Unidirectional Broadband Light Emission from Supported Plasmonic Nanowires
Journal article, 2011

Metal nanowires are thought to become key elements in future nanophotonics applications. Here we show that single crystal silver nanowires supported on a dielectric interface behave similar to broadband unidirectional antennas for visible, light. The degree of directionality can be controlled through the nanowire radius and its dielectric environment and the effect can be interpreted in terms of so-called leakage radiation from surface plasmons propagating in a single direction along a wire. We measure a forward-to-backward emission ratio exceeding 15 dB and an angular spread of 4 degrees for wires with radii of the order 150 nm on glass in air. These findings could pave the way for development of metal nanowires as subwavelength directors of light in solar, sensor, and spectroscopy applications.


directional emission

Fourier imaging




optical plasmons



Timur Shegai

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Bionanophotonics

Vladimir Miljkovic

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Bionanophotonics

K. Bao

Rice University

H. X. Xu

Chinese Academy of Sciences

P. Nordlander

Rice University

Peter Johansson

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Bionanophotonics

Mikael Käll

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Bionanophotonics

Nano Letters

1530-6984 (ISSN) 1530-6992 (eISSN)

Vol. 11 2 706-711

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Physical Sciences



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