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Investigations of a coherently driven semiconductor optical cavity QED system



Kartik A. Srinivasan, Christopher P. Michael, Raviv Perahia, Oskar Painter


Chip-based cavity QED devices consisting of a self-assembled InAs quantum dot (QD) coupled to a high quality factor GaAs microdisk cavity are coherently probed through the optical channel using a fiber taper waveguide. We highlight one particularly important aspect of this all-fiber measurement setup, which is the accuracy to which the optical coupling level and optical losses are known. This allows for precise knowledge of the intracavity photon number and measurement of absolute transmitted and reflected signals. Resonant optical spectroscopy of the system under both weak and strong driving conditions are presented, which when compared with a quantum master equation model of the system allows for accurate determination of the coherent coupling rate between QD exciton and optical cavity mode, the different levels of elastic and inelastic dephasing of the exciton state, and the position and orientation of the QD within the cavity. Pump-probe measurements are also performed in which a far off-resonant red-detuned control laser beam is introduced into the cavity. Rather than producing a measurable AC-Stark shift in the exciton line of the QD, we find that this control beam induces a saturation of the resonant system response. The broad photoluminescence spectrum resulting from the presence of the control beam in the cavity points to sub-bandgap absorption through defect and surface-states of the semiconductor, and the resulting free-carrier generation, as the likely source of system saturation.
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)


Cavity quantum electrodynamics, microcavities, quantum dots


Srinivasan, K. , Michael, C. , Perahia, R. and Painter, O. (2008), Investigations of a coherently driven semiconductor optical cavity QED system, Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), [online], (Accessed July 19, 2024)


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Created September 30, 2008, Updated June 2, 2021