Laser-induced frequency tuning of Fourier-limited single-molecule emitters

25 May 2020  ·  Colautti Maja, Piccioli Francesco S., Lombardi Pietro, Toninelli Costanza, ristanovic Zoran, Moradi Amin, Adhikari Subhasis, Orrit Michel, Deperasinska Irena, Kozankiewicz Boleslaw ·

The local interaction of charges and light in organic solids is the basis of distinct and fundamental effects. We here observe, at the single molecule scale, how a focused laser beam can locally shift by hundreds-time their natural linewidth and in a persistent way the transition frequency of organic chromophores, cooled at liquid helium temperatures in different host matrices... Supported by quantum chemistry calculations, the results are interpreted as effects of a photo-ionization cascade, leading to a stable electric field, which Stark-shifts the molecular electronic levels. The experimental method is then applied to a common challenge in quantum photonics, i.e. the independent tuning and synchronization of close-by quantum emitters, which is desirable for multi-photon experiments. Five molecules that are spatially separated by about 50 microns and originally 20 GHz apart are brought into resonance within twice their linewidth. Combining this ability with an emission linewidth that is only limited by the spontaneous decay, the system enables fabrication-free, independent tuning of multiple molecules integrated on the same photonic chip. read more

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