL) properties, and studies of the effects of post-hydrogenation treatments on the intensity and stability of the PL from PS. We have observed that a remote-plasma processing treatment can increase the PL emission intensity from PS prepared under certain conditions by 100 times or more. The emission band is narrower and centered more toward the blue for the remote-plasma processed sample, and the PL emission intensity does not degrade in an air ambient over a period of at least several weeks. This result indicates that PS has the potential to become a stable and useful optoelectronic material.

  17. Shape controlled synthesis of CaMoO{sub 4} thin films and their photoluminescence property

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    Marques, Ana Paula de Azevedo Longo, Valeria M.; Melo, Dulce M.A. de; Pizani, Paulo S.; Leite, Edson R.; Varela, Jose Arana; Longo, Elson

    2008-05-15

    CaMoO{sub 4} (CMO) disordered and ordered thin films were prepared by the complex polymerization method (CPM). The films were annealed at different temperatures and time in a conventional resistive furnace (RF) and in a microwave (MW) oven. The microstructure and surface morphology of the structure were monitored by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM). Order and disorder were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical reflectance. A strong photoluminescence (PL) emission was observed in the disordered thin films and was attributed to complex cluster vacancies. The experimental results were compared with density functional and Hartree-Fock calculations. - Graphical abstract: CaMoO{sub 4} thin films were prepared by the complex polymerization method (CPM). The films were annealed at different temperatures and time in a conventional resistive furnace and in a microwave oven. A strong photoluminescence emission was observed in the disordered thin films and was attributed to complex cluster vacancies. The experimental results were confirmed by high level first principle calculations.

  18. Photoluminescence by Interstellar Dust

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    Vijh, U. P.

    2005-08-01

    In this dissertation, we report on our study of interstellar dust through the process of photoluminescence (PL). We present the discovery of a new band of dust PL, blue luminescence (BL) with λpeak˜370 nm in the proto-planetary nebula known as the Red Rectangle (RR). We attribute this to fluorescence by small, 3-4-ringed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules. Further analysis reveals additional independent evidence for the presence of small PAHs in this nebula. Detection of BL using long-slit spectroscopic observations in other ordinary reflection nebulae suggests that the BL carrier is an ubiquitous component of the ISM and is not restricted to the particular environment of the RR. We present the spatial distribution of the BL in these nebulae and find that the BL is spatially correlated with IR emission structures attributed to aromatic emission features (AEFs), attributed to PAHs. The carrier of the dust-associated photoluminescence process causing the extended red emission (ERE), known now for over twenty five years, remains unidentified. We constrain the character of the ERE carrier by determining the wavelengths of the radiation that initiates the ERE -- λ < 118 nm. We note that under interstellar conditions most PAH molecules are ionized to the di-cation stage by photons with E > 10.5 eV and that the electronic energy level structure of PAH di-cations is consistent with fluorescence in the wavelength band of the ERE. In the last few chapters of the dissertation we present first results from ongoing work: i) Using narrow-band imaging, we present the optical detection of the circum-binary disk of the RR in the light of the BL, and show that the morphology of the BL and ERE emissions in the RR nebula are almost mutually exclusive. It is very suggestive to attribute them to different ionization stages of the same family of carriers such as PAH molecules. ii) We also present a pure spectrum of the BL free of scattered light, resolved into seven

  19. On the relationship between radiation-stimulated photoluminescence and nitrogen atoms in p-4 H-SiC

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    Lebedev, A. A.; Ber, B. Ya.; Bogdanova, E. V.; Seredova, N. V.; Kazantsev, D. Yu.; Kozlovski, V. V.

    2015-12-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) appearing in p-4 H-SiC upon its electron irradiation has been studied. A model that accounts for the dependence of the PL intensity on the irradiation dose is suggested. The conclusion is drawn that nitrogen-radiation defect donor-acceptor pairs are PL activators.

  20. Characterization of silicon-germanium epitaxial layer by photoluminescence intensity and reflectance measurement techniques.

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    Back, Dohyun; Lee, Jaehyeong

    2014-12-01

    Si(1-x)Ge(x) epitaxial layers with various Ge fractions sample were characterized by photoluminescence intensity method at room temperature. Photoluminescence intensity was affected by minority carrier lifetime, defect density, and surface condition. PL intensity profile showed misfit dislocation on epitaxial layer for 15%, 21%, 24%, and 26%, since dislocations were one of minority carrier lifetime degradation parameters. It clearly showed misfit dislocation profiles, cross-hatch, and PL intensity was low at dislocation region.

  1. Hydrogenation of the Cu{sub PL} center in silicon

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    Yarykin, Nikolai; Weber, Jörg

    2014-07-07

    The Cu{sub PL} center, a complex of four copper atoms in silicon with the zero-phonon photoluminescence line at 1014 meV and the donor level at 0.1 eV above the top of the valence band, is studied in the process of hydrogenation at 380 K. Complexes of a substitutional copper atom (Cu{sub s}) with one and two hydrogen atoms are observed to form in the hydrogenated region at the expense of Cu{sub PL}, while no isolated Cu{sub s} atoms are detected. Our results indicate that the addition of a single hydrogen atom induces the dissociation of all interstitial Cu atoms which decorate the Cu{sub s} core of the Cu{sub PL} center.

  2. Photoluminescence studies in epitaxial CZTSe thin films

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    Sendler, Jan; Thevenin, Maxime; Werner, Florian; Redinger, Alex; Li, Shuyi; Hägglund, Carl; Platzer-Björkman, Charlotte; Siebentritt, Susanne

    2016-09-01

    Epitaxial Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 (CZTSe) thin films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs(001) using two different growth processes, one containing an in-situ annealing stage as used for solar cell absorbers and one for which this step was omitted. Photoluminescences (PL) measurements carried out on these samples show no dependence of the emission shape on the excitation intensity at different temperatures ranging from 4 K to 300 K . To describe the PL measurements, we employ a model with fluctuating band edges in which the density of states of the resulting tail states does not seem to depend on the excited charge carrier density. In this interpretation, the PL measurements show that the annealing stage removes a defect level, which is present in the samples without this annealing.

  3. Influence of cysteine doping on photoluminescence intensity from semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Kurnosov, N. V.; Leontiev, V. S.; Linnik, A. S.; Karachevtsev, V. A.

    2015-03-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) from semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes can be applied for detection of cysteine. It is shown that cysteine doping (from 10-8 to 10-3 M) into aqueous suspension of nanotubes with adsorbed DNA leads to increase of PL intensity. The PL intensity was enhanced by 27% at 10-3 M cysteine concentration in suspension. Most likely, the PL intensity increases due to the passivation of p-defects on the nanotube by the cysteine containing reactive thiol group. The effect of doping with other amino acids without this group (methionine, serine, aspartic acid, lysine, proline) on the PL intensity is essentially weaker.

  4. Photochemical doping of graphene oxide with nitrogen for photoluminescence enhancement

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    Liu, Fuchi; Tang, Nujiang; Tang, Tao; Liu, Yuan; Feng, Qian; Zhong, Wei; Du, Youwei

    2013-09-16

    Nitrogen-doped graphene oxide (NGO) was synthesized by irradiation of graphene oxide (GO) in NH{sub 3} atmosphere. NGO obtained by irradiation of GO for 10 min has high N content of 13.62 at. %. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of NGO were investigated. The results showed that compared with GO, NGO exhibits significant PL enhancement with a high enhancement ratio of approximately 1501.57%. It may attribute to the high content of amino-like N, which can effectively enhance PL of GO because of the amino conjugation effect.

  5. Preparation of carbon quantum dots with tunable photoluminescence by rapid laser passivation in ordinary organic solvents.

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    Li, Xiangyou; Wang, Hongqiang; Shimizu, Yoshiki; Pyatenko, Alexander; Kawaguchi, Kenji; Koshizaki, Naoto

    2011-01-21

    A simple approach to prepare carbon quantum dots is presented in this communication by laser rapid passivation of nano carbon particles in ordinary organic solvent. The as-prepared carbon dots exhibited visible, tunable and stable photoluminescence (PL). XPS analysis showed that the increased oxygen concentration might be concerned with the origin of PL.

  6. Tuning photoluminescence of reduced graphene oxide quantum dots from blue to purple

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    Liu, Fuchi; Tang, Tao; Feng, Qian; Li, Ming; Liu, Yuan; Tang, Nujiang Zhong, Wei; Du, Youwei

    2014-04-28

    Reduced graphene oxide quantum dots (rGOQDs) were synthesized by annealing GOQDs in H{sub 2} atmosphere. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of GOQDs and the rGOQDs samples were investigated. The results showed that compared to GOQDs, a blue to purple tunable PL of rGOQDs can be obtained by regulating the annealing temperature. The increase fraction of the newly formed isolated sp{sup 2} clusters may be responsible for the observed tunable PL.

  7. Fabrication of photoluminescent Si-based layers by air optical breakdown near the silicon surface

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    Kabashin, A. V.; Meunier, M.

    2002-01-01

    A novel "dry" method for the fabrication of Si/SiO x nanostructures exhibiting strong visible photoluminescence (PL) is introduced. The method consists in the treatment of a silicon target surface by air breakdown plasma produced by a CO 2 laser radiation in atmospheric air. The treatment leads to the formation of a thin porous layer on the silicon wafer, which exhibits a 1.9-2.0 eV PL. Possible mechanisms of nanostructure formation and PL origin are discussed.

  8. The emission wavelength dependent photoluminescence lifetime of the N-doped graphene quantum dots

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    Deng, Xingxia; Sun, Jing; Yang, Siwei; Ding, Guqiao; Shen, Hao; Zhou, Wei; Lu, Jian; Wang, Zhongyang

    2015-12-14

    Aromatic nitrogen doped graphene quantum dots were investigated by steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) techniques. The PL lifetime was found to be dependent on the emission wavelength and coincident with the PL spectrum, which is different from most semiconductor quantum dots and fluorescent dyes. This result shows the synergy and competition between the quantum confinement effect and edge functional groups, which may have the potential to guide the synthesis and expand the applications of graphene quantum dots.

  9. Photoluminescence of zirconium hydroxide: Origin of a chemisorption-induced ‘red-stretch'

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    Watters, Evan J.; Sengupta, Sandip K.; Peterson, Gregory W.; Whitten, James E.

    2014-01-01

    Zirconium hydroxide particles are reactive and photoluminescent, emitting blue light under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. Adsorption-induced changes in the photoluminescence (PL) offer opportunities for gas sensor/filtration applications. The PL of Zr(OH)4 is quenched in the presence of molecular oxygen, likely through trapping of surface electrons via the formation of O2-. Heating the powder high enough to desorb hydroxyl groups broadens the PL spectrum toward longer wavelengths. This ‘red-stretch' also occurs upon reaction with sulfur dioxide, which replaces terminal hydroxyl groups with sulfite ones. Excessive UV irradiation correspondingly induces this effect. A mechanism is proposed to account for the red-stretch.

  10. Photoluminescence Properties Research on Graphene Quantum Dots/Silver Composites.

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    Wang, Jun; Li, Yan; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Xie, Dan-Dan; Ge, Juan; Liu, Hui

    2016-04-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) possess unique properties of graphene and exhibit a series of new phenomena of 0 dimension (D) carbon materials. Thus, GQDs have attracted much attention from researchers and have shown great promise for many applications. Recently, many works focus on GQDs-metal ions and metal nanoparticles (NPs). Although, many researches point out that metal ions and metal NPs have significant effect on photoluminescence (PL) feature of GQDs, mainly focus on PL intensity. Here, for the first time, we reported that metal NPs also affected PL peak position which was dependent on the mix mechanism of metal and GQDs. When GQDs-silver (Ag) composite mixed by physical method and excited at a wavelength of 320 nm, PL peak position of composites first showed blue-shifted then red-shifted with increasing of Ag content. However, if GQDs-Ag composite prepared by chemical method, PL peak position of the composites blue-shifted. Furthermore, the shift of PL peak position of GQDs-Ag prepared both for physical and chemical method displayed excitation-dependent feature. When the excitation wavelength approached to Ag SPR peaks, no obvious PL shift was observed. The mechanism for different PL shifts and the phenomenon of excitation-dependent PL shift as well as the formation mechanism of GQDs-Ag composite by chemical method are discussed in detail in this paper. PMID:27451653

  11. Plasmonic enhancement of photoluminescence from aluminium nitride

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    Flynn, Chris; Stewart, Matthew

    2016-03-01

    Aluminium nitride (AlN) films were grown on c-plane sapphire wafers by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) under aluminium-rich conditions. The excess aluminium (Al) accumulated on the surface of the films as micro-scale droplets 1-10 μm in size, and as Al nanoparticles with diameters in the range 10-110 nm. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements were performed on the AlN samples using a 193 nm Excimer laser as the excitation source. Prior to PL measurements the wafers were cleaved in half. One half of each wafer was submitted to a 10 min treatment in H3PO4 heated to 70 °C to remove the excess Al from the film surface. The remaining half was left in the as-deposited condition. The mean intensities of the near-band-edge PL peaks of the as-deposited samples were 2.0-3.4 times higher compared to the samples subjected to the H3PO4 Al-removal treatment. This observation motivated calculations to determine the optimal Al surface nanosphere size for plasmonic enhancement of PL from AlN. The PL enhancement was found to peak for an Al nanosphere radius of 15 nm, which is within the range of the experimentally-observed Al nanoparticle sizes.

  12. Investigation of temperature-dependent photoluminescence in multi-quantum wells

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    Fang, Yutao; Wang, Lu; Sun, Qingling; Lu, Taiping; Deng, Zhen; Ma, Ziguang; Jiang, Yang; Jia, Haiqiang; Wang, Wenxin; Zhou, Junming; Chen, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) is a nondestructive and powerful method to investigate carrier recombination and transport characteristics in semiconductor materials. In this study, the temperature dependences of photoluminescence of GaAs-AlxGa1-xAs multi-quantum wells samples with and without p-n junction were measured under both resonant and non-resonant excitation modes. An obvious increase of photoluminescence(PL) intensity as the rising of temperature in low temperature range (T < 50 K), is observed only for GaAs-AlxGa1-xAs quantum wells sample with p-n junction under non-resonant excitation. The origin of the anomalous increase of integrated PL intensity proved to be associated with the enhancement of carrier drifting because of the increase of carrier mobility in the temperature range from 15 K to 100 K. For non-resonant excitation, carriers supplied from the barriers will influence the temperature dependence of integrated PL intensity of quantum wells, which makes the traditional methods to acquire photoluminescence characters from the temperature dependence of integrated PL intensity unavailable. For resonant excitation, carriers are generated only in the wells and the temperature dependence of integrated PL intensity is very suitable to analysis the photoluminescence characters of quantum wells. PMID:26228734

  13. Ultra-fast photoluminescence as a diagnostic for laser damage initiation

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    Laurence, T A; Bude, J D; Shen, N; Miller, P E; Steele, W A; Guss, G; Adams, J J; Wong, L L; Feit, M D; Suratwala, T I

    2009-10-30

    Using high-sensitivity confocal time-resolved photoluminescence (CTP) techniques, we report an ultra-fast photoluminescence (40ps-5ns) from impurity-free surface flaws on fused silica, including polished, indented or fractured surfaces of fused silica, and from laser-heated evaporation pits. This fast photoluminescence (PL) is not associated with slower point defect PL in silica which has characteristic decay times longer than 5ns. Fast PL is excited by the single photon absorption of sub-band gap light, and is especially bright in fractures. Regions which exhibit fast PL are strongly absorptive well below the band gap, as evidenced by a propensity to damage with 3.5eV ns-scale laser pulses, making CTP a powerful non-destructive diagnostic for laser damage in silica. The use of CTP to provide insights into the nature of damage precursors and to help develop and evaluate new damage mitigation strategies will be presented.

  14. Diffusion length and resistivity distribution characteristics of silicon wafer by photoluminescence

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    Baek, Dohyun; Lee, Jaehyeong; Choi, Byoungdeog

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Analytical photoluminescence efficiency calculation and PL intensity ratio method are developed. • Wafer resistivity and diffusion length characteristics are investigated by PL intensity ratio. • PL intensity is well correlated with resistivity, diffusion length or defect density on wafer measurement. - Abstract: Photoluminescence is a convenient, contactless method to characterize semiconductors. Its use for room-temperature silicon characterization has only recently been implemented. We have developed the PL efficiency theory as a function of substrate doping densities, bulk trap density, photon flux density, and reflectance and compared it with experimental data initially for bulk Si wafers. New developed PL intensity ratio method is able to predict the silicon wafer properties, such as doping densities, minority carrier diffusion length and bulk trap density.

  15. Scanning photoluminescent spectroscopy of bioconjugated quantum dots

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    Chornokur, G.; Ostapenko, S.; Oleynik, E.; Phelan, C.; Korsunska, N.; Kryshtab, T.; Zhang, J.; Wolcott, A.; Sellers, T.

    2009-04-01

    We report on the application of the bio-conjugated quantum dots (QDs) for a "sandwich" enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) cancer testing technique. Quantum dot ELISA detection of the cancer PSA antigen at concentrations as low as 0.01 ng/ml which is ˜50 times lower than the classic "sandwich" ELISA was demonstrated. Scanning photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy was performed on dried ELISA wells and the results compared with the same QD samples dried on a solid substrate. We confirmed a "blue" up to 37 nm PL spectral shift in a case of QDs conjugated to PSA antibodies. Increasing of the "blue" spectral shift was observed at lower PSA antigen concentrations. The results can be used to improve sensitivity of "sandwich" ELISA cancer antigen detection.

  16. Photoluminescence of SrS:Cu,Ag and SrS 1- xSe x:Cu,Ag thin films

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    Poelman, D.; Wauters, D.; Van Meirhaeghe, R. L.; Cardon, F.

    2000-01-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) of SrS:Cu,Ag and SrS 1- xSe x:Cu,Ag thin films has been investigated. The influence of rapid thermal annealing conditions and Cu dopant concentration on the PL intensity has been studied. The PL emission spectrum was measured as a function of both Cu concentration and temperature. An unexpected PL intensity peak was observed around a temperature of 54 K.

  17. Metallic-like photoluminescence and absorption in fused silica surface flaws

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    Laurence, T A; Bude, J D; Shen, N; Feldman, T; Miller, P; Steele, W A; Suratwala, T

    2008-09-11

    Using high-sensitivity confocal time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) techniques, we report an ultra-fast PL (40ps-5ns) from impurity-free surface flaws on fused silica, including polished, indented or fractured surfaces of fused silica, and from laser-heated evaporation pits. This PL is excited by the single photon absorption of sub-band gap light, and is especially bright in fractures. Regions which exhibit this PL are strongly absorptive well below the band gap, as evidenced by a propensity to damage with 3.5eV ns-scale laser pulses.

  18. Intensity and temperature-dependent photoluminescence of tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum films

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    Ajward, A. M.; Wang, X.; Wagner, H. P.

    2013-12-04

    We investigate the recombination of excitons in tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum films by intensity and temperature dependent time-resolved photoluminescence (PL). At low temperature (15 K) and elevated excitation intensity the radiative emission is quenched by singlet-singlet annihilation processes. With rising temperature the PL quenching is strongly reduced resulting in a PL efficiency maximum at ∼170 K. The reduced exciton annihilation is attributed to thermally activated occupation of non-quenchable trapped exciton states. Above 170 K the PL efficiency decreases due to thermal de-trapping of radiative states and subsequent migration to non-radiative centers.

  19. Effect of reactive ion beam etching on the photoluminescence of CdTe epitaxial layers

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    Martinez-Pastor, J.; Fuster, D.; Abellan, M.; Anguita, J.; Sochinskii, N. V.

    2008-03-01

    We demonstrated the effect of reactive ion beam etching (RIBE) process on the PL properties of CdTe/sapphire metal organic vapor phase epitaxy layers. At optimum conditions, the RIBE attack does not make significant morphological changes but it results in an increase of the concentration of acceptor impurities. This was revealed by an increase of the overall photoluminescence (PL) intensity and, simultaneously, a decrease of the PL decay time, more important on the low energy side of PL spectrum due to the recombination of carriers in acceptor pairs.

  20. Exciton photoluminescence in resonant quasi-periodic Thue-Morse quantum wells.

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    Hsueh, W J; Chang, C H; Lin, C T

    2014-02-01

    This Letter investigates exciton photoluminescence (PL) in resonant quasi-periodic Thue-Morse quantum wells (QWs). The results show that the PL properties of quasi-periodic Thue-Morse QWs are quite different from those of resonant Fibonacci QWs. The maximum and minimum PL intensities occur under the anti-Bragg and Bragg conditions, respectively. The maxima of the PL intensity gradually decline when the filling factor increases from 0.25 to 0.5. Accordingly, the squared electric field at the QWs decreases as the Thue-Morse QW deviates from the anti-Bragg condition. PMID:24487847

  1. Twin extra-high photoluminescence in resonant double-period quantum wells.

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    Chang, C H; Cheng, Y H; Hsueh, W J

    2014-12-01

    Twin extra high photoluminescence (PL) in resonant quasi-periodic double-period quantum wells (DPQWs) for higher-generation orders is demonstrated. In the DPQW, the number of maxima in the maximum values of the PL intensity is two, which is different from other quasi-periodic quantum wells (QWs) and traditional periodic QWs. The maximum PL intensity in a DPQW is also stronger than that in a periodic QW under the anti-Bragg condition and that in a Fibonacci QW. Although the peaks of the squared electric field for the twin PL are both located near the QWs, their field profiles are distinct. PMID:25490626

  2. Emission-angle-dependent photoluminescence of rubrene thin films on silver.

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    Wakamatsu, Takashi

    2014-07-20

    Rubrene layers with thickness comparable to a visible light wavelength on silver thin film exhibit anomalous photoluminescence (PL) spectra that depend strongly on emission angle. The PL properties demonstrated for rubrene (500 nm)/Ag (50 nm) were modulated from yellow green to red luminescence with an increasing emission angle. The factors influencing the emission-angle-dependent PL spectra are discussed from two viewpoints: spectral modulation of rubrene PL by loss of fluorescence photon energy and additional luminescence resulting from optical interference in the rubrene layer or optical modes excited by rubrene molecules. PMID:25090212

  3. Extraordinary room-temperature photoluminescence in triangular WS2 monolayers.

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    Gutiérrez, Humberto R; Perea-López, Nestor; Elías, Ana Laura; Berkdemir, Ayse; Wang, Bei; Lv, Ruitao; López-Urías, Florentino; Crespi, Vincent H; Terrones, Humberto; Terrones, Mauricio

    2013-08-14

    Individual monolayers of metal dichalcogenides are atomically thin two-dimensional crystals with attractive physical properties different from those of their bulk counterparts. Here we describe the direct synthesis of WS2 monolayers with triangular morphologies and strong room-temperature photoluminescence (PL). The Raman response as well as the luminescence as a function of the number of S-W-S layers is also reported. The PL weakens with increasing number of layers due to a transition from direct band gap in a monolayer to indirect gap in multilayers. The edges of WS2 monolayers exhibit PL signals with extraordinary intensity, around 25 times stronger than that at the platelet's center. The structure and chemical composition of the platelet edges appear to be critical for PL enhancement.

  4. Surface characterization of InP using photoluminescence

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    Chang, R. R.; Iyer, R.; Lile, D. L.

    1987-01-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) measurements have been performed on InP samples in situ during various surface treatments including chemical etching, wet anodization, and low-pressure chemical vapor deposition. It was found, in agreement with previously published results, that the magnitude of the PL signal varies markedly with surface treatment due presumably to changes in either surface-state density, and/or surface potential. In an attempt to assess the effectiveness of this noninvasive method as a tool for characterizing and monitoring the progressive development of a semiconductor surface during processing, a number of experiments on InP have been performed. The results indicate that although some uncertainty may exist in assigning a mechanism for the PL change in any given experiment, the general trend appears to be that surface degradation results in a reduced signal. As a result, process steps which enhance the PL intensity are likely to be beneficial in the preparation of a high-quality interface.

  5. Photoluminescence Enhancement of Adsorbed Species on Si Nanoparticles.

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    Matsumoto, Taketoshi; Maeda, Masanori; Kobayashi, Hikaru

    2016-12-01

    We have fabricated Si nanoparticles from Si swarf using the beads milling method. The mode diameter of produced Si nanoparticles was between 4.8 and 5.2 nm. Si nanoparticles in hexane show photoluminescence (PL) spectra with peaks at 2.56, 2.73, 2.91, and 3.09 eV. The peaked PL spectra are attributed to the vibronic structure of adsorbed dimethylanthracene (DMA) impurity in hexane. The PL intensity of hexane with DMA increases by ~3000 times by adsorption on Si nanoparticles. The PL enhancement results from an increase in absorption probability of incident light by DMA caused by adsorption on the surface of Si nanoparticles.

  6. Photoluminescence properties of Mg-doped InN nanowires

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    Zhao, Songrui; Liu, Xuedong; Mi, Zetian

    2013-11-11

    In this work, photoluminescence (PL) properties of nearly defect-free Mg-doped InN nanowires were investigated in detail. The low-doped sample exhibits two PL emission peaks up to 152 K, which can be ascribed to the band-to-band recombination and the Mg-acceptor energy level related recombination, respectively. For the high-doped sample, the Mg-acceptor energy level related transition dominates. Detailed power dependent PL studies further indicate that the Mg-acceptor energy level related PL emission is due to the donor-acceptor pair recombination process, which subsequently evolves into the free-to-acceptor recombination with increasing temperature.

  7. Using quantum dot photoluminescence for load detection

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    Moebius, M.; Martin, J.; Hartwig, M.; Baumann, R. R.; Otto, T.; Gessner, T.

    2016-08-01

    We propose a novel concept for an integrable and flexible sensor capable to visualize mechanical impacts on lightweight structures by quenching the photoluminescence (PL) of CdSe quantum dots. Considering the requirements such as visibility, storage time and high optical contrast of PL quenching with low power consumption, we have investigated a symmetrical and an asymmetrical layer stack consisting of semiconductor organic N,N,N',N'-Tetrakis(3-methylphenyl)-3,3'-dimethylbenzidine (HMTPD) and CdSe quantum dots with elongated CdS shell. Time-resolved series of PL spectra from layer stacks with applied voltages of different polarity and simultaneous observation of power consumption have shown that a variety of mechanisms such as photo-induced charge separation and charge injection, cause PL quenching. However, mechanisms such as screening of external field as well as Auger-assisted charge ejection is working contrary to that. Investigations regarding the influence of illumination revealed that the positive biased asymmetrical layer stack is the preferred sensor configuration, due to a charge carrier injection at voltages of 10 V without the need of coincident illumination.

  8. Photoluminescence analysis of a polythiophene derivative: Concentration and temperature effects

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    Castrellon-Uribe, J.; Güizado-Rodríguez, M.; Espíndola-Rivera, R.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, the photoluminescence properties of a PA copolymer, which is a polythiophene derived from 3-OT and (S)-(-)-1-(4-nitrophenyl) pyrrolidin-2-il) methyl 2-(thiophen-3-yl) acetate, were investigated. The optical response of the copolymer dissolved in a toluene solution and of the copolymer film under the optical excitation was analyzed. Besides, the temperature dependence of photoluminescence (PL) of the PA copolymer (solution and film) was examined. The PL behavior of the solution-phase copolymer (diluted and concentrated solutions) under 365 nm (UV light) excitation is reported. Moreover, the copolymer films were obtained using the spin coating technique. The PL of the copolymer films under 488 nm (blue light) irradiation was studied at different excitation powers. Finally, we examined the PL signal temperature dependence of the copolymer film. We determined that the maximum PL signal peak of the copolymer corresponds to 626 nm and has a temperature sensitivity of approximately 11 × 10-3/°C, with a minimum ascending and descending temperature hysteresis between 22 °C and 50 °C.

  9. Photoluminescence of europium in silicon/silicon dioxide thin films

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    Nery Gomez, Guillermo Alejandro

    Thin film samples of co-sputtered Si, SiO2, Eu 2O3, and H2 were synthesized, in different combinations and with a variety of percentage compositions and at various substrate temperatures. The films were annealed in a N2-rich atmosphere or in Ar at various temperatures. Thickness, photoluminescence (PL), photoluminescence excitation (PLE), transmission, lifetime, time-resolved spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) measurements were made to characterize the samples. Evidence for the formation of nanocrystalline Si (nc-Si) was found in some of the samples. The presence of Eu3+ ions was detected is some samples, while Eu2+ ions were detected in others. Non-bridging oxygen hole centers (NBOHC) were also detected. While Eu2O3 contains Eu3+ ions, the Eu2+ ions appeared due to chemical reactions with the Si when sufficient amounts of Eu2O3 and free Si were present as to allow them to interact, under the appropriate deposition temperature or annealing temperatures. The Eu3+ ion PL was only visible when the Eu did not interact with the Si, and drew its energy from its SiO2 host. Where Eu2+ PL was present, NBOHC PL was greatly enhanced, compared to Si/SiO2-only samples, or samples where only Eu3+ was present. The PLE and PL measurements suggest the NBOHC receive energy from the Eu2+ ions.

  10. Monitoring of photoluminescence decay by alkali and alkaline earth metal cations using a photoluminescent bolaamphiphile self-assembly as an optical probe.

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    Kim, Sunhyung; Kwak, Jinyoung; Lee, Sang-Yup

    2014-05-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) decay induced by the displacement of an ionic fluorescence component, Tb(3+), with alkali and alkaline earth metal cations was investigated using photoluminescent spherical self-assemblies as optical probes. The photoluminescent spherical self-assembly was prepared by the self-organization of a tyrosine-containing bolaamphiphile molecule with a photosensitizer and Tb(3+) ion. The lanthanide ion, Tb(3+), electrically bound to the carboxyl group of the bolaamphiphile molecule, was displaced by alkali and alkaline earth metal cations that had stronger electrophilicity. The PL of the self-assembly decayed remarkably due to the substitution of lanthanide ions with alkali and alkaline earth metal cations. The PL decay showed a positive correlation with cation concentration and was sensitive to the cation valency. Generally, the PL decay was enhanced by the electrophilicity of the cations. However, Ca(2+) showed greater PL decay than Mg(2+) because Ca(2+) could create various complexes with the carboxyl groups of the bolaamphiphile molecule. Microscopic and spectroscopic investigations were conducted to study the photon energy transfer and displacement of Tb(3+) by the cation exchange. This study demonstrated that the PL decay by the displacement of the ionic fluorescent compound was applied to the detection of various cations in aqueous media and is applicable to the development of future optical sensors.

  11. Evidence for near-infrared photoluminescence of nitrogen vacancy centers in 4 H -SiC

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    Zargaleh, S. A.; Eble, B.; Hameau, S.; Cantin, J.-L.; Legrand, L.; Bernard, M.; Margaillan, F.; Lauret, J.-S.; Roch, J.-F.; von Bardeleben, H. J.; Rauls, E.; Gerstmann, U.; Treussart, F.

    2016-08-01

    We present evidence of near-infrared photoluminescence (PL) signature of nitrogen vacancy centers (NCVSi) - in silicon carbide (SiC). This center exhibits an S =1 ground state spin similar to the NV- center in diamond. We have performed photoluminescence excitation measurements at cryogenic temperature and demonstrated efficient photoexcitation of distinct photoluminescence from (NCVSi)- in 4 H -SiC. Furthermore, by correlating the energies of measured zero phonon lines (ZPLs) with theoretical values derived from hybrid density functional theory each of the ZPLs has been associated to the respective occupation of hexagonal (h ) and quasicubic (k ) lattice sites in close analogy to neutral divacancy centers (VCVSi) 0 in the same material. Finally, with the appropriate choice of excitation energy we demonstrated the selective excitation of (NCVSi) - PL with no contamination by (VCVSi) 0 PL, thereby opening the way towards the optical detection of (NCVSi) - electron spin resonance.

  12. Photoluminescence Imaging of Large-Grain CdTe for Grain Boundary Characterization

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    Johnston, Steve; Allende Motz, Alyssa; Reese, Matthew O.; Burst, James M.; Metzger, Wyatt K.

    2015-06-14

    In this work, we use photoluminescence (PL) imaging to characterize CdTe grain boundary recombination. We use a silicon megapixel camera and green (532 nm) laser diodes for excitation. A microscope objective lens system is used for high spatial resolution and a field of view down to 190 um x 190 um. PL images of large-grain (5 to 50 um) CdTe samples show grain boundary and grain interior features that vary with processing conditions. PL images of samples in the as-deposited state show distinct dark grain boundaries that suggest high excess carrier recombination. A CdCl2 treatment leads to PL images with very little distinction at the grain boundaries, which illustrates the grain boundary passivation properties. Other process conditions are also shown, along with comparisons of PL images to high spatial resolution time-resolved PL carrier lifetime maps.

  13. Defect-Induced Photoluminescence Blinking of Single Epitaxial InGaAs Quantum Dots

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    Hu, Fengrui; Cao, Zengle; Zhang, Chunfeng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2015-03-01

    Here we report two types of defect-induced photoluminescence (PL) blinking behaviors observed in single epitaxial InGaAs quantum dots (QDs). In the first type of PL blinking, the ``off'' period is caused by the trapping of hot electrons from the higher-lying excited state (absorption state) to the defect site so that its PL rise lifetime is shorter than that of the ``on'' period. For the ``off'' period in the second type of PL blinking, the electrons relax from the first excited state (emission state) into the defect site, leading to a shortened PL decay lifetime compared to that of the ``on'' period. This defect-induced exciton quenching in epitaxial QDs, previously demonstrated also in colloidal nanocrystals, confirms that these two important semiconductor nanostructures could share the same PL blinking mechanism.

  14. Photoluminescence Imaging Characterization of Thin-Film InP

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    Johnston, Steve; Allende Motz, Alyssa; Moore, James; Zheng, Maxwell; Javey, Ali; Bermel, Peter

    2015-06-14

    Indium phosphide grown using a novel vapor-liquid-solid method is a promising low-cost material for III-V single-junction photovoltaics. In this work, we characterize the properties of these materials using photoluminescence (PL) imaging, time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL), and microwave-reflection photoconductive decay (u-PCD). PL image data clearly shows the emergence of a self-similar dendritic growth network from nucleation sites, while zoomed-in images show grain structure and grain boundaries. Single photon TRPL data shows initial surface-dominated recombination, while two-photon excitation TRPL shows a lifetime of 10 ns. Bulk carrier lifetime may be as long as 35 ns as measured by u-PCD, which can be less sensitive to surface recombination.

  15. Layer-dependent modulation of tungsten disulfide photoluminescence by lateral electric fields.

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    He, Zhengyu; Sheng, Yuewen; Rong, Youmin; Lee, Gun-Do; Li, Ju; Warner, Jamie H

    2015-03-24

    Large single-crystal domains of WS2 are grown by chemical vapor deposition, and their photoluminescent properties under a lateral electric field are studied. We demonstrate that monolayer and bilayer WS2 have opposite responses to lateral electric fields, with WS2 photoluminescence (PL) substantially reduced in monolayer and increased in bilayers with increasing lateral electric field strength. Temperature-dependent PL measurements are also undertaken and show behavior distinctly different than that of the lateral electric field effects, ruling out heating as the cause of the PL changes. The PL variation in both monolayer and bilayer WS2 is attributed to the transfer of photoexcited electrons from one conduction band extremum to another, modifying the resultant recombination pathways. This effect is observed in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides due to their large exciton binding energy and small energy difference between the two conduction band extrema.

  16. Red photoluminescence BCNO synthesized from graphene oxide nanosheets

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    Kang, Yue; Chu, Zeng-yong; Ma, Tian; Li, Wei-ping; Zhang, Dong-jiu; Tang, Xiao-yu

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the conversion of graphene oxide (GO) into boron carbon oxynitride (BCNO) hybrid nanosheets via a reaction with boric acid and urea, during which the boron and nitrogen atoms are incorporated into graphene nanosheets. The experimental results reveal that GO is important for the photoluminescence (PL) BCNO phosphor particles. More importantly, in this system, the prepared BCNO phosphors can be used to prepare the materials needed for red light emitting diodes (LEDs).

  17. Intense photoluminescence from dried double-stranded DNA and single-walled carbon nanotube hybrid

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    Ito, M.; Kobayashi, T.; Ito, Y.; Hayashida, T.; Nii, D.; Umemura, K.; Homma, Y.

    2014-01-27

    Semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) show near-infrared photoluminescence (PL) when they are individually isolated. This was an obstacle to use photonic properties of SWNTs on a solid surface. We show that SWNTs wrapped with DNA maintain intense PL under the dry conditions. SWNTs are well isolated individually by DNA even when the DNA-SWNT hybrids are agglomerated. This finding opens up application of SWNTs to photonic devices.

  18. Photoluminescence of P3HT nanoparticles

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    Dujovne, Irene; Labastide, Joelle; Baghgar, Mina; McKenna, Aidan; Barnes, Austin M.; Venkataraman, D.; Barnes, Michael D.

    2012-02-01

    Polythiophenes are semiconducting polymers that have been designed to crystallize. The photophysics of semicrystalline polythiophene and polythiophene-blends are the focus of intense research efforts across different disciplines. In these systems there is a competition between charge separation and recombination. Exciton diffusion length in organic-semiconductors is a major road-block for efficient solar energy harvesting devices since, for direct bandgap organic materials, this distance is about 10 nanometers. Thus, efficient extraction of photogenerated electrons and holes requires engineering polymer domain dimensions in this size range. In our initial investigations of the photophysics of isolated P3HT nanoparticles (15 - 130 nm), we have observed several intriguing size-dependent features in the single-particle photoluminescence (PL) connected with exciton diffusion and dissociation dynamics. In addition to the short-time behavior, we also observe size-dependent differences in PL decay at long times. In the 10 - 100 ns time regime, the PL originates not from radiative transitions of bound excitons, but rather from charge-separation followed by bi-polaron recombination--and thus provides an interesting measure of exciton fission probability within the nanoparticle.

  19. Higher than 60% internal quantum efficiency of photoluminescence from amorphous silicon oxynitride thin films at wavelength of 470 nm

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    Zhang, Pengzhan; Chen, Kunji Zhang, Pei; Fang, Zhonghui; Li, Wei; Xu, Jun; Huang, Xinfan; Dong, Hengping

    2014-07-07

    We reported the study on the photoluminescence internal quantum efficiency (PL IQE) and external quantum efficiency (PL EQE) from the amorphous silicon oxynitride (a-SiNO) films, which were fabricated by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition followed by in situ plasma oxidation. We employed the direct measurement of absolute quantum efficiency within a calibrated integration sphere to obtain the PL EQE. Then, we calculated the PL IQE by combing the measured EQE and optical parameters of light extraction factor, reflectivity, and transmittance of the a-SiNO thin films. We also derived the PL QE through investigating the characteristic of the temperature dependent PL. These results show that the PL IQE as high as 60% has been achieved at peak wavelength of about 470 nm, which is much higher than that of Si nanocrystal embedded thin films.

  20. Tunable photoluminescence and spectrum split from fluorinated to hydroxylated graphene

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    Gong, Peiwei; Wang, Jinqing; Sun, Weiming; Wu, Di; Wang, Zhaofeng; Fan, Zengjie; Wang, Honggang; Han, Xiuxun; Yang, Shengrong

    2014-02-01

    Tunable control over the functionalization of graphene is significantly important to manipulate its structure and optoelectronic properties. Yet the chemical inertness of this noble carbon material poses a particular challenge for its decoration without forcing reaction conditions. Here, a mild, operationally simple and controllable protocol is developed to synthesize hydroxylated graphene (HOG) from fluorinated graphene (FG). We successfully demonstrate that under designed alkali environment, fluorine atoms on graphene framework are programmably replaced by hydroxyl groups via a straightforward substitution reaction pathway. Element constituent analyses confirm that homogeneous C-O bonds are successfully grafted on graphene. Rather different from graphene oxide, the photoluminescence (PL) emission spectrum of the obtained HOG becomes split when excited with UV radiation. More interestingly, such transformation from FG facilitates highly tunable PL emission ranging from greenish white (0.343, 0.392) to deep blue (0.156, 0.094). Additionally, both experimental data and density function theory calculation indicate that the chemical functionalization induced structural rearrangement is more important than the chemical decoration itself in tuning the PL emission band tail and splitting energy gaps. This work not only presents a new way to effectively fabricate graphene derivatives with tunable PL performance, but also provides an enlightening insight into the PL origin of graphene related materials.Tunable control over the functionalization of graphene is significantly important to manipulate its structure and optoelectronic properties. Yet the chemical inertness of this noble carbon material poses a particular challenge for its decoration without forcing reaction conditions. Here, a mild, operationally simple and controllable protocol is developed to synthesize hydroxylated graphene (HOG) from fluorinated graphene (FG). We successfully demonstrate that under designed

  1. Cell imaging using GaInAsP semiconductor photoluminescence.

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    Sakemoto, Mai; Kishi, Yoji; Watanabe, Keisuke; Abe, Hiroshi; Ota, Satoshi; Takemura, Yasushi; Baba, Toshihiko

    2016-05-16

    We demonstrate label-free imaging of living cells using a GaInAsP semiconductor imaging plate. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity is changed by immersing the semiconductor wafer in different pH solutions and by depositing charged polyelectrolytes on the wafer. Various observations indicate that this phenomenon arises from the radiative and surface recombination rates modified by the Schottky barrier at the charged semiconductor surface. HeLa cancer cells were cultured on the semiconductor, and PL was observed using a near-infrared camera. The semiconductor areas with the cells attached exhibited characteristic PL profiles, which might reflect the attachment and surface condition of the cells, cellular matrix, and other substances. PMID:27409944

  2. Electrospun fluorescein/polymer composite nanofibers and their photoluminescent properties

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    Zhang, Zhi-Hua; Long, Yun-Ze; Yin, Hong-Xin; Sun, Bin; Zheng, Jie; Zhang, Hong-Di; Ji, Xin-Ming; Gu, Chang-Zhi

    2012-09-01

    Fluorescein/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) composite nanofibers with different fluorescein loadings (with a weight concentration of 0-5.0%) are fabricated via electrospinning. Morphologies, structures and photoluminescent (PL) properties of these straight, helical or wavelike fibers are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), fluorescence microscopy and a spectrophotometer. It is found that the maximum emission of the as-spun fluorescein/PVP fibers occurs at 510 nm. The PL intensity of the composite fiber increases with fluorescein concentration, then fluorescence quenching appears when the concentration reaches 1.67%. The mechanism of fluorescence quenching of fluorescein is discussed. In addition, the composite fibers exhibit a much stronger PL intensity than fluorescein/PVP bulk film owing to larger specific surface area, which makes them promising materials for biomedical applications such as probes and sensors.

  3. Temperature dependent photoluminescence from lead sulfide nanosheets and nanocubes.

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    Kim, Jungdong; Kim, Seung Gi; Oh, Eunsoon; Kim, Sang Hyuk; Choi, Won Jun

    2016-01-29

    We studied temperature dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra in the mid-infrared range from lead sulfide (PbS) nanosheets with an average thickness of 25 nm and nanocubes grown by solvothermal and hydrothermal methods. Distinct bandedge PL emission was observed in the whole temperature range between 10 and 300 K, indicating the high optical quality of these nanostructures. The PL peak of the nanosheets was found at 0.326 eV at 10 K, about 40 meV higher than that of bulk PbS due to the quantum confinement effect, whereas no confinement effect was observed for the nanocubes. We also demonstrate that the absorption edges of the nanocubes and nanosheets in the transmission spectra agree very well with their fundamental bandgap.

  4. Detection of Human Ig G Using Photoluminescent Porous Silicon Interferometer.

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    Cho, Bomin; Kim, Seongwoong; Woo, Hee-Gweon; Kim, Sungsoo; Sohn, Honglae

    2015-02-01

    Photoluminescent porous silicon (PSi) interferometers having dual optical properties, both Fabry-Pérot fringe and photolumincence (PL), have been developed and used as biosensors for detection of Human Immunoglobin G (Ig G). PSi samples were prepared by electrochemical etching of p-type silicon under white light exposure. The surface of PSi was characterized using a cold field emission scanning electron microscope. The sensor system studied consisted of a single layer of porous silicon modified with Protein A. The system was probed with various fragments of aqueous human immunoglobin G (Ig G) analyte. Both reflectivity and PL were simultaneously measured under the exposure of human Ig G. An increase of optical thickness and decrease of PL were obtained under the exposure of human Ig G. Detection limit of 500 fM was observed for the human Ig G.

  5. Effects of natural oxidation on the photoluminescence properties of Si nanocrystals prepared by pulsed laser ablation

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    Xu, Yanmei; Han, Yinghui

    2014-07-01

    In this work, Si nanocrystals (Si-NCs) have been prepared by pulsed laser ablation technique in dichloromethane, and the microstructure and photoluminescence (PL) properties of the Si-NCs before and after natural oxidation were investigated. Transmission electron microscopy and Raman results show that the average diameter of the Si-NCs is 2.42 nm in the dichloromethane solution. Blue-violet PL with a lifetime of 4.6 ns is observed at room temperature, and the PL peak shifts toward longer wavelength with the red shift of excitation wavelength. The PL excitation spectrum indicates that the bandgap of the Si-NCs in solution is 2.64 eV, which confirms that the blue-violet PL originates from interband transition of Si-NCs caused by quantum confinement effect. The PL peak red shifts to 607 nm after natural oxidation, and the peak lifetime of which is slow down to 13.1 μs. The fixed PL peak excited by different wavelengths and the slow PL decay time indicate that interface defects become the main PL mechanism after natural oxidation. The results will add new information for understanding the PL mechanism of Si-NCs in different environments.

  6. Correlation of atomic structure and photoluminescence of the same quantum dot: pinpointing surface and internal defects that inhibit photoluminescence.

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    Orfield, Noah J; McBride, James R; Keene, Joseph D; Davis, Lloyd M; Rosenthal, Sandra J

    2015-01-27

    In a size regime where every atom counts, rational design and synthesis of optimal nanostructures demands direct interrogation of the effects of structural divergence of individuals on the ensemble-averaged property. To this end, we have explored the structure-function relationship of single quantum dots (QDs) via precise observation of the impact of atomic arrangement on QD fluorescence. Utilizing wide-field fluorescence microscopy and atomic number contrast scanning transmission electron microscopy (Z-STEM), we have achieved correlation of photoluminescence (PL) data and atomic-level structural information from individual colloidal QDs. This investigation of CdSe/CdS core/shell QDs has enabled exploration of the fine structural factors necessary to control QD PL. Additionally, we have identified specific morphological and structural anomalies, in the form of internal and surface defects, that consistently vitiate QD PL.

  7. Summary of field operations Powerline Wells PL-1, PL-2, PL-3

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    Foutz, W.L.

    1996-03-01

    This report summarizes field operations and hydrogeologic data obtained during installation of the Powerline monitoring/test wells near the western boundary of Kirtland Air Force Base. These wells were installed in 1994 as part of the Site-Wide Hydrogeologic Characterization Project saturated zone investigation. The Site-Wide Hydrogeologic Characterization Project is part of Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico, Environmental Restoration Project. Three wells were drilled and completed at this location, and named PL-1, PL-2, and PL-3. They are located northwest of Tech Area 3, and are named after a high-voltage powerline located just south of the wells. The objectives of the Powerline wells were to determine the depth to water, complete 2 water table wells and a deeper Santa Fe Group well, to determine the geologic provenance of Santa Fe Group sediments at this location, and to obtain background core samples for radiological analysis. During these field operations, important subsurface hydrogeologic data were obtained. These data include drill cuttings and lithologic descriptions, core samples with background analytical data, geophysical logs, water quality parameters, and water levels. Aquifer tests at the Powerline location will generate data that may yield information on anisotropy in the Santa Fe Group and constrain numerical modeling results that indicate that there is a major northward component of groundwater flow from McCormick Ranch and Tech Area 3 test sites toward City of Albuquerque and KAFB well fields.

  8. Effects R3+ on the photoluminescent properties of Ca2R8(SiO4)6O2:A (R = Y,La,Gd;A = Eu3+,Tb3+) phosphor films prepared by the sol gel process

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    Han, X. M.; Lin, J.; Zhou, H. L.; Yu, M.; Zhou, Y. H.; Pang, M. L.

    2004-04-01

    Using CaCO3, metal oxides (all dissolved by nitric acid) and tetraethoxysilane Si(OC2H5)4 (TEOS) as the main starting materials, Ca2R8(SiO4)6O2:A (R = Y,La,Gd;A = Eu3+,Tb3+) phosphor films have been dip-coated on quartz glass substrates through the sol-gel process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra as well as lifetimes were used to characterize the resulting films. The results of XRD indicated that the 1000 °C annealed films are isomorphous and crystallize with the silicate oxyapatite structure. AFM and SEM studies revealed that the phosphor films consisted of homogeneous particles ranging from 30 to 90 nm, with an average thickness of 1.30 µm. The Eu3+ and Tb3+ show similar spectral properties independent of R3+ in the films due to their isomorphous crystal structures. However, both the emission intensity and lifetimes of Eu3+ and Tb3+ in Ca2R8(SiO4)6O2 (R = Y, La, Gd) films decrease in the sequence of R = Gd>R = Y>R = La, which have been explained in accordance with the crystal structures.

  9. Non-Uniformities in Thin-Film Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells Using Electroluminescence and Photoluminescence: Preprint

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    Zaunbrecher, K.; Johnston, S.; Yan, F.; Sites, J.

    2011-07-01

    It is the purpose of this research to develop specific imaging techniques that have the potential to be fast, in-line tools for quality control in thin-film CdTe solar cells. Electroluminescence (EL) and photoluminescence (PL) are two techniques that are currently under investigation on CdTe small area devices made at Colorado State University. It is our hope to significantly advance the understanding of EL and PL measurements as applied to CdTe. Qualitative analysis of defects and non-uniformities is underway on CdTe using EL, PL, and other imaging techniques.

  10. Characterization of semiconductor core shell nanoparticles by resonant Raman scattering and photoluminescence spectroscopy

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    Dzhagan, V. M.; Valakh, M. Ya.; Raevskaya, A. E.; Stroyuk, A. L.; Kuchmiy, S. Ya.; Zahn, D. R. T.

    2008-11-01

    Colloidal CdSe nanoparticles (NPs), passivated with CdS and ZnS, were characterized by resonant Raman scattering and photoluminescence (PL). The effect of the passivating shell, its volume and formation procedure on optical and vibrational spectra is discussed. Analyzing the Raman peaks due to optical phonons inside the core and those related to the core-shell interface allows some understanding of the relation between the core-shell structure and its PL properties to be achieved. In particular, a compositional intermixing at the core/shell interface of the NPs was deduced from the Raman spectra, which can noticeably affect their PL intensity.

  11. Transparently wrap-gated semiconductor nanowire arrays for studies of gate-controlled photoluminescence

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    Nylund, Gustav; Storm, Kristian; Torstensson, Henrik; Wallentin, Jesper; Borgström, Magnus T.; Hessman, Dan; Samuelson, Lars

    2013-12-04

    We present a technique to measure gate-controlled photoluminescence (PL) on arrays of semiconductor nanowire (NW) capacitors using a transparent film of Indium-Tin-Oxide (ITO) wrapping around the nanowires as the gate electrode. By tuning the wrap-gate voltage, it is possible to increase the PL peak intensity of an array of undoped InP NWs by more than an order of magnitude. The fine structure of the PL spectrum reveals three subpeaks whose relative peak intensities change with gate voltage. We interpret this as gate-controlled state-filling of luminescing quantum dot segments formed by zincblende stacking faults in the mainly wurtzite NW crystal structure.

  12. Influence of doping in InP buffer on photoluminescence behavior of InPBi

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    Wang, Peng; Pan, Wenwu; Cao, Chunfang; Wu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Shumin; Gong, Qian

    2016-11-01

    InP1‑ x Bi x epilayers with 1.0% bismuth concentration were grown on InP(001) substrates by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy. Silicon and beryllium were doped into the InP buffer layer, and their influences on the photoluminescence (PL) emission of InPBi were investigated. The PL emission of InPBi was found to be intensified by beryllium doping into the InP buffer layer. However, there was no influence of silicon doping. To investigate the reason for the PL intensity enhancement of InPBi, the carrier transport behavior at the interface was also discussed.

  13. Plasmon enhanced linear and nonlinear photoluminescence in planar nanoparticle arrays (Presentation Recording)

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    Walsh, Gary F.; Dal Negro, Luca

    2015-09-01

    Light emission from metal nanoparticles has potential appications as a highly sensitive refractive index detector. In order for this protential to be realized the mechanics of plasmon enhanced photoluminescence (PL) in planar nanoparticle arrays must be understude. We present an experimental exploreation of emission spectra and realitive efficiency of gold PL in nanoplasmonic arrays. We demonstrate tunability of metal PL by nanoparticle size and discover the critical role of near-field interparticle coupling on emission efficiency. We show that direct excition of plasmon resonances by photoexcited electron-hole pairs is the primary contributer to the metalic nanoparticle emission spectrum. We additionally show that emission is quenched by near-field interactions between nanoparticles leading to spectral broading by increased non-radiative plasmon decay. Finally, we show a correlation between plasmon life-time and PL efficiency. We explore this phenominan for both linear and nonlinear PL. Experimental results are supported by numerical simulations of plasmon life-time.

  14. Infrared photoluminescence of composite films containing quasi-isolated multiwalled carbon nanotubes and carbon nanoshells.

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    Reyes-Reyes, M; Segura-Cardenas, E; Gorbatchev, A Yu; López-Sandoval, R

    2010-07-01

    Films of small irregular-shaped aggregates composed by several layers of turbostratic graphite encapsulating iron nanoparticles, like carbon nanoshells, and quasi-isolated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), were synthesized by the chemical vapor deposition method on glass substrates. Quasi-isolated MWCNTs were found emerging in different directions on the agglomerates composed of carbon nanoshells. The morphological properties of the films were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy, whereas their optical properties were investigated using optical absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The studies show a high-intensity PL signal in the infrared at room temperature. This PL signal shows several peaks, which cannot be explained by a blackbody emission. However, the overall PL signal could be a combination of the black emission and electronic transitions. Furthermore, the observed infrared PL emission could be ideal for potential applications such as in gas sensors, infrared detectors and so on. PMID:21128424

  15. Defect passivation induced strong photoluminescence enhancement of rhombic monolayer MoS2.

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    Su, Weitao; Jin, Long; Qu, Xiaodan; Huo, Dexuan; Yang, Li

    2016-05-18

    Growing high quality monolayer MoS2 with strong photoluminescence (PL) is essential to produce light-emitting devices on the atomic scale. In this study we show that rhombic monolayer MoS2 with PL intensity 8 times stronger than those of chemical vapour deposition (CVD)-grown triangular and mechanically exfoliated (ME) monolayer MoS2 can be prepared by using CVD. Both Raman and PL measurements indicate low density of defects in rhombic monolayer MoS2 with enhanced PL intensity. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations show that passivation of defects in MoS2 removes trapping gap states, which may finally result in PL enhancement.

  16. Magneto-photoluminescence of InAs/InGaAs/InAlAs quantum well structures

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    Terent'ev, Ya. V.; Danilov, S. N.; Loher, J.; Schuh, D.; Bougeard, D.; Weiss, D.; Ganichev, S. D.; Durnev, M. V.; Tarasenko, S. A.; Mukhin, M. S.; Ivanov, S. V.

    2014-03-10

    Photoluminescence (PL) and highly circularly polarized magneto-PL (up to 50% at 6 T) from two-step bandgap InAs/InGaAs/InAlAs quantum wells (QWs) are studied. Bright PL is observed up to room temperature, indicating a high quantum efficiency of the radiative recombination in these QWs. The sign of the circular polarization indicates that it stems from the spin polarization of heavy holes caused by the Zeeman effect. Although in magnetic field the PL lines are strongly circularly polarized, no energy shift between the counter-polarized PL lines was observed. The results suggest the electron and the hole g-factor to be of the same sign and close magnitudes.

  17. Low-temperature photoluminescence analysis of CdTeSe crystals for radiation-detector applications

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    YANG G.; Roy, U. N.; Bolotnikov, A. E.; Cui, Y.; Camarda, G.S.; Hossain, A.; and James, R. B.

    2015-10-05

    Goal: Understanding the changes of material defects in CdTeSe following annealing. Experimental results and discussions: Infrared (IR) transmission microscopy; current-voltage measurements (Highlight: Improvement of resistivity of un-doped crystals after annealing); low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of as-grown and annealed samples.

  18. Structural Order-Disorder Transformations Monitored by X-Ray Diffraction and Photoluminescence

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    Lima, R. C.; Paris, E. C.; Leite, E. R.; Espinosa, J. W. M.; Souza, A. G.; Longo, E.

    2007-01-01

    A study was conducted to examine the structural order-disorder transformation promoted by controlled heat treatment using X-ray diffraction technique (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) techniques as tools to monitor the degree of structural order. The experiment was observed to be versatile and easily achieved with low cost which allowed producing…

  19. Thermally Engineered Blue Photoluminescence of Porous Anodic Alumina Membranes for Promising Optical Biosensors

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    Bu, Sang Don; Cho, Sam Yeon; Choi, Yong Chan; Kim, Jin Woo; Han, Jin Kyu; Kwak, Jin Ho; Yang, Sun A.

    Optical biosensors based on porous anodic alumina membranes (PAAMs) have shown to be an effective device because of their unique optical properties and biocompatibility. Among various optical properties, photoluminescence (PL) emission derived from PAAMs is one of the most suitable characteristics. However, the origin of PL from PAA is unclear and still in doubt. Therefore, it is essential for further potential practical applications to understand the origin of PL and PL variations. Here, we investigate the effects of post-annealing temperatures on the blue PL of amorphous PAAMs fabricated in oxalic acid. We find that the blue PL emission is strongly dependent on the thermal properties. A strong blue PL at a peak of ~460 nm is observed from the initial PAAM (not annealed PAAM) and this PL band can be divided into two Gaussian components at 458 ~ +/- ~ 4 nm (P1 band) and 517 ~ +/- 7nm (P2 band). As the temperature increases to 600 ° C , the intensities of two PL bands gradually increase. During temperature increases from 600 to 700 ° C , the P2 band increases but the P1 band decreases. The analyses of electron paramagnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy show that the P1 and P2 bands originate from the unstable carboxylates and the stable carboxylates, respectively.

  20. Diffusion limited photoluminescence quantum yields in 1-D semiconductors: single-wall carbon nanotubes.

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    Hertel, Tobias; Himmelein, Sabine; Ackermann, Thomas; Stich, Dominik; Crochet, Jared

    2010-12-28

    Photoluminescence quantum yields and nonradiative decay of the excitonic S(1) state in length fractionated (6,5) single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are studied by continuous wave and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. The experimental data are modeled by diffusion limited contact quenching of excitons at stationary quenching sites including tube ends. A combined analysis of the time-resolved photoluminescence decay and the length dependence of photoluminescence quantum yields (PL QYs) from SWNTs in sodium cholate suspensions allows to determine the exciton diffusion coefficient D = 10.7 ± 0.4 cm(2)s(-1) and lifetime τ(PL) for long tubes of 20 ± 1 ps. PL quantum yields Φ(PL) are found to scale with the inverse diffusion coefficient and the square of the mean quenching site distance, here l(d) = 120 ± 25 nm. The results suggest that low PL QYs of SWNTs are due to the combination of high-diffusive exciton mobility with the presence of only a few quenching sites.

  1. Photoluminescence of defects induced in silicon by SF6/O2 reactive-ion etching

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    Buyanova, I. A.; Henry, A.; Monemar, B.; Lindström, J. L.; Oehrlein, G. S.

    1995-09-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) studies of SF6/O2 plasma-induced defect formation in n-type silicon samples are reported. Ion bombardment of the silicon surface during the SF6 reactive-ion etching (RIE) is shown to introduce defects giving rise to a broad PL band in the 0.70-1.00 eV spectral range and to the carbon-related C and G lines. The role of oxygen during SF6/O2 RIE on the photoluminescence observed is analyzed. It is argued that oxygen contamination enhances the formation of PL centers via the creation of extended defects, such as oxygen precipitates. A lattice contraction nearby these extended defects is suggested to be responsible for the observed splitting of the C and G lines as well as the shift of the phosphorous bound exciton line detected after SF6/O2 RIE.

  2. Photoluminescence study of ZnS and ZnS:Pb nanoparticles

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    Virpal, Hastir, Anita; Kaur, Jasmeet; Singh, Gurpreet; Singh, Ravi Chand

    2015-05-15

    Photoluminescence (PL) study of pure and 5wt. % lead doped ZnS prepared by co-precipitation method was conducted at room temperature. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), UV-Visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometer, Photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectroscopy. XRD patterns confirm cubic structure of ZnS and PbS in doped sample. The band gap energy value increased in case of Pb doped ZnS nanoparticles. The PL spectrum of pure ZnS was de-convoluted into two peaks centered at 399nm and 441nm which were attributed to defect states of ZnS. In doped sample, a shoulder peak at 389nm and a broad peak centered at 505nm were observed. This broad green emission peak originated due to Pb activated ZnS states.

  3. Blue photoluminescence enhancement in laser-irradiated 6H-SiC at room temperature

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    Wu, Yan; Ji, Lingfei Lin, Zhenyuan; Jiang, Yijian; Zhai, Tianrui

    2014-01-27

    Blue photoluminescence (PL) of 6H-SiC irradiated by an ultraviolet laser can be observed at room temperature in dark condition. PL spectra with Gaussian fitting curve of the irradiated SiC show that blue luminescence band (∼440 nm) is more pronounced than other bands. The blue PL enhancement is the combined result of the improved shallow N-donor energy level and the unique surface state with Si nanocrystals and graphene/Si composite due to the effect of photon energy input by the short-wavelength laser irradiation. The study can provide a promising route towards the preparation of well-controlled blue photoluminescence material for light-emitting devices.

  4. Photoluminescence of etched SiC nanowires

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    Stewart, Polite D., Jr.; Rich, Ryan; Zerda, T. W.

    2010-10-01

    SiC nanowires were produced from carbon nanotubes and nanosize silicon powder in a tube furnace at temperatures between 1100^oC and 1350^oC. SiC nanowires had average diameter of 30 nm and very narrow size distribution. The compound possesses a high melting point, high thermal conductivity, and excellent wear resistance. The surface of the SiC nanowires after formation is covered by an amorphous layer. The composition of that layer is not fully understood, but it is believed that in addition to amorphous SiC it contains various carbon and silicon compounds, and SiO2. The objective of the research was to modify the surface structure of these SiC nanowires. Modification of the surface was done using the wet etching method. The etched nanowires were then analyzed using Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL). FTIR and TEM analysis provided valid proof that the SiC nanowires were successfully etched. Also, the PL results showed that the SiC nanowire core did possess a fluorescent signal.

  5. Vibronic Structure of Heat-treated Polyparaphenylene Photoluminescence Spectra

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    Matthews, Manyalibo J.; Brown, S. D. M.; Pimenta, M. A.; Dresselhaus, M. S.; Endo, Morinobu

    1998-03-01

    We present the results of detailed photoluminescence (PL) experiments on Kovacic-type PPP prepared at different heat-treatment temperatures. Heat-treated Kovacic-PPP has been shown to produce a structure capable of electrochemically absorbing a large amount of lithium, which has practical interest for applications to lithium-ion batteries. Photoluminescent emissions in the energy range 2.4-3.0 eV show well-defined vibronic levels which are analyzed using Frank-Condon theory, yielding electron-phonon coupled phonon modes with mode frequencies that are in agreement with Raman data. We discuss in detail the anomalous red ( ~ 1.8 eV) emission which is particular to the Kovacic synthesis process, and is sensitive to defect concentration. Ab initio total energy calculations were performed to investigate the influence of both inherent synthesis-dependent defects and thermally-induced defects on the PL spectra. For comparison, we also present PL results and calculations on less-defective Yamamoto-type PPP.

  6. Photoluminescence of Diamondoid Crystals

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    Clay, William; Sasagawa, Takao; Iwasa, Akio; Liu, Zhi; Dahl, Jeremy E.; Carlson, Robert M.K.; Kelly, Michael; Melos, Nicholas; Shen, Zhi-Xun; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Geballe Lab. /SIMES, Stanford

    2012-04-03

    The photoluminescence of diamondoids in the solid state is examined. All of the diamondoids are found to photoluminesce readily with initial excitation wavelengths ranging from 233 nm to 240 nm (5.3 eV). These excitation energies are more than 1 eV lower than any previously studied saturated hydrocarbon material. The emission is found to be heavily shifted from the absorption, with emission wavelengths of roughly 295 nm (4.2 eV) in all cases. In the dissolved state, however, no uorescence is observed for excitation wavelengths as short as 200 nm. We also discuss predictions and measurements of the quantum yield. Our predictions indicate that the maximum yield may be as high as 25%. Our measurement of one species, diamantane, gives a yield of 11%, the highest ever reported for a saturated hydrocarbon, even though it was likely not at the optimal excitation wavelength.

  7. ezAFM: A low cost Atomic Force Microscope(AFM)

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    Celik, Umit; Celik, Kubra; Aslan, Husnu; Kehribar, Ihsan; Dede, Munir; Ozgur Ozer, H.; Oral, Ahmet

    2012-02-01

    A low cost AFM, ezAFM is developed for educational purposes as well as research. Optical beam deflection method is used to measure the deflection of cantilever. ezAFM scanner is built using voice coil motors (VCM) with ˜50x50x6 μm scan area. The microscope uses alignment free cantilevers, which minimizes setup times. FPGA based AFM feedback Control electronics is developed. FPGA technology allows us to drive all peripherals in parallel. ezAFM Controller is connected to PC by USB 2.0 interface as well as Wi-Fi. We have achieved <5nm lateral and ˜0.01nm vertical resolution. ezAFM can image single atomic steps in HOPG and mica. An optical microscope with <3 μm resolution is also integrated into the system. ezAFM supports different AFM operation modes such as dynamic mode, contact mode, lateral force microscopy. Advanced modes like magnetic force microscopy and electric force microscopy will be implemented later on. The new ezAFM system provides, short learning times for student labs, quick setup and easy to transport for portable applications with the best price/performance ratio. The cost of the system starts from 15,000, with system performance comparable with the traditional AFM systems.

