Ultrafast response of semiconductor nanocrystals to high-photon energy absorption: Multiexcitons from a single photon

Richard D. Schaller, Milan Sykora, Jeffrey M. Pietryga, Victor I. Klimov

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Abstract

We have observed that absorption of a single photon by a semiconductor nanocrystal can produce multiple excitons with up to 100% efficiency depending upon the energy of the photon [Phys. Rev. Lett. 2004, 92, 186601]. Generation of multiexcitons from a single photon, which has been confirmed by several other research groups since our initial demonstration, also begins to occur once the process is energetically possible. This is in contrast to bulk materials, which undergo this process with low efficiency and only for significantly higher photon energies relative to the semiconductor band gap. We monitor multiexciton generation as a function of absorbed photon energy and observe that multiexcitons are produced on an ultrafast timescale following the photon absorption event. This effect is particularly attractive as a means of increasing solar cell power conversion efficiency via an increase in photocurrent for photon absorption at the blue end of the solar spectrum and has been cited as a possible operation mechanism for low-cost, high-efficiency Generation III solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society - 235th National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008
Event235th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2008 - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Apr 6 2008Apr 10 2008

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727

Other

Other235th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2008
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA
Period4/6/084/10/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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    Schaller, R. D., Sykora, M., Pietryga, J. M., & Klimov, V. I. (2008). Ultrafast response of semiconductor nanocrystals to high-photon energy absorption: Multiexcitons from a single photon. In American Chemical Society - 235th National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers (ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts).