We have revealed sharp structures in the absorption spectrum of CuCl nanocrystals using persistent hole-burning spectroscopy and observed sidebands due to phonon-assisted absorption. The LO phonon frequency in the excited state of the nanocrystal is reduced by about 10% from the free value due to mixing with the exciton. When the mixing becomes resonant, the phonon sideband anticrosses with the excited exciton state. We present a theory of the phonon renormalization in nanocrystals and obtain results in excellent agreement with the experiment.
- Received 15 December 1997
- Published in the issue dated 6 April 1998
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