Optical control of polaritons: From optoelectronic to spinoptronic device concepts

R. Binder, S. M.H. Luk, N. H. Kwong, P. Lewandowski, S. Schumacher, O. Lafont, E. Baudin, J. Tignon, A. Lemaitre, J. Bloch, Ch K.P. Chan, P. T. Leung

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Exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities have been studied intensely, both with respect to their intriguing fundamental physical properties and with respect to their potential in novel device designs. The latter requires ways to control polaritonic systems, and all-optical control mechanisms are considered to be especially useful. In this talk, we discuss and review our efforts to control the polariton density, utilizing optical four-wave mixing instabilites, and the spin or polarization textures resulting from the optical spin Hall effect. Both effects are readily observable in the cavity's far-field emission, and hence potentially useful for optoelectronic and spinoptronic device applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUltrafast Bandgap Photonics II
EditorsMichael K. Rafailov
ISBN (Electronic)9781510608870
StatePublished - 2017
EventUltrafast Bandgap Photonics II 2017 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: Apr 10 2017Apr 12 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherUltrafast Bandgap Photonics II 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Polaritons
  • optical spin Hall effect
  • optical switching
  • semiconductor microcavities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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