Cover Picture: Harnessing Light with Photonic Nanowires: Fundamentals and Applications to Quantum Optics (ChemPhysChem 11/2013)

Authors

  • Dr. Julien Claudon,

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    1. CEA-CNRS-UJF group “Nanophysique et Semiconducteurs”, CEA, INAC, SP2 M, F-38054 Grenoble (France)
    • CEA-CNRS-UJF group “Nanophysique et Semiconducteurs”, CEA, INAC, SP2 M, F-38054 Grenoble (France)
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  • Dr. Niels Gregersen,

    1. Department of Photonics Engineering, DTU Fotonik, Technical University of Denmark, Building 343, 2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark)
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  • Dr. Philippe Lalanne,

    1. Laboratoire Photonique, Numérique et Nanosciences, Institut d'Optique d'Aquitaine, Univ. Bordeaux 1, CNRS, 33405 Talence cedex (France)
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  • Prof. Jean-Michel Gérard

    1. CEA-CNRS-UJF group “Nanophysique et Semiconducteurs”, CEA, INAC, SP2 M, F-38054 Grenoble (France)
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Abstract

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Artist view of an optical antenna based on a tailored photonic wire, as it is discussed by J. Claudon et al. on p. 2393. The antenna exploits both the broadband spontaneous emission control offered by a single-mode photonic wire and the engineering of its far-field emission, using a planar mirror and a top conical taper. By inserting a quantum dot inside the wire, one realizes a very bright single-photon source. Beyond this first application, such a structure opens appealing perspectives for the future developments of solid-state quantum optics.

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