  8. Investigation of Photoluminescence and Photocurrent in InGaAsP/InP Strained Multiple Quantum Well Heterostructures

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    Raisky, O. Y.; Wang, W. B.; Alfano, R. R.; Reynolds, C. L., Jr.; Swaminathan, V.

    1997-01-01

    Multiple quantum well InGaAsP/InP p-i-n laser heterostructures with different barrier thicknesses have been investigated using photoluminescence (PL) and photocurrent (PC) measurements. The observed PL spectrum and peak positions are in good agreement with those obtained from transfer matrix calculations. Comparing the measured quantum well PC with calculated carrier escape rates, the photocurrent changes are found to be governed by the temperature dependence of the electron escape time.

  9. Photoluminescence, chemiluminescence and anodic electrochemiluminescence of hydrazide-modified graphene quantum dots

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    Dong, Yongqiang; Dai, Ruiping; Dong, Tongqing; Chi, Yuwu; Chen, Guonan

    2014-09-01

    Single-layer graphene quantum dots (SGQDs) were refluxed with hydrazine (N2H4) to prepare hydrazide-modified SGQDs (HM-SGQDs). Compared with SGQDs, partial oxygen-containing groups have been removed from HM-SGQDs. At the same time, a lot of hydrazide groups have been introduced into HM-SGQDs. The introduced hydrazide groups provide HM-SGQDs with a new kind of surface state, and give HM-SGQDs unique photoluminescence (PL) properties such as blue-shifted PL emission and a relatively high PL quantum yield. More importantly, the hydrazide-modification made HM-SGQDs have abundant luminol-like units. Accordingly, HM-SGQDs exhibit unique and excellent chemiluminescence (CL) and anodic electrochemiluminescence (ECL). The hydrazide groups of HM-SGQDs can be chemically oxidized by the dissolved oxygen (O2) in alkaline solutions, producing a strong CL signal. The CL intensity is mainly dependent on the pH value and the concentration of O2, implying the potential applications of HM-SGQDs in pH and O2 sensors. The hydrazide groups of HM-SGQDs can also be electrochemically oxidized in alkaline solutions, producing a strong anodic ECL signal. The ECL intensity can be enhanced sensitively by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The enhanced ECL intensity is proportional to the concentration of H2O2 in a wide range of 3 μM to 500 μM. The detection limit of H2O2 was calculated to be about 0.7 μM. The results suggest the great potential applications of HM-SGQDs in the sensors of H2O2 and bio-molecules that are able to produce H2O2 in the presence of enzymes.Single-layer graphene quantum dots (SGQDs) were refluxed with hydrazine (N2H4) to prepare hydrazide-modified SGQDs (HM-SGQDs). Compared with SGQDs, partial oxygen-containing groups have been removed from HM-SGQDs. At the same time, a lot of hydrazide groups have been introduced into HM-SGQDs. The introduced hydrazide groups provide HM-SGQDs with a new kind of surface state, and give HM-SGQDs unique photoluminescence (PL) properties such

  10. Electron transition pathways of photoluminescence from 3C-SiC nanocrystals unraveled by steady-state, blinking and time-resolved photoluminescence measurements

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    Gan, Zhixing; Wu, Xinglong; Xu, Hao; Zhang, Ning; Nie, Shouping; Fu, Ying

    2016-07-01

    The cubic phase SiC nanocrystals (3C-SiC NCs) have been extensively studied for electronics and photonics applications. In this work we study the electron transition pathways of photoluminescence (PL) from 3C-SiC NCs. It is found through measuring the steady-state, blinking and time-resolved PL spectra that surface passivation by glycerol improved the steady-state PL intensity (it does not modify the emission wavelength) and the NCs fluoresced more steadily. The PL decay lifetimes are shown to be the same when the detection wavelength is modified to scan the broad PL peak, implying that the broad PL peak is originated from the distribution of NCs’ sizes. Furthermore, the PL decay lifetimes are not modified by the surface passivation. It is concluded that for PL, the electron is photoexcited from the ground state in the NC to a high-energy excited state, relaxes to the first excited state then radiatively recombines to the ground state to emit a photon. The photoexcited electron at the high-energy excited state could transit to the surface state, resulting in a reduced PL intensity and a decreased on-state dwell time in the blinking trajectory. The PL decay lifetime data implies that the two principal electron transition pathways of (a) high-energy excited state \\Rightarrow the first excited state \\Rightarrow the ground state, and (b) high-energy excited state \\Rightarrow surface state \\Rightarrow the ground state are independent from each other. We strongly believe that such a deep knowledge about 3C-SiC NCs will open new doors to harness them for novel applications.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of a new photoluminescent material, tris-[1-10 phenanthroline] aluminium

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    Kumar, Rahul; Dvivedi, Avanish; Bhargava, Parag

    2016-05-01

    A new photoluminescent material namely tris-[1-10 Phenanthroline] Aluminium Al(Phen)3 has been synthesized and characterized. This material was characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR),nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR),mass spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA),ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy(UV) and photoluminescence (PL). This material shows thermal stability up to 300°C. This material showed absorption maxima at 352nm which may be attributed to the moderate energy (π-π*) transition. Photoluminescence spectra for this material showed the most intense peak at 423 nm and the time resolved photoluminescence spectra showed two life time components. The decay times of the first and second component were 1.4ns and 4.8 ns respectively.

  12. Nano Mechanical Machining Using AFM Probe

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    Mostofa, Md. Golam

    Complex miniaturized components with high form accuracy will play key roles in the future development of many products, as they provide portability, disposability, lower material consumption in production, low power consumption during operation, lower sample requirements for testing, and higher heat transfer due to their very high surface-to-volume ratio. Given the high market demand for such micro and nano featured components, different manufacturing methods have been developed for their fabrication. Some of the common technologies in micro/nano fabrication are photolithography, electron beam lithography, X-ray lithography and other semiconductor processing techniques. Although these methods are capable of fabricating micro/nano structures with a resolution of less than a few nanometers, some of the shortcomings associated with these methods, such as high production costs for customized products, limited material choices, necessitate the development of other fabricating techniques. Micro/nano mechanical machining, such an atomic force microscope (AFM) probe based nano fabrication, has, therefore, been used to overcome some the major restrictions of the traditional processes. This technique removes material from the workpiece by engaging micro/nano size cutting tool (i.e. AFM probe) and is applicable on a wider range of materials compared to the photolithographic process. In spite of the unique benefits of nano mechanical machining, there are also some challenges with this technique, since the scale is reduced, such as size effects, burr formations, chip adhesions, fragility of tools and tool wear. Moreover, AFM based machining does not have any rotational movement, which makes fabrication of 3D features more difficult. Thus, vibration-assisted machining is introduced into AFM probe based nano mechanical machining to overcome the limitations associated with the conventional AFM probe based scratching method. Vibration-assisted machining reduced the cutting forces

  13. Photoluminescence fatigue and inhomogeneous line broadening in semi-insulating Tl6SeI4 single crystals

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    Kostina, S. S.; Peters, J. A.; Lin, W.; Chen, P.; Liu, Z.; Wang, P. L.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Wessels, B. W.

    2016-06-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) properties of semi-insulating Tl6SeI4 have been investigated. A broad emission band centered at 1.63 ± 0.02 eV was observed in all samples. The PL emission band is excitonic in nature and is tentatively attributed to a bound exciton emission. PL fatigue (a reduction in PL intensity under prolonged laser excitation) was always observed. The amount of PL fatigue depended on excitation power and temperature. PL fatigue kinetics are described by a stretched exponential with nominal lifetimes in the 10–265 s range. The recovery of the PL occurred within a few seconds of light cessation. The magnitude of PL fatigue in different samples correlated with inhomogeneous line broadening of the 1.63 eV emission band, such that broader bands exhibited more fatigue. An additional luminescence band centered at 1.78 eV was observed which increased in intensity under prolonged laser irradiation. The fatigue phenomenon is tentatively attributed to two mechanisms—the formation of photo-induced defects and the formation of quasi-stable particles. Both of these mechanisms introduce additional radiative and non-radiative recombination channels that lead to a decrease in the PL intensity under prolonged laser irradiation. Since inhomogeneous line broadening and PL fatigue are related to the concentration of defects or impurities, the measurement of these two parameters is an effective method to screen sample quality.

  14. Time-resolved photoluminescence properties of ion-beam-synthesized β-FeSi2 and Si-implanted Si

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    Terai, Yoshikazu; Maeda, Yoshihito

    2015-07-01

    Temporal decay characteristics of 1.54 µm photoluminescence (PL) were investigated in β-FeSi2 and Si-implanted Si samples grown by ion-beam-synthesis (IBS). In the samples, the band-edge PL of β-FeSi2 (A-band) and the dislocation-related PL (D1-band) of Si were both observed at ˜0.8 eV. Regarding the dependence of the PL decay curves on excitation power density (P), PL decay curves without extrinsic effects were obtained at a low P of P ≤ 4.3 mW/cm2. The PL decay times obtained at a low P showed clear differences between the A-band and the D1-line. The result showed that the band-edge PL of β-FeSi2 was distinguished from the dislocation-related PL of Si by the PL decay times. The intrinsic PL decay times of β-FeSi2 were determined to be τ1 = 70-100 ns and τ2 = 550-670 ns at 5 K.

  15. Photoluminescence fatigue and inhomogeneous line broadening in semi-insulating Tl6SeI4 single crystals

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    Kostina, S. S.; Peters, J. A.; Lin, W.; Chen, P.; Liu, Z.; Wang, P. L.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Wessels, B. W.

    2016-06-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) properties of semi-insulating Tl6SeI4 have been investigated. A broad emission band centered at 1.63 ± 0.02 eV was observed in all samples. The PL emission band is excitonic in nature and is tentatively attributed to a bound exciton emission. PL fatigue (a reduction in PL intensity under prolonged laser excitation) was always observed. The amount of PL fatigue depended on excitation power and temperature. PL fatigue kinetics are described by a stretched exponential with nominal lifetimes in the 10-265 s range. The recovery of the PL occurred within a few seconds of light cessation. The magnitude of PL fatigue in different samples correlated with inhomogeneous line broadening of the 1.63 eV emission band, such that broader bands exhibited more fatigue. An additional luminescence band centered at 1.78 eV was observed which increased in intensity under prolonged laser irradiation. The fatigue phenomenon is tentatively attributed to two mechanisms—the formation of photo-induced defects and the formation of quasi-stable particles. Both of these mechanisms introduce additional radiative and non-radiative recombination channels that lead to a decrease in the PL intensity under prolonged laser irradiation. Since inhomogeneous line broadening and PL fatigue are related to the concentration of defects or impurities, the measurement of these two parameters is an effective method to screen sample quality.

  16. Giant photoluminescence emission in crystalline faceted Si grains

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    Faraci, Giuseppe; Pennisi, Agata R.; Alberti, Alessandra; Ruggeri, Rosa; Mannino, Giovanni

    2013-01-01

    Empowering an indirect band-gap material like Si with optical functionalities, firstly light emission, represents a huge advancement constantly pursued in the realization of any integrated photonic device. We report the demonstration of giant photoluminescence (PL) emission by a newly synthesized material consisting of crystalline faceted Si grains (fg-Si), a hundred nanometer in size, assembled in a porous and columnar configuration, without any post processing. A laser beam with wavelength 632.8 nm locally produce such a high temperature, determined on layers of a given thickness by Raman spectra, to induce giant PL radiation emission. The optical gain reaches the highest value ever, 0.14 cm/W, representing an increase of 3 orders of magnitude with respect to comparable data recently obtained in nanocrystals. Giant emission has been obtained from fg-Si deposited either on glass or on flexible, low cost, polymeric substrate opening the possibility to fabricate new devices. PMID:24056300

  17. AFM CHARACTERIZATION OF RAMAN LASER INDUCED DAMAGE ON CDZNTECRYSTAL SURFACES

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    Teague, L.; Duff, M.

    2008-10-07

    High quality CdZnTe (or CZT) crystals have the potential for use in room temperature gamma-ray and X-ray spectrometers. Over the last decade, the methods for growing high quality CZT have improved the quality of the produced crystals however there are material features that can influence the performance of these materials as radiation detectors. The presence of structural heterogeneities within the crystals, such as twinning, pipes, grain boundaries (polycrystallinity), and secondary phases (SPs) can have an impact on the detector performance. There is considerable need for reliable and reproducible characterization methods for the measurement of crystal quality. With improvements in material characterization and synthesis, these crystals may become suitable for widespread use in gamma radiation detection. Characterization techniques currently utilized to test for quality and/or to predict performance of the crystal as a gamma-ray detector include infrared (IR) transmission imaging, synchrotron X-ray topography, photoluminescence spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Raman spectroscopy. In some cases, damage caused by characterization methods can have deleterious effects on the crystal performance. The availability of non-destructive analysis techniques is essential to validate a crystal's quality and its ability to be used for either qualitative or quantitative gamma-ray or X-ray detection. The work presented herein discusses the damage that occurs during characterization of the CZT surface by a laser during Raman spectroscopy, even at minimal laser powers. Previous Raman studies have shown that the localized annealing from tightly focused, low powered lasers results in areas of higher Te concentration on the CZT surface. This type of laser damage on the surface resulted in decreased detector performance which was most likely due to increased leakage current caused by areas of higher Te concentration. In this study

  18. Near-infrared photoluminescence in germanium oxide enclosed germanium nano- and micro-crystals.

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    Wang, Wenzhong; Wang, Keda; Han, Daxing; Poudel, Bed; Wang, Xiaowei; Wang, D Z; Zeng, Baoqing; Ren, Z F

    2007-02-21

    We have studied the near-infrared photoluminescence properties of free-standing germanium nano-crystals (20 nm on average) and micro-crystals (60 µm on average) at 80-300 K. Two peaks were observed at ∼1.0 and ∼1.4 eV from both the nano- and micro-crystals. The integrated PL (I(PL)) intensity of the nano-crystals is about an order of magnitude stronger than that of the micro-crystals and the I(PL) is also enhanced by ageing in air for both crystals. The ∼1.0 eV peak position does not change with either the crystal size or temperature. We suggest that the deep traps located at the interfacial region between the surface GeO(2) layer and the bulk crystal Ge is responsible for the near-infrared PL.

  19. Nonlinear photoluminescence imaging of isotropic and liquid crystalline dispersions of graphene oxide.

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    Senyuk, Bohdan; Behabtu, Natnael; Pacheco, Benjamin G; Lee, Taewoo; Ceriotti, Gabriel; Tour, James M; Pasquali, Matteo; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2012-09-25

    We report a visible-range nonlinear photoluminescence (PL) from graphene oxide (GO) flakes excited by near-infrared femtosecond laser light. PL intensity has nonlinear dependence on the laser power, implying a multiphoton excitation process, and also strongly depends on a linear polarization orientation of excitation light, being at maximum when it is parallel to flakes. We show that PL can be used for a fully three-dimensional label-free imaging of isotropic, nematic, and lamellar liquid crystalline dispersions of GO flakes in water. This nonlinear PL is of interest for applications in direct label-free imaging of composite materials and study of orientational ordering in mesomorphic phases formed by these flakes, as well as in biomedical and sensing applications utilizing GO.

  20. Nanoplasmonic Photoluminescence Spectroscopy at Single-Particle Level: Sensing for Ethanol Oxidation.

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    Zheng, Zhaoke; Majima, Tetsuro

    2016-02-18

    Surface plasmon resonances of metal nanoparticles have shown significant promise for the use of solar energy to drive catalytic chemical reactions. More importantly, understanding and monitoring such catalytic reactions at single-nanoparticle level is crucial for the study of local reaction processes. Herein, using plasmonic photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, we describe a novel sensing method for catalytic ethanol oxidation reactions at the single-nanoparticle level. The Au nanorod monitors the interfacial interaction with ethanol during the catalytic reaction through the PL intensity changes in the single-particle PL spectra. The analysis of energy relaxation of excited electron-hole pairs indicates the relationship between the PL quenching and ethanol oxidation reaction on the single Au nanorod.

  1. Correlation of quantum efficiency and photoluminescence lifetime of ZnO tetrapods grown at different temperatures

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    Tam, M. C.; Ng, A. M. C.; Djurišić, A. B.; Wong, K. S.

    2012-07-01

    Absolute external quantum efficiencies (ηs) and photoluminescence (PL) decay lifetimes of ZnO tetrapods grown at different temperatures were measured. All the tetrapods had an UV peak at about 390 nm and a very weak defect emission. Measurements showed that the tetrapods have ηs of 2%-4% at room temperature. The sample, grown at optimal temperature, exhibited the largest absolute η of 4.3% and longest PL decay lifetimes among all the samples. These results showed that precise control of growth temperature plays an important role in making high quality ZnO tetrapods. In time-resolved measurement, the PL decay time constant (τ) versus temperature is well fitted by the theoretical prediction τ =a T3/2. This increase in PL lifetime with increasing temperature shows that the excited state relaxation is dominated by radiative recombination.

  2. Electronic structure and photoluminescence study of silicon doped diamond like carbon (Si:DLC) thin films

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    Ray, S.C. . E-mail: raysekhar@rediffmail.com; Okpalugo, T.I.T.; Pao, C.W.; Tsai, H.M.; Chiou, J.W.; Jan, J.C.; Pong, W.F.; Papakonstantinou, P.; McLaughlin, J.A.; Wang, W.J.

    2005-10-06

    We have investigated the electronic and bonding structure using Fourier-transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectra and studied photoluminescence (PL) from micro-Raman spectra analysis of a-C:H:Si (Si:DLC) thin films deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) method. Tetramethylsilane [Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}, TMS] vapour was used as Silicon precursor and a bias voltage of 400 V was applied during deposition. It is observed from FT-IR spectra that with increasing TMS flow rate, the intensity of Si-H {sub n} and C-H {sub n} modes is increased significantly. PL study indicates that the PL is increased and that the PL peak position is shifted towards lower energy when the TMS flow rate increases gradually during deposition.

  3. Photoluminescence of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: The Role of Stokes Shift and Impurity Levels

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    Mu, Jinglin; Ma, Yuchen; Yin, Huabing; Liu, Chengbu; Rohlfing, Michael

    2013-09-01

    Recent experiments have indicated that dopants and defects can trigger new redshifted photoluminescence (PL) peaks below the E11 peak in single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). To understand the origin of the new PL peaks, we study theoretically the excited-state properties of SWCNTs with some typical dopants and defects by ab initio many-body perturbation theory. Our calculations demonstrate that the Stokes shift in doped centers can be as large as 170 meV, which is much larger than that of intact SWCNTs and must be taken into account. We find dipole-allowed transitions from localized midgap and shallow impurity levels, which can give rise to pronounced PL peaks. Dark excitons, on the other hand, seem to have oscillator strengths that are too small to account for the new PL peaks.

  4. Photoluminescence studies of polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se2: Lateral inhomogeneities beyond Abbe's diffraction limit

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    Neumann, Oliver; Brüggemann, Rudolf; Hariskos, Dimitrios; Witte, Wolfram; Bauer, Gottfried H.

    2015-11-01

    We analyze Cu(In,Ga)Se2 absorbers with a scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) by photoluminescence (PL). Such measurements allow one to extract local fluctuations of the integral PL yield, the quasi-Fermi level splitting, and the material composition in the submicron range. However, the experimental findings depend strongly on the surface roughness of the absorber: If the surface is rough, artifact-prone correlations between surface contour and PL features measured by SNOM can be found that complicate the study of recombination effects. For smooth surfaces, such correlations no longer exist and the influence of grain boundaries on the integral PL yield and the quasi-Fermi level splitting is revealed. The method also allows a detailed determination of the local band gaps in neighboring grains and their spatial variation inside, and thus of possibly local changes in chemical composition of different grains.

  5. An analysis of temperature dependent photoluminescence line shapes in InGaN

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    Teo, K. L.; Colton, J. S.; Yu, P. Y.; Weber, E. R.; Li, M. F.; Liu, W.; Uchida, K.; Tokunaga, H.; Akutsu, N.; Matsumoto, K.

    1998-09-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) line shapes in InGaN multiple quantum well structures have been studied experimentally and theoretically between 10 and 300 K. The higher temperature PL spectra can be fitted quantitatively with a thermalized carrier distribution and a broadened joint-density-of-states. The low temperature PL line shapes suggest that carriers are not thermalized, as a result of localization by band-gap fluctuations. We deduce a localization energy of ˜7 meV as compared with an activation energy of ˜63 meV from thermal quenching of the PL intensity. We thus conclude that this activation energy and the band-gap fluctuation most likely have different origins.

  6. Spin-Controlled Photoluminescence in Hybrid Nanoparticles Purple Membrane System

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    2016-01-01

    Spin-dependent photoluminescence (PL) quenching of CdSe nanoparticles (NPs) has been explored in the hybrid system of CdSe NP purple membrane, wild-type bacteriorhodopsin (bR) thin film on a ferromagnetic (Ni-alloy) substrate. A significant change in the PL intensity from the CdSe NPs has been observed when spin-specific charge transfer occurs between the retinal and the magnetic substrate. This feature completely disappears in a bR apo membrane (wild-type bacteriorhodopsin in which the retinal protein covalent bond was cleaved), a bacteriorhodopsin mutant (D96N), and a bacteriorhodopsin bearing a locked retinal chromophore (isomerization of the crucial C13=C14 retinal double bond was prevented by inserting a ring spanning this bond). The extent of spin-dependent PL quenching of the CdSe NPs depends on the absorption of the retinal, embedded in wild-type bacteriorhodopsin. Our result suggests that spin-dependent charge transfer between the retinal and the substrate controls the PL intensity from the NPs. PMID:27018195

  7. Maximizing Photoluminescence Extraction in Silicon Photonic Crystal Slabs

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    Mahdavi, Ali; Sarau, George; Xavier, Jolly; Paraïso, Taofiq K.; Christiansen, Silke; Vollmer, Frank

    2016-04-01

    Photonic crystal modes can be tailored for increasing light matter interactions and light extraction efficiencies. These PhC properties have been explored for improving the device performance of LEDs, solar cells and precision biosensors. Tuning the extended band structure of 2D PhC provides a means for increasing light extraction throughout a planar device. This requires careful design and fabrication of PhC with a desirable mode structure overlapping with the spectral region of emission. We show a method for predicting and maximizing light extraction from 2D photonic crystal slabs, exemplified by maximizing silicon photoluminescence (PL). Systematically varying the lattice constant and filling factor, we predict the increases in PL intensity from band structure calculations and confirm predictions in micro-PL experiments. With the near optimal design parameters of PhC, we demonstrate more than 500-fold increase in PL intensity, measured near band edge of silicon at room temperature, an enhancement by an order of magnitude more than what has been reported.

  8. Maximizing Photoluminescence Extraction in Silicon Photonic Crystal Slabs

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    Mahdavi, Ali; Sarau, George; Xavier, Jolly; Paraïso, Taofiq K.; Christiansen, Silke; Vollmer, Frank

    2016-01-01

    Photonic crystal modes can be tailored for increasing light matter interactions and light extraction efficiencies. These PhC properties have been explored for improving the device performance of LEDs, solar cells and precision biosensors. Tuning the extended band structure of 2D PhC provides a means for increasing light extraction throughout a planar device. This requires careful design and fabrication of PhC with a desirable mode structure overlapping with the spectral region of emission. We show a method for predicting and maximizing light extraction from 2D photonic crystal slabs, exemplified by maximizing silicon photoluminescence (PL). Systematically varying the lattice constant and filling factor, we predict the increases in PL intensity from band structure calculations and confirm predictions in micro-PL experiments. With the near optimal design parameters of PhC, we demonstrate more than 500-fold increase in PL intensity, measured near band edge of silicon at room temperature, an enhancement by an order of magnitude more than what has been reported. PMID:27113674

  9. Maximizing Photoluminescence Extraction in Silicon Photonic Crystal Slabs.

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    Mahdavi, Ali; Sarau, George; Xavier, Jolly; Paraïso, Taofiq K; Christiansen, Silke; Vollmer, Frank

    2016-01-01

    Photonic crystal modes can be tailored for increasing light matter interactions and light extraction efficiencies. These PhC properties have been explored for improving the device performance of LEDs, solar cells and precision biosensors. Tuning the extended band structure of 2D PhC provides a means for increasing light extraction throughout a planar device. This requires careful design and fabrication of PhC with a desirable mode structure overlapping with the spectral region of emission. We show a method for predicting and maximizing light extraction from 2D photonic crystal slabs, exemplified by maximizing silicon photoluminescence (PL). Systematically varying the lattice constant and filling factor, we predict the increases in PL intensity from band structure calculations and confirm predictions in micro-PL experiments. With the near optimal design parameters of PhC, we demonstrate more than 500-fold increase in PL intensity, measured near band edge of silicon at room temperature, an enhancement by an order of magnitude more than what has been reported. PMID:27113674

  10. Shaping the photoluminescence from gold nanoshells by cavity plasmons in dielectric-metal core-shell resonators

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    Sun, Ren; Wan, Mingjie; Wu, Wenyang; Gu, Ping; Chen, Zhuo; Wang, Zhenlin

    2016-08-01

    We report experimental investigation of the photoluminescence (PL) generated from the gold nanoshells of the dielectric-metal core-shell resonators (DMCSR) that support multipolar electric and magnetic based cavity plasmon resonances. Significantly enhanced and modulated PL spectrum is observed. By comparing the experimental results with analytical Mie calculations, we are able to demonstrate that the observed reshaping effects are due to the excitations of those narrow-band cavity plasmon resonances. We also present that the variation on the dielectric core size allows for tuning the cavity plasmon resonance wavelengths and thus the peak positions of the PL spectrum.

  11. Recombination Behaviour at the Ultrathin Polypyrrole Film/Silicon Interface Investigated by In-situ Pulsed Photoluminescence

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    Intelmann, Carl Matthias; Hinrichs, Karsten; Syritski, Vitali; Yang, Florent; Rappich, Jörg

    2008-01-01

    We investigated the change in Si surface recombination behaviour during the electrodeposition of ultrathin polypyrrole (PPy) films onto Si surfaces by means of in-situ pulsed photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The quenching of the band-gap related PL is lower (better passivation) when the electrodeposition is performed in a less acidic solution by use of potential pulse sequences. In-situ infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry (IR-SE) was applied for the first time to PPy electrodeposition. IR-SE and PL measurements confirm negligible formation of SiOx species at the Si/PPy interface although aqueous electrolytes were used.

  12. Strange heterogeneous photoluminescence in the Kokchetav metamorphic diamonds

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    Takabe, S.; Ogasawara, Y.

    2013-12-01

    In the laser Raman spectroscopy of the Kokchetav metamorphic diamonds using an Ar+ laser, the bands at 1400 to 1500 cm-1 were reported as "mysterious" Raman bands because those have strange peak positions as Raman shifts and their distributions measuring 1-3 micrometer space in a diamond were so heterogeneous (Igarashi et al., 2011, Ogasawara et al., 2011a, Ogasawara et al., 2011b, Harada et al., 2011). However, in our later examinations, these 'mysterious' bands at 1400-1500 cm-1 by an Ar+ laser (514.5 nm) were confirmed as photoluminescence (PL) bands at ca. 555-557 nm (we named these 'X-bands') because the spectroscopy using a He-Ne laser (632.8 nm) did not show the same bands at the same analyzed positions (Harada and Ogasawara, 2012). These bands were occasionally confirmed in T-type, S-type (core and rim), R-type diamonds in dolomite marble and the diamonds in garnet-biotite gneiss, but not in all grains. In order to understand the detailed characters of these strange PL bands of the Kokchetav diamonds, we conducted laser Raman spectroscopy using both Ar+ and He-Ne lasers with 2D mappings at different depths in a single diamond grain for the same samples and some new samples. The judgment of Raman shift or PL was carried out by comparing two spectra by Ar+ and He-Ne lasers. The laser spot diameter is about 1 μm. In the 2D mappings, diamond grains were scanned with 1 μm X- and Y-intervals at several depths with 2 μm Z-interval. In the Ar+ laser experiments, the PL bands at 637 nm (NV- center) were detected in all types of diamonds in dolomite marble and diamonds in garnet-biotite gneiss. Some grains in dolomite marble showed the PL at 575 nm (NV0 center). These PL were observed throughout whole diamond grains. All intensity maps of PL bands at 637 nm and 575 nm were consistent with the maps of diamond Raman shift at 1332 cm-1. In the 2D maps, however, the 'X-bands' were limited to small domains measuring 1-3 micrometer space in a single diamond grain. In

  13. Effect of hydrogen dilution on photoluminescent properties of nanocrystalline SiC films deposited by helicon wave plasma CVD

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    Yu, Wei; Du, Jie; Zhang, Li; Cui, Shuang Kui; Han, Li; Fu, Guang Sheng

    2007-11-01

    Nanocrystalline silicon carbide (nc-SiC) thin films were deposited by helicon wave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (HW-PECVD) technique at different hydrogen dilution ratio (RH). The PL peak energy and intensity were systemically analyzed using photoluminescent (PL) and photoluminescent excitation (PLE) methods. As a whole, the PL intensity shows an increasing trend and the PL peak energy presents continuous blue shifts with increasing hydrogen dilution ratio. In addition, it is found that the spectra band of samples deposited at low RH are composed of two components, the high energy band comes from quantum confinement effect and the low energy band is related to radiation of surface defect. The low energy band has a decreasing trend with increasing hydrogen dilution ratio and even disappears finally at high RH. We explain dependence of PL properties in terms of the variation of film microstructure induced by hydrogen dilution during film deposition. The increasing of PL intensity and the decreasing of the low energy band can both be accounted by the microstructure improvement. The decrease of PL peak energy is related to the size decrease of SiC nanocrystals.

  14. Hydration states of AFm cement phases

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    Baquerizo, Luis G.; Matschei, Thomas; Scrivener, Karen L.; Saeidpour, Mahsa; Wadsö, Lars

    2015-07-15

    The AFm phase, one of the main products formed during the hydration of Portland and calcium aluminate cement based systems, belongs to the layered double hydrate (LDH) family having positively charged layers and water plus charge-balancing anions in the interlayer. It is known that these phases present different hydration states (i.e. varying water content) depending on the relative humidity (RH), temperature and anion type, which might be linked to volume changes (swelling and shrinkage). Unfortunately the stability conditions of these phases are insufficiently reported. This paper presents novel experimental results on the different hydration states of the most important AFm phases: monocarboaluminate, hemicarboaluminate, strätlingite, hydroxy-AFm and monosulfoaluminate, and the thermodynamic properties associated with changes in their water content during absorption/desorption. This data opens the possibility to model the response of cementitious systems during drying and wetting and to engineer systems more resistant to harsh external conditions.

  15. Exciton Distribution between the Bright and Dark States in Single Carbon Nanotubes Studied by Magneto-Photoluminescence Spectroscopy

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    Matsunaga, Ryusuke; Matsuda, Kazunari; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2009-03-01

    We have performed micro-photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy for single carbon nanotubes under magnetic fields at various temperatures. Sharp PL spectra of single carbon nanotubes allow us to directly observe the dark exciton PL peak a few meV below the bright exciton PL peak due to the Aharonov-Bohm effect [1]. From the PL intensity ratio of the dark to the bright excitons under magnetic fields, we found that the non-equilibrium (non-Boltzmann) distribution occurs between the bright and dark states, because phonons cannot scatter excitons between the two states with different parities [2]. Furthermore, we discuss the diameter dependence of the exciton population of the bright and dark states in single carbon nanotubes. [1] R. Matsunaga, K. Matsuda, and Y. Kanemitsu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 147404 (2008). [2] V. Perebeinos, J. Tersoff, and Ph. Avouris, Nano Lett. 5, 2495 (2005).

  16. Photoluminescence polarization anisotropy for studying long-range structural ordering within semiconductor multi-atomic alloys and organic crystals

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    Prutskij, T.; Percino, J.; Orlova, T.; Vavilova, L.

    2013-12-04

    Long-range structural ordering within multi-component semiconductor alloys and organic crystals leads to significant optical anisotropy and, in particular, to anisotropy of the photoluminescence (PL) emission. The PL emission of ternary and quaternary semiconductor alloys is polarized if there is some amount of the atomic ordering within the crystal structure. We analyze the polarization of the PL emission from the quaternary GaInAsP semiconductor alloy grown by Liquid Phase Epitaxy (LPE) and conclude that it could be caused by low degree atomic ordering within the crystal structure together with the thermal biaxial strain due to difference between the thermal expansion coefficients of the layer and the substrate. We also study the state of polarization of the PL from organic crystals in order to identify different features of the crystal PL spectrum.

  17. Role of C-N Configurations in the Photoluminescence of Graphene Quantum Dots Synthesized by a Hydrothermal Route

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    Permatasari, Fitri Aulia; Aimon, Akfiny Hasdi; Iskandar, Ferry; Ogi, Takashi; Okuyama, Kikuo

    2016-02-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) containing N atoms were successfully synthesized using a facile, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly hydrothermal reaction of urea and citric acid, and the effect of the GQDs’ C-N configurations on their photoluminescence (PL) properties were investigated. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) images confirmed that the dots were spherical, with an average diameter of 2.17 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis indicated that the C-N configurations of the GQDs substantially affected their PL intensity. Increased PL intensity was obtained in areas with greater percentages of pyridinic-N and lower percentages of pyrrolic-N. This enhanced PL was attributed to delocalized π electrons from pyridinic-N contributing to the C system of the GQDs. On the basis of energy electron loss spectroscopy (EELS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy analyses, we propose a PL mechanism for hydrothermally synthesized GQDs.

  18. Role of C–N Configurations in the Photoluminescence of Graphene Quantum Dots Synthesized by a Hydrothermal Route

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    Permatasari, Fitri Aulia; Aimon, Akfiny Hasdi; Iskandar, Ferry; Ogi, Takashi; Okuyama, Kikuo

    2016-01-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) containing N atoms were successfully synthesized using a facile, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly hydrothermal reaction of urea and citric acid, and the effect of the GQDs’ C–N configurations on their photoluminescence (PL) properties were investigated. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) images confirmed that the dots were spherical, with an average diameter of 2.17 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis indicated that the C–N configurations of the GQDs substantially affected their PL intensity. Increased PL intensity was obtained in areas with greater percentages of pyridinic-N and lower percentages of pyrrolic-N. This enhanced PL was attributed to delocalized π electrons from pyridinic-N contributing to the C system of the GQDs. On the basis of energy electron loss spectroscopy (EELS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy analyses, we propose a PL mechanism for hydrothermally synthesized GQDs. PMID:26876153

  19. Biexciton state causes photoluminescence fluctuations in CdSe/ZnS core/shell quantum dots at high photoexcitation densities

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    Yoshikawa, N.; Hirori, H.; Watanabe, H.; Aoki, T.; Ihara, T.; Kusuda, R.; Wolpert, C.; Fujiwara, T. K.; Kusumi, A.; Kanemitsu, Y.; Tanaka, K.

    2013-10-01

    The excitation density dependence of photoluminescence (PL) blinking of single CdSe/ZnS quantum dots was studied by means of single-dot PL spectroscopy. As the excitation density increases, an intermediate state appears in addition to the highly emissive (ON) and nonemissive (OFF) states. The systematic study of the excitation density dependence of PL blinking behavior (PL intensity, probabilities of finding these states, time probability distributions, and PL spectra and lifetimes) suggests that the intermediate state can be attributed to a charged exciton (trion) state generated through biexciton generation and charging (ionization) of a quantum dot under a high-density excitation regime. Our results indicate that the biexciton generation is a precursor of the trion state and not of the OFF state.

  20. Photoluminescence of a Plasmonic Molecule.

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    Huang, Da; Byers, Chad P; Wang, Lin-Yung; Hoggard, Anneli; Hoener, Ben; Dominguez-Medina, Sergio; Chen, Sishan; Chang, Wei-Shun; Landes, Christy F; Link, Stephan

    2015-07-28

    Photoluminescent Au nanoparticles are appealing for biosensing and bioimaging applications because of their non-photobleaching and non-photoblinking emission. The mechanism of one-photon photoluminescence from plasmonic nanostructures is still heavily debated though. Here, we report on the one-photon photoluminescence of strongly coupled 50 nm Au nanosphere dimers, the simplest plasmonic molecule. We observe emission from coupled plasmonic modes as revealed by single-particle photoluminescence spectra in comparison to correlated dark-field scattering spectroscopy. The photoluminescence quantum yield of the dimers is found to be surprisingly similar to the constituent monomers, suggesting that the increased local electric field of the dimer plays a minor role, in contradiction to several proposed mechanisms. Aided by electromagnetic simulations of scattering and absorption spectra, we conclude that our data are instead consistent with a multistep mechanism that involves the emission due to radiative decay of surface plasmons generated from excited electron-hole pairs following interband absorption. PMID:26165983

  1. AFM imaging of functionalized double-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Lamprecht, C; Danzberger, J; Lukanov, P; Tîlmaciu, C-M; Galibert, A-M; Soula, B; Flahaut, E; Gruber, H J; Hinterdorfer, P; Ebner, A; Kienberger, F

    2009-07-01

    We present a comparative study of several non-covalent approaches to disperse, debundle and non-covalently functionalize double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs). We investigated the ability of bovine serum albumin (BSA), phospholipids grafted onto amine-terminated polyethylene glycol (PL-PEG(2000)-NH(2)), as well as a combination thereof, to coat purified DWNTs. Topographical imaging with the atomic force microscope (AFM) was used to assess the coating of individual DWNTs and the degree of debundling and dispersion. Topographical images showed that functionalized DWNTs are better separated and less aggregated than pristine DWNTs and that the different coating methods differ in their abilities to successfully debundle and disperse DWNTs. Height profiles indicated an increase in the diameter of DWNTs depending on the functionalization method and revealed adsorption of single molecules onto the nanotubes. Biofunctionalization of the DWNT surface was achieved by coating DWNTs with biotinylated BSA, providing for biospecific binding of streptavidin in a simple incubation step. Finally, biotin-BSA-functionalized DWNTs were immobilized on an avidin layer via the specific avidin-biotin interaction. PMID:19375857

  2. Quenching of semiconductor quantum dot photoluminescence by a pi-conjugated polymer.

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    Selmarten, Donald; Jones, Marcus; Rumbles, Garry; Yu, Pingrong; Nedeljkovic, Jovan; Shaheen, Sean

    2005-08-25

    In this communication we discuss the possibility of hole transfer between a photoexcited semiconductor quantum dot and a pi-conjugated polymer. This charge-transfer event will be investigated (exploited) on the basis of its implication toward a solar energy conversion scheme. Experimentally, we show that the steady-state photoluminescence (PL) of a solution of InP quantum dots is quenched by the introduction of solvated poly(3-hexylthiophene). Time-resolved PL experiments on these solutions are also presented. It was observed that the PL transients did not significantly change upon the addition of the conductive polymer. These new results indicate that said PL quenching is static in nature. This suggests that in solution, the quantum dot and the polymer exhibit a strong intermolecular interaction. As the two species encounter each other through diffusion, the polymer quenches the quantum dot photoluminescence without altering the population's PL lifetime. This new evidence suggests that the polymer and the quantum dot form a relatively stable complex.

  3. Thermal quenching of photoluminescence of Eu3+ ions in an Eu(fod)3 complex

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    Gerasimova, V. I.; Zavorotnyi, Yu. S.; Rybaltovskii, A. O.; Taraeva, A. Yu.

    2006-05-01

    We have studied the photoluminescence (PL) spectra of Eu3+ ions in the complex Eu(fod)3 (fod = 6,6,7,7,8,8,8-heptafluoro-2,2-dimethyl-3,5-octadione) and also in polymers doped with Eu(fod)3 with the help of supercritical carbon dioxide. We have established that in the temperature range 20°C 100°C, we observe thermal quenching of the photoluminescence of Eu3+ ions, and this quenching is most efficient in polycrystalline Eu(fod)3 powder and Eu(fod)3-doped polypropylene.

  4. A new activator strontium for magnesium tetraborate: PL and TL studies.

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    Evis, D; Yucel, A; Kizilkaya, N; Depci, T; Kafadar, V E; Öztürk, E; Yildirim, R G

    2016-10-01

    Strontium was used for the first time as an activator agent for magnesium tetraborate (MBO) and photoluminescence (PL) and thermoluminescence (TL) properties were determined using a spectrophotometer and a TL reader, respectively. The results proved that 0.25wt% Sr ratio played an important role in prolonging the afterglow and the phosphor gave the main TL peak with the highest intensity at 200°C like an ideal case. Therefore, it is worthwhile to carry out continuous and systematic research on it. PMID:27526351

  5. Similarities in photoluminescence in hafnia and zirconia induced by ultraviolet photons

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    Ito, Toshihide; Maeda, Motohiro; Nakamura, Kazuhiko; Kato, Hiromitsu; Ohki, Yoshimichi

    2005-03-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) spectra induced by ultraviolet photons were measured for amorphous hafnia and zirconia deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition (PECVD), amorphous hafnia deposited by pulse laser deposition, and crystalline yttria-stabilized zirconia. Two kinds of samples were prepared for both hafnia and zirconia deposited by PECVD using different source alkoxides in different deposition chambers. A PL peak was observed around 2.8eV similarly in all hafnia and zirconia samples, irrespective of the difference in crystallinity, oxygen deficiency, source alkoxide, deposition method, or the substrate material. The decay profile of this PL is also similar in all the samples. These facts clearly show that neither impurities, oxygen vacancy, nor defects at the interface between the sample and the substrate are responsible for the PL. It is a luminescence inherent in hafnia and zirconia and is most likely due to radiative recombination between localized states at the band tails. When the samples were annealed in oxygen, a new PL peak appeared around 4.2eV in all the amorphous samples. Its decay profile is also in common with these samples. Vacuum-ultraviolet absorption measurements and PL excitation measurements indicate that the 4.2-eV PL is excited due to the interband absorption.

  6. Spectral Behavior of Bias-Dependent Photocurrent and Photoluminescence in Sputtered ZnO Layers

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    Hong, K. J.; Jeong, T. S.; Kim, T. S.; Choi, C. J.; Youn, C. J.

    2016-08-01

    The bias-dependent behavior of the photocurrent (PC) and photoluminescence (PL) of sputtered ZnO layers has been investigated. Based on PC spectroscopy results, the PC intensity of the observed free exciton increased strongly up to electric field of 60 V/cm, after which its rate of increase slightly reduced due to disturbance of field-assisted dissociation of radical ion pairs, which leads to photocarrier generation. Thus, the energy of excitonic PC peaks showed a tendency to red-shift with increasing electric field, being attributed to the induced Stark effect. Therefore, it is concluded that the strong interaction between free excitons and photogenerated PC carriers leads to displacement or widening of the spectrum. In the PL measurements, near-band-edge (NBE) and violet emissions were observed. With increasing electric field, two PL emissions were progressively quenched. The combined PL/PC results reveal that the PL ions associated with the NBE and violet emissions readily interact with the PC carriers of photogenerated electrons and holes. This behavior reduces the recombination ratio and the lifetime of PL ions. So, the PL intensity quenching originates from a decrease in the number of carriers participating in recombination. Consequently, we find that the quenching mechanism of the NBE and violet emissions is strongly related to low external electric field.

  7. Effect of graphene on photoluminescence properties of graphene/GeSi quantum dot hybrid structures

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    Chen, Y. L.; Ma, Y. J.; Wang, W. Q.; Ding, K.; Wu, Q.; Fan, Y. L.; Yang, X. J.; Zhong, Z. Y.; Jiang, Z. M.; Chen, D. D.; Xu, F.

    2014-07-14

    Graphene has been discovered to have two effects on the photoluminescence (PL) properties of graphene/GeSi quantum dot (QD) hybrid structures, which were formed by covering monolayer graphene sheet on the multilayer ordered GeSi QDs sample surfaces. At the excitation of 488 nm laser line, the hybrid structure had a reduced PL intensity, while at the excitation of 325 nm, it had an enhanced PL intensity. The attenuation in PL intensity can be attributed to the transferring of electrons from the conducting band of GeSi QDs to the graphene sheet. The electron transfer mechanism was confirmed by the time resolved PL measurements. For the PL enhancement, a mechanism called surface-plasmon-polariton (SPP) enhanced absorption mechanism is proposed, in which the excitation of SPP in the graphene is suggested. Due to the resonant excitation of SPP by incident light, the absorption of incident light is much enhanced at the surface region, thus leading to more exciton generation and a PL enhancement in the region. The results may be helpful to provide us a way to improve optical properties of low dimensional surface structures.

  8. Impact of the hydrogen content on the photoluminescence efficiency of amorphous silicon alloys

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    Kistner, J.; Schubert, M. B.

    2013-12-07

    This paper analyzes the impact of hydrogen on the photoluminescence (PL) efficiency of the three wide gap silicon alloys: silicon carbide (a-SiC{sub x}), silicon nitride (a-SiN{sub x}): silicon oxide (a-SiO{sub x}). All three materials behave similarly. The progression of the PL efficiency over the Si content splits into two regions. With decreasing Si content, the PL efficiency increases until a maximum is reached. With a further decrease of the Si content, the PL efficiency declines again. A comprehensive analysis of the sample structure reveals that the PL efficiency depends on the degree of passivation of Si and Y atoms (Y = C, N, O) with hydrogen. For samples with a high Si content, an effective passivation of incorporated Y atoms gives rise to an increasing PL efficiency. The PL efficiency of samples with a low Si content is limited due to a rising amount of unpassivated Si defect states. We find that a minimum amount of 0.2 H atoms per Si atom is required to maintain effective luminescence.

  9. 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.

  10. Contact nanomechanical measurements with the AFM

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    Geisse, Nicholas

    2013-03-01

    The atomic force microscope (AFM) has found broad use in the biological sciences largely due to its ability to make measurements on unfixed and unstained samples under liquid. In addition to imaging at multiple spatial scales ranging from micro- to nanometer, AFMs are commonly used as nanomechanical probes. This is pertinent for cell biology, as it has been demonstrated that the geometrical and mechanical properties of the extracellular microenvironment are important in such processes as cancer, cardiovascular disease, muscular dystrophy, and even the control of cell life and death. Indeed, the ability to control and quantify these external geometrical and mechanical parameters arises as a key issue in the field. Because AFM can quantitatively measure the mechanical properties of various biological samples, novel insights to cell function and to cell-substrate interactions are now possible. As the application of AFM to these types of problems is widened, it is important to understand the performance envelope of the technique and its associated data analyses. This talk will discuss the important issues that must be considered when mechanical models are applied to real-world data. Examples of the effect of different model assumptions on our understanding of the measured material properties will be shown. Furthermore, specific examples of the importance of mechanical stimuli and the micromechanical environment to the structure and function of biological materials will be presented.

  11. Synthesis of ZnO flowers and their photoluminescence properties

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    Wu Changle; Qiao Xueliang Luo Langli; Li Haijun

    2008-07-01

    Flower-like ZnO nano/microstructures have been synthesized by thermal treatment of Zn(NH{sub 3}){sub 4}{sup 2+} precursor in aqueous solvent, using ammonia as the structure directing agent. A number of techniques, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scan electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermal analysis, and photoluminescence (PL) were used to characterize the obtained ZnO structures. The photoluminescence (PL) measurements indicated that the as-synthesized ZnO structures showed UV ({approx}375 nm), blue ({approx}465 nm), and yellow ({approx}585 nm) emission bands when they were excited by a He-Gd laser using 320 nm as the excitation source. Furthermore, it has been interestingly found that the intensity of light emission at {approx}585 nm remarkably decreased when the obtained ZnO nanocrystals were annealed at 600 deg. C for 3 h in air. The reason might be the possible oxygen vacancies and interstitials in the sample decreased at high temperature.

  12. Spontaneous circular polarization of photoluminescence from WS2 single layers

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    Scrace, Thomas; Tsai, Yutsung; Barman, Biplob; Zhang, Peiyao; Petrou, Athos; Kioseoglou, George; Korkusinski, Marek; Ozfidan, Isil; Hawrylak, Pawel

    2015-03-01

    We have carried out a magnetoluminescence study of WS2 single layer crystals excited with linearly polarized light. The photoluminescence (PL) contains two features. The first is associated with the neutral exciton (X0) ; the second feature is due to the recombination of negatively charged excitons (X-) in the presence of a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). The X- - 2 DEG feature has a non-zero circular polarization up to 19% at zero magnetic field even though the PL excitation light is linearly polarized. The circular polarization is effected by an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to the crystal plane at 2 % / Tesla . The zero field circular polarization of the X- - 2 DEG photoluminescence feature is interpreted as due to the existence of a spontaneously valley polarized 2DEG. This is a new state possible in WS2 due to valley and spin locking and a strong electron-electron interaction. Work at SUNY Buffalo has been supported by ONR. I.O., M.K. and P.H. acknowledge support of NRC QPSS program and of NSERC.

  13. A biomimetic tongue by photoluminescent metal-organic frameworks.

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    Lee, Tu; Lin Lee, Hung; Hsun Tsai, Meng; Cheng, Shao-Liang; Lee, Sheng-Wei; Hu, Jung-Chih; Chen, Lien-Tai

    2013-05-15

    The taste sensing capabilities of a "biomimetic tongue" based on the photoluminescence (PL) responses of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), [In(OH)(bdc)]n (bdc=1,4-benzenedicarboxylate), [Tb(btc)]n (MOF-76, btc=benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate), and [Ca3(btc)2(DMF)2(H2O)2]·3H2O are proven on aqueous solutions of five basic tastants: sucrose (sweet), caffeine (bitter), citric acid (sour), sodium chloride (salty) and monosodium glutamate (umami). For [In(OH)(bdc)]n, the tastant interacts stereochemically with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and alters its conformations. The frequency and magnitude of chelation between COO(-) pendant groups of PAA and In(3+) nodes of [In(OH)(bdc)]n framework influence the corresponding PL reponses. For MOF-76, the tastant interacts with incorporated water in MOF-76 through hydrogen bonding. The limitation of O-H bond stretching of water results in the enhancement of the PL intensity. For [Ca3(BTC)2(DMF)2(H2O)2]·3H2O, it is added as a third MOF component to increase the precision on taste discrimination. The significance of MOF-based "biomimetic tongue" includes: (1) PAA on [In(OH)(bdc)]n mimics the taste receptor cells (TRCs) for their structural flexibility, (2) the Weber-Fechner law of human sensing that sensation is proportional to the logarithm of the stimulus intensity is observed between the PL emission response of MOF-76 and the concentration of tastant, (3) the strength of taste is quantified by the τ scale and the PL emission intensity of MOF-76, which are dependent on the logarithmic tastant concentration, (4) the tastant is identified by the shape of the 3D principal component analysis contour map (i.e., pattern recognition method), and (5) the fabrication of [In(OH)(bdc)]n/PAA film by brushing is illustrated. PMID:23277340

  14. Structural and photoluminescence properties of Ce, Dy, Er-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Jayachandraiah, C.; Kumar, K. Siva; Krishnaiah, G.

    2015-06-24

    Undoped ZnO and rare earth elements (Ce, Dy and Er with 2 at. %) doped nanoparticles were synthesized by wet chemical co-precipitation method at 90°C with Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as capping agent. The structural, morphological, compositional and photoluminescence studies were performed with X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), FTIR spectroscopy and Photoluminescence (PL) respectively. XRD results revealed hexagonal wurtzite structure with average particle size around 18 nm - 14 nm and are compatible with TEM results. EDS confirm the incorporation of Ce, Dy and Er elements into the host ZnO matrix and is validated by FTIR analysis. PL studies showed a broad intensive emission peak at 558 nm in all the samples. The intensity for Er- doped ZnO found maximum with additional Er shoulder peaks at 516nm and 538 nm. No Ce, Dy emission centers were found in spectra.

  15. The correlation of blue shift of photoluminescence and morphology of silicon nanoporous

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    Al-Jumaili, Batool E. B.; Talib, Zainal A.; Josephine L., Y.; Paiman, Suriati B.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Al-Jumaily, Abdulmajeed H. J.; Ramizy, Asmiet; Abdulateef, Sinan A.; Muh'd, Ibrahim B.; Mofdal, Manahil E. E.

    2016-07-01

    Porous silicon with diameters ranging from 6.41 to 7.12 nm were synthesized via electrochemical etching by varied anodization current density in ethanoic solutions containing aqueous hydrofluoric acid up to 65mA/cm2.The luminescence properties of the nanoporous at room temperature were analyzed via photoluminescence spectroscopy. Photoluminescence PL spectra exhibit a broad emission band in the range of 360-700 nm photon energy. The PL spectrum has a blue shift in varied anodization current density; the blue shift incremented as the existing of anodization although the intensity decreased. The current blue shift is owning to alteration of silicon nanocrystal structure at the superficies. The superficial morphology of the PS layers consists of unified and orderly distribution of nanocrystalline Si structures, have high porosity around (93.75%) and high thickness 39.52 µm.

  16. On the origin of the spatial inhomogeneity of photoluminescence in thin-film CIGS solar devices

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    El-Hajje, Gilbert; Ory, Daniel; Guillemoles, Jean-François; Lombez, Laurent

    2016-07-01

    In this letter, we investigate the origin of the spatial inhomogeneity of the photoluminescence (PL) intensity maps obtained on thin-film solar cells. Based on a hyperspectral imager setup, we record an absolute map of the quasi-Fermi level splitting Δμ by applying the generalized Planck's law. Then, using scanning confocal microscopy, we perform spatially and time-resolved photoluminescence measurements. This allowed us to quantify and map the micrometric fluctuations of the trapping defect density within these solar cells. Finally, we demonstrate the existence of a direct correlation between the spatial fluctuations of the quasi-Fermi level splitting and the trapping defect density. The latter was found to be correlated with the frequently reported spatially inhomogeneous PL maps of thin-film solar cells. Based on the observed correlation, we can quantify the local losses in quasi-Fermi level splitting induced by the spatial distribution of the trapping defects.

  17. Electric Field Dependent Photoluminescence in Atomically Thin Transition Metal Dichalcogenides van der Waals Heterostructures

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    Jauregui, Luis A.; High, Alex A.; Dibos, Alan; Joe, Andrew; Gulpinar, Elgin; Park, Hongkun; Kim, Philip

    uregui, Alex A. High, Alan Dibos, Andrew Joe, Elgin Gulpinar, Hongkun Park, Philip Kim Harvard University, Physics Department -abstract- Single layer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) are 2-dimensional (2D) semiconductors characterized by a direct optical bandgap and large exciton binding energies (>100 meV). We fabricate CQW heterostructures made of 2D TMDCs with hexagonal Boron nitride (BN) as atomically thin barrier and gate dielectric, with top and bottom gate electrodes. We study the evolution of photoluminescence (PL) spectrum with varying BN barrier thickness, electric field, temperature and polarization. Our measured low-temperature (T = 3K) PL peaks show full width at half maxima on the order of ~3meV. We identify the photoluminescence peaks, corresponding to the charged exciton emission, which red shifts and its brightness increases while the neutral exciton emission becomes darker for increasing electric field.

  18. Formation of photoluminescent n-type macroporous silicon: Effect of magnetic field and lateral electric potential

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    Antunez, E. E.; Estevez, J. O.; Campos, J.; Basurto-Pensado, M. A.; Agarwal, V.

    2014-11-01

    Metal electrode-free electrochemical etching of low doped n-type silicon substrates, under the combined effect of magnetic and lateral electric field, is used to fabricate photoluminescent n-type porous silicon structures in dark conditions. A lateral gradient in terms of structural characteristics (i.e. thickness and pore dimensions) along the electric field direction is formed. Enhancement of electric and magnetic field resulted in the increase of pore density and a change in the shape of the macropore structure, from circular to square morphology. Broad photoluminescence (PL) emission from 500 to 800 nm, with a PL peak wavelength ranging from 571 to 642 nm, is attributed to the wide range of microporous features present on the porous silicon layer.

  19. Investigation on the structural and photoluminescent properties of chromium-doped ceramics cordierite

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    da Silva, M. A. F. M.; Pedro, S. S.; López, A.; Sosman, L. P.

    2016-10-01

    This work presents the investigation about the structural and optical properties of a doped-chromium system containing cordierite (Mg2Al4Si5O18) as main phase. The sample composition and the structural data were obtained from X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and the results were analyzed by Rietveld method. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra under several excitation wavelengths and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) measurements were performed. The obtained results from PL and PLE experiments are evidences that Cr3+ occupies octahedral sites in this ceramic system. By correlating the optical results, the crystal field parameter (Dq) and Racah interelectronic repulsion parameters (B and C) were calculated and discussed according to the Tanabe-Sugano (TS) theory for d3 transition metals in octahedral sites.

  20. Photoluminescence and thermoluminescence studies of CaAl2O4:Dy(3+) phosphor.

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    Ziyauddin, Mohammad; Tigga, Shalinta; Brahme, Nameeta; Bisen, D P

    2016-02-01

    Calcium aluminate phosphors activated by Dy(3+) have been prepared by a combustion method at a temperature of 600°C. Photoluminescence (PL) and thermoluminescence (TL) properties of gamma-irradiated Dy-doped calcium aluminate were investigated. The PL spectrum shows a broad peak around 488 nm and 573 nm, under 347 nm excitation. Thermoluminescence studies were performed for different concentrations of Dy. Optimum intensity of photoluminescence was found for 0.02 mol% concentration of Dy. It was found that initially the peak TL intensity increases with increasing concentration of Dy in the CaAl2O4 host, attains a maximum value for 0.05 mol% concentration and decreases with further increase in the doping concentration due to concentration quenching.

  1. Photoluminescence in disordered Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4}

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    Chaves, Alexsandra C.; Lima, Severino J.G.; Araujo, Regiane C.M.U.; Maurera, Maria Aldeiza M.A.; Longo, Elson; Pizani, Paulo S.; Simoes, Luiz G.P.; Soledade, Luiz E.B.; Souza, Antonio G.; Santos, Ieda Maria Garcia dos . E-mail: ieda@quimica.ufpb.br

    2006-04-15

    In this work, the polymeric precursor method was used to obtain disordered Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} powders, either undoped or doped with Sn{sup 4+}, Cr{sup 3+} and V{sup 5+}, to be applied as photoluminescent material. The characterization was undertaken by means of thermal analysis (TG and DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and photoluminescence (PL). Previous works stated that titanate octahedra containing a short Ti-O distance show efficient luminescence at room temperature if these octahedra are isolated from each other. In the present work, the phenomenon was observed in condensed octahedra, sharing edges. The room temperature PL noticed in undoped Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} had its intensity increased by the dopant addition-the increase was of about 300% for V{sup 5+} doping, 400% for Cr{sup 3+} and 800% for Sn{sup 4+}.

  2. High Performance Photoluminescent Carbon Dots for In Vitro and In Vivo Bioimaging: Effect of Nitrogen Doping Ratios.

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    Wang, Junqing; Zhang, Pengfei; Huang, Chao; Liu, Gang; Leung, Ken Cham-Fai; Wáng, Yì Xiáng J

    2015-07-28

    Photoluminescent carbon dots (CDs) have received ever-increasing attention in the application of optical bioimaging because of their low toxicity, tunable fluorescent properties, and ultracompact size. We report for the first time on enhanced photoluminescence (PL) performance influenced by structure effects among the various types of nitrogen doped (N-doped) PL CDs. These CDs were facilely synthesized from condensation carbonization of linear polyethylenic amine (PEA) analogues and citric acid (CA) of different ratios. Detailed structural and property studies demonstrated that either the structures or the molar ratio of PEAs altered the PL properties of the CDs. The content of conjugated π-domains with C═N in the carbon backbone was correlated with their PL Quantum Yield (QY) (up to 69%). The hybridization between the surface/molecule state and the carbon backbone synergistically affected the chemical/physical properties. Also, long-chain polyethylenic amine (PEA) molecule-doped CDs exhibit increasing photostability, but at the expense of PL efficiency, proving that the PL emission of high QY CDs arise not only from the sp(2)/sp(3) carbon core and surface passivation of CDs, but also from the molecular fluorophores integrated in the CDs. In vitro and in vivo bioimaging of these N-doped CDs showed strong photoluminescence signals. Good biocompatibility demonstrates their potential feasibility for bioimaging applications. In addition, the overall size profile of the as-prepared CDs is comparable to the average size of capillary pores in normal living tissues (∼5 nm). Our study provides valuable insights into the effects of the PEA doping ratios on photoluminescence efficiency, biocompatibility, cellular uptake, and optical bioimaging of CDs. PMID:26135003

  3. Photoluminescence of dense nanocrystalline titanium dioxide thin films: effect of doping and thickness and relation to gas sensing.

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    Mercado, Candy; Seeley, Zachary; Bandyopadhyay, Amit; Bose, Susmita; McHale, Jeanne L

    2011-07-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) of dense nanocrystalline (anatase) TiO(2) thin films is reported as a function of calcination temperature, thickness, and tungsten and nickel doping. The dependence of the optical absorption, Raman spectra, and PL spectra on heat treatment and dopants reveals the role of oxygen vacancies, crystallinity, and phase transformation in the performance of TiO(2) films used as gas sensors. The broad visible PL from defect states of compact and undoped TiO(2) films is found to be much brighter and less sensitive to the presence of oxygen than that of mesoporous films. The dense nanocrystalline grains and the nanoparticles comprising the mesoporous film are comparable in size, demonstrating the importance of film morphology and carrier transport in determining the intensity of defect photoluminescence. At higher calcination temperatures, the transformation to rutile results in the appearance of a dominant near-infrared peak. This characteristic change in the shape of the PL spectra demonstrates efficient capture of conduction band electrons by the emerging rutile phase. The W-doped samples show diminished PL with quenching on the red side of the emission spectrum occurring at lower concentration and eventual disappearance of the PL at higher W concentration. The results are discussed within the context of the performance of the TiO(2) thin films as CO gas sensors and the chemical nature of luminescent defects. PMID:21702459

  4. Photoluminescence and structural properties of CdSe quantum dot-gelatin composite films

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    Borkovska, L.; Korsunska, N.; Stara, T.; Gudymenko, O.; Kladko, V.; Stroyuk, O.; Raevskaya, A.; Kryshtab, T.

    2014-11-01

    Optical and structural properties of composite films of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) embedded in gelatin matrix have been investigated by photoluminescence (PL), optical absorption and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. The optical absorption of the composite in the visible spectral range is found to be determined mainly by light absorption in the QDs. The decrease of the film transparency and the shift of the absorption edge to lower energies observed upon thermal annealing of the films at 140-160 °C are ascribed to the formation of chromophore groups in gelatin matrix. XRD patterns of the composite revealed helix to coil transition in gelatin matrix under thermal annealing of the composite at 100-160 °C. It is found that PL spectra of the composite are dominated by exciton and defect-related emission of the QDs and also contain weak emission of gelatin matrix. It is found that thermal annealing of the composite at 100-160 °C changes PL intensity and produces the shift of the PL bands to lower energies. As the annealed composite was kept in air for several months, the shift of exciton-related PL band position restored partially and the PL intensity increased. It is proposed that the increase of the PL intensity upon the thermal annealing of composite at 140 °C can be used for enhancement of the QD-related PL. Changes that occurred in the PL spectra of composite are ascribed to structural and chemical transformations in gelatin matrix and at the QD/gelatin interface.

  5. Self-assembly and photoluminescence evolution of hydrophilic and hydrophobic quantum dots in sol–gel processes

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    Yang, Ping; Matras-Postolek, Katarzyna; Song, Xueling; Zheng, Yan; Liu, Yumeng; Ding, Kun; Nie, Shijie

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Highly luminescent quantum dots (QDs) with tunable photoluminescence (PL) wavelength were assembled into various morphologies including chain, hollow spheres, fibers, and ring structures through sol–gel processes. The PL properties during assembly as investigated. - Highlights: • Highly luminescent quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized from several ligands. • The evolution of PL in self-assembly via sol–gel processes was investigated. • CdTe QDs were assembled into a chain by controlling hydrolysis and condensation reactions. • Hollow spheres, fibers, and ring structures were created via CdSe/ZnS QDs in sol–gel processes. - Abstract: Highly luminescent quantum dots (QDs) with tunable photoluminescence (PL) wavelength were synthesized from several ligands to investigate the PL evolution in QD self-assembly via sol–gel processes. After ligand exchange, CdTe QDs were assembled into a chain by controlling the hydrolysis and condensation reaction of 3-mercaptopropyl-trimethoxysilane. The chain was then coated with a SiO{sub 2} shell from tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). Hollow spheres, fibers, and ring structures were created from CdSe/ZnS QDs via various sol–gel processes. CdTe QDs revealed red-shifted and narrowed PL spectrum after assembly compared with their initial one. In contrast, the red-shift of PL spectra of CdSe/ZnS QDs is small. By optimizing experimental conditions, SiO{sub 2} spheres with multiple CdSe/ZnS QDs were fabricated using TEOS and MPS. The QDs in these SiO{sub 2} spheres retained their initial PL properties. This result is useful for application because of their high stability and high PL efficiency of 33%.

  6. Photoluminescence of monovalent indium centres in phosphate glass

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    Masai, Hirokazu; Yamada, Yasuhiro; Okumura, Shun; Yanagida, Takayuki; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko; Ina, Toshiaki

    2015-01-01

    Valence control of polyvalent cations is important for functionalization of various kinds of materials. Indium oxides have been used in various applications, such as indium tin oxide in transparent electrical conduction films. However, although metastable In+ (5 s2 configuration) species exhibit photoluminescence (PL), they have attracted little attention. Valence control of In+ cations in these materials will be important for further functionalization. Here, we describe In+ species using PL and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) analysis. Three absorption bands in the UV region are attributed to the In+ centre: two weak forbidden bands (1S0 → 3P1, 1S0 → 3P2) and a strong allowed band (1S0 → 1P1). The strongest PL excitation band cannot be attributed to the conventional allowed transition to the singlet excited state. Emission decay of the order of microseconds suggests that radiative relaxation occurs from the triplet excitation state. The XAFS analysis suggests that these In+ species have shorter In–O distances with lower coordination numbers than in In2O3. These results clearly demonstrate that In+ exists in a metastable amorphous network, which is the origin of the observed luminescent properties.

