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Spontaneous emission mediated by energy transfer to a plasmonic antenna
Author(s): J. Uzodinma; N. Nelson; Q. Dai; T. V. Shahbazyan
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Paper Abstract

We develop a theory of cooperative emission mediated by cooperative energy transfer (CET) from an ensemble of quantum emitters (QE) to plasmonic antenna at a rate equal to the sum of individual QE-plasmon energy transfer rates. If the antenna radiation efficiency is sufficiently high, the transferred energy is radiated away at approximately the same cooperative rate that scales with the ensemble size. We derive explicit expressions, in terms of local fields, for cooperative Purcell factor and enhancement factor for power spectrum valid for plasmonic structures of any shape with characteristic size smaller than the radiation wavelength. The radiated power spectrum retains the plasmon resonance lineshape with overall amplitude scaling with the ensemble size. If QEs are located in a region with nearly constant plasmon local density of states (LDOS), e.g., inside a plasmonic nanocavity, we demonstrate that the CET rate scales linearly with the number of excited QEs, consistent with the experiment, and can be tuned in a wide range by varying the excitation power. For QEs distributed in an extended region saturating the plasmon mode volume, we show that the cooperative Purcell factor has universal form independent of the system size. The CET mechanism incorporates the plasmon LDOS enhancement as well, giving rise to possibilities of controlling the emission rate beyond field enhancement limits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2019
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 11080, Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2019, 1108017 (5 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2528028
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J. Uzodinma, Jackson State Univ. (United States)
N. Nelson, Jackson State Univ. (United States)
Q. Dai, Jackson State Univ. (United States)
T. V. Shahbazyan, Jackson State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11080:
Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2019
Nader Engheta; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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