Spectral diffusion and the Stark effect in colloidal quantum dots

TYPESolid State Institute Seminar
Speaker:Ron Tenne
Affiliation:Department of Physics, University of Konstanz, Germany
Time:12:30 - 13:30
Location:Solid State Auditorium(Entrance)
Remark:Host: Assistant Professor Michael Krueger


While colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have become an important building block in electro-optical devices, in the realm of quantum science and technology, they are often considered inferior to other types of quantum emitters such as solid-state defects and epitaxial quantum dots. Despite their single-photon emission [1], demonstrations of quantum coherence and control are largely still lacking. The main obstacle towards these is spectral diffusion – stochastic fluctuations in the energy of photons emitted from an individual CQD even at cryogenic temperatures. In this talk, I will present our recent work providing, for the first time, direct and definitive proof that these fluctuations arise from stochastic electric fields in the micro environment [2]. The high sensitivity of CQDs to electric fields, through the quantum-confined Stark effect, is not only a bug but also a feature, enabling broadband coherent control of the temporal wavefunction of the emitted photon. To fulfill the unique potential that CQDs hold in the field of quantum optics, spectroscopy at fastto-ultrafast (millisecond-to-femtosecond) timescales, relying on tools from the terahertz and femtosecond-laser toolboxes [3,4], will play a detrimental role.


[1] R. Tenne et al., Nature Photonics 13, 116 (2019).

[2] F. Conradt, ... , A. Leitenstorfer, and R. Tenne, Nano Lett. 23, 9753 (2023).

[3] P. Henzler et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 067402 (2021).


[4] P. Fischer, G. Fitzky, D. Bossini, A. Leitenstorfer, and R. Tenne, Phys. Rev. B 106, 205201 (2022).