Nanofocusing of light in combination with an efficient energy transfer of metallic nanostructures is a key task towards ultrafast, all-optical switching on the nanoscale [1]. A possible realization of such a device is based on two tapered plasmonic nanostructures separated by a few-nanometer gap, in which information transport is controlled via strong coupling of the electromagnetic near-field and excitonic molecules in the gap region of the waveguides. The fabrication of such mesoscopic nanostructures that can concentrate free-propagating light to few-nanometers dimensions remains challenging due to the desired nanometer precision in the gap region.

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