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Modifying Chemical Landscapes by Coupling to Vacuum Fields


  • This research was supported by the ERC (grant no. 227577).


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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).

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