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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 16 — Aug. 2, 2010
  • pp: 16443–16451

Enhancing and redirecting carbon nanotube photoluminescence by an optical antenna

Miriam Böhmler, Nicolai Hartmann, Carsten Georgi, Frank Hennrich, Alexander A. Green, Mark C. Hersam, and Achim Hartschuh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 16, pp. 16443-16451 (2010)

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We observe the angular radiation pattern of single carbon nanotubes' photoluminescence in the back focal plane of a microscope objective and show that the emitting nanotube can be described by a single in-plane point dipole. The near-field interaction between a nanotube and an optical antenna modifies the radiation pattern that is now dominated by the antenna characteristics. We quantify the antenna induced excitation and radiation enhancement and show that the radiative rate enhancement is connected to a directional redistribution of the emission.

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OCIS Codes
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(260.3800) Physical optics : Luminescence
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy

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Original Manuscript: May 5, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 6, 2010
Published: July 21, 2010

Miriam Böhmler, Nicolai Hartmann, Carsten Georgi, Frank Hennrich, Alexander A. Green, Mark C. Hersam, and Achim Hartschuh, "Enhancing and redirecting carbon nanotube photoluminescence by an optical antenna," Opt. Express 18, 16443-16451 (2010)

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