Published online by Cambridge University Press: 15 February 2011
We report cathodoluminescence and photoluminescence spectra originating from ZnS overcoated CdSe nanocrystals of 33 and 42 Å diameter imbedded in a ZnS matrix. The thin film quantum dot composites were synthesized by electrospray organometallic chemical vapor deposition. The cathodoluminescence intensity depends on the crystallinity of the ZnS matrix and on the voltage and current density applied. Electron beam irradiation caused a decrease of the luminescence which may be explained by electron ionization of the quantum dots. Quenching of the cathodoluminescence at low temperatures is attributed to a more efficient trapping of the ionized electrons in deep traps inside the ZnS matrix.
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