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Artificial Molecules



W Jaskolski, Garnett W. Bryant, J Planelles, M Zielinski


Double semiconductor nanocrystals, called artificial molecules by analogy to artificial atoms (quantum dots), are investigated. Empirical tight-binding and k.p theories are used to obtain electronic structure, charge density distributions and optical absorption spectra for single and double nanocrystals. We show how the bonding and anti-bonding molecular orbitals are formed from the wavefunctions of individual nanocrystals when the nanocrystals are joined together to form an artificial molecule. Formation of quantum dot lattices and interpretation of experimental data for close-packed solids of nanocrystals are discussed.
International Journal of Quantum Chemistry
No. 3


Electronic structure, nanocrystals, optical spectra, quantum dots, tight-binding theory


Jaskolski, W. , Bryant, G. , Planelles, J. and Zielinski, M. (2002), Artificial Molecules, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (Accessed March 3, 2024)
Created November 1, 2002, Updated February 17, 2017