Deterministic Coupling of Quantum Emitters in 2D Materials to Plasmonic Nanocavity Arrays

Toan Trong Tran, Danqing Wang, Zai Quan Xu, Ankun Yang, Milos Toth, Teri W. Odom, Igor Aharonovich*

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Quantum emitters in two-dimensional materials are promising candidates for studies of light-matter interaction and next generation, integrated on-chip quantum nanophotonics. However, the realization of integrated nanophotonic systems requires the coupling of emitters to optical cavities and resonators. In this work, we demonstrate hybrid systems in which quantum emitters in 2D hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) are deterministically coupled to high-quality plasmonic nanocavity arrays. The plasmonic nanoparticle arrays offer a high-quality, low-loss cavity in the same spectral range as the quantum emitters in hBN. The coupled emitters exhibit enhanced emission rates and reduced fluorescence lifetimes, consistent with Purcell enhancement in the weak coupling regime. Our results provide the foundation for a versatile approach for achieving scalable, integrated hybrid systems based on low-loss plasmonic nanoparticle arrays and 2D materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2634-2639
Number of pages6
JournalNano letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 12 2017


  • Hexagonal boron nitride
  • plasmonic coupling
  • plasmonic nanocavity arrays
  • point defects
  • two-dimensional materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science


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