Optics and Spectroscopy

, Volume 119, Issue 5, pp 812–815 | Cite as

Control of photoluminescence of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in a nematic liquid crystal by an electric field

  • M. A. Kurochkina
  • D. P. Shcherbinin
  • E. A. Konshina
Condensed-Matter Spectroscopy


Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of a nematic liquid crystal suspension doped with 10 wt % CdSe/ZnS semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) with a core size of 3.5 nm in a 20-µm thick plane-parallel cell have been investigated. The spectrum of a homogeneously oriented suspension layer exhibits a significant shift of the PL peak by ~83 nm to a wavelength of 676 nm as compared with the QD spectrum in toluene. The application of a dc electric field with a strength of 0.25 V/µm to the cell leads to a slight hypsochromic shift of this peak, the position of which does not change with a further increase in the field strength up to 2 V/µm. The PL intensity changes exponentially and decreases by a factor of two at the field strength of 1 V/µm. The mechanism of PL quenching of QDs in a homogeneously oriented layer of nematic liquid crystal is discussed.


Electric Field Strength External Electric Field Nematic Liquid Crystal Auger Recombination Luminescence Quenching 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Kurochkina
    • 1
  • D. P. Shcherbinin
    • 1
  • E. A. Konshina
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and OpticsSt. PetersburgRussia

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