  7. Photoluminescence properties of Jahn-Teller transition-metal ions

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    Sanz-Ortiz, Marta N.; Rodríguez, Fernando

    2009-09-01

    This work investigates the influence of electron-phonon coupling associated with E ⊗e and T ⊗e Jahn-Teller (JT) effect in different transition-metal (TM) ions on de-excitation phenomena through nonradiative multiphonon relaxation, i.e., photoluminescence (PL) quenching. We developed a configurational curve model which is able to predict from the absorption spectrum whether a given JT-TM ion is PL or quenched. The prediction is made on the basis of an adapted Dexter-Klick-Russell parameter for JT systems, defined in terms of spectroscopic parameters through ΛJT=αΔeabs/Eabs, where Δeabs refers to the splitting of the parent octahedral Eg states by the JT distortion in E ⊗e (α =3/4) or T ⊗e (α =1/4), and Eabs is the energy of the first absorption band involving electronic transition between Eg and T2g. We show that PL in any JT-TM ion occurs whenever ΛJT<0.1 or is quenched if ΛJT>0.2. This result is noteworthy since it allows us to establish structural requirements for the JT-TM ion and the host crystal to be PL. Although PL properties of materials containing TM ions depend on a variety of structural factors such as the electronic configuration, the site symmetry, and the crystal field produced by neighboring atoms, the present model achieves this goal through a simple spectroscopic parameter: ΛJT. In this work we correlated the PL properties of different sixfold-coordinated JT systems such as Ti3+, Cu2+, Mn3+, Cr2+, Fe2+, Co3+, and Ni3+ in halides and oxides with ΛJT obtained from their respective absorption spectra. From this analysis we conclude that depending on the nature of the JT coupling and its strength, PL is either strongly favored or quenched in T ⊗e while it is mostly quenched in E ⊗e systems due to the larger JT distortion.

  8. AFM nanoindentations of diatom biosilica surfaces.

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    Losic, Dusan; Short, Ken; Mitchell, James G; Lal, Ratnesh; Voelcker, Nicolas H

    2007-04-24

    Diatoms have intricately and uniquely nanopatterned silica exoskeletons (frustules) and are a common target of biomimetic investigations. A better understanding of the diatom frustule structure and function at the nanoscale could provide new insights for the biomimetic fabrication of nanostructured ceramic materials and lightweight, yet strong, scaffold architectures. Here, we have mapped the nanoscale mechanical properties of Coscinodiscus sp. diatoms using atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based nanoindentation. Mechanical properties were correlated with the frustule structures obtained from high-resolution AFM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Significant differences in the micromechanical properties for the different frustule layers were observed. A comparative study of other related inorganic material including porous silicon films and free-standing membranes as well as porous alumina was also undertaken.

  9. Detection of Pathogens Using AFM and SPR

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    Vaseashta, Ashok

    2005-03-01

    A priori detection of pathogens in food and water has become a subject of paramount importance. Several recent incidents have resulted in the government passing stringent regulations for tolerable amounts of contamination of food products. Identification and/or monitoring of bacterial contamination in food are critical. The conventional methods of pathogen detection require time-consuming steps to arrive disembark at meaningful measurement in a timely manner as the detection time exceeds the time in which perishable food recycles through the food chain distribution. The aim of this presentation is to outline surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) as two methods for fast detect6ion of pathogens. Theoretical basis of SPR and experimental results of SPR and AFM on E. coli O157:H7 and prion are presented.

  10. AFM cantilever vibration detection with a transmitted electron beam

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    Woehl, Taylor; Wagner, Ryan; Keller, Robert; Killgore, Jason

    Cantilever oscillations for dynamic atomic force microscopy (AFM) are conventionally measured with an optical lever system. The speed of AFM cantilevers can be increased by decreasing the size of the cantilever; however, the fastest AFM cantilevers are currently nearing the smallest size that can be detected with the current optical lever approach. Here we demonstrate an electron detection scheme in an SEM for detecting AFM cantilever oscillations. An oscillating AFM tip is positioned perpendicular to the propagation direction of a stationary ~ 1 nm diameter electron probe, and the oscillatory change in electron scattering resulting from the changing thickness of the electron irradiated area of the AFM tip is detected with a transmitted electron detector positioned below the AFM tip. We perform frequency sweep and ring-down experiments to determine the first resonant frequency and Q factor of an AFM cantilever.

  11. Anti-stokes photoluminescence of II-VI nanoparticles with different emitting states

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    Ozturk, Birol; Wang, Yimg; Chen, Wei; Kotov, Nicholas A.

    2003-03-01

    Anti-stokes photoluminescence of II-VI nanoparticles with different emitting states Birol Ozturk(a), Wei Chen(b), Yimg Wang(a), Nicholas Kotov (a) (a) Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma State University,Stillwater,OK 74078,USA (b) Nomadics Inc., 1024South Innovation Way, Stillwater, OK 74074, USA Abstract Anti-stokes photoluminescence (ASPL) in II-VI colloidal nanoparticles of CdTe and CdSe was studied in dispersions. The measurements showed that photoluminescence PL and ASPL were likely to originate from different although close-lying electronic states. Temperature dependence measurements between 10K and 300K showed that there is no thermal excitation step involved in ASPL emission. Emission intensity dependence on excitation intensity is linear which indicates deviation from the classical two-photon absorption mechanism. The ASPL excitation scheme involving a long-lived intermediate state is discussed.

  12. Thermal conductivity and photoluminescence of light-emitting silicon nitride films

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    Marconnet, Amy; Panzer, Matt; Yerci, Selçuk; Minissale, Salvatore; Wang, X.; Zhang, X.; Dal Negro, Luca; Goodson, K. E.

    2012-01-01

    Silicon-rich and rare-earth-doped nitride materials are promising candidates for silicon-compatible photonic sources. This work investigates the thermal conductivity and photoluminescence (PL) of light emitting samples fabricated with a range of excess silicon concentrations and annealing temperatures using time-domain picosecond thermoreflectance and time-resolved photoluminescence. A direct correlation between the thermal conductivity and photoluminescence dynamics is demonstrated, as well as a significant reduction of thermal conductivity upon incorporation of erbium ions. These findings highlight the role of annealing and stoichiometry control in the optimization of light emitting microstructures suitable for the demonstration of efficient Si-compatible light sources based on the silicon nitride platform.

  13. Role of plastic deformation mechanisms in the formation of nanostructured silicon and its photoluminescent properties

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    Kulinich, O. A.

    2012-06-01

    The role of plastic deformation mechanisms in the process of obtaining nanostructured silicon layers is demonstrated. The process of obtaining nanostructured silicon consists in growing of silicon oxide layers of various thicknesses on the silicon wafer surface, their subsequent removal, and treatment by selective chemical etchants (SE) before the formation of defectless silicon islands possessing the photoluminescent properties typical of nanostructured silicon. Based on analysis of the photoluminescence intensity spectra of nanostructured silicon islands, the conclusion is drawn on different plastic deformation mechanisms at different thicknesses of thermally grown silicon oxide. Possible mechanisms of displacement of the intensity maximum in the photoluminescence (PL) spectrum toward shorter wavelengths with decreasing nanostructured silicon island sizes are discussed.

  14. Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Mass-Selected Electrosprayed Ions Embedded in Cryogenic Rare-Gas Matrixes.

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    Kern, Bastian; Greisch, Jean-François; Strelnikov, Dmitry; Weis, Patrick; Böttcher, Artur; Ruben, Mario; Schäfer, Bernhard; Schooss, Detlef; Kappes, Manfred M

    2015-12-01

    An apparatus is presented which combines nanoelectrospray ionization for isolation of large molecular ions from solution, mass-to-charge ratio selection in gas-phase, low-energy-ion-beam deposition into a (co-condensed) inert gas matrix and UV laser-induced visible-region photoluminescence (PL) of the matrix isolated ions. Performance is tested by depositing three different types of lanthanoid diketonate cations including also a dissociation product species not directly accessible by chemical synthesis. For these strongly photoluminescent ions, accumulation of some femto- to picomoles in a neon matrix (over a time scale of tens of minutes to several hours) is sufficient to obtain well-resolved dispersed emission spectra. We have ruled out contributions to these spectra due to charge neutralization or fragmentation during deposition by also acquiring photoluminescence spectra of the same ionic species in the gas phase. PMID:26553589

  15. Absorption and photoluminescence properties of Er-doped and Er/Yb codoped soda-silicate laser glasses

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    Li, S.F.; Zhang, Q.Y.; Lee, Y.P.

    2004-11-01

    Er-doped and Er/Yb codoped soda-silicate laser glasses with various concentrations of Er and Yb were fabricated. The absorption and the photoluminescence (PL) spectra were measured and analyzed. For the Er- doped soda-slilicate glasses, the optimum Er concentration for the PL intensity at 1536 nm turns out to be 0.5 at. %, and the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of PL spectrum increases from 18 to 26 nm, with the increase of the concentration from 0.1 to 0.8 at. %. The PL intensity of Er/Yb codoped soda-silicate glasses with an Er concentration of 0.5 at. % is enhanced approximately by four times, and the optimum Yb concentration for the PL intensity at 1536 nm is analyzed to be 3.0 at. %. The PL spectrum becomes broader with increasing the Yb concentration, up to a FWHM of 80 nm at 6.0 at. %. Yb. The relation between the absorption and PL spectra, together with the mechanism of PL broadening, has also been addressed.

  16. Composition-dependent photoluminescence properties of CuInS2/ZnS core/shell quantum dots

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    Hua, Jie; Du, Yuwei; Wei, Qi; Yuan, Xi; Wang, Jin; Zhao, Jialong; Li, Haibo

    2016-06-01

    CuInS2/ZnS (CIS/ZnS) core/shell quantum dots (QDs) with various Cu/In ratios were synthesized using the hot-injection method, and their photoluminescence (PL) properties were investigated by measuring steady-state and time-resolved PL spectroscopy. The emission peak of the CIS/ZnS QDs were tuned from 680 to 580 nm by decreasing the Cu/In precursor ratio from 1/1 to 1/9. As the Cu/In ratio decreases, the PL lifetimes and PL quantum yields (QYs) of CIS/ZnS core/shell QDs increased firstly and then decreased. Two dominant radiative recombination processes were postulated to analyze composition-dependent PL properties, including the recombination from a quantized conduction band to deep defects state and donor-acceptor pair (DAP) recombination. The decrease of PL efficiency resulted from high density defects and traps, which formed at the interface between CIS core and ZnS shell due to the large off-stoichiometry composition. The PL intensity and peak energy for CIS/ZnS core/shell QDs as a function of temperature were also provided. The thermal quenching further confirmed that the PL emission of CIS/ZnS QDs did not come from the recombination of excitons but from the recombination of many kinds of intrinsic defects inside the QDs as emission centers.

  17. Photochemical Reaction in Monolayer MoS2 via Correlated Photoluminescence, Raman Spectroscopy, and Atomic Force Microscopy.

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    Oh, Hye Min; Han, Gang Hee; Kim, Hyun; Bae, Jung Jun; Jeong, Mun Seok; Lee, Young Hee

    2016-05-24

    Photoluminescence (PL) from monolayer MoS2 has been modulated using plasma treatment or thermal annealing. However, a systematic way of understanding the underlying PL modulation mechanism has not yet been achieved. By introducing PL and Raman spectroscopy, we analyze that the PL modulation by laser irradiation is associated with structural damage and associated oxygen adsorption on the sample in ambient conditions. Three distinct behaviors were observed according to the laser irradiation time: (i) slow photo-oxidation at the initial stage, where the physisorption of ambient gases gradually increases the PL intensity; (ii) fast photo-oxidation at a later stage, where chemisorption increases the PL intensity abruptly; and (iii) photoquenching, with complete reduction of PL intensity. The correlated confocal Raman spectroscopy confirms that no structural deformation is involved in slow photo-oxidation stage; however, the structural disorder is invoked during the fast photo-oxidation stage, and severe structural degradation is generated during the photoquenching stage. The effect of oxidation is further verified by repeating experiments in vacuum, where the PL intensity is simply degraded with laser irradiation in a vacuum due to a simple structural degradation without involving oxygen functional groups. The charge scattering by oxidation is further explained by the emergence/disappearance of neutral excitons and multiexcitons during each stage. PMID:27110722

  18. A Label-Free Photoluminescence Genosensor Using Nanostructured Magnesium Oxide for Cholera Detection

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    Patel, Manoj Kumar; Ali, Md. Azahar; Krishnan, Sadagopan; Agrawal, Ved Varun; Al Kheraif, AbdulAziz A.; Fouad, H.; Ansari, Z.A.; Ansari, S. G.; Malhotra, Bansi D.

    2015-01-01

    Nanomaterial-based photoluminescence (PL) diagnostic devices offer fast and highly sensitive detection of pesticides, DNA, and toxic agents. Here we report a label-free PL genosensor for sensitive detection of Vibrio cholerae that is based on a DNA hybridization strategy utilizing nanostructured magnesium oxide (nMgO; size >30 nm) particles. The morphology and size of the synthesized nMgO were determined by transmission electron microscopic (TEM) studies. The probe DNA (pDNA) was conjugated with nMgO and characterized by X-ray photoelectron and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic techniques. The target complementary genomic DNA (cDNA) isolated from clinical samples of V. cholerae was subjected to DNA hybridization studies using the pDNA-nMgO complex and detection of the cDNA was accomplished by measuring changes in PL intensity. The PL peak intensity measured at 700 nm (red emission) increases with the increase in cDNA concentration. A linear range of response in the developed PL genosensor was observed from 100 to 500 ng/μL with a sensitivity of 1.306 emi/ng, detection limit of 3.133 ng/μL and a regression coefficient (R2) of 0.987. These results show that this ultrasensitive PL genosensor has the potential for applications in the clinical diagnosis of cholera. PMID:26611737

  19. A Label-Free Photoluminescence Genosensor Using Nanostructured Magnesium Oxide for Cholera Detection

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    Patel, Manoj Kumar; Ali, Md. Azahar; Krishnan, Sadagopan; Agrawal, Ved Varun; Al Kheraif, Abdulaziz A.; Fouad, H.; Ansari, Z. A.; Ansari, S. G.; Malhotra, Bansi D.

    2015-11-01

    Nanomaterial-based photoluminescence (PL) diagnostic devices offer fast and highly sensitive detection of pesticides, DNA, and toxic agents. Here we report a label-free PL genosensor for sensitive detection of Vibrio cholerae that is based on a DNA hybridization strategy utilizing nanostructured magnesium oxide (nMgO; size >30 nm) particles. The morphology and size of the synthesized nMgO were determined by transmission electron microscopic (TEM) studies. The probe DNA (pDNA) was conjugated with nMgO and characterized by X-ray photoelectron and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic techniques. The target complementary genomic DNA (cDNA) isolated from clinical samples of V. cholerae was subjected to DNA hybridization studies using the pDNA-nMgO complex and detection of the cDNA was accomplished by measuring changes in PL intensity. The PL peak intensity measured at 700 nm (red emission) increases with the increase in cDNA concentration. A linear range of response in the developed PL genosensor was observed from 100 to 500 ng/μL with a sensitivity of 1.306 emi/ng, detection limit of 3.133 ng/μL and a regression coefficient (R2) of 0.987. These results show that this ultrasensitive PL genosensor has the potential for applications in the clinical diagnosis of cholera.

  20. Photoluminescence study of self-interstitial clusters and extended defects in ion-implanted silicon

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    Giri, P. K.

    2003-12-01

    We report on the photoluminescence (PL) studies of self-interstitial (I) clustering in ion-implanted Si at various stages of post-implantation annealing. Low-temperature PL measurements on as-implanted and low-temperature annealed (up to 450°C) samples show sharp X and W bands at 1200 and 1218 nm which are attributed to I4 and I3 clusters, respectively. Annealing at 600°C shows a drastic change in the PL spectra. In case of high-energy self-ion-implanted samples, 600°C annealing produces several peaks in the range 1250-1400 nm. For longer duration annealing, two broad bands form at 1322 and 1392 nm irrespective of the ion fluence. These PL signatures are attributed to I8 clusters and/or (1 0 0) I-chains, and they are believed to be the precursor of {3 1 1} rod-like defects. For annealing above 600°C and for fluence ⩾1×1013 cm-2, a sharp PL band is observed at 1376 nm and it is attributed to {3 1 1} rod-like defects. At higher fluences, an additional broad band appears in the PL spectrum at ∼1576 nm which is related to residual ion-damage or extended defect formation. These results illustrate the potential of silicon I-clusters as a possible source of light emission from Si.

  1. Emergence of new red-shifted carbon nanotube photoluminescence based on proximal doped-site design

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    Shiraki, Tomohiro; Shiraishi, Tomonari; Juhász, Gergely; Nakashima, Naotoshi

    2016-06-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) show unique photoluminescence (PL) in the near-infrared (NIR) region. Here we propose a concept based on the proximal modification in local covalent functionalization of SWNTs. Quantum mechanical simulations reveal that the SWNT band gap changes specifically based on the proximal doped-site design. Thus, we synthesize newly-designed bisdiazonium molecules and conduct local fucntionalisation of SWNTs. Consequently, new red-shifted PL (E112*) from the bisdiazonium-modified SWNTs with (6, 5) chirality is recognized around 1250 nm with over ~270 nm Stokes shift from the PL of the pristine SWNTs and the PL wavelengths are shifted depending on the methylene spacer lengths of the modifiers. The present study revealed that SWNT PL modulation is enable by close-proximity-local covalent modification, which is highly important for fundamental understanding of intrinsic SWNT PL properties as well as exciton engineering-based applications including photonic devices and (bio)imaging/sensing.

  2. Emergence of new red-shifted carbon nanotube photoluminescence based on proximal doped-site design

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    Shiraki, Tomohiro; Shiraishi, Tomonari; Juhász, Gergely; Nakashima, Naotoshi

    2016-06-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) show unique photoluminescence (PL) in the near-infrared (NIR) region. Here we propose a concept based on the proximal modification in local covalent functionalization of SWNTs. Quantum mechanical simulations reveal that the SWNT band gap changes specifically based on the proximal doped-site design. Thus, we synthesize newly-designed bisdiazonium molecules and conduct local fucntionalisation of SWNTs. Consequently, new red-shifted PL (E112*) from the bisdiazonium-modified SWNTs with (6, 5) chirality is recognized around 1250 nm with over ~270 nm Stokes shift from the PL of the pristine SWNTs and the PL wavelengths are shifted depending on the methylene spacer lengths of the modifiers. The present study revealed that SWNT PL modulation is enable by close-proximity-local covalent modification, which is highly important for fundamental understanding of intrinsic SWNT PL properties as well as exciton engineering–based applications including photonic devices and (bio)imaging/sensing.

  3. Electrochemical control of photoluminescence in two-dimensional MoS(2) nanoflakes.

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    Wang, Yichao; Ou, Jian Zhen; Balendhran, Sivacarendran; Chrimes, Adam F; Mortazavi, Majid; Yao, David D; Field, Matthew R; Latham, Kay; Bansal, Vipul; Friend, James R; Zhuiykov, Serge; Medhekar, Nikhil V; Strano, Michael S; Kalantar-Zadeh, Kourosh

    2013-11-26

    Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenide semiconductors offer unique electronic and optical properties, which are significantly different from their bulk counterparts. It is known that the electronic structure of 2D MoS2, which is the most popular member of the family, depends on the number of layers. Its electronic structure alters dramatically at near atomically thin morphologies, producing strong photoluminescence (PL). Developing processes for controlling the 2D MoS2 PL is essential to efficiently harness many of its optical capabilities. So far, it has been shown that this PL can be electrically or mechanically gated. Here, we introduce an electrochemical approach to actively control the PL of liquid-phase-exfoliated 2D MoS2 nanoflakes by manipulating the amount of intercalated ions including Li(+), Na(+), and K(+) into and out of the 2D crystal structure. These ions are selected as they are crucial components in many bioprocesses. We show that this controlled intercalation allows for large PL modulations. The introduced electrochemically controlled PL will find significant applications in future chemical and bio-optical sensors as well as optical modulators/switches. PMID:24148149

  4. Unique photoluminescence degradation/recovery phenomena in trivalent ion-activated phosphors

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    Sawada, Kenji; Adachi, Sadao

    2015-09-14

    Photo-induced luminescence intensity degradation in red-emitting Tb{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Eu{sup 3+} (TGG:Eu{sup 3+}) phosphor is observed and studied using x-ray diffraction measurement, photoluminescence (PL) analysis, PL excitation spectroscopy, and PL decay analysis. The red-emitting TGG:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor exhibits remarkable degradation in the PL intensity under weak UV light (λ < 350 nm) exposure in the seconds time scale. The PL degradation characteristics can be well expressed by the exponential formulation with respect to exposure time. Interestingly, the PL intensity recovers after a few minutes when the phosphor is stored in a dark room or exposed to the long-wavelength (λ > 350 nm) light. The luminescence decay dynamics measured by excitation at λ{sub ex} = 355 and 266 nm suggest that the present degradation/recovery processes are caused by the electron traps formed in the TGG:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor. The Tb{sup 3+} emission in TGG shows the essentially same degradation characteristics as those observed in the TGG:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor. The present luminescence degradation/recovery phenomena of the trivalent ions (4f → 4f transitions) may universally occur in various oxide phosphors such as TGG (Tb{sup 3+} emission) and CaTiO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}.

  5. Emergence of new red-shifted carbon nanotube photoluminescence based on proximal doped-site design

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    Shiraki, Tomohiro; Shiraishi, Tomonari; Juhász, Gergely; Nakashima, Naotoshi

    2016-01-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) show unique photoluminescence (PL) in the near-infrared (NIR) region. Here we propose a concept based on the proximal modification in local covalent functionalization of SWNTs. Quantum mechanical simulations reveal that the SWNT band gap changes specifically based on the proximal doped-site design. Thus, we synthesize newly-designed bisdiazonium molecules and conduct local fucntionalisation of SWNTs. Consequently, new red-shifted PL (E112*) from the bisdiazonium-modified SWNTs with (6, 5) chirality is recognized around 1250 nm with over ~270 nm Stokes shift from the PL of the pristine SWNTs and the PL wavelengths are shifted depending on the methylene spacer lengths of the modifiers. The present study revealed that SWNT PL modulation is enable by close-proximity-local covalent modification, which is highly important for fundamental understanding of intrinsic SWNT PL properties as well as exciton engineering–based applications including photonic devices and (bio)imaging/sensing. PMID:27345862

  6. Photoluminescence of localized excitons in ZnCdO thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wu, T. Y.; Huang, Y. S.; Hu, S. Y.; Lee, Y. C.; Tiong, K. K.; Chang, C. C.; Shen, J. L.; Chou, W. C.

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the luminescence characteristics of Zn1-xCdxO thin films with different Cd contents grown by molecular beam epitaxy system. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) and excitation power-dependent PL spectra were measured to clarify the luminescence mechanisms of the Zn1-xCdxO thin films. The peak energy of the Zn1-xCdxO thin films with increasing the Cd concentration is observed as redshift and can be fitted by the quadratic function of alloy content. The broadened full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) estimated from the 15 K PL spectra as a function of Cd content shows a larger deviation between the experimental values and theoretical curve, which indicates that experimental FWHM values are affected not only by alloy compositional disorder but also by localized excitons occupying states in the tail of the density of states. The Urbach energy determined from an analysis of the lineshape of the low-energy side of the PL spectrum and the degree of localization effect estimated from the temperature-induced S-shaped PL peak position described an increasing mean exciton-localization effects in ZnCdO films with increasing the Cd content. In addition, the PL intensity and peak position as a function of excitation power are carried out to clarify the types of radiative recombination and the effects of localized exciton in the ZnCdO films with different Cd contents.

  7. Photoluminescence Blinking of Single-Crystal Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite Nanorods Induced by Surface Traps

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    2016-01-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) of organometal halide perovskite materials reflects the charge dynamics inside of the material and thus contains important information for understanding the electro-optical properties of the material. Interpretation of PL blinking of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) nanostructures observed on polycrystalline samples remains puzzling owing to their intrinsic disordered nature. Here, we report a novel method for the synthesis of high-quality single-crystal MAPbI3 nanorods and demonstrate a single-crystal study on MAPbI3 PL blinking. At low excitation power densities, two-state blinking was found on individual nanorods with dimensions of several hundred nanometers. A super-resolution localization study on the blinking of individual nanorods showed that single crystals of several hundred nanometers emit and blink as a whole, without showing changes in the localization center over the crystal. Moreover, both the blinking ON and OFF times showed power-law distributions, indicating trapping–detrapping processes. This is further supported by the PL decay times of the individual nanorods, which were found to correlate with the ON/OFF states. Furthermore, a strong environmental dependence of the nanorod PL blinking was revealed by comparing the measurements in vacuum, nitrogen, and air, implying that traps locate close to crystal surfaces. We explain our observations by proposing surface charge traps that are likely related to under-coordinated lead ions and methylammonium vacancies to result in the PL blinking observed here. PMID:27617323

  8. Changing interfaces: Photoluminescent ZnO nanoparticle powders in different aqueous environments

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    Kocsis, Krisztina; Niedermaier, Matthias; Bernardi, Johannes; Berger, Thomas; Diwald, Oliver

    2016-10-01

    We transformed vapor phase grown ZnO nanoparticle powders into aqueous ZnO nanoparticle dispersions and studied the impact of associated microstructure and interface property changes on their spectroscopic properties. With photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, we probed oxygen interstitials Oi2 - in the near surface region and tracked their specific PL emission response at hvEM = 2.1 eV during the controlled conversion of the solid-vacuum into the solid-liquid interface. While oxygen adsorption via the gas phase does affect the intensity of the PL emission bands, the O2 contact with ZnO nanoparticles across the solid-liquid interface does not. Moreover, we found that the near band edge emission feature at hvEM = 3.2 eV gains relative intensity with regard to the PL emission features in the visible light region. Searching for potential PL indicators that are specific to early stages of particle dissolution, we addressed for aqueous ZnO nanoparticle dispersions the effect of formic acid adsorption. In the absence of related spectroscopic features, we were able to consistently track ZnO nanoparticle dissolution and the concomitant formation of solvated Zinc formate species by means of PL and FT-IR spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and zeta potential measurements. For a more consistent and robust assessment of nanoparticle properties in different continuous phases, we discuss characterization challenges and potential pitfalls that arise upon replacing the solid-gas with the solid-liquid interface.

  9. Scanning room temperature photoluminescence in SiN{textbf{text x}}:H layers

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    Tarasov, I.; Dybiec, M.; Ostapenko, S.; Rohatgi, A.; Yelundur, V.; Gabor, A. M.

    2004-07-01

    We report on spectroscopic photoluminescence (PL) mapping of solar-cell-grade mc-Si ribbon wafers. We observe under UV excitation a broad visible emission from the SiNx:H layer. The samples covered with SiNx:H were subjected to rapid thermal processing at different temperatures, and PL maps were measured before and after treatment. We observed that after RTP treatment the intensity of the PL band was significantly increased, which indicates further reduction of non-radiative defects. The magnitude of these increases depends on the RTP conditions. The visible PL band exhibits a reversible photo quenching of the intensity under 325 nm HeCd laser excitation. The PL intensity can be recovered by annealing with the rate exhibiting a thermally activated behavior. The observed PL photo quenching reveals a metastable process in the SiNx:H film under UV excitation. We demonstrate the possibility of creating a reversible luminescence micro-pattern on the SiNx:H layer using a focused UV laser beam.

  10. Photoluminescence Blinking of Single-Crystal Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite Nanorods Induced by Surface Traps

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    2016-01-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) of organometal halide perovskite materials reflects the charge dynamics inside of the material and thus contains important information for understanding the electro-optical properties of the material. Interpretation of PL blinking of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) nanostructures observed on polycrystalline samples remains puzzling owing to their intrinsic disordered nature. Here, we report a novel method for the synthesis of high-quality single-crystal MAPbI3 nanorods and demonstrate a single-crystal study on MAPbI3 PL blinking. At low excitation power densities, two-state blinking was found on individual nanorods with dimensions of several hundred nanometers. A super-resolution localization study on the blinking of individual nanorods showed that single crystals of several hundred nanometers emit and blink as a whole, without showing changes in the localization center over the crystal. Moreover, both the blinking ON and OFF times showed power-law distributions, indicating trapping–detrapping processes. This is further supported by the PL decay times of the individual nanorods, which were found to correlate with the ON/OFF states. Furthermore, a strong environmental dependence of the nanorod PL blinking was revealed by comparing the measurements in vacuum, nitrogen, and air, implying that traps locate close to crystal surfaces. We explain our observations by proposing surface charge traps that are likely related to under-coordinated lead ions and methylammonium vacancies to result in the PL blinking observed here.

  11. Tuning photoluminescence and surface properties of carbon nanodots for chemical sensing

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    Zhang, Zhaomin; Pan, Yi; Fang, Yaning; Zhang, Lulu; Chen, Junying; Yi, Changqing

    2015-12-01

    Obtaining tunable photoluminescence (PL) with improved emission properties is crucial for successfully implementing fluorescent carbon nanodots (fCDs) in all practical applications such as multicolour imaging and multiplexed detection by a single excitation wavelength. In this study, we report a facile hydrothermal approach to adjust the PL peaks of fCDs from blue, green to orange by controlling the surface passivation reaction during the synthesis. This is achieved by tuning the passivating reagents in a step-by-step manner. The as-prepared fCDs with narrow size distribution show improved PL properties with different emission wavelengths. Detailed characterization of fCDs using elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy suggested that the surface chemical composition results in this tunable PL emission. Surface passivation significantly alters the surface status, resulting in fCDs with either stronger surface oxidation or N element doping that ultimately determine their PL properties. Further experiments suggested that the as-prepared orange luminescent fCDs (O-fCDs) were sensitive and specific nanosensing platforms towards Fe3+ determination in a complex biological environment, emphasizing their potential practical applications in clinical and biological fields.Obtaining tunable photoluminescence (PL) with improved emission properties is crucial for successfully implementing fluorescent carbon nanodots (fCDs) in all practical applications such as multicolour imaging and multiplexed detection by a single excitation wavelength. In this study, we report a facile hydrothermal approach to adjust the PL peaks of fCDs from blue, green to orange by controlling the surface passivation reaction during the synthesis. This is achieved by tuning the passivating reagents in a step-by-step manner. The as-prepared fCDs with narrow size distribution show improved PL properties with different emission wavelengths. Detailed

  12. Facile route to highly photoluminescent carbon nanodots for ion detection, pH sensors and bioimaging

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    Shen, Chen; Sun, Yupeng; Wang, Jing; Lu, Yun

    2014-07-01

    Carbon nanodots (CDs) of uniform size were prepared simply by the hydrothermal decomposition of folic acid (FA) precursor at various reaction temperatures. The CDs formed via dehydration of FA at 260 °C contributed the strongest photoluminescence (PL) signal and the highest quantum yield at about 68%, without assistance of any passivation agent. The effects of preparation conditions on PL behavior of CDs have been investigated in detail, and the quantum yield of the CDs was found to be associated strongly with sample crystallinity. Moreover, because the obtained CDs also exhibited high luminescence stability, abundant surface functional groups and good biocompatibility, there are many promising applications in printing ink, ion detection, pH sensors and cell imaging.Carbon nanodots (CDs) of uniform size were prepared simply by the hydrothermal decomposition of folic acid (FA) precursor at various reaction temperatures. The CDs formed via dehydration of FA at 260 °C contributed the strongest photoluminescence (PL) signal and the highest quantum yield at about 68%, without assistance of any passivation agent. The effects of preparation conditions on PL behavior of CDs have been investigated in detail, and the quantum yield of the CDs was found to be associated strongly with sample crystallinity. Moreover, because the obtained CDs also exhibited high luminescence stability, abundant surface functional groups and good biocompatibility, there are many promising applications in printing ink, ion detection, pH sensors and cell imaging. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr02154a

  13. Pressure-induced Co2+ photoluminescence quenching in MgAl2O4

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    Nataf, Lucie; Rodríguez, Fernando; Valiente, Rafael

    2012-09-01

    This work investigates the electronic structure and photoluminescence (PL) of Co2+-doped MgAl2O4 and their pressure dependence by time-resolved spectroscopy. The variations of the visible absorption band and its associated emission at 663 nm (τ = 130 ns at ambient conditions) with pressure/temperature can be explained on the basis of a configurational energy model. It provides an interpretation for both the electronic structure and the excited-state phenomena yielding photoluminescence emission and the subsequent quenching. We show that there is an excited-state crossover (ESCO) [4T1(P)↔2E(G)] at ambient pressure, which is responsible for the evolution of the emission spectrum from a broadband emission between 300 K and 100 K to a narrow-line emission at lower temperatures. Contrary to expectations from the Tanabe-Sugano diagram, instead of enhancing ESCO phenomena, pressure reduces PL and even suppresses it (PL quenching) above 6 GPa. We explain such variations in terms of pressure-induced nonradiative relaxation to lower excited states: 2E(G)→4T1(F). The variation of PL intensity and its associated lifetime with pressure supports the proposed interpretation.

  14. Quality Characterization of Silicon Bricks using Photoluminescence Imaging and Photoconductive Decay: Preprint

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    Johnston, S.; Yan, F.; Zaunbrecher, K.; Al-Jassim, M.; Sidelkheir, O.; Ounadjela, K.

    2012-06-01

    Imaging techniques can be applied to multicrystalline silicon solar cells throughout the production process, which includes as early as when the bricks are cut from the cast ingot. Photoluminescence (PL) imaging of the band-to-band radiative recombination is used to characterize silicon quality and defects regions within the brick. PL images of the brick surfaces are compared to minority-carrier lifetimes measured by resonant-coupled photoconductive decay (RCPCD). Photoluminescence images on silicon bricks can be correlated to lifetime measured by photoconductive decay and could be used for high-resolution characterization of material before wafers are cut. The RCPCD technique has shown the longest lifetimes of any of the lifetime measurement techniques we have applied to the bricks. RCPCD benefits from the low-frequency and long-excitation wavelengths used. In addition, RCPCD is a transient technique that directly monitors the decay rate of photoconductivity and does not rely on models or calculations for lifetime. The measured lifetimes over brick surfaces have shown strong correlations to the PL image intensities; therefore, this correlation could then be used to transform the PL image into a high-resolution lifetime map.

  15. Photoluminescence in Carborane-Stilbene Triads: A Structural, Spectroscopic, and Computational Study.

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    Cabrera-González, Justo; Viñas, Clara; Haukka, Matti; Bhattacharyya, Santanu; Gierschner, Johannes; Núñez, Rosario

    2016-09-12

    A set of triads in which o- and m-carborane clusters are bonded to two stilbene units through Ccluster -CH2 bonds was synthesized, and their structures were confirmed by X-ray diffraction. A study on the influence of the o- and m- isomers on the absorption and photoluminescence properties of the stilbene units in solution revealed no charge-transfer contributions in the lowest excited state, as confirmed by (TD)DFT calculations. The presence of one or two B-I groups in m-carborane derivatives does not affect the emission properties of the stilbenes in solution, probably due to the rather large distance between the iodo substituents and the fluorophore. Nevertheless, a significant redshift of the photoluminescence (PL) emission maximum in the solid state (thin films and powder samples) compared to solution was observed; this can be traced back to PL sensitization, most probably due to more densely packed stilbene moieties. Remarkably, the PL absolute quantum yields of powder samples are significantly higher than those in solution, and this was attributed to the restricted environment and the aforementioned sensitization. Thus, the bonding of the carborane clusters to two stilbene units preserves their PL behavior in solution, but produces significant changes in the solid state. Furthermore, iodinated species can be considered to be promising precursors for theranostic agents in which both imaging and therapeutic functions could possibly be combined. PMID:27555050

  16. Origin of tunable photoluminescence from graphene quantum dots synthesized via pulsed laser ablation.

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    Santiago, S R M; Lin, T N; Yuan, C T; Shen, J L; Huang, H Y; Lin, C A J

    2016-08-10

    A one-step synthesis of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) has been implemented using pulsed laser ablation (PLA) with carboxyl-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The synthesized GQDs with an average size smaller than 3 nm were obtained by the fragmentation of MWCNTs via oxidative cutting. The GQDs can generate tunable photoluminescence (PL) ranging from green to blue by controlling the PLA time. The PL spectrum (decay time) of the green GQDs remains unchanged under different excitation energies (emission energies), while that of the blue GQDs correlates with the excitation energy (emission energy). On the basis of the pH and temperature dependence of PL, we suggest that the localized intrinsic states associated with the sp(2) nanodomains and delocalized extrinsic states embedded on the GQD surface are responsible for blue and green emission in GQDs, respectively. PMID:27476476

  17. Tip enhancement of upconversion photoluminescence from rare earth ion doped nanocrystals.

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    Mauser, Nina; Piatkowski, Dawid; Mancabelli, Tobia; Nyk, Marcin; Mackowski, Sebastian; Hartschuh, Achim

    2015-04-28

    We present tip-enhanced upconversion photoluminescence (PL) images of Er(3+)- and Yb(3+)-doped NaYF4 nanocrystals on glass substrates with subdiffraction spatial resolution. Tip-sample distance dependent measurements clearly demonstrate the near-field origin of the image contrast. Time-resolved PL measurements show that the tip increases the spontaneous emission rate of the two emission channels of Er(3+) in the visible region. Very efficient enhancement of upconversion PL is discussed in the context of the two-photon nature of the excitation process and homoenergy transfer between the ions within the nanocrystals. Comparison between different nanocrystals and tips shows a strong influence of the tip shape on the image contrast that becomes particularly relevant for the larger dimensions of the investigated nanocrystals.

  18. Dopant effects on the photoluminescence of interstitial-related centers in ion implanted silicon

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    Johnson, B. C.; Villis, B. J.; Burgess, J. E.; Stavrias, N.; McCallum, J. C.; Charnvanichborikarn, S.; Wong-Leung, J.; Jagadish, C.; Williams, J. S.

    2012-05-01

    The dopant dependence of photoluminescence (PL) from interstitial-related centers formed by ion implantation and a subsequent anneal in the range 175-525 °C is presented. The evolution of these centers is strongly effected by interstitial-dopant clustering even in the low temperature regime. There is a significant decrease in the W line (1018.2 meV) PL intensity with increasing B concentration. However, an enhancement is also observed in a narrow fabrication window in samples implanted with either P or Ga. The anneal temperature at which the W line intensity is optimized is sensitive to the dopant concentration and type. Furthermore, dopants which are implanted but not activated prior to low temperature thermal processing are found to have a more detrimental effect on the resulting PL. Splitting of the X line (1039.8 meV) arising from implantation damage induced strain is also observed.

  19. Silver nanoparticles enhanced photoluminescence of Nd3+ doped germanate glasses at 1064 nm

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    Kassab, Luciana R. P.; Silva, Davinson M.; Garcia, José A. M.; da Silva, Diego S.; de Araújo, Cid B.

    2016-10-01

    Infrared photoluminescence (PL) properties of PbO-GeO2 glasses containing neodymium ions (Nd3+) and silver nanoparticles (NPs) were investigated. The excitation was made with a continuous-wave diode laser operating at 805 nm, in resonance with the Nd3+ transition 4I9/2 → 4F5/2. Growth of ∼160% in the PL intensity at 1064 nm, was observed in comparison with a reference sample without silver NPs. The PL enhancement is attributed to the increased local-field in the Nd3+ locations nearby the NPs. The present results indicate that PbO-GeO2 glasses containing Nd3+ and silver NPs have good prospect to be used in optical amplifiers at 1064 nm.

  20. Photoluminescence studies of type-II CdSe/CdTe superlattices

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    Li Jingjing; Johnson, Shane R.; Wang Shumin; Ding Ding; Ning Cunzheng; Zhang Yonghang; Yin Leijun; Skromme, B. J.; Liu Xinyu; Furdyna, Jacek K.

    2012-08-06

    CdSe/CdTe type-II superlattices grown on GaSb substrates by molecular beam epitaxy are studied using time-resolved and steady-state photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy at 10 K. The relatively long carrier lifetime of 188 ns observed in time-resolved PL measurements shows good material quality. The steady-state PL peak position exhibits a blue shift with increasing excess carrier concentration. Self-consistent solutions of the Schroedinger and Poisson equations show that this effect can be explained by band bending as a result of the spatial separation of electrons and holes, which is critical confirmation of a strong type-II band edge alignment between CdSe and CdTe.

  1. Green Photoluminescence Suppression in ZnO Embedded in Porous Opal

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    Abrarov, Sanjar M.; Yuldashev, Shavkat U.; Lee, Sergey B.; Kang, Tae Won

    2004-09-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) and transmittance characteristics of zinc oxide (ZnO) embedded in voids of silicon dioxide synthetic opal by the technologically simple sol-gel method are reported. The uniform formation of ZnO nanoparticles inside of the opal matrix can be obtained after its infiltration in an aqueous solution containing a zinc nitrite hexahydride precursor followed by thermal annealing. The green-PL suppression is observed due to the inhibition of spontaneous emission through oxygen vacancies in ZnO. The strong redshift of the transmittance characteristics signifies the essential filling of voids in the fcc packed structure. The infiltration of nanocrystals into synthetic opal may be used as an inexpensive method for the fabrication of polycrystalline ZnO with dominant ultraviolet-blue PL. This technology may also be promising for the fabrication of color light sources, such as RGB pixels in secondary-electron-emission or field-emission displays.

  2. Visible to infrared low temperature photoluminescence of rare earth doped bismuth germanate crystals.

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    Canimoglu, A; Ayvacikli, M; Karabulut, Y; Karali, T; Can, N

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, the influence of a series of rare earth (Eu, Tm, Nd) and Cr ion doping on the optical properties of BGO was investigated by means of photoluminescence (PL) from visible to IR region in the 10-300K temperature range using different types of detectors, namely, photomultiplier tube (PMT), InGaAs (IGA), and Si. Several samples were investigated having dopants concentrations of 0.3wt%Nd, 0.4wt%Tm, 0.06wt% Cr and 3ppm Eu. The PL spectra of the samples showed different luminescence behaviour which is assigned to the 4f intra shell transition from rare earth ions. The temperature dependence of the PL from rare earth doped BGO crystals is also examined. PMID:26943903

  3. Hysteresis compensation of photoluminescence in ZnS:Cu for noncontact shaft torque sensing.

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    Cho, Min-Young; Kim, Ji-Sik; Kim, Gi-Woo

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a preliminary investigation of loading rate-dependent hysteresis of photoluminescence (PL) by phosphorescence quenching of copper-doped zinc sulfide (ZnS:Cu) microparticles in response to dynamic torsional loading. Precision sinusoidal torque waveforms in the frequency range of 0.5-3 Hz are used to identify the loading rate-dependent (i.e., frequency-dependent) nonlinear hysteresis phenomenon. The potential of the application of PL is demonstrated by successfully measuring the sinusoidal torque applied to a rotational shaft by evaluating the loading rate-dependent PL intensity signature using a photomultiplier tube. In addition, the potential of noncontact shaft torque sensing is demonstrated successfully by the simple compensation derived from ad hoc heuristic characterization. PMID:26974628

  4. Light-emitting device with organic electroluminescent material and photoluminescent materials

    DOEpatents

    McNulty, Thomas Francis; Duggal, Anil Raj; Turner, Larry Gene; Shiang, Joseph John

    2005-06-07

    A light-emitting device comprises a light-emitting member, which comprises two electrodes and an organic electroluminescent material disposed between the electrodes, and at least one organic photoluminescent ("PL") material. The light-emitting member emits light having a first spectrum in response to a voltage applied across the two electrodes. The organic PL material absorbs a portion of the light emitted by the light-emitting member and emits light having second spectrum different than the first spectrum. The light-emitting device can include an inorganic PL material that absorbs another portion of the light emitted from the light-emitting member and emits light having a third spectrum different than both the first and the second spectra.

  5. Photoluminescent Si/SiOx nanoparticle network by near atmospheric plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition

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    Yang, Q. Y.; Wang, D. X.; Guo, Y.; Ding, K.; Xu, J. Z.; Shi, J. J.; Zhang, J.

    2011-11-01

    A very fast and simple near atmospheric plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition method modulated by a pulsed negative bias voltage is newly developed to yield a Si/SiOx nanoparticle-linked network structure, which emitted enhanced 410 nm photoluminescence (PL) at room temperature. Hydrogen dissociation, oxidation and polarization of the silane plasma-generated active particles could be tuned by the magnitude of bias voltage. The porosity and oxidation of this network structure and the intensity of its PL spectrum at 410 nm were observed to increase with the bias voltage. The large surface area of the Si/SiOx nanoparticle-linked network intensified the radiative recombination centre effect and caused the PL emission enhancement.

  6. Temperature dependence of photoluminescence properties in a thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitter

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    Niwa, Akitsugu; Kobayashi, Takashi Nagase, Takashi; Naito, Hiroyoshi; Goushi, Kenichi; Adachi, Chihaya

    2014-05-26

    Using steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, we have investigated the temperature dependence of PL properties of 1,2,3,5-tetrakis(carbazol-9-yl)-4,6-dicyano-benzene (4CzIPN), which have a small energy gap between its singlet and triplet excited states and thus exhibits efficient thermally activated delayed fluorescence [H. Uoyama et al., Nature 492, 235 (2012)]. Below around 100 K, PL quantum efficiency of 4CzIPN thin films is largely suppressed and strong photoexcitation intensity dependence appears. These features can be explained by using rate equations for the densities of singlet and triplet excited states considering a triplet-triplet annihilation process.

  7. Photoluminescence of SiO2 nanocomposite films implanted with Si+ and C+ ions

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    Buntov, E. A.; Zatsepin, A. F.; Bokizoda, D. A.

    2016-09-01

    The article is devoted to the photoluminescence (PL) of quantum dots in ion-beam synthesized SiO2:Si, SiO2:C and SiO2:Si:C thin film systems and its sensitization problem. Within the shape of the broad PL spectra for ion-modified films the bands corresponding to silicon and carbon-containing nanoclusters are detected, both with elementary (Si, C) and binary (SiC) composition. Various luminescence decay times of such components point to differences in the nature of the disorder and the local environment of the corresponding luminescence centers. The results indicate the possibility of controlling the spectral composition of the PL by varying the heat treatment conditions, and the dose of ion implantation. Possible ways are proposed for sensitization of the luminescence by means of molecular ions.

  8. Revealing Defect-State Photoluminescence in Monolayer WS2 by Cryogenic Laser Processing.

    PubMed

    He, Zhengyu; Wang, Xiaochen; Xu, Wenshuo; Zhou, Yingqiu; Sheng, Yuewen; Rong, Youmin; Smith, Jason M; Warner, Jamie H

    2016-06-28

    Understanding the stability of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides in atmospheric conditions has important consequences for their handling, life-span, and utilization in applications. We show that cryogenic photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) is a highly sensitive technique to the detection of oxidation induced degradation of monolayer tungsten disulfide (WS2) caused by exposure to ambient conditions. Although long-term exposure to atmospheric conditions causes massive degradation from oxidation that is optically visible, short-term exposure produces no obvious changes to the PL or Raman spectra measured at either room temperature or even cryogenic environment. Laser processing was employed to remove the surface adsorbents, which enables the defect states to be detected via cryogenic PL spectroscopy. Thermal cycling to room temperature and back down to 77 K shows the process is reversible. We also monitor the degradation process of WS2 using this method, which shows that the defect related peak can be observed after one month aging in ambient conditions. PMID:27295362

  9. Deep ultraviolet photoluminescence of Tm-doped AlGaN alloys

    SciTech Connect

    Nepal, N.; Zavada, J. M.; Lee, D. S.; Steckl, A. J.; Sedhain, A.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2009-03-16

    The ultraviolet (UV) photoluminescence (PL) properties of Tm-doped Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N (0.39{<=}x{<=}1) alloys grown by solid-source molecular beam epitaxy were probed using above-bandgap excitation from a laser source at 197 nm. The PL spectra show dominant UV emissions at 298 and 358 nm only for samples with x=1 and 0.81. Temperature dependence of the PL intensities of these emission lines reveals exciton binding energies of 150 and 57 meV, respectively. The quenching of these UV emissions appears related to the thermal activation of the excitons bound to rare-earth structured isovalent (RESI) charge traps, which transfer excitonic energy to Tm{sup 3+} ions resulting in the UV emissions. A model of the RESI trap levels in AlGaN alloys is presented.

  10. Photoluminescence efficiency of BGaN epitaxial layers with high boron content

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    Jurkevičius, J.; Mickevičius, J.; Kadys, A.; Kolenda, M.; Tamulaitis, G.

    2016-07-01

    High-boron-content epitaxial layers of BGaN intended for lattice-matching with AlGaN in UV light emitters were grown on SiC substrate and GaN and AlN templates on sapphire. Photoluminescence (PL) of these layers was studied under quasi-steady-state conditions by varying temperature and excitation intensity. The PL spectra in the samples with different boron content and their dynamics evidence formation of boron-rich regions occupying a small fraction of the total layer volume and acting as the emission killers. The room-temperature PL efficiency of the BGaN epilayers was estimated and shown to drastically decrease at increasing boron content with no significant correlation with either the type of substrate/template or technological conditions of the layer deposition.

  11. Photoluminescence enhancement of carbon dots by gold nanoparticles conjugated via PAMAM dendrimers

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    Zong, Jie; Yang, Xiaoling; Trinchi, Adrian; Hardin, Simon; Cole, Ivan; Zhu, Yihua; Li, Chunzhong; Muster, Tim; Wei, Gang

    2013-10-01

    Carbon dots (CDs) have many fascinating fluorescent properties, however, their low quantum yield limits their applications. In this study, the photoluminescence (PL) of CDs in the vicinity of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) is enhanced significantly due to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the Au NPs. This is achieved by conjugating Au NPs and CDs to dendrimers (PAMAM) through an amidation reaction, resulting in the formation of the Au-PAMAM-CD conjugates. The maximum 62-fold enhancement was obtained with an optimized molar ratio between Au NPs, PAMAM, and CDs. In this process, PAMAM, which serves as a spacer, can keep Au NPs and CDs at an appropriate distance for PL enhancement. The adjustment of the amount of Au NPs or CDs linked to PAMAM can induce the optimum PL enhancement. This strategy can be easily applied to different metal-space-fluorophore systems to enhance the fluorescence of fluorophores.Carbon dots (CDs) have many fascinating fluorescent properties, however, their low quantum yield limits their applications. In this study, the photoluminescence (PL) of CDs in the vicinity of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) is enhanced significantly due to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the Au NPs. This is achieved by conjugating Au NPs and CDs to dendrimers (PAMAM) through an amidation reaction, resulting in the formation of the Au-PAMAM-CD conjugates. The maximum 62-fold enhancement was obtained with an optimized molar ratio between Au NPs, PAMAM, and CDs. In this process, PAMAM, which serves as a spacer, can keep Au NPs and CDs at an appropriate distance for PL enhancement. The adjustment of the amount of Au NPs or CDs linked to PAMAM can induce the optimum PL enhancement. This strategy can be easily applied to different metal-space-fluorophore systems to enhance the fluorescence of fluorophores. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Estimate of the density of CDs, calculation of the amount of Au, PAMAM, and CDs. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr02527f

  12. Effects of thickness layer on the photoluminescence properties of InAlAs/GaAlAs quantum dots

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    Daly, A. Ben; Bernardot, F.; Barisien, T.; Galopin, E.; Lemaître, A.; Maaref, M. A.; Testelin, C.

    2016-09-01

    We investigated the effect of InAlAs layer thickness on exciton-spin relaxation and optical properties of In0.62Al0.38As/Al0.67Ga0.33As QDs. The luminescence properties and carrier dynamics of QDs were studied by the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) and pump-probe measurements. As the total amount of deposited In0.62Al0.38As alloy increased, the central position of the low-energy PL signal decreases, while its full width at half maximum (FWHM) increases. A monotonous redshift of the PL peak was observed with increasing temperature due to the electron-phonon scattering. From the pump-probe measurement, the spin relaxation time decreases with the monolayers at higher temperatures, in agreement with the phonon energy determinate by PL measurements.

  13. Charge separation in subcells of triple-junction solar cells revealed by time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy.

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    Tex, David M; Imaizumi, Mitsuru; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2015-11-30

    We measure the excitation-wavelength and power dependence of time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) from the top InGaP subcell in a InGaP/GaAs/Ge triple-junction solar cell. The wavelength-dependent data reveals that the PL decays are governed by charge separation. A fast single-exponential PL decay is observed at low excitation power densities, which is the charge separation under short-circuit condition. Under strong excitation a bi-exponential PL decay is observed. Its slow component appears at early times, followed by a faster component at late times. The slow decay is the carrier recombination of the subcell. The following fast component is the charge separation process under reduced built-in potential near the operating point. The subcells electrical conversion efficiency close to the operating point is evaluated using this decay time constant.

  14. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence emission and Raman scattering from Mo1-x W x S2 monolayers

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    Chen, Yanfeng; Wen, Wen; Zhu, Yiming; Mao, Nannan; Feng, Qingliang; Zhang, Mei; Hsu, Hung-Pin; Zhang, Jin; Huang, Ying-Sheng; Xie, Liming

    2016-11-01

    2D transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) alloys with tunable band gaps have recently gained wide interest due to their potential applications in future nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. Here, we report the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectra of Mo1-x W x S2 monolayers with W composition x = 0, 0.29, 0.53, 0.66 and 1 in the temperature range 93-493 K. We observed a linear temperature dependence of PL emission energy and Raman frequency. The PL intensity is enhanced at high temperature (>393 K). The temperature coefficients are negative for both PL and Raman bands, which may result from anharmonicity, thermal expansion and composition disorder.

  15. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence emission and Raman scattering from Mo1-x W x S2 monolayers.

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    Chen, Yanfeng; Wen, Wen; Zhu, Yiming; Mao, Nannan; Feng, Qingliang; Zhang, Mei; Hsu, Hung-Pin; Zhang, Jin; Huang, Ying-Sheng; Xie, Liming

    2016-11-01

    2D transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) alloys with tunable band gaps have recently gained wide interest due to their potential applications in future nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. Here, we report the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectra of Mo1-x W x S2 monolayers with W composition x = 0, 0.29, 0.53, 0.66 and 1 in the temperature range 93-493 K. We observed a linear temperature dependence of PL emission energy and Raman frequency. The PL intensity is enhanced at high temperature (>393 K). The temperature coefficients are negative for both PL and Raman bands, which may result from anharmonicity, thermal expansion and composition disorder. PMID:27670929

  16. Distinct photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy signatures for identifying highly crystalline WS2 monolayers produced by different growth methods

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    McCreary, Amber; Berkdemir, Ayse; Wang, Junjie; Nguyen, Minh An; Elías, Ana Laura; Perea-López, Néstor; Fujisawa, Kazunori; Kabius, Bernd; Carozo, Victor; Cullen, David A.; et al

    2016-03-08

    We report that transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) such as WS2 show exciting promise in electronic and optoelectronic applications. Significant variations in the transport, Raman, and photoluminescence (PL) can be found in the literature, yet it is rarely addressed why this is. In this report, Raman and PL of monolayered WS2 produced via different methods are studied and distinct features that indicate the degree of crystallinity of the material are observed. While the intensity of the LA(M) Raman mode is found to be a useful indicator to assess the crystallinity, PL is drastically more sensitive to the quality of the materialmore » than Raman spectroscopy. We also show that even exfoliated crystals, which are usually regarded as the most pristine material, can contain large amounts of defects that would not be apparent without Raman and PL measurements. Ultimately, these findings can be applied to the understanding of other two-dimensional heterostructured systems.« less

  17. Strain effect of cellulose-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes measured by photoluminescence and Raman scattering spectroscopy

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    Ito, Masahiro; Yajima, Hirofumi; Homma, Yoshikazu

    2016-07-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) can be obtained even under the dry condition when SWNTs are dispersed in biochemical polymers. We fabricated transparent films composed of SWNTs and a large amount of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), and evaluated the effects of CMC wrapping on PL properties. The PL peaks from the transparent CMC-SWNT film showed SWNT-type-dependent peak shifts, indicating that SWNTs were under uniaxial compression strain in the CMC film. Raman scattering spectra also suggested uniaxial compression strain. The rate of strain was estimated to be 0.3-0.4% by PL and Raman scattering spectroscopies. Furthermore, the release of strain was demonstrated by stretching the CMC film.

  18. Strain effect of cellulose-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes measured by photoluminescence and Raman scattering spectroscopy

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    Ito, Masahiro; Yajima, Hirofumi; Homma, Yoshikazu

    2016-07-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) can be obtained even under the dry condition when SWNTs are dispersed in biochemical polymers. We fabricated transparent films composed of SWNTs and a large amount of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), and evaluated the effects of CMC wrapping on PL properties. The PL peaks from the transparent CMC–SWNT film showed SWNT-type-dependent peak shifts, indicating that SWNTs were under uniaxial compression strain in the CMC film. Raman scattering spectra also suggested uniaxial compression strain. The rate of strain was estimated to be 0.3–0.4% by PL and Raman scattering spectroscopies. Furthermore, the release of strain was demonstrated by stretching the CMC film.

  19. Photoluminescence studies of polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}: Lateral inhomogeneities beyond Abbe's diffraction limit

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    Neumann, Oliver; Brüggemann, Rudolf Bauer, Gottfried H.; Hariskos, Dimitrios; Witte, Wolfram

    2015-11-14

    We analyze Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} absorbers with a scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) by photoluminescence (PL). Such measurements allow one to extract local fluctuations of the integral PL yield, the quasi-Fermi level splitting, and the material composition in the submicron range. However, the experimental findings depend strongly on the surface roughness of the absorber: If the surface is rough, artifact-prone correlations between surface contour and PL features measured by SNOM can be found that complicate the study of recombination effects. For smooth surfaces, such correlations no longer exist and the influence of grain boundaries on the integral PL yield and the quasi-Fermi level splitting is revealed. The method also allows a detailed determination of the local band gaps in neighboring grains and their spatial variation inside, and thus of possibly local changes in chemical composition of different grains.

  20. Photoluminescence related to the 2-dimensional electron gas in modulation doped GaN/AlGaN structures

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    Bergman, J.P.; Lundstroem, T.; Monemar, B.; Amano, H.; Akasaki, I.

    1996-11-01

    The authors report low temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra related to a two-dimensional electron gas confined at a GaN/AlGaN heterointerface. The recombination between electrons confined in the bottom of the interface potential and photoexcited holes causes a broad PL emission about 50 meV below the bulk GaN exciton emission. A second emission, attributed to the recombination of electrons in the first excited level at the interface, is also observed close to the excitonic band gap in GaN. The data agrees with a self consistent calculation of the energy levels and the electron concentration at the interface. Similar PL data from a modulation doped AlGaN/GaN quantum well exhibit three PL emissions related to the 2D electron gas.

  1. The photoluminescence and structural properties of (Ce, Yb) co-doped silicon oxides after high temperature annealing

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    Heng, C. L. Li, J. T.; Su, W. Y.; Yin, P. G.; Finstad, T. G.

    2015-01-28

    We studied the photoluminescence (PL) and structural properties of Ce and Yb co-doped silicon oxide films after high temperature annealing. The PL spectra of Ce{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} ions were sensitive to the structural variation of the films, and the Yb PL intensities were significantly enhanced especially upon 1200 °C annealing. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, indicated that rare earth silicates and the CeO{sub 2} phase had formed in the oxides. The proportions of the phases varied with the “nominal Si-richness” of the films. Energy transfer from the excited Ce{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+} can be inferred from both PL excitation and decay spectra.

  2. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence emission and Raman scattering from Mo1-x W x S2 monolayers.

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    Chen, Yanfeng; Wen, Wen; Zhu, Yiming; Mao, Nannan; Feng, Qingliang; Zhang, Mei; Hsu, Hung-Pin; Zhang, Jin; Huang, Ying-Sheng; Xie, Liming

    2016-11-01

    2D transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) alloys with tunable band gaps have recently gained wide interest due to their potential applications in future nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. Here, we report the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectra of Mo1-x W x S2 monolayers with W composition x = 0, 0.29, 0.53, 0.66 and 1 in the temperature range 93-493 K. We observed a linear temperature dependence of PL emission energy and Raman frequency. The PL intensity is enhanced at high temperature (>393 K). The temperature coefficients are negative for both PL and Raman bands, which may result from anharmonicity, thermal expansion and composition disorder.

  3. Electric Field Modulation of Semiconductor Quantum Dot Photoluminescence: Insights Into the Design of Robust Voltage-Sensitive Cellular Imaging Probes.

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    Rowland, Clare E; Susumu, Kimihiro; Stewart, Michael H; Oh, Eunkeu; Mäkinen, Antti J; O'Shaughnessy, Thomas J; Kushto, Gary; Wolak, Mason A; Erickson, Jeffrey S; Efros, Alexander L; Huston, Alan L; Delehanty, James B

    2015-10-14

    The intrinsic properties of quantum dots (QDs) and the growing ability to interface them controllably with living cells has far-reaching potential applications in probing cellular processes such as membrane action potential. We demonstrate that an electric field typical of those found in neuronal membranes results in suppression of the QD photoluminescence (PL) and, for the first time, that QD PL is able to track the action potential profile of a firing neuron with millisecond time resolution. This effect is shown to be connected with electric-field-driven QD ionization and consequent QD PL quenching, in contradiction with conventional wisdom that suppression of the QD PL is attributable to the quantum confined Stark effect.

  4. Rapid thermal annealing and modulation-doping effects on InAs/GaAs quantum dots photoluminescence dependence on excitation power

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    Chaâbani, W.; Melliti, A.; Maaref, M. A.; Testelin, C.; Lemaître, A.

    2016-07-01

    The optical properties of p-doped and annealed InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) was investigated by photoluminescence (PL) as a function of temperature and excitation power density (Pexc). At low-T, PL spectra of rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and p-modulation doped QDs show an energy blueshift and redshift, respectively. A superlinear dependence of integrated PL intensity on Pexc at high-T was found only for undoped QD. The superlinearity was suppressed by modulation-doping and RTA effects. A linear dependence of IPL at all temperatures and a decrease of the carrier-carrier Coulomb interaction at high-T was found after RTA.

  5. Carrier redistribution between different potential sites in semipolar (202{sup ¯}1) InGaN quantum wells studied by near-field photoluminescence

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    Marcinkevičius, S.; Gelžinytė, K.; Zhao, Y.; Nakamura, S.; DenBaars, S. P.; Speck, J. S.

    2014-09-15

    Scanning near-field photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy at different excitation powers was applied to study nanoscale properties of carrier localization and recombination in semipolar (202{sup ¯}1) InGaN quantum wells (QWs) emitting in violet, blue, and green-yellow spectral regions. With increased excitation power, an untypical PL peak energy shift to lower energies was observed. The shift was attributed to carrier density dependent carrier redistribution between nm-scale sites of different potentials. Near-field PL scans showed that in (202{sup ¯}1) QWs the in-plane carrier diffusion is modest, and the recombination properties are uniform, which is advantageous for photonic applications.

  6. BOREAS AFM-6 Surface Meteorological Data

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    Wilczak, James; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-6 team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration/Environment Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL) collected surface meteorological data from 21 May to 20 Sep 1994 near the Southern Study Area-Old Jack Pine (SSA-OJP) tower site. The data are in tabular ASCII files. The surface meteorological data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  7. Studying of photoluminescence characteristics of CdTe/ZnS QDs manipulated by TiO2 inverse opal photonic crystals

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    Chi, Xiao-Chun; Yang, Ying-Shu; Wang, Ying-Hui; Gao, Jie-Chao; Sui, Ning; Yang, Hai-Gui; Zou, Lu; Kang, Zhi-Hui; Zhang, Han-Zhuang

    2015-08-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of CdTe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) infiltrated in TiO2 inverse opal photonic crystals (PCs) are studied in detail. The PL dynamics of QDs show that the PCs could accelerate the PL relaxation rate of QDs as the PL peak of QDs is overlapped with the photonic stop band of PCs. Besides, the PCs could decrease the activation energy of QDs due to its porous structure and suppress the exciton annihilation process of QDs at high excitation intensity, owing to the light scattering effect. The final results are beneficial for people in further understanding the role of inverse opal PCs on manipulating the PL characteristics of QDs.

  8. Cells mechanics with AFM: problems and solutions

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    Sokolov, Igor; Dokukin, Maxim; Guz, Nataliia

    2012-02-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is used to study mechanics of cells. Cell is far from being a homogeneous medium. This creates a number of problems which will be discussed as well as the ways to solve them. We will focus on the following problems: 1. Cellular surface brush (microvilli, glycocalyx..) surrounds cells. A simple model to separate the brush and cell deformation will be overviewed. 2. Problem of nonlinearity of stress-strain relation. Although unsolved, this may indirectly tested: the rigidity modulus should be reasonably independent of penetration. We will show that it can be achieved when using relatively dull AFM probes (the radii of microns) only. 3. Heterogeneity of cell surface. Cells are not homogeneous over the surface. We will discuss the question how many points is enough to characterize the cell. We will exemplify the above with human cervical epithelial cells. We will demonstrate that without proper consideration of the above problems, the error in defining the modulus of rigidity can easily reach an order of magnitude.

  9. Absolute Photoluminescence Quantum Yields of IR-26 Dye, PbS, and PbSe Quantum Dots

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    Semonin, Octavi Escala; Johnson, Justin C; Luther, Joseph M; Midgett, Aaron G; Nozik, Arthur J; Beard, Matthew C

    2010-08-19

    In this study, we have directly measured the photoluminescence quantum yield (Φ{sub PL}) of IR-26 at a range of concentrations and the Φ{sub PL} of PbS and PbSe QDs for a range of sizes. We find that the Φ{sub PL} of IR-26 has a weak concentration dependence due to reabsorption, with a Φ{sub PL} of 0.048 ± 0.002% for low concentrations, lower than previous reports by a full order of magnitude. We also find that there is a dramatic size dependence for both PbS and PbSe QDs, with the smallest dots exhibiting a Φ{sub PL} in excess of 60%, while larger dots fall below 3%. A model, including nonradiative transition between electronic states and energy transfer to ligand vibrations, appears to explain this size dependence. These findings provide both a better characterization of photoluminescence for near-infrared emitters and some insight into how improved QDs can be developed.

