Scientific Results

Young’s Type Interference for Probing the Mode Symmetry in Photonic Structures

Year: 2011

Authors: Intonti F., Riboli F., Caselli N., Abbarchi M., Vignolini S., Wiersma D., Vinattieri A., Gerace D., Balet L., Li L.H., Francardi M., Gerardino A., Fiore A., Gurioli M.

Autors Affiliation: European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy;
Universita` di Firenze, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy;
National Institute for Optics (CNR-INO), 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy;
Dipartimento di Fisica ‘‘A. Volta’’, Universita` di Pavia, via Bassi 6, 27100 Pavia, Italy;
IPQE, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland;
COBRA Research Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands;
Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology, CNR, 00156 Roma, Italy

Abstract: A revisited realization of the Young\’s double slit experiment is introduced to directly probe the photonic mode symmetry by photoluminescence experiments. We experimentally measure the far field angular emission pattern of quantum dots embedded in photonic molecules. The experimental data well agree with predictions from Young\’s interference and numerical simulations. Moreover, the vectorial nature of photonic eigenmodes results in a rather complicated parity property for different polarizations, a feature which has no counterpart in quantum mechanics.

Journal/Review: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS

Volume: 106 (14)      Pages from: 143901  to: 143901

More Information: We thank Nicola Dotti for his help in the experimental setup. We acknowledge financial support from FAR (851) and PRIN (2008H9ZAZR003) projects.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.143901

Citations: 18
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