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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 4 — Feb. 25, 2013
  • pp: 4578–4590

Shaping single emitter emission with metallic hole arrays: strong focusing of dipolar radiation

Robert J. Moerland, Lur Eguiluz, and Matti Kaivola  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 4578-4590 (2013)

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Nanoscale plasmonic structures allow for control of the emission of single emitters, such as fluorescent molecules and quantum dots, enabling phenomena such as lifetime reduction, emission redirection and color sorting of photons. We present single emitter emission tailored with arrays of holes of heterogeneous size, perforated in a gold film. With spatial control of the local amplitude and phase of the electromagnetic field radiated by the emitter, a desired near- or far-field distribution of the electromagnetic waves can be obtained. This control is established by varying the aspect ratio of the individual holes and the periodicity of the array surrounding the emitter. As an example showing the versatility of the technique, we present the strong focusing of the radiation of a highly divergent dipole source, for both p- and s-polarized waves.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.2510) Physical optics : Fluorescence
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: December 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 5, 2013
Published: February 14, 2013

Robert J. Moerland, Lur Eguiluz, and Matti Kaivola, "Shaping single emitter emission with metallic hole arrays: strong focusing of dipolar radiation," Opt. Express 21, 4578-4590 (2013)

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