Controlling the electronic structure of nanocrystal assemblies by variation of the particle-particle interaction
ABSTRACT The change in the electronic structure of germanium nanocrystals is investigated as their concentration is increased from noninteracting, individual particles to assembled arrays of particles. The electronic structure of the individual nanoclusters shows clear effects due to quantum confinement which are lost in the concentrated assemblies of bare particles. When the surface of the individual particles is passivated, they retain their quantum confinement properties also upon assembly. These effects are interpreted in terms of a particle-particle interaction model. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics.
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ABSTRACT: In this article, we show how to produce materials consisting of regularly ordered Ge quantum dot lattices in an amorphous alumina matrix with a controllable Ge quantum dot size, shape, spacing, crystalline structure, and degree of regularity in their ordering. The production of such materials is achievable already at room temperature by magnetron sputtering deposition of a (Ge + Al2O3)/Al2O3 multilayer. The materials show photoluminescence in the visible and ultraviolet light range, a size-dependent blue shift of the photoluminescence peak and an enhancement of its intensity by size reduction, indicating the quantum dot origin of the photoluminescence. The materials also exhibit excellent mechanical properties due to the alumina matrix. Their internal structure is shown to be highly resistive to irradiation with energetic particles for a large range of the irradiation parameters.Journal of Nanoparticle Research 15(3). · 2.18 Impact Factor