Auger-process-induced charge separation in semiconductor nanocrystals

Victor I. Klimov, Duncan W. McBranch

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Femtosecond nonlinear transmission techniques are applied to study mechanisms for optical nonlinearities and ultrafast carrier dynamics in CdS nanocrystals (NCșs). The obtained data indicate the change in a dominant hole relaxation channel at high pump levels where nonlinear recombination effects start to play a significant role. This is manifested as a distinct difference in nonlinear-optical responses measured at low and high pump intensities in quasiequilibrium at long times after excitation. The analysis of the wavelength and time dependence of the nonlinear transmission over a wide pump-intensity range shows clearly that this difference is due to an Auger-process-assisted trapping of holes at surface/interface-related states. This trapping leads to efficient charge separation and the generation of a dc electric field that modifies the nonlinear optical response in NCșs at high pump intensities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13173-13179
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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