Spontaneous decay of an excited state of an emitter coupled to parallel SWNTs placed in the vicinity of a plane interface between two dielectric materials

A. M. Nemilentsau, G. Ya Slepyan, S. A. Maksimenko, A. Lakhtakia, S. V. Rotkin

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After devising an integral-equation formalism to study the spontaneous decay rate of an emitter coupled to an array of three identical and parallel SWNTs, the half spaces containing the emitter and the SWNTs being occupied by homogeneous materials of different relative permittivities, and the electric dipole moment of the emitter as well as all SWNTs aligned normal to the bimaterial interface, we found that the presence of SWNTs substantially enhances the spontaneous decay rate. The spectrum of the decay rate contains closely spaced sub-resonances, which arise from the propagation of surface plasmon-polariton waves on the SWNTs. The sub-resonance frequencies decrease with the increase of the relative permittivity of the material surrounding the SWNT and come closer to each other as the inter-SWNT distance decreases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-389
Number of pages9
JournalPhotonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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