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Design of plasmonic nanoantennae for enhancing spontaneous emission

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Rogobete, L., Kaminski, F., Agio, M., & Sandoghdar, V. (2007). Design of plasmonic nanoantennae for enhancing spontaneous emission. Optics Letters, 32, 1623-1625. doi:10.1364/OL.32.001623.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0002-9B48-F
Abstract
We apply two- and three-dimensional numerical calculations to study optical nanoantennae made of two coupled gold nanostructures, enclosing a single emitter in their gap. We show that, using structures manufacturable with today's nanotechnology, it is possible to increase the radiative decay rate by three orders of magnitude while keeping a quantum efficiency larger than 80% in the near-infrared regime. We examine the competition between the radiative and nonradiative processes in the presence of the antennae as a function of wavelength and antenna geometry. Our results hold great promise for improving the quantum efficiency of poor emitters such as silicon nanocrystals or carbon nanotubes. (c) 2007 Optical Society of America.