20th birthday

At 20, one is still young but already an adult… with a bit of delay, happy birthday to the seminal paper of Pr. Thomas Ebbesen about extraordinary transmission, that was published in Nature in February 1998 ! To (re)read it, just click the link.

Women at ISIS

Here is a nice picture of women working at ISIS taken on March 8th in front of the institute, to celebrate women’s international day.

Note that they are accompanied by Pr. Lehn and Pr. Samori.

Recipe for a Chiraliton

Take a plasmon mode having a its spin-momentum locked. Add a strong valley exciton, spin-polarized. Keep them together at room temperature. You will obtain a nice chiraliton.

For a more detailed recipe, check this publication in ACS Photonics, result of a fruitful collaboration between former and actual members of our group and colleagues at IPCMS. Bon appétit !

Thomas Ebbesen Doctor Honoris Causa from KU Leuven

On the occasion of Patron Saint’s Day,  February 2nd, Thomas Ebbesen received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University (Katholieke Universiteit) of Leuven. He was nominated by Professors Johan Hofkens and Maarten Roeffaers, during an impressive and beautiful ceremony.

A nice article, with a short video interview, have been published on the KU Leuven news website, and you can read it here in english.

French minister of research visited our lab

We received the visit of the french minister of Research, higher Education and Innovation, Mme Frédérique Vidal, last monday at ISIS, to announce the creation of a mission “Campus de l’Innovation” (see University of Strasbourg website for more information). We had in particular the opportunity to show her our FIB/SEM Auriga from Zeiss Company.

Source : https://twitter.com/VidalFrederique


Special Issue in ACS Photonics

Last week a special issue on Strong Coupling of Molecules to Cavities appeared in ACS Photonics, following San Sebastian international workshop that took place in July 2017 and which was the first dedicated to this fascinating topic. This issue is presenting the state-of-the-art of the subject, with nearly 30 contributions, among which two papers from our group, mentionned in a previous post.

The editorial, written by the guest Editors Pr. Barnes, Pr. Aizpurua and Pr. Garcia-Vidal, kindly recalls that ” it was the pioneering work of Ebbesen and coworkers through a slew of fascinating results over the past five years or so that demonstrated the power of strong coupling to modify molecular and material properties.

Source : http://www.pubs.acs.org

Who’s who ?

Below these helmets, one can find one University president, two Nobel Prize laureates, one Kavli Prize laureate and ISIS present director

Unusal visitors for a construction site… except when this is the one of ISIS extension !

Source : http://lactu.unistra.fr

(Old) new publications…

Two new papers from our group, already published online in October 2017, will appear “asap” in ACS photonics. The first one, Electronic Light–Matter Strong Coupling in Nanofluidic Fabry–Pérot Cavities, by Hadi Bahsoun et al, makes use of nanofluidic Fabry-Pérot cavities to strongly couple a molecule in solution.

The second, Vibro-Polaritonic IR Emission in the Strong Coupling Regime, by Thibault Chervy et al, studies the emission of the hybrid vibro-polaritonic states.

Please find these papers in our publications page !