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Nonlinear optical properties of nipi superlattices
Author(s): P. Paul Ruden; John A. Lehman
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Paper Abstract

Two issues relevant to the nonlinear optical properties of nipi-type superlattices are discussed. First, an experimental comparison of photoinduced changes in the absorption coefficients of nipi, hetero-nipi, and heterostructure superlattices is presented. This shows the characteristic differences between those structures that make use of the modulation of internal electric fields and those that operate solely on the basis of free carrier effects. It is shown that the modulation of internal electric fields gives rise to large optical nonlinearities at low optical power levels. Second, a model that describes the lateral distribution of photoinjected charge carriers in an inhomogeneously excited nipi-type superlattice is discussed. It is shown that lateral drift dominates over diffusion, and that the characteristic drift length is large.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1216, Nonlinear Optical Materials and Devices for Photonic Switching, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18122
Show Author Affiliations
P. Paul Ruden, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
John A. Lehman, Honeywell, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1216:
Nonlinear Optical Materials and Devices for Photonic Switching
Nasser Peyghambarian, Editor(s)

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