Wittenbecher, Lukas and Viñas Boström, Emil and Vogelsang, Jan and Lehman, Sebastian and Dick, Kimberly A. and Verdozzi, Claudio and Zigmantas, Donatas and Mikkelsen, Anders (2021) Unraveling the ultrafast hot electron dynamics in semiconductor nanowires. ACS nano, 15 (1). pp. 1133-1144. ISSN 1936-0851 - 1936-086X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.0c08101


Hot electron relaxation and transport in nanostructures involve a multitude of ultrafast processes whose interplay and relative importance are still not fully understood, but which are relevant for future applications in areas such as photocatalysis and optoelectronics. To unravel these processes, their dynamics in both time and space must be studied with high spatiotemporal resolution in structurally well-defined nanoscale objects. We employ time-resolved photoemission electron microscopy to image the relaxation of photogenerated hot electrons within InAs nanowires on a femtosecond time scale. We observe transport of hot electrons to the nanowire surface within 100 fs caused by surface band bending. We find that electron–hole scattering substantially influences hot electron cooling during the first few picoseconds, while phonon scattering is prominent at longer time scales. The time scale of cooling is found to differ between the well-defined wurtzite and zincblende crystal segments of the nanowires depending on excitation light polarization. The scattering and transport mechanisms identified will play a role in the rational design of nanostructures for hot-electron-based applications.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Science and mathematics > Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Mathematics and Science > Institute of Physics (IfP)
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2022 13:00
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 13:00
URI: https://oops.uni-oldenburg.de/id/eprint/5311
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-53920
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.0c08101

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