Abstract

We present two applications of a single nitrogen vacancy center in a nanodiamond as quantum probe for plasmonic nanostructures. Coupling to the nanostructures is achieved in a highly controlled manner by picking up a pre-characterized nanocrystal with an atomic force microscope and placing it at the desired position. Local launching of single excitations into a nanowire with a spatial control of few nanometers is demonstrated. Further, a two dimensional map of the electromagnetic environment of a plasmonic bowtie antenna was derived, resembling an ultimate limit of fluorescence lifetime nanoscopy.

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A. Cuche, O. Mollet, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, ““Deterministic” quantum plasmonics,” Nano Lett. 10, 4566–4570 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Z. Li, K. Bao, Y. Fang, Y. Huang, P. Nordlander, and H. Xu, “Correlation between incident and emission polarization in nanowire surface plasmon waveguides,” Nano Lett. 10, 1831–1835 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Esteban, T. V. Teperik, and J. J. Greffet, “Optical patch antennas for single photon emission using surface plasmon resonances,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 026802 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Schröder, A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Fiber-integrated diamond-based single photon source,” Nano Lett. 11, 198–202 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Wolters, A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, N. Nüsse, M. Schoengen, H. Doscher, T. Hannappel, B. Löchel, M. Barth, and O. Benson, “Enhancement of the zero phonon line emission from a single nitrogen vacancy center in a nanodiamond via coupling to a photonic crystal cavity,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 141108 (2010).
[CrossRef]

T. D. Ladd, F. Jelezko, R. Laflamme, Y. Nakamura, C. Monroe, and J. L. O’Brien, “Quantum computers,” Nature 464, 45–53 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. G. Curto, G. Volpe, T. H. Taminiau, M. P. Kreuzer, R. Quidant, and N. F. van Hulst, “Unidirectional emission of a quantum dot coupled to a nanoantenna,” Science 329, 930–933 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2009 (7)

M. D. Wissert, A. W. Schell, K. S. Ilin, M. Siegel, and H.-J. Eisler, “Nanoengineering and characterization of gold dipole nanoantennas with enhanced integrated scattering properties,” Nanotechnol. 20, 425203 (2009).
[CrossRef]

M. Barth, N. Nüsse, B. Löchel, and O. Benson, “Controlled coupling of a single-diamond nanocrystal to a photonic crystal cavity,” Opt. Lett. 34, 1108–1110 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Kinkhabwala, Z. Yu, S. Fan, Y. Avlasevich, K. Müllen, and W. E. Mörner, “Large single-molecule fluorescence enhancements produced by a bowtie nanoantenna,” Nat. Photonics 3, 654–657 (2009).
[CrossRef]

H. Wei, D. Ratchford, X. E. Li, H. Xu, and C.-K. Shih, “Propagating surface plasmon induced photon emission from quantum dots,” Nano Lett. 9, 4168–4171 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Schietinger, M. Barth, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Plasmon-enhanced single photon emission from a nanoassembled metaldiamond hybrid structure at room temperature,” Nano Lett. 9, 1694–1698 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stohr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nat. Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
[CrossRef]

E. Rittweger, K. Y. Han, S. E. Irvine, C. Eggeling, and S. W. Hell, “Sted microscopy reveals crystal colour centres with nanometric resolution,” Nat. Phot. 3, 144–147 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2008 (4)

