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Alexey V. Kavokin, Jeremy J. Baumberg, Guillaume Malpuech, and Fabrice P. Laussy

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198782995

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198782995.001.0001

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Spin and polarisation

Spin and polarisation

(p.381) 9 Spin and polarisation

Alexey V. Kavokin

Jeremy J. Baumberg

Guillaume Malpuech

Fabrice P. Laussy

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we consider a complex set of optical phenomena linked to the spin dynamics of exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities. We review a few important experiments that reveal the main mechanisms of the exciton-polariton spin dynamics and present the theoretical model of polariton spin relaxation based on the density matrix formalism. We also discuss the polarisation properties of the condensate and the superfluid phase transitions for polarised exciton-polaritons. We briefly address the polarization multistability and switching in polariton lasers. Finally, the optical spin-Hall and spin-Meissner effects are described.

Keywords:   Spin, polarization, spintronics, Hall, Meissner, spin-orbit interaction, magnetic field, Zeeman

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