Available student project - Exciton polaritons in 2D atomically thin materials

Research fields

  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Quantum Science and Applications
Schematics of a solid-state microcavity with a TMD layer hosting excition polaritons. Distributed Bragg reflectors ensure strong exciton-photon coupling.

Project details

Atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides represent a perfect 2D "flatland" platform for creating excitons with large binding energies and coupling them to light. Strong coupling to light and formation of exciton polaritons in open and monolythic microcavities has been very recently reported by several groups around the world. This project will aim to design, fabricate, and spectroscopically interrogate TMD-based microcavities and progress towards Bose-Einstein condensation of exciton polaritons in this structures. The excitement in the field comes from the possibility to observe dissipationless (superfluid) exciton-polariton transport at room temperature using the new 2D material platform.

The project will be supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technology (FLEET). A generous scholarship top-up, as well as training, travel and networking opportunities will be offered for all FLEET students. The project will involve collaboration with Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials, as well as our colleaguse at Wuerzburg University and RIKEN (Tokyo).

Required background

Fundamentals of solid state physics, and basic knowledge of Van der Waals heterostructures, as well as principles of design and operaction of solid state microcavities are desirable.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • Honours project
  • Phd or Masters

Contact supervisor

Ostrovskaya, Elena profile
Associate Professor

Other supervisor(s)

Truscott, Andrew profile
Senior Fellow

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