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Excitonic lattice control

Customizing the refractive index of wells and barriers in a periodic array of quantum wells yields a way to control the reflectivity and dispersion of an excitonic lattice. The result is a new method for slowing or modulating light.

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Figure 1: Excitonic lattice with and without an underlying 1D photonic crystal.


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Gibbs, H., Khitrova, G. Excitonic lattice control. Nature Photon 3, 613–615 (2009).

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