Tubular Image States and Light-Driven Molecular Switches Academic Article uri icon


  • We introduce new tubular image states (TIS) that can be formed around linear conductors and dielectrics, like metallic carbon nanotubes. These Rydberg‐like molecular states have a very large extent and possess peculiar physical properties. We also present a two‐step light‐ driven enantiomeric switch, which within 100 ns can turn a mixture of left and right chiral molecules into a pure enantiomeric form. Molecular switches with more quasi‐stable states can be used as dynamic memories or motors.

publication date

  • January 1, 2003