Nanophotonic devices could see huge advancement with 1,000x faster emittance of photons

10/14/2014 - 00:00

Duke University researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons of light 1,000 times faster than with previous designs — a speed record, and a step toward realizing superfast light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for nanophotonic devices, such as telecommunication lasers and as single-photon sources for quantum cryptography.


Gleb M. Akselrod, Christos Argyropoulos, Thang B. Hoang, Cristian Ciracì, Chao Fang, Jiani Huang, David R. Smith, Maiken H. Mikkelsen. Probing the mechanisms of large Purcell enhancement in plasmonic nanoantennas. Nature Photonics, 2014; DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2014.228