Switching with molecules for pioneering electro-optical devices

Science Daily  May 24, 2018 An international team of researchers (Germany, Switzerland) developed a method that allowed them to create precise electrical contacts with molecules in strong optical fields and to control them using an applied voltage. At a potential difference of around one volt, the molecule becomes flat, conductive and scatters light. The molecules were arranged on a metal surface and contacted using the corner of a glass fragment with a very thin metal coating as a tip which serves as an electrical contact, light source and light collector, all in one. The researchers used the fragment to direct […]