Abstract

Fluorescence lifetimes of nitrogen-vacancy color centers in individual diamond nanocrystals were measured at the interface between a glass substrate and a strongly scattering medium. Comparison of the results with values recorded from the same nanocrystals at the glass-air interface revealed fluctuations of fluorescence lifetimes in the scattering medium. After discussing a range of possible systematic effects, we attribute the observed lengthening of the lifetimes to the reduction of the local density of states. Our approach is very promising for exploring the strong three-dimensional localization of light directly on the microscopic scale.

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J. Tisler,  et al., "Fluorescence and Spin Properties of Defects in Single Digit Nanodiamonds," ACS NANO 3, 1959-1965 (2009).
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R. Carminati and J. J. Saenz, "Density of States and Extinction Mean Free Path ofWaves in Random Media: Dispersion Relations and Sum Rules," Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 093902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2008 (2)

H. Hu, A. Strybulevych, J. H. Page, S. E. Skipetrov, and B. A. van Tiggelen, "Localization of ultrasound in a three-dimensional elastic network," Nature Phys. 4, 945-948 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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2007 (2)

T. Schwartz, G. Bartal, S. Fishman, and M. Segev, "Transport and Anderson localization in disordered twodimensional photonic lattices," Nature 446, 52-55 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. S. Froufe-Perez, R. Carminati, and J. J. Saenz, "Fluorescence decay rate statistics of a single molecule in a disordered cluster of nanoparticles," Phys. Rev. A 76, 013,835 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (2)

M. St¨orzer, P. Gross, C. M. Aegerter, and G. Maret, "Observation of the Critical Regime Near Anderson Localization of Light," Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 063,904 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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

2004 (2)

T. Gaebel, I. Popa, A. Gruber, M. Domham, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, "Stable single-photon source in the near infrared," New J. Phys. 6, 98 (2004).
[CrossRef]

K. Lindfors, T. Kalkbrenner, P. Stoller, and V. Sandoghdar, "Detection and spectroscopy of gold nanoparticle using supercontinuum white light confocal microscopy," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 037,401 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

2002 (3)

H. Schniepp and V. Sandoghdar, "Spontaneous Emission of Europium Ions Embedded in Dielectric Nanospheres," Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 257,403 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Schomerus, M. Titov, P. W. Brouwer, and C. W. J. Beenakker, "Microscopic versus mesoscopic local density of states in one-dimensional localization," Phys. Rev. B 65, 121,101 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. G. Rivas, A. Lagendijk, R. W. Tjerkstra, D. Vanmaekelbergh, and J. J. Kelly, "Tunable photonic strength in porous GaP," Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 4498-4500 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001 (2)

S. K¨uhn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, "Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy," J. Microscopy 202, 2 (2001).
[CrossRef]

A. Beveratos, R. Brouri, T. Gacoin, J.-P. Poizat, and P. Grangier, "Nonclassical radiation from diamond nanocrystals," Phys. Rev. A 64, 061,802 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000 (2)

A. D. Mirlin, "Statistics of energy levels and eigenfunctions in disordered systems," Physics Reports 326, 259 - 382 (2000).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Chabanov, M. Stoytchev, and A. Z. Genack, "Statistical signatures of photon localization," Nature 404, 850-853 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1999 (1)

1998 (1)

W. L. Barnes, "Topical review: Fluorescence near interfaces: the role of photonic mode density," J. Mod. Opt. 45, 661-699 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1997 (1)

D. S. Wiersma, P. Bartolini, A. Lagendijk, and R. Righini, "Localization of light in a disordered medium," Nature 390, 671-673 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1983 (1)

A. Collins, M. F. Thomaz, and M. I. B. Jorge, "Luminescence decay time of the 1.945 eV ncentre in type Ib diamond," J. Phys. C 16, 2177-2181 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Aegerter, C. M.

C. M. Aegerter and G. Maret, "Coherent Backscattering and Anderson Localization of Light," Prog. Opt. 52, 1-62 (2009).
[CrossRef]

M. St¨orzer, P. Gross, C. M. Aegerter, and G. Maret, "Observation of the Critical Regime Near Anderson Localization of Light," Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 063,904 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Barnes, W. L.

W. L. Barnes, "Topical review: Fluorescence near interfaces: the role of photonic mode density," J. Mod. Opt. 45, 661-699 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Bartal, G.

