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Angular-asymmetric nonlinear polariton dynamics in semiconductor microcavities

By P.G. Savvidis, J.J. Baumberg, R.M. Stevenson, M.S. Skolnick, J.S. Roberts and D.M. Whittaker

Abstract

Parametric interactions in semiconductor heterostructures in which two exciton quasiparticles mutually scatter are typically weak because they are restricted by energy-momentum conservation. Here, semiconductor microcavities in the strong coupling regime are optically pumped at specific resonant energy and angle of incidence to enormously enhance the parametric interactions. A femtosecond goniometer is devised to allow time-, wavelength- and polarisation-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy. Time-resolved images of the microcavity emission at different angles reveal a highly asymmetric luminescence distribution which switches on as the pump power is increased. Both signal and idler beams can be identified when a probe purse initiates stimulated scattering of polaritons from a reservoir. The images show the rich variety of interactions produced by the coupling of light-matter modes, and the future promise of dispersion engineering

Topics: QC
Year: 2000
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:14661
Provided by: e-Prints Soton

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