Ultracompact and unidirectional metallic antennas

Abstract : We investigate the angular redistribution of light radiated by a single emitter located in the vicinity of dipolar silver nanoparticles. We point out the fundamental role of the phase differences introduced by the optical path difference between the emitter and the particle and demonstrate that the polarizability of the metallic nanoparticle alone cannot predict the emission directionality. In particular, we show that collective or reflective properties of single nanoparticles can be controlled by tuning the distance of a single emitter at a λ/30 scale. These results enable us to design unidirectional and ultracompact nanoantennas composed of just two coupled nanoparticles separated by a distance achievable with biological linkers.
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N. Bonod, A. Devilez, Brice Rolly, Sebastien Bidault, B. Stout. Ultracompact and unidirectional metallic antennas. Physical Review B : Condensed matter and materials physics, American Physical Society, 2010, 82 (11), pp.115429. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevB.82.115429⟩. ⟨hal-00518283⟩



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