All-optical control of quantized momenta on a polariton staircase

M. Assmann*, F. Veit, M. Bayer, A. Loeffler, Sven Höfling, M. Kamp, A. Forchel

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Here we demonstrate a simple and reconfigurable way to create a polariton condensate in well defined discrete momentum states, allowing us to manipulate the local polariton flow. To this end, we created a spatially varying potential formed in the presence of noncondensed carriers by subjecting a microcavity to spatially modulated nonresonant optical excitation. The choice of the spatial shape of this potential allows us to tailor the properties of the polariton condensate in momentum space. Our results demonstrate a way to prepare a polariton condensate in an adjustable momentum state and provide a first step toward the creation of functional all-optical elements for polaritonic logic circuits on demand by projecting circuits onto an unprocessed planar sample.

Original languageEnglish
Article number155320
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2012




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