Resonant Faraday rotation effect in semimagnetic and nonmagnetic microcavities

M. A. Kaliteevski, M. R. Vladimirova, A. V. Kavokin, O. Lyngnes, J. D. Berger, H. M. Gibbs, G. Khitrova

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Rotation of the polarization plane of a linearly polarized light (Faraday rotation, FR) at the quantum-well (QW) exciton resonance frequency is greatly amplified if the exciton is coupled to the cavity photon mode due to multiple round-trips of light inside the cavity. Simultaneously, a redistribution of the energy of the electromagnetic wave between linear and circular polarizations takes place. In the empty semimagnetic cavity this leads to the splitting of the cavity-mode dispersion curves in right- and left-circular polarizations. The purely electromagnetic theory of these effects has been constructed. Experimentally, resonant excitonic Faraday rotation achieves 3° in reflection in the microcavities studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-776
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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