We have measured the variation of the spontaneous emission rate with polarization for self-assembled single quantum dots in two-dimensional photonic crystal membranes. We observe a maximum anisotropy factor of 6 between the decay rates of the two bright exciton states. This large anisotropy is attributed to the substantially different projected local density of optical states for differently oriented dipoles in the photonic crystal.
© 2010 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 15, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 9, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 25, 2010
Published: August 13, 2010
Q. Wang, S. Stobbe, H. Thyrrestrup, H. Hofmann, M. Kamp, T. W. Schlereth, S. Höfling, and P. Lodahl, "Highly anisotropic decay rates of single quantum dots in photonic crystal membranes," Opt. Lett. 35, 2768-2770 (2010)