We demonstrate an efficient ENZ response in the visible spectral range using organic
molecular ultrathin films possessing a Lorentz-type dispersion. For this purpose, two
polymethine dyes: sodium [5,6-dichloro-2-[[5,6-dichloro-1-ethyl-3-(4-sulphobutyl)-
(TDBC), and [2,4-bis[8-hydroxy-1,1,7,7-tetramethyljulolidin-9-yl]squaraine]
(HTJSq) were used in spin-coated polymer films at different doping concentrations.
By varying the doping concentration in thin films, the real part of highly dispersive permittivity
ε1 can be manipulated and tuned such that the spectral width of ENZ region -1 < ε1 <1 resides
in the visible spectral range. These results are not only extremely relevant for applications
requiring a custom-tailored ENZ region in the visible but also provide important novel
information on how molecular aggregation affects the ENZ properties. In particular, based on our findings, we stress that J-aggregate is not always a mandatory molecular assembly for
obtaining a strong ENZ response. Instead, molecular aggregates with the size of a few
nanometers resulting in strong molecular interactions (i.e. Davydov splitting of the lowest
transition in energy) are required to achieve a strong ENZ response. The ENZ-enhanced optical
Kerr nonlinearity is then investigated in the optimum concentration films of TDBC and HTJSq.
Both nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear absorption coefficient are found to be strongly
enhanced in the ENZ region originating from the coupling of excitonic transition dipoles
associated with large molecular aggregates.
Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond are widely studied both as a testbed for solid state quantum optics and for
their applications in quantum information processing and magnetometry. Here we demonstrate coupling of the
nitrogen-vacancy centers to gap plasmons in metal nano-slits. We use diamond samples where nitrogen-vacancy
centers are implanted tens of nanometers under the surface. Silver nano-slits are patterned on the sample such
that diamond ridges tens of nanometers wide fill the slit gap. We measure enhancement of the spontaneous
emission rate of the zero photon line by a factor of 3 at a temperature of 8K.