Abstract

Vertical nanowires facilitate an innovative mechanism to channel the optical field in the orthogonal direction and act as a nanoscale light source. Subwavelength, vertically oriented nanowire platforms, both of plasmonic and semiconducting variety, can facilitate interesting far-field emission profiles and potentially carry orbital angular momentum states. Motivated by these prospects, in this Letter, we show how a hybrid plasmonic–organic platform can be harnessed to engineer far-field radiation. The system that we have employed is an organic nanowire made of diaminoanthroquinone grown on a plasmonic gold film. We experimentally and numerically studied angular distribution of surface plasmon polariton mediated emission from a single, vertical organic nanowire by utilizing evanescent excitation and Fourier plane microscopy. Photoluminescence and elastic scattering from a single nanowire was analyzed individually in terms of inplane momentum states of the outcoupled photons. We found that the emission is doughnut-shaped in both photoluminescence and elastic scattering regimes. We anticipate that the discussed results can be relevant in designing efficient, polariton-mediated nanoscale photon sources that can carry orbital angular momentum states.

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