Energy Transfer and Interference by Collective Electromagnetic Coupling

Mayte Gómez-Castaño, Andrés Redondo-Cubero, Lionel Buisson, Jose Luis Pau, Agustin Mihi, Serge Ravaine, Renaud A.L. Vallée*, Abraham Nitzan, Maxim Sukharev

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The physics of collective optical response of molecular assemblies, pioneered by Dicke in 1954, has long been at the center of theoretical and experimental scrutiny. The influence of the environment on such phenomena is also of great interest due to various important applications in, e.g., energy conversion devices. In this Letter, we demonstrate both experimentally and theoretically the spatial modulations of the collective decay rates of molecules placed in proximity to a metal interface. We show in a very simple framework how the cooperative optical response can be analyzed in terms of intermolecular correlations causing interference between the response of different molecules and the polarization induced on a nearby metallic boundary and predict similar collective interference phenomena in excitation energy transfer between molecular aggregates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5790-5795
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - 14 Aug 2019


FundersFunder number
National Science FoundationCTQ2017-84309-C2-2-R, CHE1665291
Air Force Office of Scientific ResearchFA9550-19-1-0009, FA9550-15-1-0189
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme637116
European Research Council
Agence Nationale de la RechercheANR-10-IDEX-03-02
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation2014113
Ministerio de Economía y CompetitividadSEV-2015-0496, MAT2016-79053-P


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