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Phys Rev Lett. 2005 Jul 1;95(1):017402. Epub 2005 Jun 28.

Single quantum dot coupled to a scanning optical antenna: a tunable superemitter.

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  • 1Nano-Optics group, National Center of Competence for Research in Nanoscale Science, Institute of Physics, University of Basel, Klingelbergstr. 82, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland.


The interaction of a single quantum dot with a bowtie antenna is demonstrated for visible light. The antenna is generated at the apex of a Si3N4 atomic force microscopy tip by focused ion beam milling. When scanned over the quantum dot, its photoluminescence is enhanced while its excited-state lifetime is decreased. Our observations demonstrate that the relaxation channels of a single quantum emitter can be controlled by coupling to an efficiently radiating metallic nanoantenna.

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