Crystals ripple in response to light: First propagating surface phonon polaritons in a van der Waals crystal

Light can trigger coordinated, wavelike motions of atoms in atom-thin layers of crystal, scientists have shown. The waves, called phonon polaritons, are far shorter than light waves and can be “tuned” to particular frequencies and amplitudes by varying the number of layers of crystal, they report in the early online edition of Science March 7.

from Phys.org: Physics News http://ift.tt/1fLEZxf

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