  10. Structural insight into iodide uptake by AFm phases.

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    Aimoz, Laure; Wieland, Erich; Taviot-Guého, Christine; Dähn, Rainer; Vespa, Marika; Churakov, Sergey V

    2012-04-01

    The ability of cement phases carrying positively charged surfaces to retard the mobility of (129)I, present as iodide (I(-)) in groundwater, was investigated in the context of safe disposal of radioactive waste. (125)I sorption experiments on ettringite, hydrotalcite, chloride-, carbonate- and sulfate-containing AFm phases indicated that calcium-monosulfate (AFm-SO(4)) is the only phase that takes up trace levels of iodide. The structures of AFm phases prepared by coprecipitating iodide with other anions were investigated in order to understand this preferential uptake mechanism. X-ray diffraction (XRD) investigations showed a segregation of monoiodide (AFm-I(2)) and Friedel's salt (AFm-Cl(2)) for I-Cl mixtures, whereas interstratifications of AFm-I(2) and hemicarboaluminate (AFm-OH-(CO(3))(0.5)) were observed for the I-CO(3) systems. In contrast, XRD measurements indicated the formation of a solid solution between AFm-I(2) and AFm-SO(4) for the I-SO(4) mixtures. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy showed a modification of the coordination environment of iodine in I-CO(3) and in I-SO(4) samples compared to pure AFm-I(2). This is assumed to be due to the introduction of stacking faults in I-CO(3) samples on one hand and due to the presence of sulfate and associated space-filling water molecules as close neighbors in I-SO(4) samples on the other hand. The formation of a solid solution between AFm-I(2) and AFm-SO(4), with a short-range mixing of iodide and sulfate, implies that AFm-SO(4) bears the potential to retard (129)I. PMID:22376086

  11. Caution for monitoring the surface modification of dually emitted ZnSe quantum dots by time-resolved photoluminescence

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    Wang, Chunlei; Hu, Zhiyang; Xu, Shuhong; Zhou, Shujie; Wang, Zhuyuan; Cui, Yiping

    2015-03-01

    This work wants to give a caution for monitoring the surface modification of dually emitted ZnSe quantum dots (QDs) by using time-resolved photoluminescence (PL). Aqueous ZnSe QDs have two emission bands: namely ZnSe band gap emission centered at 395 nm and ZnSe trap emission centered at 470 nm. By fitting the measured PL spectra by two peaks, serious overlapping of two emission bands can be found in the range of 360-430 nm. As a result, the measured PL lifetimes at 395 nm (the peak position of ZnSe band gap emission) is just an apparent value, composing of both ZnSe band emission (contribution proportion about 80%) and ZnSe trap emission (contribution proportion about 20%). Due to the much smaller PL lifetime of ZnSe band gap emission (less than 20 ns) than that of ZnSe trap emission (about 50-70 ns), the elevated contribution proportion of ZnSe band gap emission at improved QD surface modification will lead to the decreased average PL lifetime at 395 nm. This result is completely opposite to the traditional result where improved QD surface modification leads to increased PL lifetimes on the basis of single emitted QDs. Hence, when time-resolved PL is used for monitoring the surface modification of dually emitted QDs, the emission bands overlapping should be taken into consideration with caution.

  12. Synthesis, Characterization and its Photoluminescence Properties of Group I-III-VI2 CuInS2 nanocrystals

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    Oda, Masaru; Miyaoka, Tomotari; Yamada, Shuhei; Tani, Toshiro

    We report the synthesis, characterization, and photoluminescence (PL) properties of colloidal I-III-VI2 CuInS2 and CuInS2/ZnS nanocrystals (NCs). Absorption shoulder and PL bands of the NCs are located at higher energy than those of band gap energy of bulk crystals due to a quantum-confinement effect. The PL band has a relatively large Stokes-shift, broad linewidth, and long decay-time, which suggests that the PL originates from a recombination of confined-excitions associated with donor(s) and/or acceptor(s). We found that quantum yield of the PL depends strongly on the photon-energy of excitation light and that it is up to 40-50% in resonant excitation at the energy positions corresponding to the absorption shoulder. Detailed properties and possible dynamics will be described. We also present preliminary results of PL properties focused on single NCs. There exist highluminescent NCs exhibiting so-called PL blinking as similar with II-VI NCs, while the others are dark NCs. 73.21.La, 78.47.jd, 78.67.Bf, 78.67.Hc

  13. Photoluminescence and Cathodoluminescence Characterization of Ge/GeO2 Nanostructure Synthesized by Thermal Evaporation of Ge Powder

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    Pham, V. H.; Trung, D. Q.; Kien, N. D. T.; Tam, P. D.; Huy, P. T.

    2016-09-01

    This paper reports the first attempt to characterize the light-emission from Ge/GeO2 nanostructure synthesized by thermal evaporation. The synthesized Ge/GeO2 was observed to have a nanowire structure. Photoluminescence (PL) results show that the emission center of the PL peak at about 410 and 485 nm depends on the excitation wavelength. Experimental XRD, EDS and spectral analyses suggest that the 410 nm emission can be attributed to the Ge core; however, 485 nm is attributed to the GeO2 sheath.

  14. Interfacial refractive index sensing using visible-excited intrinsic zinc oxide photoluminescence coupled to whispering gallery modes

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    Moirangthem, Rakesh Singh; Erbe, Andreas

    2013-07-01

    Whispering gallery modes (WGMs) excited by the intrinsic photoluminescence (PL) in zinc oxide microspherical resonators are investigated in this work. The microspheres were synthesized via a one-pot hydrothermal technique. A polymer was applied after the synthesis to fill remaining pores in the oxide particle. Defect-related ZnO PL was excited in the visible, coupling to WGMs. The observed WGMs red-shift with increasing refractive index of the surrounding medium with a sensitivity of 90-100 nm/refractive index unit. The spherical microresonators may be used to investigate binding to and structure at the particle/solution interface.

  15. Investigation of Oxidation Profile in PMR-15 Polyimide using Atomic Microscope (AFM)

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    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Johnson, Lili L.; Eby, R. K.

    2002-01-01

    Nanoindentation measurements are made on thermosetting materials using cantiever deflection vs. piezoelectric scanner position behavior determined by AFM. The spring model is used to determine mechanical properties of materials. The generalized Sneddon's equation is utilized to calculate Young's moduli for thermosetting materials at ambient conditions. Our investigations show that the force-penetration depth curves during unloading in these materials can be described accurately by a power law relationship. The results show that the accuracy of the measurements can be controlled within 7%. The above method is used to study oxidation profiles in Pl\\1R-15 polyimide. The thermo-mechanical profiles ofPNIR-15 indicate that the elastic modulus at the surface portion of the specimen is different from that at the interior of the material. It is also shown that there are two zones within the oxidized portion of the samples. Results confirm that the surface layer and the core material have substantially different properties.

  16. Enhanced Organo-Metal Halide Perovskite Photoluminescence from Nanosized Defect-Free Crystallites and Emitting Sites.

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    Tian, Yuxi; Merdasa, Aboma; Unger, Eva; Abdellah, Mohamed; Zheng, Kaibo; McKibbin, Sarah; Mikkelsen, Anders; Pullerits, Tõnu; Yartsev, Arkady; Sundström, Villy; Scheblykin, Ivan G

    2015-10-15

    Photoluminescence (PL) of organo-metal halide perovskite semiconductors can be enhanced by several orders of magnitude by exposure to visible light. We applied PL microscopy and super-resolution optical imaging to investigate this phenomenon with spatial resolution better than 10 nm using films of CH3NH3PbI3 prepared by the equimolar solution-deposition method, resulting in crystals of different sizes. We found that PL of ∼100 nm crystals enhances much faster than that of larger, micrometer-sized ones. This crystal-size dependence of the photochemical light passivation of charge traps responsible for PL quenching allowed us to conclude that traps are present in the entire crystal volume rather than at the surface only. Because of this effect, "dark" micrometer-sized perovskite crystals can be converted into highly luminescent smaller ones just by mechanical grinding. Super-resolution optical imaging shows spatial inhomogeneity of the PL intensity within perovskite crystals and the existence of <100 nm-sized localized emitting sites. The possible origin of these sites is discussed. PMID:26722793

  17. Photoluminescence characteristics of polariton condensation in a CuBr microcavity

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    Nakayama, Masaaki Murakami, Katsuya; Furukawa, Yoshiaki; Kim, DaeGwi

    2014-07-14

    We have investigated the photoluminescence (PL) properties of a CuBr microcavity at 10 K, including the temporal profiles, from the viewpoint of cavity-polariton condensation. The excitation energy density dependence of the PL intensity (band width) of the lower polariton branch at an in-plane wave vector of k{sub //} = 0 exhibits a threshold-like increase (decrease). A large blueshift in the PL energy of ∼10 meV caused by the cavity-polariton renormalization is correlated with the excitation energy density dependence of the PL intensity. The estimated density of photogenerated electron-hole pairs at the threshold is two orders lower than the Mott transition density. These results consistently demonstrate the occurrence of cavity-polariton condensation. In addition, we found that the PL rise and decay times are shortened dramatically by the cavity-polariton condensation, which reflects the bosonic final state stimulation in the relaxation process and the intrinsic cavity-polariton lifetime in the decay process.

  18. Studies of low temperature photoluminescence spectra and excitonic valley polarization in monolayer MoTe2

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    Koirala, Sandhaya; Mouri, Shinichiro; Miyauchi, Yuhei; Matsuda, Kazunari; Kyoto University Team

    Recently, atomically thin layered transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMDs) in the form MX2 (M = Mo, W, X = S, Se, Te) have attracted much interest from the viewpoints of their fundamental physics and potential applications. The characteristic optical features of semiconducting TMDs arise from excitons confined in their atomically thin layers. Molybdenum ditelluride MoTe2 has attracted emerging research interest because of optical gap energy (lowest exciton transition) of 1.09 eV, and large spin-orbit coupling of 250 meV. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) and polarization-resolved PL measurement were performed for mechanically exfoliated monolayer MoTe2 from 4.4 to 300 K. At a low temperature, the PL spectra from MoTe2 show two sharp peaks for excitons and charged excitons (trions). The systematic temperature-dependent PL measurements revel that the homogeneous linewidth of the exciton peak broadens linearly as the temperature increased due to exciton-acoustic-phonon interactions. From polarization-resolved PL measurements, the valley polarization of above 40 % in the exciton state has been observed at low temperatures. In this meeting, we will discuss about exciton dephasing and valley polarization in monolayer MoTe2.

  19. Laser-induced Greenish-Blue Photoluminescence of Mesoporous Silicon Nanowires

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    Choi, Yan-Ru; Zheng, Minrui; Bai, Fan; Liu, Junjun; Tok, Eng-Soon; Huang, Zhifeng; Sow, Chorng-Haur

    2014-05-01

    Solid silicon nanowires and their luminescent properties have been widely studied, but lesser is known about the optical properties of mesoporous silicon nanowires (mp-SiNWs). In this work, we present a facile method to generate greenish-blue photoluminescence (GB-PL) by fast scanning a focused green laser beam (wavelength of 532 nm) on a close-packed array of mp-SiNWs to carry out photo-induced chemical modification. The threshold of laser power is 5 mW to excite the GB-PL, whose intensity increases with laser power in the range of 5-105 mW. The quenching of GB-PL comes to occur beyond 105 mW. The in-vacuum annealing effectively excites the GB-PL in the pristine mp-SiNWs and enhances the GB-PL of the laser-modified mp-SiNWs. A complex model of the laser-induced surface modification is proposed to account for the laser-power and post-annealing effect. Moreover, the fast scanning of focused laser beam enables us to locally tailor mp-SiNWs en route to a wide variety of micropatterns with different optical functionality, and we demonstrate the feasibility in the application of creating hidden images.

  20. CLASSICAL AREAS OF PHENOMENOLOGY: Photoluminescence evolution in self-ion-implanted and annealed silicon

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    Yang, Yu; Wang, Chong; Yang, Rui-Dong; Li, Liang; Xiong, Fei; Bao, Ji-Ming

    2009-11-01

    Si+ ion-implanted silicon wafers are annealed at different temperatures from room temperature to 950 °C and then characterized by using the photoluminescence (PL) technique at different recorded temperatures (RETs). Plentiful optical features are observed and identified clearly in these PL curves. The PL spectra of these samples annealed in different temperature ranges are correspondingly dominated by different emission peaks. Several characteristic features, such as an R line, S bands, a W line, the phonon-assistant WTA and SiTO peaks, can be detected in the PL spectra of samples annealed at different temperatures. For the samples annealed at 800 °C, emission peaks from the dislocations bounded at the deep energy levels of the forbidden band, such as D1 and D2 bands, can be observed at a temperature as high as 280 K. These data strongly indicate that a severe transformation of defect structures could be manipulated by the annealing and recorded temperatures. The deactivation energies of the main optical features are extracted from the PL data at different temperatures.

  1. Photoluminescence of gallium ion irradiated hexagonal and cubic GaN quantum dots

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    Rothfuchs, Charlotte; Kukharchyk, Nadezhda; Koppe, Tristan; Semond, Fabrice; Blumenthal, Sarah; Becker, Hans-Werner; As, Donat J.; Hofsäss, Hans C.; Wieck, Andreas D.; Ludwig, Arne

    2016-09-01

    We report on ion implantation into GaN QDs and investigate their radiation hardness. The experimental study is carried out by photoluminescence (PL) measurements on molecular beam epitaxy-grown GaN quantum dots after ion implantation. Both quantum dots grown in the hexagonal (H) and the cubic (C) crystal structure were subjected to gallium ions with an energy of 400 kV (H) and 75 kV (C) with fluences ranging from 5 ×1010 cm-2 to 1 ×1014 cm-2 (H) and to 1 ×1015 cm-2 (C), respectively. Low-temperature PL measurements reveal a PL quenching for which a quantitative model as a function of the ion fluence is developed. A high degradation resistance is concluded. A non-radiative trap with one main activation energy is found for all QD structures by temperature-dependent PL measurements. Further analysis of fluence-dependent PL energy shifts shows ion-induced intermixing and strain effects. Particular for the hexagonal quantum dots, a strong influence of the quantum confined Stark effect is present.

  2. Influence of C or In buffer layer on photoluminescence behaviour of ultrathin ZnO film

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    Saravanan, K.; Jayalakshmi, G.; Krishnan, R.; Sundaravel, B.; Panigrahi, B. K.

    2016-09-01

    We study the effect of the indium or carbon buffer layer on the photoluminescence (PL) property of ZnO ultrathin films deposited on a Si(100) substrate. The surface morphology of the films obtained using scanning tunnelling microscopy shows spherical shaped ZnO nanoparticles of size ˜8 nm in ZnO/C/Si and ˜22 nm in ZnO/Si samples, while the ZnO/In/Si sample shows elliptical shaped ZnO particles. Further, the ZnO/C/Si sample shows densely packed ZnO nanoparticles in comparison with other samples. Strong band edge emission has been observed in the presence of In or C buffer layer, whereas the ZnO/Si sample exhibits poor PL emission. The influence of C and In buffer layers on the PL behaviour of ZnO films is studied in detail using temperature dependent PL measurements in the range of 4 K-300 K. The ZnO/C/Si sample exhibits a multi-fold enhancement in the PL emission intensity with well-resolved free and bound exciton emission lines. Our experimental results imply that the ZnO films deposited on the C buffer layer showed higher particle density and better exciton emission desired for optoelectronic applications.

  3. Laser-induced greenish-blue photoluminescence of mesoporous silicon nanowires.

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    Choi, Yan-Ru; Zheng, Minrui; Bai, Fan; Liu, Junjun; Tok, Eng-Soon; Huang, Zhifeng; Sow, Chorng-Haur

    2014-05-13

    Solid silicon nanowires and their luminescent properties have been widely studied, but lesser is known about the optical properties of mesoporous silicon nanowires (mp-SiNWs). In this work, we present a facile method to generate greenish-blue photoluminescence (GB-PL) by fast scanning a focused green laser beam (wavelength of 532 nm) on a close-packed array of mp-SiNWs to carry out photo-induced chemical modification. The threshold of laser power is 5 mW to excite the GB-PL, whose intensity increases with laser power in the range of 5-105 mW. The quenching of GB-PL comes to occur beyond 105 mW. The in-vacuum annealing effectively excites the GB-PL in the pristine mp-SiNWs and enhances the GB-PL of the laser-modified mp-SiNWs. A complex model of the laser-induced surface modification is proposed to account for the laser-power and post-annealing effect. Moreover, the fast scanning of focused laser beam enables us to locally tailor mp-SiNWs en route to a wide variety of micropatterns with different optical functionality, and we demonstrate the feasibility in the application of creating hidden images.

  4. Surface-plasmon-enhanced photoluminescence of quantum dots based on open-ring nanostructure array

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    Kannegulla, Akash; Liu, Ye; Cheng, Li-Jing

    2016-03-01

    Enhanced photoluminescence (PL) of quantum dots (QD) in visible range using plasmonic nanostructures has potential to advance several photonic applications. The enhancement effect is, however, limited by the light coupling efficiency to the nanostructures. Here we demonstrate experimentally a new open-ring nanostructure (ORN) array 100 nm engraved into a 200 nm thick silver thin film to maximize light absorption and, hence, PL enhancement at a broadband spectral range. The structure is different from the traditional isolated or through-hole split-ring structures. Theoretical calculations based on FDTD method show that the absorption peak wavelength can be adjusted by their period and dimension. A broadband absorption of about 60% was measured at the peak wavelength of 550 nm. The emission spectrum of CdSe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots was chosen to match the absorption band of the ORN array to enhance its PL. The engraved silver ORN array was fabricated on a silver thin film deposited on a silicon substrate using focus ion beam (FIB) patterning. The device was characterized by using a thin layer of QD water dispersion formed between the ORN substrate and a cover glass. The experimental results show the enhanced PL for the QD with emission spectrum overlapping the absorption band of ORN substrate and quantum efficiency increases from 50% to 70%. The ORN silver substrate with high absorption over a broadband spectrum enables the PL enhancement and will benefit applications in biosensing, wavelength tunable filters, and imaging.

  5. Anomalous Light Emission and Wide Photoluminescence Spectra in Graphene Quantum Dot: Quantum Confinement from Edge Microstructure.

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    Huang, Pu; Shi, Jun-Jie; Zhang, Min; Jiang, Xin-He; Zhong, Hong-Xia; Ding, Yi-Min; Cao, Xiong; Wu, Meng; Lu, Jing

    2016-08-01

    The physical origin of the observed anomalous photoluminescence (PL) behavior, that is, the large-size graphene quantum dots (GQDs) exhibiting higher PL energy than the small ones and the broadening PL spectra from deep ultraviolet to near-infrared, has been debated for many years. Obviously, it is in conflict with the well-accepted quantum confinement. Here we shed new light on these two notable debates by state-of-the-art first-principles calculations based on many-body perturbation theory. We find that quantum confinement is significant in GQDs with remarkable size-dependent exciton absorption/emission. The edge environment from alkaline to acidic conditions causes a blue shift of the PL peak. Furthermore, carbon vacancies are inclined to assemble at the GQD edge and form the tiny edge microstructures. The bound excitons, localized inside these edge microstructures, determine the anomalous PL behavior (blue and UV emission) of large-size GQDs. The bound excitons confined in the whole GQD lead to the low-energy transition. PMID:27409980

  6. Redox-mediated reversible modulation of the photoluminescence of single quantum dots

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    Li, Ying; Liu, Ren-Wei; Ma, Li; Fan, Su-Na; Li, Hui; Hu, Shu-Xin; Li, Ming

    2015-07-01

    Precise control over the photoluminescence (PL) of single quantum dots (QDs) is important for their practical applications. We show that the PL of individual CdSe/ZnS core/shell QDs can be effectively enhanced and continuously modulated by electrochemically manipulating the electron transfer (ET) between the QDs and the attached redox-active ligands such as 2-mercaptoethanol (BME). We found that i) the ET from BME to the QDs’ surface trap states suppresses the blinking of the QDs, ii) the ET from the QDs’ conduction band to the oxidization product results in dimmed PL when BME is oxidized, and iii) further oxidization of BME results in a significant PL brightening. The single particle measurements help us unveil the important features hidden in ensemble measurements and understand the underlying mechanism of the PL modulation. The results also suggest a simple yet efficient method to produce bright and non-blinking QDs and offer opportunities for further development of high resolution fluorescent bioimaging and nanodevices. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 10904164, 61275192, and 11104328).

  7. Surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence in amorphous silicon carbide films by adjusting Ag island film sizes

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    Yu, Wei; Wang, Xin-Zhan; Dai, Wan-Lei; Lu, Wan-Bing; Liu, Yu-Mei; Fu, Guang-Sheng

    2013-05-01

    Ag island films with different sizes are deposited on hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (α-SiC:H) films, and the influences of Ag island films on the optical properties of the α-SiC:H films are investigated. Atomic force microscope images show that Ag nanoislands are formed after Ag coating, and the size of the Ag islands increases with increasing Ag deposition time. The extinction spectra indicate that two resonance absorption peaks which correspond to out-of-plane and in-plane surface plasmon modes of the Ag island films are obtained, and the resonance peak shifts toward longer wavelength with increasing Ag island size. The photoluminescence (PL) enhancement or quenching depends on the size of Ag islands, and PL enhancement by 1.6 times on the main PL band is obtained when the sputtering time is 10 min. Analyses show that the influence of surface plasmons on the PL of α-SiC:H is determined by the competition between the scattering and absorption of Ag islands, and PL enhancement is obtained when scattering is the main interaction between the Ag islands and incident light.

  8. Mechanism of photoluminescence investigation of Si nano-crystals embedded in SiOx

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    Vivas Hernández, A.; Torchynska, T. V.; Guerrero Moreno, I.

    2010-05-01

    Nanoscaled Si (Ge) systems continue to be of interest for their potential application as Si (Ge) based light emiting materials and photonic structures. Optical properties of such systems are sensitive to nanocrystallite (NC) size fluctuations as well as to defects effects due to large surface to volume ratio in small NCs. Intensive research of Si (Ge) NCs is focused on the elucidation of the mechanism of radiative recombination with the aim to provide high efficient emission at room temperature in different spectral range. The bright visible photoluminescence (PL) of the Si (Ge)-SiOX system was investigated during last 15 years and several models were proposed. It was shown that blue (~2.64 eV) and green (~2.25 eV) PL are caused by various emitting centers in silicon oxide [1], while the nature of the more intensive red (1.70-2.00 eV) and infrared (0.80-1.60 eV) PL bands steel is no clear. These include PL model connected whit quantum confinement effects in Si (Ge) nanocrystallites [2-4], surface states on Si (Ge) nanocrystallites, as well as defects at the Si/SiOX (Ge/SiOX) interface and in the SiO2 layer [5-11]. It should be noted, that even investigation of PL on single Si quantum dots [12] cannot undoubtedly confirm the quantum confinement nature of red emission.

  9. Amino-functionalized graphene quantum dots: origin of tunable heterogeneous photoluminescence

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    Sandeep KumarThese Authors Contributed Equally To The Present Work., G.; Roy, Rajarshi; Sen, Dipayan; Ghorai, Uttam Kumar; Thapa, Ranjit; Mazumder, Nilesh; Saha, Subhajit; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan K.

    2014-02-01

    Graphene quantum dots are known to exhibit tunable photoluminescence (PL) through manipulation of edge functionality under various synthesis conditions. Here, we report observation of excitation dependent anomalous m-n type fingerprint PL transition in synthesized amino functionalized graphene quantum dots (5-7 nm). The effect of band-to-band π*-π and interstate to band n-π induced transitions led to effective multicolor emission under changeable excitation wavelength in the functionalized system. A reasonable assertion that equi-coupling of π*-π and n-π transitions activated the heterogeneous dual mode cyan emission was made upon observation of the PL spectra. Furthermore, investigation of incremented dimensional scaling through facile synthesis of amino functionalized quantum graphene flakes (20-30 nm) revealed it had negligible effect on the modulated PL pattern. Moreover, an effort was made to trace the origin of excitation dependent tunable heterogeneous photoluminescence through the framework of energy band diagram hypothesis and first principles analysis. Ab initio results suggested formation of an interband state as a manifestation of p orbital hybridization between C-N atoms at the edge sites. Therefore comprehensive theoretical and experimental analysis revealed that newly created energy levels can exist as an interband within the energy gap in functionalized graphene quantum structures yielding excitation dependent tunable PL for optoelectronic applications.Graphene quantum dots are known to exhibit tunable photoluminescence (PL) through manipulation of edge functionality under various synthesis conditions. Here, we report observation of excitation dependent anomalous m-n type fingerprint PL transition in synthesized amino functionalized graphene quantum dots (5-7 nm). The effect of band-to-band π*-π and interstate to band n-π induced transitions led to effective multicolor emission under changeable excitation wavelength in the functionalized

  10. [AFM fishing of proteins under impulse electric field].

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    Ivanov, Yu D; Pleshakova, T O; Malsagova, K A; Kaysheva, A L; Kopylov, A T; Izotov, A A; Tatur, V Yu; Vesnin, S G; Ivanova, N D; Ziborov, V S; Archakov, A I

    2016-05-01

    A combination of (atomic force microscopy)-based fishing (AFM-fishing) and mass spectrometry allows to capture protein molecules from solutions, concentrate and visualize them on an atomically flat surface of the AFM chip and identify by subsequent mass spectrometric analysis. In order to increase the AFM-fishing efficiency we have applied pulsed voltage with the rise time of the front of about 1 ns to the AFM chip. The AFM-chip was made using a conductive material, highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). The increased efficiency of AFM-fishing has been demonstrated using detection of cytochrome b5 protein. Selection of the stimulating pulse with a rise time of 1 ns, corresponding to the GHz frequency range, by the effect of intrinsic emission from water observed in this frequency range during water injection into the cell. PMID:27562998

  11. [AFM fishing of proteins under impulse electric field].

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    Ivanov, Yu D; Pleshakova, T O; Malsagova, K A; Kaysheva, A L; Kopylov, A T; Izotov, A A; Tatur, V Yu; Vesnin, S G; Ivanova, N D; Ziborov, V S; Archakov, A I

    2016-05-01

    A combination of (atomic force microscopy)-based fishing (AFM-fishing) and mass spectrometry allows to capture protein molecules from solutions, concentrate and visualize them on an atomically flat surface of the AFM chip and identify by subsequent mass spectrometric analysis. In order to increase the AFM-fishing efficiency we have applied pulsed voltage with the rise time of the front of about 1 ns to the AFM chip. The AFM-chip was made using a conductive material, highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). The increased efficiency of AFM-fishing has been demonstrated using detection of cytochrome b5 protein. Selection of the stimulating pulse with a rise time of 1 ns, corresponding to the GHz frequency range, by the effect of intrinsic emission from water observed in this frequency range during water injection into the cell.

  12. BOREAS AFM-6 Boundary Layer Height Data

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    Wilczak, James; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-6 team from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration/Environment Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL) operated a 915-MHz wind/Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) profiler system in the Southern Study Area (SSA) near the Old Jack Pine (OJP) site. This data set provides boundary layer height information over the site. The data were collected from 21 May 1994 to 20 Sep 1994 and are stored in tabular ASCII files. The boundary layer height data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  13. BOREAS AFM-06 Mean Wind Profile Data

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    Wilczak, James; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-6 team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Environment Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL) operated a 915-MHz wind/Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) profiler system in the Southern Study Area (SSA) near the Old Jack Pine (OJP) tower from 21 May 1994 to 20 Sep 1994. The data set provides wind profiles at 38 heights, containing the variables of wind speed; wind direction; and the u-, v-, and w-components of the total wind. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The mean wind profile data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  14. BOREAS AFM-06 Mean Temperature Profile Data

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    Wilczak, James; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-6 team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration/Environment Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL) operated a 915-MHz wind/Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) profiler system in the Southern Study Area (SSA) near the Old Jack Pine (OJP) tower from 21 May 1994 to 20 Sep 1994. The data set provides temperature profiles at 15 heights, containing the variables of virtual temperature, vertical velocity, the speed of sound, and w-bar. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The mean temperature profile data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  15. Time-integrated photoluminescence and pump-probe reflection spectroscopy of Si doped InN thin films

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    Mohanta, Antaryami; Jang, Der-Jun Wang, Ming-Sung; Tu, L. W.

    2014-01-28

    Temperature and excitation power dependent time-integrated photoluminescence of Si doped InN thin films are investigated. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra at low temperatures are described by single emission peak ensued due to “free-to-bound” recombination; whereas PL spectra at higher temperatures above 150 K are characterized by both “band-to-band” and “free-to-bound” transition. Carrier dynamics of Si doped InN thin films is studied using pump-probe reflection spectroscopy at room temperature. The hot electron cooling process is well described by electron-electron scattering. The dependence of the hot electron cooling rate on total electron density shows sublinear to linear behavior with increase of background electron density. The variation of the carrier recombination lifetime with total electron density implicates the dominance of the defect-related nonradiative recombination channel over other recombination processes.

  16. Time-resolved photoluminescence of type-II quantum dots and isoelectronic centers in Zn-Se-Te superlattice structures

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    Cheung, M. C.-K.; Cartwright, A. N.; Sellers, I. R.; McCombe, B. D.; Kuskovsky, I. L.

    2008-01-01

    Spectrally and time-resolved photoluminescence of a ZnTe /ZnSe superlattice reveals a smooth transition of the photoluminescence (PL) lifetime from ˜100ns at 2.35eV to less than a few nanoseconds at 2.8eV. The significant increase of the lifetime in the low energy region is strong evidence to support the formation of type-II quantum dots (QDs), since in these nanostructures the spatial separation of carriers is increased. The shorter lived emission above 2.5eV is attributed to excitons bound to Te isoelectronic centers in the ZnSe matrix. The smooth transition of the PL lifetime confirms that clusters of these Te atoms evolve into type-II ZnTe /ZnSe QDs.

  17. Examination of electronic structure differences between CIGSSe and CZTSSe by photoluminescence study

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    Tai, Kong Fai; Huan, Cheng Hon Alfred; Gershon, Talia; Gunawan, Oki

    2015-06-21

    In this paper, we elaborate on the interpretation and use of photoluminescence (PL) measurements as they relate to the “donor/acceptor” and “electrostatic potential fluctuations” models for compensated semiconductors. Low-temperature (7 K) PL measurements were performed on high-efficiency Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} and two Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} solar cells with high- and low-S/(S + Se) ratio, all fabricated by a hydrazine solution-processing method. From excitation-dependent PL, the total defect density (which include radiative and non-radiative defects) within the band gap (E{sub g}) was estimated for each material and the consequent depth of the electrostatic potential fluctuation (γ) was calculated. The quasi-donor-acceptor pair (QDAP) density was estimated from the blue-shift magnitude of the QDAP PL peak position in power-dependent PL spectra. As a further verification, we show that the slope of the lifetime as a function of photon energies (dτ/dE) is consistent with our estimate for the magnitude of γ. Lastly, the energetic depth of the QDAP defects is examined by studying the spectral evolution of the PL as a function of temperature. The shallow defect levels in CIGSSe resulted in a significant blue-shift of the PL peak with temperature, whereas no obvious shift was observed for either CZTSSe sample, indicating an increase in the depth of the defects. Further improvement on Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} solar cell should focus on reducing the sub-E{sub g} defect density and avoiding the formation of deep defects.

  18. Photoluminescence in the Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}WO{sub 4} system at room temperature

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    Porto, S.L.; Longo, E.; Simoes, L.G.P.; Lima, S.J.G.; Ferreira, J.M.; Soledade, L.E.B.; Espinoza, J.W.M.; Cassia-Santos, M.R.; Maurera, M.A.M.A.; Paskocimas, C.A.; Santos, I.M.G. Souza, A.G.

    2008-08-15

    In this work, a study was undertaken about the structural and photoluminescent properties, at room temperature, of powder samples from the Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}WO{sub 4} (x=0-1.0) system, synthesized by a soft chemical method and heat treated between 400 and 700 deg. C. The material was characterized using Infrared, UV-vis and Raman spectroscopy and XRD. The most intense PL emission was obtained for the sample calcined at 600 deg. C, which is neither highly disordered (400-500 deg. C), nor completely ordered (700 deg. C). Corroborating the role of disorder in the PL phenomenon, the most intense PL response was not observed for pure CaWO{sub 4} or SrWO{sub 4}, but for Ca{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}WO{sub 4}. The PL emission spectra could be separated into two Gaussian curves. The lower wavelength peak is placed around 530 nm, and the higher wavelength peak at about 690 nm. Similar results were reported in the literature for both CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4}. - Graphical abstract: The structural and room temperature photoluminescence of Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}WO4 synthesized by a soft chemical method was studied. The most intense PL emission was obtained for the sample calcined at 600 deg. C, that is neither highly disordered (400-500 deg. C), nor completely ordered (700 deg. C). Corroborating the role of disorder in the PL phenomenon, the most intense PL response was not observed for pure CaWO{sub 4} or SrWO{sub 4}, but for Ca{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}WO{sub 4}.

  19. Competition between auger recombination and hot-carrier trapping in PL intensity fluctuations of type II nanocrystals.

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    Mangum, Benjamin D; Wang, Feng; Dennis, Allison M; Gao, Yongqian; Ma, Xuedan; Hollingsworth, Jennifer A; Htoon, Han

    2014-07-23

    Performing time-tagged, time-correlated, single-photon-counting studies on individual colloidal nanocrystal quantum dots (NQDs), the evolution of photoluminescence (PL) intensity-fluctuation behaviors in near-infrared (NIR) emitting type II, InP/CdS core-shell NQDs is investigated as a function of shell thickness. It is observed that Auger recombination and hot-carrier trapping compete in defining the PL intensity-fluctuation behavior for NQDs with thin shells, whereas the role of hot-carrier trapping dominates for NQDs with thick shells. These studies further reveal the distinct ramifications of altering either the excitation fluence or repetition rate. Specifically, an increase in laser pump fluence results in the creation of additional hot-carrier traps. Alternately, higher repetition rates cause a saturation in hot-carrier traps, thus activating Auger-related PL fluctuations. Furthermore, it is shown that Auger recombination of negatively charged excitons is suppressed more strongly than that of positively charged excitons because of the asymmetry in the electron-hole confinement in type II NQDs. Thus, this study provides new understanding of how both NQD structure (shell thickness and carrier-separation characteristics) and excitation conditions can be used to tune the PL stability, with important implications for room-temperature single-photon generation. Specifically, the first non-blinking NQD capable of single-photon emission in the near-infrared spectral regime is described. PMID:24715631

  20. Syntax-directed documentation for PL360

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    Mills, H. D.

    1970-01-01

    PL360 is a phrase-structured programming language which provides the facilities of a symbolic machine language for the IBM 360 computers. An automatic process, syntax-directed documentation, is described which acquires programming documentation through the syntactical analysis of a program, followed by the interrogation of the originating programmer. This documentation can be dispensed through reports of file query replies when other programmers later need to know the program structure and its details. A key principle of the programming documentation process is that it is managed solely on the basis of the syntax of programs.

  1. Enhanced photoluminescence from CdS with SiO2 nanopillar arrays

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    Li, Wei; Wang, Shaolei; He, Sufeng; Wang, Jing; Guo, Yanyan; Guo, Yufeng

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the enhanced photoluminescence from CdS thin film with SiO2 nanopillar array (NPA) was demonstrated. The CdS was prepared using chemical bath deposition in a solution bath containing CdSO4, SC(NH2)2, and NH4OH. The SiO2 NPA was fabricated by the nanosphere lithography (NSL) techniques. The nanopillar is about 50 nm in diameter, and the height is 150 nm. As a result, the sample with NPA shows an obvious improvement of photoluminescence (PL), compared with the one without NPA. In addition, we also observed that the PL intensity is increased ~5 times if the active layer is deposited on the nanopillar arrays and covered by a thin metal film of Al. It is noteworthy that the enhancement of photoluminescence could be attributed to the roughness of the surface, the 2D photonic band gap (PBG) effect and the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effects. PMID:26077552

  2. Enhanced photoluminescence from CdS with SiO2 nanopillar arrays

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    Li, Wei; Wang, Shaolei; He, Sufeng; Wang, Jing; Guo, Yanyan; Guo, Yufeng

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, the enhanced photoluminescence from CdS thin film with SiO2 nanopillar array (NPA) was demonstrated. The CdS was prepared using chemical bath deposition in a solution bath containing CdSO4, SC(NH2)2, and NH4OH. The SiO2 NPA was fabricated by the nanosphere lithography (NSL) techniques. The nanopillar is about 50 nm in diameter, and the height is 150 nm. As a result, the sample with NPA shows an obvious improvement of photoluminescence (PL), compared with the one without NPA. In addition, we also observed that the PL intensity is increased ~5 times if the active layer is deposited on the nanopillar arrays and covered by a thin metal film of Al. It is noteworthy that the enhancement of photoluminescence could be attributed to the roughness of the surface, the 2D photonic band gap (PBG) effect and the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effects.

  3. Photoluminescence properties of cerium oxide nanoparticles as a function of lanthanum content

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    Deus, R.C.; Cortés, J.A.; Ramirez, M.A.; Ponce, M.A.; Andres, J.; Rocha, L.S.R.; and others

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles were obtained by microwave-hydrothermal method. • Rietveld refinement reveals a cubic structure. • KOH mineralizer agent exhibit weak agglomeration at low temperature and shorter time. - Abstract: The structural and photoluminescent properties at room temperature of CeO{sub 2} and La-doped CeO{sub 2} particles were undertaken. The obtained particles were synthesized by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method (MAH) under different lanthanum contents. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), Fourier transform Raman (FT-Raman), Ultra-violet spectroscopy (UV–vis) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements were carried out. XRD revealed that the powders are free of secondary phases and crystallize in the cubic structure. Raman data show that increasing La doping content increase oxygen vacancies due to lattice expansion. The UV/vis absorption spectroscopy suggested the presence of intermediate energy levels in the band gap of structurally ordered powders. Lanthanum addition creates oxygen vacancies and shifts the photoluminescence in the low energy range leading to intense PL emission.

  4. The role of N-Si-O bonding configurations in tunable photoluminescence of oxygenated amorphous silicon nitride films

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    Zhang, Pengzhan; Chen, Kunji Lin, Zewen; Li, Wei; Xu, Jun; Huang, Xinfan; Dong, Hengping

    2015-06-08

    Last year, we have reported that the internal quantum efficiency of photoluminescence (PL) from amorphous silicon oxynitride (a-SiN{sub x}O{sub y}) films has been achieved as high as 60%. The present work intensively investigated the mechanisms for tunable PL in the 2.05–2.95 eV range from our a-SiN{sub x}:O films, by using a combination of optical characterizations, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. The results of XPS, EPR, and photoluminescence excited measurements indicated that the incorporation of oxygen atoms into silicon nitride (a-SiN{sub x}) networks not only reduced the band tail structure disorder (Urbach tail width E{sub U}) but also created N-Si-O (N{sub x}) defect states in the band gap. We have discovered the distinctive PL characteristics from a-SiN{sub x}:O films with various NH{sub 3/}SiH{sub 4} ratios. The PL peak energy (E{sub PL}) is independent of the excitation energy (E{sub exc}) and the PL intensity (I{sub PL}) is regardless of the optical band gap (E{sub opt}) but is proportional to the N{sub x} defects concentration, both of which are completely different from the PL characteristics by band tail states recombination mechanism, in which the E{sub PL} is proportional to E{sub exc} (when E{sub exc} ≤ E{sub opt}) and the I{sub PL} is dependent on the relative position of E{sub exc} and E{sub opt}. Based on the N-Si-O bonding configurations and the distinctive PL characteristics, the radiative recombination mechanism through the N-Si-O defect states has been proposed, by which the performance of stimulated emission may be realized in this kind of a-SiN{sub x}:O films.

  5. [The photoluminescence characteristics of organic multilayer quantum wells].

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    Zhao, De-Wei; Song, Shu-Fang; Zhao, Su-Ling; Xu, Zheng; Wang, Yong-Sheng; Xu, Xu-Rong

    2007-04-01

    By the use of multi-source high-vaccum organic beam deposition system, the authors prepared organic multilayer quantum well structures, which consist of alternate organic small molecule materials PBD and Alq3. Based on 4-period organic quantum wells, different samples with different thickness barriers and wells were prepared. The authors measured the lowest unoccupied molecular orbit (LUMO) and the highest occupied molecular orbit (HOMO) by electrochemistry cyclic voltammetry and optical absorption. From the energy diagrams, it seems like type-I quantum well structures of the inorganic semiconductor, in which PBD is used as a barrier layer and Alq3 as a well layer and emitter. From small angle X-ray diffraction measurements, the results indicate that these structures have high interface quality and uniformity. The photoluminescence characteristics of organic multilayer quantum wells were investigated. The PL peak has a blue-shift with the decrease of the well layer thickness. Meanwhile as the barrier thickness decreases the PL peaks of PBD disappear gradually. And the energy may be effectively transferred from PBD to Alq3, inducing an enhancement of the luminescence of Alq3.

  6. Photoluminescence from silicon nanoparticles embedded in ammonium silicon hexafluoride.

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    Kalem, Seref; Werner, Peter; Talalaev, Vadim; Becker, Michael; Arthursson, Orjan; Zakharov, Nikolai

    2010-10-29

    Silicon (Si) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by transforming a Si wafer surface to ammonium silicon hexafluoride (ASH) or (NH(4))(2)SiF(6) under acid vapor treatment. Si-NPs which were found to be embedded within the polycrystalline (ASH) layer exhibit a strong green-orange photoluminescence (PL). Differential PL measurements revealed a major double component spectrum consisting of a broad band associated with the ASH-Si wafer interfacial porous oxide layer and a high energy band attributable to Si-NPs embedded in the ASH. The origin of the latter emission can be explained in terms of quantum/spatial confinement effects probably mediated by oxygen related defects in or around Si-NPs. Although Si-NPs are derived from the interface they are much smaller in size than those embedded within the interfacial porous oxide layer (SiO(x), x > 1.5). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) combined with Raman scattering and Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) analysis confirmed the presence of Si-NP and Si-O bondings pointing to the role of oxygen related defects in a porous/amorphous structure. The presence of oxygen of up to 4.5 at.% in the (NH(4))(2)SiF(6) layer was confirmed by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis.

  7. Enhanced photoluminescence of porous silicon nanoparticles coated by bioresorbable polymers

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    2012-01-01

    A significant enhancement of the photoluminescence (PL) efficiency is observed for aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles (PSiNPs) coated by bioresorbable polymers, i.e., polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). PSiNPs with average size about 100 nm prepared by mechanical grinding of electrochemically etched porous silicon were dispersed in water to prepare the stable suspension. The inner hydrophobic PLGA layer prevents the PSiNPs from the dissolution in water, while the outer PVA layer makes the PSiNPs hydrophilic. The PL quantum yield of PLGA/PVA-coated PSiNPs was found to increase by three times for 2 weeks of the storage in water. The observed effect is explained by taking into account both suppression of the dissolution of PSiNPs in water and a process of the passivation of nonradiative defects in PSiNPs. The obtained results are interesting in view of the potential applications of PSiNPs in bioimaging. PMID:22873790

  8. Modulation of porphyrin photoluminescence by nanoscale spacers on silicon substrates

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    Fang, Y. C.; Zhang, Y.; Gao, H. Y.; Chen, L. G.; Gao, B.; He, W. Z.; Meng, Q. S.; Zhang, C.; Dong, Z. C.

    2013-11-01

    We investigate photoluminescence (PL) properties of quasi-monolayered tetraphenyl porphyrin (TPP) molecules on silicon substrates modulated by three different nanoscale spacers: native oxide layer (NOL), hydrogen (H)-passivated layer, and Ag nanoparticle (AgNP) thin film, respectively. In comparison with the PL intensity from the TPP molecules on the NOL-covered silicon, the fluorescence intensity from the molecules on the AgNP-covered surface was greatly enhanced while that for the H-passivated surface was found dramatically suppressed. Time-resolved fluorescence spectra indicated shortened lifetimes for TPP molecules in both cases, but the decay kinetics is believed to be different. The suppressed emission for the H-passivated sample was attributed to the weaker decoupling effect of the monolayer of hydrogen atoms as compared to the NOL, leading to increased nonradiative decay rate; whereas the enhanced fluorescence with shortened lifetime for the AgNP-covered sample is attributed not only to the resonant excitation by local surface plasmons, but also to the increased radiative decay rate originating from the emission enhancement in plasmonic "hot-spots".

  9. Photoluminescence decay rate of silicon nanoparticles modified with gold nanoislands

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    Dan'ko, Viktor; Michailovska, Katerina; Indutnyi, Ivan; Shepeliavyi, Petro

    2014-04-01

    We investigated plasmon-assisted enhancement of emission from silicon nanoparticles (ncs-Si) embedded into porous SiO x matrix in the 500- to 820-nm wavelength range. In the presence in the near-surface region of gold nanoisland film, ncs-Si exhibited up to twofold luminescence enhancement at emission frequencies that correspond to the plasmon resonance frequency of Au nanoparticles. Enhancement of the photoluminescence (PL) intensity was attributed to coupling with the localized surface plasmons (LSPs) excited in Au nanoparticles and to increase in the radiative decay rate of ncs-Si . It has been shown that spontaneous emission decay rate of ncs-Si modified by thin Au film over the wide emission spectral range was accelerated. The emission decay rate distribution was determined by fitting the experimental decay curves to the stretched exponential model. The observed increase of the PL decay rate distribution width for the Au-coated nc-Si-SiO x sample in comparison with the uncoated one was explained by fluctuations in the surface-plasmon excitation rate .

  10. Tuning photoluminescence of organic rubrene nanoparticles through a hydrothermal process

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    2011-01-01

    Light-emitting 5,6,11,12-tetraphenylnaphthacene (rubrene) nanoparticles (NPs) prepared by a reprecipitation method were treated hydrothermally. The diameters of hydrothermally treated rubrene NPs were changed from 100 nm to 2 μm, depending on hydrothermal temperature. Photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of rubrene NPs varied with hydrothermal temperatures. Luminescence of pristine rubrene NPs was yellow-orange, and it changed to blue as the hydrothermal temperature increased to 180°C. The light-emitting color distribution of the NPs was confirmed using confocal laser spectrum microscope. As the hydrothermal temperature increased from 110°C to 160°C, the blue light emission at 464 to approximately 516 nm from filtered-down NPs was enhanced by H-type aggregation. Filtered-up rubrene NPs treated at 170°C and 180°C exhibited blue luminescence due to the decrease of intermolecular excimer densities with the rapid increase in size. Variations in PL of hydrothermally treated rubrene NPs resulted from different size distributions of the NPs. PMID:21711925

  11. Synthesis and photoluminescent and nonlinear optical properties of manganese doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Nazerdeylami, Somayeh; Saievar-Iranizad, Esmaiel; Dehghani, Zahra; Molaei, Mehdi

    2011-01-01

    In this work we synthesized ZnS:Mn 2+ nanoparticles by chemical method using PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone) as a capping agent in aqueous solution. The structure and optical properties of the resultant product were characterized using UV-vis optical spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) and z-scan techniques. UV-vis spectra for all samples showed an excitonic peak at around 292 nm, indicating that concentration of Mn 2+ ions does not alter the band gap of nanoparticles. XRD patterns showed that the ZnS:Mn 2+ nanoparticles have zinc blende structure with the average crystalline sizes of about 2 nm. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of ZnS:Mn 2+ exhibited an orange-red emission at 594 nm due to the 4T 1- 6A 1 transition in Mn 2+. The PL intensity increased with increase in the Mn 2+ ion concentration. The second-order nonlinear optical properties of nanoparticles were studied using a continuous-wave (CW) He-Ne laser by z-scan technique. The nonlinear refractive indices of nanoparticles were in the order of 10 -8 cm 2/W with negative sign and the nonlinear absorption indices of these nanoparticles were obtained to be about 10 -3 cm/W with positive sign.

  12. Structural and Mechanical Mechanisms of Ocular Tissues Probed by AFM

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    Ziebarth, Noël M.; Rico, Felix; Moy, Vincent T.

    In recent years, the atomic force microscope (AFM) has become an important tool in ophthalmic research. It has gained popularity largely because AFM is not restricted by the diffraction limits of light microscopy and can be applied to resolve images with molecular resolution. AFM is a minimally invasive technique and can be used to visualize molecular structures under near-physiological conditions. In addition, the AFM can be employed as a force apparatus to characterize the viscoelastic properties of biomaterials on the micron level and at the level of individual proteins. In this article, we summarize recent AFM studies of ocular tissues, while highlighting the great potential of AFM technology in ophthalmic research. Previous research demonstrates the versatility of the AFM as high resolution imaging technique and as a sensitive force apparatus for probing the mechanical properties of ocular tissues. The structural and mechanical properties of ocular tissues are of major importance to the understanding of the optomechanical functions of the human eye. In addition, AFM has played an important role in the development and characterization of ocular biomaterials, such as contact lenses and intraocular lenses. Studying ocular tissues using Atomic Force Microscopy has enabled several advances in ophthalmic research.

  13. Dimensional magnetoplasma resonance detected by free-exciton photoluminescence in modulation-doped GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs heterojunctions

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    Ashkinadze, B. M.; Linder, E.; Umansky, V.

    2000-10-01

    We studied the effect of microwave (mw) irradiation on the low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) of high-quality, modulation-doped, wide GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs heterojunctions (HJ's) containing a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG), in the density range of (0.9-4)×1011 cm-2. The PL arises from excitons that recombine radiatively in the GaAs buffer layer, far from the 2DEG which is confined close to the GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs interface. We observe that the exciton PL is affected by a mw heating of the 2DEG: the mw-induced PL intensity change increases with increasing 2DEG density as well as under a perpendicular magnetic field that corresponds to the 2DEG dimensional magnetoplasma resonance (DMPR) condition. Moreover, the exciton PL intensity shows a bistability at magnetic field strengths that are close to those observed in the DMPR mw absorption. The mw-induced PL modulation effects are interpreted as being due to the interaction of the excitons with low-energy, ballistically propagating acoustic phonons that are emitted by the mw-heated 2DEG. The exciton PL quenching is associated with an exciton drag by the phonon flux towards the opposite HJ interface where the excitons recombine nonradiatively. The rate of phonon emission is determined by the 2DEG state, and thus the exciton PL responds to the changes of the 2DEG parameters.

  14. An unambiguous identification of 2D electron gas features in the photoluminescence spectrum of AlGaN/GaN heterostructures

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    Jana, Dipankar; Sharma, T. K.

    2016-07-01

    A fast and non-destructive method for probing the true signatures of 2D electron gas (2DEG) states in AlGaN/GaN heterostructures is presented. Two broad features superimposed with interference oscillations are observed in the low temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectrum. The two features are identified as the ground and excited 2DEG states which are confirmed by comparing the PL spectra of as-grown and top barrier layer etched samples. Broad PL features disappear at a certain temperature along with the associated interference oscillations. Furthermore, the two broad PL features depicts specific temperature and excitation intensity dependencies which make them easily distinguishable from the bandedge excitonic or defect related PL features. The presence of strong interference oscillations associated with the 2DEG PL features is explained by considering the localized generation of PL signal at the AlGaN/GaN heterointerface. Finally, a large value of the polarization induced electric field of ~1.01 MV cm-1 is reported from PL measurements for AlGaN/GaN HEMT structures. It became possible only when the true identification of 2DEG features was made possible by the proposed method.

  15. Time-resolved analysis of the white photoluminescence from chemically synthesized SiCxOy thin films and nanowires

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    Tabassum, Natasha; Nikas, Vasileios; Ford, Brian; Huang, Mengbing; Kaloyeros, Alain E.; Gallis, Spyros

    2016-07-01

    The study reported herein presents results on the room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) dynamics of chemically synthesized SiCxOy≤1.6 (0.19 < x < 0.6) thin films and corresponding nanowire (NW) arrays. The PL decay transients of the SiCxOy films/NWs are characterized by fast luminescence decay lifetimes that span in the range of 350-950 ps, as determined from their deconvoluted PL decay spectra and their stretched-exponential recombination behavior. Complementary steady-state PL emission peak position studies for SiCxOy thin films with varying C content showed similar characteristics pertaining to the variation of their emission peak position with respect to the excitation photon energy. A nearly monotonic increase in the PL energy emission peak, before reaching an energy plateau, was observed with increasing excitation energy. This behavior suggests that band-tail states, related to C-Si/Si-O-C bonding, play a prominent role in the recombination of photo-generated carriers in SiCxOy. Furthermore, the PL lifetime behavior of the SiCxOy thin films and their NWs was analyzed with respect to their luminescence emission energy. An emission-energy-dependent lifetime was observed, as a result of the modulation of their band-tail states statistics with varying C content and with the reduced dimensionality of the NWs.

  16. Structure and photoluminescent properties of a ZnS/Si nanoheterostructure based on a silicon nanoporous pillar array

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    Xu, Hai Jun; Li, Xin Jian

    2009-07-01

    A silicon nanoporous pillar array (Si-NPA) is a silicon hierarchical structure with regularly patterned surface morphology. Through a heterogeneous reaction process, the nanocrystallites of zinc sulfide (nc-ZnS) were grown onto the Si-NPA and a uniquely patterned core/shell nanoheterostructure array (ZnS/Si-NPA) was obtained. The pillars of the ZnS/Si-NPA were constructed by an outermost shell of a nc-ZnS membrane, an innermost core of a nanoporous silicon pillar and an interface with nc-ZnS embedded into an amorphous SiO2 matrix. The photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of the ZnS/Si-NPA showed that in addition to the two blue PL bands peaked at ~412 and ~491 nm observed in the Si-NPA, a green PL band at ~537 nm was observed in the ZnS/Si-NPA when it was excited by 300 nm ultraviolet light. Based on these experimental results, the two blue PL bands of the ZnS/Si-NPA came from a Si-NPA substrate, while the green PL band was attributed to the emission from the surface states of sulfur vacancies of nc-ZnS. The broad PL from blue to red in the visible region realized in the ZnS/Si-NPA might be applied in solid-state lighting devices with white light emission.

  17. Doped Semiconductor-Nanocrystal Emitters with Optimal Photoluminescence Decay Dynamics in Microsecond to Millisecond Range: Synthesis and Applications

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    2015-01-01

    Transition metal doped semiconductor nanocrystals (d-dots) possess fundamentally different emission properties upon photo- or electroexcitation, which render them as unique emitters for special applications. However, in comparison with intrinsic semiconductor nanocrystals, the potential of d-dots has been barely realized, because many of their unique emission properties mostly rely on precise control of their photoluminescence (PL) decay dynamics. Results in this work revealed that it would be possible to obtain bright d-dots with nearly single-exponential PL decay dynamics. By tuning the number of Mn2+ ions per dot from ∼500 to 20 in Mn2+ doped ZnSe nanocrystals (Mn:ZnSe d-dots), the single-exponential PL decay lifetime was continuously tuned from ∼50 to 1000 μs. A synthetic scheme was further developed for uniform and epitaxial growth of thick ZnS shell, ∼7 monolayers. The resulting Mn:ZnSe/ZnS core/shell d-dots were found to be essential for necessary environmental durability of the PL properties, both steady-state and transient ones, for the d-dot emitters. These characteristics combined with intense absorption and high PL quantum yields (70 ± 5%) enabled greatly simplified schemes for various applications of PL lifetime multiplexing using Mn:ZnSe/ZnS core/shell d-dots. PMID:27163024

  18. In situ and nonvolatile photoluminescence tuning and nanodomain writing demonstrated by all-solid-state devices based on graphene oxide.

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    Tsuchiya, Takashi; Tsuruoka, Tohru; Terabe, Kazuya; Aono, Masakazu

    2015-02-24

    In situ and nonvolatile tuning of photoluminescence (PL) has been achieved based on graphene oxide (GO), the PL of which is receiving much attention because of various potential applications of the oxide (e.g., display, lighting, and nano-biosensor). The technique is based on in situ and nonvolatile tuning of the sp(2) domain fraction to the sp(3) domain fraction (sp(2)/sp(3) fraction) in GO through an electrochemical redox reaction achieved by solid electrolyte thin films. The all-solid-state variable PL device was fabricated by GO and proton-conducting mesoporous SiO2 thin films, which showed an extremely low PL background. The device successfully tuned the PL peak wavelength in a very wide range from 393 to 712 nm, covering that for chemically tuned GO, by adjusting the applied DC voltage within several hundred seconds. We also demonstrate the sp(2)/sp(3) fraction tuning using a conductive atomic force microscope. The device achieved not only writing, but also erasing of the sp(2)/sp(3)-fraction-tuned nanodomain (both directions operation). The combination of these techniques is applicable to a wide range of nano-optoelectronic devices including nonvolatile PL memory devices and on-demand rewritable biosensors that can be integrated into nano- and microtips which are transparent, ultrathin, flexible, and inexpensive.

  19. Photoluminescence of MoS2 quantum dots quenched by hydrogen peroxide: A fluorescent sensor for hydrogen peroxide

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    Gan, Zhixing; Gui, Qingfeng; Shan, Yun; Pan, Pengfei; Zhang, Ning; Zhang, Lifa

    2016-09-01

    By cutting MoS2 microcrystals to quantum dots (QDs) of sizes below 10 nm, the photoluminescence (PL) at ca. 450 nm can be detected easily due to the quantum confinement effects across the 2D planes. The PL is stable under continuous irradiation of UV light but gradually quenches when treated with an increasing concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Time-resolved PL and Raman spectra imply that H2O2 causes the partial oxidation of MoS2 QDs. First-principles calculations reveal that the MoS2 QDs with oxygen impurity are of indirect bandgap structures showing no notable PL. And absorption spectra verify that the PL of MoS2 QDs quenched by H2O2 is attributed to the oxidation. The integrated PL intensity and H2O2 concentration show an exponential relationship in the range of 2-20 μM, suggesting that MoS2 QDs are potential fluorescent probes for hydrogen peroxide sensing in a physiological environment.

  20. Doped Semiconductor-Nanocrystal Emitters with Optimal Photoluminescence Decay Dynamics in Microsecond to Millisecond Range: Synthesis and Applications.

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    Pu, Chaodan; Ma, Junliang; Qin, Haiyan; Yan, Ming; Fu, Tao; Niu, Yuan; Yang, Xiaoli; Huang, Yifan; Zhao, Fei; Peng, Xiaogang

    2016-01-27

    Transition metal doped semiconductor nanocrystals (d-dots) possess fundamentally different emission properties upon photo- or electroexcitation, which render them as unique emitters for special applications. However, in comparison with intrinsic semiconductor nanocrystals, the potential of d-dots has been barely realized, because many of their unique emission properties mostly rely on precise control of their photoluminescence (PL) decay dynamics. Results in this work revealed that it would be possible to obtain bright d-dots with nearly single-exponential PL decay dynamics. By tuning the number of Mn(2+) ions per dot from ∼500 to 20 in Mn(2+) doped ZnSe nanocrystals (Mn:ZnSe d-dots), the single-exponential PL decay lifetime was continuously tuned from ∼50 to 1000 μs. A synthetic scheme was further developed for uniform and epitaxial growth of thick ZnS shell, ∼7 monolayers. The resulting Mn:ZnSe/ZnS core/shell d-dots were found to be essential for necessary environmental durability of the PL properties, both steady-state and transient ones, for the d-dot emitters. These characteristics combined with intense absorption and high PL quantum yields (70 ± 5%) enabled greatly simplified schemes for various applications of PL lifetime multiplexing using Mn:ZnSe/ZnS core/shell d-dots. PMID:27163024

  1. Auger ionization beats photo-oxidation of semiconductor quantum dots: extended stability of single-molecule photoluminescence.

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    Yamashita, Shin-Ichi; Hamada, Morihiko; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Saito, Hironobu; Nosaka, Yoshio; Wakida, Shin-Ichi; Biju, Vasudevanpillai

    2015-03-23

    Despite the bright and tuneable photoluminescence (PL) of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs), the PL instability induced by Auger recombination and oxidation poses a major challenge in single-molecule applications of QDs. The incomplete information about Auger recombination and oxidation is an obstacle in the resolution of this challenge. Here, we report for the first time that Auger-ionized QDs beat self-sensitized oxidation and the non-digitized PL intensity loss. Although high-intensity photoactivation insistently induces PL blinking, the transient escape of QDs into the ultrafast Auger recombination cycle prevents generation of singlet oxygen ((1) O2 ) and preserves the PL intensity. By the detection of the NIR phosphorescence of (1) O2 and evaluation of the photostability of single QDs in aerobic, anaerobic, and (1) O2 scavenger-enriched environments, we disclose relations of Auger ionization and (1) O2 -mediated oxidation to the PL stability of single QDs, which will be useful during the formulation of QD-based single-molecule imaging tools and single-photon devices.

  2. Microrheology using a custom-made AFM

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    Kosgodagan Acharige, Sebastien; Benzaquen, Michael; Steinberger, Audrey

    In the past few years, a new method was developed to measure local properties of liquids (X. Xiong et al., Phys. Rev. E 80, 2009). This method consists of gluing a micron-sized glass fiber at the tip of an AFM cantilever and probing the liquid with it. In ENS Lyon, this method was perfected (C. Devailly et al., EPL, 106 5, 2014) with the help of an interferometer developped in the same laboratory (L. Bellon et al., Opt. Commun. 207 49, 2002 and P. Paolino et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 84, 2013), which background noise can reach 10-14 m /√{ Hz } . This method allows us to measure a wide range of viscosities (1 mPa . s to 500 mPa . s) of transparent and opaque fluids using a small sample volume ( 5 mL). In this presentation, I will briefly describe the interferometer developped in ENS Lyon, then explain precisely the microrheology measurements and then compare the experimental results to a model developped by M. Benzaquen. This work is supported financially by the ANR project NANOFLUIDYN (Grant Number ANR-13-BS10-0009).

  3. BOREAS AFM-07 SRC Surface Meteorological Data

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    Osborne, Heather; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Young, Kim; Wittrock, Virginia; Shewchuck, Stan; Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) collected surface meteorological and radiation data from December 1993 until December 1996. The data set comprises Suite A (meteorological and energy balance measurements) and Suite B (diffuse solar and longwave measurements) components. Suite A measurements were taken at each of ten sites, and Suite B measurements were made at five of the Suite A sites. The data cover an approximate area of 500 km (North-South) by 1000 km (East-West) (a large portion of northern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan). The measurement network was designed to provide researchers with a sufficient record of near-surface meteorological and radiation measurements. The data are provided in tabular ASCII files, and were collected by Aircraft Flux and Meteorology (AFM)-7. The surface meteorological and radiation data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  4. Highly enhanced photoluminescence of AgInS2/ZnS quantum dots by hot-injection method

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    Liao, Shenghua; Huang, Yu; Zhang, Ying; Shan, Xiaohui; Yan, Zhengyu; Shen, Weiyang

    2015-01-01

    Highly photoluminescent and air-stable AgInS2 quantum dots (AIS QDs) were synthesized by a hot-injection route in N2 atmosphere and dark environment. The as-synthesized AIS QDs were further capped with ZnS shell by one-pot method in order to enhance the photoluminescence (PL) intensity. The photo-electronic property and the morphology of AIS QDs and AIS/ZnS QDs were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV), PL spectroscopy and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM). The results indicated that the narrow and symmetrical PL spectra of AIS QDs was time-dependent, and the emission wavelength of AIS QDs could be tunable within 436-610 nm by altering the initial Ag/In ratios. After being capped with ZnS shell, the AIS QDs showed excellent optical characteristics, including PL QYs up to 15%. The TEM results indicated that the spherical AIS/ZnS QDs were nearly monodispersed and homogeneous with an average particle size of 8 nm. The heavy metal free and high luminous AIS/ZnS QDs have great potential in biological application.

  5. Impurity Studies of Cd(0.8)Zn(0.2)Te Crystals Using Photoluminescence and Glow Discharge Mass Spectroscopy

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Scripa, Rosalie N.

    2005-01-01

    Cd(1-x)Zn(x)Te semiconductor crystal is a highly promising material for room temperature x- and gamma-ray detector applications because of its high resistivity, long carrier lifetime, and relatively high hole and electron mobilities. This paper reports the investigation of the impurities in several Cd(1-x)Zn(x)Te (x = 0.20) crystals grown using the vertical Bridgman method under a Cd overpressure. The impurity concentrations were measured using glow discharge mass spectroscopy (GDMS). The energy states of the impurities were studied using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy at liquid helium temperature. The PL spectra showed a series of sharp high energy lines which are associated with free excitons and excitons bound to impurities as donors and acceptors in the crystals. The impurities also contributed to donor-acceptor pair recombination. The correlation between the GDMS and PL results will be reported.

  6. Investigation to the deep center related properties of low temperature grown InPBi with Hall and photoluminescence

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    Wang, Peng; Pan, Wenwu; Wu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Kai; Yue, Li; Gong, Qian; Wang, Shumin

    2015-12-15

    InP{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} epilayers with bismuth (Bi) concentration x= 1.0% were grown on InP by gas source molecular beam epitaxy (GS-MBE) at low temperature (LT). Bi incorporation decreased the intrinsic free electron concentration of low temperature grown InP indicated by hall analysis. It is concluded that deep level center was introduced by Bi. Influence of Si doping on the InP{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} films Photoluminescence (PL) was investigated. N-type doping in the InP{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} epilayers was found to be effective at PL enhancement. Blue shift of InPBi PL emission wavelength was observed as the Si doping concentration increasing. Two independent peaks were fitted and their temperature dependence behavior was observed to be distinct obviously. Two individual radiative recombination processes were expected to be involved.

  7. Time- and locally resolved photoluminescence of semipolar GaInN /GaN facet light emitting diodes

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    Wunderer, Thomas; Brückner, Peter; Hertkorn, Joachim; Scholz, Ferdinand; Beirne, Gareth J.; Jetter, Michael; Michler, Peter; Feneberg, Martin; Thonke, Klaus

    2007-04-01

    The authors investigate the carrier lifetime and photoluminescence (PL) intensity of a semipolar GaInN /GaN sample which was realized by growing five GaInN /GaN quantum wells on the {11¯01} side facets of selectively grown n-GaN stripes that have a triangular shape running along the ⟨112¯0⟩ direction. Time- and locally resolved PL measurements show drastically reduced lifetimes for the semipolar sample of only 650ps at 4K whereas lifetimes exceeding 50ns were found for a polar reference sample. Furthermore, more than a doubling of the luminescence intensity and a significantly reduced blueshift of the PL peak wavelength with increasing excitation power density provide further evidence for the presence of reduced piezoelectric fields in the semipolar sample.

