Patterning metamaterials for fast and efficient single-photon sources

O. A. Makarova, M. Y. Shalaginov, S. Bogdanov, U. Guler, A. Boltasseva, A. V. Kildishev, V. M. Shalaev

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Solid state quantum emitters are prime candidates to realize fast on-demand single-photon sources. The improvement in photon emission and collection efficiencies for quantum emitters, such as nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond, can be achieved by using a near-field coupling to nanophotonic structures. Plasmonic metamaterial structures with hyperbolic dispersion have been previously demonstrated to significantly increase the fluorescence decay rates from NV centers. However, the electromagnetic waves propagating inside the metamaterial must be outcoupled before they succumb to ohmic losses. We propose a nano-grooved hyperbolic metamaterial that improves the collection efficiency from a nanodiamond-based NV center by a factor of 4.3 compared to the case of coupling to a flat metamaterial. Our design can be utilized to achieve highly efficient and fast single-photon sources based on a variety of quantum emitters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhotonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures VII
EditorsAxel Scherer, Shawn-Yu Lin, Ali Adibi
ISBN (Electronic)9781510606654
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventPhotonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures VII - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Jan 30 2017Feb 2 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherPhotonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures VII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • hyperbolic metamaterials
  • nanopatterning
  • Single-photon source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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