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Title: Photon upconversion with hot carriers in plasmonic systems

Abstract

In this paper, we propose a scheme of photon upconversion based on harnessing the energy of plasmonic hot carriers. Low-energy photons excite hot electrons and hot holes in a plasmonic nanoparticle, which are then injected into an adjacent semiconductor quantum well where they radiatively recombine to emit a photon of higher energy. We theoretically study the proposed upconversion scheme using Fermi-liquid theory and determine the internal quantum efficiency of upconversion to be as high as 25% in 5 nm silver nanocubes. This upconversion scheme is linear in its operation, does not require coherent illumination, offers spectral tunability, and is more efficient than conventional upconverters.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Materials Science and Engineering
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC), Washington D.C. (United States). Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1370711
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1229686
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0001293
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 107; Journal Issue: 13; Related Information: LMI partners with California Institute of Technology (lead); Harvard University; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
solar (photovoltaic); solid state lighting; phonons; thermal conductivity; electrodes - solar; materials and chemistry by design; optics; synthesis (novel materials); synthesis (self-assembly)

Citation Formats

Naik, Gururaj V., and Dionne, Jennifer A. Photon upconversion with hot carriers in plasmonic systems. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4932127.
Naik, Gururaj V., & Dionne, Jennifer A. Photon upconversion with hot carriers in plasmonic systems. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4932127.
Naik, Gururaj V., and Dionne, Jennifer A. Wed . "Photon upconversion with hot carriers in plasmonic systems". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4932127. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1370711.
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author = {Naik, Gururaj V. and Dionne, Jennifer A.},
abstractNote = {In this paper, we propose a scheme of photon upconversion based on harnessing the energy of plasmonic hot carriers. Low-energy photons excite hot electrons and hot holes in a plasmonic nanoparticle, which are then injected into an adjacent semiconductor quantum well where they radiatively recombine to emit a photon of higher energy. We theoretically study the proposed upconversion scheme using Fermi-liquid theory and determine the internal quantum efficiency of upconversion to be as high as 25% in 5 nm silver nanocubes. This upconversion scheme is linear in its operation, does not require coherent illumination, offers spectral tunability, and is more efficient than conventional upconverters.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4932127},
journal = {Applied Physics Letters},
number = 13,
volume = 107,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {9}
}

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