An Unusual Marriage: Coupling Molecular Excitons to Surface Plasmon Polaritons in Metal Nanostructures


  • This work has been financially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and by the Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science & Technology (Global Research Laboratory project, K20815000003).


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A wavy couple: Hybrid systems that consist of metallic nanostructures and active media, such as semiconductor nanostructures or molecular aggregates, may find interesting applications as nanometer-sized waveguides for light (see picture), ultrafast optical switches, or novel types of nanolasers.