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Anomalous optical spectra of centers with soft phonon dynamics in the excited state
Author(s): Vladimir Hizhnyakov; Vadim Boltrushko
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Paper Abstract

We study an optical transition in a center with strongly reduced local elastic springs in the excited electronic state. In this case the transition takes place to the vicinity of a flat minimum of the potential energy in the configurational coordinate space. The existence of such a minimum results in the resonant increase of the local density of states of low-frequency phonons, i.e., in the appearance of the resonant (pseudo-local) mode of a low frequency in the excited state. Existence of such a mode in this state means that the strong mode mixing takes place at the transition. To take this effect into account, we apply an operator transform method (V. Hizhnyakov, J. Phys. C, 20,6073, 1987). We find that if a parameter of the quadratic vibronic coupling is close to its critical value, corresponding to the dynamical instability of the excited state, then the zero-phonon line is practically absent in the spectrum and the long-wave part of the phonon sideband is strongly enhanced, resulting in formation of so-called lambda-shaped absorption spectrum. The measurements of the optical spectra of this type have been reported in the literature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5946, Optical Materials and Applications, 59460Q (12 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.639051
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Vladimir Hizhnyakov, Univ. of Tartu (Estonia)
Vadim Boltrushko, Univ. of Tartu (Estonia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5946:
Optical Materials and Applications
Arnold Rosental, Editor(s)

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