T. Schwartz, G. Bartal, S. Fishman, and M. Segev, "Transport and Anderson localization in disordered twodimensional photonic lattices," Nature 446, 52-55 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Barthelemy, P.

P. Barthelemy, J. Bertolotti, and D. S. Wiersma, "A Levy flight for light," Nature 453, 495-498 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bartolini, P.

D. S. Wiersma, P. Bartolini, A. Lagendijk, and R. Righini, "Localization of light in a disordered medium," Nature 390, 671-673 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Beenakker, C. W. J.

H. Schomerus, M. Titov, P. W. Brouwer, and C. W. J. Beenakker, "Microscopic versus mesoscopic local density of states in one-dimensional localization," Phys. Rev. B 65, 121,101 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Bertolotti, J.

P. Barthelemy, J. Bertolotti, and D. S. Wiersma, "A Levy flight for light," Nature 453, 495-498 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Beveratos, A.

A. Beveratos, R. Brouri, T. Gacoin, J.-P. Poizat, and P. Grangier, "Nonclassical radiation from diamond nanocrystals," Phys. Rev. A 64, 061,802 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Brouri, R.

A. Beveratos, R. Brouri, T. Gacoin, J.-P. Poizat, and P. Grangier, "Nonclassical radiation from diamond nanocrystals," Phys. Rev. A 64, 061,802 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Brouwer, P. W.

H. Schomerus, M. Titov, P. W. Brouwer, and C. W. J. Beenakker, "Microscopic versus mesoscopic local density of states in one-dimensional localization," Phys. Rev. B 65, 121,101 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Carminati, R.

R. Carminati and J. J. Saenz, "Density of States and Extinction Mean Free Path ofWaves in Random Media: Dispersion Relations and Sum Rules," Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 093902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. S. Froufe-Perez, R. Carminati, and J. J. Saenz, "Fluorescence decay rate statistics of a single molecule in a disordered cluster of nanoparticles," Phys. Rev. A 76, 013,835 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Celebrano, M.

P. Kukura, M. Celebrano, A. Renn, and V. Sandoghdar, "Imaging a single quantum dot when it is dark," Nano Lett. 9, 926-929 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Chabanov, A. A.

A. A. Chabanov, M. Stoytchev, and A. Z. Genack, "Statistical signatures of photon localization," Nature 404, 850-853 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chen, X.

X. Chen and V. Sandoghdar, In preparation.

Collins, A.

A. Collins, M. F. Thomaz, and M. I. B. Jorge, "Luminescence decay time of the 1.945 eV ncentre in type Ib diamond," J. Phys. C 16, 2177-2181 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Dogariu, A.

Domham, M.

T. Gaebel, I. Popa, A. Gruber, M. Domham, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, "Stable single-photon source in the near infrared," New J. Phys. 6, 98 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Fishman, S.

T. Schwartz, G. Bartal, S. Fishman, and M. Segev, "Transport and Anderson localization in disordered twodimensional photonic lattices," Nature 446, 52-55 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Froufe-Perez, L. S.

L. S. Froufe-Perez, R. Carminati, and J. J. Saenz, "Fluorescence decay rate statistics of a single molecule in a disordered cluster of nanoparticles," Phys. Rev. A 76, 013,835 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Gacoin, T.

A. Beveratos, R. Brouri, T. Gacoin, J.-P. Poizat, and P. Grangier, "Nonclassical radiation from diamond nanocrystals," Phys. Rev. A 64, 061,802 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Gaebel, T.

T. Gaebel, I. Popa, A. Gruber, M. Domham, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, "Stable single-photon source in the near infrared," New J. Phys. 6, 98 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Genack, A. Z.

A. A. Chabanov, M. Stoytchev, and A. Z. Genack, "Statistical signatures of photon localization," Nature 404, 850-853 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Grangier, P.

A. Beveratos, R. Brouri, T. Gacoin, J.-P. Poizat, and P. Grangier, "Nonclassical radiation from diamond nanocrystals," Phys. Rev. A 64, 061,802 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Gross, P.

M. St¨orzer, P. Gross, C. M. Aegerter, and G. Maret, "Observation of the Critical Regime Near Anderson Localization of Light," Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 063,904 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Gruber, A.

T. Gaebel, I. Popa, A. Gruber, M. Domham, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, "Stable single-photon source in the near infrared," New J. Phys. 6, 98 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Henkel, C.

Hettich, C.

