TitleCoupling Quantum Emitters in WSe2 Monolayers to a Metal-Insulator-Metal Waveguide
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsS. Dutta, T. Cai, M. Atabey Buyukkaya, S. Barik, S. Aghaeimeibodi, and E. Waks
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Start Page191105
Date Published11/2018

Coupling single photon emitters to surface plasmons provides a versatile ground for on chip quantum photonics. However, achieving good coupling efficiency requires precise alignment of both the position and dipole orientation of the emitter relative to the plasmonic mode. We demonstrate coupling of single emitters in the 2-D semiconductor, WSe2 self-aligned with propagating surface plasmon polaritons in silver-air-silver, metal-insulator-metal waveguides. The waveguide produces strain induced defects in the monolayer which are close to the surface plasmon mode with favorable dipole orientations for optimal coupling. We measure an average enhancement in the rate of spontaneous emission by a factor of 1.89 for coupling the single defects to the plasmonic waveguide. This architecture provides an efficient way of coupling single photon emitters to propagating plasmons which is an important step towards realizing active plasmonic circuits on chip.