domingo, 8 de diciembre de 2013

Selective Excitation of Single Molecules Coupled to the Bright Mode of a Plasmonic Cavity

Selective Excitation of Single Molecules Coupled to the Bright Mode of a Plasmonic Cavity


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Plasmon-based optical antennas featuring a nanometer-sized gap can enhance the photophysical properties of solid-state quantum emitters by several orders of magnitude at room temperature. However, controlling the position and orientation of an isolated emitter in a metallic resonator, at the nanometer scale, has only been achieved in scanning probe geometries. Using radially polarized cylindrical vector beams and DNA-assembled gold nanoparticle dimers, we demonstrate the reproducible interaction of single dye molecules with the bright longitudinal mode of a plasmonic cavity, achieving decay rate enhancements of 2 orders of magnitude. These results demonstrate that interfacing efficiently isolated quantum emitters and optical nanoantennas is possible on a large scale.

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