A fresh look at Bucky Bulbs


The interaction of light and molecular junctions between metallic surfaces is a challenging topic bridging nanoelectronics and plasmonics. In a recent publication in Physical Review Letters Natalia L. Schneider and Richard Berndt together with their colleagues Jintao Lü and Mads Brandbyge from the Technical University of Denmark report the first investigation of light emission from a single molecule junction in the limit of strong coupling of the molecule to the metallic leads. The light emission is used to probe quantum shot noise and charge fluctuations at the biased junction. The new insight provided by the experimental technique and the theoretical approach have been highlighted by an Editors' Suggestion.