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  • noun physics Any of a class of quasiparticles comprising elements of electromagnetic waves and excited states of matter


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  • The creation of a polariton Bose-Einstein condensate in the solid state provides scientists with a unique opportunity to better understand and possibly exploit the quantum effects that occur in these very special conditions.

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  • By altering the lines, you could also create a pattern that didn't allow the surface plasmon polariton to radiate at all, or allow red colors to radiate vertically, while green colors radiate at 45 degrees.

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  • This slows the light down by about 30 percent, allowing us to choose an angle of incidence and wavelength of light that will generate a surface plasmon polariton.

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  • These lines disrupt the movement of the surface plasmon polariton, causing it to emit light.

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  • To excite a surface plasmon polariton, we must match the speed of light along the surface to the speed of the surface plasmon polariton.

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  • By combing some fairly standard holography techniques along with some fairly standard surface plasmon polariton tricks, the researchers have created holograms that have both a wide viewing angle and good color reproduction.

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  • When this happens, the light is not reflected-it's absorbed into the metal as a surface plasmon polariton.

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  • Having gotten a surface plasmon polariton into the metal, what do we do with it?

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  • The other thing to note is that a fringe pattern is just a bunch of lines that cross each other at various angles-just the sort of thing used to make a surface plasmon polariton radiate.

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  • The paper is "Room-temperature polariton lasing in an organic single-crystal microcavity." - latest science and technology news stories


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