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Nondestructive Encapsulation of CdSe/CdS Quantum Dots in an Inorganic Matrix by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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posted on 09.08.2016, 00:00 by Antoine Aubret, Julien Houel, Antonio Pereira, Justine Baronnier, Emmanuel Lhuillier, Benoit Dubertret, Christophe Dujardin, Florian Kulzer, Anne Pillonnet
We report the successful encapsulation of colloidal quantum dots in an inorganic matrix by pulsed laser deposition. Our technique is nondestructive and thus permits the incorporation of CdSe/CdS core/shell colloidal quantum dots in an amorphous yttrium oxide matrix (Y2O3) under full preservation of the advantageous optical properties of the nanocrystals. We find that controlling the kinetic energy of the matrix precursors by means of the oxygen pressure in the deposition chamber facilitates the survival of the encapsulated species, whose well-conserved optical properties such as emission intensity, luminescence spectrum, fluorescence lifetime, and efficiency as single-photon emitters we document in detail. Our method can be extended to different types of nanoemitters (e.g., nanorods, dots-in-rods, nanoplatelets) as well as to other matrices (oxides, semiconductors, metals), opening up new vistas for the realization of fully inorganic multilayered active devices based on colloidal nano-objects.