Light-Matter Coupling in Molecular Materials
The combination of nanoscale fabrication technology along with the physical analogies between classical electromagnetic waves and quantum mechanical wave functions has opened the door to new classes of optical matter analogs and novel nano-optic metamaterials, such as photonic crystals and hyperbolic metamaterials, among others. Such structures can be combined with real materials to achieve new forms of matter with a broad range of potential applications. This presentation describes the incorporation of organic molecular excitonic materials in nanoscale optical cavities. The resulting cavity polaritons exhibit behavior unique to organic materials and pave the way for room temperature quantum optical structures and effects. Details of ultrastrong coupling, multiple cavity coupling and nonlinear optical responses will be described.