Quantum emitters coupled to circular nanoantennas for high-brightness quantum light sources

Hamza A. Abudayyeh, Ronen Rapaport

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Engineering the directionality and emission rate of quantum light sources is essential in the development of modern quantumapplications. In this work we use numerical calculations to optimise the brightness of a broadband quantumemitter positioned in a hybridmetal-dielectric circular periodic nanoantenna. The optimised structure features a photon collection efficiency of 74% (82%) and a photon flux enhancement of over 10 (6) into a numerical aperture of 0.22 (0.50), respectively, corresponding to a direct coupling into two types ofmulti-mode fibres.To enhance the emission rate, we present a new circular nanoantenna design where a quantum emitter is attached to a silver nanocone at the centre of the antenna.After optimisation,we find a collection efficiency of 61% (78%) into a numerical aperture of 0.22 (0.50), giving a brightness enhancement of 1000 (600) for an unpolarised emitter. The enhancements in both structures are broadband due to the low-quality factor of the device and are therefore ideal for room-temperature sources. This type of a scalable design can be utilised towards on-chip, high-brightness quantum light sources operating at roomtemperature.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number034004
JournalQuantum Science and Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2017

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  • bullseye antenna
  • emission enhancement
  • emission redirection
  • plasmonic device
  • purcell factor
  • quantum emitters
  • singlephoton sources


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