These authors contributed equally to this work.
Modifying Chemical Landscapes by Coupling to Vacuum Fields†
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2012
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 51, Issue 7, pages 1592–1596, February 13, 2012
How to Cite
Hutchison, J. A., Schwartz, T., Genet, C., Devaux, E. and Ebbesen, T. W. (2012), Modifying Chemical Landscapes by Coupling to Vacuum Fields. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51: 1592–1596. doi: 10.1002/anie.201107033
This research was supported by the ERC (grant no. 227577).
- Issue published online: 7 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 18 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 5 OCT 2011
- ERC. Grant Number: 227577
- cavity quantum electrodynamics;
- energy landscape;
- hybrid light–matter states;
- strong coupling;
- vacuum field
Electromagnetic vacuum fields are omnipresent in our universe, inducing many events such as spontaneous emission, Lamb shift, and Van der Waals forces. As demonstrated here, a chemical reaction can be influenced by strongly coupling the energy landscape governing the reaction pathway to vacuum fields in an optical cavity (see picture; MC=merocyanine).