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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 3322–3330

Theory of quantum light emission from a strongly-coupled single quantum dot photonic-crystal cavity system

S. Hughes and P. Yao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3322-3330 (2009)

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We present a rigorous medium-dependent theory for describing the quantum field emitted and detected from a single quantum dot exciton, strongly coupled to a planar photonic crystal nanocavity, from which the exact spectrum is derived. By using simple mode decomposition techniques, this exact spectrum is subsequently reduced to two separate user-friendly forms, in terms of the leaky cavity mode emission and the radiation mode emission. On application to study exciton-cavity coupling in the strong coupling regime, besides a pronounced modification of the usual vacuum Rabi spectral doublet, we predict several new effects associated with the leaky cavity mode emission, including the appearance of an off-resonance cavity mode and a loss-induced on-resonance spectral triplet. The cavity mode emission is shown to completely dominate the emitted spectrum, even for large cavity-exciton detunings, whereby the usual cavity-QED formulas developed for radiation-mode emission drastically fail. These predictions are in qualitative agreement with several “mystery observations” reported in recent experiments, and apply to a wide range of semiconductor cavities.

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OCIS Codes
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: December 18, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 6, 2009
Published: February 17, 2009

Stephen Hughes and P. Yao, "Theory of quantum light emission from a strongly-coupled single quantum dot photonic-crystal cavity system," Opt. Express 17, 3322-3330 (2009)

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