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Photothermal Response of Photoluminescent Silicon Nanocrystals

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posted on 16.12.2015, 21:34 by Sarah Regli, Joel A. Kelly, Amber M. Shukaliak, Jonathan G. C. Veinot
We demonstrate that silicon nanocrystals (Si-NCs) exhibiting relatively high near-IR photoluminescent quantum yields also exhibit a notable photothermal (PT) response. The PT effect has been quantified as a function of NC size, defect concentration, and irradiating energy, suggesting that the origin of the PT response is a combination of carrier thermalization and defect-mediated heating. The PT effect observed under NIR irradiation suggests that Si-NCs could find use in combined in vivo PL imaging and PT therapy.