Dielectric Mie resonators and quantum-confined semiconductors enable an unrivaled control over light absorption and excited electrons. Here, we embed photoluminescent silicon nanocrystals into a planar array of SiO2 nanocylinders, and experimentally demonstrate a powerful concept: the resulting metamaterial preserves the nanocrystal radiative properties and inherits the spectrally-selective absorption properties of the nanocylinders. This hierarchical approach provides increased photoluminescence intensity without plasmonic components. This spectral selectivity of absorption paves the way for an effective light down-conversion scheme to increase the efficiency of solar cells. The demonstrated principle is general and can be applied to other semiconductor quantum dots, ions or molecules.
Antonio Capretti, Arnon Lesage, and Tom Gregorkiewicz, "Integrating quantum-dots and Mie resonators into a 2D metamaterial for sunlight downconversion (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10343, Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2017, 1034315 (Presented at SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering: August 08, 2017; Published: 25 September 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2272440.5588434903001.
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