Cavity superconductor-polaritons


Following the recent success of realizing exciton-polariton condensates in cavities, we examine the hybridization of cavity photons with the closest analog of excitons within a superconductor, states called Bardasis-Schrieffer (BS) modes. Though BS modes do not typically couple directly to light, one can engineer a coupling with an externally imposed supercurrent, leading to the formation of hybridized Bardasis-Schrieffer-polariton states, which we obtain both via direct solution and through the derivation of an effective Hamiltonian picture for the model. These new excitations have nontrivial overlap with both the original photon states and d-wave superconducting fluctuations, implying that their condensation could produce a finite d-wave component of the superconducting order parameter–an s±id superconducting state.

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Victor M Galitski
Professor of Physics