quantum dot


Definition of quantum dot 

: a semiconductor nanocrystal exhibiting quantum mechanical effects that allow it to mimic the properties of an atom The quantum dot is a semiconducting (or metallic) region so tiny that it is essentially confined in all three dimensions; like an atom, it contains a finite number of charges and has discrete energy levels.— Barbara Goss Levi

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Unsurprisingly, after five and a half years of studying nano-optoelectronics, light-emitting quantum dots started to bore Anikeeva. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 In these windows, quantum dots, which are tiny semiconductor particles, absorb light at UV and infrared frequencies and re-emit it at the wavelengths that traditional solar cells capture. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells," 28 June 2018 There are some similarities here to Samsung's quantum dots implementation. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The best PCs, gadgets, and wearables of CES 2018," 12 Jan. 2018 The background noise from quantum dots outside the cell was quenched by administering a third substance, called an etchant. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cancer imaging method produces clearer signals," 3 Sep. 2017 Researchers used fluorescent nanoparticles called quantum dots to produce an infrared signal. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cancer imaging method produces clearer signals," 3 Sep. 2017

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1985, in the meaning defined above

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