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Inelastic-scattering tunnel electrons towards an electrically driven single-photon light source (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Hasan Goktas; Fikri Serdar Gökhan; Volker J. Sorger

Paper Abstract

We show that inelastically-scattering tunnel electrons are a source for electric plasmon generation. We experimentally demonstrate such electrically-driven light-emitting tunnel junction by forward biasing a Fermi sea against a doped semiconductor across a nanometer-thin tunnel gap. Light emission at room temperature is found in the visible frequency range corresponding to a spectral power dependency of the tunnel current and the plasmonic mode. The response time (speed) of such a tunnel junction scales inverse exponentially with the tunnel gap thickness approaching Tpbs for <0.5nm thin gaps. Lastly, since tunneling allows for single-charge events, the possibility for single-photon generation is expected.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2017
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Proc. SPIE 10359, Quantum Nanophotonics, 103590N (25 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275188
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Hasan Goktas, The George Washington Univ. (United States)
Harran Univ. (Turkey)
Fikri Serdar Gökhan, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat Üniv. (Turkey)
Volker J. Sorger, The George Washington Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10359:
Quantum Nanophotonics
Jennifer A. Dionne; Mark Lawrence, Editor(s)

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