Size and temperature dependence of band-edge excitons in PbSe nanowires

Janice E. Boercker, Emily M. Clifton, Joseph G. Tischler, Edward E. Foos, Thomas J. Zega, Mark E. Twigg, Rhonda M. Stroud

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We report the attenuance and temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra of PbSe nanowires with diameters between 5.6 and 26.4 nm (12-23% relative standard deviation) and lengths greater than 1 μm. The nanowire first exciton energy varies between 0.3 and 0.6 eV as the diameter decreases from 26.4 to 5.6 nm, respectively. Compared to spherical PbSe nanocrystals, PbSe nanowires show less quantum confinement and larger Stokes shifts. The band gap temperature coefficient (dEg/dT) decreases as the nanowire diameter decreases, consistent with previous results for PbSe spherical nanocrystals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-531
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 17 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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