J. Merlein, M. Kahl, A. Zuschlag, A. Sell, A. Halm, J. Boneberg, P. Leiderer, A. Leitenstorfer, and R. Bratschitsch, “Nanomechanical control of an optical antenna,” Nat. Photonics 2, 230–233 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Y. Sonnefraud, A. Cuche, O. Faklaris, J.-P. Boudou, T. Sauvage, J.-F. Roch, F. Treussart, and S. Huant, “Diamond nanocrystals hosting single nitrogen-vacancy color centers sorted by photon-correlation near-field microscopy,” Opt. Lett. 33, 611–613 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Balasubramanian, I. Y. Chan, R. Kolesov, M. Al-Hmoud, J. Tisler, C. Shin, C. Kim, A. Wojcik, P. R. Hemmer, A. Krueger, T. Hanke, A. Leitenstorfer, R. Bratschitsch, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Nanoscale imaging magnetometry with diamond spins under ambient conditions,” Nature 455, 648–651 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. R. Maze, P. L. Stanwix, J. S. Hodges, S. Hong, J. M. Taylor, P. Cappellaro, L. Jiang, M. V. G. Dutt, E. Togan, A. S. Zibrov, A. Yacoby, R. L. Walsworth, and M. D. Lukin, “Nanoscale magnetic sensing with an individual electronic spin in diamond,” Nature 455, 645–648 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2007 (4)

O. L. Muskens, V. Giannini, J. A. Sánchez-Gil, and J. Gómez Rivas, “Strong enhancement of the radiative decay rate of emitters by single plasmonic nanoantennas,” Nano Lett. 7, 2871–2875 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. Fedutik, V. V. Temnov, O. Schöps, U. Woggon, and M. V. Artemyev, “Exciton-plasmon-photon conversion in plasmonic nanostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 136802 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. W. Knight, N. K. Grady, R. Bardhan, F. Hao, P. Nordlander, and N. J. Halas, “Nanoparticle-mediated coupling of light into a nanowire,” Nano Lett. 7, 2346–2350 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006 (2)

D. E. Chang, A. S. Sørensen, P. R. Hemmer, and M. D. Lukin, “Quantum optics with surface plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 053002 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Jelezko and J. Wrachtrup, “Single defect centres in diamond: A review,” Phys. Stat. Sol. (a) 203, 3207–3225 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005 (3)

P. Mühlschlegel, H.-J. Eisler, O. J. F. Martin, B. Hecht, and D. W. Pohl, “Resonant optical antennas,” Science 308, 1607–1609 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. N. Farahani, D. W. Pohl, H.-J. Eisler, and B. Hecht, “Single quantum dot coupled to a scanning optical antenna: A tunable superemitter,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 017402 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Ditlbacher, A. Hohenau, D. Wagner, U. Kreibig, M. Rogers, F. Hofer, F. R. Aussenegg, and J. R. Krenn, “Silver nanowires as surface plasmon resonators,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 257403 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2003 (2)

W. L. Barnes, A. Dereux, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Surface plasmon subwavelength optics,” Nature 424, 824–830 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. A. Kennedy, J. S. Colton, J. E. Butler, R. C. Linares, and P. J. Doering, “Long coherence times at 300 k for nitrogen-vacancy center spins in diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 4190–4192 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2000 (2)

R. Brouri, A. Beveratos, J.-P. Poizat, and P. Grangier, “Photon antibunching in the fluorescence of individual color centers in diamond,” Opt. Lett. 25, 1294–1296 (2000).
[CrossRef]

C. Kurtsiefer, S. Mayer, P. Zarda, and H. Weinfurter, “Stable solid-state source of single photons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 290–293 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Aichele, T.

T. Schröder, A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Fiber-integrated diamond-based single photon source,” Nano Lett. 11, 198–202 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Schietinger, M. Barth, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Plasmon-enhanced single photon emission from a nanoassembled metaldiamond hybrid structure at room temperature,” Nano Lett. 9, 1694–1698 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Akimov, A. V.

A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Al-Hmoud, M.

G. Balasubramanian, I. Y. Chan, R. Kolesov, M. Al-Hmoud, J. Tisler, C. Shin, C. Kim, A. Wojcik, P. R. Hemmer, A. Krueger, T. Hanke, A. Leitenstorfer, R. Bratschitsch, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Nanoscale imaging magnetometry with diamond spins under ambient conditions,” Nature 455, 648–651 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Artemyev, M. V.

Y. Fedutik, V. V. Temnov, O. Schöps, U. Woggon, and M. V. Artemyev, “Exciton-plasmon-photon conversion in plasmonic nanostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 136802 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Aussenegg, F. R.

