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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Mar. 29, 2010
  • pp: 6516–6521

Plasmon-enhanced Förster energy transfer between semiconductor quantum dots: multipole effects

Xiong-Rui Su, Wei Zhang, Li Zhou, Xiao-Niu Peng, and Qu-Quan Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 6516-6521 (2010)

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We experimentally demonstrated plasmon-asssisted energy transfer (ET) between CdSe semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) self-assembled in a monolayer by using time-resolved μ-photoluminescence (PL) technique. The enhancements of PL intensity and ET efficiency were manipulated by adjusting thickness (Δ) of SiO2 coating on large Ag nanoparticles. The PL enhancement factor of the acceptor QDs and the PL intensity ratio of acceptor-to-donor reached their maxima ~ 47 and ~ 14 when Δ = 7 nm, the corresponding ET efficiency reached 86%. We also presented theoretical analysis based on the rate equation. The theoretical calculations agreed with experimental data and revealed interesting physics of multipole effect, and metal nanoparticle induced quench effect and plasmon-enhanced Förster ET.

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OCIS Codes
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer
(300.6500) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, time-resolved
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

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Original Manuscript: January 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2010
Published: March 15, 2010

Xiong-Rui Su, Wei Zhang, Li Zhou, Xiao-Niu Peng, and Qu-Quan Wang, "Plasmon-enhanced Förster energy transfer between semiconductor quantum dots: multipole effects," Opt. Express 18, 6516-6521 (2010)

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