  8. Composition dependence of photoluminescence properties of In x Al1‑x N/AlGaN quantum wells

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    Zubialevich, V. Z.; Alam, S. N.; Li, H. N.; Parbrook, P. J.

    2016-09-01

    A series of InAlN/AlGaN five quantum well (QW) heterostructures was prepared by metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy to investigate their photoluminescence (PL) properties as a function of indium content in QWs at aluminium content in barriers fixed at 59%. In addition to the expected redshift of the emission spectrum, a strong rise of PL efficiency was observed with increasing indium content from 12.5 to 18%. Use of a higher indium content leads to a further redshift but also to a sudden and sharp degradation of PL efficiency. Reasons for the observed behaviour are discussed in detail, which raise the possibility of a transition to a type II band lineup in the InAlN–AlGaN system.

  9. Tunable photoluminescence of self-assembled GeSi quantum dots by B{sup +} implantation and rapid thermal annealing

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    Chen, Yulu; Wu, Shan; Ma, Yinjie; Fan, Yongliang; Yang, Xinju; Zhong, Zhenyang; Jiang, Zuimin

    2014-06-21

    The layered GeSi quantum dots (QDs) are grown on (001) Si substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. The photoluminescence (PL) peak of the as-grown GeSi quantum dots has obvious blue shift and enhancement after processed by ion implantation and rapid thermal annealing. It is indicated that the blue shift is originated from the interdiffusion of Ge and Si at the interface between QDs and the surrounding matrix. The dependence of PL intensity on the excitation power shows that there are the nonradiative centers of shallow local energy levels from the point defects caused by the ion implantation, but not removed by the rapid thermal annealing. The tunable blue shift of the PL position from the 1300 nm to 1500 nm region may have significant application value in the optical communication.

  10. Photoinduced magnetization effect in a p -type Hg1 -xMnxTe single crystal investigated by infrared photoluminescence

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    Zhu, Liangqing; Shao, Jun; Chen, Xiren; Li, Yanqiu; Zhu, Liang; Qi, Zhen; Lin, Tie; Bai, Wei; Tang, Xiaodong; Chu, Junhao

    2016-10-01

    Photoinduced magnetization (PIM) effect of Hg1 -xMnxTe provides an attractive solution for realizing the quantum anomalous Hall effect in quantum wells with a light field. In this paper, the PIM effect of p -type Hg0.74Mn0.26Te single crystal was investigated by power-, polarization- and temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements in both reflection and transmission geometries. Giant Zeeman splitting and polarization of PL spectra were observed without an external magnetic field evolving with excitation-power density of the pumping laser and temperature, which were accounted for by the PIM effect. The occurrence of the PIM was qualitatively understandable by the carrier-mediated mean-field theory known as the Zener model. The results indicate that infrared PL measurements with enhanced sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio can serve as a convenient pathway for clarifying the PIM effect of semimagnetic semiconductors.

  11. Aryl-modified graphene quantum dots with enhanced photoluminescence and improved pH tolerance

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    Luo, Peihui; Ji, Zhe; Li, Chun; Shi, Gaoquan

    2013-07-01

    Chemical modification is an important technique to modulate the chemical and optical properties of graphene quantum dots (GQDs). In this paper, we report a versatile diazonium chemistry method to graft aryl groups including phenyl, 4-carboxyphenyl, 4-sulfophenyl and 5-sulfonaphthyl to GQDs via Gomberg-Bachmann reaction. The aryl-modified GQDs are nanocrystals with lateral dimensions in the range of 2-4 nm and an average thickness lower than 1 nm. Upon chemical modification with aryl groups, the photoluminescence (PL) bands of GQDs were tuned in the range of 418 and 447 nm, and their fluorescence quantum yields (QYs) were increased for up to about 6 times. Furthermore, the aryl-modified GQDs exhibited stable PL (both intensity and peak position) in a wide pH window of 1-11. The mechanism of improving the PL properties of GQDs by aryl-modification was also discussed.Chemical modification is an important technique to modulate the chemical and optical properties of graphene quantum dots (GQDs). In this paper, we report a versatile diazonium chemistry method to graft aryl groups including phenyl, 4-carboxyphenyl, 4-sulfophenyl and 5-sulfonaphthyl to GQDs via Gomberg-Bachmann reaction. The aryl-modified GQDs are nanocrystals with lateral dimensions in the range of 2-4 nm and an average thickness lower than 1 nm. Upon chemical modification with aryl groups, the photoluminescence (PL) bands of GQDs were tuned in the range of 418 and 447 nm, and their fluorescence quantum yields (QYs) were increased for up to about 6 times. Furthermore, the aryl-modified GQDs exhibited stable PL (both intensity and peak position) in a wide pH window of 1-11. The mechanism of improving the PL properties of GQDs by aryl-modification was also discussed. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Fluorescence quantum yield measurements, estimation of grafting ratio, TEM images, FTIR spectra, PL spectra and zeta potentials. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr02156d

  12. Origin of photoluminescence from silicon nanowires prepared by metal induced etching (MIE)

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    Saxena, Shailendra K. Rai, Hari. M.; Late, Ravikiran; Sagdeo, Pankaj R.; Kumar, Rajesh

    2015-05-15

    In this present study the origin of luminescence from silicon nanowires (SiNws) has been studied. SiNWs are fabricated on Si substrate by metal induced chemical etching (MIE). Here it is found that the band gap of SiNWs is higher than the gap of luminescent states in SiNWs which leads to the effect of Si=O bond. The band gap is estimated from diffuse reflectance analysis. Here we observe that band gap can be tailored depending on size (quantum confinement) but photoluminescence (PL) from all the sample is found to be fixed at 1.91 eV. This study is important for the understanding of origin of photoluminescence.

  13. Photoassisted photoluminescence fine-tuning of gold nanodots through free radical-mediated ligand-assembly

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    Tseng, Yu-Ting; Cherng, Rochelle; Harroun, Scott G.; Yuan, Zhiqin; Lin, Tai-Yuan; Wu, Chien-Wei; Chang, Huan-Tsung; Huang, Chih-Ching

    2016-05-01

    In this study, we have developed a simple photoassisted ligand assembly to fine-tune the photoluminescence (PL) of (11-mercaptoundecyl)-N,N,N-trimethylammonium bromide-capped gold nanodots (11-MUTAB-Au NDs). The 11-MUTAB-Au NDs (size: ca. 1.8 nm), obtained from the reaction of gold nanoparticles (ca. 3 nm) and 11-MUTAB, exhibited weak, near-infrared (NIR) PL at 700 nm with a quantum yield (QY) of 0.37% upon excitation at 365 nm. The PL QY of the Au NDs increased to 11.43% after reaction with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (11-MUA) for 30 min under ultraviolet (UV) light, which was accompanied by a PL wavelength shift to the green region (~520 nm). UV-light irradiation accelerates 11-MUA assembly on the 11-MUTABAu NDs (11-MUA/11-MUTAB-Au NDs) through a radical-mediated reaction. Furthermore, the PL wavelength of the 11-MUA/11-MUTAB-Au NDs can be switched to 640 nm via cysteamine under UV-light irradiation. We propose that the PL of the Au NDs with NIR and visible emissions was originally from the surface thiol-Au complexes and the Au core, respectively. These dramatically different optical properties of the Au NDs were due to variation in the surface ligands, as well as the densities and surface oxidant states of the surface Au atoms/ions. These effects can be controlled by assembling surface thiol ligands and accelerated by UV irradiation.In this study, we have developed a simple photoassisted ligand assembly to fine-tune the photoluminescence (PL) of (11-mercaptoundecyl)-N,N,N-trimethylammonium bromide-capped gold nanodots (11-MUTAB-Au NDs). The 11-MUTAB-Au NDs (size: ca. 1.8 nm), obtained from the reaction of gold nanoparticles (ca. 3 nm) and 11-MUTAB, exhibited weak, near-infrared (NIR) PL at 700 nm with a quantum yield (QY) of 0.37% upon excitation at 365 nm. The PL QY of the Au NDs increased to 11.43% after reaction with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (11-MUA) for 30 min under ultraviolet (UV) light, which was accompanied by a PL wavelength shift to the green region

  14. Nonlinear photoluminescence spectrum of single gold nanostructures.

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    Knittel, Vanessa; Fischer, Marco P; de Roo, Tjaard; Mecking, Stefan; Leitenstorfer, Alfred; Brida, Daniele

    2015-01-27

    We investigate the multiphoton photoluminescence characteristics of gold nanoantennas fabricated from single crystals and polycrystalline films. By exciting these nanostructures with ultrashort pulses tunable in the near-infrared range, we observe distinct features in the broadband photoluminescence spectrum. By comparing antennas of different crystallinity and shape, we demonstrate that the nanoscopic geometry of plasmonic devices determines the shape of the emission spectra. Our findings rule out the contribution of the gold band structure in shaping the photoluminescence.

  15. Observations of unusual temperature dependent photoluminescence anti-quenching in two-dimensional nanosheets of ZnS/ZnO composites and polarization dependent photoluminescence enhancement in fungi-like ZnO nanostructures

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    Kole, A. K.; Kumbhakar, P.; Ganguly, T.

    2014-06-01

    Hybrid semiconductor nanostructures which integrate the favourable characteristics of both the component materials are found recently to be attractive candidate materials for research investigations having interesting optical properties. Considering the fact that the temperature of the materials used in photo-luminescent devices may vary while using them in a real device, it is essential to study the performances of such materials at variable temperatures. But the photoluminescence (PL) emission capabilities of such materials above room temperatures have not been well investigated, yet. However, in this work we have reported temperature dependent unusual PL emission characteristics of 2D nanosheets of ZnS/ZnO composite in the temperature range of 273-333 K. The composite sample has been produced by annealing the organic-inorganic ZnS(ethylenediamine)0.5 nanosheets, which are obtained by solvothermal technique. The as-synthesized nanosheets and another thermally annealed product of ZnO nanostructures showed usual thermally quenched PL emissions, whereas luminescence temperature anti-quenching (LTAQ) effect has been found in the ZnS/ZnO composite nanosheets. The PL emission intensity has been enhanced up to 242% with a small temperature variation of 60 K. The LTAQ effect has been explained by using the Berthelot-type model. It has been found that the diffused oxygen present in the composite nanostructures is acting as trap centre and played the major role in LTAQ effect. The analyses of time resolved PL emission spectroscopy data also confirmed the presence of oxygen trap level within the band gap of the material. Further, enhanced PL emission from the synthesized fungi-like ZnO samples has also been reported under the excitation of polarised ultraviolet light.

  16. Anomalous photoluminescence in InP1−xBix

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    Wu, Xiaoyan; Chen, Xiren; Pan, Wenwu; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Liyao; Li, Yaoyao; Wang, Hailong; Wang, Kai; Shao, Jun; Wang, Shumin

    2016-01-01

    Low temperature photoluminescence (PL) from InP1−xBix thin films with Bi concentrations in the 0–2.49% range reveals anomalous spectral features with strong and very broad (linewidth of 700 nm) PL signals compared to other bismide alloys. Multiple transitions are observed and their energy levels are found much smaller than the band-gap measured from absorption measurements. These transitions are related to deep levels confirmed by deep level transient spectroscopy, which effectively trap free holes and enhance radiative recombination. The broad luminescence feature is beneficial for making super-luminescence diodes, which can theoretically enhance spatial resolution beyond 1 μm in optical coherent tomography (OCT). PMID:27291823

  17. Photoluminescence of CdTe Crystals Grown by Physical-Vapor Transport

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    Palosz, W.; Grasza, K.; Boyd, P. R.; Cui, Y.; Wright, G.; Roy, U. N.; Burger, A.

    2003-01-01

    High-quality CdTe crystals with resistivities higher than 10(exp 8) omega cm were grown by the physical-vapor transport (PVT) technique. Indium, aluminum, and the transition-metal scandium were introduced at the nominal level of about 6 ppm to the source material. Low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) has been employed to identify the origins of PL emissions of the crystals. The emission peaks at 1.584 eV and 1.581 eV were found only in the In-doped crystal. The result suggests that the luminescence line at 1.584 eV is associated with Cd-vacancy/In complex. The intensity of the broadband centered at 1.43 eV decreases strongly with introduction of Sc.

  18. Photoluminescence of CdTe Crystals Grown by Physical Vapor Transport

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    Palosz, W.; Grasza, K.; Boyd, P. R.; Cui, Y.; Wright, G.; Roy, U. N.; Burger, A.

    2002-01-01

    High quality CdTe crystals with resistivities higher than 10(exp 8) omega cm were grown by the physical vapor transport technique. Indium, Aluminum, and the transition metal Scandium were introduced at the nominal level of about 6 ppm to the source material. Low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) has been employed to identify the origins of PL emissions of the crystals. The emission peaks at 1.584 eV and 1.581 eV were found only in the In-doped crystal. The result suggests that the luminescence line at 1.584 eV is associated with Cd-vacancy/indium complex. The intensity of the broadband centered at 1.43 eV decreases strongly with introduction of Sc.

  19. Photoluminescence quantum yield of PbS nanocrystals in colloidal suspensions

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    Greben, M.; Fucikova, A.; Valenta, J.

    2015-04-14

    The absolute photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield (QY) of oleic acid-capped colloidal PbS quantum dots (QDs) in toluene is thoroughly investigated as function of QD size, concentration, excitation photon energy, and conditions of storage. We observed anomalous decrease of QY with decreasing concentration for highly diluted suspensions. The ligand desorption and QD-oxidation are demonstrated to be responsible for this phenomenon. Excess of oleic acid in suspensions makes the QY values concentration-independent over the entire reabsorption-free range. The PL emission is shown to be dominated by surface-related recombinations with some contribution from QD-core transitions. We demonstrate that QD colloidal suspension stability improves with increasing the concentration and size of PbS QDs.

  20. The synthesis of size-controlled 3C-SiC nanoflakes and their photoluminescent properties

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    Fan, Xiujun; Ye, Ruquan; Peng, Zhiwei; Wang, Juanjuan; Fan, Ailing; Guo, Xia

    2016-06-01

    Size-controlled and high-purity 3C-SiC nanoflakes (NFs) are synthesized on the tips of vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VA-CNT) carpets with a hot-filament chemical vapor deposition (HF-CVD) method. The average diameter and height of SiC NFs can be tuned by changing the thickness of per-deposited Si and growth conditions. The growth process of the SiC NFs is suggested to be dominated by a vapor-solid (VS) mechanism. The prepared SiC NFs exhibit quantum-confinement effects, emitting strong violet-blue photoluminescence (PL) under ultraviolet excitation. The PL peak position changes from 410 to 416 nm as the excitation line increases from 290 to 400 nm. This result opens the possibility for the application of the luminescent solid-state freestanding 3C-SiC NFs in photonics as well as photonics/electronics integration.

  1. Convenient synthesis of stable silver quantum dots with enhanced photoluminescence emission by laser fragmentation

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    Shuang, Li; Ming, Chen

    2016-04-01

    A new strategy for the facile synthesis of very stable and mono-dispersed silver (Ag) quantum dots (QDs) is developed by laser fragmentation of bulk Ag in water using polysorbate 80 as a dispersing and stabilizing agent. The surfactant plays an important role in the formation of size-controlled Ag nano-structures. The Ag QDs have excellent photo-stability of ∼500 h and enhanced photoluminescence (PL) at 510 nm. This has significant implications for selective and ultrasensitive PL probes. Based on laser fragmentation in the biocompatible surfactant solution, our results have opened up a novel paradigm to obtain stable metal QDs directly from bulk targets. This is a breakthrough in the toxicity problems that arise from standard chemical fabrication. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11575102, 11105085, 11275116, and 11375108) and the Fundamental Research Funds of Shandong University, China (Grant No. 2015JC007).

  2. Photoluminescence studies of growth-sector dependence of nitrogen distribution in synthetic Ib diamond

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    Wang, Kaiyue; Steeds, John W.; Li, Zhihong; Tian, Yuming

    2014-08-15

    The photoluminescence technology previously employed to investigate the boron distribution of type IIb diamond has now been applied to study the nitrogen distribution of type Ib diamond. All growth sectors were clearly distinguished by the characteristic colors and the brightness of the synthetic Ib diamond's cathodoluminescence topography. As a measure of the concentration of nitrogen impurity, the nitrogen-vacancy luminescence gave relative concentrations in different growth sectors as: the (111) sector was the highest, followed by the (311), (100) and (511) sectors. The results were reconfirmed by the evidence of the broadened and strengthened zero phonon lines of nitrogen-vacancy center with the increase of nitrogen concentration of type Ib diamond. - Highlights: • The growth sectors were clearly distinguished by CL technology. • The N distribution was investigated by the examination of PL spectroscopy. • Results showed that (111) has the highest N, followed by (311), (100) and (511). • The conclusion was reconfirmed by the PL results of NV center.

  3. Photoluminescence and energy transfer process in Gd2O3:Eu3+, Tb3+

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    Selvalakshmi, T.; Bose, A. Chandra

    2016-05-01

    Variation in photoluminescence (PL) properties of Eu3+ and Tb3+ as a function of co-dopant (Tb3+) concentration are studied for Gd2-x-yO3: Eu3+x Tb3+y (x = 0.02, y = 0.01, 0.03, 0.05). The crystal structure analysis is carried out by X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Absence of addition peaks corresponding europium or terbium phase confirms the phase purity. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) reveals the absorption peaks corresponding to host matrix, Eu3+ and Tb3+. The bandgap calculated from Kubelka - Munk function is also reported. PL spectra are recorded at the excitation wavelength of 307 nm and the emission peak corresponding to Eu3+ confirms the energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+. The agglomeration of particles acts as quenching centres for energy transfer at higher concentrations.

  4. Photoluminescence and thermoluminescence properties of Y3(Al,Ga)5O12:Tb3+ phosphor

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    Yousif, A.; Som, S.; Swart, H. C.

    2016-01-01

    A comparative study of the structural, photoluminescence (PL) and thermoluminescence (TL) properties of Y3(Al,Ga)5O12:Tb3+ phosphor powder was performed. The scanning electron microscope images showed that the phosphor particles were agglomerated and irregular in shape. The bigger particles consisted of smaller spherically shaped agglomerated particles ranging in size between 0.5 and 1 μm. The UV-VUV synchrotron radiation was used to study the luminescence properties of the phosphor. The TL study was performed after the sample was irradiated by γ-rays obtained from a 60Co target in the dose range of 10-50 Gy. The effect of heating rate on the TL glow curves and trapping parameters was also calculated. The correlation between PL and TL was explored.

  5. Using Low Temperature Photoluminescence Spectroscopy to Investigate CH₃NH₃PbI₃ Hybrid Perovskite Degradation.

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    Jemli, Khaoula; Diab, Hiba; Lédée, Ferdinand; Trippé-Allard, Gaelle; Garrot, Damien; Geffroy, Bernard; Lauret, Jean-Sébastien; Audebert, Pierre; Deleporte, Emmanuelle

    2016-01-01

    Investigating the stability and evaluating the quality of the CH₃NH₃PbI₃ perovskite structures is quite critical both to the design and fabrication of high-performance perovskite devices and to fundamental studies of the photophysics of the excitons. In particular, it is known that, under ambient conditions, CH₃NH₃PbI₃ degrades producing some PbI₂. We show here that low temperature Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy is a powerful tool to detect PbI₂ traces in hybrid perovskite layers and single crystals. Because PL spectroscopy is a signal detection method on a black background, small PbI₂ traces can be detected, when other methods currently used at room temperature fail. Our study highlights the extremely high stability of the single crystals compared to the thin layers and defects and grain boundaries are thought to play an important role in the degradation mechanism. PMID:27399669

  6. Probing the photoluminescence properties of gold nanoclusters by fluorescence lifetime correlation spectroscopy

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    Yuan, C. T. Lin, T. N.; Shen, J. L.; Lin, C. A.; Chang, W. H.; Cheng, H. W.; Tang, J.

    2013-12-21

    Gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) have attracted much attention for promising applications in biological imaging owing to their tiny sizes and biocompatibility. So far, most efforts have been focused on the strategies for fabricating high-quality Au NCs and then characterized by conventional ensemble measurement. Here, a fusion single-molecule technique combining fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and time-correlated single-photon counting can be successfully applied to probe the photoluminescence (PL) properties for sparse Au NCs. In this case, the triplet-state dynamics and diffusion process can be observed simultaneously and the relevant time constants can be derived. This work provides a complementary insight into the PL mechanism at the molecular levels for Au NCs in solution.

  7. Photoluminescence study of high density Si quantum dots with Ge core

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    Kondo, K.; Makihara, K.; Ikeda, M.; Miyazaki, S.

    2016-01-01

    Si quantum dots (Si-QDs) with Ge core were self-assembled on thermally grown SiO2 from alternate thermal decomposition of pure SiH4 and GeH4 diluted with He. When the sample was excited by the 979 nm line of a semiconductor laser, fairly broad photoluminescence (PL) spectra in the region of 0.6-0.8 eV were observed at room temperature. The observed PL spectra suggested that radiative recombination of photo-generated carriers through quantized states of Ge core is the dominant pathway for the emission from the dots, reflecting the type II energy band discontinuity between the Si clad and Ge core. We also found that P-δ doping to Ge core plays an important role in recombination through the quantized states in the valence band of Ge core and P donor levels.

  8. Defect-Band Emission Photoluminescence Imaging on Multi-Crystalline Si Solar Cells

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    Yan, F.; Johnston, S.; Zaunbrecher, K.; Al-Jassim, M.; Sidelkheir, O.; Blosse, A.

    2011-01-01

    Defect-band photoluminescence (PL) imaging with an InGaAs camera was applied to multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) wafers, which were taken from different heights of different Si bricks. Neighboring wafers were picked at six different processing steps, from as-cut to post-metallization. By using different cut-off filters, we were able to separate the band-to-band emission images from the defect-band emission images. On the defect-band emission images, the bright regions that originate from the grain boundaries and defect clusters were extracted from the PL images. The area fraction percentage of these regions at various processing stages shows a correlation with the final cell electrical parameters.

  9. Raman, photoluminescence and absorption studies on high quality AlN single crystals

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    Senawiratne, J.; Strassburg, M.; Dietz, N.; Haboeck, U.; Hoffmann, A.; Noveski, V.; Dalmau, R.; Schlesser, R.; Sitar, Z.

    2005-05-01

    High quality AlN single crystals grown by physical vapour transport and by sublimation of AlN powder were investigated by Raman, photoluminescence (PL) and absorption spectroscopy. Absorption edges of the AlN single crystals varying from 4.1 eV to 5.9 eV as determined by transmission measurements. Near band edge absorption, PL and glow discharge mass spectroscopy identified impurities such as oxygen, silicon, carbon, and boron that contribute to the absorption and emission bands below the bandgap. The absorption coefficients were derived from UV (6 eV) to FIR (60 meV) spectral range. The exact crystal orientation of the samples, and their low carrier density were confirmed by Raman spectroscopy.

  10. 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.

  11. Electronic excitation and relaxation processes of oxygen vacancies in YSZ and their involvement in photoluminescence

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    Morimoto, Takaaki; Kuroda, Yasuhiro; Ohki, Yoshimichi

    2016-09-01

    Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) consists of zirconia and yttria and oxygen vacancies appear in accordance with the ratio of yttria. The oxygen vacancy would sometimes give annoyance, but it would be beneficial on other occasions, depending on its applications. Photoluminescence (PL) due to oxygen vacancies induced by photons with energies around 5.5 eV exhibits two decay time constants. As a possible reason for this, an oxygen vacancy changes its charging state from neutral to positive monovalent by losing an electron when YSZ is irradiated by ultraviolet photons. The PL decays either in a ms range or in a ns range, depending on whether the oxygen vacancies are neutral or positive monovalent.

  12. Photoluminescence of zinc selenide single crystals annealed in zinc or selenium atmosphere

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    Yoshino, Kenji; Matsushima, Yasushi; Kinoshita, Hiroyoshi; Hiramatsu, Makoto

    1994-12-31

    Zinc selenide single crystals grown by the sublimation method are annealed in Zn or Se atmosphere. The annealing effects are examined by means of photoluminescence (PL) and reflection spectroscopy at 4.2 K. In the PL spectrum for the as-grown crystal, bound exciton lines (I{sub 2}, I{sub 1}) are observed. For the Zn-annealed crystal, the free exciton line is clearly observed. For the Se-annealed crystal, peak positions of all lines shift to the higher energies and all lines become sharp, compared with the spectra for the as-grown crystal. It is concluded that Sc-vacancies affect the bandgap energy more than Zn-vacancies do.

  13. Defect-Band Emission Photoluminescence Imaging on Multi-Crystalline Si Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Yan, F.; Johnston, S.; Zaunbrecher, K.; Al-Jassim, M.; Sidelkheir, O.; Blosse, A.

    2011-07-01

    Defect-band photoluminescence (PL) imaging with an InGaAs camera was applied to multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) wafers, which were taken from different heights of different Si bricks. Neighboring wafers were picked at six different processing steps, from as-cut to post-metallization. By using different cut-off filters, we were able to separate the band-to-band emission images from the defect-band emission images. On the defect-band emission images, the bright regions that originate from the grain boundaries and defect clusters were extracted from the PL images. The area fraction percentage of these regions at various processing stages shows a correlation with the final cell electrical parameters.

  14. Characteristics and photoluminescence of nanotubes and nanowires of poly (3-methylthiophene)

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    Park, D. H.; Kim, B. H.; Jang, M. G.; Bae, K. Y.; Joo, J.

    2005-03-01

    We synthesized nanotubes and nanowires of π-conjugated poly (3-methylthiophene) (P3MT) by using nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (Al2O3) template through electrochemical polymerization method. From scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope photographs, we observed the formation of nanotubes with diameters of 100-200 nm and wall thicknesses of 5-10 nm. Relatively long nanotubes and nanowires of P3MT (about 40μm in length) were obtained. To discern the structural and optical properties of the systems, we measured ultraviolet and visible absorbance and Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy. We observed that the doping level, the π-π* transition peak, and bipolaron peaks in P3MT nanotubes varied with synthetic temperature. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the P3MT nanotubes solution were observed at ˜490nm. For the P3MT nanotubes synthesized at lower temperatures, the PL peaks became sharper and the resistance decreased.

  15. Anomalous photoluminescence in InP1‑xBix

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    Wu, Xiaoyan; Chen, Xiren; Pan, Wenwu; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Liyao; Li, Yaoyao; Wang, Hailong; Wang, Kai; Shao, Jun; Wang, Shumin

    2016-06-01

    Low temperature photoluminescence (PL) from InP1‑xBix thin films with Bi concentrations in the 0–2.49% range reveals anomalous spectral features with strong and very broad (linewidth of 700 nm) PL signals compared to other bismide alloys. Multiple transitions are observed and their energy levels are found much smaller than the band-gap measured from absorption measurements. These transitions are related to deep levels confirmed by deep level transient spectroscopy, which effectively trap free holes and enhance radiative recombination. The broad luminescence feature is beneficial for making super-luminescence diodes, which can theoretically enhance spatial resolution beyond 1 μm in optical coherent tomography (OCT).

  16. Improved photoluminescence property of CTAB assisted polyaniline-AlZnO nanocomposite

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    Mitra, Mousumi; Banerjee, Dipali; Kargupta, Kajari; Ganguly, Saibal

    2015-06-24

    Polyaniline-Al doped ZnO ((PANI-AlZnO:: 70:30) nanocomposite was prepared via in situ chemical oxidative polymerization, while the hexagonal powder of AlZnO was synthesized via sol-gel technique, using Hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a capping agent. The prepared nanocomposite was characterized by High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), EDAX, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR) spectra. The optical property of the nanomaterials is examined by photoluminescence (PL) spectra analysis. The XRD pattern confirms the formation of Al doped ZnO as well as PANI. The HRTEM images of the composite showed the formation of hexagonal AlZnO embedded in polyaniline matrix. EDAX spectrum shows the compositional analysis of the nanocomposite. FTIR spectra confirm the formation of nanocomposite of PANI and hexagonal AlZnO. The PL intensity of the nanocomposite is improved as compared to pure AlZnO.

  17. Heterogeneous core/shell fluoride nanocrystals with enhanced upconversion photoluminescence for in vivo bioimaging.

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    Hao, Shuwei; Yang, Liming; Qiu, Hailong; Fan, Rongwei; Yang, Chunhui; Chen, Guanying

    2015-06-28

    We report on heterogeneous core/shell CaF2:Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)@NaGdF4 nanocrystals of 17 nm with efficient upconversion (UC) photoluminescence (PL) for in vivo bioimaging. Monodisperse core/shell nanostructures were synthesized using a seed-mediated growth process involving two quite different approaches of liquid-solid-solution and thermal decomposition. They exhibit green emission with a sharp band around 540 nm when excited at ∼980 nm, which is about 39 times brighter than the core CaF2:Yb(3+)/Ho(3+) nanoparticles. PL decays at 540 nm revealed that such an enhancement arises from efficient suppression of surface-related deactivation from the core nanocrystals. In vivo bioimaging employing water-dispersed core/shell nanoparticles displayed high contrast against the background. PMID:26035440

  18. Enhanced photoluminescence of Si nanocrystals-doped cellulose nanofibers by plasmonic light scattering

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    Sugimoto, Hiroshi; Zhang, Ran; Reinhard, Björn M.; Fujii, Minoru; Perotto, Giovanni; Marelli, Benedetto; Omenetto, Fiorenzo G.; Dal Negro, Luca

    2015-07-01

    We report the development of bio-compatible cellulose nanofibers doped with light emitting silicon nanocrystals and Au nanoparticles via facile electrospinning. By performing photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy as a function of excitation wavelength, we demonstrate plasmon-enhanced PL by a factor of 2.2 with negligible non-radiative quenching due to plasmon-enhanced scattering of excitation light from Au nanoparticles to silicon nanocrystals inside the nanofibers. These findings provide an alternative approach for the development of plasmon-enhanced active systems integrated within the compact nanofiber geometry. Furthermore, bio-compatible light-emitting nanofibers prepared by a cost-effective solution-based processing are very promising platforms for biophotonic applications such as fluorescence sensing and imaging.

  19. Sharp and bright photoluminescence emission of single-crystalline diacetylene nanoparticles

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    Kim, Seokho; Kim, Hyeong Tae; Park, Dong Hyuk; Xianling, Piao; Cui, Chunzhi

    2016-08-01

    Amorphous nanoparticles (NPs) of diacetylene (DA) molecules were prepared by using a reprecipitation method. After crystallization through a solvent-vapor annealing process, the highly crystalline DA NPs show different structural and optical characteristics compared with the amorphous DA NPs. The single crystal structure of DA NPs was confirmed by using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS). The luminescence color and the photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of the DA NPs were measured using color charge-coupled device (CCD) images and high-resolution laser confocal microscope (LCM). The crystalline DA NPs, emit bright green light compared with amorphous DA NPs and the main PL peak of the crystalline DA NPs exhibits relatively narrow, blue-shift phenomena due to enhanced interactions between the DA molecules in the nano-size crystal structure.

  20. Enhanced photoluminescence of Si nanocrystals-doped cellulose nanofibers by plasmonic light scattering

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    Sugimoto, Hiroshi; Zhang, Ran; Reinhard, Björn M.; Fujii, Minoru; Perotto, Giovanni; Marelli, Benedetto; Omenetto, Fiorenzo G.; Dal Negro, Luca

    2015-07-27

    We report the development of bio-compatible cellulose nanofibers doped with light emitting silicon nanocrystals and Au nanoparticles via facile electrospinning. By performing photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy as a function of excitation wavelength, we demonstrate plasmon-enhanced PL by a factor of 2.2 with negligible non-radiative quenching due to plasmon-enhanced scattering of excitation light from Au nanoparticles to silicon nanocrystals inside the nanofibers. These findings provide an alternative approach for the development of plasmon-enhanced active systems integrated within the compact nanofiber geometry. Furthermore, bio-compatible light-emitting nanofibers prepared by a cost-effective solution-based processing are very promising platforms for biophotonic applications such as fluorescence sensing and imaging.

  1. Fabrication of visibly photoluminescent Si microstructures by focused ion beam implantation and wet etching

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    Xu, J.; Steckl, A. J.

    1994-10-01

    A technique is reported for the fabrication of optically active Si microstructures embedded in a crystalline Si (c-Si) substrate. The process combines Si microstructure fabrication by localized high dose Ga+ (1016/cm2) focused ion beam (FIB) implantation at 30 kV into n-type (100) Si followed by anisotropic etching in KOH:H2O (1:5 by volume). Self-selective porous Si (PoSi) formation of the microstructures is obtained by stain etching in HF:HNO3:H2O (1:3:5 by volume). Upon UV 365 nm or Ar+ 488 nm excitation, selective visible room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) was observed from the Si microstructures only. The PL, peaked at ˜670 nm with a full width at half-magnitude (FWHM) of ˜130 nm, is similar to that of PoSi obtained from c-Si substrate.

  2. Formation and dynamics of "waterproof" photoluminescent complexes of rare earth ions in crowded environment.

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    Ignatova, Tetyana; Blades, Michael; Duque, Juan G; Doorn, Stephen K; Biaggio, Ivan; Rotkin, Slava V

    2014-12-28

    Understanding behavior of rare-earth ions (REI) in crowded environments is crucial for several nano- and bio-technological applications. Evolution of REI photoluminescence (PL) in small compartments inside a silica hydrogel, mimic to a soft matter bio-environment, has been studied and explained within a solvation model. The model uncovered the origin of high PL efficiency to be the formation of REI complexes, surrounded by bile salt (DOC) molecules. Comparative study of these REI-DOC complexes in bulk water solution and those enclosed inside the hydrogel revealed a strong correlation between an up to 5×-longer lifetime of REIs and appearance of the DOC ordered phase, further confirmed by dynamics of REI solvation shells, REI diffusion experiments and morphological characterization of microstructure of the hydrogel. PMID:25379879

  3. Modification of Photoluminescence Properties of ZnO Island Films by Localized Surface Plasmons

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    Zhang, Yang; Li, Xue-Hong; Peng, Cheng-Xiao

    2012-10-01

    The modification of localised surface plasmons of photoluminescence properties of ZnO is studied. It is found that the ultraviolet emission is drastically enhanced, and the visible emission related to the defects is almost completely suppressed, after an Au layer of nanoparticles is deposited on the surface of ZnO island films. This pronounced change in PL spectra is attributed to the efficient electron transfer via the coupling of localised surface plasmons at the interface between the Au nanoparticle layer and ZnO films.

  4. Synthesis, structure and photoluminescence properties of Sm3+-doped BiOBr phosphor

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    Halappa, Pramod; Shivakumara, C.; Saraf, Rohit; Nagabhushana, H.

    2016-05-01

    Well-crystallized tetragonal layered BiOBr and Bi0.95Sm0.05OBr phosphors were prepared by the solid state method. These compounds were characterized using powder X-Ray diffraction and photoluminescence technique. In PL spectra, the electric dipole transitions dominate than other transitions which indicate that the Sm3+ ions occupy a site with an inversion center of BiOBr. CIE chromaticity diagram confirmed that these phosphors can be useful in the fabrication of red component in white light emitting diodes (WLEDs) for display device applications.

  5. Diameter Control and Photoluminescence of ZnO Nanorods from Trialkylamines

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    Andelman, Tamar; Gong, Yinyan; Neumark, Gertrude; O'Brien, Stephen

    2007-01-01

    A novel solution method to control the diameter of ZnO nanorods is reported. Small diameter (2-3 nm) nanorods were synthesized from trihexylamine, and large diameter (50–80 nm) nanorods were synthesized by increasing the alkyl chain length to tridodecylamine. The defect (green) emission of the photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the nanorods varies with diameter, and can thus be controlled by the diameter control. The small ZnO nanorods have strong green emission, while the large diameter nanorods exhibit a remarkably suppressed green band. We show that this observation supports surface oxygen vacancies as the defect that gives rise to the green emission.

  6. DNA detection using plasmonic enhanced near-infrared photoluminescence of gallium arsenide.

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    Tang, Longhua; Chun, Ik Su; Wang, Zidong; Li, Jinghong; Li, Xiuling; Lu, Yi

    2013-10-15

    Efficient near-infrared detection of specific DNA with single nucleotide polymorphism selectivity is important for diagnostics and biomedical research. Herein, we report the use of gallium arsenide (GaAs) as a sensing platform for probing DNA immobilization and targeting DNA hybridization, resulting in ∼8-fold enhanced GaAs photoluminescence (PL) at ∼875 nm. The new signal amplification strategy, further coupled with the plasmonic effect of Au nanoparticles, is capable of detecting DNA molecules with a detection limit of 0.8 pM and selectivity against single base mismatches. Such an ultrasensitive near-infrared sensor can find a wide range of biochemical and biomedical applications.

  7. Synthesis and Photoluminescent Properties of Eu²⁺-Doped BaSiF₆ Nanoparticles.

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    Zhao, Xin; Hua, Ruinian; Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Jun; Tang, Dongxin; Sun, Zhengang

    2016-01-01

    By adjusting the molar ratio of oleic acid (OA), oleylamine (OM), and 1-octadecene (OD) ligands in reaction solution, Eu²⁺-doped BaSiF₆ nanoparticles were synthesized using a thermal decomposition synthesis route. Eu²⁺ ions have been successfully doped into BaSiF₆ host lattice and strong 4f-4f line emission of the Eu²⁺ in BaSiF₆ matrix is observed. Meanwhile, the photoluminescent (PL) properties of BaSiF₆:Eu²⁺ nanoparticles doping Eu²⁺ ions at different concentrations were also studied. PMID:27398531

  8. Charge-tunnelling and self-trapping: common origins for blinking, grey-state emission and photoluminescence enhancement in semiconductor quantum dots

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    Osborne, M. A.; Fisher, A. A. E.

    2016-04-01

    Understanding instabilities in the photoluminescence (PL) from light emitting materials is crucial to optimizing their performance for different applications. Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) offer bright, size tunable emission, properties that are now being exploited in a broad range of developing technologies from displays and solar cells to biomaging and optical storage. However, instabilities such as photoluminescence intermittency, enhancement and bleaching of emission in these materials can be detrimental to their utility. Here, we report dielectric dependent blinking, intensity-``spikes'' and low-level, ``grey''-state emission, as well as PL enhancement in ZnS capped CdSe QDs; observations that we found consistent with a charge-tunnelling and self-trapping (CTST) description of exciton-dynamics on the QD-host system. In particular, modulation of PL in grey-states and PL enhancement are found to have a common origin in the equilibrium between exciton charge carrier core and surface-states within the CTST framework. Parameterized in terms of size and electrostatic properties of the QD and its nanoenvironment, the CTST offers predictive insight into exciton-dynamics in these nanomaterials.Understanding instabilities in the photoluminescence (PL) from light emitting materials is crucial to optimizing their performance for different applications. Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) offer bright, size tunable emission, properties that are now being exploited in a broad range of developing technologies from displays and solar cells to biomaging and optical storage. However, instabilities such as photoluminescence intermittency, enhancement and bleaching of emission in these materials can be detrimental to their utility. Here, we report dielectric dependent blinking, intensity-``spikes'' and low-level, ``grey''-state emission, as well as PL enhancement in ZnS capped CdSe QDs; observations that we found consistent with a charge-tunnelling and self-trapping (CTST

  9. Synthesis, characterization and photoluminescence studies of Mn doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Chandrakar, Raju Kumar; Baghel, R. N.; Chandra, V. K.; Chandra, B. P.

    2015-10-01

    The present paper reports the synthesis, characterization and photoluminescence (PL) studies of Mn doped ZnS nanoparticles prepared by chemical precipitation method using mercaptoethanol as a capping agent. The nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEGSEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). When the concentrations of capping agent (merceptoethanol) used are 0 M, 0.01 M, 0.025 M, 0.040 M, and 0.060 M, the sizes of the nanoparticles are 2.98 nm, 2.80 nm, 2.61 nm, 2.20 nm and 2.10 nm, respectively. Two peaks are obtained in the PL spectra of ZnS:Mn nanoparticles for the excitation wavelength of 220 nm, in which the first peak shifts from 400 nm to 388 nm with decreasing size of nanocrystals, and the second peak lies at 583 nm and it does not shift with reducing size of nanocrystals. The PL spectra of ZnS:Mn nanoparticles were measured for different concentrations of merceptoethanol used. The concentration of Mn was kept 1.2%, in which two peaks were found for each sample of ZnS:Mn nanocrystals. The intensities of both the PL peaks increase with reducing size of the nanoparticles. The PL emission centered at 583 nm is the characteristics emission of Mn-ion which can be attributed to a 4T1 → 6A1 transition. However, the blue emission around 400 nm is very broad and originates from the radiative recombination involving defect states in the ZnS nanocrystals. Expressions derived for the dependence of PL intensities of peak-I and peak-II on the size of nanoparticles are in good agreement with experimental results.

  10. Photoluminescence and structure of sputter-deposited Zn2SiO4:Mn thin films

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    Lee, Yeon Oh; Kim, Joo Han

    2016-01-01

    Mn-doped Zn2SiO4 thin films were deposited on Si (100) substrates by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. The deposited films were then annealed at temperatures ranging from 600 to 1200 °C in an air ambient for 1 hour. The as-deposited Zn2SiO4:Mn films exhibited an amorphous structure having a smooth surface and showed no photoluminescence (PL). Annealing at 600 °C was found to have little effect on the properties of the films. The films still remained amorphous with no PL. After annealing at 800 °C, the films were crystallized in a mixture of orthorhombic β-Zn2SiO4 and rhombohedral α-Zn2SiO4 phases. These films showed a PL emission spectrum that could be resolved into two bands, one centered at 520 nm in the green region and the other at 571 nm in the yellow region. The green PL emission originated from the 4T1 → 6A1 intrashell transition of Mn2+ ions in the α-Zn2SiO4 phase while the yellow emission was attributed to Mn2+ ions in β-Zn2SiO4. The films annealed at and above a temperature of 900 °C exhibited only the α-Zn2SiO4 phase, and the PL spectra of these films showed only the green emission band with a peak maximum at around 523 nm. The PL emission intensity increased with increasing annealing temperature, which was due to the better crystalline quality and the rougher surface morphology of the Zn2SiO4:Mn films annealed at higher temperatures.

  11. Effects of organic moieties on the photoluminescence spectra of perovskite-type tin bromide based compounds

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    Papavassiliou, George C.; Vidali, Maria-Sofia; Pagona, Georgia; Mousdis, George A.; Karousis, Nikolaos; Koutselas, Ioannis

    2015-04-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) and optical absorption (OA) spectra of some compounds of the type (SC)SnBr3, (BC)2SnBr4, and (SC)(BC)2Sn2Br7 (where SC is CH3NH3 + or Cs+; BC is C4H9NH3 + ,CH3C6H4CH2NH3 + ,C12H25NH3 + ,C18H37NH3 + and 1-naphthylmethyl ammonium group), in the forms of thin deposits on several substrates, are investigated. Generally, using the 350 nm as excitation line, the obtained PL spectra of compounds of the type (BC)2SnBr4 with short alkyl chain-length in the alkyl ammonium moiety, show broad and strong bands. For example, the PL spectra of compound (C4H9NH3)2SnBr4 exhibit a weak band at ca 475 nm, attributed to free-excitons and a broad and strong band at ca 570 nm, attributed to radiative decay of self-trapped excitons in the inorganic moiety. This is a bright yellow-orange emission, which can be seen by naked eye, even at room temperature. In the case of the compounds with long alkyl chain-length in the alkyl ammonium moiety, the PL spectra are dominated by an excitonic band, which occurs close to the corresponding fundamental OA edge. The PL spectrum of (1-naphthylmethyl ammonium)2SnBr4 shows the strong red band with main maxima at ca 603 and 642 nm, arising from tetramers of naphthyl moieties. Also, the PL spectra of the compounds of the type (SC)SnBr3 and (SC)(BC)2Sn2Br7, after grinding, show strong bands at 600-620 nm.

  12. Oxygen and relative humidity monitoring with films tailored for enhanced photoluminescence

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    Cui, Weipan; Liu, Rui; Manna, Eeshita; Park, Joong -Mok; Fungura, Fadzai; Shinar, Joseph; Shinar, Ruth

    2014-10-31

    In this study, approaches to generate porous or doped sensing films, which significantly enhance the photoluminescence (PL) of oxygen optical sensors, and thus improve the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio, are presented. Tailored films, which enable monitoring the relative humidity (RH) as well, are also presented. Effective porous structures, in which the O2-sensitive dye Pt octaethylporphyrin (PtOEP) or the Pd analog PdOEP was embedded, were realized by first generating blend films of polyethylene glycol (PEG) with polystyrene (PS) or with ethyl cellulose (EC), and then immersing the dried films in water to remove the water-soluble PEG. This approach creates pores (voids) in the sensing films. The dielectric contrast between the films’ constituents and the voids increases photon scattering, which in turn increases the optical path of the excitation light within the film, and hence light absorption by the dye, and its PL. Optimized sensing films with a PEG:PS ratio of 1:4 (PEG’s molecular weight Mw ~8000) led to ~4.4× enhancement in the PL (in comparison to PS films). Lower Mw ~200 PEG with a PEG:EC ratio of 1:1 led to a PL enhancement of ~4.7×. Film-dependent PL enhancements were observed at all oxygen concentrations. The strong PL enhancement enables (i) using lower dye (luminophore) concentrations, (ii) reducing power consumption and enhancing the sensor’s operational lifetime when using organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) as excitation sources, (iii) improving performance when using compact photodetectors with no internal gain, and (iv) reliably extending the dynamic range.

  13. Oxygen and relative humidity monitoring with films tailored for enhanced photoluminescence

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    Cui, Weipan; Liu, Rui; Manna, Eeshita; Park, Joong -Mok; Fungura, Fadzai; Shinar, Joseph; Shinar, Ruth

    2014-10-31

    In this study, approaches to generate porous or doped sensing films, which significantly enhance the photoluminescence (PL) of oxygen optical sensors, and thus improve the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio, are presented. Tailored films, which enable monitoring the relative humidity (RH) as well, are also presented. Effective porous structures, in which the O2-sensitive dye Pt octaethylporphyrin (PtOEP) or the Pd analog PdOEP was embedded, were realized by first generating blend films of polyethylene glycol (PEG) with polystyrene (PS) or with ethyl cellulose (EC), and then immersing the dried films in water to remove the water-soluble PEG. This approach creates pores (voids) inmore » the sensing films. The dielectric contrast between the films’ constituents and the voids increases photon scattering, which in turn increases the optical path of the excitation light within the film, and hence light absorption by the dye, and its PL. Optimized sensing films with a PEG:PS ratio of 1:4 (PEG’s molecular weight Mw ~8000) led to ~4.4× enhancement in the PL (in comparison to PS films). Lower Mw ~200 PEG with a PEG:EC ratio of 1:1 led to a PL enhancement of ~4.7×. Film-dependent PL enhancements were observed at all oxygen concentrations. The strong PL enhancement enables (i) using lower dye (luminophore) concentrations, (ii) reducing power consumption and enhancing the sensor’s operational lifetime when using organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) as excitation sources, (iii) improving performance when using compact photodetectors with no internal gain, and (iv) reliably extending the dynamic range.« less

  14. Functional Exploration of the Polysaccharide Lyase Family PL6

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    Mathieu, Sophie; Henrissat, Bernard; Labre, Flavien; Skjåk-Bræk, Gudmund; Helbert, William

    2016-01-01

    Alginate, the main cell-wall polysaccharide of brown algae, is composed of two residues: mannuronic acid (M-residues) and, its C5-epimer, guluronic acid (G-residues). Alginate lyases define a class of enzymes that cleave the glycosidic bond of alginate by β-elimination. They are classified according to their ability to recognize the distribution of M- and G-residues and are named M-, G- or MG-lyases. In the CAZy database, alginate lyases have been grouped by sequence similarity into seven distinct polysaccharide lyase families. The polysaccharide lyase family PL6 is subdivided into three subfamilies. Subfamily PL6_1 includes three biochemically characterized enzymes (two alginate lyases and one dermatan sulfatase lyase). No characterized enzymes have been described in the two other subfamilies (PL6_2 and PL6_3). To improve the prediction of polysaccharide-lyase activity in the PL6 family, we re-examined the classification of the PL6 family and biochemically characterized a set of enzymes reflecting the diversity of the protein sequences. Our results show that subfamily PL6_1 includes two dermatan sulfates lyases and several alginate lyases that have various substrate specificities and modes of action. In contrast, subfamilies PL6_2 and PL6_3 were found to contain only endo-poly-MG-lyases. PMID:27438604

  15. Magneto-Optical Study of Defect Induced Sharp Photoluminescence in LaAlO3 and SrTiO3

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    Sarkar, Soumya; Saha, Surajit; Motapothula, M. R.; Patra, Abhijeet; Cao, Bing-Chen; Prakash, Saurav; Cong, Chun Xiao; Mathew, Sinu; Ghosh, Siddhartha; Yu, Ting; Venkatesan, T.

    2016-01-01

    Strongly correlated electronic systems such as Transition Metal Oxides often possess various mid-gap states originating from intrinsic defects in these materials. In this paper, we investigate an extremely sharp Photoluminescence (PL) transition originating from such defect states in two widely used perovskites, LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. A detailed study of the PL as a function of temperature and magnetic field has been conducted to understand the behavior and origin of the transition involved. The temperature dependence of the PL peak position for SrTiO3 is observed to be opposite to that in LaAlO3. Our results reveal the presence of a spin/orbital character in these transitions which is evident from the splitting of these defect energy levels under a high magnetic field. These PL transitions have the potential for enabling non-contact thermal and field sensors. PMID:27619076

  16. Magneto-Optical Study of Defect Induced Sharp Photoluminescence in LaAlO3 and SrTiO3

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    Sarkar, Soumya; Saha, Surajit; Motapothula, M. R.; Patra, Abhijeet; Cao, Bing-Chen; Prakash, Saurav; Cong, Chun Xiao; Mathew, Sinu; Ghosh, Siddhartha; Yu, Ting; Venkatesan, T.

    2016-09-01

    Strongly correlated electronic systems such as Transition Metal Oxides often possess various mid-gap states originating from intrinsic defects in these materials. In this paper, we investigate an extremely sharp Photoluminescence (PL) transition originating from such defect states in two widely used perovskites, LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. A detailed study of the PL as a function of temperature and magnetic field has been conducted to understand the behavior and origin of the transition involved. The temperature dependence of the PL peak position for SrTiO3 is observed to be opposite to that in LaAlO3. Our results reveal the presence of a spin/orbital character in these transitions which is evident from the splitting of these defect energy levels under a high magnetic field. These PL transitions have the potential for enabling non-contact thermal and field sensors.

  17. Hybrid type-I InAs/GaAs and type-II GaSb/GaAs quantum dot structure with enhanced photoluminescence

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    Ji, Hai-Ming; Liang, Baolai Simmonds, Paul J.; Juang, Bor-Chau; Yang, Tao; Young, Robert J.; Huffaker, Diana L.

    2015-03-09

    We investigate the photoluminescence (PL) properties of a hybrid type-I InAs/GaAs and type-II GaSb/GaAs quantum dot (QD) structure grown in a GaAs matrix by molecular beam epitaxy. This hybrid QD structure exhibits more intense PL with a broader spectral range, compared with control samples that contain only InAs or GaSb QDs. This enhanced PL performance is attributed to additional electron and hole injection from the type-I InAs QDs into the adjacent type-II GaSb QDs. We confirm this mechanism using time-resolved and power-dependent PL. These hybrid QD structures show potential for high efficiency QD solar cell applications.

  18. Magneto-Optical Study of Defect Induced Sharp Photoluminescence in LaAlO3 and SrTiO3.

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    Sarkar, Soumya; Saha, Surajit; Motapothula, M R; Patra, Abhijeet; Cao, Bing-Chen; Prakash, Saurav; Cong, Chun Xiao; Mathew, Sinu; Ghosh, Siddhartha; Yu, Ting; Venkatesan, T

    2016-01-01

    Strongly correlated electronic systems such as Transition Metal Oxides often possess various mid-gap states originating from intrinsic defects in these materials. In this paper, we investigate an extremely sharp Photoluminescence (PL) transition originating from such defect states in two widely used perovskites, LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. A detailed study of the PL as a function of temperature and magnetic field has been conducted to understand the behavior and origin of the transition involved. The temperature dependence of the PL peak position for SrTiO3 is observed to be opposite to that in LaAlO3. Our results reveal the presence of a spin/orbital character in these transitions which is evident from the splitting of these defect energy levels under a high magnetic field. These PL transitions have the potential for enabling non-contact thermal and field sensors. PMID:27619076

  19. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence of CuAlO2 single crystals fabricated by using a flux self-removal method

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    Nam, Y. S.; Yoon, J. S.; Ju, H. L.; Chang, S. K.; Baek, K. S.

    2014-10-01

    The temperature-dependent behavior of p-type transparent semiconducting oxide CuAlO2 single crystals prepared by using a flux self-removal method in alumina crucibles was investigated through transmittance and photoluminescence (PL) measurements at temperatures from 12 K to room temperature. The low-temperature (12 K) PL spectrum shows two weak, broad emission peaks, one at 3.52 eV and the other at 3.08 eV, which we assign to excitonic emission and to defectrelated emission originating from copper vacancies. The positions of the PL peaks as functions of temperature exhibit a normal behavior satisfying the standard Varshini law, and the Debye temperature is found to be θ D = 610 ± 80 K. The exciton-binding energy of the CuAlO2 single crystal is estimated to be 49 meV from the PL intensity change with temperature.

  20. Change point analysis of matrix dependent photoluminescence intermittency of single CdSe/ZnS quantum dots with intermediate intensity levels

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    Schmidt, Robert; Krasselt, Cornelius; von Borczyskowski, Christian

    2012-10-01

    Blinking dynamics of single CdSe/ZnS quantum dots are analyzed by change point analysis, which gives access to intermediate photoluminescence (PL) intensities observed during PL intermittency. The on-times show systematic deviations from a (truncated) power law. This deviation is manifested in variations of the PL intensity distribution and is related with well defined PL intensity jumps. Varying the matrix from polystyrene (PS) to polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) changes the on-time blinking dynamics and reveals coupling of the QDs either to OH-groups of the SiOx interface or to OH-groups of PVA. Analysis of dwell times in respective intensity correlated traps reveals that OH-related traps are strongly stabilized with much longer dwell times as compared to otherwise broadly distributed trap states.

  1. Delocalized and localized charged excitons in single CdSe/CdS dot-in-rods revealed by polarized photoluminescence blinking

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    Ihara, Toshiyuki; Sato, Ryota; Teranishi, Toshiharu; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2014-07-01

    CdSe/CdS heterostructured nanocrystals with quasi-type-II band alignments provide an interesting platform for studying the photoluminescence (PL) blinking associated with their unique morphologies. By using simultaneous measurements of the PL intensity, lifetime, and polarization anisotropy, we reveal the role of the electron delocalization during the blinking of single CdSe/CdS dot-in-rods. We found that a significant change in the PL polarization anisotropy distinguishes between two kinds of charged excitons with different electron delocalizations. We report our observation of unique polarized PL blinking governed by the band alignments and the Coulomb interactions between the charges inside and outside the dot-in-rod.

  2. Carrier-density dependence of photoluminescence from localized states in InGaN/GaN quantum wells in nanocolumns and a thin film

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    Shimosako, N. Inose, Y.; Satoh, H.; Kinjo, K.; Nakaoka, T.; Oto, T.; Kishino, K.; Ema, K.

    2015-11-07

    We have measured and analyzed the carrier-density dependence of photoluminescence (PL) spectra and the PL efficiency of InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells in nanocolumns and in a thin film over a wide excitation range. The localized states parameters, such as the tailing parameter, density and size of the localized states, and the mobility edge density are estimated. The spectral change and reduction of PL efficiency are explained by filling of the localized states and population into the extended states around the mobility edge density. We have also found that the nanocolumns have a narrower distribution of the localized states and a higher PL efficiency than those of the film sample although the In composition of the nanocolumns is higher than that of the film.

  3. Photoluminescence of polydiacetylene membranes on porous silicon utilized for chemical sensors

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    Sabatani, Eyal; Kalisky, Yehoshua; Berman, Amir; Golan, Yuval; Gutman, Nadav; Urbach, Benayahu; Sa'ar, Amir

    2008-07-01

    Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of the conjugated polydiacetylene (PDA) exhibit spectroscopic behavior, which is dependent on the type of the supporting substrate. While on polished silicon surfaces the photoluminescence (PL) of PDA is quenched, it is preserved on top of 2D patterned macro-porous silicon (2D-MPS). 2D-MPS, prepared by electrochemical etching of photo-lithographically pre-patterned silicon, is a 2D array of ca. 10 μm deep pores with lateral 2-4 μm repeating unit cells in orthogonal or hexagonal arrangements. LB films of PDA on such surfaces form membranes with continuous domains of the size sufficient to cover laterally many cell units. Apparently, the PL from this film results exclusively from the portion of the PDA membrane which is suspended over pore openings, while portions of the film which are attached to the silicon on top of the pores walls does not exhibit PL at all. We have used these membranes in different configurations and exposed them to different chemical and biological agents and followed the PL intensity change. This report demonstrates the effectiveness of the combined system: LB films of PDA on top of 2D-MPS as sensing probe for a variety of chemicals including, Cd ions and TNT explosives. In addition, the use of films of PDA, in which glycol-lipid were embedded, for binding and recognition of lectin protein, mimicking the cell membrane interaction with its environment, is also demonstrated.

  4. Hydrogen plasma induced modification of photoluminescence from a-SiNx:H thin films

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    Bommali, R. K.; Ghosh, S.; Vijaya Prakash, G.; Gao, K.; Zhou, S.; Khan, S. A.; Srivastava, P.

    2014-02-01

    Low temperature (250-350 °C) hydrogen plasma annealing (HPA) treatments have been performed on amorphous hydrogenated silicon nitride (a-SiNx:H) thin films having a range of compositions and subsequent modification of photoluminescence (PL) is investigated. The PL spectral shape and peak positions for the as deposited films could be tuned with composition and excitation energies. HPA induced modification of PL of these films is found to depend on the N/Si ratio (x). Upon HPA, the PL spectra show an emergence of a red emission band for x ≤ 1, whereas an overall increase of intensity without change in the spectral shape is observed for x > 1. The emission observed in the Si rich films is attributed to nanoscale a-Si:H inclusions. The enhancement is maximum for off-stoichiometric films (x ˜ 1) and decreases as the compositions of a-Si (x = 0) and a-Si3N4 (x = 1.33) are approached, implying high density of non-radiative defects around x = 1. The diffusion of hydrogen in these films is also analyzed by Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis technique.

  5. Efficient Excitonic Photoluminescence in Direct and Indirect Band Gap Monolayer MoS2.

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    Steinhoff, A; Kim, J-H; Jahnke, F; Rösner, M; Kim, D-S; Lee, C; Han, G H; Jeong, M S; Wehling, T O; Gies, C

    2015-10-14

    We discuss the photoluminescence (PL) of semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides on the basis of experiments and a microscopic theory. The latter connects ab initio calculations of the single-particle states and Coulomb matrix elements with a many-body description of optical emission spectra. For monolayer MoS2, we study the PL efficiency at the excitonic A and B transitions in terms of carrier populations in the band structure and provide a quantitative comparison to an (In)GaAs quantum well-structure. Suppression and enhancement of PL under biaxial strain is quantified in terms of changes in the local extrema of the conduction and valence bands. The large exciton binding energy in MoS2 enables two distinctly different excitation methods: above-band gap excitation and quasi-resonant excitation of excitonic resonances below the single-particle band gap. The latter case creates a nonequilibrium distribution of carriers predominantly in the K-valleys, which leads to strong emission from the A-exciton transition and a visible B-peak even if the band gap is indirect. For above-band gap excitation, we predict a strongly reduced emission intensity at comparable carrier densities and the absence of B-exciton emission. The results agree well with PL measurements performed on monolayer MoS2 at excitation wavelengths of 405 nm (above) and 532 nm (below the band gap). PMID:26322814

  6. Phosphorus and boron codoping of silicon nanocrystals by ion implantation: Photoluminescence properties

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    Nakamura, Toshihiro; Adachi, Sadao; Fujii, Minoru; Miura, Kenta; Yamamoto, Shunya

    2012-01-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) properties of P or B single-doped Si nanocrystals (Si-nc's) and P and B co-doped Si-nc's are studied. In the single-doped Si-nc samples, PL quenching occurs as a result of the Auger nonradiative recombination process between the photoexcited excitons and free carriers supplied by doped impurities. In the (P, B) co-doped sample, on the other hand, the donor-acceptor (D-A)-pair recombination emission is clearly observed on the long-wavelength side of the intrinsic Si-nc emission peak at ˜900 nm. The D-A-pair recombination energy is found to be smaller than the band-gap energy of bulk Si and is strongly dependent on the number of P and B impurities doped in a Si-nc. PL spectra are measured at 50 and 300 K and found to indicate that strong thermal quenching occurs in a (P, B) co-doped sample at 300 K. This quenching effect is probably because of carrier migration among the donor and acceptor states. The PL decay rate is determined as a function of the emitted-light wavelength for the pure and (P, B) co-doped Si-nc samples.

  7. Plasmon-gating photoluminescence in graphene/GeSi quantum dots hybrid structures

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    Chen, Yulu; Wu, Qiong; Ma, Yingjie; Liu, Tao; Fan, Yongliang; Yang, Xinju; Zhong, Zhenyang; Xu, Fei; Lu, Jianping; Jiang, Zuimin

    2015-01-01

    The ability to control light-matter interaction is central to several potential applications in lasing, sensing, and communication. Graphene plasmons provide a way of strongly enhancing the interaction and realizing ultrathin optoelectronic devices. Here, we find that photoluminescence (PL) intensities of the graphene/GeSi quantum dots hybrid structures are saturated and quenched under positive and negative voltages at the excitation of 325 nm, respectively. A mechanism called plasmon-gating effect is proposed to reveal the PL dependence of the hybrid structures on the external electric field. On the contrary, the PL intensities at the excitation of 405 and 795 nm of the hybrid structures are quenched due to the charge transfer by tuning the Fermi level of graphene or the blocking of the excitons recombination by excitons separation effect. The results also provide an evidence for the charge transfer mechanism. The plasmon gating effect on the PL provides a new way to control the optical properties of graphene/QD hybrid structures. PMID:26631498

  8. Photoluminescence and contactless electroreflectance characterization of BexCd1-xSe alloys

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    Huang, P. J.; Huang, Y. S.; Firszt, F.; Meczynska, H.; Maksimov, O.; Tamargo, M. C.; Tiong, K. K.

    2007-01-01

    A detailed optical characterization of a Bridgman-grown wurtzite- (WZ-) type Be0.075Cd0.925Se mixed crystal and three zinc-blende (ZB) BexCd1-xSe epilayers grown by MBE on InP substrates has been carried out via photoluminescence (PL) and contactless electroreflectance (CER) in the temperature range of 15-400 K. The PL spectrum of the WZ-BeCdSe at low temperature consists of an exciton line, an edge emission feature due to recombination of donor-acceptor pairs, and a broad band related to recombination through deep-level defects, while the PL emission peaks of the ZB-BeCdSe epilayers show an asymmetric shape with a tail on the low-energy side. Various interband transitions, originating from the band edge and spin-orbit splitting critical points, of the samples have been observed in the CER spectra. The peak positions of the exciton emission lines in the PL spectra correspond quite well to the energies of the fundamental transitions determined from electromodulation data. The parameters that describe the temperature dependence of the fundamental and spin split-off bandgaps and the broadening function of the band-edge exciton are evaluated and discussed.

  9. Photoluminescence study of epitaxially grown ZnSnAs2:Mn thin films

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    Mammadov, E.; Haneta, M.; Toyota, H.; Uchitomi, N.

    2011-03-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) properties of heavily Mn-doped ZnSnAs2 layers epitaxially grown on nearly lattice-matched semi-insulating InP substrates are studied. PL spectra are obtained for samples with Mn concentrations of 5, 12 and 24 mol% relative to the combined concentrations of Zn and Sn. A broad emission band centered at ~ 1 eV is detected for Mn-doped layers at room temperature. The emission is a intense broad asymmetric line at low temperatures. The line is reconstructed by superposition of two bands with peak energies of ~ 0.99 and 1.07 eV, similar to those reported for InP. These bands are superimposed onto a 1.14 eV band with well-resolved phonon structure for the layer doped with 12 % Mn. Recombination mechanism involving the split-off band of the ZnSnAs2 is suggested. Temperature dependence of integrated intensities of the PL bands indicates to thermally activated emission with activation energies somewhat different from those found for InP. Mn substitution at cationic sites increases the concentration of holes which may act as recombination centers. Recombination to the holes bound to Mn ions with the ground state located below the top of the valence band has been proposed as a possible PL mechanism.

  10. Structural and photoluminescence properties of terbium-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles

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    Ningthoujam Surajkumar, Singh; Shougaijam Dorendrajit, Singh; Sanoujam Dhiren, Meetei

    2014-05-01

    We present in this paper a study of the structural and photoluminescence (PL) properties of terbium (Tb) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles synthesized by a simple low temperature chemical precipitation method, using zinc acetate and terbium nitrate in an isopropanol medium with diethanolamine (DEA) as the capping agent at 60 °C. The as-prepared samples were heat treated and the PL of the annealed samples were studied. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD patterns show the pattern of typical ZnO nanoparticles and correspond with the standard XRD pattern given by JCPDS card No. 36-1451, showing the hexagonal phase structure. The PL intensity was enhanced due to Tb3+ doping, and it decreased at higher concentrations of Tb3+ doping after reaching a certain optimum concentration. The PL spectra of Tb3+ doped samples exhibited blue, bluish green, and green emissions at 460 nm (5D3 - 7F3), 484 nm (5D4 - 7F6), and 530 nm (5D4 - 7F5), respectively, which were more intense than the emissions for the undoped ZnO sample. Based on the results, an energy level schematic diagram was proposed to explain the possible electron transition processes.

