Continuous and discontinuous dark solitons in polariton condensates

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Journal Article

© 2015 American Physical Society. Bose-Einstein condensates of exciton-polaritons are described by a Schrödinger system of two equations. Nonlinearity due to exciton interactions gives rise to a frequency band of dark soliton solutions, which are found analytically for the lossless zero-velocity case. The soliton's far-field value varies from zero to infinity as the operating frequency varies across the band. For positive detuning (photon frequency higher than exciton frequency), the exciton wave function becomes discontinuous when the operating frequency exceeds the exciton frequency. This phenomenon lies outside the parameter regime of validity of the Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) model. Within its regime of validity, we give a derivation of a single-mode GP model from the initial Schrödinger system and compare the continuous polariton solitons and GP solitons using the healing length notion.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Komineas, S; Shipman, SP; Venakides, S

Published Date

  • April 9, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 91 / 13

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-235X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1098-0121

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.134503

Citation Source

  • Scopus