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Metal–organic microcavities

Keep it coherent

Scientists have shown that embedding strips of metal in an organic optical resonator allows its emission properties to be tuned while maintaining coherence.

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Figure 1: The angular pattern of the coherent emission from a metal–patterned organic lasing microcavity depends sensitively on the excitation conditions — an effect that may be exploited foroptical information processing.


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Wouters, M. Keep it coherent. Nature Photon 6, 271–272 (2012).

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