1. exciton-polaritons in artificial lattices and electron transport in bose-fermi hybrid system

Meng Sun


18 June 2020 Thu 4 pm

                                      IBS Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems (PCS), Administrative Office (B349), Theory Wing, 3rd floor

                                      Expo-ro 55, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea, 34126 Tel: +82-42-878-8633                     

In this thesis defence, I will discuss two different aspects of many-particle physics. In the first part, I will address the Bose-Einstein condensation of microcavity exciton-polaritons in different periodic potentials (artificial lattices).

Bose-Einstein condensation is a quantum phase transition, which allows the system to macroscopically occupy its ground state and develop coherence spontaneously. Often studied in microcavities, which are optical cavities that trap light at specific wavelengths, exciton-polaritons are quasiparticles arising from the strong coupling between quantum well excitons and cavity photons. By periodically aligning cavity pillars in different patterns, one can achieve different artificial lattice structures.

With this setup, we apply the driven-dissipative Gross–Pitaevskii equation to investigate different consequences of the condensation by changing the pumping schemes and the design of the trapping potentials. Topics include multivalley condensation, phase selection and intermittency of exciton-polariton condensates, flat band condensation, and exciton-polariton topological insulators.

In the second part of my talk, I will focus on the electron-scattering properties of a hybrid Bose-Fermi system. We have considered a system consisting of a spatially separated two-dimensional electron gas layer and an exciton gas layer that interact via Coulomb forces. We have studied the temperature dependence of the resistivity with this interlayer electron–exciton interaction and compared the results with the electron-phonon interaction.