SELF-ORGANIZATION OF LEAD SULFIDE QUANTUM DOTS INTO SUPERSTRUCTURES

E. V. Ushakova, V. V. Golubkov, E. O. Oskolkov, A. P. Litvin, P. S. Parfenov, A. V. Baranov


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Abstract
The method of X-ray structural analysis (X-ray scattering at small angles) is used to show that the structures obtained by self-organization on a substrate of lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots are ordered arrays. Self-organization of quantum dots occurs at slow evaporation of solvent from a cuvette. The cuvette is a thin layer of mica with teflon ring on it. The positions of peaks in SAXS pattern are used to calculate crystal lattice of obtained ordered structures. Such structures have a primitive orthorhombic crystal lattice. Calculated lattice parameters are: a = 21,1 (nm); b = 36,2 (nm); c = 62,5 (nm). Dimensions of structures are tens of micrometers. The spectral properties of PbS QDs superstructures and kinetic parameters of their luminescence are investigated. Absorption band of superstructures is broadened as compared to the absorption band of the quantum dots in solution; the luminescence band is slightly shifted to the red region of the spectrum, while its bandwidth is not changed much. Luminescence lifetime of obtained structures has been significantly decreased in comparison with the isolated quantum dots in solution, but remained the same for the lead sulfide quantum dots close-packed ensembles. Such superstructures can be used to produce solar cells with improved characteristics.

Keywords: quantum dot, lead sulfide, self-organization, super-crystal, X-ray structural analysis

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