Light Scattering from Solid-State Quantum Emitters: Beyond the Atomic Picture

Alistair J. Brash*, Jake Iles-Smith, Catherine L. Phillips, Dara P. S. McCutcheon, John O'Hara, Edmund Clarke, Benjamin Royall, Luke R. Wilson, Jesper Mørk, Maurice S. Skolnick, A. Mark Fox, Ahsan Nazir

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Coherent scattering of light by a single quantum emitter is a fundamental process at the heart of many proposed quantum technologies. Unlike atomic systems, solid-state emitters couple to their host lattice by phonons. Using a quantum dot in an optical nanocavity, we resolve these interactions in both time and frequency domains, going beyond the atomic picture to develop a comprehensive model of light scattering from solid-state emitters. We find that even in the presence of a low-Q cavity with high Purcell enhancement, phonon coupling leads to a sideband that is completely insensitive to excitation conditions and to a nonmonotonic relationship between laser detuning and coherent fraction, both of which are major deviations from atomlike behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Article number167403
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2019

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