Department of Chemistry



Prof. Hrvoje Petek (Physics and Astronomy) and Prof. Sean Garrett-Roe (Chemistry) have become the first to detect a fundamental particle of light-matter interaction in metals, the exciton.

June 10, 2014 - 6:07am

The Petek/Garrett-Roe research team published its work in the June 1 issue of Nature Physics. The ability to detect excitons in metals sheds light on how light is converted to electrical and chemical energy in plants and solar cells, and in the future it may enable metals to function as active elements in optical communications. Read more.