Evolutionary optimization of light-matter coupling in open plasmonic cavities

Ping Bai, Stan ter Huurne, Erik van Heijst, Shunsuke Murai, Jaime Gómez Rivas (Corresponding author)

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Using a particle swarm optimization algorithm and finite-difference in time-domain simulations, we optimize the coupling strength between excitons in poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) and surface lattice resonances in open cavities defined by arrays of aluminum nanoparticles. Strong light-matter coupling and the formation of exciton-polaritons are demonstrated. Nanoparticle arrays with optimal dimensions have been fabricated and measured, validating the predictions by the numerical method. P3HT is a regioregular semiconducting polymer used as a donor material in acceptor-donor blends for organic photovoltaic applications. Our results demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed method for the optimization of light-matter coupling and its potential application for the enhanced performance of optoelectronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number134110
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2021

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This work was financially supported by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) (Vici Grant No. 680-47-628). P.B. is sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. S.M. acknowledges financial support from MEXT, Japan (Kak-enhi, Grant No 17KK0133).


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