Category: Research Highlights

Energy landscape that governs the chemical reaction of two molecules after the system absorbs one single photon. At the first reaction step t0 the system consists of five molecules strongly interacting with the electromagnetic vacuum. At the second reaction step t1 the system has evolved and one molecule has isomerized. In the strong coupling regime this process continues with more steps in which one molecule isomerizes after another.

Triggering Many Molecular Reactions With a Single Photon

Article: published in Physical Review Letters by Javier Galego, Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal, and Johannes Feist, IFIMAC researchers and members of the Department of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics. Photoisomerization is a chemical process in which...

Computational Simulation of Photochemical Reactions in DNA

Article: published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters by Jesús I. Mendieta-Moreno and José Ortega, IFIMAC researchers and members of the Department of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics. The photostability of DNA is a key property for...

A gold-coated scanning thermal microscopy probe is brought into close proximity of a heated gold substrate.

Radiative Heat Transfer in Ångström and Nanometer-sized Gaps

Article: published in Nature Communications by Víctor Fernández-Hurtado, Johannes Feist, Francisco J. García-Vidal and Juan Carlos Cuevas, Department of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and IFIMAC researchers. Radiative heat transfer between closely placed objects is...

Figure: Schematic illustration of the proposed hybrid plasmonic platform for an on-chip nanolaser source. It consists of a GaAs nanowire positioned inside a 30 microns-long gold V-groove waveguide capable of coupling its lasing emission to the propagating plasmonic modes supported by the structure.

A Bright Nanolight for Plasmonic Circuitry

Article: published in Nano Letters by Javier Cuerda, Jorge Bravo-Abad and Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal, Department of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and IFIMAC researchers. The need of ever faster and powerful data processing and communication...