Single photon sources based upon single quantum dots in semiconductor microcavity pillars

J. A. Timpson, D. Sanvitto, A. Daraei, P. S S Guimaraes, H. Vinck, S. Lam, D. M. Whittaker, M. S. Skolnick, A. M. Fox, C. Y. Hu, Y. L D Ho, R. Gibson, J. G. Rarity, S. Pellegrini, K. J. Gordon, R. E. Warburton, G. S. Buller, A. Tahraoui, P. W. Fry, M. Hopkinson

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Abstract

Semiconductor microcavity pillars with both circular and elliptical cross-section containing semiconductor quantum dots are shown to be good candidates for efficient single photon sources. Pillars with small diameters are shown to have exceptionally high quality factors and the reduction in the measured quality factor as the pillar diameter is reduced is shown to agree well with finite difference time domain simulation. These pillars exhibit a Purcell enhancement of the quantum dot emission when the dots are on-resonance with the cavity mode and strong photon antibunching. The use of the polarized modes of an elliptical micropillar allows the polarization of the emitted single photons to be selected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-465
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Volume54
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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    Timpson, J. A., Sanvitto, D., Daraei, A., Guimaraes, P. S. S., Vinck, H., Lam, S., Whittaker, D. M., Skolnick, M. S., Fox, A. M., Hu, C. Y., Ho, Y. L. D., Gibson, R., Rarity, J. G., Pellegrini, S., Gordon, K. J., Warburton, R. E., Buller, G. S., Tahraoui, A., Fry, P. W., & Hopkinson, M. (2007). Single photon sources based upon single quantum dots in semiconductor microcavity pillars. Journal of Modern Optics, 54(3-4), 453-465. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500340600785055