S. K¨uhn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, "Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy," J. Microscopy 202, 2 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Hu, H.

H. Hu, A. Strybulevych, J. H. Page, S. E. Skipetrov, and B. A. van Tiggelen, "Localization of ultrasound in a three-dimensional elastic network," Nature Phys. 4, 945-948 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Jelezko, F.

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

T. Gaebel, I. Popa, A. Gruber, M. Domham, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, "Stable single-photon source in the near infrared," New J. Phys. 6, 98 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Jorge, M. I. B.

A. Collins, M. F. Thomaz, and M. I. B. Jorge, "Luminescence decay time of the 1.945 eV ncentre in type Ib diamond," J. Phys. C 16, 2177-2181 (1983).
[CrossRef]

K¨uhn, S.

S. K¨uhn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, "Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy," J. Microscopy 202, 2 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Kalkbrenner, T.

K. Lindfors, T. Kalkbrenner, P. Stoller, and V. Sandoghdar, "Detection and spectroscopy of gold nanoparticle using supercontinuum white light confocal microscopy," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 037,401 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kelly, J. J.

J. G. Rivas, A. Lagendijk, R. W. Tjerkstra, D. Vanmaekelbergh, and J. J. Kelly, "Tunable photonic strength in porous GaP," Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 4498-4500 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Kukura, P.

P. Kukura, M. Celebrano, A. Renn, and V. Sandoghdar, "Imaging a single quantum dot when it is dark," Nano Lett. 9, 926-929 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Lagendijk, A.

J. G. Rivas, A. Lagendijk, R. W. Tjerkstra, D. Vanmaekelbergh, and J. J. Kelly, "Tunable photonic strength in porous GaP," Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 4498-4500 (2002).
[CrossRef]

D. S. Wiersma, P. Bartolini, A. Lagendijk, and R. Righini, "Localization of light in a disordered medium," Nature 390, 671-673 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Lindfors, K.

K. Lindfors, T. Kalkbrenner, P. Stoller, and V. Sandoghdar, "Detection and spectroscopy of gold nanoparticle using supercontinuum white light confocal microscopy," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 037,401 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Maret, G.

C. M. Aegerter and G. Maret, "Coherent Backscattering and Anderson Localization of Light," Prog. Opt. 52, 1-62 (2009).
[CrossRef]

M. St¨orzer, P. Gross, C. M. Aegerter, and G. Maret, "Observation of the Critical Regime Near Anderson Localization of Light," Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 063,904 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Mirlin, A. D.

A. D. Mirlin, "Statistics of energy levels and eigenfunctions in disordered systems," Physics Reports 326, 259 - 382 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Page, J. H.

H. Hu, A. Strybulevych, J. H. Page, S. E. Skipetrov, and B. A. van Tiggelen, "Localization of ultrasound in a three-dimensional elastic network," Nature Phys. 4, 945-948 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Poizat, J.-P.

S. K¨uhn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, "Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy," J. Microscopy 202, 2 (2001).
[CrossRef]

A. Beveratos, R. Brouri, T. Gacoin, J.-P. Poizat, and P. Grangier, "Nonclassical radiation from diamond nanocrystals," Phys. Rev. A 64, 061,802 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Popa, I.

T. Gaebel, I. Popa, A. Gruber, M. Domham, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, "Stable single-photon source in the near infrared," New J. Phys. 6, 98 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Popescu, G.

Renn, A.

P. Kukura, M. Celebrano, A. Renn, and V. Sandoghdar, "Imaging a single quantum dot when it is dark," Nano Lett. 9, 926-929 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Righini, R.

D. S. Wiersma, P. Bartolini, A. Lagendijk, and R. Righini, "Localization of light in a disordered medium," Nature 390, 671-673 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Rivas, J. G.

J. G. Rivas, A. Lagendijk, R. W. Tjerkstra, D. Vanmaekelbergh, and J. J. Kelly, "Tunable photonic strength in porous GaP," Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 4498-4500 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Rogobete, L.

Saenz, J. J.

R. Carminati and J. J. Saenz, "Density of States and Extinction Mean Free Path ofWaves in Random Media: Dispersion Relations and Sum Rules," Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 093902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. S. Froufe-Perez, R. Carminati, and J. J. Saenz, "Fluorescence decay rate statistics of a single molecule in a disordered cluster of nanoparticles," Phys. Rev. A 76, 013,835 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Sandoghdar, V.

