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Spin-exchange carrier multiplication demonstrated in manganese-doped quantum dots

In a Nature Materials paper, scientists demonstrate a novel approach to spin-exchange carrier multiplication in manganese-doped core/shell PbSe/CdSe quantum dots.

Scientific Achievement

Spin-exchange carrier multiplication was demonstrated in manganese-doped core/shell PbSe/CdSe quantum dots (QDs). This process overcomes the limitations of conventional carrier multiplication and yields three-fold enhanced multiexciton yield versus undoped samples.

Significance and Impact

Spin-exchange interactions open a new, highly efficient carrier multiplication pathway, which could significantly improve the performance of optoelectronic, photovoltaic, and photocatalytic devices.

Research Details

  • High-resolution near-infrared photoluminescence (PL) dynamics measured at CNM revealed a pronounced bi-excitonic component despite the use of low, sub-single-exciton pump levels.

DOI: 10.1038/s41563-023-01598-x

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