Time-resolved photoluminescence study of the stimulated emission in ZnO nanoneedles

Wai Ming Kwok, A. B. Djurišić, Y. H. Leung, W. K. Chan, D. L. Phillips

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ZnO nanoneedles were fabricated by thermal evaporation of Zn nanoparticles at 800 °C and atmospheric pressure. The samples showed strong ultraviolet photoluminescence and weak orange defect luminescence. Time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) was measured using the Kerr-gated fluorescence technique in order to probe the ultrafast carrier dynamics in exciton-exciton scattering and electron hole plasma (EHP) regimes. In both regimes, the decay time of the photoluminescence is very fast (∼1 ps). Even though no structure is detected in the time-integrated spectra of the EHP emission, the TRPL reveals the coexistence of the excitons and free carriers. Possible reasons for the observed phenomena are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number093108
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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