Resonant Two-Photon Spectroscopy of Quantum Dots

  • Alexander Baranov
Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO)


In the last decade, a variety of linear and non-linear optical spectroscopic methods has been used for studying the energy structure of electronic and vibrational elementary excitations and their interactions in semiconductor nanocrystals embedded in dielectric matrices, or quantum dots (QDs). Among the methods, the techniques of resonant two-photon spectroscopy, such as two-photon absorption (TPA), two-photon excited resonant luminescence (TPL), resonant hyper-Rayleigh scattering, or second-harmonic scattering (RSHS), and hyper-Raman scattering (RHRS) play a significant role. The corresponding selection rules (including those related to polarization) for electronic and phonon transitions differ from the selection rules in the case of one-photon excitation. Therefore, the above non-linear techniques provide information on the electronic and phonon states unobservable in resonant one-photon processes, including resonant Raman scattering (RRS) [1–4]. For this reason the methods of two-photon spectroscopy are complementary to the traditional one-photon spectroscopy. Because of the low efficiency of two-photon processes, the related experiments involve the complete resources of modern spectroscopic techniques. Nevertheless, the unique spectroscopic possibilities of RHRS and RSHS have been demonstrated in the last decade by the experimental studies of organic molecules [3], bulk solids [5], and semiconductor epitaxial layers [6].


Stokes Shift Exciton State Incident Photon Energy Resonant Raman Scattering CuCI Nanocrystals 
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