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  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2003–2011

Surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence in gold capped InGaAs quantum well nanodisk array

Jian Huang, Kar Hoo Patrick Tung, Liyuan Deng, Ning Xiang, Jianrong Dong, Aaron J. Danner, and Jinghua Teng  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 12, pp. 2003-2011 (2013)

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We report a convenient method of tuning the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) wavelength to enhance photoluminescence (PL) in an InGaAs quantum well nanodisk (QWND) array covered with gold caps. The spectral response of the structure in the absorption was controlled by coupling the SPR to the quantum energy level of the underlying QWNDs through adjusting the size of the disks. A 4.5-fold enhancement in PL intensity was obtained when the SPR wavelength was tuned close to the light emission wavelength of the QWNDs. FDTD simulation consolidates the explanation of the measured spectral results and PL enhancement.

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OCIS Codes
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Fluorescent and Luminescent Materials

Original Manuscript: September 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 22, 2013
Published: November 1, 2013

Jian Huang, Kar Hoo Patrick Tung, Liyuan Deng, Ning Xiang, Jianrong Dong, Aaron J. Danner, and Jinghua Teng, "Surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence in gold capped InGaAs quantum well nanodisk array," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 2003-2011 (2013)

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