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Halide perovskites enable polaritonic XY spin Hamiltonian at room temperature

Abstract

Exciton polaritons, the part-light and part-matter quasiparticles in semiconductor optical cavities, are promising for exploring Bose–Einstein condensation, non-equilibrium many-body physics and analogue simulation at elevated temperatures. However, a room-temperature polaritonic platform on par with the GaAs quantum wells grown by molecular beam epitaxy at low temperatures remains elusive. The operation of such a platform calls for long-lifetime, strongly interacting excitons in a stringent material system with large yet nanoscale-thin geometry and homogeneous properties. Here, we address this challenge by adopting a method based on the solution synthesis of excitonic halide perovskites grown under nanoconfinement. Such nanoconfinement growth facilitates the synthesis of smooth and homogeneous single-crystalline large crystals enabling the demonstration of XY Hamiltonian lattices with sizes up to 10 × 10. With this demonstration, we further establish perovskites as a promising platform for room temperature polaritonic physics and pave the way for the realization of robust mode-disorder-free polaritonic devices at room temperature.

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Fig. 1: Synthesis and characterization of single-crystalline excitonic halide perovskites in DBR nanocavities.
Fig. 2: Room-temperature demonstration of polariton XY Hamiltonian square 2 × 2 lattices.
Fig. 3: Extended polariton lattices.

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Acknowledgements

We thank P. James Schuck and F. Xue for reading the manuscript and valuable comments and A. Gao from SVOTEK Inc. for assisting with the high-quality DBR mirror coating. W.B. and K.P. acknowledge support from the Office of Naval Research (award no. N00014-21-1-2099) and National Science Foundation (award no. OIA-2044049). W.B. thanks the CAREER support from the National Science Foundation (award no. DMR-2143041). X.Z. and R.T. thank the support by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (award no. 5722) and the Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair Professorship. S.K.-C. and L.H. acknowledge funding from the Canada Research Chairs programme and the Army Research Office (W911NF1810149). The work of Q.L. and G.R.F. was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Science, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division. Use of the Center for Nanoscale Materials, a US Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility, was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under contract no. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

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W.B., X.Z., R.T. and K.P. initiated the project and conceived the experiments. R.T. fabricated the microcavities and grew and characterized the perovskite materials. K.P. performed all optical measurements except lifetime characterizations. Q.L. and G.R.F. performed the PL lifetime experiments. S.K.-C., D.J. and L.H. provided valuable insight and suggestions. W.B. and X.Z. supervised the whole project. R.T., K.P. and W.B. prepared the initial draught of the manuscript. K.P., W.B., R.T. and X.Z. led the efforts in revising the manuscript with the other authors’ participation.

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Tao, R., Peng, K., Haeberlé, L. et al. Halide perovskites enable polaritonic XY spin Hamiltonian at room temperature. Nat. Mater. 21, 761–766 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-022-01276-4

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