Our paper Narrow optical linewidths and spin pumping on charge-tunable close-to-surface self-assembled quantum dots in an ultrathin diode has been published in Physical Review B. The paper is part of a successful collaboration with our partners at the Ruhr Universität Bochum and the University of Copenhagen. In this work, InGaAs self-assembled quantum dots are embedded into an ultrathin p-i-n-i-n diode structure allowing for the deterministic charging of the quantum dots in the Coulomb blockade regime. The bias voltages, and thus tunnelling currents, can be kept very small, a particular advantage of the p-i-n-i-n diode. These excellent electrical properties allowed us to demonstrate narrow optical linewidths as well as optical spin pumping on single quantum dots in this ultrathin diode structure. The structure is fully compatible with the fabrication of photonic crystals. At least the editor seems to like it: the work was highlighted as an “Editor’s Suggestion”, as was another paper (Indistinguishable and efficient single photons from a quantum dot in a planar nanobeam waveguide) just recently published as part of this collaboration!
With great pleasure we announce that Dr. Immo Söllner, postdoctoral researcher in the Nano-Photonics Group, has been awarded a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for the project “Emitter-mediated Photon-Phonon InteraCtion (EPPIC)”. The project will focus on engineering the interaction of single seminconductor quantum dots with the phononic environment. Immo will work closely with PhDs and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Basel to carry out this project and will profit greatly from a close collaboration with European partners in Germany and Denmark. We thank the European Union for the generous support and hope that our work will help exploit the potential of quantum science!
Our paper Fabrication of mirror templates in silica with micron-sized radii of curvature was published in Applied Physics Letters. Routinely, we use a laser ablation process to create mirror templates in silica, usually on flat substrates but also on the end facets of optical fibres. For cavity QED applications, the mode volume should be small. We therefore strive to make the radius of curvature as small as possible. However, while the standard process can produce radii down to 5 microns or so, there is a strong correlation between radius and depth – as the radius decreases, the depth increases – such that the smallest radii templates do not support stable cavity modes. In this paper we describe two techniques which allow shallow, small-radius mirror templates to be fabricated. The essential advantage of the laser ablation technique, the creation of super-smooth surfaces, is retained and we demonstrate stable, small-radius microcavity modes with mirror-limited finesse values up to 25,000.