It is well established that the presence of interfaces separating regions of real space that are occupied by different
materials, has given rise to a wealth of new phenomena and a number of significant applications. It is therefore
evident that surfaces must feature prominently in the physics of structures at the small scale and the influence of such
structures on the properties of quantum systems in their vicinity. This article is concerned with a structure created
using two surfaces forming an open cavity, and we concentrate on the right-angle geometry. Although apparently
simple, this structure adequately serves to illustrate the essential physics, which turns out to be surprisingly complex
when one considers correlations. We discuss how excited quantum emitters localized within this open cavity, and
which can be manipulated optically, would discharge the excitation, both when the emitters are in isolation from other
similar emitters and when taken in pairs. Quantum correlations of this kind are essential in the context of
implementing scalable architectures for quantum information processing and quantum computing. Optical
manipulation near surfaces is one possible scenario that has been highlighted in that context.
The properties of localised dipole emitters in the form of a quantum dot or a colour centre embedded in a crystal
environment can be drastically modified by a change in the composition, size and shape of the environment in
which the emitter is embedded. Thanks to recent advances in material deposition techniques and lithography,
as well as the advances in detection techniques and optical manipulation, experimental work is now capable of
revealing a new range of physical phenomena when the typical dimensions are of the order of an optical dipole
transition wavelength and below. These advances have arisen at a time of a heightened research effort devoted to
the important goal of identifying a qubit and a suitable environment that forms the basis for a scalable hardware
architecture for the practical realisation of quantum information processing. A physical system that we have
recently put forward as a candidate for such a purpose involves localised emitters in the form of quantum dots
or colour centres embedded in a nanocrystal. This suggestion became more persuasive following the success of
experiments which, for the first time, were able to demonstrate quantum cryptography using a nitrogen vacancy
in a diamond nanocrystal as a single-photon source. It has, however, been realised that a more versatile scenario
could be achieved by making use of the interplay between dielectric cavity confinement and dipole orientation.
Besides position dependence the main properties exhibit strong dipole orientational dependece suggesting that the
system is a possible candidate as a qubit for a scalable hardward architecture for quantum information processing.
Cavity confinement can control processes since it can lead to the enhancement and the complete suppression of
the de-excitation process, with further control provided by the manipulation of the dipole orientation by optical
means. This article is concerned with the modelling of quantum processes for quantum systems localised in
artificially fabricated structures made of high conductivity metals and dielectric cavities. The essential features
of cavity field confinement in this context are presented and the effects on de-excitation rates are assessed.