Single particle spectroscopy of radiative processes in colloid-to-film-coupled nanoantennas

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We present a fluorescent emitter (rhodamine B) coupled to a dielectric or metallic interface as well as a metallic cavity to study their radiative decay processes. Supported by finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations, we correlate the non-radiative and radiative decay rates with the absorption and scattering cross section efficiencies, respectively. On a single particle level, we use atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scattering spectroscopy, fluorescence life time imaging (FLIM) and time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) to evaluate the enhanced fluorescence decay at the same location. With this study, we show a colloidal gain material, which can be integrated into lattices using existing directed self-assembled methods to study their coherent energy transfer.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1593-1606
Number of pages14
JournalZeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie
Issue number9-11
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • enhancement, fluorescence, life time, metallic film, nanoparticle, quantum emitter, spectroscopy