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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2008
  • pp: 321–323

Optical bistability and spatial resonator solitons based on exciton-polariton nonlinearity

Ye. Larionova, W. Stolz, and C. O. Weiss  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 321-323 (2008)

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We show experimentally optical bistability and the existence of bright and dark resonator solitons in the strong coupling regime between quantum-well excitons and the optical field in a semiconductor microcavity. The strong coupling results in a quasi-particle exciton–polariton, which gives access to positive and negative reactive and dissipative optical nonlinearities, as opposed to the usual room temperature semiconductor nonlinearities possessing essentially only one sign. The existence range and the properties of solitons can be varied widely by the detuning between polariton states and light frequency.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 17, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 7, 2007
Published: February 6, 2008

Ye. Larionova, W. Stolz, and C. O. Weiss, "Optical bistability and spatial resonator solitons based on exciton-polariton nonlinearity," Opt. Lett. 33, 321-323 (2008)

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