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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2010
  • pp: 6360–6365

Spontaneous emission of a nanoscopic emitter in a strongly scattering disordered medium

P. V. Ruijgrok, R. Wüest, A. A. Rebane, A. Renn, and V. Sandoghdar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 6, pp. 6360-6365 (2010)

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Fluorescence lifetimes of nitrogen-vacancy color centers in individual diamond nanocrystals were measured at the interface between a glass substrate and a strongly scattering medium. Comparison of the results with values recorded from the same nanocrystals at the glass-air interface revealed fluctuations of fluorescence lifetimes in the scattering medium. After discussing a range of possible systematic effects, we attribute the observed lengthening of the lifetimes to the reduction of the local density of states. Our approach is very promising for exploring the strong three-dimensional localization of light directly on the microscopic scale.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

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Original Manuscript: January 21, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2010
Published: March 12, 2010

P. V. Ruijgrok, R. Wüest, A. A. Rebane, A. Renn, and V. Sandoghdar, "Spontaneous emission of a nanoscopic emitter in a strongly scattering disordered medium," Opt. Express 18, 6360-6365 (2010)

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