Quantum confinement effects on the photoluminescence spectra of CdTe nanocrystallites

O. Romulo Ochoa, Claudio Colajacomo, Edmund J. Witkowski, Joseph H. Simmons, Barrett G. Potter

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Quantum size and semiconductor volume fraction effects on the intensity, line width and position of photoluminescence (PL) peaks from CdTe nanocrystallites have been measured. CdTe-glass composite thin films were grown by using a sequential rf-magnetron sputtering process. Postdeposition heat treatments were used to produce average crystallite sizes between 1.2 and 16 nm. The PL spectra consist of single, broad peaks that undergo larger blue shifts with decreasing crystallite sizes. The PL signal degrades with increasing nanocrystallite size and is quenched at the higher semiconductor volume fractions. The spectral characteristics of the clusters are discussed in terms of the electron-hole pair and the effect of surface states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-721
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number8
StatePublished - May 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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