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Discovering and harnessing optical nonlinearities of lanthanide nanocrystals

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Optical nonlinearities of lanthanide (Ln3+)-doped nanocrystals offer cutting-edge solutions to imaging, solar, and photonic applications. In photon avalanching nanoparticles (ANPs) – the most nonlinear of nanocrystals – a small increase of the pump power leads to many-fold enhancement of emission intensity, characterized by giant optical nonlinearities, s > 10. Following their discovery,[1] ANPs have been extensively studied for sub-diffraction imaging, however their extremely nonlinear and threshold-based luminescence is promising in optical information technologies – motivating to develop, optimize, and diversify ANPs. To meet above goals and advance application, we design ANPs by controlling their architecture, composition, and Ln3+ photophysics. We use top-down core/shell engineering to create diverse libraries of ANPs with rationally formed energy exchange networks which unlocks multiplexing and transforms conventional linear emitters (e.g. quantum dots) into highly nonlinear ones.[2] In parallel, bottom-up approach of materials discovery has led us to synthesize novel low-phononenergy nanocrystals that completely change the landscape of radiative and non-radiative processes of their Ln3+ dopants.[3] With that, we have uncovered photon avalanching emission with record-breaking optical nonlinearities s > 60. Together, these complimentary approaches provide a blueprint for building all-optical logic at the nanoscale, all the while accelerating knowledge and materials discovery. [1] Lee, C.; Xu, E. Z.; Liu, Y.; Teitelboim, A.; Yao, K.; Fernandez-Bravo, A.; Kotulska, A. M.; Nam, S. H.; Suh, Y. D.; Bednarkiewicz, A.; Cohen, B. E.; Chan, E. M.; Schuck, P. J. Giant Nonlinear Optical Responses from Photon-Avalanching Nanoparticles. Nature 2021, 589 (7841), 230–235. [2] Skripka, A.; Lee, M.; Qi, X.; Pan, J.-A.; Yang, H.; Lee, C.; Schuck, P. J.; Cohen, B. E.; Jaque, D.; Chan, E. M. A Generalized Approach to Photon Avalanche Upconversion in Luminescent Nanocrystals. Nano Lett. 2023, 23 (15), 7100–7106. [3] Zhang, Z.; Skripka, A.; Dahl, J. C.; Dun, C.; Urban, J. J.; Jaque, D.; Schuck, P. J.; Cohen, B. E.; Chan, E. M. Tuning Phonon Energies in Lanthanide-doped Potassium Lead Halide Nanocrystals for Enhanced Nonlinearity and Upconversion. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62 (1), e202212549

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