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Title: Enabling multiple intercavity polariton coherences by adding quantum confinement to cavity molecular polaritons
In this study, the “particle in a box” idea, which was broadly developed in semiconductor quantum dot research, was extended into mid-infrared (IR) cavity modes by applying lateral confinement in an optical cavity. The discrete cavity modes hybridized with molecular vibrational modes, resulting in a quartet of polariton states that can support multiple coherence states in the IR regime. We applied tailored pump pulse sequences to selectively prepare these coherences and verified the multi-coherence existence. The simulation based on Lindblad equation showed that because the quartet of polariton states resided in the same cavity, they were specifically robust toward decoherence caused by fluctuations in space. The multiple robust coherences paved the way for entangled states and coherent interactions between cavity polaritons, which would be critical for advancing polariton-based quantum information technology.  more » « less
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