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Opt Express. 2010 Nov 8;18(23):23633-45. doi: 10.1364/OE.18.023633.

Quantum-dot-induced transparency in a nanoscale plasmonic resonator.

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Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, Illinois 60439, USA.


We investigate the near-field optical coupling between a single semiconductor nanocrystal (quantum dot) and a nanometer-scale plasmonic metal resonator using rigorous electrodynamic simulations. Our calculations show that the quantum dot produces a dip in both the extinction and scattering spectra of the surface-plasmon resonator, with a particularly strong change for the scattering spectrum. A phenomenological coupled-oscillator model is used to fit the calculation results and provide physical insight, revealing the roles of Fano interference and hybridization. The results indicate that it is possible to achieve nearly complete transparency as well as enter the strong-coupling regime for a single quantum dot in the near field of a metal nanostructure.


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