"Faraday rotation by nuclear spins in a Semiconductor microcavity"

TYPESolid State Institute Seminar
Speaker:Professor Kirill Kavokin
Affiliation:Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the RAS, St-Petersburg, Russia
Location:Solid State Auditorium(Entrance)
Remark:Host: Professor David Gershoni
Abstract:We report on the nondestructive measurement of nuclear magnetization in metallic n-GaAs via cavity enhanced Faraday rotation. In contrast with the existing optical methods, this detection scheme does not require the presence of detrimental out-of-equilibrium electrons. Specific mechanisms of the Faraday rotation are identified for (i) nuclear spins situated within the localized electron orbits which are characterized by fast dynamics, (ii) all other nuclear spins in the sample characterized by much slower dynamics. Our results suggest that even in degenerate semiconductors, nuclear spin relaxation is limited by the presence of localized electron states and spin diffusion.