alexa Effect of Elastic Deformation on the Dispersion Characteristics of a Chain of Microcavities
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  • Research Article   
  • J Laser Opt Photonics 2017, Vol 4(3): 165
  • DOI: 10.4172/2469-410X.1000165

Effect of Elastic Deformation on the Dispersion Characteristics of a Chain of Microcavities

Rumyantsev V1*, Aparajita U2 and Roslyak O3
1A.A. Galkin Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering, Donetsk, Ukraine
2BMCC, CUNY, New York, USA
3Fordham University, New York, USA
*Corresponding Author: Rumyantsev V, A.A. Galkin Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering, Donetsk, Ukraine, Tel: (062) 311-52-27, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Aug 20, 2017 / Accepted Date: Aug 28, 2017 / Published Date: Sep 20, 2017


We study electromagnetic excitations in non-ideal 1D microcavity lattice with the use of the virtual crystal approximation. The effect of elastic deformation on the excitation spectrum of a microcavity chain is numerically modeled for 1D non-ideal microcavity supercrystal containing quantum dots and without them. The adopted approach helps us obtain the dispersion dependence of collective excitation frequencies and the energy. The analytical expressions for polaritonic frequencies, effective mass and group velocities as functions of corresponding quantum dots and vacancies concentrations are obtained.

Keywords: 1D Microcavity supercrystal; Electromagnetic excitations; Virtual crystal approximation; Elastic deformation


Concepts developed in physics of crystalline solids, to a large extent, can be applicable to photonic supercrystals. In this connection some promising vistas can be opened up by the so-called polaritonic crystals (PC) [1], which represents a particular type of photonic crystals characterized by a strong coupling between quantum excitations (excitons) and electromagnetic waves. An example of a polaritonic structure is provided by an array of coupled microcavities [2]. Optical modes in microcavity systems have been attracting a considerable attention due to the progress in fabrication of novel optoelectronic devices [3,4]. Recently the focus has been on the ability to control the propagation of electromagnetic excitations in the composite structures by modifying their physical properties with external influences (for example, elastic deformation). In this work we make use of some previously developed formalism in photonic structures [5,6] to treat a non-ideal PC formed by a topologically ordered array of coupled microcavities (resonators) containing a system of atomic clusters (quantum dots). Particular attention is paid to the sensitivity of the polaritonic spectrum on the geometry and key parameters of interacting photonic and electronic subsystems.

We study 1D polaritonic crystal as a topologically ordered system of coupled microcavities (see, for example, [7]) with and without quantum dots. Uniform elastic deformation of 1D structures causes some peculiar effects. Effectively it is possible to achieve the necessary changes of its polaritonic spectrum and other optical properties.

Theoretical Background

Based on the approach developed in refs. [1,5-8], we consider electromagnetic excitations in a lattice of microcavities composed of s sublattices. Each of the tunnel-coupled microresonators is assumed to possess a single dominating optical mode. Under elastic stress Hamiltonian equation of resonator-localized electromagnetic excitations is a function of deformation tensor equation .

Under assumption that the density of excited states of constituent elements in resonator and atomic systems is a small quantity and within the one-level model and Heitler-London approximation Hamiltonian equation has the form (ref. [9]):

equation (1)


Where equation is the energy of the photonic mode without (with) a quantum dot localized at nα -th lattice site (resonator); equation is a Bose annihilation operator of the corresponding mode in nodal representation; equation is the matrix of resonance interaction, which describes an overlap between optical fields of resonators in the nα -th and mβ -th lattice sites and hence defines the jump probability of the corresponding electromagnetic excitation; equation is the matrix of resonance interaction between quantum dots embedded in the nα -th and mβ -th lattice sites; equation is the matrix of resonance interaction between quantum dot in the λ, σ -th lattice site with electromagnetic field localized at the same site. In the adopted formalism values 1 and 2 of indices λ, σ indicate, correspondingly, presence or absence of quantum dots in respective cavities.

