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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — Mar. 11, 2013
  • pp: 5643–5653

Coherently-enabled environmental control of optics and energy transfer pathways of hybrid quantum dot-metallic nanoparticle systems

Ali Hatef, Seyed M. Sadeghi, Simon Fortin-Deschênes, Etienne Boulais, and Michel Meunier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 5643-5653 (2013)

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It is well-known that optical properties of semiconductor quantum dots can be controlled using optical cavities or near fields of localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) of metallic nanoparticles. In this paper we study the optics, energy transfer pathways, and exciton states of quantum dots when they are influenced by the near fields associated with plasmonic meta-resonances. Such resonances are formed via coherent coupling of excitons and LSPRs when the quantum dots are close to metallic nanorods and driven by a laser beam. Our results suggest an unprecedented sensitivity to the refractive index of the environment, causing significant spectral changes in the Förster resonance energy transfer from the quantum dots to the nanorods and in exciton transition energies. We demonstrate that when a quantum dot-metallic nanorod system is close to its plasmonic meta-resonance, we can adjust the refractive index to: (i) control the frequency range where the energy transfer from the quantum dot to the metallic nanorod is inhibited, (ii) manipulate the exciton transition energy shift of the quantum dot, and (iii) disengage the quantum dot from the metallic nanoparticle and laser field. Our results show that near meta-resonances the spectral forms of energy transfer and exciton energy shifts are strongly correlated to each other.

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OCIS Codes
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: September 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 8, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2013
Published: March 1, 2013

Ali Hatef, Seyed M. Sadeghi, Simon Fortin-Deschênes, Etienne Boulais, and Michel Meunier, "Coherently-enabled environmental control of optics and energy transfer pathways of hybrid quantum dot-metallic nanoparticle systems," Opt. Express 21, 5643-5653 (2013)

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