Dark high density dipolar liquid of excitons

Kobi Cohen, Yehiel Shilo, Ken West, Loren Pfeiffer, Ronen Rapaport*

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The possible phases and the nanoscale particle correlations of two-dimensional interacting dipolar particles is a long-sought problem in many-body physics. Here we observe a spontaneous condensation of trapped two-dimensional dipolar excitons with internal spin degrees of freedom from an interacting gas into a high density, closely packed liquid state made mostly of dark dipoles. Another phase transition, into a bright, highly repulsive plasma, is observed at even higher excitation powers. The dark liquid state is formed below a critical temperature Tc ≈ 4.8 K, and it is manifested by a clear spontaneous spatial condensation to a smaller and denser cloud, suggesting an attractive part to the interaction which goes beyond the purely repulsive dipole-dipole forces. Contributions from quantum mechanical fluctuations are expected to be significant in this strongly correlated, long living dark liquid. This is a new example of a two-dimensional atomic-like interacting dipolar liquid, but where the coupling of light to its internal spin degrees of freedom plays a crucial role in the dynamical formation and the nature of resulting condensed dark ground state.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3726-3731
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 8 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge financial support from the German DFG (grant No. SA-598/9), from the German-Israeli Foundation (GIF I-1277-303.10/2014), and from the Israeli Science Foundation (grant No. 1319/12). The work at Princeton University was funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through the EPiQS initiative Grant GBMF4420, and by the National Science Foundation MRSEC Grant DMR-1420541.

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© 2016 American Chemical Society.


  • Indirect excitons
  • cold dipolar gas
  • dark excitons
  • dipolar excitons
  • exciton condensation
  • quantum fluids


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