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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Sep. 26, 2011
  • pp: 19084–19092

Power flow from a dipole emitter near an optical antenna

Kevin C. Y. Huang, Young Chul Jun, Min-Kyo Seo, and Mark L. Brongersma  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 19084-19092 (2011)

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Current methods to calculate the emission enhancement of a quantum emitter coupled to an optical antenna of arbitrary geometry rely on analyzing the total Poynting vector power flow out of the emitter or the dyadic Green functions from full-field numerical simulations. Unfortunately, these methods do not provide information regarding the nature of the dominant energy decay pathways. We present a new approach that allows for a rigorous separation, quantification, and visualization of the emitter output power flow captured by an antenna and the subsequent reradiation power flow to the far field. Such analysis reveals unprecedented details of the emitter/antenna coupling mechanisms and thus opens up new design strategies for strongly interacting emitter/antenna systems used in sensing, active plasmonics and metamaterials, and quantum optics.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.2510) Physical optics : Fluorescence
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 3, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2011
Published: September 15, 2011

Kevin C. Y. Huang, Young Chul Jun, Min-Kyo Seo, and Mark L. Brongersma, "Power flow from a dipole emitter near an optical antenna," Opt. Express 19, 19084-19092 (2011)

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