Quantum fluids of light in semiconductor lattices (Prof. Jacqueline Bloch)
Prof. Jacqueline Bloch
CNRS ‐ Université Paris Sud, France
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik
Hörsaal, Raum B 0.32 / New lecture hall, Room B 0.32
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
When confining photons in semiconductor lattices, it is possible to deeply modify their physical properties. Photons can behave as finite or even infinite mass particles, photons inherit topological properties and propagate along edge states without back scattering, photons can become superfluid and behave as interacting particles. These are just a few examples of properties that can be imprinted into fluids of light in semiconductor lattices. Such manipulation of light presents not only potential for applications in photonics, but is a great promise for fundamental studies.
During the talk, I will illustrate the variety of physical systems we can emulate with fluids of light by presenting a few recent experiments: a photonic benzene molecule that emits helical photons, a photonic 1D lattice with topological edge states and photonic graphene with exotic Dirac cones. Perspectives in terms of quantum simulation will be discussed.