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Structure And Band Edge Energy Of Highly Luminescent CdSe1–xTex Alloyed Quantum Dots

B. Hou, David Parker, Gabriela P. Kissling, J. A. Jones, D. Cherns, D. Fermín
Published 2013 · Materials Science

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CdSe1–xTex quantum dot (QD) alloys are characterized by high luminescence quantum yields and a strong band gap bowing as a function of the Se:Te ratio, featuring longer emission wavelengths than CdTe or CdSe dots of identical size. In this contribution, these properties are rationalized by examining the structure and band edge energy of CdSe1–xTex as functions of x. The QDs were synthesized employing the “hot-injection” method, in the presence of either trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) or octadecene (ODE) as the Cd precursor solvent. Elementary analysis of the QDs indicated that TOPO plays a crucial role in tuning the content of Se in the alloys, as only traces of this element were found when using ODE. Detailed studies based on X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) revealed a high degree of complexity in the structure of the alloyed dots. The analysis concluded that the structure of the QDs was essentially wurtzite, a...
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