Probing the Dynamics of Spontaneous Quantum Vortices in Polariton Superfluids
Lagoudakis, K. G.
Liew, Timothy Chi Hin
Kavokin, A. V.
Date of Issue2011
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
The experimental investigation of spontaneously created vortices is of utmost importance for the understanding of quantum phase transitions towards a superfluid phase, especially for two-dimensional systems that are expected to be governed by the Berezinski-Kosterlitz-Thouless physics. By means of time-resolved near-field interferometry we track the path of such vortices, created at random locations in an exciton-polariton condensate under pulsed nonresonant excitation, to their final pinning positions imposed by the stationary disorder. We formulate a theoretical model that successfully reproduces the experimental observations.
Physical Review Letters
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