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Light Emission in Nanogaps: Overcoming Quenching


Very large spontaneous-emission-rate enhancements (∼1000) are obtained for quantum emitters coupled with tiny plasmonic resonance, especially when emitters are placed in the mouth of nanogaps formed by metal nanoparticles that are nearly in contact. This fundamental effect of light emission at subwavelength scales is well documented and understood as resulting from the smallness of nanogap modes. In contrasts, it is much less obvious to figure out whether the radiation efficiency is high in these gaps, or if the emission is quenched by metal absorption especially for tiny gaps a few nanometers wide; the whole literature only contains scattered electromagnetic calculations on the subject, which suggest that absorption and quenching can be kept at a small level despite the emitter proximity to metal. A deep understanding of the emission processes involved in such systems is central in the design of modern plasmonic nanoantennas and yet is still missing. In this talk, I will clarify through analytical derivations in the limit of small gap thickness why quantum emitters in nanogap antennas offer good efficiencies, what are the circumstances in which high efficiency is obtained, and whether there exists an upper bound for the maximum efficiency achievable. To support these theoretical predictions, I will provide a comprehensive numerical analysis of nanocube-type antennas in the limit of small gap and review distinct behaviors achievable in such an architecture family, see also [same authors ACS photonics accepted and Nanoscale Horiz.].
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hal-01382843 , version 1 (17-10-2016)


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Rémi Faggiani, Jianji Yang, Philippe Lalanne. Light Emission in Nanogaps: Overcoming Quenching. MRS Spring Meeting, Resonant Optics—Fundamentals and Applications, Mar 2016, Phoenix, United States. ⟨hal-01382843⟩
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