Minimizing the carrier-phonon interactions in polar semiconductors is of great importance for designing hot carrier optoelectronic devices, as it is directly related to the excitonic energy dissipation. Phonon modifications, together with the hot phonon bottleneck effect in nanocrystals, are known to effectively reduce the carrier-phonon interactions. With this aim, we report the excellent sensitizing properties of strontium doped lead sulphide (Sr:PbS) nanoparticles for optoelectronics applications. The transition states involved in the multiple exciton generation (MEG) are probed by the derivatives of the absorbance spectra. The high carrier concentration in Sr:PbS leads to the bottleneck effect, which is confirmed by the Burstein-Moss shift and I-V characterization. Furthermore, the excitonic carrier-phonon interactions are studied by examining the strength of their coupling effect via Huang-Rhys factor. Compared to the coupling strength of pure PbS, that of Sr:PbS is notably decreased and this consequently suppresses energy dissipation occurring through carrier-phonon interactions. The first-principles calculations confirm that the Sr dopant locally creates a phononic bandgap that inhibits the energy dissipation by decreasing Klemens decay. The results throughout the study demonstrate effective and facile means to decrease the excitonic energy loss in active materials for hot carrier optoelectronic devices.
|Journal||Journal of Materials Chemistry C|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors would like to express their gratitude to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia for funding this work through the Research Groups Program under Grant No. R.G.P.2/82/43. This research was supported by the Global Frontier Program through the Global Frontier Hybrid Interface Materials (GFHIM) of National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (Project No. 2021M3D1A102240823), and the Creative Materials Discovery Program through the NRF funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (Project No. 2017M3D1A1039287). Dr. B. K. thank Department of Science and Technology (DST) for the support of core research grant of SERB, India (CRG/2018/002668 D.T. 19/03/2019).
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