Luminescence and squeezing of a superconducting light-emitting diode

Patrik Hlobil, Peter P. Orth

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We investigate a semiconductor p-n junction in contact with superconducting leads that is operated under forward bias as a light-emitting diode. The presence of superconductivity results in a significant increase of the electroluminescence in a sharp frequency window. We demonstrate that the tunneling of Cooper pairs induces an additional luminescence peak on resonance. There is a transfer of superconducting to photonic coherence that results in the emission of entangled photon pairs and squeezing of the fluctuations in the quadrature amplitudes of the emitted light. We show that the squeezing angle can be electrically manipulated by changing the relative phase of the order parameters in the superconductors. We finally derive the conditions for lasing in the system and show that the laser threshold is reduced due to superconductivity. This reveals how the macroscopic coherence of a superconductor can be used to control the properties of light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number205303
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 6 2015


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