Nanostructures and Optics – Magnetic NanoLight

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  • Permanent members : Mathieu Mivelle, Catherine Schwob, Agnès Maitre

Light and matter interactions are widely considered to be mediated solely by the electric field part of light, neglecting the other major component of electromagnetic waves. This is particularly relevant in quantum optics where the electric field component of the light couples to the electric dipole of a quantum system. However, the optical electric and magnetic fields carry the same amount of energy, leading to the conclusion that half of the interactions between light and matter are neither studied or exploited.

The aim of our research is to develop innovative optical nanoantennas to tailor the ‘magnetic light’ and matter interactions at the nanoscale.

We theoretically design, physically nanostructure and experimentally characterize photonic antennas that create pure, strong and confined magnetic hot spot of light, and we place them deterministically in close proximity to quantum emitters carrying magnetic dipole transitions, thus greatly increasing the ‘magnetic light’ and matter interactions.

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  • China Scholarship Council
  • Emergence INP
  • ANR Tremplin DARKLIGHT
  • Labex MATISSE
  • Cnano
  • CNRS Emergence