Exciton mediated self-organization in glass driven by ultrashort light pulses
We propose an exciton-polariton-mediated self-organization effect in transparent SiO2 glass under intense femtosecond light irradiation. Interference and dipole-dipole interaction of polaritons causes formation of gratings of dielectric polarization. Due to an ultrafast exciton self-localization into a quasicrystal structure, the polariton gratings remain frozen in glass and a permanent three-dimensional image of exciton-polariton gas is created. We show that coherent effects in propagation of exciton-polaritons can serve as a tool for nanostructuring and fabrication of 5-dimensional optical memories in glass, opening new horizons for polaritronics.