Wigner time delay induced by a single quantum dot

Max Strauss, Alexander Carmele, Julian Schleibner, Marcel Hohn, Christian Schneider, Sven Höfling, Janik Wolters, Stephan Reitzenstein

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Resonant scattering of weak coherent laser pulses on a single two-level system (TLS) realized in a semiconductor quantum dot is investigated with respect to a time delay between incoming and scattered light. This type of time delay was predicted by Wigner in 1955 for purely coherent scattering and was confirmed for an atomic system in 2013 [R. Bourgain et al., Opt. Lett. 38, 1963 (2013)]. In the presence of electron-phonon interaction we observe deviations from Wigner’s theory related to incoherent and strongly non-Markovian scattering processes which are hard to quantify via a detuning-independent pure dephasing time. We observe detuning-dependent Wigner delays of up to 530 ps in our experiments which are supported quantitatively by microscopic theory allowing for pure dephasing times of up to 950 ps.
Original languageEnglish
Article number107401
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2019


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