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Efficient coupling of single photons to single plasmons

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Celebrano, M., Lettow, R., Kukura, P., Agio, M., Renn, A., Götzinger, S., et al. (2010). Efficient coupling of single photons to single plasmons. Optics Express, 18, 13829-13835. doi:10.1364/OE.18.013829.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0002-9A3D-D
Abstract
We demonstrate strong coupling of single photons emitted by individual molecules at cryogenic and ambient conditions to individual nanoparticles. We provide images obtained both in transmission and reflection, where an efficiency greater than 55% was achieved in converting incident narrow-band photons to plasmon-polaritons (plasmons) of a silver nanoparticle. Our work paves the way to spectroscopy and microscopy of nano-objects with sub-shot noise beams of light and to triggered generation of single plasmons and electrons in a well-controlled manner. (C) 2010 Optical Society of America