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Keywords:

  • energy transfer;
  • fluorescent probes;
  • nanoparticles;
  • nanotechnology;
  • photophysics
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Stars that shine bright: A high local dye concentration in doped silica-based core–shell nanoparticles causes self-quenching and spectral broadening (top images). This phenomenon jeopardizes the potential advantages of heavily doped systems. Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to an acceptor co-included in the silica led to ultrabright nanoparticles (bottom images) with a preselected narrow-band emission and a pseudo-Stokes shift of 129 nm.