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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 20 — Sep. 24, 2012
  • pp: 22290–22297

Polarization properties of surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence from a single Ag nanowire

Min Song, Gengxu Chen, Yan Liu, E Wu, Botao wu, and Heping Zeng  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 20, pp. 22290-22297 (2012)

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Metallic nanowires are of great research interest due to their applications in surface plasmon polariton coupling of light. The efficiency is much dependent on the polarization of the light due to the phase matching requirement in the light-surface plasmon polariton coupling. By scanning confocal microscope, the photoluminescence from a single Ag nanowire was demonstrated strongly dependent on the excitation laser polarization, showing good consistency with the theoretical simulation. Meanwhile strong avalanche photoluminescence from a single Ag nanowire was observed when the excitation laser was polarized along the long axis of the Ag nanowire. The photoluminescence emission exhibited a polarization-sensitive spatial distribution. This may stimulate promising applications in designing polarization-controllable nanoscale plasmonic devices.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 25, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 10, 2012
Published: September 14, 2012

Min Song, Gengxu Chen, Yan Liu, E Wu, Botao wu, and Heping Zeng, "Polarization properties of surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence from a single Ag nanowire," Opt. Express 20, 22290-22297 (2012)

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