Spin Optics Laboratory is located at the V.A. Fock Institute of Physics of Saint-Petersburg State University. It is funded by the Megagrant of Russian Federation.
Prof. Alexey Kavokin is the head of the Laboratory.
The key staff includes:
The Spin Optics laboratory studies the spin currents induced by light in semiconductor structures. We work with exciton-polaritons: mixed light-matter quasi-particles, which obey bosonic statistics and can form condensates and coherent fluids. Polariton spin currents are expected to form a basis of a new set of logic devices, where information would be encoded by spin or polarisation. We aim at controlling the polariton spins on a picosecond timescale, which would allow encoding of information on a terahertz frequency. The experimental facilities currently available in the Spin Optics laboratory include:
The Spin Optics laboratory strongly collaborates with the world-leading research centers, including:Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute (Russia)
Southampton University (UK)
University of Dortmund (Germany)
University of Crete (Greece)
University of Montpellier (France)
Igor Nikolaevich Uraltsev
History of Spin-Optics Laboratory