- Conference date: 26–28 October 2011
- Location: Bad Honnef, (Germany)
I will describe theory and experiments showing that light propagating in a nonlinear optical medium can behave like a superfluid. The nonlinear medium of choice is a semiconductor in which photons hybridize with optical excitations of the material, or excitons. The hybrid quanta, polaritons, behave like particles forming a superfluid. It has a rich phenomenology, which includes hydrodynamical formation of vortices and dark solitons, and emission of “supersonic Cherenkov radiation” when hitting an obstacle. I will also discuss other systems allowing for strong correlation between photons and exciting new theory predictions in photonic molecules.
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