Assembly of hybrid photonic architectures from nanophotonic constituents

Nature. 2011 Dec 8;480(7376):193-9. doi: 10.1038/nature10610.


The assembly of hybrid nanophotonic devices from different fundamental photonic entities--such as single molecules, nanocrystals, semiconductor quantum dots, nanowires and metal nanoparticles--can yield functionalities that exceed those of the individual subunits. Combining these photonic elements requires nanometre-scale fabrication precision and potentially involves a material diversity that is incompatible with standard nanotechnological processes. Although merging these different systems on a single hybrid platform is at present challenging, it promises improved performance and novel devices. Particularly rapid progress is seen in the combination of plasmonic-dielectric constituents with quantum emitters that can be assembled on demand into fundamental model systems for future optical elements.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Nanostructures / chemistry
  • Nanotechnology / instrumentation*
  • Optics and Photonics / instrumentation*
  • Optics and Photonics / methods*
  • Photons