Ultrafast polariton-phonon dynamics of strongly coupled quantum dot-nanocavity systems

Kai Müller, Kevin A. Fischer, Armand Rundquist, Constantin Dory, Konstantinos G. Lagoudakis, Tomas Sarmiento, Yousif A. Kelaita, Victoria Borish, Jelena Vučković

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We investigate the influence of exciton-phonon coupling on the dynamics of a strongly coupled quantum dot-photonic crystal cavity system and explore the effects of this interaction on different schemes for nonclassical light generation. By performing time-resolved measurements, we map out the detuning-dependent polariton lifetime and extract the spectrum of the polariton-to-phonon coupling with unprecedented precision. Photon-blockade experiments for different pulse-length and detuning conditions (supported by quantum optical simulations) reveal that achieving high-fidelity photon blockade requires an intricate understanding of the phonons' influence on the system dynamics. Finally, we achieve direct coherent control of the polariton states of a strongly coupled system and demonstrate that their efficient coupling to phonons can be exploited for novel concepts in high-fidelity single-photon generation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number031006
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review X
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2015


  • condensed matter
  • photonics
  • quantum physics

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Müller, K., Fischer, K. A., Rundquist, A., Dory, C., Lagoudakis, K. G., Sarmiento, T., Kelaita, Y. A., Borish, V., & Vučković, J. (2015). Ultrafast polariton-phonon dynamics of strongly coupled quantum dot-nanocavity systems. Physical Review X, 5(3), [031006]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevX.5.031006