Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Plasmonic lasers

A sense of direction

Lattice surface plasmons enable large-area unidirectional emission of coherent light generated at deep subwavelength scales.

This is a preview of subscription content

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Origin of directional emission.


  1. Townes, C. H. How the Laser Happened Ch. 1 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1999).

    Google Scholar 

  2. Zhou, W. et al. Nature Nanotech. 8, 506–511 (2013).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Siegman, A. E. Lasers (University Science Books, 1986).

    Google Scholar 

  4. Painter, O. et al. Science 284, 1819–1821 (1999).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Noda, S. et al. Science 293, 1123–1125 (2001).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Bergman, D. J. & Stockman, M. I. Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 027402 (2003).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Hill, M. T. et al. Nature Photon. 1, 589–594 (2007).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Noginov, M. A. et al. Nature 460, 1110–1112 (2009).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Oulton, R. F. et al. Nature 461, 629–631 (2009).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Van Beijnum, F. et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 206802 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding authors

Correspondence to Jorge Bravo-Abad or Francisco J. García-Vidal.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Bravo-Abad, J., García-Vidal, F. A sense of direction. Nature Nanotech 8, 479–480 (2013).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

Further reading


Quick links

Find nanotechnology articles, nanomaterial data and patents all in one place. Visit Nano by Nature Research