Exciton superposition states in CdSe nanocrystals measured using broadband two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy

Daniel B. Turner, Yasser Hassan, Gregory D. Scholes

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Coherent superpositions among eigenstates are of interest in fields as diverse as photosynthesis and quantum computation. In this report, we used two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2D ES) to measure the decoherence time of a superposition of the two lowest-energy excitons in colloidal CdSe nanocrystals (cubic phase) in solution at room temperature. In the electron-hole representation, the quantum coherence is, remarkably, a twelve-particle correlation. By comparing the measured 2D ES to simulations, we also explored the effects of inhomogeneous broadening and examined the spectroscopic signatures of biexcitons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-886
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 8 2012



  • Two-dimensional spectroscopy
  • electron-phonon coupling
  • electronic coherence
  • femtosecond dynamics
  • nanocrystals
  • quantum dots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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