Nondegenerate coherent control of polariton modes in a quantum-well semiconductor microcavity

Y. S. Lee, T. B. Norris, J. Prineas, G. Khitrova, H. M. Gibbs

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We demonstrate nondegenerate coherent control of the cavity-polariton modes of a quantum-well semiconductor microcavity. Coherent excitation and de-excitation of one normal mode using a pair of phase-locked optical pulses gives rise to a nonlinear response on the other normal mode due to the nonlinearity of the exciton transition underlying the normal modes. The cavity enhancement of the excitonic nonlinearity gives rise to a large signal; modulating the relative phase of the excitation pulses between zero and π produces a differential reflectivity (ΔR/R) of up to 15%. Coherent control is used to measure the polariton dephasing time as a function of density. Excitation induced dephasing is shown to be the factor limiting the degree of coherent control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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