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Unusually Slow Electron Cooling to Charge-Transfer State in Gradient CdTeSe Alloy Nanocrystals Mediated through Mn Atom

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posted on 22.03.2016, 00:00 by Tushar Debnath, Sourav Maiti, Hirendra N. Ghosh
We have synthesized Mn-doped CdTeSe gradient alloy nanocrystals (NCs) by a colloidal synthetic method, and charge carrier dynamics have been revealed through ultrafast transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy. Due to the reactivity difference between Te and Se, a CdTe-rich core and CdSe-rich shell have been formed in the CdTeSe alloy with the formation of a gradient type II core–shell structure. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies suggest Mn atoms are located in the surface of the alloy NCs. Steady-state optical absorption and emission studies suggest formation of a charge-transfer (CT) state in which electrons are localized in a CdSe-rich shell and holes are localized in a CdTe-rich core which appears in the red region of the spectra. Electron transfer in the CT state is found to take place in the Marcus inverted region. To understand charge-transfer dynamics in the CdTeSe alloy NCs and to determine the effect of Mn doping on the alloy, ultrafast transient absorption studies have been carried out. In the case of the undoped alloy, formation of the CT state is found to take place through electron relaxation to the conduction band of the CT state with a time of 600 fs and through hole relaxation (from the CdSe-rich state to the CdTe-rich state) to the valence band of the CT state with a time scale of 1 ps. However, electron relaxation in the presence of Mn dopants takes place initially via an electron transfer to the Mn 3d state (d5) followed by transfer from the Mn 3d state (d6) to the CT state, which has been found to take place with a >700 ps time scale in addition to the hole relaxation time of 2 ps. Charge recombination time of the CT state is found to be extremely slow in the Mn-doped CdTeSe alloy NCs as compared to the undoped one, where the Mn atom acts as an electron storage center.

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