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Heavily doped semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) represent a novel class of plasmonic materials: their hypertunable plasmonic resonances play a key role in different nanotechnology applications. The plasmonic properties of doped semiconductor NCs have been, to date, mainly modeled using (semi)classical theoretical approaches in contrast to conventional metallic NCs for which ab initio plasmonics based on Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT) calculations have now become the standard reference. In this work, we aim at filling this gap by presenting a TD-DFT study on the optical properties of silicon NCs doped with an increasing number of excess electrons (dynamical doping). We have considered spherical NCs of different sizes (up to a diameter of 2.4 nm) embedded into an external polarizable medium, which turned out to be very important to obtain stable ground-state configurations. TD …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
25 Apr 2019

Fabio Della Sala, Maria Pezzolla, Stefania D’Agostino, Eduardo Fabiano

Biblio References: 
Volume: 6 Issue: 6 Pages: 1474-1484
ACS Photonics