  11. Photoluminescence of Si nanocrystal memory devices obtained by ion beam synthesis

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    Carrada, Marzia; Wellner, Anja; Paillard, Vincent; Bonafos, Caroline; Coffin, Hubert; Claverie, Alain

    2005-12-19

    In this letter, we propose an original method to investigate Si nanocrystal-based nonvolatile memory devices, taking benefit of the photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and the specific optoelectronic properties of Si nanocrystals (Si-NCs). Ordered two-dimensional-arrays of Si-NCs were synthesized by ultralow-energy ion implantation in 7-nm-thick SiO{sub 2} and subsequent annealing. The Si-NCs population characteristics (size and density) were adjusted by different oxidizing annealing. This allowed, at the same time, the progressive healing of the oxide matrix. The analysis of the spectra revealed the presence of two PL bands, one due to quantum confinement effects in Si-NCs, and the other one attributed to silicon-rich oxide. Therefore, the evolution in energy and intensity of the PL bands was correlated to the oxidizing conditions, thus to the change of the Si-NCs size and density, and to the formation of stoichiometric SiO{sub 2}. These results are of great interest as being the first step in using PL spectroscopy as a nondestructive method to assess or monitor the electrical performances of the future memory devices, before any step of contact fabrication.

  12. Optical properties of GaSb measured using photoluminescence and photoreflectance spectroscopy

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    Jo, Hyun-Jun; So, Mo Geun; Kim, Jong Su; Lee, Sang Jun

    2016-09-01

    The optical properties of a GaSb layer were investigated using temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) and photoreflectance (PR) measurements. The defect-related transitions were observed at 0.714 and 0.728 eV in the PL measurements at 10 K. The band-to-band transition was observed at 0.712 eV in the PL measurement at 300 K. With decreasing temperature, the behavior of the defect-related transition changed slowly compared to the band-to-band transition. The PR spectrum at 300 K showed four signals of E 0 (0.72 eV), E 0 + Δ0 (1.52 eV), E 1 (2.07 eV) and E 1 + Δ1 (2.53 eV). The behavior of the E 1 transition was similar to that of the E 0 transition because the two transitions are band-to-band transitions. The behaviors of the eh transitions from the PL spectra were similar to the results for the E 0 of the PR spectra. The two PR signals of the E 1 transitions using below and above pumping were in good agreement across all temperatures. We confirmed that the below pumping technique was useful in the PR measurement.

  13. Photoluminescence from a Tb-doped photonic crystal microcavity for white light generation

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    Li, Yigang; Almeida, Rui M.

    2010-11-01

    Terbium-doped one-dimensional triple microcavities have been prepared by sol-gel processing. The photoluminescence (PL) of Tb3+ ions outside a microcavity structure, when excited by blue laser light at 488 nm, consisted of three distinct peaks at 542, 587 and 619 nm. When embedded in the microcavities, the three Tb3+ PL peaks were enhanced, balanced and broadened by the photonic crystal structure and combined into a continuous broad band. An analysis in the CIE colour space showed that white light can be obtained by mixing the modified Tb3+ PL with the blue exciting light, while this is impossible with the original PL profile. This novel technique may improve white light generation by enhancing and modifying the spontaneous emission of current phosphors. It may also lead to the development of new rare-earth phosphor materials based on 4f-4f transitions, able to generate white light more efficiently, via simpler and cheaper alternatives to the current phosphor compositions. A novel configuration to combine this kind of structure with a white light-emitting-diode (LED) is also proposed.

  14. Full-color tunable photoluminescent ionic liquid crystals based on tripodal pyridinium, pyrimidinium, and quinolinium salts.

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    Tanabe, Kana; Suzui, Yuko; Hasegawa, Miki; Kato, Takashi

    2012-03-28

    Color-tunable luminescent ionic liquid crystals have been designed as a new series of luminescent materials. To achieve tuning of emission colors, intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) character has been incorporated into tripodal molecules. A series of the compounds has three chromophores in each molecule, incorporated with both electron-donating moieties such as alkylaminobenzene and alkoxybenzene, and electron-accepting moieties such as pyridinium, pyrimidinium, and quinolinium parts. These C(3)-symmetrical molecules self-assemble into liquid-crystalline (LC) columnar (Col) structures over wide temperature ranges through nanosegregation between ionic moieties and nonionic aliphatic chains. Photoluminescent (PL) emissions of these tripodal molecules are observed in the visible region both in the self-assembled condensed states and in solutions. For example, a pyrimidinium salt with didodecylaminobenzene moieties exhibits yellowish orange emission (λ(em) = 586 nm in a thin film). Multicolor PL emissions are successfully achieved by simple tuning of changing electron-donating and electron-accepting moieties of the compounds, covering the visible region from blue-green to red. It has been revealed that ICT processes in the excited states and weak intermolecular interactions play important roles in the determination of the PL properties of the materials, by measurements of UV-vis absorption and emission spectra, fluorescence lifetimes, and PL quantum yields.

  15. Visible photoluminescence of porous Si(1-x)Ge(x) obtained by stain etching

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    Ksendzov, A.; Fathauer, R. W.; George, T.; Pike, W. T.; Vasquez, R. P.; Taylor, A. P.

    1993-01-01

    We have investigated visible photoluminescence (PL) from thin porous Si(1-x)Ge(x) alloy layers prepared by stain etching of molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown material. Seven samples with nominal Ge fraction x varying from 0.04 to 0.41 were studied at room temperature and 80 K. Samples of bulk stain etched Si and Ge were also investigated. The composition of the porous material was determined using X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering techniques to be considerably more Ge-rich than the starting epitaxial layers. While the luminescence intensity drops significantly with the increasing Ge fraction, we observe no significant variation in the PL wavelength at room temperature. This is clearly in contradiction to the popular model based on quantum confinement in crystalline silicon which predicts that the PL energy should follow the bandgap variation of the starting material. However, our data are consistent with small active units containing only a few Si atoms that are responsible for the light emission. Such units are present in many compounds proposed in the literature as the cause of the visible PL in porous Si.

  16. Photoluminescence Dynamics of Aryl sp(3) Defect States in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Hartmann, Nicolai F; Velizhanin, Kirill A; Haroz, Erik H; Kim, Mijin; Ma, Xuedan; Wang, YuHuang; Htoon, Han; Doorn, Stephen K

    2016-09-27

    Photoluminescent defect states introduced by sp(3) functionalization of semiconducting carbon nanotubes are rapidly emerging as important routes for boosting emission quantum yields and introducing new functionality. Knowledge of the relaxation dynamics of these states is required for understanding how functionalizing agents (molecular dopants) may be designed to access specific behaviors. We measure photoluminescence (PL) decay dynamics of sp(3) defect states introduced by aryl functionalization of the carbon nanotube surface. Results are given for five different nanotube chiralities, each doped with a range of aryl functionality. We find that the PL decays of these sp(3) defect states are biexponential, with both components relaxing on time scales of ∼100 ps. Exciton trapping at defects is found to increases PL lifetimes by a factor of 5-10, in comparison to those for the free exciton. A significant chirality dependence is observed in the decay times, ranging from 77 ps for (7,5) nanotubes to >600 ps for (5,4) structures. The strong correlation of time constants with emission energy indicates relaxation occurs via multiphonon decay processes, with close agreement to theoretical expectations. Variation of the aryl dopant further modulates decay times by 10-15%. The aryl defects also affect PL lifetimes of the free E11 exciton. Shortening of the E11 bright state lifetime as defect density increases provides further confirmation that defects act as exciton traps. A similar shortening of the E11 dark exciton lifetime is found as defect density increases, providing strong experimental evidence that dark excitons are also trapped at such defect sites.

  17. Design And Ground Testing For The Expert PL4/PL5 'Natural And Roughness Induced Transition'

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    Masutti, Davie; Chazot, Olivier; Donelli, Raffaele; de Rosa, Donato

    2011-05-01

    Unpredicted boundary layer transition can impact dramatically the stability of the vehicle, its aerodynamic coefficients and reduce the efficiency of the thermal protection system. In this frame, ESA started the EXPERT (European eXPErimental Reentry Testbed) program to pro- vide and perform in-flight experiments in order to obtain aerothermodynamic data for the validation of numerical models and of ground-to-flight extrapolation methodologies. Considering the boundary layer transition investigation, the EXPERT vehicle is equipped with two specific payloads, PL4 and PL5, concerning respectively the study of the natural and roughness induced transition. The paper is a survey on the design process of these two in-flight experiments and it covers the major analyses and findings encountered during the development of the payloads. A large amount of transition criteria have been investigated and used to estimate either the dangerousness of the height of the distributed roughness, arising due to nose erosion, or the effectiveness of height of the isolated roughness element forcing the boundary layer transition. Supporting the PL4 design, linear stability computations and CFD analyses have been performed by CIRA on the EXPERT flight vehicle to determine the amplification factor of the boundary layer instabilities at different point of the re-entry trajectory. Ground test experiments regarding the PL5 are carried on in the Mach 6 VKI H3 Hypersonic Wind Tunnel with a Reynolds numbers ranging from 18E6/m to 26E6/m. Infrared measurements (Stanton number) and flow visualization are used on a 1/16 scaled model of the EXPERT vehicle and a flat plate to validate the Potter and Whitfield criterion as a suitable methodology for ground-to-flight extrapolation and the payload design.

  18. Raman and AFM study of gamma irradiated plastic bottle sheets

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    Ali, Yasir; Kumar, Vijay; Sonkawade, R. G.; Dhaliwal, A. S.

    2013-02-01

    In this investigation, the effects of gamma irradiation on the structural properties of plastic bottle sheet are studied. The Plastic sheets were exposed with 1.25MeV 60Co gamma rays source at various dose levels within the range from 0-670 kGy. The induced modifications were followed by micro-Raman and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The Raman spectrum shows the decrease in Raman intensity and formation of unsaturated bonds with an increase in the gamma dose. AFM image displays rough surface morphology after irradiation. The detailed Raman analysis of plastic bottle sheets is presented here, and the results are correlated with the AFM observations.

  19. Raman and AFM study of gamma irradiated plastic bottle sheets

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    Ali, Yasir; Kumar, Vijay; Dhaliwal, A. S.; Sonkawade, R. G.

    2013-02-05

    In this investigation, the effects of gamma irradiation on the structural properties of plastic bottle sheet are studied. The Plastic sheets were exposed with 1.25MeV {sup 60}Co gamma rays source at various dose levels within the range from 0-670 kGy. The induced modifications were followed by micro-Raman and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The Raman spectrum shows the decrease in Raman intensity and formation of unsaturated bonds with an increase in the gamma dose. AFM image displays rough surface morphology after irradiation. The detailed Raman analysis of plastic bottle sheets is presented here, and the results are correlated with the AFM observations.

  20. Effect of high energy proton irradiation on InAs/GaAs quantum dots: Enhancement of photoluminescence efficiency (up to {approx}7 times) with minimum spectral signature shift

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    Sreekumar, R.; Mandal, A.; Gupta, S.K.; Chakrabarti, S.

    2011-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Authors demonstrate enhancement in photoluminescence efficiency (7 times) in single layer InAs/GaAs quantum dots using proton irradiation without any post-annealing treatment via either varying proton energy (a) or fluence (b). The increase in PL efficiency is explained by a proposed model before (c) and after irradiation (d). Highlights: {yields} Proton irradiation improved PL efficiency in InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs). {yields} Proton irradiation favoured defect and strain annihilation in InAs/GaAs QDs. {yields} Reduction in defects/non-radiative recombination improved PL efficiency. {yields} Protons could be used to improve PL efficiency without spectral shift. {yields} QD based devices will be benefited by this technique to improve device performance. -- Abstract: We demonstrate 7-fold increase of photoluminescence efficiency in GaAs/(InAs/GaAs) quantum dot hetero-structure, employing high energy proton irradiation, without any post-annealing treatment. Protons of energy 3-5 MeV with fluence in the range (1.2-7.04) x 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2} were used for irradiation. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed crystalline quality of the GaAs cap layer improves on proton irradiation. Photoluminescence study conducted at low temperature and low laser excitation density proved the presence of non-radiative recombination centers in the system which gets eliminated on proton irradiation. Shift in photoluminescence emission towards higher wavelength upon irradiation substantiated the reduction in strain field existed between GaAs cap layer and InAs/GaAs quantum dots. The enhancement in PL efficiency is thus attributed to the annihilation of defects/non-radiative recombination centers present in GaAs cap layer as well as in InAs/GaAs quantum dots induced by proton irradiation.

  1. Effects of Hydrogen in the Annealing Environment on Photoluminescence from Si Nanoparticles in SiO(2)

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    Barbour, J.C.; Budai, J.D.; Hembree, D.M.; Meldrum, A.; White, C.W.; Withrow, S.P.

    1999-03-23

    The role of hydrogen in enhancing the photoluminescence (PL) yield observed from Si nanocrystals embedded in SiO{sub 2} has been studied. SiO{sub 2} thermal oxides and bulk fused silica samples have been implanted with Si and subsequently annealed in various ambients including hydrogen or deuterium forming gases (Ar+4%H{sub 2} or Ar+4%D{sub 2}) or pure Ar. Results are presented for annealing at temperatures between 200 and 1100 C. Depth and concentration profiles of H and D at various stages of processing have been measured using elastic recoil detection. Hydrogen or deuterium is observed in the bulk after annealing in forming gas but not after high temperature (1100 C) anneals in Ar. The presence of hydrogen dramatically increases the broad PL band centered in the near-infrared after annealing at 1100 C but has almost no effect on the PL spectral distribution. Hydrogen is found to selectively trap in the region where Si nanocrystals are formed, consistent with a model of H passivating surface states at the Si/SiO{sub 2} interface that leads to enhanced PL. The thermal stability of the trapped H and the PL yield observed after a high temperature anneal have been studied. The hydrogen concentration and PL yield are unchanged for subsequent anneals up to 400 C. However, above 400 C the PL decreases and a more complicated H chemistry is evident. Similar concentrations of H or D are trapped after annealing in H{sub 2} or D{sub 2} forming gas; however, no differences in the PL yield or spectral distribution are observed, indicating that the electronic transitions resulting in luminescence are not dependent on the mass of the hydrogen species.

  2. Photoluminescence probing of interface evolution with annealing in InGa(N)As/GaAs single quantum wells

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    Shao, Jun Qi, Zhen; Zhu, Liang; Chen, Xiren; Guo, Shaoling; Zhao, H.; Song, Yuxin; Zha, F.-X.; Wang, S. M.

    2015-10-28

    The effects of thermal annealing on the interfaces of InGa(N)As/GaAs single quantum wells (SQWs) are investigated by excitation-, temperature-, and magnetic field-dependent photoluminescence (PL). The annealing at 750 °C results in more significant blueshift and narrowing to the PL peak than that at 600 °C. Each of the PL spectra can be reproduced with two PL components: (i) the low-energy component (LE) keeps energetically unchanged, while the high-energy component (HE) moves up with excitation and shows at higher energy for the In{sub 0.375}Ga{sub 0.625}As/GaAs but crosses over with the LE at a medium excitation power for the In{sub 0.375}Ga{sub 0.625}N{sub 0.012}As{sub 0.988}/GaAs SQWs. The HE is broader than the corresponding LE, the annealing at 750 °C narrows the LE and HE and shrinks their energetic separation; (ii) the PL components are excitonic, and the InGaNAs shows slightly enhanced excitonic effects relative to the InGaAs SQW; (iii) no typical S-shape evolution of PL energy with temperature is detectable, and similar blueshift and narrowing are identified for the same annealing. The phenomena are mainly from the interfacial processes. Annealing improves the intralayer quality, enhances the interfacial In-Ga interdiffusion, and reduces the interfacial fluctuation. The interfacial interdiffusion does not change obviously by the small N content and hence similar PL-component narrowing and blueshift are observed for the SQWs after a nominally identical annealing. Comparison with previous studies is made and the PL measurements under different conditions are shown to be effective for probing the interfacial evolution in QWs.

  3. Blue Photoluminescence From Silacyclobutene Compounds

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    Pernisz, Udo

    1999-04-01

    Organosilicon compounds in which the Si atom is bound to an aromatic moiety such as a phenyl group, exhibit strong blue photoluminescence when excited with UV light (for example at a wavelength of 337 nm). This phenomenon was investigated quantitatively at room temperature and at the temperature of liquid nitrogen (78 K) by measuring the emission and excitation spectra of the total luminescence, and of the phosphorescence, for a silacyclobutene compound in which two phenyl groups are joined across the C=C double bond of the ring. The effect of a series of organic substituents on the Si atom was investigated as well as the time dependence of the phosphorescence intensity decay for this class of materials. A tentative model of the energy levels in this compound is proposed. The observation of visible blue emission -- in contrast to photoluminescence in the UV from the aromatic groups -- is explained by the Si-C bond lowering the energy of the molecular orbitals, an effect that is currently under study for a range of Si-containing compounds. Synthesis of the silacyclobutene compounds was performed at the laboratory of Prof. N. Auner, now at J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany. His contributions, and those of his collaborators, to the work reported here are gratefully acknowledged.

  4. Precision Landing and Hazard Avoidance (PL&HA) Domain

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    Robertson, Edward A.; Carson, John M., III

    2016-01-01

    The Precision Landing and Hazard Avoidance (PL&HA) domain addresses the development, integration, testing, and spaceflight infusion of sensing, processing, and GN&C (Guidance, Navigation and Control) functions critical to the success and safety of future human and robotic exploration missions. PL&HA sensors also have applications to other mission events, such as rendezvous and docking.

  5. Bright photoluminescent hybrid mesostructured silica nanoparticles.

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    Miletto, Ivana; Bottinelli, Emanuela; Caputo, Giuseppe; Coluccia, Salvatore; Gianotti, Enrica

    2012-07-28

    Bright photoluminescent mesostructured silica nanoparticles were synthesized by the incorporation of fluorescent cyanine dyes into the channels of MCM-41 mesoporous silica. Cyanine molecules were introduced into MCM-41 nanoparticles by physical adsorption and covalent grafting. Several photoluminescent nanoparticles with different organic loadings have been synthesized and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen physisorption porosimetry. A detailed photoluminescence study with the analysis of fluorescence lifetimes was carried out to elucidate the cyanine molecules distribution within the pores of MCM-41 nanoparticles and the influence of the encapsulation on the photoemission properties of the guests. The results show that highly stable photoluminescent hybrid materials with interesting potential applications as photoluminescent probes for diagnostics and imaging can be prepared by both methods. PMID:22706523

  6. Nanoscale structural features determined by AFM for single virus particles.

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    Chen, Shu-wen W; Odorico, Michael; Meillan, Matthieu; Vellutini, Luc; Teulon, Jean-Marie; Parot, Pierre; Bennetau, Bernard; Pellequer, Jean-Luc

    2013-11-21

    In this work, we propose "single-image analysis", as opposed to multi-image averaging, for extracting valuable information from AFM images of single bio-particles. This approach allows us to study molecular systems imaged by AFM under general circumstances without restrictions on their structural forms. As feature exhibition is a resolution correlation, we have performed AFM imaging on surfaces of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) to demonstrate variations of structural patterns with probing resolution. Two AFM images were acquired with the same tip at different probing resolutions in terms of pixel width, i.e., 1.95 and 0.49 nm per pixel. For assessment, we have constructed an in silico topograph based on the three-dimensional crystal structure of TMV as a reference. The prominent artifacts observed in the AFM-determined shape of TMV were attributed to tip convolutions. The width of TMV rod was systematically overestimated by ~10 nm at both probing resolutions of AFM. Nevertheless, the effects of tip convolution were less severe in vertical orientation so that the estimated height of TMV by AFM imaging was in close agreement with the in silico X-ray topograph. Using dedicated image processing algorithms, we found that at low resolution (i.e., 1.95 nm per pixel), the extracted surface features of TMV can be interpreted as a partial or full helical repeat (three complete turns with ~7.0 nm in length), while individual protein subunits (~2.5 nm) were perceivable only at high resolution. The present study shows that the scales of revealed structural features in AFM images are subject to both probing resolution and processing algorithms for image analysis. PMID:24056758

  7. Structural changes and self-activated photoluminescence in reductively annealed Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F

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    Green, Robert; Avdeev, Maxim; Vogt, Thomas

    2015-08-15

    White light emission of self-activated photoluminescence (PL) in Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F under 254 nm light is only observed after annealing in a reducing atmosphere of 5%H{sub 2}/95%Ar. High-resolution neutron powder diffraction reveals that the FSr{sub 6} octahedrons and AlO{sub 4} tetrahedrons in this anti-perovskite structure are closer packed in reduced than in air-annealed samples which show no PL. Careful analysis of temperature-dependent neutron powder diffraction data establishes smaller isotropic displacement parameters for Sr(1) and O in Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F annealed in a reducing atmosphere indicating that the denser packing of the polyhedral sub-units leads to a slightly deeper potential for the Sr(1) and O atoms. Both the air- and reductively-annealed samples have identical thermal expansion within the temperature range between 3 and 350 K. The Debye temperatures were calculated using the atomic displacement parameters and show no significant differences between the air and reductively annealed samples making the Debye temperature a bad proxy for self-activated PL. - Graphical abstract: Annealing Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F under reducing conditions results in an intense self-activated photoluminescence which is correlated with a denser packing of FSr{sub 6} and AlO{sub 4} polyhedra. - Highlights: • Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F made in air does not show self-activated photoluminescence. • Only when annealing Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F in a reducing gas is photoluminescence observed. • FSr{sub 6} and AlO{sub 4} polyhedra in reduced Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F structure are packed more efficient. • Smaller displacement parameters are found for under-bonded Sr(1) and O sites.

  8. Enhancement in photoluminescence from 1 eV GaInNAs epilayers subject to 7 MeV electron irradiation

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    Pavelescu, E.-M.; Kudrawiec, R.; Bălţăţeanu, N.; Spânulescu, S.; Dumitrescu, M.; Guina, M.

    2013-02-01

    We have investigated the influence of 7 MeV electron irradiation (1014-1015 cm-2 range) and subsequent rapid thermal annealing (RTA) on luminescence efficiency of nearly lattice-matched 1 eV GaInNAs-on-GaAs epilayers, grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The study has been done by means of 9 K photoluminescence (PL) and 300 K photoreflectance (PR) spectroscopy. Electron irradiation was found to directly promote a notable increase in PL intensity. A further PL enhancement, remarkable at the higher annealing temperature, has been seen upon two RTA stages (at 800 and 900 °C) applied to irradiated samples as compared to a non-irradiated sample. This irradiation-promoted PL enhancement upon annealing occurred with a small additional blue-shift of PL for the lower temperature-annealed samples but no additional shift in PL was noted for the higher temperature-annealed sample. The additional annealing-induced PL blue-shift was mainly due to an irradiation-promoted enhancement in In-N bonds formation, whose magnitude does not appear to depend on dose within the studied range.

  9. Charge Injection at the Heterointerface in Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cells Studied by Simultaneous Microscopic Photoluminescence and Photocurrent Imaging Spectroscopy.

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    Yamashita, Daiki; Handa, Taketo; Ihara, Toshiyuki; Tahara, Hirokazu; Shimazaki, Ai; Wakamiya, Atsushi; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2016-08-18

    Charge carrier dynamics in perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells were studied by means of microscopic photoluminescence (PL) and photocurrent (PC) imaging spectroscopy. The PL intensity, PL lifetime, and PC intensity varied spatially on the order of several tens of micrometers. Simultaneous PL and PC image measurements revealed a positive correlation between the PL intensity and PL lifetime, and a negative correlation between PL and PC intensities. These correlations were due to the competition between photocarrier injection from the CH3NH3PbI3 layer into the charge transport layer and photocarrier recombination within the CH3NH3PbI3 layer. Furthermore, we found that the decrease in the carrier injection efficiency under prolonged light illumination leads to a reduction in PC, resulting in light-induced degradation of solar cell devices. Our findings provide important insights for understanding carrier injection at the interface and light-induced degradation in perovskite solar cells. PMID:27482607

  10. Simple chemical aqueous synthesis of dahlia nanoflower consisting of finger-like ZnO nanorods and observation of stable ultraviolet photoluminescence emission

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    Chakraborty, S.; Tiwary, C. S.; Kumbhakar, P.

    2015-03-01

    In this work, we have reported the synthesis of dahlia flower-like ZnO nanostructures consisting of human finger-like nanorods by the hydrothermal method at 120 °C and without using any capping agent. Optical properties of the samples, including UV-vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) emission characteristics are determined by dispersing the samples in water as well as in ethanol media. The quenching of PL emission intensity along-with the red shifting of the PL emission peak are observed when the samples are dispersed in water in comparison to those obtained after dispersing the samples in ethanol. It has been found that PL emission characteristic, particularly the spectral nature of PL emission, of the samples remains almost unaltered (except some improvement in UV PL emission) even after thermally annealing it for 2 h at the temperature of 300 °C. Also the synthesized powder samples, kept in a plastic container, showed a very stable PL emission even after 15 months of synthesis. Therefore, the synthesized samples might be useful for their applications in future optoelectronics devices.

  11. Electronic states in Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te/CdTe strained layer coupled double quantum wells and their photoluminescence

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    Li, T.; Lozykowski, H.J.; Reno, J.

    1994-12-31

    Experimental and theoretical investigation of electronic states in a strained-layer CdTe/CdZnTe coupled double quantum well structure are presented. The optical properties of this lattice-mismatched heterostructure were characterized with photoluminescence (PL), PL excitation and polarization spectroscopies. Influence of electrical field on exciton states in the strained-layer CdTe/CdZnTe coupled double quantum well structure is experimentally studied. The confined electronic states were calculated in the framework of the envelope function approach, taking into account the strain effect induced by the lattice-mismatch. Experimental results are compared with the calculated transition energies.

  12. Photoluminescence spectra of {ital n}-doped double quantum wells in a parallel magnetic field

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    Huang, D.; Lyo, S.K.

    1999-03-01

    We show that the photoluminescence (PL) line shapes from tunnel-split ground sublevels of {ital n}-doped thin double quantum wells (DQW{close_quote}s) are sensitively modulated by an in-plane magnetic field B{sub {parallel}} at low temperatures (T). The modulation is caused by the B{sub {parallel}}-induced distortion of the electronic structure. The latter arises from the relative shift of the energy-dispersion parabolas of the two quantum wells (QW{close_quote}s) in {rvec k} space, both in the conduction and valence bands, and formation of an anticrossing gap in the conduction band. Using a self-consistent density-functional theory, the PL spectra and the band-gap narrowing are calculated as a function of B{sub {parallel}}, {ital T}, and the homogeneous linewidths. The PL spectra from symmetric and asymmetric DQW{close_quote}s are found to show strikingly different behavior. In symmetric DQW{close_quote}s with a high density of electrons, two PL peaks are obtained at B{sub {parallel}}=0, representing the interband transitions between the pair of the upper (i.e., antisymmetric) levels and that of the lower (i.e., symmetric) levels of the ground doublets. As B{sub {parallel}} increases, the upper PL peak develops an N-type kink, namely a maximum followed by a minimum, and merges with the lower peak, which rises monotonically as a function of B{sub {parallel}} due to the diamagnetic energy. When the electron density is low, however, only a single PL peak, arising from the transitions between the lower levels, is obtained. In asymmetric DQW{close_quote}s, the PL spectra show mainly one dominant peak at all B{sub {parallel}}{close_quote}s. In this case, the holes are localized in one of the QW{close_quote}s at low {ital T} and recombine only with the electrons in the same QW. At high electron densities, the upper PL peak shows an N-type kink like in symmetric DQW{close_quote}s. However, the lower peak is absent at low B{sub {parallel}}{close_quote}s because it arises

  13. Near-infrared photoluminescence and thermally stimulated current in Cu3Ga5Se9 layered crystals: A comparative study

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    Gasanly, N. M.

    2016-07-01

    Near-infrared photoluminescence (PL) and thermally stimulated current (TSC) spectra of Cu3Ga5Se9 layered crystals grown by Bridgman method have been studied in the photon energy region of 1.35-1.46 eV and the temperature range of 15-115 K (PL) and 10-170 K (TSC). An infrared PL band centered at 1.42 eV was revealed at T = 15 K. Radiative transitions from shallow donor level placed at 20 meV to moderately deep acceptor level at 310 meV were suggested to be the reason of the observed PL band. TSC curve of Cu3Ga5Se9 crystal exhibited one broad peak at nearly 88 K. The thermal activation energy of traps was found to be 22 meV. An energy level diagram demonstrating the transitions in the crystal band gap was plotted taking account of results of PL and TSC experiments conducted below room temperature.

  14. Photoluminescence study on heavily donor and acceptor impurity doped GaAs layers grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Islam, A. Z. M. Touhidul; Jung, D. W.; Noh, J. P.; Otsuka, N.

    2009-05-01

    Gallium arsenide layers doped with high concentrations of Be and Si by molecular-beam epitaxy are studied by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. PL peaks from doped layers are observed at energies significantly lower than the band-gap of GaAs. The growth and doping conditions suggest that the origin of these peaks is different from that of low energy PL peaks, which were observed in earlier studies and attributed to impurity-vacancy complexes. The dependence of the peak energy on the temperature and the annealing is found to differ from that of the peaks attributed to impurity-vacancy complexes. On the basis of these observations, it is suggested that the low energy peaks are attributed to short range ordered arrangements of impurity ions. This possibility is examined by calculations of the PL spectra with models of pairs of acceptor and donor delta-doped layers and PL experiments of a superlattice of pairs of Be and Si delta-doped layers.

  15. Magnetic field induced extraordinary photoluminescence enhancement in Er{sup 3+}:YVO{sub 4} single crystal

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    Zhang, Junpei; Wang, Xia; Tang, Chaoqun; Zhong, Zhiqiang; Ma, Zongwei; Wang, Shaoliang; Han, Yibo; Han, Jun-Bo Li, Liang

    2015-08-28

    A bright green photoluminescence (PL) from {sup 4}S{sub 3∕2} → {sup 4}I{sub 15∕2} emission band in Er{sup 3+}:YVO{sub 4} single crystal has been observed with the excitation of an argon laser at 488.0 nm. More than two orders of PL enhancement have been obtained under the effect of magnetic fields, and the enhancement factor f reaches 170 when the applied magnetic field is 7.7 T under the sample temperature of 4.2 K. Unusually, the PL enhancements only happen at some certain magnetic fields (B{sub c}s), and a decrease of sample temperature will lead to the increase of f and decrease of B{sub c}. The results confirm that this PL enhancement originates from the resonance excitation of the electron transitions induced by the cross of the laser energy and the absorption energy modulated by both the magnetic field and temperature. This special PL enhancement in Er{sup 3+}:YVO{sub 4} single crystal can be applied in the calibration of pulsed high magnetic field, detection of material fine energy structures, and modulation of magneto-optical devices.

  16. Photoluminescence emission at room temperature in zinc oxide nano-columns

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    Rocha, L.S.R.; Deus, R.C.; Foschini, C.R.; Simões, A.Z.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • ZnO nanoparticles were obtained by microwave-hydrothermal method. • X-ray diffraction reveals a hexagonal structure. • Photoluminescence emission evidenced two absorption peaks, at around 480 nm and 590 nm wavelengths. - Abstract: Hydrothermal microwave method (HTMW) was used to synthesize crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) nano-columns at the temperature of 120 °C with a soaking time of 8 min. ZnO nano-columns were characterized by using X-ray analyses (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analyses (TG-DTA), field emission gun and transmission electron microscopy (FEG-SEM and TEM) and photoluminescence properties (PL). XRD results indicated that the ZnO nano-columns are free of any impurity phase and crystallize in the hexagonal structure. Typical FT-IR spectra for ZnO nano-columns presented well defined bands, indicating a substantial short-range order in the system. PL spectra consist of a broad band at 590 nm and narrow band at 480 nm corresponding to a near-band edge emission related to the recombination of excitons and level emission related to structural defects. These results show that the HTMW synthesis route is rapid, cost effective, and could be used as an alternative to obtain ZnO nano-columns in the temperature of 120 °C for 8 min.

  17. Green synthesis of magnesium ion incorporated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and their mechanical, dielectric and photoluminescence properties

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    Arul, K. Thanigai; Kolanthai, Elayaraja; Manikandan, E.; Bhalerao, G.M.; Chandra, V. Sarath; Ramya, J. Ramana; Mudali, U. Kamachi; Nair, K.G.M.; Kalkura, S.Narayana

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Rapid technique to synthesize nanorods of magnesium ion incorporated hydroxyapatite. • Enhanced electrical and mechanical properties. • Improved photoluminescence and wettability on magnesium incorporation. • Increased in vitro bioactivity. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HAp-Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2,} 35 nm) and magnesium (Mg{sup 2+}) ion incorporated HAp were synthesized by microwave technique. XRD (X-ray diffraction), FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), FE-HRTEM (Field emission high resolution transmission electron microscopy), DLS (dynamic light scattering), EDXRF (energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry), microhardness, permittivity and alternating current (ac) conductivity, besides the PL (photoluminescence), wettability and in vitro bioactivity of the samples were analysed. EDXRF revealed the Mg{sup 2+} ion incorporation in HAp. The Mg{sup 2+} ion incorporation did not alter the phase but drastically reduced the crystallite size and particle size respectively by 48% and 32%. There was enhanced microhardness (24%) at low level (<13%) and decreased zeta potential of Mg{sup 2+} ion incorporation. The permittivity, ac conductivity, PL, wettability and in vitro bioactivity were enhanced on Mg{sup 2+} ion incorporation. These properties enable them to be a promising candidate for wound healing, bone replacement applications and also as a biosensor.

  18. Hydrothermal synthesis and characteristic photoluminescence of Er-doped SnO2 nanoparticles

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    Tuan, Pham Van; Hieu, Le Trung; Nga, La Quynh; Dung, Nguyen Duc; Ha, Ngo Ngoc; Khiem, Tran Ngoc

    2016-11-01

    We report the characteristic photoluminescence (PL) spectra of erbium ion (Er3+)-doped tin dioxide (SnO2)nanoparticles. The materials were prepared via hydrothermal method at 180 °C with in 20 h by using various Er3+ ion concentrations ranging from 0.0 to 1.0 at%. After the synthesis, the materials were characterized through X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Crystallite SnO2 and its average particle diameter of approximately 5 nm did not change with Er3+ ion dopant concentration. Photoluminescence spectra showed the characteristic light emission from the Er3+ ions. The PL excitation spectra referred to an efficient energy transfer to Er3+ ions in the presence of SnO2nanoparticles. The most intense Er-related emission of SnO2:Er3+ nanoparticles in near infrared region was found in samples containing an Er3+ ion concentration of 0.25 at%. Although the absorption bandgaps of the materials were identified at approximately 3.8 eV, we found that efficient excitation comes with low excitation energy band edge. Excitation is possibly involved in shallow defects in SnO2 nanoparticles.

  19. Synthesis, Photoluminescence and Bio-Targeting Applications of Blue Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Wang, Jigang; Zhou, Ji; Zhou, Wenhua; Shi, Jilong; Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Wang, Yongsheng; He, Dawei; Fu, Ming; Zhang, Yongna

    2016-04-01

    Chemical derived graphene oxide, an atomically thin sheet of graphite with two-dimensional construction, offers interesting physical, electronic, thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties that are currently being explored for advanced physics electronics, membranes, and composites. Herein, we study graphene quantum dots (GQD) with the blue photoluminescence under various parameters. The GQD samples were prepared at different temperatures, and the blue photoluminescence intensity of the solution improved radically as the heating temperatures increased. Concerning PL peak and intensity of the quantum dots, the results demonstrated dependence on time under heating, temperature of heating, and pH adjusted by the addition of sodium hydroxide. After hydrothermal synthesis routes, the functional groups of graphene oxide were altered the morphology showed the stacking configuration, and self-assembled structure of the graphene sheets with obvious wrinkles appeared at the edge structures. In addition, absorption, PL, and PLE spectra of the graphene quantum dots increase with different quantities of sodium hydroxide added. Finally, using GQD to target PNTIA cells was carried out successfully. High uptake efficiency and no cytotoxic effects indicate graphene quantum dots can be suitable for bio-targeting.

  20. Light trapping efficiency comparison of Si solar cell textures using spectral photoluminescence.

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    Barugkin, Chog; Allen, Thomas; Chong, Teck K; White, Thomas P; Weber, Klaus J; Catchpole, Kylie R

    2015-04-01

    The band-to-band absorption enhancement due to various types of light trapping structures is studied experimentally with photoluminescence (PL) on monocrystalline silicon wafers. Four basic light trapping structures are examined: reactive ion etched texture (RIE), metal-assisted etched texture (MET), random pyramid texture (RAN) and plasmonic Ag nanoparticles with a diffusive reflector (Ag/DR). We also compare two novel combined structures of front side RIE/rear side RAN and front side RIE/rear side Ag/DR. The use of photoluminescence allows us to measure the absorption due to band-to-band transitions only, and excludes parasitic absorption from free carriers and other sources. The measured absorptance spectra are used to calculate the maximum generation current for each structure, and the light trapping efficiency is compared to a recently-proposed figure of merit. The results show that by combining RIE with RAN and Ag/DR, we can fabricate two structures with excellent light trapping efficiencies of 55% and 52% respectively, which is well above previously reported values for similar wafer thicknesses. A comparison of the measured band-band absorption and the EQE of back-contact silicon solar cells demonstrates that PL extracted absorption provides a very good indication of long wavelength performance for high efficiency silicon solar cells. PMID:25968804

  1. Synthesis, Photoluminescence and Bio-Targeting Applications of Blue Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Wang, Jigang; Zhou, Ji; Zhou, Wenhua; Shi, Jilong; Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Wang, Yongsheng; He, Dawei; Fu, Ming; Zhang, Yongna

    2016-04-01

    Chemical derived graphene oxide, an atomically thin sheet of graphite with two-dimensional construction, offers interesting physical, electronic, thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties that are currently being explored for advanced physics electronics, membranes, and composites. Herein, we study graphene quantum dots (GQD) with the blue photoluminescence under various parameters. The GQD samples were prepared at different temperatures, and the blue photoluminescence intensity of the solution improved radically as the heating temperatures increased. Concerning PL peak and intensity of the quantum dots, the results demonstrated dependence on time under heating, temperature of heating, and pH adjusted by the addition of sodium hydroxide. After hydrothermal synthesis routes, the functional groups of graphene oxide were altered the morphology showed the stacking configuration, and self-assembled structure of the graphene sheets with obvious wrinkles appeared at the edge structures. In addition, absorption, PL, and PLE spectra of the graphene quantum dots increase with different quantities of sodium hydroxide added. Finally, using GQD to target PNTIA cells was carried out successfully. High uptake efficiency and no cytotoxic effects indicate graphene quantum dots can be suitable for bio-targeting. PMID:27451650

  2. Achieving highly-enhanced UV photoluminescence and its origin in ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Thapa, Dinesh; Huso, Jesse; Morrison, John L.; Corolewski, Caleb D.; McCluskey, Matthew D.; Bergman, Leah

    2016-08-01

    ZnO is an efficient luminescent material in the UV-range ∼3.4 eV with a wide range of applications in optical technologies. Sputtering is a cost-effective and relatively straightforward growth technique for ZnO films; however, most as-grown films are observed to contain intrinsic defects which can significantly diminish the desirable UV-emission. In this research the defect dynamics and optical properties of ZnO sputtered films were studied via post-growth annealing in Ar or O2 ambient, with X-ray diffraction (XRD), imaging, transmission and Urbach analysis, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence (PL). The imaging, XRD, Raman and Urbach analyses indicate significant improvement in crystal morphology and band-edge characteristics upon annealing, which is nearly independent of the annealing environment. The native defects specific to the as-grown films, which were analyzed via PL, are assigned to Zni related centers that luminesce at 2.8 eV. Their presence is attributed to the nature of the sputtering growth technique, which supports Zn-rich growth conditions. After annealing, in either environment the 2.8 eV center diminished accompanied by morphology improvement, and the desirable UV-PL significantly increased. The O2 ambient was found to introduce nominal Oi centers while the Ar ambient was found to be the ideal environment for the enhancement of the UV-light emission: an enhancement of ∼40 times was achieved. The increase in the UV-PL is attributed to the reduction of Zni-related defects, the presence of which in ZnO provides a competing route to the UV emission. Also, the effect of the annealing was to decrease the compressive stress in the films. Finally, the dominant UV-PL at the cold temperature regime is attributed to luminescent centers not associated with the usual excitons of ZnO, but rather to structural defects.

  3. Probing the Quenching of Quantum Dot Photoluminescence by Peptide-Labeled Ruthenium(II) Complexes.

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    Scott, Amy M; Algar, W Russ; Stewart, Michael H; Trammell, Scott A; Blanco-Canosa, Juan B; Dawson, Philip E; Deschamps, Jeffrey R; Goswami, Ramasis; Oh, Eunkeu; Huston, Alan L; Medintz, Igor L

    2014-05-01

    Charge transfer processes with semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have generated much interest for potential utility in energy conversion. Such configurations are generally nonbiological; however, recent studies have shown that a redox-active ruthenium(II)-phenanthroline complex (Ru(2+)-phen) is particularly efficient at quenching the photoluminescence (PL) of QDs, and this mechanism demonstrates good potential for application as a generalized biosensing detection modality since it is aqueous compatible. Multiple possibilities for charge transfer and/or energy transfer mechanisms exist within this type of assembly, and there is currently a limited understanding of the underlying photophysical processes in such biocomposite systems where nanomaterials are directly interfaced with biomolecules such as proteins. Here, we utilize redox reactions, steady-state absorption, PL spectroscopy, time-resolved PL spectroscopy, and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (FSTA) to investigate PL quenching in biological assemblies of CdSe/ZnS QDs formed with peptide-linked Ru(2+)-phen. The results reveal that QD quenching requires the Ru(2+) oxidation state and is not consistent with Förster resonance energy transfer, strongly supporting a charge transfer mechanism. Further, two colors of CdSe/ZnS core/shell QDs with similar macroscopic optical properties were found to have very different rates of charge transfer quenching, by Ru(2+)-phen with the key difference between them appearing to be the thickness of their ZnS outer shell. The effect of shell thickness was found to be larger than the effect of increasing distance between the QD and Ru(2+)-phen when using peptides of increasing persistence length. FSTA and time-resolved upconversion PL results further show that exciton quenching is a rather slow process consistent with other QD conjugate materials that undergo hole transfer. An improved understanding of the QD-Ru(2+)-phen system can allow for the design of more

  4. Probing the Quenching of Quantum Dot Photoluminescence by Peptide-Labeled Ruthenium(II) Complexes

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    2015-01-01

    Charge transfer processes with semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have generated much interest for potential utility in energy conversion. Such configurations are generally nonbiological; however, recent studies have shown that a redox-active ruthenium(II)–phenanthroline complex (Ru2+-phen) is particularly efficient at quenching the photoluminescence (PL) of QDs, and this mechanism demonstrates good potential for application as a generalized biosensing detection modality since it is aqueous compatible. Multiple possibilities for charge transfer and/or energy transfer mechanisms exist within this type of assembly, and there is currently a limited understanding of the underlying photophysical processes in such biocomposite systems where nanomaterials are directly interfaced with biomolecules such as proteins. Here, we utilize redox reactions, steady-state absorption, PL spectroscopy, time-resolved PL spectroscopy, and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (FSTA) to investigate PL quenching in biological assemblies of CdSe/ZnS QDs formed with peptide-linked Ru2+-phen. The results reveal that QD quenching requires the Ru2+ oxidation state and is not consistent with Förster resonance energy transfer, strongly supporting a charge transfer mechanism. Further, two colors of CdSe/ZnS core/shell QDs with similar macroscopic optical properties were found to have very different rates of charge transfer quenching, by Ru2+-phen with the key difference between them appearing to be the thickness of their ZnS outer shell. The effect of shell thickness was found to be larger than the effect of increasing distance between the QD and Ru2+-phen when using peptides of increasing persistence length. FSTA and time-resolved upconversion PL results further show that exciton quenching is a rather slow process consistent with other QD conjugate materials that undergo hole transfer. An improved understanding of the QD–Ru2+-phen system can allow for the design of more sophisticated

  5. Effects of thermal annealing on photoluminescence of Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films

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    Chen, Yin-Yu; Chao, Der-Sheng; Tsai, Hsu-Sheng; Liang, Jenq-Horng

    2016-04-01

    The mechanisms of photoluminescence (PL) originating from Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 are still unclear and need to be clarified. Thus, the purpose of this study is to thoroughly investigate the effects of ion implantation and post-annealing temperature on microstructures and PL characteristics of the Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films. A comparative analysis was also conducted to clarify the different optical properties between the Si+ and Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films. In this study, thermally-grown SiO2 films on Si substrates were used as the matrix materials. The Si+ ions and C+ ions were separately implanted into the SiO2 films at room temperature. After ion implantation, the post-annealing treatments were carried out using the furnace annealing (FA) method at various temperatures (600-1100 °C) for 1 h in a N2 ambient. The PL characteristics of the implanted SiO2 films were analyzed using a fluorescence spectrophotometer. The results revealed that the distinct PL peaks were observed at approximately 310, 450 and 650 nm in the Si+-implanted SiO2 films, which can be attributed to the defects, the so-called oxygen deficiency centers (ODCs) and non-bridging oxygen hole centers (NBOHCs), in the materials. In contrast to the Si+ ion implantation, the SiO2 films which were sequentially implanted with Si+ and C+ ions and annealed at 1100 °C can emit white light corresponding to the PL peaks located at around 420, 520 and 720 nm, those can be assigned to the Si-C bonding, C-C graphite-like structure (sp2), and Si nanocrystals, respectively. Moreover, a correlation between the optical properties, microstructures, and bonding configurations of the Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films was also established in this study.

  6. Synthesis, photoluminescence and magnetic properties of barium vanadate nanoflowers

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    Xu, Jing; Hu, Chenguo; Xi, Yi; Peng, Chen; Wan, Buyong; He, Xiaoshan

    2011-06-15

    Graphical abstract: The flower-shaped barium vanadate was obtained for the first time. The photoluminescence and magnetic properties of the barium vanadate nanoflowers were investigated at room temperature. Research highlights: {yields} In the paper, the flower-shaped barium vanadate were obtained for the first time. The CHM method used here is new and simple for preparation of barium vanadate. {yields} The photoluminescence and magnetic properties of the barium vanadate nanoflowers were investigated at room temperature. The strong bluish-green emission was observed. {yields} The ferromagnetic behavior of the barium vanadate nanoflowers was found with saturation magnetization of about 83.50 x 10{sup -3} emu/g, coercivity of 18.89 Oe and remnant magnetization of 4.63 x 10{sup -3} emu/g. {yields} The mechanisms of PL and magnetic property of barium vanadate nanoflowers have been discussed. -- Abstract: The flower-shaped barium vanadate has been obtained by the composite hydroxide mediated (CHM) method from V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and BaCl{sub 2} at 200 {sup o}C for 13 h. XRD and XPS spectrum of the as-synthesized sample indicate it is hexagonal Ba{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 8} with small amount of Ba{sub 3}VO{sub 4.8} coexistence. Scan electron microscope and transmission electron microscope display that the flower-shaped crystals are composed of nanosheets with thickness of {approx}20 nm. The UV-visible spectrum shows that the barium vanadate sample has two optical gaps (3.85 eV and 3.12 eV). Photoluminescence spectrum of the barium vanadate flowers exhibits a visible light emission centered at 492 and 525 nm which might be attributed to VO{sub 4} tetrahedron with T{sub d} symmetry in Ba{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 8}. The ferromagnetic behavior of the barium vanadate nanoflowers has been found with saturation magnetization of about 83.50 x 10{sup -3} emu/g, coercivity of 18.89 Oe and remnant magnetization of 4.63 x 10{sup -3} emu/g, which is mainly due to the presence of a non

  7. Spatially-Resolved Studies of Grain-Boundary Effects in Polycrystalline Solar Cells Using Micro-Photoluminescence and Near-Field Microscopy

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    Smith, S.; Dhere, R.; Gessert, T.; Stradins, P.; Mascarenhas, A.

    2005-01-01

    Photoluminescence and photocurrent spectroscopies combined with diffraction-limited and sub- diffraction-limited spatial resolution are achieved via micro-photoluminescence (m-PL) and near-field microscopy (NSOM). These methods are used to examine the photo-response of individual grain boundaries in thin-film, polycrystalline solar cells at room and cryogenic temperatures. A systematic m-PL study of the effect of CdCl2-treatment on recombination in CdTe/CdS solar cell structures of varying thickness directly reveals the grain-boundary and surface passivation action of this important post-growth processing step. We achieve 50nm (l/10) spatial resolution in near-field Optical Beam Induced Current imaging (n-OBIC) of polycrystalline silicon solar cells using NSOM, at varying stages of silicon nitride grain-boundary passivation, and measure lateral variations in photo-response of CdTe/CdS solar cells with subwavelength spatial resolution.

  8. Conjugated polymer network films of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) with hole-transporting carbazole pendants: dual photoluminescence and electrochromic behavior.

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    Ponnapati, Ramakrishna; Felipe, Mary Jane; Muthalagu, Vetrichelvan; Puno, Katherine; Wolff, Birte; Advincula, Rigoberto

    2012-03-01

    A series of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) copolymers functionalized with hole-transport and electrochemically active carbazole units as pendant moieties is reported. These polymers exhibit photoluminescence properties by virtue of the PPV analogous backbone. They were also designed as precursor polymer bearing the electroactive carbazole group to form conjugated polymer network (CPN) films by electrodeposition. The electrochemical polymerization of the pendant units eventually lead to a dual property electro-optically active thin film - photoluminescence (PL) behavior that can be attenuated with CPN formation, and a reversible doping and dedoping processes at controlled potentials that lead to an electrochromic behavior. This reveals the ability to incorporate complementary optical and electro-optical properties within the same film using the CPN approach. It should be possible to design and synthesize other PPV π-conjugated polymers with efficient pendant hole-transport groups exhibiting tunable PL and electrochromism with cross-linking. PMID:22329863

  9. Conjugated polymer network films of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) with hole-transporting carbazole pendants: dual photoluminescence and electrochromic behavior.

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    Ponnapati, Ramakrishna; Felipe, Mary Jane; Muthalagu, Vetrichelvan; Puno, Katherine; Wolff, Birte; Advincula, Rigoberto

    2012-03-01

    A series of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) copolymers functionalized with hole-transport and electrochemically active carbazole units as pendant moieties is reported. These polymers exhibit photoluminescence properties by virtue of the PPV analogous backbone. They were also designed as precursor polymer bearing the electroactive carbazole group to form conjugated polymer network (CPN) films by electrodeposition. The electrochemical polymerization of the pendant units eventually lead to a dual property electro-optically active thin film - photoluminescence (PL) behavior that can be attenuated with CPN formation, and a reversible doping and dedoping processes at controlled potentials that lead to an electrochromic behavior. This reveals the ability to incorporate complementary optical and electro-optical properties within the same film using the CPN approach. It should be possible to design and synthesize other PPV π-conjugated polymers with efficient pendant hole-transport groups exhibiting tunable PL and electrochromism with cross-linking.

  10. AFM investigation of Martian soil simulants on micromachined Si substrates.

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    Vijendran, S; Sykulska, H; Pike, W T

    2007-09-01

    The micro and nanostructures of Martian soil simulants with particles in the micrometre-size range have been studied using a combination of optical and atomic force microscopy (AFM) in preparation for the 2007 NASA Phoenix Mars Lander mission. The operation of an atomic force microscope on samples of micrometre-sized soil particles is a poorly investigated area where the unwanted interaction between the scanning tip and loose particles results in poor image quality and tip contamination by the sample. In order to mitigate these effects, etched silicon substrates with a variety of features have been used to facilitate the sorting and gripping of particles. From these experiments, a number of patterns were identified that were particularly good at isolating and immobilizing particles for AFM imaging. This data was used to guide the design of micromachined substrates for the Phoenix AFM. Both individual particles as well as aggregates were successfully imaged, and information on sizes, shapes and surface morphologies were obtained. This study highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of AFM for the potential in situ investigation of Martian soil and dust. Also presented are more general findings of the limiting operational constraints that exist when attempting the AFM of high aspect ratio particles with current technology. The performance of the final designs of the substrates incorporated on Phoenix will be described in a later paper. PMID:17760618

  11. Tunable photoluminescence from nc-Si/a-SiNx:H quantum dot thin films prepared by ICP-CVD.

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    Sain, Basudeb; Das, Debajyoti

    2013-03-21

    Intense visible photoluminescence (PL) tunable within 1.66-2.47 eV, under UV 325 nm excitation, was obtained from nanocrystalline silicon quantum dots (∼5.72-1.67 nm in diameter) embedded in amorphous silicon-nitride matrix (nc-Si/a-SiN(x):H) prepared in RF-ICPCVD (13.56 MHz) at substrate temperatures between 400 to 150 °C. The dominant component of PL, having a narrow band width of ∼0.16-0.45 eV, originates from quasi-direct band-to-band recombination due to quantum confinement effect (QCE) in the nanocrystalline silicon quantum dots (nc-Si QDs) of appropriate size; however, the contribution of defects arose at lower substrate temperatures leading to asymmetric broadening. Intense atomic hydrogen flux in high-density inductively coupled plasmas (ICPs) provides a very high surface coverage, passivates well the nonradiative dangling bonds, and thereby favors the PL intensity. The average size of nc-Si QDs measured by HR-TEM appears consistent with similar estimates from Raman studies. The red shift of the Raman line and corresponding line broadening originates from the confinement of optical phonons within nc-Si QDs. Photoluminescence emerging from nc-Si/a-SiN(x):H quantum dots obtained from the low temperature and single-step plasma processing holds great promise for the fabrication of light-emitting devices and flexible flat panel displays. PMID:23407687

  12. Time-Resolved Photoluminescence and Photovoltaics

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    Metzger, W. K.; Ahrenkiel, R. K.; Dippo, P.; Geisz, J.; Wanlass, M. W.; Kurtz, S.

    2005-01-01

    The time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) technique and its ability to characterize recombination in bulk photovoltaic semiconductor materials are reviewed. Results from a variety of materials and a few recent studies are summarized and compared.

  13. Photoluminescence and Raman behaviors of ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies

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    Chen, S. J.; Liu, Y. C.; Lu, Y. M.; Zhang, J. Y.; Shen, D. Z.; Fan, X. W.

    2006-03-01

    The morphology, structure and photoluminescence properties of ZnO nanostructures synthesized from different zinc precursors by a vapor transport process were investigated. The zinc precursors involved pure zinc powder, zinc powder mixed with graphite and zinc powder mixed with carbon nanotubes. The products were characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM, Raman and PL techniques. The results indicated that the zinc precursors have a strong effect on the morphology and structural properties of the ZnO nanostructures. For the pure zinc, zinc mixed with graphite and zinc mixed with carbon nanotube, uniform tetrapod-, chrysanthemum- and needle-like morphologies are obtained, respectively. Photoluminescence measurements show that all the products have a strong near-band-edge UV emission accompanied by weak visible emissions. The relatively stronger green-light emission from the tetrapods implies that more defects exist in the tetrapods. A peak at 445 nm is found in the spectrum of the tetrapod-like nanostructures, which may be caused by oxygen-depletion interface traps. Furthermore, products synthesized at 600 °C demonstrate better photoluminescence properties than those synthesized at 450 °C.

  14. Photoluminescent properties of SPAN-80 coated intrinsic and extrinsic ZnO nanostructures

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    Kavita; Kumar, Dinesh; Singh, Karamjit; Kumar, Sunil; Bhatti, H. S.

    2016-05-01

    Semiconductor nanostructures catch the attention due to morphology tunable properties. SPAN-80-Capped intrinsic and extrinsic ZnO nanostructures have been synthesized by the simple wet-chemical synthesis route. Structural behavior (morphology and crystallography) and photoluminescence performance of synthesized nanomaterials have been explored as a function of variable SPAN-80 concentration (0.05-0.125%). Crystallographic studies reveal that the prepared products possess wurtzite structure. Electron microscopy infers that the quantum dots are bunched together to form multifaceted morphology for 0.05% SPAN-80 concentration, whereas rectangular shape has been observed for extreme capping concentration. Photoluminescence properties have affected drastically with the introduction of SPAN-80 during the precipitation reaction. Photoluminescent properties of the synthesized nanostructures are strongly dependent on SPAN-80 concentration. Augmentation of capping concentration from 0.05% to 0.075% diminishes the luminescence quantum yield due to increased surface passivation whereas further addition of capping agent beyond the optimum capping concentration (0.075%) enhances the PL intensity due to increased energy transfer from capping shell to the nanostructure core.

  15. Photoluminescence and electronic transitions in cubic silicon nitride

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    Museur, Luc; Zerr, Andreas; Kanaev, Andrei

    2016-01-01

    A spectroscopic study of cubic silicon nitride (γ-Si3N4) at cryogenic temperatures of 8 K in the near IR - VUV range of spectra with synchrotron radiation excitation provided the first experimental evidence of direct electronic transitions in this material. The observed photoluminescence (PL) bands were assigned to excitons and excited and centers formed after the electron capture by neutral structural defects. The excitons are weakly quenched on neutral and strongly on charged defects. The fundamental band-gap energy of 5.05 ± 0.05 eV and strong free exciton binding energy ~0.65 eV were determined. The latter value suggests a high efficiency of the electric power transformation in light in defect-free crystals. Combined with a very high hardness and exceptional thermal stability in air, our results indicate that γ-Si3N4 has a potential for fabrication of robust and efficient photonic emitters. PMID:26725937

  16. Examination of dentin surface using AFM (our experience).

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    Zapletalová, Zdenka; Kubínek, Roman; Vůjtek, Milan; Novotný, Radko

    2004-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) as one the technique of Scanning Probe Microscopy is useful for imaging of surface structure. This method can yield three-dimensional high-resolution topographic images of sample surfaces by using a scanning technique for conductors and insulators on atomic scale. It is based upon mapping of atomic-forces on a surface of an investigated sample. The method is useful not only in physics and chemistry; it can be also applied in biological fields. Special construction of AFM scanner enables to follow biological samples in liquid environments. Artifacts caused by dehydration of samples are removed this way. Dentin of human teeth is a vital hydrated tissue. It is strongly sensitive to dehydration and drying that are commonly used in preparation of samples in examinations by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). We describe our experience in examination of dentin surfaces of extracted human third molars using contact method of AFM under moist conditions.

  17. Optimization of phase contrast in bimodal amplitude modulation AFM.

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    Damircheli, Mehrnoosh; Payam, Amir F; Garcia, Ricardo

    2015-01-01

    Bimodal force microscopy has expanded the capabilities of atomic force microscopy (AFM) by providing high spatial resolution images, compositional contrast and quantitative mapping of material properties without compromising the data acquisition speed. In the first bimodal AFM configuration, an amplitude feedback loop keeps constant the amplitude of the first mode while the observables of the second mode have not feedback restrictions (bimodal AM). Here we study the conditions to enhance the compositional contrast in bimodal AM while imaging heterogeneous materials. The contrast has a maximum by decreasing the amplitude of the second mode. We demonstrate that the roles of the excited modes are asymmetric. The operational range of bimodal AM is maximized when the second mode is free to follow changes in the force. We also study the contrast in trimodal AFM by analyzing the kinetic energy ratios. The phase contrast improves by decreasing the energy of second mode relative to those of the first and third modes.

  18. AFM of biological complexes: what can we learn?

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    Gaczynska, Maria; Osmulski, Pawel A.

    2009-01-01

    The term “biological complexes” broadly encompasses particles as diverse as multisubunit enzymes, viral capsids, transport cages, molecular nets, ribosomes, nucleosomes, biological membrane components and amyloids. The complexes represent a broad range of stability and composition. Atomic force microscopy offers a wealth of structural and functional data about such assemblies. For this review, we choose to comment on the significance of AFM to study various aspects of biology of selected nonmembrane protein assemblies. Such particles are large enough to reveal many structural details under the AFM probe. Importantly, the specific advantages of the method allow for gathering dynamic information about their formation, stability or allosteric structural changes critical for their function. Some of them have already found their way to nanomedical or nanotechnological applications. Here we present examples of studies where the AFM provided pioneering information about the biology of complexes, and examples of studies where the simplicity of the method is used toward the development of potential diagnostic applications. PMID:19802337

  19. Liquid contact resonance AFM: analytical models, experiments, and limitations

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    Parlak, Zehra; Tu, Qing; Zauscher, Stefan

    2014-11-01

    Contact resonance AFM (CR-AFM) is a scanning probe microscopy technique that utilizes the contact resonances of the AFM cantilever for concurrent imaging of topography and surface stiffness. The technique has not been used in liquid until recently due to analytical and experimental difficulties, associated with viscous damping of cantilever vibrations and fluid loading effects. To address these difficulties, (i) an analytical approach for contact resonances in liquid is developed, and (ii) direct excitation of the contact resonances is demonstrated by actuating the cantilever directly in a magnetic field. By implementing the analytical approach and the direct actuation through magnetic particles, quantitative stiffness imaging on surfaces with a wide range of stiffness can be achieved in liquid with soft cantilevers and low contact forces.

  20. Optimization of phase contrast in bimodal amplitude modulation AFM

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    Damircheli, Mehrnoosh; Payam, Amir F

    2015-01-01

    Summary Bimodal force microscopy has expanded the capabilities of atomic force microscopy (AFM) by providing high spatial resolution images, compositional contrast and quantitative mapping of material properties without compromising the data acquisition speed. In the first bimodal AFM configuration, an amplitude feedback loop keeps constant the amplitude of the first mode while the observables of the second mode have not feedback restrictions (bimodal AM). Here we study the conditions to enhance the compositional contrast in bimodal AM while imaging heterogeneous materials. The contrast has a maximum by decreasing the amplitude of the second mode. We demonstrate that the roles of the excited modes are asymmetric. The operational range of bimodal AM is maximized when the second mode is free to follow changes in the force. We also study the contrast in trimodal AFM by analyzing the kinetic energy ratios. The phase contrast improves by decreasing the energy of second mode relative to those of the first and third modes. PMID:26114079

  1. Mounting of Escherichia coli spheroplasts for AFM imaging.

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    Sullivan, Claretta J; Morrell-Falvey, Jennifer L; Allison, David P; Doktycz, Mitchel John

    2005-11-01

    The cytoplasmic membrane of Escherichia coli (E. coli) is the location of numerous, chemically specific transporters and recognition elements. Investigation of this membrane in vivo by atomic force microscopy (AFM) requires removal of the cell wall and stable immobilization of the spheroplast. AFM images demonstrate that spheroplasts can be secured with warm gelatin applied to the mica substrate just before the addition of a spheroplast suspension. The resulting preparation can be repeatedly imaged by AFM over the course of several hours. Confocal fluorescence imaging confirms the association of the spheroplasts with the gelatin layer. Gelatin molecules are known to reorder into a network after heating. Entrapment within this gelatin network is believed to be responsible for the immobilization of spheroplasts on mica.

  2. Syndrome in question: antisynthetase syndrome (anti-PL-7)*

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    Esposito, Ana Cláudia Cavalcante; Gige, Tatiana Cristina; Miot, Hélio Amante

    2016-01-01

    Antisynthetase syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease characterized by interstitial lung disease and/or inflammatory myositis, with positive antisynthetase antibodies (anti-Jo-1, anti-PL-7, anti-PL-12, ZO, OJ, anti-KE or KS). Other symptoms described include: non-erosive arthritis, fever, Raynaud's phenomenon, and "mechanic's hands." The first therapeutic option is corticotherapy, followed by other immunosuppressants. The prognosis of the disease is quite limited when compared to other inflammatory myopathies with negative antisynthetase antibodies.

  3. The down-conversion and up-conversion photoluminescence properties of Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Pr{sup 3+} ceramics

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    Huang, Yinpeng; Luo, Laihui Wang, Jia; Zuo, Qianghui; Yao, Yongjie; Li, Weiping

    2015-07-28

    Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5−x−y}Yb{sub x}Pr{sub y}TiO{sub 3} (NBT:xYb/yPr) ceramics with different Yb and Pr contents are prepared. Both the down-conversion (DC) and up-conversion (UC) photoluminescence (PL) of the ceramics via 453 and 980 nm excitation, respectively, are investigated. The effect of Yb{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} doping contents on the DC and UC PL is significantly different from each other. Furthermore, the UC PL of the ceramics as a function of temperatures is measured to investigate the UC process in detail. Based on energy level diagram of Pr{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} ions and the DC and UC PL spectra, the DC and UC PL mechanisms of Pr{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} ions are discussed. Especially, the UC PL mechanism is clarified, which is different from the previously reported literature. Also, the temperature sensing properties of the ceramics are studied based on the photoluminescence ratio technique, using the thermal coupling energy levels of Pr{sup 3+}.

  4. CD-AFM reference metrology at NIST and SEMATECH

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    Dixson, Ronald; Fu, Joseph; Orji, Ndubuisi; Guthrie, William; Allen, Richard; Cresswell, Michael

    2005-05-01

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and SEMATECH have been working together to improve the traceability of critical dimension atomic force microscope (CD-AFM) dimensional metrology in semiconductor manufacturing. A major component of this collaboration has been the implementation of a Reference Measurement System (RMS) at SEMATECH using a current generation CD-AFM. An earlier tool, originally used at SEMATECH, has now been installed at NIST. Uncertainty budgets were developed for pitch, height, and CD measurements using both tools. At present, the standard uncertainties are approximately 0.2 % for pitch measurements and 0.4% for step height measurements. Prior to the current work, CD AFM linewidth measurements were limited to a standard uncertainty of about 5 nm. However, this limit can now be significantly reduced. This reduction results from the completion of the NIST/SEMATECH collaboration on the development of single crystal critical dimension reference materials (SCDDRM). A new generation of these reference materials was released to SEMATECH Member Companies during late 2004. The SEMATECH RMS was used to measure the linewidths of selected features on the distributed specimens. To reduce the uncertainty in tip width calibration, a separate transfer experiment was performed in which samples were measured by CD-AFM and then sent for high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). In this manner, CD-AFM could be used to transfer the HRTEM width information to the distributed samples. Consequently, we are now able to reduce the limit on the standard uncertainty (k = 1) of CD-AFM width measurements to 1 nm.

  5. Detailed photoluminescence studies of thin film Cu{sub 2}S for determination of quasi-Fermi level splitting and defect levels

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    Sträter, H. Brüggemann, R.; Bauer, G. H.; Siol, S.; Klein, A.; Jaegermann, W.

