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Recent Submissions

  • Spatial distribution of phase singularities in optical random vector waves 

    De Angelis, L; Alpeggiani, F; Di Falco, Andrea; Kuipers, L (2016-08-26) - Journal item
    Phase singularities are dislocations widely studied in optical fields as well as in other areas of physics. With experiment and theory we show that the vectorial nature of light affects the spatial distribution of phase ...
  • Talbot effect for exciton-polaritons 

    Gao, T; Estrecho, E; Li, G; Egorov, O A; Ma, X; Winkler, K; Kamp, M; Schneider, C; Hoefling, Sven; Truscott, A G; Ostrovskaya, E A (2016-08-26) - Journal article
    We demonstrate, experimentally and theoretically, a Talbot effect for hybrid light-matter waves - exciton-polariton condensate formed in a semiconductor microcavity with embedded quantum wells. The characteristic `Talbot ...
  • Internal physiology of live krill revealed using new aquaria techniques and mixed optical microscopy and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging techniques 

    Cox, Martin; Kawaguchu, So; King, Robert; Dholakia, Kishan; Brown, C Tom A (2015) - Journal article
    The accurate observation of physiological changes on in vivo samples of important animal species such as Euphasia superba (Antarctic krill) is an important goal in helping to understand how environmental changes can affect ...
  • Self-trapping and excited state absorption in fluorene homo-polymer and copolymers with benzothiadiazole and tri-phenylamine 

    Denis, Jean-Christophe; Ruseckas, Arvydas; Hedley, Gordon J.; Matheson, Andrew B.; Paterson, Martin J.; Turnbull, Graham A.; Samuel, Ifor D. W.; Galbraith, Ian (2016-08-21) - Journal article
    Excited state absorption (ESA) is studied using time-dependent density functional theory and compared with experiments performed in dilute solutions. The molecules investigated are a fluorene pentamer, polyfluorene F8, the ...
  • An exciton-polariton laser based on biologically produced fluorescent protein 

    Dietrich, Christof Peter; Steude, Anja; Tropf, Laura Christine; Schubert, Marcel; Kronenberg, Nils Michael; Ostermann, Kai; Hoefling, Sven; Gather, Malte Christian (2016-08-19) - Journal article
    Under adequate conditions, cavity-polaritons form a macroscopic coherent quantum state, known as polariton condensate (PC). Compared to Wannier-Mott polaritons in inorganic semiconductors, the localized Frenkel polaritons ...

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