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.


Vanishing polaritons at the nonlocal limit

Electromagnetic confinement in optical resonators of diminishing dimensions has enabled unprecedented light–matter interaction strengths. This miniaturization trend has a nonlocal limit, which, surprisingly, originates from the matter excitations rather than the light.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Fig. 1: Nonlocal-induced polariton vanishing phenomenon.


  1. Baumberg, J. J., Aizpurua, J., Mikkelsen, M. H. & Smith, D. R. Nat. Mater. 18, 668–678 (2019).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Ciracì, C. et al. Science 337, 1072–1074 (2012).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Chikkaraddy, R. et al. Nature 535, 127–130 (2016).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Fesit, J., Galego, J. & García-Vidal, F. J. ACS Photon. 5, 205–216 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Ojambati, S. O. et al. Nat. Commun. 10, 1049 (2019).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Scalari, G. et al. Science 335, 1323–1326 (2012).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Rajabali, S. et al. Nat. Photon. (2021).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Jin, D. et al. Nat. Commun. 7, 13486 (2016).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to A. I. Fernández-Domínguez.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The author declares no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Fernández-Domínguez, A.I. Vanishing polaritons at the nonlocal limit. Nat. Photon. 15, 640–641 (2021).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing