Demonstration of a nanoparticle-based optical diode

D. Alexander, J. Bruce, C. Zuhlke, B. Koch, R. Rudebusch, J. Deogun, H. Hamza

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We present the operation of an optical device that exhibits diodelike properties based on two adjacent layers of quantum dots (QDs) encased in a fiber-optic jacket. The possibility of a multilayered device is also discussed. A significant change in the emission spectrum of CdSe/ZnS core-shell QDs was observed when excited by the input laser and the fluorescence of other CdSe/ZnS core-shell QDs. The output of the diode can be taken to be either the incoming laser wavelength of light similar to a conventional diode, or the output may be considered to be one of the QD fluorescence wavelengths. Current work has applications in biological fluorescence monitors and sensors as well as in telecommunications applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1957-1959
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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