H. Ditlbacher, A. Hohenau, D. Wagner, U. Kreibig, M. Rogers, F. Hofer, F. R. Aussenegg, and J. R. Krenn, “Silver nanowires as surface plasmon resonators,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 257403 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Avlasevich, Y.

A. Kinkhabwala, Z. Yu, S. Fan, Y. Avlasevich, K. Müllen, and W. E. Mörner, “Large single-molecule fluorescence enhancements produced by a bowtie nanoantenna,” Nat. Photonics 3, 654–657 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Balasubramanian, G.

R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stohr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nat. Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
[CrossRef]

G. Balasubramanian, I. Y. Chan, R. Kolesov, M. Al-Hmoud, J. Tisler, C. Shin, C. Kim, A. Wojcik, P. R. Hemmer, A. Krueger, T. Hanke, A. Leitenstorfer, R. Bratschitsch, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Nanoscale imaging magnetometry with diamond spins under ambient conditions,” Nature 455, 648–651 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bao, K.

Z. Li, K. Bao, Y. Fang, Y. Huang, P. Nordlander, and H. Xu, “Correlation between incident and emission polarization in nanowire surface plasmon waveguides,” Nano Lett. 10, 1831–1835 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bardhan, R.

M. W. Knight, N. K. Grady, R. Bardhan, F. Hao, P. Nordlander, and N. J. Halas, “Nanoparticle-mediated coupling of light into a nanowire,” Nano Lett. 7, 2346–2350 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Barnes, W. L.

W. L. Barnes, A. Dereux, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Surface plasmon subwavelength optics,” Nature 424, 824–830 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Barth, M.

J. Wolters, A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, N. Nüsse, M. Schoengen, H. Doscher, T. Hannappel, B. Löchel, M. Barth, and O. Benson, “Enhancement of the zero phonon line emission from a single nitrogen vacancy center in a nanodiamond via coupling to a photonic crystal cavity,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 141108 (2010).
[CrossRef]

M. Barth, N. Nüsse, B. Löchel, and O. Benson, “Controlled coupling of a single-diamond nanocrystal to a photonic crystal cavity,” Opt. Lett. 34, 1108–1110 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Schietinger, M. Barth, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Plasmon-enhanced single photon emission from a nanoassembled metaldiamond hybrid structure at room temperature,” Nano Lett. 9, 1694–1698 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Benson, O.

J. Wolters, A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, N. Nüsse, M. Schoengen, H. Doscher, T. Hannappel, B. Löchel, M. Barth, and O. Benson, “Enhancement of the zero phonon line emission from a single nitrogen vacancy center in a nanodiamond via coupling to a photonic crystal cavity,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 141108 (2010).
[CrossRef]

T. Schröder, A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Fiber-integrated diamond-based single photon source,” Nano Lett. 11, 198–202 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Barth, N. Nüsse, B. Löchel, and O. Benson, “Controlled coupling of a single-diamond nanocrystal to a photonic crystal cavity,” Opt. Lett. 34, 1108–1110 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Schietinger, M. Barth, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Plasmon-enhanced single photon emission from a nanoassembled metaldiamond hybrid structure at room temperature,” Nano Lett. 9, 1694–1698 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Beveratos, A.

Boneberg, J.

J. Merlein, M. Kahl, A. Zuschlag, A. Sell, A. Halm, J. Boneberg, P. Leiderer, A. Leitenstorfer, and R. Bratschitsch, “Nanomechanical control of an optical antenna,” Nat. Photonics 2, 230–233 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Boudou, J.-P.

Bratschitsch, R.

J. Merlein, M. Kahl, A. Zuschlag, A. Sell, A. Halm, J. Boneberg, P. Leiderer, A. Leitenstorfer, and R. Bratschitsch, “Nanomechanical control of an optical antenna,” Nat. Photonics 2, 230–233 (2008).
[CrossRef]

G. Balasubramanian, I. Y. Chan, R. Kolesov, M. Al-Hmoud, J. Tisler, C. Shin, C. Kim, A. Wojcik, P. R. Hemmer, A. Krueger, T. Hanke, A. Leitenstorfer, R. Bratschitsch, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Nanoscale imaging magnetometry with diamond spins under ambient conditions,” Nature 455, 648–651 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Brouri, R.

