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Nonradiative spontaneous decay of an excited atom near a carbon nanotube
Author(s): Igor V. Bondarev; Gregory Ya Slepyan; Sergey A. Maksimenko; Philippe Lambin
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Paper Abstract

Spontaneous decay process of an excited two-level atom placed inside or outside a single-wall carbon nanotube is analyzed for both weak and strong atom-radiation-field coupling regime. In the weak coupling regime, the effect of the nanotube surface has been demonstrated to dramatically increase the spontaneous decay rate -- by 4 to 5 orders of magnitude compared with that of the same atom in vacuum. Such an increase is associated with the nonradiative decay via surface quasiparticle excitations in the nanotube. In the strong coupling regime, the decay of the upper atomic state proceeds via damped Rabi oscillations with the frequency assigned by the density of final photonic states of the system. Possible applications of the effect predicted are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5219, Nanotubes and Nanowires, (27 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.505030
Show Author Affiliations
Igor V. Bondarev, Univ. de Namur (Belgium)
Gregory Ya Slepyan, Belarus State Univ. (Belarus)
Sergey A. Maksimenko, Belarus State Univ. (Belarus)
Philippe Lambin, Univ. de Namur (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5219:
Nanotubes and Nanowires
Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Sergey Maksimenko, Editor(s)

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