The relaxation of the 1P to 1S electronic states of CdSe semiconductor nanocrystals is followed by infrared pump-probe spectroscopy. Fast (1 ps) and slow (>200 ps) components are observed. Using different capping molecules to control the hole states, we show how the intraband relaxation slows down as the hole is in a shallow trap, a deep trap, or a charge-separated complex, providing strong support for an electron-hole Auger coupling. The slow component corresponds to an energy relaxation rate orders of magnitude slower than in bulk systems. It may be the first indication of the phonon bottleneck effect long expected in strongly confined quantum dots.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics