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ISRN Spectroscopy
Volume 2012, Article ID 894385, 8 pages
Research Article

Time-Resolved Photoluminescence Spectroscopy Evaluation of CdTe and CdTe/CdS Quantum Dots

School of Material Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, China

Received 2 August 2012; Accepted 7 September 2012

Academic Editors: U. Pal and C. Tormena

Copyright © 2012 Zhimin Yuan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


CdTe and CdTe/CdS quantum dots (QDs) were prepared in aqueous solutions using thioglycolic acid as a stabilizing agent. The photoluminescence (PL) wavelength of the QDs depended strongly on the size of CdTe cores and the thickness of CdS shells. Being kept at room temperature for 130 days, the PL wavelength of CdTe and CdTe/CdS QDs was red-shifted. However the red-shifted degree of CdTe QDs is larger than that of CdTe/CdS QDs. The size of CdTe QDs and the thickness of CdS play important roles for the red-shift of PL spectra of CdTe/CdS QDs. In contrast, the full width at half maximum of PL spectra of CdTe and CdTe/CdS QDs almost remained unchanged. This is ascribed to the effects of Cd2+ and TGA in solutions on the growth of CdTe and CdTe/CdS QDs. This associated with the variation of surface state of the QDs during store. The results demonstrate that CdTe/CdS core/shell QDs have high stability compared with CdTe QDs due to a CdS shell.