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Size-Dependent Tuning of Mn2+ d Emission in Mn2+-Doped CdS Nanocrystals: Bulk vs Surface

Nag, Angshuman and Cherian, Roby and Mahadevan, Priya and Gopal, Achanta Venu and Hazarika, Abhijit and Mohan, Akshatha and Vengurlekar, AS and Sarma, DD (2010) Size-Dependent Tuning of Mn2+ d Emission in Mn2+-Doped CdS Nanocrystals: Bulk vs Surface. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114 (43). pp. 18323-18329.

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We show that the characteristic Mn2+ d emission color from Mn2+-doped CdS nanocrystals can be tuned over as much as 40 nm, in contrast to what should be expected from such a nearly localized d-d transition. This is achieved surprisingly by a fine-tuning of the host particle diameter from 1.9 to 2.6 nm, thereby changing the overall emission color from red to yellow. Systematic experiments in conjunction with state-of-the-art ab initio calculations with full geometry optimization establish that Mn2+ ions residing at surface/subsurface regions have a distorted tetrahedral coordination resulting in a larger ligand field splitting. Consequently, these near-surface Mn2+ species exhibit a lower Mn2+ d emission energy, compared to those residing at the core of the nanocrystal with an undisturbed tetrahedral coordination. The origin of the tunability of the observed Mn2+ emission is the variation of emission contributions arising from Mn2+ doped at the core, subsurface, and surface of the host. Our findings provide a unique and easy method to identify the location of an emitting Mn2+ ion in the nanocrystal, which would be otherwise very difficult to decipher.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
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Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 12:40
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2010 12:40
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/33840

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