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Fourier Transform Infrared Absorbance and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy Studies of CdSe Colloidal Quantum Dot/Conducting Polymer Nanocomposites for Application to Infrared Photodetectors

  • Kevin R. Lantz (a1) and Adrienne D. Stiff-Roberts (a2)

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In this paper we investigate the optical properties of four CdSe colloidal quantum dot/conducting polymer nanocomposites deposited on GaAs substrates using photoluminescence and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy absorbance. The purpose of this investigation is to find an appropriate electron-conducting polymer for use in a photoconductor that utilizes intraband transitions in the conduction band to detect mid- to long-wave-infrared radiation. As a feasibility demonstration, we fabricate a two-terminal photoconductor and characterize its dark current and spectral responsivity (at 125 K), demonstrating intraband peaks at 0.465 and 0.527 eV, which correspond to 2.67 and 2.35μm.

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