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Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Aug 4;97(5):053002. Epub 2006 Aug 3.

Quantum optics with surface plasmons.

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  • 1Physics Department and Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.


We describe a technique that enables strong, coherent coupling between individual optical emitters and guided plasmon excitations in conducting nanostructures at optical frequencies. We show that under realistic conditions optical emission can be almost entirely directed into the plasmon modes. As an example, we describe an application of this technique involving efficient generation of single photons on demand, in which the plasmon is efficiently outcoupled to a dielectric waveguide.

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