The Mesoscopic Nature of Quantum Dots in Photon Emission

  • P. Tighineanu
  • A. S. Sørensen
  • S. Stobbe
  • P. Lodahl
Part of the Nano-Optics and Nanophotonics book series (NON)


Semiconductor quantum dots share many properties with atoms such as discrete spectrum, which implies the ability to emit high purity single photons. However, they have unique features as well that are unknown to other emitters: they embody tens of thousands of atoms attaining large mesoscopic sizes, and lack the common atomic symmetries. Here we discuss two effects that are mediated by the mesoscopic nature and render quantum dots fundamentally different than atoms. The mesoscopic size and lack of parity symmetry causes the electric-dipole approximation to not be applicable to In(Ga)As quantum dots. As a consequence, the latter do not fulfil the atomic selection rules and thus interact with the electric and magnetic components of light on the same electronic transition. The multi-atomic nature also causes a collective mesoscopic effect in monolayer-fluctuation GaAs quantum dots, namely single-photon superradiance, giving rise to a giant light-matter coupling strength.


Bloch Function Dipole Theory Dark Exciton Bright Exciton Mesoscopic Size 
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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the Danish Council for Independent Research (natural sciences and technology and production sciences), the European Research Council (ERC consolidator grants “ALLQUANTUM” and “QIOS”), the Lundbeck Foundation and the Carlsberg Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Tighineanu
    • 1
  • A. S. Sørensen
    • 1
  • S. Stobbe
    • 1
  • P. Lodahl
    • 1
  1. 1.The Niels Bohr InstituteUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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