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Non-adiabatic effects in semiconductor waveguides
Author(s): Jesper Mork; Antonio Mecozzi
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Paper Abstract

The adiabatic elimination of the polarization dynamics often invoked in treatments of pulse propagational and pulse interactions in semiconductor optical waveguides is critically investigated. By employing a systematic expansion of the polarization equation and staying within a third-order [(chi) (3)] regime we are able to derive explicit corrections to the response function due to non-adiabatic effects. Several such effects are identified and analyzed. This provides a unified view of different results reported previously in the literature, but also identifies a new effect which apparently hasn't been analyzed so far. The effect relates to virtual excitation of the total carrier density, as opposed to the well-known adiabatic following effect of individual two-level systems, and we derive simple analytical expressions that relate this effect to the gain and index dispersion. We find it to give a sizable contribution to the well-known instantaneous effects of two-photon absorption and Kerr nonlinearity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2000
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3944, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VIII, (14 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391473
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Jesper Mork, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Antonio Mecozzi, INFM and Univ. of L'Aquila (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3944:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VIII
Rolf H. Binder; Peter Blood; Marek Osinski, Editor(s)

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