Organic photonic bandgap microcavities doped with semiconductor nanocrystals
for room-temperature on-demand single-photon sources
Svetlana G. Lukishova, Luke J. Bissell, Vinod M. Menon, Nikesh Valappil, Megan A. Hahn,
Chris M. Evans, Brandon Zimmerman, Todd D. Krauss, C.R. Stroud Jr and Robert W. Boyd
J. Mod. Opt. 56, 167 (2009).
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We report the first experimental observation of fluorescence from single semiconductor nanocrystals (colloidal
quantum dots) in microcavities. In these room-temperature experiments we observed photon antibunching from
single CdSe nanocrystals doped into a chiral one-dimensional photonic bandgap liquid-crystal microcavity.
The chirality resulted in high-purity, circular polarization of definite handedness of the emitted single photons.
We also report the fabrication of chiral microcavities for telecom wavelengths doped with PbSe nanocrystals as
well as a solution-processed-polymer microcavity with a defect layer doped with CdSe nanocrystals between two
distributed Bragg reflectors. These systems with their low host fluorescence background are attractive for
on-demand single-photon sources for quantum information and communication.
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