Molecule–Light Complex: Dynamics of Hybrid Molecule–Surface Plasmon States


  • This work has been funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche under contract ANR 06-BLAN-0275.


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An exciting exchange: Molecules and surface plasmons may interact through the exchange of photons (see picture) to form new hybrid states in which the photophysical properties of the molecule are altered. This process could form the basis of a new pathway for the modification of the photochemistry and even the chemistry of molecules.