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Probing many-body interactions in a disordered semiconductor quantum well with electronic two-dimensional Fourier transform spectroscopy
Author(s): Zheng Sun; Thomas W. Jarvis; Xiaoqin Li; Mikhail Erementchouk; Michael N. Leuenberger
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Paper Abstract

The interplay between disorder and Coulomb interactions ubiquitously affects the properties of condensed matter systems. We examine its role in the nonlinear optical response of semiconductor quantum wells. In particular, we investigate the coherent coupling strength between exciton resonances that are spectrally split by interface fluctuations. Previous studies yielded conflicting results. In light of rising interest in semiconductor devices that rely on spatial and/or temporal coherence, we revisit this problem by applying a newly developed spectroscopy method: electronic two-dimensional Fourier transform spectroscopy (2DFTS). 2DFTS is a powerful technique for revealing the presence of coupling and for distinguishing the (coherent or incoherent) nature of such coupling, especially in complex systems with several spectrally overlapping resonances. Even the most basic information about such complex systems, including the homogeneous and inhomogeneous linewidths of various resonances, cannot be extracted reliably using conventional spectroscopic tools. In these new 2DFTS measurements, we did not observe any clear cross peaks corresponding to coherent couplings between either heavy-hole or light-hole excitons. These measurements allow us to place a quantitative upper bound on the possible coupling strength in this prototypical system. A modified mean-field theory reveals a simple yet important relation that determines how the coherent coupling strength depends on the disorder correlation length and Coulomb interaction length.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7600, Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors and Nanostructure Materials XIV, 76000U (1 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840125
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Zheng Sun, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Thomas W. Jarvis, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Xiaoqin Li, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Mikhail Erementchouk, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Michael N. Leuenberger, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7600:
Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors and Nanostructure Materials XIV
Jin-Joo Song; Kong-Thon Tsen; Markus Betz; Abdulhakem Y. Elezzabi, Editor(s)

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