Publication
Title
Ultrafast tristable spin memory of a coherent polariton gas
Author
Abstract
Non-linear interactions in coherent gases are not only at the origin of bright and dark solitons and superfluids; they also give rise to phenomena such as multistability, which hold great promise for the development of advanced photonic and spintronic devices. In particular, spinor multistability in strongly coupled semiconductor microcavities shows that the spin of hundreds of exciton-polaritons can be coherently controlled, opening the route to spin-optronic devices such as ultrafast spin memories, gates or even neuronal communication schemes. Here we demonstrate that switching between the stable spin states of a driven polariton gas can be controlled by ultrafast optical pulses. Although such a long-lived spin memory necessarily relies on strong and anisotropic spinor interactions within the coherent polariton gas, we also highlight the crucial role of non-linear losses and formation of a non-radiative particle reservoir for ultrafast spin switching.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Nature communications
Publication
2013
ISSN
2041-1723
Volume/pages
4(2013), p. 1-8
Article Reference
2008
ISI
000323625200005
Medium
E-only publicatie
Full text (Publishers DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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