Highly versatile near-infrared emitters based on an atomically defined HgS interlayer embedded into a CdSe/CdS quantum dot

Vladimir Sayevich, Zachary L. Robinson, Younghee Kim, Oleg V. Kozlov, Heeyoung Jung, Tom Nakotte, Young Shin Park, Victor I. Klimov

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Abstract

The availability of colloidal quantum dots with highly efficient, fast and ‘non-blinking’ near-infrared emission would benefit numerous applications, from advanced optical communication and quantum networks to biomedical diagnostics. Here, we report high-quality near-infrared emitters that are based on well known CdSe/CdS heterostructures. By incorporating an HgS interlayer at the quantum dot core/shell interface, we convert normally visible emitters into highly efficient near-infrared fluorophores. Employing thermodynamically controlled sequential deposition of metal and chalcogen ions, we achieve atomic-level precision in defining the thickness of the HgS interlayer (H). This manifests in ‘quantized’ jumps of the photoluminescence spectrum when H changes in discrete, atomic steps. The synthesized structures show highly efficient photoluminescence, tunable from 700 to 1,370 nm, and fast radiative rates of ~1/60 ns−1. The emission from individual CdSe/HgS/CdS colloidal quantum dots is virtually blinking free and exhibits nearly perfect single-photon purity. In addition, when incorporated into a light-emitting-diode architecture, these quantum dots demonstrate strong electroluminescence with a sub-bandgap turn-on voltage.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNature nanotechnology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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