Polarization multistability of cavity polaritons

N. A. Gippius, I. A. Shelykh, D. D. Solnyshkov, S. S. Gavrilov, Yuri G. Rubo, A. V. Kavokin, S. G. Tikhodeev, G. Malpuech

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New effects of polarization multistability and polarization hysteresis in a coherently driven polariton system in a semiconductor microcavity are predicted and theoretically analyzed. The multistability arises due to polarization-dependent polariton-polariton interactions and can be revealed in polarization resolved photoluminescence experiments. The pumping power required to observe this effect is 4 orders of magnitude lower than the characteristic pumping power in conventional bistable optical systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number236401
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


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