Plasmon blockade in nanostructured graphene

Manjavacas, Alejandro, Nordlander, Peter and García de Abajo, F.Javier (2012) Plasmon blockade in nanostructured graphene. ACS Nano, 6, (2), 1724-1731. (doi:10.1021/nn204701w).


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Among the many extraordinary properties of graphene, its optical response allows one to easily tune its interaction with nearby molecules via electrostatic doping. The large confinement displayed by plasmons in graphene nanodisks makes it possible to reach the strong-coupling regime with a nearby quantum emitter, such as a quantum dot or a molecule. In this limit, the quantum emitter can introduce a significant plasmon–plasmon interaction, which gives rise to a plasmon blockade effect. This produces, in turn, strongly nonlinear absorption cross sections and modified statistics of the bosonic plasmon mode. We characterize these phenomena by studying the equal-time second-order correlation function g(2)(0), which plunges below a value of 1, thus revealing the existence of nonclassical plasmon states. The plasmon-emitter coupling, and therefore the plasmon blockade, can be efficiently controlled by tuning the doping level of the graphene nanodisks. The proposed system emerges as a new promising platform to realize quantum plasmonic devices capable of commuting optical signals at the single-photon/plasmon level.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1021/nn204701w
ISSNs: 1936-0851 (print)
1936-086X (electronic)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 337812
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
6 January 2012Published
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 16:21
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:27
Nanostructured Photonic Metamaterials
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/G060363/1)
Led by: Nikolay Zheludev
1 January 2010 to 31 December 2015

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