ABSTRACT: Multi-layer heterostructure negative differential resistance devices based on poly-[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) conducting polymer and CdSe quantum dots is reported. The conducting polymer MEH-PPV acts as a barrier while CdSe quantum dots form the well layer. The devices exhibit negative differential resistance (NDR) at low voltages. For these devices, strong negative differential resistance is observed at room temperature. A maximum value of 51 for the peak-to-valley ratio of current is reported. Tunneling of electrons through the discrete quantum confined states in the CdSe quantum dots is believed to be responsible for the multiple peaks observed in the I-V measurement. Depending on the observed NDR signature, operating mechanisms are explored based on resonant tunneling and Coulomb blockade effects.
Nanotechnology 01/2011; 22(2):025705. · 3.98 Impact Factor