Transition from Jaynes-Cummings to Autler-Townes ladder in a quantum dot-microcavity system

Caspar Hopfmann, Alexander Carmele, Anna Musiał, Christian Schneider, Martin Kamp, Sven Höfling, Andreas Knorr, Stephan Reitzenstein

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We study experimentally and theoretically a coherently-driven strongly-coupled quantum dot-microcavity system. Our focus is on physics of the unexplored intermediate excitation regime where the resonant laser field dresses a strongly-coupled single exciton-photon (polariton) system resulting in a ladder of laser-dressed Jaynes-Cummings states. In that case both the coupling of the emitter to the confined light field of the microcavity and to the light field of the external laser are equally important, as proved by observation of injection pulling of the polariton branches by an external laser. This intermediate interaction regime is of particular interest since it connects the purely quantum mechanical Jaynes-Cummings ladder and the semi-classical Autler-Townes ladder. Exploring the driving strength-dependence of the mutually coupled system we establish the maximum in the resonance fluorescence signal to be a robust fingerprint of the intermediate regime and observe signatures indicating the laser-dressed Jaynes-Cummings ladder. In order to address the underlying physics we excite the coupled system via the matter component of fermionic nature undergoing saturation - in contrast to commonly used cavity-mediated excitation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number035302
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2017


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