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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 3144–3151

Spontaneous decay of CdSe / ZnS core-shell quantum dots at the air-dielectric interface

Lei Zhu, Sarath Samudrala, Nikolai Stelmakh, and Michael Vasilyev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 3144-3151 (2012)

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We report measurements of the fluorescence decay times of CdSe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots at the air-dielectric interface for several dielectrics with different refractive indices. The results are in agreement with a simple theory that accounts for the impact of the refractive index on the density of states and magnitude of the vacuum field, as well as for the local-field correction inside the quantum dot. The results suggest that, by embedding the quantum dots into a high-index dielectric material, one can reduce the spontaneous decay time to sub-nanosecond scale while preserving high quantum efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2510) Physical optics : Fluorescence
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: September 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 19, 2012
Published: January 26, 2012

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Lei Zhu, Sarath Samudrala, Nikolai Stelmakh, and Michael Vasilyev, "Spontaneous decay of CdSe / ZnS core-shell quantum dots at the air-dielectric interface," Opt. Express 20, 3144-3151 (2012)

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