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Nature. 2011 Dec 8;480(7376):193-9. doi: 10.1038/nature10610.

Assembly of hybrid photonic architectures from nanophotonic constituents.

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Nano-Optik, Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, Newtonstrasse 15, 12489 Berlin, Germany. oliver.benson@physik.hu-berlin.de

Abstract

The assembly of hybrid nanophotonic devices from different fundamental photonic entities--such as single molecules, nanocrystals, semiconductor quantum dots, nanowires and metal nanoparticles--can yield functionalities that exceed those of the individual subunits. Combining these photonic elements requires nanometre-scale fabrication precision and potentially involves a material diversity that is incompatible with standard nanotechnological processes. Although merging these different systems on a single hybrid platform is at present challenging, it promises improved performance and novel devices. Particularly rapid progress is seen in the combination of plasmonic-dielectric constituents with quantum emitters that can be assembled on demand into fundamental model systems for future optical elements.

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10.1038/nature10610
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