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Title: Order of magnitude enhancement of monolayer MoS 2 photoluminescence due to near-field energy influx from nanocrystal films

Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) like MoS 2 are promising candidates for various optoelectronic applications. The typical photoluminescence (PL) of monolayer MoS 2 is however known to suffer very low quantum yields. We demonstrate a 10-fold increase of MoS 2 excitonic PL enabled by nonradiative energy transfer (NRET) from adjacent nanocrystal quantum dot (NQD) films. The understanding of this effect is facilitated by our application of transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy to monitor the energy influx into the monolayer MoS 2 in the process of ET from photoexcited CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals. In contrast to PL spectroscopy, TA can detect even non-emissive excitons, and we register an order of magnitude enhancement of the MoS 2 excitonic TA signatures in hybrids with NQDs. The appearance of ET-induced nanosecond-scale kinetics in TA features is consistent with PL dynamics of energy-accepting MoS 2 and PL quenching data of the energy-donating NQDs. The observed enhancement is attributed to the reduction of recombination losses for excitons gradually transferred into MoS 2 under quasi-resonant conditions as compared with their direct photoproduction. Furthermore, the TA and PL data clearly illustrate the efficacy of MoS 2 and likely other TMDC materials as energy acceptors and the possibility of their practical utilizationmore » in NRET-coupled hybrid nanostructures.« less
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  1. The Univ. of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX (United States)
  2. The Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
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Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
The Univ. of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; quantum dots; two-dimensional materials
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