Shaping the Emission Spectral Profile of Quantum Dots with Periodic Dielectric and Metallic Nanostructures

Zhang Kai Zhou, Dangyuan Lei, Jiaming Liu, Xin Liu, Jiancai Xue, Qiangzhong Zhu, Huanjun Chen, Tianran Liu, Yinyin Li, Hongbo Zhang, Xuehua Wang

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The emission profile and lifetime dynamics of semiconductor quantum dots can be significantly shaped and altered using dielectric and plasmonic nanostructures based on anodic aluminum oxide templates. Remarkable spectral modification and a large total decay rate enhancement in the photoluminescence of quantum dots are observed when they are deposited on a pristine anodic aluminum oxide template. The modified emission spectral profile is consistent with the calculated photonic local density of states above the anodic aluminum oxide template surface, suggesting that this interesting spectral tuning phenomenon stems from the surface electromagnetic modes supported by the anodic aluminum oxide template. Furthermore, when the anodic aluminum oxide template is loaded with metallic nanowires that sustain plasmon resonances, the photoluminescence of the quantum dots can be largely enhanced. These unprecedented results suggest that the anodic aluminum oxide template can be used as a versatile platform for tailoring the photoluminescence properties of quantum emitters in future photonic and optoelectronic applications. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-64
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Anodic aluminum oxide templates
  • Photoluminescence
  • Photonic local density of states
  • Quantum dots
  • Spectral shaping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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