Butler, J. E.

T. A. Kennedy, J. S. Colton, J. E. Butler, R. C. Linares, and P. J. Doering, “Long coherence times at 300 k for nitrogen-vacancy center spins in diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 4190–4192 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Cappellaro, P.

J. R. Maze, P. L. Stanwix, J. S. Hodges, S. Hong, J. M. Taylor, P. Cappellaro, L. Jiang, M. V. G. Dutt, E. Togan, A. S. Zibrov, A. Yacoby, R. L. Walsworth, and M. D. Lukin, “Nanoscale magnetic sensing with an individual electronic spin in diamond,” Nature 455, 645–648 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Chan, I. Y.

G. Balasubramanian, I. Y. Chan, R. Kolesov, M. Al-Hmoud, J. Tisler, C. Shin, C. Kim, A. Wojcik, P. R. Hemmer, A. Krueger, T. Hanke, A. Leitenstorfer, R. Bratschitsch, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Nanoscale imaging magnetometry with diamond spins under ambient conditions,” Nature 455, 648–651 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chang, D. E.

A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. E. Chang, A. S. Sørensen, P. R. Hemmer, and M. D. Lukin, “Quantum optics with surface plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 053002 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Colton, J. S.

T. A. Kennedy, J. S. Colton, J. E. Butler, R. C. Linares, and P. J. Doering, “Long coherence times at 300 k for nitrogen-vacancy center spins in diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 4190–4192 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Cuche, A.

Curto, A. G.

A. G. Curto, G. Volpe, T. H. Taminiau, M. P. Kreuzer, R. Quidant, and N. F. van Hulst, “Unidirectional emission of a quantum dot coupled to a nanoantenna,” Science 329, 930–933 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Dereux, A.

W. L. Barnes, A. Dereux, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Surface plasmon subwavelength optics,” Nature 424, 824–830 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ditlbacher, H.

H. Ditlbacher, A. Hohenau, D. Wagner, U. Kreibig, M. Rogers, F. Hofer, F. R. Aussenegg, and J. R. Krenn, “Silver nanowires as surface plasmon resonators,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 257403 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Doering, P. J.

T. A. Kennedy, J. S. Colton, J. E. Butler, R. C. Linares, and P. J. Doering, “Long coherence times at 300 k for nitrogen-vacancy center spins in diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 4190–4192 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Doscher, H.

J. Wolters, A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, N. Nüsse, M. Schoengen, H. Doscher, T. Hannappel, B. Löchel, M. Barth, and O. Benson, “Enhancement of the zero phonon line emission from a single nitrogen vacancy center in a nanodiamond via coupling to a photonic crystal cavity,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 141108 (2010).
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A. G. Curto, G. Volpe, T. H. Taminiau, M. P. Kreuzer, R. Quidant, and N. F. van Hulst, “Unidirectional emission of a quantum dot coupled to a nanoantenna,” Science 329, 930–933 (2010).
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Rogers, M.

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O. L. Muskens, V. Giannini, J. A. Sánchez-Gil, and J. Gómez Rivas, “Strong enhancement of the radiative decay rate of emitters by single plasmonic nanoantennas,” Nano Lett. 7, 2871–2875 (2007).
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Sauvage, T.

Schell, A. W.

T. Schröder, A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Fiber-integrated diamond-based single photon source,” Nano Lett. 11, 198–202 (2010).
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S. Schietinger, M. Barth, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Plasmon-enhanced single photon emission from a nanoassembled metaldiamond hybrid structure at room temperature,” Nano Lett. 9, 1694–1698 (2009).
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Schoengen, M.

