Excited States and Their Dynamics in CdSe Quantum Dots Studied by Two-Color 2D Spectroscopy

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Quantum dots (QDs) form a promising family of nanomaterials for various applications in optoelectronics. Understanding the details of the excited-state dynamics in QDs is vital for optimizing their function. We apply two-color 2D electronic spectroscopy to investigate CdSe QDs at 77 K within a broad spectral range. Analysis of the electronic dynamics during the population time allows us to identify the details of the excitation pathways. The initially excited high-energy electrons relax with the time constant of 100 fs. Simultaneously, the states at the band edge rise within 700 fs. Remarkably, the excited-state absorption is rising with a very similar time constant of 700 fs. This makes us reconsider the earlier interpretation of the excited-state absorption as the signature of a long-lived trap state. Instead, we propose that this signal originates from the excitation of the electrons that have arrived in the conduction-band edge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1266-1271
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb 10

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Nano Technology
  • Other Physics Topics


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