In this paper, we report temperature dependent photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of CdSe colloidal QDs with average diameter ∼2.8 nm. Temperature dependence of strongly confined exciton PL peak position, linewidth and intensity were investigated in 30 K to 300 K temperature range. Our studies reveal nearly four times weaker exciton-LO phonon coupling than bulk CdSe crystal. Theoretically, it should be vanishingly small due to near identical electron and hole charge distributions in strongly confined QDs. On the other hand, exciton-acoustic phonon coupling is an order of magnitude larger than its bulk counterpart. Observed finite value of exciton-LO phonon coupling and enhanced exciton-acoustic phonon coupling are due to piezoelectric strain fields. PL intensity exhibits anomalous behavior in the temperature range 100-230 K. This has been explained by thermally activated detrapping of the charge carriers trapped in the potential wells formed at the interface adjoining dislocations/stacking faults developed during the synthesis process. Above 230 K, PL is partially quenched by thermal escape of charge carriers from luminescing exciton state to higher lying nonluminescing states.
- CdSe quantum dots
- Exciton-phonon coupling
- Temperature dependent photoluminescence