    2013-12-21

    We have studied chalcocite (Cu{sub 2}S) layers prepared by physical vapor deposition with varying deposition parameters by calibrated spectral photoluminescence (PL) and by confocal PL with lateral resolution of Δ x≈0.9 μm. Calibrated PL experiments as a function of temperature T and excitation fluxes were performed to obtain the absolute PL-yield and to calculate the splitting of the quasi-Fermi levels (QFLs) μ=E{sub f,n}−E{sub f,p} at an excitation flux equivalent to the AM 1.5 spectrum and the absorption coefficient α(ℏω), both in the temperature range of 20 K≤T≤400 K. The PL-spectra reveal two peaks at E{sub #1}=1.17 eV and E{sub #2}=1.3 eV. The samples show a QFL-splitting of μ>700 meV associated with a pseudo band gap of E{sub g}=1.25 eV. The high-energy peak shows an unexpected temperature behavior, namely, an increase of PL-yield with rising temperature at variance with the behavior of QFL-splitting that decreases with rising T. Our observations indicate that, contrary to common believe, it is not the PL-yield, but rather the QFL-splitting that is the comprehensive indicator of the quality of the excited state in an illuminated semiconductor. A further examination of the lateral variation of opto-electronic properties by confocal PL and the surface contour shows no detectable correlation between Cu{sub 2}S grains/grain boundaries and the PL-yield or QFL-splitting.

  6. In situ temperature measurements of reaction spaces under microwave irradiation using photoluminescent probes.

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    Ano, Taishi; Kishimoto, Fuminao; Sasaki, Ryo; Tsubaki, Shuntaro; Maitani, Masato M; Suzuki, Eiichi; Wada, Yuji

    2016-05-11

    We demonstrate two novel methods for the measurement of the temperatures of reaction spaces locally heated by microwaves, which have been applied here to two example systems, i.e., BaTiO3 particles covered with a SiO2 shell (BaTiO3-SiO2) and layered tungstate particles. Photoluminescent (PL) probes showing the temperature-sensitivity in their PL lifetimes are located in the nanospaces of the above systems. In the case of BaTiO3-SiO2 core-shell particles, rhodamine B is loaded into the mesopores of the SiO2 shell covering the BaTiO3 core, which generates the heat through the dielectric loss of microwaves. The inner nanospace temperature of the SiO2 shell is determined to be 28 °C higher than the bulk temperature under microwave irradiation at 24 W. On the other hand, Eu(3+) is immobilized in the interlayer space of layered tungstate as the PL probe, showing that the nanospace temperature of the interlayer is only 4 °C higher than the bulk temperature. This method for temperature-measurement is powerful for controlling microwave heating and elucidates the ambiguous mechanisms of microwave special effects often observed in chemical reactions, contributing greatly to the practical application of microwaves in chemistry and materials sciences. PMID:27136754

  7. Photoluminescence of Cu-related states in CdTe and CdS

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    Price, K. J.

    2000-10-01

    We present results of Cu-related photoluminescence (PL) in CdTe and CdS single crystals, and CdS/CdTe polycrystalline devices, doped by diffusion of thermally evaporated Cu. In crystalline CdTe:Cu our results are consistent with some Cu atoms occupying substitutional positions on the Cd sublattice and with others forming pairs involving an interstitial Cu and a Cd vacancy. In addition, we find that Cu-related states in CdTe:Cu samples exhibit a reversible "aging" behavior. In crystalline CdS:Cu, the main effect of Cu diffusion is a quenching of the PL intensity. We also show evidence of an exciton bound to a Cu-related site that is stable under short-term light illumination. In addition, a donor-acceptor pair transition may be observed in CdS:Cu using excitation energies below the transition emission energy. We find that PL from polycrystalline CdS/CdTe solar cells with Cu back contacts is qualitatively similar to that in crystalline CdTe:Cu and CdS:Cu. We relate the results to stability behavior of CdS/CdTe solar cells with Cu contacts. This work is supported by NREL.

  8. Modified Photoluminescence by Silicon-Based One-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Microcavities

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    Chen, San; Qian, Bo; Wei, Jun-Wei; Chen, Kun-Ji; Xu, Jun; Li, Wei; Huang, Xin-Fan

    2005-01-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) from one-dimensional photonic band structures is investigated. The doped photonic crystal with microcavities are fabricated by using alternating hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNx:H/a-SiNy:H) layers in a plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) chamber. It is observed that microcavities strongly modify the PL spectra from active hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNz:H) thin film. By comparison, the wide emission band width 208 nm is strongly narrowed to 11 nm, and the resonant enhancement of the peak PL intensity is about two orders of magnitude with respect to the emission of the λ/2-thick layer of a-SiNz:H. A linewidth of Δλ = 11 nm and a quality factor of Q = 69 are achieved in our one-dimensional a-SiNz photonic crystal microcavities. Measurements of transmittance spectra of the as-grown samples show that the transmittance resonant peak of a cavity mode at 710 nm is introduced into the band gap of one-dimensional photonic crystal distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), which further verifies the microcavity effects.

  9. pH- and Temperature-Sensitive Hydrogel Nanoparticles with Dual Photoluminescence for Bioprobes.

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    Zhao, Yue; Shi, Ce; Yang, Xudong; Shen, Bowen; Sun, Yuanqing; Chen, Yang; Xu, Xiaowei; Sun, Hongchen; Yu, Kui; Yang, Bai; Lin, Quan

    2016-06-28

    This study demonstrates high contrast and sensitivity by designing a dual-emissive hydrogel particle system, whose two emissions respond to pH and temperature strongly and independently. It describes the photoluminescence (PL) response of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM)-based core/shell hydrogel nanoparticles with dual emission, which is obtained by emulsion polymerization with potassium persulfate, consisting of the thermo- and pH-responsive copolymers of PNIPAM and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). A red-emission rare-earth complex and a blue-emission quaternary ammonium tetraphenylethylene derivative (d-TPE) with similar excitation wavelengths are inserted into the core and shell of the hydrogel nanoparticles, respectively. The PL intensities of the nanoparticles exhibit a linear temperature response in the range from 10 to 80 °C with a change as large as a factor of 5. In addition, the blue emission from the shell exhibits a linear pH response between pH 6.5 and 7.6 with a resolution of 0.1 unit, while the red emission from the core is pH-independent. These stimuli-responsive PL nanoparticles have potential applications in biology and chemistry, including bio- and chemosensors, biological imaging, cancer diagnosis, and externally activated release of anticancer drugs. PMID:27232534

  10. Low temperature growth and dimension- dependent photoluminescence efficiency of semiconductor nanowires

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    Hsu, Y.-J.; Lu, S.-Y.

    2005-08-01

    Low temperature growth and dimension dependent photoluminescence (PL) efficiency of semiconductor nanowires were investigated with CdS as a model system. The CdS nanowires were prepared with a simple, low temperature metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) process via the vapor liquid solid (VLS) mechanism. The low growth temperature of 360 °C was made possible with a newly developed single-source precursor of CdS and by using sputtered Au as the catalyst for the VLS growth. The length and diameter of the nanowires were adjusted by reaction time and sputtering conditions of Au, respectively. Nanowires of up to several μm in length and 20 to 200 nm in diameter were obtained. The PL quantum yield of the nanowires was found to decrease with increasing wire length, but to increase with decreasing wire diameter. This dimension-dependent PL efficiency of one-dimensional nanostructure, unlikely resulting from the quantum size confinement effect, appears to be a new observation that carries application significance.

  11. Enhanced photoluminescence in air-suspended carbon nanotubes by oxygen doping

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    Chen, Jihan; Dhall, Rohan; Hou, Bingya; Yang, Sisi; Wang, Bo; Kang, Daejing; Cronin, Stephen B.

    2016-10-01

    We report photoluminescence (PL) imaging and spectroscopy of air-suspended carbon nanotubes (CNTs) before and after exposure to a brief (20 s) UV/ozone treatment. These spectra show enhanced PL intensities in 10 out of 11 nanotubes that were measured, by as much as 5-fold. This enhancement in the luminescence efficiency is caused by oxygen defects which trap excitons. We also observe an average 3-fold increase in the D-band Raman intensity further indicating the creation of defects. Previous demonstrations of oxygen doping have been carried out on surfactant-coated carbon nanotubes dissolved in solution, thus requiring substantial longer ozone/UV exposure times (˜15 h). Here, the ozone treatment is more efficient because of the surface exposure of the air-suspended CNTs. In addition to enhanced PL intensities, we observe narrowing of the emission linewidth by 3-10 nm. This ability to control and engineer defects in CNTs is important for realizing several optoelectronic applications such as light-emitting diodes and single photon sources.

  12. Two color DNA barcode detection in photoluminescence suppressed silicon nitride nanopores.

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    Assad, Ossama N; Di Fiori, Nicolas; Squires, Allison H; Meller, Amit

    2015-01-14

    Optical sensing of solid-state nanopores is a relatively new approach that can enable high-throughput, multicolor readout from a collection of nanopores. It is therefore highly attractive for applications such as nanopore-based DNA sequencing and genotyping using DNA barcodes. However, to date optical readout has been plagued by the need to achieve sufficiently high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for single fluorophore sensing, while still maintaining millisecond resolution. One of the main factors degrading the optical SNR in solid-state nanopores is the high photoluminescence (PL) background emanating from the silicon nitride (SiNx) membrane in which pores are commonly fabricated. Focusing on the optical properties of SiNx nanopores we show that the local membrane PL intensity is substantially reduced, and its spectrum is shifted toward shorter wavelengths with increasing e-beam dose. This phenomenon, which is correlated with a marked photocurrent enhancement in these nanopores, is utilized to perform for the first time single molecule fluorescence detection using both green and red laser excitations. Specifically, the reduction in PL and the concurrent measurement of the nanopore photocurrent enhancement allow us to maximize the background suppression and to detect a dual color, five-unit DNA barcode with high SNR levels. PMID:25522780

  13. Polarization memory effect in the photoluminescence of nc-Si-SiOx light-emitting structures.

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    Michailovska, Katerina; Indutnyi, Ivan; Shepeliavyi, Petro; Sopinskyy, Mykola

    2016-12-01

    The polarization memory (PM) effect in the photoluminescence (PL) of the porous nc-Si-SiOx light-emitting structures, containing nanoparticles of silicon (nc-Si) in the oxide matrix and passivated in a solution of hydrofluoric acid (HF), has been investigated. The studied nc-Si-SiOx structures were produced by evaporation of Si monoxide (SiO) powder in vacuum and oblique deposition on Si wafer, and then the deposited silicon oxide (SiOx) films were annealed in the vacuum at 975 °C to grow nc-Si. It was found that the PM effect in the PL is observed only after passivation of nanostructures: during etching in HF solution, the initial symmetric nc-Si becomes asymmetric elongated. It was also found that in investigated nanostructures, there is a defined orientational dependence of the PL polarization degree (ρ) in the sample plane which correlates with the orientation of SiOx nanocolumns, forming the structure of the porous layer. The increase of the ρ values in the long-wavelength spectral range with time of HF treatment can be associated with increasing of the anisotropy of large Si nanoparticles. The PM effect for this spectral interval can be described by the dielectric model. In the short-wavelength spectral range, the dependence of the ρ values agrees qualitatively with the quantum confinement effect.

  14. Ultrabroad Photoluminescence and Electroluminescence at New Wavelengths from Doped Organometal Halide Perovskites.

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    Zhou, Yang; Yong, Zi-Jun; Zhang, Kai-Cheng; Liu, Bo-Mei; Wang, Zhao-Wei; Hou, Jing-Shan; Fang, Yong-Zheng; Zhou, Yi; Sun, Hong-Tao; Song, Bo

    2016-07-21

    Doping of semiconductors by introducing foreign atoms enables their widespread applications in microelectronics and optoelectronics. We show that this strategy can be applied to direct bandgap lead-halide perovskites, leading to the realization of ultrawide photoluminescence (PL) at new wavelengths enabled by doping bismuth (Bi) into lead-halide perovskites. Structural and photophysical characterization reveals that the PL stems from one class of Bi doping-induced optically active center, which is attributed to distorted [PbI6] units coupled with spatially localized bipolarons. Additionally, we find that compositional engineering of these semiconductors can be employed as an additional way to rationally tune the PL properties of doped perovskites. Finally, we accomplished the electroluminescence at cryogenic temperatures by using this system as an emissive layer, marking the first electrically driven devices using Bi-doped photonic materials. Our results suggest that low-cost, earth-abundant, solution-processable Bi-doped perovskite semiconductors could be promising candidate materials for developing optical sources operating at new wavelengths. PMID:27377481

  15. Origin of blue photoluminescence from colloidal silicon nanocrystals fabricated by femtosecond laser ablation in solution.

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    Hao, H L; Wu, W S; Zhang, Y; Wu, L K; Shen, W Z

    2016-08-12

    We present a detailed investigation into the origin of blue emission from colloidal silicon (Si) nanocrystals (NCs) fabricated by femtosecond laser ablation of Si powder in 1-hexene. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy observations confirm that Si NCs with average size 2.7 nm are produced and well dispersed in 1-hexene. Fourier transform infrared spectrum and x-ray photoelectron spectra have been employed to reveal the passivation of Si NCs surfaces with organic molecules. On the basis of the structural characterization, UV-visible absorption, temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL), time-resolved PL, and PL excitation spectra investigations, we deduce that room-temperature blue luminescence from colloidal Si NCs originates from the following two processes: (i) under illumination, excitons first form within colloidal Si NCs by direct transition at the X or Γ (Γ25 → Γ'2) point; (ii) and then some trapped excitons migrate to the surfaces of colloidal Si NCs and further recombine via the surface states associated with the Si-C or Si-C-H2 bonds. PMID:27348227

  16. Synthesis and Photoluminescence of Single-Crystalline Fe(III)-Doped CdS Nanobelts.

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    Kamran, Muhammad Arshad; Zou, Bingsuo; Majid, A; Alharbil, Thamer; Saeed, M A; Abdullah, Ali; Javed, Qurat-ul-ain

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we report the synthesis and optical properties of Fe(III) doped CdS nanobelts (NBs) via simple Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) technique to explore their potential in nano-optics. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis manifested the presence of Fe(III) ions in the NBs subsequently confirmed by the peak shifting to lower phonon energies as recorded by Raman spectra and shorter lifetime in ns. Photoluminescence (PL) spectrum investigations of the single Fe(III)-doped CdS NBs depicted an additional PL peak centered at 573 nm (orange emission) in addition to the bandedge(BE) emission. The redshift and decrease in the BE intensity of the PL peaks, as compared to the bulk CdS, confirmed the quenching of spectra upon Fe doping. The synthesis and orange emission for Fe-doped CdS NBs have been observed for the first time and point out their potential in nanoscale devices. PMID:27451769

  17. Polarization memory effect in the photoluminescence of nc-Si-SiOx light-emitting structures

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    Michailovska, Katerina; Indutnyi, Ivan; Shepeliavyi, Petro; Sopinskyy, Mykola

    2016-06-01

    The polarization memory (PM) effect in the photoluminescence (PL) of the porous nc-Si-SiOx light-emitting structures, containing nanoparticles of silicon (nc-Si) in the oxide matrix and passivated in a solution of hydrofluoric acid (HF), has been investigated. The studied nc-Si-SiOx structures were produced by evaporation of Si monoxide (SiO) powder in vacuum and oblique deposition on Si wafer, and then the deposited silicon oxide (SiOx) films were annealed in the vacuum at 975 °C to grow nc-Si. It was found that the PM effect in the PL is observed only after passivation of nanostructures: during etching in HF solution, the initial symmetric nc-Si becomes asymmetric elongated. It was also found that in investigated nanostructures, there is a defined orientational dependence of the PL polarization degree ( ρ) in the sample plane which correlates with the orientation of SiOx nanocolumns, forming the structure of the porous layer. The increase of the ρ values in the long-wavelength spectral range with time of HF treatment can be associated with increasing of the anisotropy of large Si nanoparticles. The PM effect for this spectral interval can be described by the dielectric model. In the short-wavelength spectral range, the dependence of the ρ values agrees qualitatively with the quantum confinement effect.

  18. Origin of blue photoluminescence from colloidal silicon nanocrystals fabricated by femtosecond laser ablation in solution

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    Hao, H. L.; Wu, W. S.; Zhang, Y.; Wu, L. K.; Shen, W. Z.

    2016-08-01

    We present a detailed investigation into the origin of blue emission from colloidal silicon (Si) nanocrystals (NCs) fabricated by femtosecond laser ablation of Si powder in 1-hexene. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy observations confirm that Si NCs with average size 2.7 nm are produced and well dispersed in 1-hexene. Fourier transform infrared spectrum and x-ray photoelectron spectra have been employed to reveal the passivation of Si NCs surfaces with organic molecules. On the basis of the structural characterization, UV-visible absorption, temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL), time-resolved PL, and PL excitation spectra investigations, we deduce that room-temperature blue luminescence from colloidal Si NCs originates from the following two processes: (i) under illumination, excitons first form within colloidal Si NCs by direct transition at the X or Γ (Γ25 → Γ‧2) point; (ii) and then some trapped excitons migrate to the surfaces of colloidal Si NCs and further recombine via the surface states associated with the Si-C or Si-C-H2 bonds.

  19. Photoluminescence blinking and carrier dynamics in giant nanocrystals with different electron confinement

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    Sampat, Sid; Guo, Yijun; Vela, Javier; Malko, Anton

    2012-02-01

    Quantum dots have shown great promise as high quantum yield photon sources for applications in bioimaging, LEDs, lasers, etc. However, their photoluminescence (PL) intermittency (blinking) often complicates practical implementations. Recently, a new breed of giant nanocrystal quantum dots (gNQDs) with a large number of shell monolayers (ML) has been developed that show strongly suppressed blinkingootnotetextY. Chen et al., JACS 130, 5026 (2008) and existence of multiexcitons.ootnotetextY.S. Park et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 187401 (2011)^,ootnotetextA. V. Malko et al., Nano Lett., accepted (2011) So far, their PL emission has been limited to around 630nm. In this work, we broadened this approach and extended gNQD emission to shorter wavelength in the visible spectrum. We investigated photostable CdSe/CdS gNQDs with small (480nm emission) core and compared them to large (625nm emission) core non-blinking gNQDs with similar shell thickness (14-17 ML). The small core dots show increased blinking behavior and shorter PL decay times in comparison to large core dots. The observed difference in blinking behavior is suggestive of different carrier confinement regimes leading to enhanced electron trapping at the dot's surface as well as modifications to non-radiative Auger recombination rates.

  20. Origin of blue photoluminescence from colloidal silicon nanocrystals fabricated by femtosecond laser ablation in solution

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    Hao, H. L.; Wu, W. S.; Zhang, Y.; Wu, L. K.; Shen, W. Z.

    2016-08-01

    We present a detailed investigation into the origin of blue emission from colloidal silicon (Si) nanocrystals (NCs) fabricated by femtosecond laser ablation of Si powder in 1-hexene. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy observations confirm that Si NCs with average size 2.7 nm are produced and well dispersed in 1-hexene. Fourier transform infrared spectrum and x-ray photoelectron spectra have been employed to reveal the passivation of Si NCs surfaces with organic molecules. On the basis of the structural characterization, UV–visible absorption, temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL), time-resolved PL, and PL excitation spectra investigations, we deduce that room-temperature blue luminescence from colloidal Si NCs originates from the following two processes: (i) under illumination, excitons first form within colloidal Si NCs by direct transition at the X or Γ (Γ25 → Γ‧2) point; (ii) and then some trapped excitons migrate to the surfaces of colloidal Si NCs and further recombine via the surface states associated with the Si–C or Si–C–H2 bonds.

  1. Characterization of Highly Efficient CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells by Low-Temperature Photoluminescence

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    Okamoto, Tamotsu; Matsuzaki, Yuichi; Amin, Nowshad; Yamada, Akira; Konagai, Makoto

    1998-07-01

    Highly efficient CdTe thin film solar cells prepared by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) method with a glass/ITO/CdS/CdTe/Cu-doped carbon/Ag structure were characterized by low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurement. A broad 1.42 eV band probably due to VCd Cl defect complexes appeared as a result of CdCl2 treatment. CdS/CdTe junction PL revealed that a CdSxTe1-x mixed crystal layer was formed at the CdS/CdTe interface region during the deposition of CdTe by CSS and that CdCl2 treatment promoted the formation of the mixed crystal layer. Furthermore, in the PL spectra of the heat-treated CdTe after screen printing of the Cu-doped carbon electrode, a neutral-acceptor bound exciton (ACu0, X) line at 1.590 eV was observed, suggesting that Cu atoms were incorporated into CdTe as effective acceptors after the heat treatment.

  2. Photoluminescence detection of alpha particle using DAM-ADC nuclear detector

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    Abdalla, Ayman M.; Harraz, Farid A.; Ali, Atif M.; Al-Sayari, S. A.; Al-Hajry, A.

    2016-09-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) and UV-vis spectral analysis of DAM-ADC (diallyl maleate: DAM, polyallyl diglycol carbonate: ADC) nuclear detector are demonstrated for the first time. The DAM-ADC surfaces were exposed to thin 241Am disk source that emits alpha particles with activity 333 kBq. It is found that the track density of the irradiated samples remarkably influences the PL characteristics of the DAM-ADC detector. The spectral peak heights and the integrated intensities under the peaks exhibit linear correlations with correlation coefficient R2=0.9636 and 0.9806, respectively for different alpha particle fluences ranging from 8.16-40.82×107 particles/cm2. Additionally, a correlation coefficient R2=0.9734 was achieved for the UV-vis spectral analysis. The linear fitting functions, along with the corresponding fitting parameters were evaluated in each case. Both the PL and the UV-vis data of the irradiated DAM-ADC samples showed considerable spectral differences, and hence they would be used to offer sensitive approaches for alpha particle detection.

  3. Laser induced micro-photoluminescence of marble and application to authenticity testing of ancient objects

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    Polikreti, K.; Christofides, C.

    2008-02-01

    For the last 70 years, the authenticity of disputable marble objects has been tested by using a black light lamp. According to empirical observations “fresh marbles are purple while ancient ones are blue under the lamp”. This discrimination lacks scientific basis but is very popular because sculptured stone dating is impossible. This work aims to test the reliability of the “UV method” by studying the laser excited photoluminescence (PL) of marble surfaces. An argon ion laser beam was focused through a microscope objective onto the sample, offering a PL spatial resolution of 3 μm. Newly-cut marbles show an intense emission at 610 nm ascribed to Mn2+ and a less intense one at 390 nm. Excavated surfaces show the 610 nm emission and a broadband (380-530 nm) one. Similar broadband emissions due to humic (HAs) and fulvic acids (FAs) are typical in soil PL spectra and were observed in the spectra of samples taken from the soil surrounding the excavated surfaces. Additionally, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of excavated surfaces show a peak at g=2.0045, typical in calcite doped with humic acids. We presume that the 380-550 nm emission originates from HA and FA salts existing in the infiltrated soil or the recrystallised calcite developed in marble patinas. Finally, the application of the “UV method” on twelve ancient and modern surfaces proved that the technique is only partly reliable and should be used together with other analytical techniques.

  4. Structure, nanohardness and photoluminescence of ZnO ceramics based on nanopowders

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    Muktepavela, Faina; Grigorjeva, Larisa; Kundzins, Karlis; Gorokhova, Elena; Rodnyi, Piotr

    2015-09-01

    ZnO ceramics obtained from grained powders with different grain size by hot pressing and ceramics from tetrapods nanopowders obtained by press-less sintering have been investigated under identical conditions. Ceramics obtained by hot pressing were optically transparent but were composed of large inhomogeneous grains (d = 8-35 μm) exhibiting a substructure. Decreased values of elastic modulus within a grain and a wide defect-associated (‘green’) photoluminescence (PL) band at 2.2-2.8 eV in conjunction with a weak excitonic band indicate a high concentration of residual point defects in hot pressed ZnO ceramics. Utilization of more small-grained powders contributes to the formation of more uniform microstructure (d = 5-15 μm) and extraction of point defects. This reflects as a substantially decreased defect PL band and increased excitonic band. Ceramics obtained by press-less sintering from tetrapods had fine-grained structure (d = 1-4 μm) with no signs of a substructure. PL spectrum has a narrow excitonic band with phonon replicas (1LO_ExD0), whereas the defect ‘green’ luminescence is negligible. The effects of powders morphologies have been explained in terms of a hereditary influence of interaction processes between initial particles on the formation of a microstructure and kinetic of defect distribution on the grain growth stages during the sintering of ZnO ceramics.

  5. Facile synthesis and photoluminescence characteristics of blue-emitting nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots

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    Gu, Jian; Zhang, Xiaoping; Pang, Aimin; Yang, Jun

    2016-04-01

    A one-step hydrothermal method for synthesizing nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQDs) from organic carbon sources is presented in this paper. The high-quality N-GQDs can be obtained via tuning the degree of dehydration/carbonization of citric acid and doping of nitrogen atoms into the graphene lattice. The micromorphology, chemical structure, composition and photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of the N-GQDs were characterized systematically. The size of the obtained N-GQDs is about 5-10 nm with typical topographic heights of 0.8-2.5 nm. There is intense blue emission and excitation-independent PL behavior when the N-GQDs are in aqueous solution. The most remarkable innovation is that the fluorescence quantum yield (FL QY) of our N-GQDs is up to 75.2%, which is much higher than that of most reported GQDs (less than 25%). Thus, it is initially believed that synthesis parameters, hydrothermal process and nitrogen doping may greatly influence the surface state and bandgap of the GQDs, which are important in determining the PL characteristics of the N-GQDs.

  6. Growth mechanism, structure and IR photoluminescence studies of indium nitride nanorods

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    Lan, Z. H.; Wang, W. M.; Sun, C. L.; Shi, S. C.; Hsu, C. W.; Chen, T. T.; Chen, K. H.; Chen, C. C.; Chen, Y. F.; Chen, L. C.

    2004-08-01

    High-quality single crystal indium nitride nanorods were grown on Si substrates by catalytic chemical vapor deposition. Both Raman and high resolution transmission electron microscopic analyses suggested that even a minute amount of oxygen, from the residual oxygen in the growth environment and/or native oxide on the Si, would effectively help the growth of InN nanorods. The In 2O 3 formed on Au nanoparticles helped dissolve nitrogen as a catalyst with the subsequent growth of InN nanorods. Variations in the apparent color and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the InN nanorods were observed. For the optically brown InN nanorods that exhibited diameters in the range of 30-50 nm, the PL study showed a peak at 1.9 eV, the possible origins of which are discussed. In contrast, for the optically black InN nanorods that exhibited diameters in the range of 50-100 nm, the PL peak at approximately 0.766 eV measured at 20 K was attributed to band edge emission.

  7. Improved photoluminescence efficiency in UV nanopillar light emitting diode structures by recovery of dry etching damage.

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    Jeon, Dae-Woo; Jang, Lee-Woon; Jeon, Ju-Won; Park, Jae-Woo; Song, Young Ho; Jeon, Seong-Ran; Ju, Jin-Woo; Baek, Jong Hyeob; Lee, In-Hwan

    2013-05-01

    In this study, we have fabricated 375-nm-wavelength InGaN/AlInGaN nanopillar light emitting diodes (LED) structures on c-plane sapphire. A uniform and highly vertical nanopillar structure was fabricated using self-organized Ni/SiO2 nano-size mask by dry etching method. To minimize the dry etching damage, the samples were subjected to high temperature annealing with subsequent chemical passivation in KOH solution. Prior to annealing and passivation the UV nanopillar LEDs showed the photoluminescence (PL) efficiency about 2.5 times higher than conventional UV LED structures which is attributed to better light extraction efficiency and possibly some improvement of internal quantum efficiency due to partially relieved strain. Annealing alone further increased the PL efficiency by about 4.5 times compared to the conventional UV LEDs, while KOH passivation led to the overall PL efficiency improvement by more than 7 times. Combined results of Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) suggest that annealing decreases the number of lattice defects and relieves the strain in the surface region of the nanopillars whereas KOH treatment removes the surface oxide from nanopillar surface. PMID:23858920

  8. Mapping individual cosmid DNAs by direct AFM imaging.

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    Allison, D P; Kerper, P S; Doktycz, M J; Thundat, T; Modrich, P; Larimer, F W; Johnson, D K; Hoyt, P R; Mucenski, M L; Warmack, R J

    1997-05-01

    Individual cosmid clones have been restriction mapped by directly imaging, with the atomic force microscope (AFM), a mutant EcoRI endonuclease site-specifically bound to DNA. Images and data are presented that locate six restriction sites, predicted from gel electrophoresis, on a 35-kb cosmid isolated from mouse chromosome 7. Measured distances between endonuclease molecules bound to lambda DNA, when compared to known values, demonstrate the accuracy of AFM mapping to better than 1%. These results may be extended to identify other important site-specific protein-DNA interactions, such as transcription factor and mismatch repair enzyme binding, difficult to resolve by current techniques.

  9. Thermo-magnetic behaviour of AFM-MFM cantilevers

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    Kumar, M.; Arinero, R.; Bergez, W.; Tordjeman, Ph

    2015-08-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) experiments were performed to study the behaviour of AFM cantilevers under an external magnetic field B and temperature field produced by a coil with an iron core. Four cantilever types were studied. Forces were measured for different B values and at various coil-to-cantilever separation distances. The results were analysed on the basis of a phenomenological model. This model contains the contribution of two terms, one monopole-monopole interaction at short distance, and one apparent paramagnetic interaction in \

  10. GPIM AF-M315E Propulsion System

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    Spores, Ronald A.; Masse, Robert; Kimbrel, Scott; McLean, Chris

    2014-01-01

    The NASA Space Technology mission Directorate's (STMD) Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) will demonstrate an operational AF-M315E green propellant propulsion system. Aerojet-Rocketdyne is responsible for the development of the propulsion system payload. This paper statuses the propulsion system module development, including thruster design and system design; Initial test results for the 1N engineering model thruster are presented. The culmination of this program will be high-performance, green AF-M315E propulsion system technology at TRL 7+, with components demonstrated to TRL 9, ready for direct infusion to a wide range of applications for the space user community.

  11. BOREAS AFM-04 Twin Otter Aircraft Flux Data

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    MacPherson, J. Ian; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Knapp, David E. (Editor); Desjardins, Raymond L.; Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The BOREAS AFM-5 team collected and processed data from the numerous radiosonde flights during the project. The goals of the AFM-05 team were to provide large-scale definition of the atmosphere by supplementing the existing AES aerological network, both temporally and spatially. This data set includes basic upper-air parameters collected from the network of upper-air stations during the 1993, 1994, and 1996 field campaigns over the entire study region. The data are contained in tabular ASCII files. The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884) or from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).

  12. Photoluminescence characterization of polythiophene films incorporated with highly functional molecules such as metallophthalocyanine

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    Kobe, Hiroaki; Ohnaka, Kazumasa; Kato, Hitoshi; Takemura, Susumu; Shimada, Kazuhiro; Hiramatsu, Tomoyasu; Matsui, Kazunori

    2013-01-15

    The photoluminescence (PL) of conducting polymer polythiophene (PT) films incorporated with metallophthalocyanines (PcMs) such as CuPc, MgPc, FePc, Li{sub 2}Pc, and CoPc was studied by PL and time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) measurements. Polymer films were prepared by electrochemical polymerization and PcMs migrated into the polymer films by a diffusion method using acetonitrile or toluene as a solvent to dissolve the PcMs. The wavelength of PL emission peaks changed significantly depending on the solvent used in the doping process. Using acetonitrile, the observed PL emission peaks originated from the Q band, whereas they were assigned to the Soret band in the case of toluene. TCSPC measurements showed that PL emission took place through a ligand-ligand transition process when using acetonitrile because the average lifetimes were comparable and independent of the central metal ions for CoPc-, Li{sub 2}Pc-, and MgPc-doped polymer films. Conversely, using toluene, it was found that ligand-ligand emission occurred for Li{sub 2}Pc-, MgPc-, and FePc-doped films. To identify the cause of the drastic change in PL emission pattern, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements were obtained. A lower binding energy component appeared in the C 1s core-level spectra of acetonitrile-processed PcM-doped PT films, whereas this component shifted to higher energy and overlapped with the main peak for toluene-processed PcM-doped PT films. The lower binding energy component corresponded to photoelectrons due to the C atoms in the benzene rings of the ligand. Lower binding energy components also appeared in the N 1s core-level spectra of acetonitrile-processed PcM-doped PT films, and this component shifted to higher energy for toluene-processed PcM-doped PT films. These lower energy components were assigned to the core-level peaks due to the N atoms at the meso position bridging between pyrrole rings. This suggests that the electron charge at the N sites of the meso

  13. Raman and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy in Mineral Identification

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    Kuehn, J. W.

    2014-06-01

    Raman spectroscopy is particularly useful for rapid identification of minerals and gemstones. Raman spectrometers also allow PL studies for authentication of samples and geological provenance, diamond type screening and detection of HPHT treatments.

  14. Observation and tunability of room temperature photoluminescence of GaAs/GaInAs core-multiple-quantum-well shell nanowire structure grown on Si (100) by molecular beam epitaxy

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    2014-01-01

    We report the observation of room temperature photoluminescence (PL) emission from GaAs/GaInAs core-multiple-quantum-well (MQW) shell nanowires (NWs) surrounded by AlGaAs grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using a self-catalyzed technique. PL spectra of the sample show two PL peaks, originating from the GaAs core NWs and the GaInAs MQW shells. The PL peak from the shell structure red-shifts with increasing well width, and the peak position can be tuned by adjusting the width of the MQW shell. The GaAs/GaInAs core-MQW shell NW surrounded by AlGaAs also shows an enhanced PL intensity due to the improved carrier confinement owing to the presence of an AlGaAs clad layer. The inclined growth of the GaAs NWs produces a core-MQW shell structure having a different PL peak position than that of planar QWs. The PL emission by MQW shell and the ability to tune the PL peak position by varying the shell width make such core-shell NWs highly attractive for realizing next generation ultrasmall light sources and other optoelectronics devices. PACS 81.07.Gf; 81.15.Hi; 78.55.Cr PMID:25489280

  15. Time-resolved photoluminescence from self-assembled Ge(Si) islands in multilayer SiGe/Si and SiGe/SOI structures

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    Yablonskiy, A. N. Baidakova, N. A.; Novikov, A. V.; Lobanov, D. N.

    2013-11-15

    The results of a study of the spectral and temporal characteristics of the photoluminescence (PL) from multilayer structures with self-assembled Ge(Si) islands grown on silicon and 'silicon-on-insulator' substrates in relation to temperature and the excitation-light wavelength are presented. A substantial increase in island-related PL intensity is observed for structures with Ge(Si) islands grown on silicon substrates upon an increase in temperature from 4 to 70 K. This increase is due to the diffusion of nonequilibrium carriers from the silicon substrate into the active layer with the islands. In this case, a slow component with a characteristic time of {approx}100 ns appears in the PL rise kinetics. At the same time, no slow component in the PL rise kinetics and no rise in the PL intensity with increasing temperature are observed for structures grown on 'silicon-on-insulator' substrates, in which the active layer with the islands is insulated from the silicon substrate. It is found that absorption of the excitation light in the islands and SiGe wetting layers mainly contributes to the excitation of the PL signal from the islands under sub-bandgap optical pump conditions.

  16. Redox properties of a single (7,5)single-walled carbon nanotube determined by an in situ photoluminescence spectroelectrochemical method.

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    Hong, Liu; Mouri, Shinichiro; Miyauchi, Yuhei; Matsuda, Kazunari; Nakashima, Naotoshi

    2014-11-01

    The determination of electronic states of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) has been a central issue in science and nanotechnology of carbon nanotubes. We here describe the oxidation and reduction potentials of a single SWNT determined by in situ photoluminescence (PL) spectroelectrochemical measurements. By PL imaging and single SWNT PL spectroscopy, the stepwise quenching behavior of the PL from a single (7,5)SWNT was detected as the outer-applied potentials increased. Based on the analysis of the obtained potential-dependent PL plots using the Nernst equation, the oxidation and reduction potentials of the (7,5) tube are successfully determined as 0.41 V and -0.38 V vs. Ag/AgCl, respectively, which shift from those of the bulk (7,5)SWNTs. We further observed a PL blueshift and narrowing of the line width as the external-applied potential to the single SWNT increases. The present results are important for understanding the electronic properties of a single (n,m)SWNT and its applications.

  17. New developments at PTB in 3D-AFM with tapping and torsion AFM mode and vector approach probing strategy

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    Dai, G.; Hässler-Grohne, W.; Hüser, D.; Wolff, H.; Fluegge, J.; Bosse, H.

    2011-06-01

    A new 3D-AFM for true 3D measurements of nano structures has been developed at Physikalisch Technische-Bundesanstalt, the national metrology institute of Germany. In its configuration, two piezo actuators are applied to drive the AFM cantilever near its vertical and torsional resonant frequencies. In such a way, the AFM tip can probe the surface with a vertical and/or a lateral oscillation, offering high 3D probing sensitivity. For enhancing measurement flexibility as well as reducing tip wear, a so called "vector approach probing" (VAP) method has been applied. The sample is measured point by point using this method. At each probing point, the tip is approached towards the surface in its normal direction until the desired tip-sample interaction is detected and then immediately withdrawn from the surface. Preliminary experimental results show promising performance of the developed system. The measurement of a line structure of 800 nm height employing a super sharp AFM tip is performed, showing a repeatability of its 3D profiles of better than 1 nm (p-v). A single crystal critical dimension reference material (SCCDRM) having features with almost vertical sidewall is measured using a flared AFM tip. Results show that the feature has averaged left and right sidewall angles of 88.64° and 88.67deg;, respectively. However, the feature width non-uniformity may reach 10 nm within the measurement range of 1 μm. The standard deviation of the averaged middle CD values of 7 repeated measurements reaches 0.35 nm. In addition, an investigation of long term measurement stability is performed on a PTB photomask. The results shows that the 3D-AFM has a drift rate of about 0.00033 nm per line, which confirms the high measurement stability and the very low tip wear.

  18. Charge-tunnelling and self-trapping: common origins for blinking, grey-state emission and photoluminescence enhancement in semiconductor quantum dots.

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    Osborne, M A; Fisher, A A E

    2016-04-28

    Understanding instabilities in the photoluminescence (PL) from light emitting materials is crucial to optimizing their performance for different applications. Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) offer bright, size tunable emission, properties that are now being exploited in a broad range of developing technologies from displays and solar cells to biomaging and optical storage. However, instabilities such as photoluminescence intermittency, enhancement and bleaching of emission in these materials can be detrimental to their utility. Here, we report dielectric dependent blinking, intensity-"spikes" and low-level, "grey"-state emission, as well as PL enhancement in ZnS capped CdSe QDs; observations that we found consistent with a charge-tunnelling and self-trapping (CTST) description of exciton-dynamics on the QD-host system. In particular, modulation of PL in grey-states and PL enhancement are found to have a common origin in the equilibrium between exciton charge carrier core and surface-states within the CTST framework. Parameterized in terms of size and electrostatic properties of the QD and its nanoenvironment, the CTST offers predictive insight into exciton-dynamics in these nanomaterials. PMID:27088542

  19. Mapping of Defects in Large-Area Silicon Carbide Wafers via Photoluminescence and its Correlation with Synchrotron White Beam X-Ray Topography

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    Chen, Yi; Balaji, R.; Dudley, Michael; Murthy, Madhu; Maximenko, Serguei I.; Freitas, Jamie A.

    2008-12-12

    Comparative studies of defect microstructure in 4H-SiC wafers have been carried out using photoluminescence (PL) imaging and grazing-incidence Synchrotron White Beam X-ray Topography. Images of low angle grain boundaries on the PL images correlate well with SWBXT observations, and similar correlation can be established for some micropipe images although the latter is complicated by the overall level of distortion and misorientation associated with the low angle grain boundaries and the fact that many of the micropipes are located in or close to the boundaries. This validation indicates that PL imaging may provide a rapid way of imaging such defect structures in large-scale SiC wafers.

  20. Emission mechanisms in Al-rich AlGaN/AlN quantum wells assessed by excitation power dependent photoluminescence spectroscopy

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    Iwata, Yoshiya; Banal, Ryan G.; Ichikawa, Shuhei; Funato, Mitsuru; Kawakami, Yoichi

    2015-02-01

    The optical properties of Al-rich AlGaN/AlN quantum wells are assessed by excitation-power-dependent time-integrated (TI) and time-resolved (TR) photoluminescence (PL) measurements. Two excitation sources, an optical parametric oscillator and the 4th harmonics of a Ti:sapphire laser, realize a wide range of excited carrier densities between 1012 and 1021 cm-3. The emission mechanisms change from an exciton to an electron-hole plasma as the excitation power increases. Accordingly, the PL decay time is drastically reduced, and the integrated PL intensities increase in the following order: linearly, super-linearly, linearly again, and sub-linearly. The observed results are well accounted for by rate equations that consider the saturation effect of non-radiative recombination processes. Using both TIPL and TRPL measurements allows the density of non-radiative recombination centers, the internal quantum efficiency, and the radiative recombination coefficient to be reliably extracted.

  1. Optical detection of argon gas flow based on vibration-induced change in photoluminescence of a semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotube bundle.

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    Kim, Hong-Seok; Kim, Woo-Jae; Strano, Michael S; Hanl, Jae-Hee

    2014-12-01

    In this work, we demonstrate that Ar gas flow can be optically detected using mechanical vibration of a semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) bundle as a platform. A change in the photoluminescence (PL) intensity was induced by out-of-focusing of the SWCNT bundle of interest due to vibration caused by the introduced gas stream, for which a gas flow control system was installed in an optical microscope. The PL intensity was found to change systemically with the Ar flow rates in a range of relatively large flow rate intervals [0.70 to 3.0 standard cubic liters per minute (SLM) with 0.1-0.5 SLM intervals] with a noticeable hysteresis. It was, however, difficult to obtain a detectable PL change in a range of very small flow rate intervals (0.67 to 0.70 SLM with a 0.01 SLM interval). The detailed results and underlying mechanism are discussed in detail.

  2. Photoluminescence study on polar nanoregions and structural variations in Pb(Mg₁/₃Nb₂/₃)O₃ ₋ PbTiO₃ single crystals.

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    Zhang, X L; Zhu, J J; Zhang, J Z; Xu, G S; Hu, Z G; Chu, J H

    2014-09-01

    We report polar nanostructure and electronic transitions in relaxor ferroelectric Pb(Mg₁/₃Nb₂/₃)O₃ ₋ PbTiO (PMN-PT) single crystals around morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) region by variable-temperature (80-800 K) photoluminescence (PL) spectra and low-wavenumber Raman scattering (LWRS). The discontinuous evolution from peak positions and intensity of luminescence emissions can be corresponding to formation of polar nanoclusters and phase transitions. Six emissions have been derived from PL spectra and show obvious characteristics near phase transition temperatures, which indicates that PL spectral measurement is promising in understanding the microcosmic mechanism. The Raman mode at 1145 cm(-1) indicates that temperature dependent luminescence phenomena can be modulated by thermal quenching. PMID:25321565

  3. Strong excitation intensity dependence of the photoluminescence line shape in GaAs{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} single quantum well samples

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    Mazur, Yu. I.; Dorogan, V. G.; Ware, M. E.; Salamo, G. J.; Schmidbauer, M.; Tarasov, G. G.; Johnson, S. R.; Lu, X.; Yu, S.-Q.; Tiedje, T.

    2013-04-14

    A set of high quality single quantum well samples of GaAs{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} with bismuth concentrations not exceeding 6% and well widths ranging from 7.5 to 13 nm grown by molecular beam epitaxy on a GaAs substrate at low temperature is studied by means of photoluminescence (PL). It is shown that the PL line shape changes when the exciton reduced mass behavior changes from an anomalous increase (x < 5%) to a conventional decrease (x > 5%). Strongly non-monotonous PL bandwidth dependence on the excitation intensity is revealed and interpreted in terms of optically unresolved contributions from the saturable emission of bound free excitons.

  4. Nanoscale mapping of excitonic processes in single-layer MoS2 using tip-enhanced photoluminescence microscopy.

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    Su, Weitao; Kumar, Naresh; Mignuzzi, Sandro; Crain, Jason; Roy, Debdulal

    2016-05-19

    In two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors, photoluminescence originating from recombination processes involving neutral electron-hole pairs (excitons) and charged complexes (trions) is strongly affected by the localized charge transfer due to inhomogeneous interactions with the local environment and surface defects. Herein, we demonstrate the first nanoscale mapping of excitons and trions in single-layer MoS2 using the full spectral information obtained via tip-enhanced photoluminescence (TEPL) microscopy along with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) imaging of a 2D flake. Finally, we show the mapping of the PL quenching centre in single-layer MoS2 with an unprecedented spatial resolution of 20 nm. In addition, our research shows that unlike in aperture-scanning near field microscopy, preferential exciton emission mapping at the nanoscale using TEPL and Raman mapping using TERS can be obtained simultaneously using this method that can be used to correlate the structural and excitonic properties. PMID:27152366

  5. Nanoscale mapping of excitonic processes in single-layer MoS2 using tip-enhanced photoluminescence microscopy.

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    Su, Weitao; Kumar, Naresh; Mignuzzi, Sandro; Crain, Jason; Roy, Debdulal

    2016-05-19

    In two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors, photoluminescence originating from recombination processes involving neutral electron-hole pairs (excitons) and charged complexes (trions) is strongly affected by the localized charge transfer due to inhomogeneous interactions with the local environment and surface defects. Herein, we demonstrate the first nanoscale mapping of excitons and trions in single-layer MoS2 using the full spectral information obtained via tip-enhanced photoluminescence (TEPL) microscopy along with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) imaging of a 2D flake. Finally, we show the mapping of the PL quenching centre in single-layer MoS2 with an unprecedented spatial resolution of 20 nm. In addition, our research shows that unlike in aperture-scanning near field microscopy, preferential exciton emission mapping at the nanoscale using TEPL and Raman mapping using TERS can be obtained simultaneously using this method that can be used to correlate the structural and excitonic properties.

  6. Mechanisms behind blue, green, and red photoluminescence emissions in CaWO4 and CaMoO4 powders

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    Campos, A. B.; Simões, A. Z.; Longo, E.; Varela, J. A.; Longo, V. M.; de Figueiredo, A. T.; De Vicente, F. S.; Hernandes, A. C.

    2007-07-01

    A combined experimental and theoretical study was conducted to analyze the photoluminescence (PL) properties of ordered and disordered CaWO4 (CW) and CaMoO4 (CM) powders. Two mechanisms were found to be responsible for photoluminescence emission in CW and CM powders. The first one, in the disordered powders, was caused by oxygen complex vacancies [MO3•VOx], [MO3•VO•] and [MO3•VO••], where M =W or Mo, which leads to additional levels in the band gap. The second mechanism, in ordered powders, was caused by an intrinsic slight distortion of the [WO4] or [MoO4] tetrahedral in the short range.

  7. Introduction to Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) in Biology.

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    Kreplak, Laurent

    2016-01-01

    The atomic force microscope (AFM) has the unique capability of imaging biological samples with molecular resolution in buffer solution over a wide range of time scales from milliseconds to hours. In addition to providing topographical images of surfaces with nanometer- to angstrom-scale resolution, forces between single molecules and mechanical properties of biological samples can be investigated from the nano-scale to the micro-scale. Importantly, the measurements are made in buffer solutions, allowing biological samples to "stay alive" within a physiological-like environment while temporal changes in structure are measured-e.g., before and after addition of chemical reagents. These qualities distinguish AFM from conventional imaging techniques of comparable resolution, e.g., electron microscopy (EM). This unit provides an introduction to AFM on biological systems and describes specific examples of AFM on proteins, cells, and tissues. The physical principles of the technique and methodological aspects of its practical use and applications are also described. © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. PMID:27479503

  8. AFM Structural Characterization of Drinking Water Biofilm under Physiological Conditions

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    Due to the complexity of mixed culture drinking water biofilm, direct visual observation under in situ conditions has been challenging. In this study, atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed the three dimensional morphology and arrangement of drinking water relevant biofilm in air...

  9. Structural investigations on native collagen type I fibrils using AFM

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    Strasser, Stefan; Zink, Albert; Janko, Marek; Heckl, Wolfgang M.; Thalhammer, Stefan . E-mail: stefan.thalhammer@gsf.de

    2007-03-02

    This study was carried out to determine the elastic properties of single collagen type I fibrils with the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM). Native collagen fibrils were formed by self-assembly in vitro characterized with the AFM. To confirm the inner assembly of the collagen fibrils, the AFM was used as a microdissection tool. Native collagen type I fibrils were dissected and the inner core uncovered. To determine the elastic properties of collagen fibrils the tip of the AFM was used as a nanoindentor by recording force-displacement curves. Measurements were done on the outer shell and in the core of the fibril. The structural investigations revealed the banding of the shell also in the core of native collagen fibrils. Nanoindentation experiments showed the same Young's modulus on the shell as well as in the core of the investigated native collagen fibrils. In addition, the measurements indicate a higher adhesion in the core of the collagen fibrils compared to the shell.

  10. Hydrodynamic effects in fast AFM single-molecule force measurements.

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    Janovjak, Harald; Struckmeier, Jens; Müller, Daniel J

    2005-02-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) allows the critical forces that unfold single proteins and rupture individual receptor-ligand bonds to be measured. To derive the shape of the energy landscape, the dynamic strength of the system is probed at different force loading rates. This is usually achieved by varying the pulling speed between a few nm/s and a few microm/s, although for a more complete investigation of the kinetic properties higher speeds are desirable. Above 10 microm/s, the hydrodynamic drag force acting on the AFM cantilever reaches the same order of magnitude as the molecular forces. This has limited the maximum pulling speed in AFM single-molecule force spectroscopy experiments. Here, we present an approach for considering these hydrodynamic effects, thereby allowing a correct evaluation of AFM force measurements recorded over an extended range of pulling speeds (and thus loading rates). To support and illustrate our theoretical considerations, we experimentally evaluated the mechanical unfolding of a multi-domain protein recorded at 30 microm/s pulling speed. PMID:15257425

  11. 3D Color Digital Elevation Map of AFM Sample

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    2008-01-01

    This color image is a three dimensional (3D) view of a digital elevation map of a sample collected by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Atomic Force Microscope (AFM).

    The image shows four round pits, only 5 microns in depth, that were micromachined into the silicon substrate, which is the background plane shown in red. This image has been processed to reflect the levelness of the substrate.

    A Martian particle only one micrometer, or one millionth of a meter, across is held in the upper left pit.

    The rounded particle shown at the highest magnification ever seen from another world is a particle of the dust that cloaks Mars. Such dust particles color the Martian sky pink, feed storms that regularly envelop the planet and produce Mars' distinctive red soil.

    The particle was part of a sample informally called 'Sorceress' delivered to the AFM on the 38th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (July 2, 2008). The AFM is part of Phoenix's microscopic station called MECA, or the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer.

    The AFM was developed by a Swiss-led consortium, with Imperial College London producing the silicon substrate that holds sampled particles.

    The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

  12. Sensitive Room Temperature Photoluminescence-Based Sensing of H2S with Novel CuO-ZnO Nanorods.

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    Liu, Xiao; Du, Baosheng; Sun, Ye; Yu, Miao; Yin, Yongqi; Tang, Wei; Chen, Chong; Sun, Lei; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu; Ashfold, Michael N R

    2016-06-29

    Novel CuO nanoparticle-capped ZnO nanorods have been produced using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. These nanorods are shown to grow by a CuO-nanoparticle-assisted vapor-solid-solid (V-S-S) mechanism. The photoluminescence (PL) accompanying ultraviolet illumination of these capped nanorod samples shows large variations upon exposure to trace quantities of H2S gas. The present data suggest that both the Cu-doped ZnO stem and the CuO capping nanoparticle contribute to optical H2S sensing with these CuO-ZnO nanorods. This study represents the first demonstration of PL-based H2S gas sensing, at room temperature, with sub-ppm sensitivity. It also opens the way to producing CuO-ZnO nanorods by a V-S-S mechanism using gas-phase methods other than PLD. PMID:27258907

  13. Photoluminescence studies of shock-recovered Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}

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    Kishimura, Hiroaki Hamada, Sho; Aruga, Atsushi; Matsumoto, Hitoshi

    2015-01-05

    A series of shock-recovery experiments on Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} powder were conducted involving the impact of a flyer plate accelerated by a single-stage powder-propellant gun. The recovered samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The XRD and PL results of samples shocked at pressures of 13 GPa indicated that a phase transition from a cubic phase to a monoclinic phase occurred. The recovered samples shocked at 21 and 25 GPa consisted of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} with the cubic phase and the monoclinic phase. These results indicated that the shock-induced phase transition was the partial completion of the phase transition.

  14. Sn-filled Si nanotubes fabricated by the facile DC arc discharge method and their photoluminescence property

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    Feng, J. J.; Yan, P. X.; Yang, Q.; Chen, J. T.; Yan, D.

    2008-10-01

    High-yield preparation of polycrystalline Si nanotubes (SiNTs) filled with single-crystal Sn was achieved by the DC arc discharge method. The Sn/Si nanocables were identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and photoluminescence (PL). The results show that the Sn/Si coaxial nanocables have homogeneous diameters of about 20-30 nm and lengths ranging from several ten to several hundred nanometers. Most of them are composed of an oval-shaped tip and a tapered hollow body. The possible growth mechanism is vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) model. The PL spectrum shows two characteristic emissions at 491 nm (blue emission) and 572 nm (yellow emission). The origin of luminescence was also discussed.

  15. Parallel Synthesis of photoluminescent π-conjugated polymers by polymer reactions of an organotitanium polymer with a titanacyclopentadiene unit.

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    Matsumura, Yoshimasa; Fukuda, Katsura; Inagi, Shinsuke; Tomita, Ikuyoshi

    2015-04-01

    A regioregular organometallic polymer with titanacyclopentadiene unit, obtained by the reaction of a 2,7-diethynylfluorene derivative and a low-valent titanium complex, is subjected to the reaction with three kinds of electrophiles (i.e., sulfur monochloride, hydrochloric acid, and dichlorophenylphosphine) to give π-conjugated polymers possessing both fluorene and building blocks originated from the transformation of the titanacycles in the main chain. For example, a phosphole-containing polymer whose number-average molecular weight is estimated as 5000 is obtained in 50% yield. The obtained thiophene, butadiene, and phosphole-containing polymers exhibit efficient photoluminescence (PL) with emission colors of blue, green, and yellow, respectively. For example, the phosphole-containing polymer exhibits yellow PL with an emission maximum (Emax ) of 533 nm and a quantum yield (Φ) of 0.37.

  16. Visible photoluminescence in polycrystalline terbium doped aluminum nitride (Tb:AlN) ceramics with high thermal conductivity

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    Wieg, A. T.; Kodera, Y.; Wang, Z.; Garay, J. E.; Imai, T.; Dames, C.

    2012-09-10

    Thermal management continues to be one of the major challenges in the development of high powered light sources such as solid state lasers. In particular, the relatively low thermal conductivity of standard photoluminescent (PL) materials limits the overall power output and/or duty cycle. We present a method based on current activated pressure assisted densification for the fabrication of high thermal conductivity PL materials: rare earth doped polycrystalline bulk aluminum nitride. Specifically, the ceramics are translucent and are doped with Tb{sup 3+}, allowing for emission in the visible. Remarkably, the ceramics have a room temperature thermal conductivity of 94 W/(m K) which is almost seven times higher than that of the state of the art host material, Nd-doped yttrium aluminum garnet. These light emitting properties coupled with very high thermal conductivity should enable the development of a wide variety of more powerful light sources.

  17. Sensitive Room Temperature Photoluminescence-Based Sensing of H2S with Novel CuO-ZnO Nanorods.

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    Liu, Xiao; Du, Baosheng; Sun, Ye; Yu, Miao; Yin, Yongqi; Tang, Wei; Chen, Chong; Sun, Lei; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu; Ashfold, Michael N R

    2016-06-29

    Novel CuO nanoparticle-capped ZnO nanorods have been produced using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. These nanorods are shown to grow by a CuO-nanoparticle-assisted vapor-solid-solid (V-S-S) mechanism. The photoluminescence (PL) accompanying ultraviolet illumination of these capped nanorod samples shows large variations upon exposure to trace quantities of H2S gas. The present data suggest that both the Cu-doped ZnO stem and the CuO capping nanoparticle contribute to optical H2S sensing with these CuO-ZnO nanorods. This study represents the first demonstration of PL-based H2S gas sensing, at room temperature, with sub-ppm sensitivity. It also opens the way to producing CuO-ZnO nanorods by a V-S-S mechanism using gas-phase methods other than PLD.

  18. Plasmonic enhancements of photoluminescence in hybrid Si nanostructures with Au fabricated by fully top-down lithography

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    2012-01-01

    The authors study plasmonic enhancements of photoluminescence (PL) in Si nanodisk (ND) arrays hybridized with nanostructures such as nanoplates of Au, where these hybrid nanostructures are fabricated by fully top-down lithography: neutral-beam etching using bio-nano-templates and high-resolution electron-beam lithography. The separation distance between the Si ND and Au nanostructure surfaces is precisely controlled by inserting a thin SiO2 layer with a thickness of 3 nm. We observe that PL intensities in the Si NDs are enhanced by factors up to 5 depending on the wavelength by integrating with the Au nanoplates. These enhancements also depend on the size and shape of the Au nanoplates. PMID:23158215

  19. Monitoring annealing via carbon dioxide laser heating of defect populations in fused silica surfaces using photoluminescence microscopy

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    Raman, R N; Matthews, M J; Adams, J J; Demos, S G

    2010-02-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) microscopy and spectroscopy under 266 nm and 355 nm laser excitation are explored as a means of monitoring defect populations in laser-modified sites on the surface of fused silica and their subsequent response to heating to different temperatures via exposure to a CO{sub 2} laser beam. Laser-induced temperature changes were estimated using an analytic solution to the heat flow equation and compared to changes in the PL emission intensity. The results indicate that the defect concentrations decrease significantly with increasing CO{sub 2} laser exposure and are nearly eliminated when the peak surface temperature exceeds the softening point of fused silica ({approx}1900K), suggesting that this method might be suitable for in situ monitoring of repair of defective sites in fused silica optical components.

  20. Color-tunable mixed photoluminescence emission from Alq3 organic layer in metal-Alq3-metal surface plasmon structure

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    2014-01-01

    This work reports the color-tunable mixed photoluminescence (PL) emission from an Alq3 organic layer in an Au-Alq3-Au plasmonic structure through the combination of organic fluorescence emission and another form of emission that is enabled by the surface plasmons in the plasmonic structure. The emission wavelength of the latter depends on the Alq3 thickness and can be tuned within the Alq3 fluorescent spectra. Therefore, a two-color broadband, color-tunable mixed PL structure was obtained. Obvious changes in the Commission Internationale d’Eclairage (CIE) coordinates and the corresponding emission colors of Au-Alq3-Au samples clearly varied with the Alq3 thickness (90, 130, and 156 nm). PMID:25328506

  1. Scanning hall probe microscopy (SHPM) using quartz crystal AFM feedback.

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    Dede, M; Urkmen, K; Girişen, O; Atabak, M; Oral, A; Farrer, I; Ritchie, D

    2008-02-01

    Scanning Hall Probe Microscopy (SHPM) is a quantitative and non-invasive technique for imaging localized surface magnetic field fluctuations such as ferromagnetic domains with high spatial and magnetic field resolution of approximately 50 nm and 7 mG/Hz(1/2) at room temperature. In the SHPM technique, scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or atomic force microscope (AFM) feedback is used to keep the Hall sensor in close proximity of the sample surface. However, STM tracking SHPM requires conductive samples; therefore the insulating substrates have to be coated with a thin layer of gold. This constraint can be eliminated with the AFM feedback using sophisticated Hall probes that are integrated with AFM cantilevers. However it is very difficult to micro fabricate these sensors. In this work, we have eliminated the difficulty in the cantilever-Hall probe integration process, just by gluing a Hall Probe chip to a quartz crystal tuning fork force sensor. The Hall sensor chip is simply glued at the end of a 32.768 kHz or 100 kHz Quartz crystal, which is used as force sensor. An LT-SHPM system is used to scan the samples. The sensor assembly is dithered at the resonance frequency using a digital Phase Locked Loop circuit and frequency shifts are used for AFM tracking. SHPM electronics is modified to detect AFM topography and the frequency shift, along with the magnetic field image. Magnetic domains and topography of an Iron Garnet thin film crystal, NdFeB demagnetised magnet and hard disk samples are presented at room temperature. The performance is found to be comparable with the SHPM using STM feedback.

  2. High-speed AFM for Studying Dynamic Biomolecular Processes

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    Ando, Toshio

    2008-03-01

    Biological molecules show their vital activities only in aqueous solutions. It had been one of dreams in biological sciences to directly observe biological macromolecules (protein, DNA) at work under a physiological condition because such observation is straightforward to understanding their dynamic behaviors and functional mechanisms. Optical microscopy has no sufficient spatial resolution and electron microscopy is not applicable to in-liquid samples. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) can visualize molecules in liquids at high resolution but its imaging rate was too low to capture dynamic biological processes. This slow imaging rate is because AFM employs mechanical probes (cantilevers) and mechanical scanners to detect the sample height at each pixel. It is quite difficult to quickly move a mechanical device of macroscopic size with sub-nanometer accuracy without producing unwanted vibrations. It is also difficult to maintain the delicate contact between a probe tip and fragile samples. Two key techniques are required to realize high-speed AFM for biological research; fast feedback control to maintain a weak tip-sample interaction force and a technique to suppress mechanical vibrations of the scanner. Various efforts have been carried out in the past decade to materialize high-speed AFM. The current high-speed AFM can capture images on video at 30-60 frames/s for a scan range of 250nm and 100 scan lines, without significantly disturbing week biomolecular interaction. Our recent studies demonstrated that this new microscope can reveal biomolecular processes such as myosin V walking along actin tracks and association/dissociation dynamics of chaperonin GroEL-GroES that occurs in a negatively cooperative manner. The capacity of nanometer-scale visualization of dynamic processes in liquids will innovate on biological research. In addition, it will open a new way to study dynamic chemical/physical processes of various phenomena that occur at the liquid-solid interfaces.

  3. Novel Polymer Linkers for Single Molecule AFM Force Spectroscopy

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    Tong, Zenghan; Mikheikin, Andrey; Krasnoslobodtsev, Alexey; Lv, Zhengjian; Lyubchenko, Yuri L.

    2013-01-01

    Flexible polymer linkers play an important role in various imaging and probing techniques that require surface immobilization, including atomic force microscopy (AFM). In AFM force spectroscopy, polymer linkers are necessary for the covalent attachment of molecules of interest to the AFM tip and the surface. The polymer linkers tether the molecules and provide their proper orientation in probing experiments. Additionally, the linkers separate specific interactions from nonspecific short-range adhesion and serve as a reference point for the quantitative analysis of single molecule probing events. In this report, we present our results on the synthesis and testing of a novel polymer linker and the identification of a number of potential applications for its use in AFM force spectroscopy experiments. The synthesis of the linker is based on the well-developed phosphoramidate (PA) chemistry that allows the routine synthesis of linkers with predetermined lengths and PA composition. These linkers are homogeneous in length and can be terminated with various functional groups. PA linkers with different functional groups were synthesized and tested in experimental systems utilizing different immobilization chemistries. We probed interactions between complementary DNA oligonucleotides; DNA and protein complexes formed by the site-specific binding protein SfiI; and interactions between amyloid peptide (Aβ42). The results of the AFM force spectroscopy experiments validated the feasibility of the proposed approach for the linker design and synthesis. Furthermore, the properties of the tether (length, functional groups) can be adjusted to meet the specific requirements for different force spectroscopy experiments and system characteristics, suggesting that it could be used for a large number of various applications. PMID:23624104

  4. Effects of morphology on the structural and photoluminescence properties of co-precipitation derived GdVO4:Dy3+

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    Kumari, Puja; Manam, J.

    2016-10-01

    Herein, Dy3+ doped GdVO4 samples with various morphologies were prepared by the co-precipitation method at low temperature, and the effects of different morphologies on the structural and optical behaviors have been reported. The obtained samples were stabilized to the stable tetragonal structure. The IR and FESEM study were carried out to see the vibrational bonds position and surface morphology. At present PL, PLE, diffuse reflectance and decay curves have been discussed in detail. The morphology dependent photoluminescence studies were resulted to a suitable sample for the lighting and display applications.

  5. Photoluminescence spectroscopy and energy-level analysis of metal-organic-deposited Ga2O3:Cr3+ films

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    Tokida, Yoshinori; Adachi, Sadao

    2012-09-01

    The aims of this study are (i) to demonstrate the synthesis of Cr3+-activated β-Ga2O3 films by metal-organic deposition and (ii) to report the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) properties of such films from 20 to 300 K. An activation energy of ˜0.9 eV for the Cr3+ ions in β-Ga2O3 is determined from a plot of PL intensity vs calcination temperature. The red-line emission doublet R1 and R2 at ˜1.8 eV and the broad emission band with a peak at ˜1.7 eV are ascribed to the Cr3+ ions in the β-Ga2O3 host. The energies of the excited states, i.e., 2E, 4T2, 2T2, 4T1, and 4T1, in Cr3+ are determined from the experimental PL and PL excitation spectra using a newly developed analysis model. The high-energy luminescence tail of the broad 4T2 → 4A2 emission band can be explained by the hot-carrier effect of the photoexcited electrons in the 4T2 state. The relative intensities of the R-line emission doublet can also be explained very well by the population and depopulation of the electron numbers in the E¯ (R1) and 2A¯ (R2) states. PL properties, such as the temperature-dependent PL intensity, peak energy, and spectral width, are analyzed in detail.

  6. Effect of Ag/Au bilayer assisted etching on the strongly enhanced photoluminescence and visible light photocatalysis by Si nanowire arrays.

