Adiabatically driven electron dynamics in a resonant photonic band gap: Optical switching of a Bragg periodic semiconductor

Martin Schaarschmidt, Jens Förstner, Andreas Knorr, John P. Prineas, Nils C. Nielsen, Jürgen Kuhl, Galina Khitrova, Hyatt M. Gibbs, Harald Giessen, Stephan W. Koch

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Abstract

The adiabatic driving of the resonant electron dynamics in a one-dimensional resonant photonic band gap is proposed as an optical mechanism for nonlinear ultrafast switching. Pulsed excitation inside the photonic gap results in an ultrafast suppression and recovery of the gap. This behavior results from the adiabatic carrier dynamics due to rapid radiative damping inside the band gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume70
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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