Enhanced light extraction from emitters close to clusters of resonant plasmonic nanoantennas
Mater. Sci. Eng. B , Volume 149 p. 216- 219
We perform time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy on clusters of plasmonic nanoantennas covered with a dye-polymer mixture. Dimer antenna structures were fabricated consisting of two interacting gold nanorods with varying lengths and interparticle separation, By combining four individual antennas into a cluster within a diffraction limited spot size, we can couple out half of the dye molecule fluorescence via antenna plasmons. Two-dimensional confocal fluorescence lifetime scans visualize the spontaneous emission enhancement of the molecular fluorescence around the antenna clusters.