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Keywords:

  • photodetectors;
  • lead sulfide quantum dots;
  • conducting materials;
  • ligand exchange;
  • thin films
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Smooth (sub-1% roughness) PbS-nanocrystal films (left) produce spin-cast photoconductive photodetectors that exhibit 10 A W−1 responsivities, low dark current, and respond with a single time constant of 20 ms. The morphology of analogous devices based on previously reported amine-based ligands is shown on the right. The use of ethanethiol as ligand is responsible for the combination of smooth morphology and low lag.