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Origin of Dual Photoluminescence States in ZnS–CuInS2 Alloy Nanostructures

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posted on 2016-04-26, 00:00 authored by Gary Zaiats, Sachin Kinge, Prashant V. Kamat
ZnS–CuInS2 (ZCIS) alloy nanostructures are becoming increasingly important materials because of their photoluminescence properties. Here we explore the emission properties of ZCIS quantum dots (QDs) capped with dodecanethiol, which exhibit Zn:Cu-dependent emission properties. Absorption and photoluminescence excitation spectra indicate a single, composition-independent light absorbing state. The emission spectra point out the existence of two emissive states with lifetimes of ∼10 ns and ∼100 ns. The photoluminescence and time-resolved emission analysis provide insight into the synergy between the two intraband states and the possibility of modulating the emission through variation in the Zn/Cu ratio. Better understanding of light absorbing and emission mechanisms in alloyed nanostructures is essential for future development of photoelectric and display devices.

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