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Optical analogue of the spin hall effect in a photonic cavity

Maragkou, Maria, Richards, Caryl E., Ostatnický, Tomas, Grundy, Alastair J. D., Zajac, Joanna, Hugues, Maxime, Langbein, Wolfgang Werner and Lagoudakis, Pavlos G. 2011. Optical analogue of the spin hall effect in a photonic cavity. Optics Letters 36 (7) , pp. 1095-1097. 10.1364/OL.36.001095

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We observe anisotropy in the polarization flux generated in a GaAs/AlAs photonic cavity by optical illumination, equivalent to spin currents in strongly coupled microcavities. Polarization rotation of the scattered photons around the Rayleigh ring is due to the TE–TM splitting of the cavity mode. Resolving the circular polarization components of the transmission reveals a separation of the polarization flux in momentum space. These observations constitute the optical analogue of the spin Hall effect.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: Optical Society of America
ISSN: 0146-9592
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:50

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