The effect of temperature controlled annealing on the confined valence electron states in CdSe nanocrystal arrays, deposited as thin films, was studied using two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR). A reduction in the intensity by ~35% was observed in a feature of the positron annihilation spectrum upon removal of the pyridine capping molecules above 200 degrees Celsius in a vacuum. This reduction is explained by an increased electronic interaction of the valence orbitals of neighboring nanocrystals, induced by the formation of inorganic interfaces. Partial evaporation of the nanoporous CdSe layer and additional sintering into a polycrystalline thin film was observed at a relatively low temperature of ~486 degrees Celsius.
CdSe nanocrystals, positron-electron momentum density methods, annihilation radiation, 2D-ACAR
Condensed matter, Colloidal crystals, Nanocrystals, Annealing of crystals
Eijt, S. W. H.; Mijnarends, P. E.; van Schaarenburg, L. C.; Houtepen, A. J.; Vanmaekelbergh, D.; Barbiellini, B.; and Bansil, A., "Electronic coupling of colloidal CdSe nanocrystals monitored by thin-film positron-electron momentum density methods" (2009). Physics Faculty Publications. Paper 168. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20000779
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