Circularly polarized light emission from chiral spatially-structured planar semiconductor microcavities

A.A. Maksimov, I.I. Tartakovskii, E.V. Filatov, S.V. Lobanov, N.A. Gippius, S.G. Tikhodeev, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Maier, S. Höfling, V.D. Kulakovskii

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We demonstrate a method for control of the polarization of emission of quantum dots (QDs) embedded in an active layer of a planar microcavity. This method involves a modification of the electromagnetic mode structure in a planar microcavity which is achieved by fabrication of a chiral gammadion layer structure with partial etching of the upper Bragg mirror. A polarization degree as high as 81% has been demonstrated experimentally without the use of a static magnetic field or birefringent wave plates; this is in full agreement with the theoretical simulations for the fabricated structure. Theoretical optimization has shown that a polarization degree of up to 99% can be achieved in optimized structures with randomly positioned quantum dots, and to an even higher degree when the QDs have controlled positions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2014


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