Nanophotonics and plasmonics


Nanophotonics and plasmonics is the study of light at the nanometre-scale. Light can only be focused to a spot roughly half its wavelength in size (a few hundred nanometres for visible light). This limit can be surpassed by coupling light to electrons at the surface of a metal and creating surface plasmons.


Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    An external 'tuning knob' by means of applying a transverse electric field has been experimentally demonstrated to modify the bandgap of black phosphorus, making the two-dimensional material practical for integration in functional nanodevices.

    • Rafael Roldán
    •  & Andres Castellanos-Gomez
    Nature Photonics 11, 407–409
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The discrete quantum nature of plasmons may be exploited to make efficient single-photon sources. Despite the losses associated with metallic resonators, advantages over dielectric counterparts exist when it comes to producing efficient quantum emitters.

    • Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi
    •  & Jacob B. Khurgin
    Nature Photonics 11, 398–400
  • News and Views |

    High-speed control of polarization may lead to ultrafast modulators and help explore polarization-dependent ultrafast dynamics in matter. Now, femtosecond polarization switching is realized through intraband optical excitation in an ultrathin semiconductor layer.

    • Dongfang Li
    Nature Photonics 11, 336–337
  • News and Views |

    Combining attosecond science and nanophotonics potentially offers a route to enhance control over light–matter interactions at the nanoscale and provide a promising platform for information processing.

    • Giulio Vampa
    • , Hanieh Fattahi
    • , Jelena Vučković
    •  & Ferenc Krausz
    Nature Photonics 11, 210–212