Stochastic spin flips in polariton condensates: Nonlinear tuning from GHz to sub-Hz
The stability of spin of macroscopic quantum states to intrinsic noise is studied for non-resonantly pumped optically-trapped polariton condensates. We demonstrate flipping between the two spinpolarised states with >10⁴ slow-down of the flip rate by tuning the optical pump power. Individual spin flips faster than 50 picosecond are time resolved using single-shot streak camera imaging. We reproduce our results within a mean-field model accounting for cross-spin scattering between excitons and polaritons, yielding a ratio of cross- to co-spin scattering of ~0.6, in contrast with previous literature suggestions.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/L027151/1)