Photochemical initiation of polariton-mediated exciton propagation
Sokolovskii, I., & Groenhof, G. (2024). Photochemical initiation of polariton-mediated exciton propagation. Nanophotonics, Ahead of Print. https://doi.org/10.1515/nanoph-2023-0684
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Placing a material inside an optical cavity can enhance transport of excitation energy by hybridizing excitons with confined light modes into polaritons, which have a dispersion that provides these light–matter quasi-particles with low effective masses and very high group velocities. While in experiments, polariton propagation is typically initiated with laser pulses, tuned to be resonant either with the polaritonic branches that are delocalized over many molecules, or with an uncoupled higher-energy electronic excited state that is localized on a single molecule, practical implementations of polariton-mediated exciton transport into devices would require operation under low-intensity incoherent light conditions. Here, we propose to initiate polaritonic exciton transport with a photo-acid, which upon absorption of a photon in a spectral range not strongly reflected by the cavity mirrors, undergoes ultra-fast excited-state proton transfer into a red-shifted excited-state photo-product that can couple collectively with a large number of suitable dye molecules to the modes of the cavity. By means of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations we demonstrate that cascading energy from a photo-excited donor into the strongly coupled acceptor-cavity states via a photo-chemical reaction can indeed induce long-range polariton-mediated exciton transport. ...
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Related funder(s)Research Council of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by the Academy of Finland (DOI: 10.13039/501100002341, Grants 323996 and 332743).
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