Strong Coupling of Carbon Quantum Dots in Plasmonic Nanocavities

Joel M. Katzen, Christos Tserkezis, Qiran Cai, Lu Hua Li, Jun Min Kim, Gaehang Lee, Gi-Ra Yi, William R. Hendren, Elton J. G. Santos, Robert M. Bowman, Fumin Huang

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Abstract

Confining light in extremely small cavities is crucial in nanophotonics, central to many applications. Employing a unique nanoparticle-on-mirror plasmonic structure and using a graphene film as a spacer, we create nanoscale cavities with volumes of only a few tens of cubic nanometers. The ultracompact cavity produces extremely strong optical near-fields, which facilitate the formation of single carbon quantum dots in the cavity and simultaneously empower the strong coupling between the excitons of the formed carbon quantum dot and the localized surface plasmons. This is manifested in the optical scattering spectra, showing a magnificent Rabi splitting of up to 200 meV under ambient conditions. In addition, we demonstrate that the strong coupling is tuneable with light irradiation. This opens new paradigms for investigating the fundamental light emission properties of carbon quantum dots in the quantum regime and paves the way for many significant applications.
Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Early online date8 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2020

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