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Rapid development of microfabrication and assembly of nanostructures has opened up many opportunities to miniaturize structures that confine light, producing unusual and extremely interesting optical properties. Microcavities addresses the large variety of optical phenomena taking place in confined solid state structures: microcavities. Realisations include planar and pillar microcavities, whispering gallery modes, and photonic crystals. The microcavities represent a unique laboratory for quantum optics and photonics. They exhibit a number of beautiful effects including lasing, superfluidity, superradiance, entanglement etc.
Written by four practitioners strongly involved in experiments and theories of microcavities, it is addressed to any interested reader having a general physical background, but in particular to undergraduate and graduate students at physics faculties.
1. Overview of microcavities
2. Classical description of light
3. Quantum description of light
4. Semi-classical description of light-matter coupling
5. Quantum description of light-matter coupling in semiconductors
6. Weak-coupling microcavities
7. Strong coupling: resonant effects
8. Strong coupling: polariton Bose condensation
9. Spin and polarisation