Molecular focusing and alignment with plasmon fields

Maxim Artamonov, Tamar Seideman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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10 Scopus citations


We show the possibility of simultaneously aligning molecules and focusing their center-of-mass motion near a metal nanoparticle in the field intensity gradient created by the surface plasmon enhancement of incident light. The rotational motion is described quantum mechanically while the translation is treated classically. The effects of the nanoparticle shape on the alignment and focusing are explored. Our results carry interesting implications to the field of molecular nanoplasmonics and suggest several potential applications in nanochemistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4908-4912
Number of pages5
JournalNano letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 8 2010


  • Nanoparticles
  • field enhancement
  • molecular alignment
  • molecular focusing
  • nanophotonics
  • surface plasmons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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