P. Kukura, M. Celebrano, A. Renn, and V. Sandoghdar, "Imaging a single quantum dot when it is dark," Nano Lett. 9, 926-929 (2009).
[CrossRef]

K. Lindfors, T. Kalkbrenner, P. Stoller, and V. Sandoghdar, "Detection and spectroscopy of gold nanoparticle using supercontinuum white light confocal microscopy," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 037,401 (2004).
[CrossRef]

L. Rogobete, H. Schniepp, V. Sandoghdar, and C. Henkel, "Spontaneous emission in nanoscopic dielectric particles," Opt. Lett. 28, 1736-1738 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Schniepp and V. Sandoghdar, "Spontaneous Emission of Europium Ions Embedded in Dielectric Nanospheres," Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 257,403 (2002).
[CrossRef]

S. K¨uhn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, "Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy," J. Microscopy 202, 2 (2001).
[CrossRef]

X. Chen and V. Sandoghdar, In preparation.

Schmitt, C.

S. K¨uhn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, "Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy," J. Microscopy 202, 2 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Schniepp, H.

L. Rogobete, H. Schniepp, V. Sandoghdar, and C. Henkel, "Spontaneous emission in nanoscopic dielectric particles," Opt. Lett. 28, 1736-1738 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Schniepp and V. Sandoghdar, "Spontaneous Emission of Europium Ions Embedded in Dielectric Nanospheres," Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 257,403 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Schomerus, H.

H. Schomerus, M. Titov, P. W. Brouwer, and C. W. J. Beenakker, "Microscopic versus mesoscopic local density of states in one-dimensional localization," Phys. Rev. B 65, 121,101 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Schwartz, T.

T. Schwartz, G. Bartal, S. Fishman, and M. Segev, "Transport and Anderson localization in disordered twodimensional photonic lattices," Nature 446, 52-55 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Segev, M.

T. Schwartz, G. Bartal, S. Fishman, and M. Segev, "Transport and Anderson localization in disordered twodimensional photonic lattices," Nature 446, 52-55 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Skipetrov, S. E.

H. Hu, A. Strybulevych, J. H. Page, S. E. Skipetrov, and B. A. van Tiggelen, "Localization of ultrasound in a three-dimensional elastic network," Nature Phys. 4, 945-948 (2008).
[CrossRef]

St¨orzer, M.

M. St¨orzer, P. Gross, C. M. Aegerter, and G. Maret, "Observation of the Critical Regime Near Anderson Localization of Light," Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 063,904 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Stoller, P.

K. Lindfors, T. Kalkbrenner, P. Stoller, and V. Sandoghdar, "Detection and spectroscopy of gold nanoparticle using supercontinuum white light confocal microscopy," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 037,401 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Stoytchev, M.

A. A. Chabanov, M. Stoytchev, and A. Z. Genack, "Statistical signatures of photon localization," Nature 404, 850-853 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Strybulevych, A.

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H. Hu, A. Strybulevych, J. H. Page, S. E. Skipetrov, and B. A. van Tiggelen, "Localization of ultrasound in a three-dimensional elastic network," Nature Phys. 4, 945-948 (2008).
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J. G. Rivas, A. Lagendijk, R. W. Tjerkstra, D. Vanmaekelbergh, and J. J. Kelly, "Tunable photonic strength in porous GaP," Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 4498-4500 (2002).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

a) Schematics of the experimental setup. BS, 50/50 beam splitter; DM, dichroic mirror; PS, piezoelectric scanner; PMT, photomultiplier tube; F, long pass filter; APD, avalanche photodiode; TCSPC, time correlated single photon counting card. b–d) Sample arrangements for diamond nanocrystals exposed to air, water, and TiO2 particles.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Fluorescence (a,c) and iSCAT (b,d) images of the same diamond nanoparticles on a glass cover slide in air (a,b) and covered with scattering particles (c,d).

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

a) Fluorescence decay curve measured from a single nanoparticle. b) Histograms of fluorescence lifetimes at the air-glass interface. c) The spread of the ratio τ w/τ a between the measured lifetimes at the water-glass and air-glass interfaces.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

a–f) Data collected on the fluorescence lifetimes of many individual DNCs in three different samples (First row, sample 1; second row, sample 2; third row, sample 3.) measured in air and in the scattering medium. We examined 49, 33, and 33 DNCs in the three studies, respectively.

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