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    Ghosh, Ramesh; Imakita, Kenji; Fujii, Minoru; Giri, P K

    2016-03-21

    We report on the strongly enhanced photoluminescence (PL) and visible light photocatalysis by arrays of vertically aligned single crystalline Si nanowires (NWs) grown by Ag/Au bilayer assisted etching. High resolution FESEM and TEM imaging reveals that the Si NWs are decorated with ultra-small size arbitrary shaped Si nanocrystals (NCs) due to the lateral etching of the NWs. A strong broad band and tunable visible to near-infrared (NIR) photoluminescence (PL) in the range 1.3-2.4 eV are observed for these Si NWs/NCs at room temperature, depending on the etching conditions. Our studies reveal that the visible-NIR PL intensity is about two orders of magnitude higher and it exhibits faster decay dynamics in the bilayer assisted etching case as compared to the Ag or Au single layer etching case. The enhanced PL in the bimetal case is attributed to the longer length and higher density of the Si NWs/NCs, surface plasmon resonance enhanced absorption by residual bimetal NPs and the enhanced radiative recombination rate. Studies on the time evolution of PL spectral features with laser exposure under ambient conditions and laser power dependence reveal that both the quantum confinement of carriers in Si NCs and the nonbridging oxygen hole defects in the SiOx layer contribute to the tunable PL. Interestingly, Si NWs grown by Ag/Au bilayer assisted etching exhibit enhanced photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue in comparison to Si NWs grown by single layer Ag or Au assisted etching. The Schottky barrier present between bimetallic NPs and nanoporous Si NWs with Si-H bonds facilitates the photocatalytic activity by efficient separation of photogenerated e-h pairs. Our results demonstrate the superiority of the Si NW array grown by bilayer assisted etching for their cutting edge applications in optoelectronics and environmental cleaning.

  7. Temperature dependence of photoluminescence spectra of bilayer two-dimensional electron gases in LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} superlattices: coexistence of Auger recombination and single-carrier trapping

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    Ma, H. J. Harsan Ariando; Venkatesan, T.; Wang, S. J.

    2015-06-15

    We report emerging photoluminescence (PL) of bilayer two-dimensional electron gases (2DEG) in LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} (LAO/STO) systems. A strong blue PL emerges in bilayer-2DEGs in LAO/STO/LAO/STO which doesn’t show in LAO/STO. PL band in bilayer-2DEGs includes both nearly temperature independent Auger recombination and temperature dependent free electron trapping while it crossovers from Auger recombination to single carrier trapping in LAO/STO. The PL signal of free electron trapping appears at high temperatures and it is much stronger than Auger recombination in the conducting channel in bilayer 2DEGs. This observation shows that high mobility carriers dominate the carrier dynamics in bilayer-2DEGs in LAO/STO superlattices.

  8. Explanations of the unusual photoluminescence observed in annealed InGaN/GaN multi quantum well

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    Biswas, Dipankar Bera, Partha Pratim Mistry, Apu

    2015-05-15

    During growth and fabrication of devices, InGaN/GaN QWs undergo several thermal cyclings which causes redistribution of the elements, particularly In in the QW structures. This causes significant changes in the optical properties of the QWs. The thermal cyclings are often accompanied by alloy clustering and phase separation. So in order to have a deep knowledge of how the nano structures behave with thermal cyclings the process is simulated through successive annealing at high temperatures which are accompanied by photoluminescence (PL) measurements to obtain the optical properties at each stage. III-V nanostructures, in most usual cases, on annealing lead to a monotonic blue shift of the PL peak energy and goes into saturation. Recently there were reports in which the PL peak initially had a red shift which was followed by an increase in energy, a blue shift i.e. the PL peak goes through an inflexion. These unusual observations have been explained in this paper through quantum mechanical models and computations, which remained unexplained.

  9. Photoluminescence and light reabsorption in SiC quantum dots embedded in binary-polyelectrolyte solid matrix

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    Zhang, Nan; Dai, Dejian; Zhang, Wenxia; Fan, Jiyang

    2012-11-01

    We report photoluminescence (PL) and light reabsorption in the SiC quantum dots (QDs) embedded in the binary poly(allylamine hydrochloride)-sodium poly(styrene sulfonate) polyelectrolytes solid matrix. The emission maximum wavelength can be tuned over a wide blue-violet spectral region indicating a PL origin of quantum confinement. The emission maximum exhibits a red shift with increasing concentration of the QDs in the polyelectrolytes matrix. The analysis shows that this shift stems from reabsorption of PL of smaller SiC QDs by larger ones in the matrix. We find that deposition of Ag nanoparticles on the surface of the solid matrix can dramatically reduce light reabsorption owing to surface plasmon-induced concentration of incident light. Additionally, the PL intensity was enhanced by a factor of 1.4. Our results open the possibility of the SiC QDs-based solid blue-UV light emitters for applications in full-solid-state lighting and display.

  10. Effects of N Incorporation on the Structural and Photoluminescence Characteristics of GaSbN/GaSb Single Quantum Wells

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    Iyer, Prof Shanthi

    2007-01-01

    The structural and optical properties of GaSbN single quantum wells grown on GaSb substrates by solid source molecular beam epitaxy have been investigated for N concentrations up to 1.5%. The presence of well resolved and pronounced Pendellosung fringes, dynamical diffraction rods seen in the corresponding reciprocal space map, and triple axis full width at half maximum of 10-11 arcsec of the substrate and epilayer peak indicates epilayers of excellent quality with smooth interfaces. Low temperature photoluminescence (PL) exhibited sharp and discrete N related PL line features below the GaSb band edge. Their dependence on N concentration as well as measurement temperature and excitation intensity of the PL strongly suggests that these lines correspond to highly localized N pair/cluster states. No significant effect of in-situ annealing in Sb ambient on the PL features was observed, while ex-situ annealing in N ambient led to the annihilation of these features.

  11. Upconversion photoluminescence in GeO2-PbO glass codoped with Nd3+ and Yb3+

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    Elan, Felipe; Falcão-Filho, Edilson L.; Camilo, Maurício E.; Garcia, José A. M.; Kassab, Luciana R. P.; de Araújo, Cid B.

    2016-10-01

    Frequency upconversion (UC) photoluminescence (PL) in GeO2-PbO glass codoped with trivalent ions of neodymium (Nd3+) and ytterbium (Yb3+) is reported. A diode laser operating at 977.7 nm, in resonance with the ytterbium transition 2F7/2 → 2F5/2, was the excitation source. Four PL spectral lines, corresponding to the Nd3+ transitions 4G9/2 → 4I9/2 (at 500 nm), 4G7/2 → 4I9/2 (at 550 nm), [4G5/2; 2G7/2] → 4I11/2 (at 595 nm) and 4G7/2 → 4I13/2 (at 660 nm), were observed and characterized. The quadratic dependence of the PL intensities versus the laser power indicates that two laser photons participate in the UC process. The temperature dependence of the PL emissions from 300 to 390 K was also investigated to identify the contribution of phonons for the UC process. The dependence of the UC intensity with the Yb3+ concentration and the time behavior of the UC signal indicated the presence of two energy transfer (ET) pathways involving Nd3+-Yb3+ pairs and Yb3+-Nd3+-Yb3+ triads. Rate-equations for the population densities of the rare-earth energy levels were used to describe the dynamics of the UC emission and to determine the ET rates.

  12. High photoluminescence stability of CaGa4O7:Eu3+ red phosphor in wide excitation intensity interval

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    Leanenia, M. S.; Lutsenko, E. V.; Rzheutski, M. V.; Yablonskii, G. P.; Naghiyev, T. G.; Ganbarova, H. B.; Tagiev, O. B.

    2016-04-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) of CaGa4O7 compound doped with Eu3+ ions is studied. It is shown that room temperature emission spectrum of CaGa4O7 compound consists of groups of lines in the red spectral region, caused by electronic transitions 5D0 → 7Fj (j = 1, 2, 3, 4) in Eu3+ ions with the most intensive lines at 612 nm and 615 nm. It is evaluated that low local symmetry of Eu3+ ion appears in the presence of several lines for each transitions. The PL decay constants were found to be in the range of 1.1-1.3 ms. Non-exponential rise was observed in the beginning of PL kinetics and assumed with energy transfer between Eu3+ ions in different sites in host lattice. Weak thermal quenching is shown in the temperature range of 10-300 K. Extreme stability of PL spectra and efficiency in a wide excitation intensity range of 104-108 W/cm2 were achieved. A slight emission efficiency reversible droop by only 25% is found to be at the excitation intensities from 2 · 107 W/cm2 to 108 W/cm2.

  13. A label-free silicon quantum dots-based photoluminescence sensor for ultrasensitive detection of pesticides.

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    Yi, Yinhui; Zhu, Gangbing; Liu, Chang; Huang, Yan; Zhang, Youyu; Li, Haitao; Zhao, Jiangna; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2013-12-01

    Sensitive, rapid, and simple detection methods for the screening of extensively used organophosphorus pesticides and highly toxic nerve agents are in urgent demand. A novel label-free silicon quantum dots (SiQDs)-based sensor was designed for ultrasensitive detection of pesticides. This sensing strategy involves the reaction of acetylcholine chloride (ACh) with acetylcholinesterase (AChE) to form choline that is in turn catalytically oxidized by choline oxidase (ChOx) to produce betaine and H2O2 which can quench the photoluminescence (PL) of SiQDs. Upon the addition of pesticides, the activity of AChE is inhibited, leading to the decrease of the generated H2O2, and hence the PL of SiQDs increases. By measuring the increase in SiQDs PL, the inhibition efficiency of pesticide to AChE activity was evaluated. It was found that the inhibition efficiency was linearly dependent on the logarithm of the pesticides concentration. Consequently, pesticides, such as carbaryl, parathion, diazinon, and phorate, were determined with the SiQDs PL sensing method. The lowest detectable concentrations for carbaryl, parathion, diazinon, and phorate reached 7.25 × 10(-9), 3.25 × 10(-8), 6.76 × 10(-8), and 1.9 × 10(-7) g/L, respectively, which were much lower than those previously reported. The detecting results of pesticide residues in food samples via this method agree well with those from high-performance liquid chromatography. The simple strategy reported here should be suitable for on-site pesticides detection, especially in combination with other portable platforms.

  14. Integrated smartphone imaging of quantum dot photoluminescence and Förster resonance energy transfer

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    Petryayeva, Eleonora; Algar, W. Russ

    2015-06-01

    Smartphones and other mobile devices are emerging as promising analytical platforms for point-of-care diagnostics, particularly when combined with nanotechnology. For example, we have shown that the optical properties of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are well suited to photoluminescence (PL) detection with a smartphone camera. However, this previous work has utilized an external excitation source for interrogation of QD PL. In this proceeding, we demonstrate that the white-light LED photographic flashes built into smartphones can be optically filtered to yield blue light suitable for excitation of QD PL. Measurements were made by recording video with filtered flash illumination and averaging the frames of the video to obtain images with good signal-to-background ratios. These images permitted detection of green-emitting and red-emitting QDs at levels comparable to those possible with excitation using an external long-wave UV lamp. The optical properties of QDs proved to be uniquely suited to smartphone PL imaging, exhibiting emission that was 1-2 orders magnitude brighter than that of common fluorescent dyes under the same conditions. Excitation with the smartphone flash was also suitable for imaging of FRET between green-emitting QD donors and Alexa Fluor 555 (A555) fluorescent dye acceptors. No significant difference in FRET imaging capability was observed between excitation with the smartphone flash and a long-wave UV lamp. Although the smartphone flash did have some disadvantages compared to an external UV lamp, these disadvantages are potentially offset by the benefit of having excitation and detection integrated into the smartphone.

  15. Raman and photoluminescence studies of poly (p-phenylene sulfide) films

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    Pan, Z.

    1992-01-01

    Scope and method of study. Micro-Raman and photoluminescence (PL) measurements have been performed on various poly (p-phenylene sulfide) (PPS) films to investigate the morphology and emission properties of this important polymer material. A cw argon laser at 514.5 nm was used in the Raman study while a pulsed Nd:YAG laser at 355 nm was used in the PL study. A phenylene-sulfur stretching vibration model was proposed to interpret the influence of polymer crystallinity on the Raman spectrum and to calculate the effective force constant. A lattice relaxation model was developed to explain the vibronic structure in the PL spectrum and the electron-phonon coupling in PPS. Findings and conclusions: It was found that: (i) the intensity, and the line profile of the main Raman band at 1076 cm[sup [minus]1] were related to the crystallinity of the PPS film; (ii) the effective stretching and bending force constants between the phenylene ring and the sulfur atom were determined; (iii) new Raman lines at 840 and 919 cm[sup [minus]1] were observed and assigned to the out of plane C-H bending modes; (iv) the vibronic structure with energy spacing equal to the phenylene-sulfur stretching mode was observed in low temperature PL spectrum of all PPS samples, which provided evidence that the electronic transition was coupled to the intrachain stretching in PPS; (V) the electron-phonon coupling strength and the temporary lattice distortion were determined for the unaged and aged films. The coupling strength was reduced in the aged sample possibly due to the increased [pi]-orbital overlap caused by the crosslinking which resulted from the thermal-aging process.

  16. Oxide nanocrystal based nanocomposites for fabricating photoplastic AFM probes

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    Ingrosso, Chiara; Martin-Olmos, Cristina; Llobera, Andreu; Innocenti, Claudia; Sangregorio, Claudio; Striccoli, Marinella; Agostiano, Angela; Voigt, Anja; Gruetzner, Gabi; Brugger, Jürgen; Perez-Murano, Francesc; Curri, Maria Lucia

    2011-11-01

    We report on the synthesis, characterization and application of a novel nanocomposite made of a negative tone epoxy based photoresist modified with organic-capped Fe2O3 nanocrystals (NCs). The mechanical properties of the nanocomposite drastically improve upon incorporation of a suitable concentration of NCs in the polymer, without deteriorating its photolithography performance. High aspect ratio 3D microstructures made of the nanocomposite have been fabricated with a uniform surface morphology and with a resolution down to few micrometres. The embedded organic-capped Fe2O3 NCs drastically increase the stiffness and hardness of the epoxy based photoresist matrix, making the final material extremely interesting for manufacturing miniaturized polymer based mechanical devices and systems. In particular, the nanocomposite has been used as structural material for fabricating photoplastic Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) probes with integrated tips showing outstanding mechanical response and high resolution imaging performance. The fabricated probes consist of straight cantilevers with low stress-gradient and high quality factors, incorporating sharp polymeric tips. They present considerably improved performance compared to pure epoxy based photoresist AFM probes, and to commercial silicon AFM probes.We report on the synthesis, characterization and application of a novel nanocomposite made of a negative tone epoxy based photoresist modified with organic-capped Fe2O3 nanocrystals (NCs). The mechanical properties of the nanocomposite drastically improve upon incorporation of a suitable concentration of NCs in the polymer, without deteriorating its photolithography performance. High aspect ratio 3D microstructures made of the nanocomposite have been fabricated with a uniform surface morphology and with a resolution down to few micrometres. The embedded organic-capped Fe2O3 NCs drastically increase the stiffness and hardness of the epoxy based photoresist matrix, making the

  17. Photoluminescence of a quantum-dot molecule

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    Kruchinin, Stanislav Yu.; Rukhlenko, Ivan D.; Baimuratov, Anvar S.; Leonov, Mikhail Yu.; Turkov, Vadim K.; Baranov, Alexander V.; Fedorov, Anatoly V.; Gun'ko, Yurii K.

    2015-01-07

    The coherent coupling of quantum dots is a sensitive indicator of the energy and phase relaxation processes taking place in the nanostructure components. We formulate a theory of low-temperature, stationary photoluminescence from a quantum-dot molecule composed of two spherical quantum dots whose electronic subsystems are resonantly coupled via the Coulomb interaction. We show that the coupling leads to the hybridization of the first excited states of the quantum dots, manifesting itself as a pair of photoluminescence peaks with intensities and spectral positions strongly dependent on the geometric, material, and relaxation parameters of the quantum-dot molecule. These parameters are explicitly contained in the analytical expression for the photoluminescence differential cross section derived in the paper. The developed theory and expression obtained are essential in interpreting and analyzing spectroscopic data on the secondary emission of coherently coupled quantum systems.

  18. Bacterial versus human sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase (S1PL) in the design of potential S1PL inhibitors.

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    Sanllehí, Pol; Abad, José-Luis; Casas, Josefina; Bujons, Jordi; Delgado, Antonio

    2016-09-15

    A series of potential active-site sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase (S1PL) inhibitors have been designed from scaffolds 1 and 2, arising from virtual screening using the X-ray structures of the bacterial (StS1PL) and the human (hS1PL) enzymes. Both enzymes are very similar at the active site, as confirmed by the similar experimental kinetic constants shown by the fluorogenic substrate RBM13 in both cases. However, the docking scoring functions used probably overestimated the weight of electrostatic interactions between the ligands and key active-site residues in the protein environment, which may account for the modest activity found for the designed inhibitors. In addition, the possibility that the inhibitors do not reach the enzyme active site should not be overlooked. Finally, since both enzymes show remarkable structural differences at the access channel and in the proximity to the active site cavity, caution should be taken when designing inhibitors acting around that area, as evidenced by the much lower activity found in StS1PL for the potent hS1PL inhibitor D. PMID:27475537

  19. Astronomia.pl: Portal activity in 2006-2007

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    Czart, K.; Pomierny, J.

    2008-06-01

    We present the latest activity of Astronomia.pl - the Polish Astronomy Portal, the most popular internet portal about astronomy in Poland. Astronomia.pl is a wide-ranging portal, covering news, a database of articles, books, lectures, an astronomical calendar, a newsletter, a virtual library of diploma theses, a discussion forum, chat, galleries, a catalogue of websites and other services. The portal also owns several additional services like an on-line lexicon with biographies of astronomers, a website about Polish planetariums and a server for websites created by astronomy amateurs. There is also small part of the portal in English.

  20. Surface plasmon resonance induced Er{sup 3+} photoluminescence enhancement in tellurite glass

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    Fares, Hssen Férid, Mokhtar; Elhouichet, Habib; Gelloz, Bernard

    2015-05-21

    The melt quenching method is used to prepare tellurite glasses co-activated with erbium ions and silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). The glass samples are characterized by x-ray diffraction, UV-vis-NIR absorption, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The XRD pattern shows no sharp peak indicating an amorphous nature of the glasses. The presence of Ag NPs is confirmed from TEM micrograph. The absorption spectra reveal not only the peaks due to Er{sup 3+} ions, but also the surface plasmon resonance band of silver NPs in the 510–535 nm range. The J-O model has been applied to the room temperature absorption intensities of Er{sup 3+} (4f{sup 11}) transitions to establish the so-called J-O intensity parameters: Ω{sub 2}, Ω{sub 4}, and Ω{sub 6}. The intensity parameters are used to determine the radiative decay rates (emission probabilities of transitions) and branching ratios of the Er{sup 3+} transitions from the excited state J manifolds to the lower-lying J' manifolds. Intensified of 1.53 μm band is obtained for the sample containing 0.5 mol. % of AgNO{sub 3} (Ag0.5 glass) using for excitation a laser operating at 980 nm. The simultaneous influence of the Ag NPs → Er{sup 3+} energy transfer and the contribution of the intensified local field effect due to the silver NPs give origin to the enhancement of both the Photoluminescence (PL) intensity and the PL lifetime relative to the {sup 4}I{sub 13/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 15/2} transition, whereas the quenching is ascribed to the energy transfer from Er{sup 3+} ions to silver NPs. Based on the analysis of the temperature dependence of the PL intensity and decay time, we identified a weak back transfer process from Er to the glass host that makes the quenching of the PL intensity weak. Large magnitudes of calculated emission cross-section (σ{sub e}), effective bandwidth (Δλ{sub eff}), and bandwidth quality factor (FWHM × σ{sub e}) relatives to {sup 4}I{sub 13

  1. Quasi-Fermi level splitting and sub-bandgap absorptivity from semiconductor photoluminescence

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    Katahara, John K.; Hillhouse, Hugh W.

    2014-11-01

    A unified model for the direct gap absorption coefficient (band-edge and sub-bandgap) is developed that encompasses the functional forms of the Urbach, Thomas-Fermi, screened Thomas-Fermi, and Franz-Keldysh models of sub-bandgap absorption as specific cases. We combine this model of absorption with an occupation-corrected non-equilibrium Planck law for the spontaneous emission of photons to yield a model of photoluminescence (PL) with broad applicability to band-band photoluminescence from intrinsic, heavily doped, and strongly compensated semiconductors. The utility of the model is that it is amenable to full-spectrum fitting of absolute intensity PL data and yields: (1) the quasi-Fermi level splitting, (2) the local lattice temperature, (3) the direct bandgap, (4) the functional form of the sub-bandgap absorption, and (5) the energy broadening parameter (Urbach energy, magnitude of potential fluctuations, etc.). The accuracy of the model is demonstrated by fitting the room temperature PL spectrum of GaAs. It is then applied to Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGSSe) and Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) to reveal the nature of their tail states. For GaAs, the model fit is excellent, and fitted parameters match literature values for the bandgap (1.42 eV), functional form of the sub-bandgap states (purely Urbach in nature), and energy broadening parameter (Urbach energy of 9.4 meV). For CIGSSe and CZTSSe, the model fits yield quasi-Fermi leveling splittings that match well with the open circuit voltages measured on devices made from the same materials and bandgaps that match well with those extracted from EQE measurements on the devices. The power of the exponential decay of the absorption coefficient into the bandgap is found to be in the range of 1.2 to 1.6, suggesting that tunneling in the presence of local electrostatic potential fluctuations is a dominant factor contributing to the sub-bandgap absorption by either purely electrostatic (screened Thomas-Fermi) or a photon

  2. Simultaneous AFM nano-patterning and imaging for photomask repair

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    Keyvani, Aliasghar; Tamer, Mehmet S.; van Es, Maarten H.; Sadeghian, Hamed

    2016-03-01

    In this paper we present a new AFM based nano-patterning technique that can be used for fast defect repairing of high resolution photomasks and possibly other high-speed nano-patterning applications. The proposed method works based on hammering the sample with tapping mode AFM followed by wet cleaning of the residuals. On the area where a specific pattern should be written, the tip-sample interaction force is tuned in a controlled manner by changing the excitation frequency of the cantilever without interrupting the imaging process. Using this method several patterns where transferred to different samples with imaging speed. While the pattern was transferred to the sample in each tracing scan line, the patterned sample was imaged in retracing scan line, thus the outcome was immediately visible during the experiment.

  3. BOREAS AFM-5 Level-1 Upper Air Network Data

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    Barr, Alan; Hrynkiw, Charmaine; Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-5 team collected and processed data from the numerous radiosonde flights during the project. The goals of the AFM-05 team were to provide large-scale definition of the atmosphere by supplementing the existing Atmospheric Environment Service (AES) aerological network, both temporally and spatially. This data set includes basic upper-air parameters collected from the network of upper-air stations during the 1993, 1994, and 1996 field campaigns over the entire study region. The data are contained in tabular ASCII files. The level-1 upper-air network data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files also are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  4. Insights into Epoxy Network Nanostructural Heterogeneity Using AFM-IR.

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    Morsch, Suzanne; Liu, Yanwen; Lyon, Stuart B; Gibbon, Simon R

    2016-01-13

    The first direct observation of a chemically heterogeneous nanostructure within an epoxy resin is reported. Epoxy resins comprise the matrix component of many high performance composites, coatings and adhesives, yet the molecular network structure that underpins the performance of these industrially essential materials is not well understood. Internal nodular morphologies have repeatedly been reported for epoxy resins analyzed using SEM or AFM, yet the origin of these features remains a contentious subject, and epoxies are still commonly assumed to be chemically homogeneous. Uniquely, in this contribution we use the recently developed AFM-IR technique to eliminate previous differences in interpretation, and establish that nodule features correspond to heterogeneous network connectivity within an epoxy phenolic formulation.

  5. MDI: integrity index of cytoskeletal fibers observed by AFM

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    Manghi, Massimo; Bruni, Luca; Croci, Simonetta

    2016-06-01

    The Modified Directional Index (MDI) is a form factor of the angular spectrum computed from the 2D Fourier transform of an image marking the prevalence of rectilinear features throughout the picture. We study some properties of the index and we apply it to AFM images of cell cytoskeleton regions featuring patterns of rectilinear nearly parallel actin filaments as in the case of microfilaments grouped in bundles. The analysis of AFM images through MDI calculation quantifies the fiber directionality changes which could be related to fiber damages. This parameter is applied to the images of Hs 578Bst cell line, non-tumoral and not immortalized human epithelial cell line, irradiated with X-rays at doses equivalent to typical radiotherapy treatment fractions. In the reported samples, we could conclude that the damages are mainly born to the membrane and not to the cytoskeleton. It could be interesting to test the parameter also using other kinds of chemical or physical agents.

  6. On CD-AFM bias related to probe bending

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    Ukraintsev, V. A.; Orji, N. G.; Vorburger, T. V.; Dixson, R. G.; Fu, J.; Silver, R. M.

    2012-03-01

    Critical Dimension AFM (CD-AFM) is a widely used reference metrology. To characterize modern semiconductor devices, very small and flexible probes, often 15 nm to 20 nm in diameter, are now frequently used. Several recent publications have reported on uncontrolled and significant probe-to-probe bias variation during linewidth and sidewall angle measurements [1,2]. Results obtained in this work suggest that probe bending can be on the order of several nanometers and thus potentially can explain much of the observed CD-AFM probe-to-probe bias variation. We have developed and experimentally tested one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) models to describe the bending of cylindrical probes. An earlier 1D bending model reported by Watanabe et al. [3] was refined. Contributions from several new phenomena were considered, including: probe misalignment, diameter variation near the carbon nanotube tip (CNT) apex, probe bending before snapping, distributed van der Waals-London force, etc. The methodology for extraction of the Hamaker probe-surface interaction energy from experimental probe bending data was developed. To overcome limitations of the 1D model, a new 2D distributed force (DF) model was developed. Comparison of the new model with the 1D single point force (SPF) model revealed about 27 % difference in probe bending bias between the two. A simple linear relation between biases predicted by the 1D SPF and 2D DF models was found. This finding simplifies use of the advanced 2D DF model of probe bending in various CD-AFM applications. New 2D and three-dimensional (3D) CDAFM data analysis software is needed to take full advantage of the new bias correction modeling capabilities.

  7. LET Spectrum Measurements In CR-39 PNTD With AFM

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    Johnson, C. E.; DeWitt, J. M.; Benton, E. R.; Yasuda, N.; Benton, E. V.

    2011-06-01

    Energetic protons, neutrons, and heavy ions undergoing collisions with target nuclei of varying Z can produce residual heavy recoil fragments via intra-nuclear cascade/evaporation reactions. The particles produced in these non-elastic collisions generally have such extremely short range ({approx}<10 {mu}m) that they cannot be directly observed by conventional detection methods including CR-39 plastic nuclear track detector (PNTD) that has been chemically etched for analysis by standard visible light microscopy. However, high-LET recoil fragments having range on the order of several cell diameters can be produced in tissue during radiotherapy using proton and carbon beams. We have developed a method to analyze short-range, high-LET tracks in CR-39 plastic nuclear track detector (PNTD) using short duration chemical etching ({approx}<1 {mu}m) following by automated atomic force microscope (AFM) scanning. The post-scan data processing used in this work was based on semi-automated matrix analysis opposed to traditional grey-scale image analysis. This method takes advantage of the 3-D data obtained via AFM to achieve robust discrimination of nuclear tracks from other features inherently present in the post-etch detector surface. Through automation of AFM scanning, sufficient AFM scan frames were obtained to attain an LET spectrum spanning the LET range from 200-1500 keV/{mu}m. In addition to our experiments, simulations were carried out with the Monte Carlo transport code, FLUKA. To demonstrate this method, CR-39 PNTD was exposed to the proton therapy beam at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) at 60 and 230 MeV. Additionally, detectors were exposed to 1 GeV protons at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). For these exposures CR-39 PNTD, Al and Cu target foils were used between detector layers.

  8. LET Spectrum Measurements In CR-39 PNTD With AFM

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    Johnson, C. E.; DeWitt, J. M.; Benton, E. R.; Yasuda, N.; Benton, E. V.

    2011-06-01

    Energetic protons, neutrons, and heavy ions undergoing collisions with target nuclei of varying Z can produce residual heavy recoil fragments via intra-nuclear cascade/evaporation reactions. The particles produced in these non-elastic collisions generally have such extremely short range (˜<10 μm) that they cannot be directly observed by conventional detection methods including CR-39 plastic nuclear track detector (PNTD) that has been chemically etched for analysis by standard visible light microscopy. However, high-LET recoil fragments having range on the order of several cell diameters can be produced in tissue during radiotherapy using proton and carbon beams. We have developed a method to analyze short-range, high-LET tracks in CR-39 plastic nuclear track detector (PNTD) using short duration chemical etching (˜<1 μm) following by automated atomic force microscope (AFM) scanning. The post-scan data processing used in this work was based on semi-automated matrix analysis opposed to traditional grey-scale image analysis. This method takes advantage of the 3-D data obtained via AFM to achieve robust discrimination of nuclear tracks from other features inherently present in the post-etch detector surface. Through automation of AFM scanning, sufficient AFM scan frames were obtained to attain an LET spectrum spanning the LET range from 200-1500 keV/μm. In addition to our experiments, simulations were carried out with the Monte Carlo transport code, FLUKA. To demonstrate this method, CR-39 PNTD was exposed to the proton therapy beam at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) at 60 and 230 MeV. Additionally, detectors were exposed to 1 GeV protons at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). For these exposures CR-39 PNTD, Al and Cu target foils were used between detector layers.

  9. Quantitative nano-mechanics of biological cells with AFM

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    Sokolov, Igor

    2013-03-01

    The importance of study of living cells is hard to overestimate. Cell mechanics is a relatively young, yet not a well-developed area. Besides just a fundamental interest, large practical need has emerged to measure cell mechanics quantitatively. Recent studies revealed a significant correlation between stiffness of biological cells and various human diseases, such as cancer, malaria, arthritis, and even aging. However, really quantitative studies of mechanics of biological cells are virtually absent. It is not even clear if the cell, being a complex and heterogeneous object, can be described by the elastic modulus at all. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a natural instrument to study properties of cells in their native environments. Here we will demonstrate that quantitative measurements of elastic modulus of cells with AFM are possible. Specifically, we will show that the ``cell body'' (cell without ``brush'' surface layer, a non-elastic layer surrounding cells) typically demonstrates the response of a homogeneous elastic medium up to the deformation of 10-20%, but if and only if a) the cellular brush layer is taken into account, b) rather dull AFM probes are used. This will be justified with the help of the strong condition of elastic behavior of material: the elastic modulus is shown to be independent on the indentation depth. We will also demonstrate that an attempt either to ignore the brush layer or to use sharp AFM probes will result in the violation of the strong condition, which implies impossibility to use the concept of the elastic modulus to describe cell mechanics in such experiments. Examples of quantitative measurements of the Young's modulus of the cell body and the cell brush parameters will be given for various cells. Address when submitting: Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699

  10. LET spectrum measurements in Cr-39 PNTD with AFM

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    Johnson, Carl Edward; De Witt, Joel M; Benton, Eric R; Yasuda, Nakahiro; Benton, Eugene V

    2010-01-01

    Energetic protons, neutrons, and heavy ions undergoing collisions with target nuclei of varying Z can produce residual heavy recoil fragments via intra-nuclear cascade/evaporation reactions. The particles produced in these non-elastic collisions generally have such extremely short range ({approx}< 10 {mu}m) that they cannot be directly observed by conventional detection methods including CR-39 plastic nuclear track detector (PNTD) that has been chemically etched for analysis by standard visible light microscopy. However, high-LET recoil fragments having range on the order of several cell diameters can be produced in tissue during radiotherapy using proton and carbon beams. We have developed a method to analyze short-range, high-LET tracks in CR-39 plastic nuclear track detector (PNTD) using short duration chemical etching ({approx}< 1 {mu}m) followed by automated atomic force microscope (AFM) scanning. The post-scan data processing used in this work was based on semi-automated matrix analysis opposed to traditional grey-scale image analysis. This method takes advantage of the 3-D data obtained via AFM to achieve robust discrimination of nuclear tracks from other features. Through automation of AFM scanning, sufficient AFM scan frames were obtained to attain an LET spectrum spanning the LET range from 200-1500 keV/{mu}m. In addition to our experiments, simulations were carried out with the Monte Carlo transport code, FLUKA. To demonstrate this method, CR-39 PNTD was exposed to the proton therapy beam at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) at 60 and 230 MeV. Additionally, detectors were exposed to I GeV protons at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). For these exposures CR-39 PNTD, Al and Cu target foils were used between detector layers.

  11. Origin of porous silicon photoluminescence: Evidence for a surface bound oxyhydride-like emitter

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    Gole, James L.; Dudel, Frank P.; Grantier, David; Dixon, David A.

    1997-07-01

    Time-dependent excitation spectroscopy coupled with quantum chemical calculations is used to demonstrate that the photoluminescence (PL) resulting from the ultraviolet optical pumping of an etched porous silicon (PS) surface results from a silicon oxyhydride-like fluorophor bound to the PS surface. The time-dependent PL, in both aqueous (HF/H2O and HF/CH3OH/H2O) and nonaqueous [MeCN/HF (anhydrous)] etching media, has been monitored both in situ, during the etching cycle and before the PS sample is removed from the etching solution, and ex situ, after removal of the PS sample from the etching solution. The early appearance in time of the PS luminescence is consistent with the formation of a surface bound emitter created on a time scale (<=10 s) much shorter than that needed for pore formation. Laser excitation spectra (PLE) over the wavelength range extending from 193 to 400 nm produce an almost identical time-dependent PL emission feature between 550 and 700 nm. Influenced strongly by the chemical composition of the etch solution, an intermediate ``green'' emitter can be excited with select laser pumping wavelengths and observed to transform to the final ``orange-red'' luminescent product. In conjunction with experiments whose focus has been to compare the time-dependent PL after ArF (193 nm) and N2 (337 nm) laser excitation (PLE), the data suggest the pumping of an excited-state manifold for a molecule-like species followed by rapid relaxation via nonradiative transitions down the manifold and the subsequent emission of radiation at much longer wavelength. Detailed quantum chemical modeling supports this interpretation and suggests a correlation to changes in the bonding associated with electronic transitions that involve silanone-like ground electronic singlet states and their low-lying triplet excitons. Especially important are those changes involving SiO related bonds. A substantial shift in the excited-state manifold, relative to the ground state, correlates

  12. Nanoscale fabrication of a peptide layer using an AFM probe

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    Nakamura, Chikashi; Miyamoto, Chie; Obataya, Ikuo; Nakamura, Noriyuki; Miyake, Jun

    2004-12-01

    Scanning probe microscopy has been applied in many studies to manipulate atoms or molecules. In particular, force spectroscopy using an atomic force microscope (AFM) is a powerful tool to elucidate intermolecular or intramolecular interactions and provide mechanical information. If enzymes could retain their activity when immobilized on probes, not only could enzyme-substrate interactions be investigated but also the probes could be used for precise biomolecular manipulation at the nano-scale. In our study, a method based on "Enzymatic Nanolithography" was successfully performed in a buffered solution using Staphylococcal serine V8 protease and AFM. To estimate the fabricating activity of the protease immobilized on the AFM tip to peptides immobilized on a substrate, we designed and synthesized peptides that showed enzymatic action specific to the protease. When the protease digested the reporter peptide a quencher residue was released from the main flame of the peptide and resulted in fluorescence. In the designed 9 mer peptides, TAMRA functioned as a good quencher for FAM. After contact of the protease-immobilized tip to the reporter peptide layer, a fluorescent area was observed by microscopic imaging.

  13. Confocal Raman-AFM, A New Tool for Materials Research

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    Schmidt, Ute

    2005-03-01

    Characterization of heterogeneous systems, e.g. polymers, on the nanometer scale continues to grow in importance and to impact key applications in the field of materials science, nanotechnology and catalysis. The development of advanced polymeric materials for such applications requires detailed information about the physical and chemical properties of these materials on the nanometer scale. However, some details about the phase-separation process in polymers are difficult to study with conventional characterization techniques due to the inability of these methods to chemically differentiate materials with good spatial resolution, without damage, staining or preferential solvent washing. The CR-AFM is a breakthrough in microscopy. It combines three measuring techniques in one instrument: a high resolution confocal optical microscope, an extremely sensitive Raman spectroscopy system, and an Atomic Force Microscope. Using this instrument, the high spatial and topographical resolution obtained with an AFM can be directly linked to the chemical information gained by Confocal Raman spectroscopy. To demonstrate the capabilities of this unique combination of measuring techniques, polymer blend films, spin coated on glass substrates, have been characterized. AFM measurements reveal the structural and mechanical properties of the films, whereas Raman spectral images show the chemical composition of the blends.

  14. In situ hydrodynamic lateral force calibration of AFM colloidal probes.

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    Ryu, Sangjin; Franck, Christian

    2011-11-01

    Lateral force microscopy (LFM) is an application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) to sense lateral forces applied to the AFM probe tip. Recent advances in tissue engineering and functional biomaterials have shown a need for the surface characterization of their material and biochemical properties under the application of lateral forces. LFM equipped with colloidal probes of well-defined tip geometries has been a natural fit to address these needs but has remained limited to provide primarily qualitative results. For quantitative measurements, LFM requires the successful determination of the lateral force or torque conversion factor of the probe. Usually, force calibration results obtained in air are used for force measurements in liquids, but refractive index differences between air and liquids induce changes in the conversion factor. Furthermore, in the case of biochemically functionalized tips, damage can occur during calibration because tip-surface contact is inevitable in most calibration methods. Therefore, a nondestructive in situ lateral force calibration is desirable for LFM applications in liquids. Here we present an in situ hydrodynamic lateral force calibration method for AFM colloidal probes. In this method, the laterally scanned substrate surface generated a creeping Couette flow, which deformed the probe under torsion. The spherical geometry of the tip enabled the calculation of tip drag forces, and the lateral torque conversion factor was calibrated from the lateral voltage change and estimated torque. Comparisons with lateral force calibrations performed in air show that the hydrodynamic lateral force calibration method enables quantitative lateral force measurements in liquid using colloidal probes.

  15. Near-Field Spectroscopy with Nanoparticles Deposited by AFM

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    Anderson, Mark S.

    2008-01-01

    An alternative approach to apertureless near-field optical spectroscopy involving an atomic-force microscope (AFM) entails less complexity of equipment than does a prior approach. The alternative approach has been demonstrated to be applicable to apertureless near-field optical spectroscopy of the type using an AFM and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), and is expected to be equally applicable in cases in which infrared or fluorescence spectroscopy is used. Apertureless near-field optical spectroscopy is a means of performing spatially resolved analyses of chemical compositions of surface regions of nanostructured materials. In apertureless near-field spectroscopy, it is common practice to utilize nanostructured probe tips or nanoparticles (usually of gold) having shapes and dimensions chosen to exploit plasmon resonances so as to increase spectroscopic-signal strengths. To implement the particular prior approach to which the present approach is an alternative, it is necessary to integrate a Raman spectrometer with an AFM and to utilize a special SERS-active probe tip. The resulting instrumentation system is complex, and the tasks of designing and constructing the system and using the system to acquire spectro-chemical information from nanometer-scale regions on a surface are correspondingly demanding.

  16. Nanoscale rippling on polymer surfaces induced by AFM manipulation

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    2015-01-01

    Summary Nanoscale rippling induced by an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip can be observed after performing one or many scans over the same area on a range of materials, namely ionic salts, metals, and semiconductors. However, it is for the case of polymer films that this phenomenon has been widely explored and studied. Due to the possibility of varying and controlling various parameters, this phenomenon has recently gained a great interest for some technological applications. The advent of AFM cantilevers with integrated heaters has promoted further advances in the field. An alternative method to heating up the tip is based on solvent-assisted viscoplastic deformations, where the ripples develop upon the application of a relatively low force to a solvent-rich film. An ensemble of AFM-based procedures can thus produce nanoripples on polymeric surfaces quickly, efficiently, and with an unprecedented order and control. However, even if nanorippling has been observed in various distinct modes and many theoretical models have been since proposed, a full understanding of this phenomenon is still far from being achieved. This review aims at summarizing the current state of the art in the perspective of achieving control over the rippling process on polymers at a nanoscale level. PMID:26733086

  17. Decontamination of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on green onions using pulsed light (PL) and PL-surfactant-sanitizer combinations.

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    Xu, Wenqing; Chen, Haiqiang; Huang, Yaoxin; Wu, Changqing

    2013-08-16

    Imported green onion has been associated with three large outbreaks in the USA. Contamination has been found on both domestic and imported green onions. The objective of our study was to investigate Escherichia coli O157:H7 inactivation efficacy of pulsed light (PL) as well as its combination with surfactant and/or sanitizers on green onions. Green onions were cut into two segments, stems and leaves, to represent two different matrixes. Stems were more difficult to be decontaminated. Spot and dip inoculation methods were compared and dipped inoculated green onions were found to be more difficult to be decontaminated. Results showed that 5s dry PL (samples were not immersed in water during PL treatment) and 60s wet PL (samples were immersed in water and stirred during PL treatment) treatments provided promising inactivation efficacy (>4log10CFU/g) for spot inoculated stems and leaves. For dip inoculated green onions, 60s wet PL treatment was comparable with 100ppm chlorine washing, demonstrating that PL could be used as an alternative to chlorine. To further increase the degree of microbial inactivation, combined treatments were applied. PL combined with surfactant (SDS) was found to be more effective than single treatments of PL, SDS, chlorine, citric acid, thymol, and hydrogen peroxide, and binary combined treatments of PL with one of those chemicals. Addition of chlorine or hydrogen peroxide to the PL-SDS combination did not further enhanced its microbial inactivation efficacy. The combination of PL and 1000ppm of SDS reduced the E. coli O157:H7 populations dip inoculated on the stems and leaves of green onions by 1.4 and 3.1log10CFU/g, respectively. Our findings suggest that PL could potentially be used for decontamination of E. coli O157:H7 on green onions, with wet PL added with SDS being the most effective PL treatment.

  18. Core/Shell NaGdF4:Nd3+/NaGdF4 Nanocrystals with Efficient Near-Infrared to Near-Infrared Downconversion Photoluminescence for Bioimaging Applications

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    Chen, Guanying; Ohulchanskyy, Tymish Y.; Liu, Sha; Law, Wing-Cheung; Wu, Fang; Swihart, Mark T.; Ågren, Hans; Prasad, Paras N.

    2012-01-01

    We have synthesized core/shell NaGdF4:Nd3+/NaGdF4 nanocrystals with an average size of 15 nm and exceptionally high photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield. When excited at 740 nm, the nanocrystals manifest spectrally distinguished, near infrared to near infrared (NIR-to-NIR) downconversion PL peaked at ~900, ~1050, and ~1300 nm. The absolute quantum yield of NIR-to-NIR PL reached 40% for core-shell nanoparticles dispersed in hexane. Time-resolved PL measurements revealed that this high quantum yield was achieved through suppression of nonradiative recombination originating from surface states and cross relaxations between dopants. NaGdF4:Nd3+/NaGdF4 nanocrystals, synthesized in organic media, were further converted to be water-dispersible by eliminating the capping ligand of oleic acid. NIR-to-NIR PL bioimaging was demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo through visualization of the NIR-to-NIR PL at ~900 nm under incoherent lamp light excitation. The fact that both excitation and the PL of these nanocrystals are in the biological window of optical transparency, combined with their high quantum efficiency, spectral sharpness and photostability, makes these nanocrystals extremely promising as optical biomaging probes. PMID:22401578

  19. 3PL: A Useful Model with a Mild Estimation Problem

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    Partchev, Ivailo

    2009-01-01

    This author has always felt a bit uneasy about the three parameter logistic (3PL) model because it seems about as prone to discovering guessing when guessing does not take place, as the Rasch model is reluctant to admit that guessing might ever take place at all. However, the author has attributed this to the prior "magic" employed when estimating…

  20. Education's "Three Mile Island": PL 94-142.

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    Vernon, McCay

    1981-01-01

    PL 94-142 is viewed as educationally and psychologically destructive to disabled students. It is also described as financially devastating to local school districts since it mandates that: (1) Cost cannot be considered a factor in developing educational programs for handicapped children; and (2) The most money be spent on children least likely to…

  1. Effect of silicon resistivity on its porosification using metal induced chemical etching: morphology and photoluminescence studies

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    Saxena, Shailendra K.; Sahu, Gayatri; Kumar, Vivek; Sahoo, P. K.; Sagdeo, Pankaj R.; Kumar, Rajesh

    2015-03-01

    The structure and light-emitting properties of porous Si nanowires (Si NWs) fabricated by metal induced chemical etching (MIE) process on two different Si substrates of different resistivities have been investigated here. The surface morphological studies have been carried out using scanning electron microscopy. It is observed that porous Si containing well aligned Si NWs is formed from high resistivity (1-20 Ωcm) Si wafer, whereas interconnected pores or cheese-like structures are formed from low resistivity (0.2 Ωcm) Si wafers after MIE. An explanation for the different porosification processes has been proposed based on the initial doping level, where number of dopants seems to be playing an important role in the etching process. Visible photoluminescence (PL) has been observed from all the porous Si samples, that are attributed due to quantum confinement effect.

  2. Temperature dependence of the photoluminescence of MnS/ZnS core—shell quantum dots

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    Fang, Dai-Feng; Ding, Xing; Dai, Ru-Cheng; Zhao, Zhi; Wang, Zhong-Ping; Zhang, Zeng-Ming

    2014-12-01

    The temperature dependence of the photoluminescence (PL) from MnS/ZnS core—shell quantum dots is investigated in a temperature range of 8 K-300 K. The orange emission from the 4T1 → 6A1 transition of Mn2+ ions and the blue emission related to the trapped surface state are observed in the MnS/ZnS core—shell quantum dots. As the temperature increases, the orange emission is shifted toward a shorter wavelength while the blue emission is shifted towards the longer wavelength. Both the orange and blue emissions reduce their intensities with the increase of temperature but the blue emission is quenched faster. The temperature-dependent luminescence intensities of the two emissions are well explained by the thermal quenching theory.

  3. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of Ca3B2O6:Tb3+ nanophosphors

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    Manhas, Mohit; Kumar, Vinay; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Swart, H. C.

    2014-04-01

    The green light emitting Tb3+ doped Ca3B2O6 nanophosphors have been synthesized by combustion method at 600°C, and their luminescent properties have been studied. The formation of phosphors has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The photoluminescence (PL) spectra show four emission peaks at 491 nm, 544 nm, 587 and 621 nm. It exhibited a strong green emission located at 544 nm. The effect of different dopant concentrations on emission intensity has also been studied. The maximum photo emission intensity of the Ca3B2O6:Tb3+ was obtained at a dopant concentration of 1.5 mol% of Tb3+.

  4. Combustion synthesis of MgO nanoparticles using plant extract: Structural characterization and photoluminescence studies

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    Kumar, Danith; Chikkahanumantharayappa; Yadav, L. S. Reddy; Nagaraju, G.; Lingaraju, K.; Naika, H. Raja; Manjunath, K.; Suresh, D.; Prasad, Daruka; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S. C.

    2015-06-24

    Magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO Nps) have been successfully synthesized via solution combustion method using Parthenium plant extract as fuel for the first time. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) pattern reveal that product belongs to the cubic phase (Periclase). FTIR spectrum shows the band at 822 cm{sup −1} indicates the formation of cubic periclase MgO. The optical band gap of MgO Nps estimated from UV –Vis spectrum was found to be in the range 5.40–5.45 eV. SEM images showed that, the product is agglomerated and particle in nature. Photoluminescence (PL) studies shows violet emission at 390 nm, blue emission at 470 nm and green emission at 550 nm. MgO Nps shows good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under UV/Sun light irradiation.

  5. Combustion synthesis of MgO nanoparticles using plant extract: Structural characterization and photoluminescence studies

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    Kumar, Danith; Yadav, L. S. Reddy; Lingaraju, K.; Manjunath, K.; Suresh, D.; Prasad, Daruka; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S. C.; Naika, H. Raja; Chikkahanumantharayappa, Nagaraju, G.

    2015-06-01

    Magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO Nps) have been successfully synthesized via solution combustion method using Parthenium plant extract as fuel for the first time. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) pattern reveal that product belongs to the cubic phase (Periclase). FTIR spectrum shows the band at 822 cm-1 indicates the formation of cubic periclase MgO. The optical band gap of MgO Nps estimated from UV -Vis spectrum was found to be in the range 5.40-5.45 eV. SEM images showed that, the product is agglomerated and particle in nature. Photoluminescence (PL) studies shows violet emission at 390 nm, blue emission at 470 nm and green emission at 550 nm. MgO Nps shows good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under UV/Sun light irradiation.

  6. In situ etching WO{sub 3} nanoplates: Hydrothermal synthesis, photoluminescence and gas sensor properties

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    Su, Xintai; Li, Yani; Jian, Jikang; Wang, Jide

    2010-12-15

    A novel hydrothermal process using p-nitrobenzoic acid as structure-directing agent has been employed to synthesize plate-shaped WO{sub 3} nanostructures containing holes. The p-nitrobenzoic acid plays a critical role in the synthesis of such novel WO{sub 3} nanoplates. The morphology, structure and optical property of the WO{sub 3} nanoplates have been characterized by transmission electron microcopy (TEM), scanning electron microcopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). The lateral size of the nanoplates is 500-1000 nm, and the thickness is about 80 nm. The formation mechanism of WO{sub 3} nanoplates is discussed briefly. The gas sensitivity of WO{sub 3} nanoplates was studied to ethanol and acetone at different operation temperatures and concentrations. Furthermore, the WO{sub 3} nanoplate-based gas sensor exhibits high sensitivity for ethanol and acetone as well as quick response and recovery time at low temperature.

  7. Minority Carrier Lifetime and Photoluminescence Studies of Antimony-Based Superlattices

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    Hoglund, Linda; Soibel, Alexander; Ting, David Z.; Khoshakhlagh, Arezou; Hill, Cory J.; Gunapala, Sarath D.

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we have used the OMR technique to study the minority carrier lifetimes in three InAs/GaSb-photoluminescence (PL) structures with different number of periods in the absorber: 300, 400 and 600 periods respectively. The feasibility of using a visible 643 nm laser source with short penetration depth for lifetime measurements was studied by comparing the achieved results to measurements performed on the same samples with a 1550 nm IR laser source, which penetrates much deeper into the sample. Despite the differences in excitation wavelengths and penetration depths, the results from both measurements were very similar. This indicates that the diffusion length is long enough to facilitate a homogeneous distribution of excess carriers in the material.

  8. Large-scale synthesis well-dispersed ZnS microspheres and their photoluminescence, photocatalysis properties

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    Wang Xinjun Wan Fuquan; Han Kun; Chai Chunxia; Jiang Kai

    2008-12-15

    Large-scale and well-dispersed ZnS microspheres were prepared by a simple hydrothermal method using ZnSO{sub 4}{center_dot}7H{sub 2}O and SC(NH{sub 2}){sub 2} as main original reactant and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP)(Mr {approx} 10,000) as the surfactant. The products were characterized by X-Ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The growth process involves a special oriented aggregation of PVP stabilized ZnS nanoparticles into microspheres of 1.5 {approx} 2.0 {mu}m in sizes. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared ZnS microsphere was evaluated by using methylene blue (MB) as a model organic compound. The optical properties of the products were also examined by means of photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy.

  9. Plasmon resonance-induced photoluminescence enhancement of CdTe/Cds quantum dots thin films

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    Wang, Hongyu; Xu, Ling; Wu, Yangqing; Xu, Jun; Ma, Zhongyuan; Chen, Kunji

    2016-11-01

    CdTe/CdS quantum dots/Au nano-rods nano-composite films were fabricated on planar Si substrates. The optical properties of all samples were investigated and the corresponding simulations were studied. It was found that the photoluminescence intensity of the CdTe/CdS quantum dots films was enhanced about 9-fold after the incorporation of Au nano-rods, the internal quantum efficiency increased from 24.3% to 35.2% due to the localized surface plasmon resonance. The time-resolved luminescence decay curves showed that the lifetimes of CdTe/CdS quantum dots films decreased to 2.8 ns after interaction with Au nano-rods. The results of finite-difference time-domain simulation indicated that Au nano-rods induced the localization of electric field, which enhanced the PL intensity of quantum dots films in the vicinity of Au nano-rods.

  10. A photoluminescence study of plasma reactive ion etching-induced damage in GaN

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    Mouffak, Z.; Bensaoula, A.; Trombetta, L.

    2014-11-01

    GaN films with reactive ion etching (RIE) induced damage were analyzed using photoluminescence (PL). We observed band-edge as well as donor-acceptor peaks with associated phonon replicas, all in agreement with previous studies. While both the control and damaged samples have their band-edge peak location change with temperature following the Varshni formula, its intensity however decreases with damage while the D—A peak increases considerably. Nitrogen post-etch plasma was shown to improve the band edge peak and decrease the D—A peak. This suggests that the N2 plasma has helped reduce the number of trapped carriers that were participating in the D—A transition and made the D°X transition more active, which reaffirms the N2 post-etch plasma treatment as a good technique to heal the GaN surface, most likely by filling the nitrogen vacancies previously created by etch damage.

  11. Thermoluminescence and photoluminescence of cerium doped CaSO 4 nanosheets

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    Zahedifar, M.; Mehrabi, M.

    2010-12-01

    Thermoluminescence (TL) and photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of CaSO 4:Ce nanocrystalline prepared by hydrothermal method has been studied. Its TL glow curve contains three overlapping glow peaks at around 490, 505 and 521 K. Emission spectra band at 303 and 324 nm were observed for the orthorhombic phase of nanosheets. TL response of the prepared nanocrystalline to β and γ radiation was studied and the sensitivity of the nanosheets was found much more than that of analogous microcrystalline and is around 10 times higher than the well known high sensitive TL dosimeter LiF:Mg, Cu, P (GR-200) hot-pressed chips. TL kinetic parameters of this nanocrystalline are also presented.

  12. Synthesis, characterization and photoluminescence property of La-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Lang, Jihui; Fang, Yue; Zhang, Qi; Wang, Jiaying; Li, Tianshun; Li, Xiuyan; Han, Qiang; Wang, Dandan; Wei, Maobin; Yang, Jinghai

    2016-10-01

    La-doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized via a facile and surfactant-free chemical precipitation route, and the effects of lanthanum doping concentration on the structures, morphologies and photoluminescence properties were investigated by XRD, TEM, EDX, PL and UV-Vis absorption spectra. The results showed that the La3+ ions were successfully incorporated into the ZnO host, and the products were well-crystalline. The average size and band gap of La-doped ZnO nanoparticles were varied with the lanthanum doping concentration. The average size of doped nanoparticles was much smaller as compared to that of undoped ZnO. The increasing of lanthanum doping concentration increased the defects in ZnO and resulted in a red shift of UV emission, indicating the narrow band gap in doped nanoparticles. This was probably attributed to the impurity energy levels in band gap introduced by substitutional La3+ ions.

  13. Blue photoluminescent carbon nanodots from limeade.

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    Suvarnaphaet, Phitsini; Tiwary, Chandra Sekhar; Wetcharungsri, Jutaphet; Porntheeraphat, Supanit; Hoonsawat, Rassmidara; Ajayan, Pulickel Madhavapanicker; Tang, I-Ming; Asanithi, Piyapong

    2016-12-01

    Carbon-based photoluminescent nanodot has currently been one of the promising materials for various applications. The remaining challenges are the carbon sources and the simple synthetic processes that enhance the quantum yield, photostability and biocompatibility of the nanodots. In this work, the synthesis of blue photoluminescent carbon nanodots from limeade via a single-step hydrothermal carbonization process is presented. Lime carbon nanodot (L-CnD), whose the quantum yield exceeding 50% for the 490nm emission in gram-scale amounts, has the structure of graphene core functionalized with the oxygen functional groups. The micron-sized flake of the as-prepared L-CnD powder exhibits multicolor emission depending on an excitation wavelength. The L-CnDs are demonstrated for rapidly ferric-ion (Fe(3+)) detection in water compared to Fe(2+), Cu(2+), Co(2+), Zn(2+), Mn(2+) and Ni(2+) ions. The photoluminescence quenching of L-CnD solution under UV light is used to distinguish the Fe(3+) ions from others by naked eyes as low concentration as 100μM. Additionally, L-CnDs provide exceptional photostability and biocompatibility for imaging yeast cell morphology. Changes in morphology of living yeast cells, i.e. cell shape variation, and budding, can be observed in a minute-period until more than an hour without the photoluminescent intensity loss. PMID:27612786

  14. Diagnostic meaning of intestinal wall photoluminescence changes

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    Besaha, R. M.; Hrynchuk, F. V.; Polyansky, I. Y.

    2006-05-01

    Diagnostics of inflammatory-destructive diseases of the abdominal cavity organs is performed by the determined spectra of luminescence of venous blood plasma. The shift of the photoluminescence maximum beginning with the wave-length 469 nm into short-wave zone proves the presence of the acute inflammatory-destructive diseases and exacerbation of the pathological process.

  15. Photoluminescence of cellulose acetate and silica sphere composite

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    Kang, Kwang-Sun

    2014-08-01

    Strong blue and green light emission has been observed from the cellulose acetate (CA) and silica sphere composite. Two different amounts of silica spheres were mixed in the CA solution to fabricate large area super-hydrophobic films. The silica spheres and CA solution ratios were 0.07:4.0 (SSCA-A) and 0.14:4.0 (SSCA-B). The milky color solution of SSCA-A and SSCA-B slowly turned to light yellow and red, respectively, with the time passed. The colors became intense yellow and red for the SSCA-A and SSCA-B, respectively, after 38 days. FTIR spectra show more absorption at 3478 cm-1 corresponding sbnd OH stretching vibration, at 2963 cm-1 caused by sbnd CH stretching vibration, at 1746 and 1713 cm-1 representing the Cdbnd O stretching vibration, and at 1100 cm-1 corresponding sbnd Rsbnd OH and Sisbnd Osbnd Si stretching vibration for CA and silica. Therefore, aged SSCA-A and SSCA-B have more sbnd OH, sbnd CH, sbnd Cdbnd O, and Sisbnd Osbnd Si groups than pure CA. UV-visible spectra show the absorption peaks at 410 nm for both SSCA-A and SSCA-B. Photoluminescence (PL) peaks were shifted toward longer wavelength with the increase of the excitation wavelength and became maximum at approximately 470 nm with excitation wavelength at 400 nm for the SSCA-A. There were two maximum luminescence peaks at 470 and 530 nm with the excitation wavelength at 400 and 470 nm, respectively, for the SSCA-B. The luminescence peak shift was due to the multiple emission center proved by the different excitation energy.

  16. The Photoluminescence Efficiency of Extended Red Emission as a Constraint for Interstellar Dust

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    Smith, T. L.; Witt, A. N.

    1999-12-01

    The broad, 60 < FWHM < 100 nm, featureless luminescence band known as extended red emission (ERE) is seen in such diverse dusty astrophysical environments as reflection nebulae 17, planetary nebulae 3, HII regions (Orion) 12, a Nova 11, Galactic cirrus 14, a dark nebula 7, Galaxies 8,6 and the diffuse interstellar medium (ISM) 4. The band is confined between 540-950 nm, but the wavelength of peak emission varies from environment to environment, even within a given object. We have concluded that available data indicate that the wavelength of peak emission is longer and the efficiency of the luminescence is lower, the harder and denser the illuminating radiation field is 13. These general characteristics of ERE constrain the photoluminescence (PL) band and efficiency for laboratory analysis of dust analog materials. We have studied and present the PL band characteristics and efficiencies for a wide variety of dust analogs including hydrogenated amorphous carbon (HAC), Si-HAC alloys, nanodiamonds, silicon carbide nanoparticles, carbon nanoparticles and silicon nanoparticles. The PL efficiencies measured for HAC and Si-HAC alloys are consistent with dust estimates for reflection nebulae and planetary nebulae, but exhibit substantial photoluminescence below 540 nm which is not observed in astrophysical environments. Furthermore, all interstellar grains would need to consist of or be coated with these materials to match the ERE in terms of its quantum efficiency. Only the experimentally confirmed photoluminescence properties of silicon nanoparticles 1,2,5,9,10,15,16 match the ERE photoluminescence band constraints and fulfill the minimum photoluminescence efficiency predicted by Gordon et al. (1998) 4 without introducing unexpected spectral features in the diffuse ISM and without violating the abundance constraints on depleted interstellar silicon 18. This work has been supported by grants from NASA which we acknowledge with gratitude. 1. Credo, G.M., Mason, M

  17. TOF SIMS analysis and generation of white photoluminescence from strontium silicate codoped with europium and terbium

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    Tshabalala, Modiehi A.; Swart, Hendrik C.; Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng M.

    2014-03-15

    White light emitting terbium (Tb{sup 3+}) and europium (Eu{sup 3+}) codoped strontium silicate (Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}) phosphors were prepared by a solid state reaction process. The structure, particle morphology, chemical composition, ion distribution, photoluminescence (PL), and decay characteristics of the phosphors were analyzed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), and PL spectroscopy, respectively. The XRD data showed that our Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} composed of two phases, namely, β-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} and α′-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}, and the α′-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} phase was more prominent than the β-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} phase. The SEM micrographs showed that the particles were agglomerated together and they did not have definite shapes. All ions (i.e., negative and positive) present in our materials were identified by TOF-SIMS. In addition, the chemical imaging performed with the TOF-SIMS demonstrated how the individual ions including the dopants (Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}) were distributed in the host lattice. White photoluminescence was observed when the Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} phosphor was excited at 239 nm using a monochromatized xenon lamp as the excitation source. The phosphor exhibited fast decay lifetimes implying that it is not a good candidate for long afterglow applications.

  18. Presence of photoluminescent carbon dots in Nescafe® original instant coffee: applications to bioimaging.

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    Jiang, Chengkun; Wu, Hao; Song, Xiaojie; Ma, Xiaojun; Wang, Jihui; Tan, Mingqian

    2014-09-01

    The presence of the carbon dots (C-dots) in food is a hotly debated topic and our knowledge about the presence and the use of carbon dots (C-dots) in food is still in its infancy. We report the finding of the presence of photoluminescent (PL) C-dots in commercial Nescafe instant coffee. TEM analysis reveals that the extracted C-dots have an average size of 4.4 nm. They were well-dispersed in water and strongly photoluminescent under the excitation of ultra-violet light with a quantum yield (QY) about 5.5%, which were also found to possess clear upconversion PL properties. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization demonstrates that the C-dots contain C, O and N three elements with the relative contents ca. 30.1, 62.2 and 7.8%. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicates that the C-dots are amorphous. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra were employed to characterize the surface groups of the C-dots. The C-dots show a pH independent behavior by varying the pH value from 2 to 11. The cytotoxicity study revealed that the C-dots did not cause any toxicity to cells at a concentration as high as 20 mg/mL. The C-dots have been directly applied in cells and fish imaging, which suggested that the C-dots present in commercial coffee may have more potential biological applications. PMID:24913858

  19. Plasmon-induced photoluminescence immunoassay for tuberculosis monitoring using gold-nanoparticle-decorated graphene.

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    Lee, Jaewook; Kim, Jeonghyo; Ahmed, Syed Rahin; Zhou, Hongjian; Kim, Jong-Man; Lee, Jaebeom

    2014-12-10

    Metal-nanoparticle-functionalized graphene, in particular, graphene sheets containing Au nanoparticles (Au NPs), have generated considerable interest because of their unique optical and electrical characteristics. In this study, we successfully produced graphene sheets decorated with Au NPs (AuGrp) using phytochemicals as reducing agents. During this reaction, Au ions intercalated into the layered graphene flakes and were then reduced into NPs, exfoliating the graphene sheets. The physicochemical properties of the AuGrp nanocomposites were characterized, and the exfoliation process was investigated using a molecular dynamics simulation of Au NPs between graphene sheets. Our proposed technique is advantageous because the phytochemicals are mild reducing agents that preserve the graphene structure during exfoliation and NP decoration. The dispersity of the NPs on the graphene sheets was drastically improved due to the use of metal-ion intercalation. Moreover, the electrical conductivity was 6-30 times higher than that of bare graphene and reduced graphene oxide. Using antibody (Ab) modified AuGrp sheets and quantum dots, a plasmonic-induced photoluminescence immunoassay of tuberculosis (TB) antigen (aG) CFP-10 was demonstrated for a potential application of these materials. The enhancement of photoluminescence (PL) response was monitored depending on the various TB aG concentrations from 5.1 pg/mL to 51 μg/mL, and the detection limit for CFP-10 was 4.5 pg/mL. Furthermore, the selectivity was demonstrated with Ag85 as the other TB aG, and PL enhancement was not observed in this case. Therefore, AuGrp-based immunoassay showed the potential for biosensor application.

  20. Raman and photoluminescence spectra of two-dimensional nanocrystallites of monolayer WS2 and WSe2

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    Shi, Wei; Lin, Miao-Ling; Tan, Qing-Hai; Qiao, Xiao-Fen; Zhang, Jun; Tan, Ping-Heng

    2016-06-01

    Defects strongly modify optical properties in pristine and nanostructured two-dimensional (2D) materials. The ion implantation technique can be used to gradually introduce defects in semiconductor to obtain nanocrystallites (NCs) with different domain sizes. Here, we present a detailed study on the Raman and photoluminescence spectra of 2D NCs of monolayer WS2 (1L WS2) and 1L WSe2 prepared by ion implantation. With increasing ion dosages, both {{{E}}}\\prime and {{{A}}}1\\prime modes of 1L WS2 exhibit a downshift in frequency and an asymmetrical broadening toward lower frequency, while the {{{A}}}1\\prime mode in 1L WSe2 NCs exhibits an opposite behavior, showing asymmetrical broadening and peak shift toward higher frequency. This behavior is well understood by phonon quantum confinement of the out-of-plane optical branch whose frequency displays a minimum at Γ in pristine 1L WSe2. After the ion implantation, phonons from the Brillouin zone boundary are revealed in the Raman spectra, and the corresponding assignments are identified by resonant Raman spectra at low temperature. The defects can act as trapping centers of free carriers, which result in a sharp decrease of photoluminescence (PL) emission from A exciton with increasing ion dosage. The PL peak from A-exciton in both 1L WS2 and 1L WSe2 NCs blueshifts with increasing the ion dosage due to the quantum confinement effect of smaller NC size. The ion-implantation results in a new emission peak of defect-bound neutral excitons below the A-exciton peak in both 1L WS2 and 1L WSe2 NCs. Its relative intensity to the A exciton increases with increasing the ion dosage and finally vanishes along with the A exciton. These results offer a route toward tailoring the optical properties of 2D materials by controlling the size of 2D NCs.