Polarization hydrodynamics in a one-dimensional polariton condensate

P. -É Larré 1 N. Pavloff 1 A. M. Kamchatnov 2

Physical Review B (Condensed Matter), American Physical Society, 2013, 88, pp.224503

We study the hydrodynamics of a nonresonantly-pumped polariton condensate in a quasi-one-dimensional quantum wire taking into account the spin degree of freedom. We clarify the relevance of the Landau criterion for superfluidity in this dissipative two-component system. Two Cherenkov-like critical velocities are identified corresponding to the opening of different channels of radiation: one of (damped) density fluctuations and another of (weakly damped) polarization fluctuations. We determine the drag force exerted onto an external obstacle and propose experimentally measurable consequences of the specific features of the fluctuations of polarization.

  • 1. LPTMS - Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques
  • 2. Institute of Spectroscopy