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2 May 2014 Surface ligands affect photoinduced modulation of the quantum dots optical performance
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Changes of optical properties of the solutions of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) covered with the trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) ligands under the pulsed ultraviolet (UV) laser irradiation are observed. The fluorescence quantum yield (QY) of QDs decreases by more than an order of magnitude when the radiation dose approaches 2 × 10-15 J per particle. This process is accompanied by a blue shift of both fluorescence and the first excitonic absorption peaks. The fluorescence quenching becomes less pronounced when the overall TOPO content in the solution is increased. When ТОРО ligands are replaced with n-hexadecylamine (HDA), QY and spectral properties are not changed at the same irradiation conditions. We assume that the above changes of the optical properties are associated with photooxidation of TOPO ligands by excited QD. Such process is less probable for the HDA ligand due to its different energy structure.
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Victor A. Krivenkov, Pavel S. Samokhvalov, Pavel A. Linkov, Daria O. Solovyeva, Gennadii E. Kotkovskii, Alexander A. Chistyakov, and Igor Nabiev "Surface ligands affect photoinduced modulation of the quantum dots optical performance", Proc. SPIE 9126, Nanophotonics V, 91263N (2 May 2014);

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