A05 – Cooperative effects of a defined number of organic molecules embedded in a dielectric antenna
In this project we will study effects that occur when a controlled number of single molecules undergo cooperative interactions and produce light with non-classical properties. The distance between the individual molecules is the key parameter, which ultimately leads to very different manifestations of quantum cooperativity. Cooperative behavior is achieved in some cases via photon detection, while in others it is induced by a direct coupling mechanism. A central feature of our work is that the molecules are embedded in a planar antenna structure, which allows us to collect the emitted photons with near-unity efficiency.