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20 August 2020 Near-field probing of strong light-matter coupling in single IR antennae
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Quantum well intersubband polaritons are traditionally studied in large scale systems, over many wavelengths in size. In this presentation, we demonstrate that it is possible to detect and investigate intersubband polaritons in a single subwavelength nanoantenna in the IR frequency range. We observe polariton formation using a scattering-type near-field microscope and nano-FTIR spectroscopy. We will discuss near-field spectroscopic signatures of plasmonic antennae with and without coupling to the intersubband transition in quantum wells located underneath the antenna. Evanescent field amplitude spectra recorded on the antenna surface show a mode anti-crossing behavior in the strong coupling case. We also observe a corresponding strong-coupling signature in the phase of the detected field. We anticipate that this near-field approach will enable explorations of strong and ultrastrong light-matter coupling in the single nanoantenna regime, including investigations of the elusive effect of ISB polariton condensation.
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O. Mitrofanov, C.-F. Wang, T. G. Habteyes, T. S. Luk, J. F. Klem, I. Brener, and H.-T. Chen "Near-field probing of strong light-matter coupling in single IR antennae", Proc. SPIE 11499, Terahertz Emitters, Receivers, and Applications XI, 114990A (20 August 2020);

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