Band gaps induced by vacuum photons in closed semiconductor cavities
Kibis, O. V.
Arnardottir, K. B.
Shelykh, I. A.
Date of Issue2014
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
We consider theoretically a closed (zero-dimensional) semiconductor microcavity where a confined vacuum photonic mode is coupled to electrons in the valence band of the semiconductor. It is shown that vacuum-induced virtual electron transitions between valence and conduction bands result in renormalization of electron energy spectrum. As a consequence, vacuum-induced band gaps appear within the valence band. Calculated values of the band gaps are of sub-meV scale, which makes this QED effect measurable in state-of-the-art experiments.
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Physical review A
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