J. Wolters, A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, N. Nüsse, M. Schoengen, H. Doscher, T. Hannappel, B. Löchel, M. Barth, and O. Benson, “Enhancement of the zero phonon line emission from a single nitrogen vacancy center in a nanodiamond via coupling to a photonic crystal cavity,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 141108 (2010).
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J. R. Maze, P. L. Stanwix, J. S. Hodges, S. Hong, J. M. Taylor, P. Cappellaro, L. Jiang, M. V. G. Dutt, E. Togan, A. S. Zibrov, A. Yacoby, R. L. Walsworth, and M. D. Lukin, “Nanoscale magnetic sensing with an individual electronic spin in diamond,” Nature 455, 645–648 (2008).
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J. R. Maze, P. L. Stanwix, J. S. Hodges, S. Hong, J. M. Taylor, P. Cappellaro, L. Jiang, M. V. G. Dutt, E. Togan, A. S. Zibrov, A. Yacoby, R. L. Walsworth, and M. D. Lukin, “Nanoscale magnetic sensing with an individual electronic spin in diamond,” Nature 455, 645–648 (2008).
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Y. Fedutik, V. V. Temnov, O. Schöps, U. Woggon, and M. V. Artemyev, “Exciton-plasmon-photon conversion in plasmonic nanostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 136802 (2007).
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G. Balasubramanian, I. Y. Chan, R. Kolesov, M. Al-Hmoud, J. Tisler, C. Shin, C. Kim, A. Wojcik, P. R. Hemmer, A. Krueger, T. Hanke, A. Leitenstorfer, R. Bratschitsch, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Nanoscale imaging magnetometry with diamond spins under ambient conditions,” Nature 455, 648–651 (2008).
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R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stohr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nat. Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
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J. R. Maze, P. L. Stanwix, J. S. Hodges, S. Hong, J. M. Taylor, P. Cappellaro, L. Jiang, M. V. G. Dutt, E. Togan, A. S. Zibrov, A. Yacoby, R. L. Walsworth, and M. D. Lukin, “Nanoscale magnetic sensing with an individual electronic spin in diamond,” Nature 455, 645–648 (2008).
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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Coupling of a diamond nanocrystal with a single NV center to a silver nanowire and excitation of single surface plasmon polaritons. (a) Scheme of the experimental setup. (b) AFM image of the diamond nanocrystal (indicated by the dashed circle) positioned at the side of a bent silver nanowire. (c) Microscope photoluminescence image of the same configuration. Positions 1 and 3 indicate the ends of the nanowire, while position 2 marks the location of the diamond nanocrystal.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

A nanodiamond probe launching single plasmonic excitations. (a,b) AFM and fluo-rescence image showing a silver nanowire and a nanodiamond with a single NV center. The bright spot between position 2 and 3 in (b) emerges from the bend of the nanowire. (c) Autocorrelation of the photons from the diamond measured at point 2. (d,e) Cross-correlations between the photons emitted from position 2 and from positions 1 and 3, respectively. The anti-bunching dip in the curves clearly reveals the non-classical properties.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a-f) Aligning a nanodiamond probe. A single nanodiamond was moved with the AFM to different positions with respect to a bowtie antenna. Small changes in the measured topography are due to changes of the AFM tip’s shape during the manipulation process. Circles highlight the positions of the nanodiamond. (g,h) Fluorescence lifetime histogram of a uncoupled nanodiamond (blue) and the nanodiamond coupled to a bowtie antenna (black). The initial peak stems from short-lived fluorescence from the gold of the bowtie antenna, which our detectors could not resolve. Only counts occurring 3 ns after the emission peak (indicated by the blue vertical line) are used to fit (red curves) the fluorescence decay from the NV center in the nanodiamond. Inset in (g) shows the coincidences for the uncoupled diamond measured with the HBT setup.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a,b) Maps showing the decay rate of the excited state of the NV center in the nanodiamond probe for different positions with an underlay of the corresponding AFM image of the antennas. In (a) a diamond of approx. 60 nm height and an oval shape was used. In (b) the diamond height was about 15 nm.

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