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Modification of Molecular structure Under Strong Coupling to confined Light modES

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Organization address
city: MADRID
postcode: 28049

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 1˙499˙500 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-04-01   to  2022-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID ES (MADRID) coordinator 1˙499˙500.00


 Project objective

Understanding and controlling the properties of matter is one of the overarching goals of modern science. A powerful way to achieve is this by using light, usually in the form of intense laser beams. However, modern advances in nanophotonics allow us to confine light modes so strongly that their effect on matter is felt even when no external fields are present. In this regime of “strong coupling” or “vacuum Rabi splitting”, the fundamental excitations of the coupled system are hybrid light-matter states which combine the properties of both constituents, so-called polaritons. Little attention has been paid to the fact that strong coupling can also affect internal structure, such as nuclear motion in molecules. First experimental indications for this effect have been found, but current theory cannot explain or predict such changes. We will thus develop theoretical methods that can treat the modification of molecular structure under strong coupling to confined light modes. This will require advances in the microscopic description of the molecules under strong coupling by explicitly including their rovibrational degrees of freedom, as well as techniques to incorporate the influence of these modes in the macroscopic setting of collective strong coupling. In order to achieve this, we will adapt well-known techniques from quantum chemistry and combine them with the concepts of polariton physics. We will investigate what level of control can be gained through this approach, and whether confined light modes could act as a “photonic catalyst” to control molecular dynamics without requiring an active ingredient. This could present a novel tool to control photochemical reactions that are of paramount importance in the biological mechanisms of vision and photosynthesis, and hold great interest for use in memories, photoswitching devices, light-driven actuators, or solar energy storage. Consequently, this work could have wide-ranging impact on many different fields of science.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 del Pino, Javier; Schröder, Florian A. Y. N.; Chin, Alex W.; Feist, Johannes; Garcia-Vidal, Francisco J.
Tensor network simulation of non-Markovian dynamics in organic polaritons
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI:
Physical Review Letters 2019-05-15
2018 S. Mahmoud Ashrafi, R. Malekfar, A. R. Bahrampour, and Johannes Feist
Optomechanical heat transfer between molecules in a nanoplasmonic cavity
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
arXiv 1810.0913 2019-05-15
2017 Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal, Johannes Feist
Long-distance operator for energy transfer
published pages: 1357-1358, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aao4268
Science 357/6358 2019-05-15
2017 Johannes Feist, Javier Galego, Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal
Polaritonic Chemistry with Organic Molecules
published pages: 205-216, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00680
ACS Photonics 5/1 2019-05-15
2017 Mohammad Ramezani, Alexei Halpin, Johannes Feist, Niels Van Hoof, Antonio I. Fernández-Domínguez, Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal, Jaime Gómez Rivas
Dispersion Anisotropy of Plasmon–Exciton–Polaritons in Lattices of Metallic Nanoparticles
published pages: 233-239, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00661
ACS Photonics 5/1 2019-05-15
2017 R. Sáez-Blázquez, J. Feist, A. I. Fernández-Domínguez, F. J. García-Vidal
Enhancing photon correlations through plasmonic strong coupling
published pages: 1363, ISSN: 2334-2536, DOI: 10.1364/optica.4.001363
Optica 4/11 2019-05-15
2017 Javier Galego, Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal, Johannes Feist
Many-Molecule Reaction Triggered by a Single Photon in Polaritonic Chemistry
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.136001
Physical Review Letters 119/13 2019-05-15
2018 R. Sáez-Blázquez, J. Feist, F. J. García-Vidal, A. I. Fernández-Domínguez
Photon statistics in collective strong coupling: Nanocavities and microcavities
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9926, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.98.013839
Physical Review A 98/1 2019-05-15
2018 Víctor Fernández-Hurtado, Antonio I. Fernández-Domínguez, Johannes Feist, Francisco J. García-Vidal, Juan Carlos Cuevas
Exploring the Limits of Super-Planckian Far-Field Radiative Heat Transfer Using 2D Materials
published pages: 3082-3088, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.8b00328
ACS Photonics 5/8 2019-05-15
2018 Javier Galego, Clàudia Climent, Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal, and Johannes Feist
Theory of cavity-modified ground-state chemical reactivity
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
arXiv 2019-05-15
2018 R. Sáez-Blázquez, J. Feist, A. I. Fernández-Domínguez, F. J. García-Vidal
Organic polaritons enable local vibrations to drive long-range energy transfer
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.97.241407
Physical Review B 97/24 2019-05-15
2018 V. Fernández-Hurtado, A. I. Fernández-Domínguez, J. Feist, F. J. García-Vidal, J. C. Cuevas
Super-Planckian far-field radiative heat transfer
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.97.045408
Physical Review B 97/4 2019-05-15
2018 S. Borbély, X.-M. Tong, S. Nagele, J. Feist, I. Březinová, F. Lackner, L. Nagy, K. Tőkési, J. Burgdörfer
Electron correlations in the antiproton energy-loss distribution in He
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9926, DOI: 10.1103/physreva.98.012707
Physical Review A 98/1 2019-05-15
2018 Denis Jelovina, Johannes Feist, Fernando Martin, Alicia Palacios
A pump-probe scheme with a single chirped pulse to image electron and nuclear dynamics in molecules
published pages: , ISSN: 1367-2630, DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aaf196
New Journal of Physics 2019-05-15
2018 Javier del Pino, Florian A. Y. N. Schröder, Alex W. Chin, Johannes Feist, Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal
Tensor network simulation of polaron-polaritons in organic microcavities
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/physrevb.98.165416
Physical Review B 98/16 2019-05-15

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