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J Chem Phys. 2004 Nov 22;121(20):10104-10.

Selection rules for probing biexcitons and electron spin transitions in isotropic quantum dot ensembles.

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  • 1Lash-Miller Chemical Laboratories, 80 St. George Street, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3H6 Canada.


Three-dimensional rotational averages are evaluated for third-order nonlinear spectroscopic measurements of quantum dots. Photon echo, transient grating, and transient absorption are explicitly considered. It is shown that (a) biexciton formation can be suppressed relative to other contributions to nonlinear spectroscopies for isotropic nanocrystal ensembles by choice of polarizations for the excitation pulses; (b) circularly polarized excitation light can differentiate between exciton spin states in nonlinear optical experiments; and (c) electron spin state flip kinetics can be probed directly in an isotropic quantum dot system by using certain sequences of linear cross-polarized pulses.

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