Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 3 (2008)

Semiconductor microcavities for enhanced nonlinear optics interactions

A. Andronico, X. Caillet, I. Favero, S. Ducci, V. Berger, G. Leo


Semiconductor microcavities offer a unique way to enhance nonlinear optical processes through light confinement in space and time. In this article we review two different nonlinear optics semiconductor-based applications that benefit from the microcavity setting. Firstly, we discuss a difference frequency generation scheme in a GaAs microdisk. Secondly, we show how a recently demonstrated source of counter-propagating twin photons can display an appreciable performance improvement when combined with a vertical cavity.

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