Hybridization and deconfinement in colloidal quantum dot molecules

L Verbitsky and D Jasrasaria and U Banin and E Rabani, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 157, 134502 (2022).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0112443

The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CdSe/CdS core- shell colloidal quantum dot molecules, a new class of coupled quantum dot dimers, are explored using atomistic approaches. Unlike the case of dimers grown by molecular beam epitaxy, simulated strain profile maps of free-standing colloidal dimers show negligible additional strain resulting from the attachment. The electronic properties of the relaxed dimers are described within a semiempirical pseudopotential model combined with the Bethe-Salpeter equation within the static screening approximation to account for electron-hole correlations. The interplay of strain, hybridization (tunneling splitting), quantum confinement, and electron-hole binding energies on the optical properties is analyzed and discussed. The effects of the dimensions of the neck connecting the two quantum dot building blocks, as well as the shell thickness, are studied. Published under an exclusive license by AIP Publishing.

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