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Quantum coherent dynamics of free carriers in semiconductors
Author(s): Cornelius Fuerst; Alfred Leitenstorfer; Alfred Laubereau
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Paper Abstract

Synchronized femtosecond pulses of different wavelength and bandwidth are used to investigate intraband and interband coherent effects in polar semiconductors. At low excitation densities the relaxation of nonthermal electron distributions by spontaneous emission of LO phonons in GaAs is monitored. Quantum kinetic behavior of the dynamics beyond the semiclassical Boltzmann equation is demonstrated for the first time. Violation of the energy conservation as well as memory effects are shown to occur on an ultrashort time scale of 100 fs. For strong excitation we present the first observation of Rabi-oscillations of the occupation density in the absorption continuum of InP. Despite high carrier densities exceeding 1018 cm-3 dephasing time are long enough to allow for the appearance of two strongly damped Rabi-cycles at a peak intensity of the pump pulses of 17 GW/cm2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3735, ICONO '98: Ultrafast Phenomena and Interaction of Superstrong Laser Fields with Matter: Nonlinear Optics and High-Field Physics, (5 March 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.341451
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Cornelius Fuerst, Technische Univ. Muenchen (Germany)
Alfred Leitenstorfer, Technische Univ. Muenchen (Germany)
Alfred Laubereau, Technische Univ. Muenchen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3735:
ICONO '98: Ultrafast Phenomena and Interaction of Superstrong Laser Fields with Matter: Nonlinear Optics and High-Field Physics

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