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Title: Colossal photon bunching in quasiparticle-mediated nanodiamond cathodoluminescence

Abstract

Nanoscale control over the second-order photon correlation function g (2)(τ) is critical to emerging research in nonlinear nanophotonics and integrated quantum information science. Here we report on quasiparticle control of photon bunching with g (2)(0) > 45 in the cathodoluminescence of nanodiamond nitrogen vacancy (NV 0) centers excited by a converged electron beam in an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. Plasmon-mediated NV 0 cathodoluminescence exhibits a 16-fold increase in luminescence intensity correlated with a threefold reduction in photon bunching compared with that of uncoupled NV 0 centers. This effect is ascribed to the excitation of single temporally uncorrelated NV 0 centers by single surface plasmon polaritons. Spectrally resolved Hanbury Brown–Twiss interferometry is employed to demonstrate that the bunching is mediated by the NV 0 phonon sidebands, while no observable bunching is detected at the zero-phonon line. As a result, the data are consistent with fast phonon-mediated recombination dynamics, a conclusion substantiated by agreement between Bayesian regression and Monte Carlo models of superthermal NV 0 luminescence.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [3]; ORCiD logo [2];  [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [1];  [3]; ORCiD logo [2];  [4]; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  3. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  4. Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1485008
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 97; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS

Citation Formats

Feldman, Matthew A., Dumitrescu, Eugene F., Bridges, Denzel, Chisholm, Matthew F., Davidson, Roderick B., Evans, Philip G., Hachtel, Jordan A., Hu, Anming, Pooser, Raphael C., Haglund, Richard F., and Lawrie, Benjamin J.. Colossal photon bunching in quasiparticle-mediated nanodiamond cathodoluminescence. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.97.081404.
Feldman, Matthew A., Dumitrescu, Eugene F., Bridges, Denzel, Chisholm, Matthew F., Davidson, Roderick B., Evans, Philip G., Hachtel, Jordan A., Hu, Anming, Pooser, Raphael C., Haglund, Richard F., & Lawrie, Benjamin J.. Colossal photon bunching in quasiparticle-mediated nanodiamond cathodoluminescence. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.97.081404.
Feldman, Matthew A., Dumitrescu, Eugene F., Bridges, Denzel, Chisholm, Matthew F., Davidson, Roderick B., Evans, Philip G., Hachtel, Jordan A., Hu, Anming, Pooser, Raphael C., Haglund, Richard F., and Lawrie, Benjamin J.. Thu . "Colossal photon bunching in quasiparticle-mediated nanodiamond cathodoluminescence". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.97.081404.
@article{osti_1485008,
title = {Colossal photon bunching in quasiparticle-mediated nanodiamond cathodoluminescence},
author = {Feldman, Matthew A. and Dumitrescu, Eugene F. and Bridges, Denzel and Chisholm, Matthew F. and Davidson, Roderick B. and Evans, Philip G. and Hachtel, Jordan A. and Hu, Anming and Pooser, Raphael C. and Haglund, Richard F. and Lawrie, Benjamin J.},
abstractNote = {Nanoscale control over the second-order photon correlation function g(2)(τ) is critical to emerging research in nonlinear nanophotonics and integrated quantum information science. Here we report on quasiparticle control of photon bunching with g(2)(0) > 45 in the cathodoluminescence of nanodiamond nitrogen vacancy (NV0) centers excited by a converged electron beam in an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. Plasmon-mediated NV0 cathodoluminescence exhibits a 16-fold increase in luminescence intensity correlated with a threefold reduction in photon bunching compared with that of uncoupled NV0 centers. This effect is ascribed to the excitation of single temporally uncorrelated NV0 centers by single surface plasmon polaritons. Spectrally resolved Hanbury Brown–Twiss interferometry is employed to demonstrate that the bunching is mediated by the NV0 phonon sidebands, while no observable bunching is detected at the zero-phonon line. As a result, the data are consistent with fast phonon-mediated recombination dynamics, a conclusion substantiated by agreement between Bayesian regression and Monte Carlo models of superthermal NV0 luminescence.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.97.081404},
journal = {Physical Review B},
issn = {2469-9950},
number = 8,
volume = 97,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {2}
}