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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2014
  • pp: 2337–2347

Design of highly efficient metallo-dielectric patch antennas for single-photon emission

F. Bigourdan, F. Marquier, J.-P. Hugonin, and J.-J. Greffet  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 2337-2347 (2014)

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Quantum emitters such as NV-centers or quantum dots can be used as single-photon sources. To improve their performance, they can be coupled to microcavities or nano-antennas. Plasmonic antennas offer an appealing solution as they can be used with broadband emitters. When properly designed, these antennas funnel light into useful modes, increasing the emission rate and the collection of single-photons. Yet, their inherent metallic losses are responsible for very low radiative efficiencies. Here, we introduce a new design of directional, metallo-dielectric, optical antennas with a Purcell factor of 150, a total efficiency of 74% and a collection efficiency of emitted photons of 99%.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

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Original Manuscript: October 28, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 2, 2014
Published: January 28, 2014

F. Bigourdan, F. Marquier, J.-P. Hugonin, and J.-J. Greffet, "Design of highly efficient metallo-dielectric patch antennas for single-photon emission," Opt. Express 22, 2337-2347 (2014)

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