Translation invariance of the system under uniform deformations allows for the quasi-crystal representation (summation over k) of the matrices equation and equation in the form:

equation and

equation (3)

Here N is the number of elementary cells constituting the lattice. Notice that the wave vector k, which characterizes eigenstates of electromagnetic excitations, varies within the first Brillouin zone. The zone itself is a function of a uniform deformation equation .

Generally speaking eigenvalues of Hamiltonian (1) may be found via Bogolyubov-Tyablikov transformation [9]. This yields the following equation for elementary excitation spectrum equation :

equation (4)

Below we carry out a detailed investigation of the spectrum equation , which holds valuable information about the effective mass of such collective excitations and some other quantities of interest.

Results And Discussion

Exciton-like excitations in a one-dimensional microcavity lattice under a uniform elastic deformation

To be more specific, let us assume that under a uniform deformation described by tensor equation each cavity changes its position in such fashion that the lattice constant d (ε) has the form:

equation (5)

here d0 corresponds to a strain-free structure, and ε is the corresponding component of the stress tensor directed along the chain. The reciprocal lattice constant b(ε) is found from the standard relation:

equation (6)

In what follows, we assume that the microcavity array is made up of two sublattices void of quantum emitters. Position of microcavities is defined by the equality equation , and therefore their positions in the zeroth cell of the first and second sublattice equation are correspondingly: equation and equation . The spectrum of excitonlike excitations Ω(k,ε) is found from relation (4):

equation . (7)

Quantities equation in Eq. (7) are Fouriertransforms of matrix equation of resonance interaction: equation . In the frame of our model within the nearest-neighbor approximation, the matrix elements equation take the following form:

equation (8)

According to Rumyantsev et al. [6], quantities equation which are components of the matrix equation describing the resonance interactions, correspond to nearest neighbors equal to equation equation . In our case we put equation . Relation

(4) shows that the dispersion law equation of elementary electromagnetic excitations is determined both by frequency characteristics of resonator array and by the explicit form of A(k,ε ) , as well as by the nature of deformation (e.g., by a uniaxial extension ε > 0 or contraction ε < 0).

Further calculations are performed for a uniaxial deformation of a uniform isotropic one-dimensional medium. The following modeling parameters are adopted: frequencies of resonance photonic modes in cavities (independent of deformation (ε) are equation and equation and equation equation equation Figure 1 depicts the dependence equation , of the deformed one-dimensional lattice for different values of ε. Shaded region in the (k,ε)-plane corresponds to the first Brillouin zone.

An important property of the band gap photonic structures is their ability to produce the so-called “slow light”. It has important application for designing quantum optical information processing devices. The effective decrease of quasiparticle group velocity was shown to occur in coupled wave-guide optical resonators [10] and in various types of multilayer semiconductor structures [11]. A key role in decreasing the group velocity is played by the character of quasi particles’ effective mass equation equation . Figure 2 depicts the dependence of the effective mass equation of exciton-like excitations on the degree of deformation. Its examination indicates that a careful choice of ε permits to attain the necessary parameters of the “slow light”.


Figure 1: Dependencies equation of the deformed one-dimensional lattice.


Figure 2: Dependence of the effective mass of exciton-like excitations on deformation degree.


The study of the spectrum of elementary electromagnetic excitations in a one-dimensional array of tunnel-coupled microcavities shows that subjecting the system to controlled elastic stress is an effective tool for altering its energy structure and optical properties. We have demonstrated that the conclusion holds for the cases of microresonator arrays with embedded quantum dots as well as for quantum-dot-free lattices. The presence of deformation and structural defects may lead to the increase of the effective mass of corresponding excitations and therefore to a decrease of their group velocity. The results of numerical simulations performed on the basis of the constructed model contribute to modeling of the new class of functional materials – photonic crystalline system constituted of coupled microcavities. Their capabilities include the controllable propagation of electromagnetic excitations.


Citation: Rumyantsev V, Aparajita U, Roslyak O (2017) Effect of Elastic Deformation on the Dispersion Characteristics of a Chain of Microcavities. J Laser Opt Photonics 4: 165. Doi: 10.4172/2469-410X.1000165

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