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Possible nanoantenna control of chlorophyll dynamics for bioinspired photovoltaics

Abstract : In the context of using portions of a photosynthetic apparatus of green plants and photosynthesizing bacteria in bioinspired photovoltaic systems, we consider possible control of the chlorophyll excited state decay rate using nanoantennas in the form of a single metal and semiconductor nanoparticle. Since chlorophyll luminescence competes with electron delivery for chemical reactions chain and also to an external circuit, we examine possible excited state decay inhibition contrary to radiative rate enhancement. Both metal and semiconductor nanoparticles enable inhibition of radiative decay rate by one order of the magnitude as compared to that in vacuum, whereas a metal nanosphere cannot perform the overall decay inhibition since slowing down of radiative decay occurs only along with the similar growth of its nonradiative counterpart whereas a semiconductor nanoantenna is lossless. Additionally, at normal orientation of the emitter dipole moment to a nanoparticle surface, a silicon nanoparticle promotes enhancement of radiative decay by one order of the magnitude within the whole visible range. Our results can be used for other photochemical or photovoltaic processes, and strong radiative decay enhancement found for dielectric nanoantennas paves the way to radiative decays and light emitters engineering without non-radiative losses.
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Sergey Gaponenko, Pierre-Michel Adam, Dmitry Guzatov, Alina Muravitskaya. Possible nanoantenna control of chlorophyll dynamics for bioinspired photovoltaics. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2019, 9 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41598-019-43545-4⟩. ⟨hal-02311010⟩



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