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Coupling of a single active nanoparticle to a polymer-based photonic structure

Dam Thuy Trang Nguyen, Thi Huong Au, Quang Cong Tong, Mai Hoang Luong, Aurelien Pelissier, Kevin Montes, Hoang Minh Ngo, Minh Thanh Do, Danh Bich Do, Duc Thien Trinh, Thanh Huong Nguyen, Bruno Palpant, Chia Chen Hsu, Isabelle Ledoux-Rak, Ngoc Diep Lai, Journal of Science: Advanced Materials and Devices 1, 18-30 (2016)

The engineered coupling between a guest moiety (molecule, nanoparticle) and the host photonic nanostructure may provide a great enhancement of the guest optical response, leading to many attractive applications. In this article, we describe briefly the basic concept and some recent progress considering the coupling of a single nanoparticle into a photonic structure. Different kinds of nanoparticles of great interest including quantum dots and nitrogen-vacancy centers in nanodiamond for single photon source, nonlinear nanoparticles for efficient nonlinear effect and sensors, magnetic nanoparticles for Kerr magneto-optical effect, and plasmonic nanoparticles for ultrafast optical switching and sensors, are briefly reviewed. We focus further on the coupling of plasmonic gold nanoparticles and polymeric photonic structures by optimizing theoretically the photonic structures and developing efficient way to realize desired hybrid structures. The simple and low-cost fabrication technique, the optical enhancement of the fluorescent nanoparticles induced by the photonic structure, as well as the limitations, challenges and appealing prospects are discussed in details.

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