Reservoir optics with exciton-polariton condensates

Y. Wang, H. Sigurdsson, J. D. Töpfer, P. G. Lagoudakis

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We investigate an all-optical microscale planar lensing technique based on coherent fluids of semiconductor cavity exciton-polariton condensates. Our theoretical analysis underpins the potential in using state-of-the-art spatial light modulation of nonresonant excitation beams to guide and focus polariton condensates away from their pumping region. The nonresonant excitation profile generates an excitonic reservoir that blueshifts the polariton mode and provides gain, which can be spatially tailored into lens shapes at the microscale to refract condensate waves. We propose several different avenues in controlling the condensate fluid, and demonstrate formation of highly enhanced and localized condensates away from the pumped reservoirs. This opens new perspectives in guiding quantum fluids of light and generating polariton condensates that are removed from detrimental reservoir dephasing effects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number235306
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2021


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