Optical analogue of the spin Hall effect in a photonic cavity

M. Maragkou, C.E. Richards, T. Ostatnický, A.J.D. Grundy, J. Zajac, M. Hugues, W. Langbein, P.G. Lagoudakis

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We observe anisotropy in the polarization flux generated in a GaAs/AlAs photonic cavity by optical illumination, equivalent to spin currents in strongly coupled microcavities. Polarization rotation of the scattered photons around the Rayleigh ring is due to the TE-TM splitting of the cavity mode. Resolving the circular polarization components of the transmission reveals a separation of the polarization flux in momentum space. These observations constitute the optical analogue of the spin Hall effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1097
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2011


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