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Title: Optical bistability in semiconductor microcavities

We report the observation of polaritonic bistability in semiconductor microcavities in the strong-coupling regime. The origin of bistability is the polariton-polariton interaction, which gives rise to a Kerr-like nonlinearity. The experimental results are in good agreement with a simple model taking transverse effects into account.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Universite Paris 6, Ecole Normale Superieure et CNRS, UPMC Case 74, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France)
  2. Institut National des Sciences Appliquees et de Technologie, Centre Urbain Nord Bp N 676, 1080 Tunis Cedex (Tunisia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20640784
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. A; Journal Volume: 69; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.69.023809; (c) 2004 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; COUPLING; KERR EFFECT; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; OPTICS; POLARONS; QUANTUM MECHANICS; QUANTUM WELLS; REFLECTIVITY; SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS