Harnessing novel light–molecule interactions in cavities
Light–matter interactions are of critical importance to many applications, and polaritons are one of the most interesting examples. These hybrid particles consist of photons strongly coupled to an electric dipole. Examples include electron–hole pairs in semiconductors and the oscillating electrons at a metal’s surface that form surface–plasmon polaritons. On a slightly larger scale, molecular polaritons can emerge under certain conditions in confined electromagnetic fields such as those that occur in optical cavities. The EU-funded QuantumLight project is investigating the nature of these interactions with an extensive theoretical modelling campaign. Increased understanding and thus control of these exotic light–matter interactions will foster innovation in quantum chemistry and photonics.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
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