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Pulse propagation in quantum wells with multiple valence subband structure
Author(s): Sheetal Kapoor; Pranay K. Sen
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Paper Abstract

Using the Luttinger formulations, we have analyzed the propagation characteristics of an ultrashort (femtosecond) coherent radiation pulse in the transverse plane of a direct gap semiconductor quantum well waveguide structure (QWWS). The semiconductor QWWS is considered to possess degenerate valence subbands near the centre of the Brillouin zone. The photoinduced resonant transitions below the band edge to both 1s and 2s excitonic states from the light hole (lh) and heavy hole (hh) subbands have been considered. The cross-over between the lh and hh bands occurs in case of transverse plane where the light holes are found to play more dominant role than the heavy holes. We have analyzed the transient pulse propagation characteristics like pulse break-up and optical nutation. The transverse electric mode propagation is also studied in the QWWS assuming the same to behave as a three-layer asymmetric planar waveguide. Numerical analysis made for GaAs/AlGaAs QWWS duly shined by a 150 fs Ti:Sapphire laser shows good qualitative agreement of the present results with those available in literature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4923, Nano-Optics and Nano-Structures, (5 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.481706
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Sheetal Kapoor, Shri G. S. Institute of Technology and Science (India)
Pranay K. Sen, Shri G. S. Institute of Technology and Science (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4923:
Nano-Optics and Nano-Structures
Xing Zhu; Stephen Y. Chou; Yasuhiko Arakawa, Editor(s)

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