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Volume 15 Issue 3, March 2021

Volume 15 Issue 3

Polariton interferometry

Artistic impression of nanoimaging of molecular vibrations coupled to phonon polaritons (blue wave) in a thin layer of hexagonal boron nitride. Nanoimaging is performed by recording the light scattered from a sharp metal tip that is scanned across the sample surface.

See Hillenbrand et al.

IMAGE: Andrei Bylinkin, Alexey Nikitin and Rainer Hillenbrand, CIC nanoGUNE BRTA, Art by Scixel COVER DESIGN: Bethany Vukomanovic.

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