Photoinduced Degradation of the Optical Properties of Colloidal Ag2S and CdS Quantum Dots Passivated by Thioglycolic Acid
The results of studying degradation of the optical properties of colloidal Ag2S and CdS quantum dots (QDs) 2.6–3.2 nm in size passivated by thioglycolic acid (TGA) are presented. The photoluminescence intensity of colloidal Ag2S QDs has been found to decrease under laser irradiation at a wavelength of 445 nm, beginning with the effective power of 10 mW. The observed effect is interpreted as a photochemical reaction of formation of new nonradiative-recombination channels in Ag2S QDs upon excitation. It is established for colloidal CdS QDs passivated by TGA that a decrease in the optical density in the entire absorption spectrum and the luminescence intensity is accompanied by precipitation of the colloidal particles in a cell and related to photodegradation of the passivating shell.