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Poincaré engineering of surface plasmon polaritons

Light–matter interactions are already used to induce new states in condensed-matter systems — such as in Floquet engineering. Combining these ideas with the vectorial properties of structured light promises to further expand the toolbox for optical control of quantum properties of matter.

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Fig. 1: The concept of Poincaré engineering.

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Dai, Y., Ghosh, A., Yang, S. et al. Poincaré engineering of surface plasmon polaritons. Nat Rev Phys 4, 562–564 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42254-022-00492-w

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