Laser oscillation in a strongly coupled single-quantum-dot-nanocavity system

M. Nomura, N. Kumagai, S. Iwamoto, Y. Ota, Y. Arakawa

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The strong coupling of photons and matter 1 in semiconductor nanocavities has been a test bed for cavity quantum electrodynamics 2,3 (QED). Vacuum Rabi oscillation 4-8 -the coherent exchange of a single quantum between a single quantum dot (SQD) and an optical cavityand highly efficient cavity-QED lasers 9-19 have both been reported. The coexistence of vacuum Rabi oscillation and laser oscillation seems to be contradictory, but it has recently been predicted theoretically that the strong-coupling effect could be sustained in laser oscillation 20 . Here, we demonstrate the onset of lasing in the strong-coupling regime in an SQD-cavity system. A high-quality semiconductor optical nanocavity and strong SQD-field coupling enabled the onset of lasing while maintaining the fragile coherent exchange of quanta.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-283
Number of pages5
JournalNature Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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