Quantum confined Rydberg excitons in Cu2O nanoparticles

Konstantinos Orfanakis, Sai Kiran Rajendran, Hamid Ohadi*, Sylwia Zielińska-Raczyńska, Gerard Czajkowski, Karol Karpiński, David Ziemkiewicz

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The quantum confinement of Rydberg excitons is an important step towards exploiting their large nonlinearities for quantum applications. We observe Rydberg excitons in natural nanoparticles of Cu2O. We resolve up to the principal quantum number n=12 in a bulk Cu2O crystal and up to n=6 in nanoparticles extracted from the same crystal. The exciton transitions in nanoparticles are broadened and their oscillator strengths decrease as ∝n−4 compared to those in the bulk (decreasing as ∝n−3). We explain our results by including the effect of quantum confinement of exciton states in the nanoparticles. Our results provide an understanding of the physics of Cu2O Rydberg excitons in confined dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number245426
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2021


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