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Böhmler, Miriam; Hartmann, Nicolai; Georgi, Carsten; Hennrich, Frank; Green, Alexander A.; Hersam, Mark C. and Hartschuh, Achim (2010): Enhancing and redirecting carbon nanotube photoluminescence by an optical antenna. In: Optics Express, Vol. 18, No. 16: pp. 16443-16451 [PDF, 1MB]

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We observe the angular radiation pattern of single carbon nanotubes' photoluminescence in the back focal plane of a microscope objective and show that the emitting nanotube can be described by a single in-plane point dipole. The near-field interaction between a nanotube and an optical antenna modifies the radiation pattern that is now dominated by the antenna characteristics. We quantify the antenna induced excitation and radiation enhancement and show that the radiative rate enhancement is connected to a directional redistribution of the emission.

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