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The effect of dopant and optical micro-cavity on the photoluminescence of Mn-doped ZnSe nanobelts

Weichang Zhou1*, Ruibin Liu2, Dongsheng Tang1 and Bingsuo Zou2

Author Affiliations

1 Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Structures and Quantum Control of Ministry of Education, College of Physics and Information Science, Hunan Normal University, Changsha 410081, China

2 Beijing Key Laboratory of Nanophotonics and Ultrafine Optoelectronic Systems, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:314  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-314

Published: 5 July 2013

Abstract

Pure and Mn-doped ZnSe nanobelts were synthesized by a convenient thermal evaporation method. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and corresponding element mapping, and transmission electron microscope were used to examine the morphology, phase structure, crystallinity, composition, and growth direction of as-prepared nanobelts. Raman spectra were used to confirm the effective doping of Mn2+ into ZnSe nanobelts. Micro-photoluminescence (PL) spectra were used to investigate the emission property of as-prepared samples. A dominant trapped-state emission band is observed in single ZnSeMn nanobelt. However, we cannot observe the transition emission of Mn ion in this ZnSeMn nanobelt, which confirm that Mn powder act as poor dopant. There are weak near-bandgap emission and strong 4T16A1 transition emission of Mn2+ in single <a onClick="popup('http://www.nanoscalereslett.com/content/8/1/314/mathml/M1','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.nanoscalereslett.com/content/8/1/314/mathml/M1">View MathML</a> and <a onClick="popup('http://www.nanoscalereslett.com/content/8/1/314/mathml/M2','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.nanoscalereslett.com/content/8/1/314/mathml/M2">View MathML</a> nanobelt. More interesting, the 4T16A1 transition emission in <a onClick="popup('http://www.nanoscalereslett.com/content/8/1/314/mathml/M3','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.nanoscalereslett.com/content/8/1/314/mathml/M3">View MathML</a> nanobelt split into multi-bands. PL mapping of individual splitted sub-bands were carried out to explore the origin of multi-bands. These doped nanobelts with novel multi-bands emission can find application in frequency convertor and wavelength-tunable light emission devices.

Keywords:
Mn dopant; ZnSe nanobelts; Optical micro-cavity; Photoluminescence