Monday, August 5, 2013

1308.0522 (Jennifer T. Choy et al.)

Spontaneous emission and collection efficiency enhancement of single
emitters in diamond via plasmonic cavities and gratings

Jennifer T. Choy, Irfan Bulu, Birgit J. M. Hausmann, Erika Janitz, I-Chun Huang, Marko Lončar
We demonstrate an approach, based on plasmonic apertures and gratings, to enhance the radiative decay rate of single NV centers in diamond, while simultaneously improving their collection efficiency. Our structures are based on metallic resonators formed by surrounding sub-wavelength diamond nanoposts with a silver film, which can enhance the spontaneous emission rate of an embedded NV center. However, the collection efficiency of emitted photons remains low due to losses to surface plasmons and reflections at the diamond-air interface. In this work, we mitigate photon losses into these channels by incorporating grating structures into the plasmonic cavity system.
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