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Probing the local structure of dilute Cu dopants in fluorescent ZnS nanocrystals using EXAFS

Carr, Brad; Medling, Scott; Corrado, Carley; Bridges, F.; Zhang, Jin Z.


A local structure study of ZnS nanocrystals, doped with very low concentrations of Cu, was carried out using the EXAFS technique to better understand how Cu substitutes into the host lattice and forms Cu luminescence centers. We show that a large fraction of the Cu have three nearest neighbor S atoms and the Cu-S bond is significantly shortened compared to Zn-S, by ∼0.08 Å. In addition, the second neighbor Cu-Cu peak is extremely small. We propose that Cu occupies an interior site next to a S2-...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Nanoscale
DOI: 10.1039/c1nr10556f


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