The optical response of radiatively coupled semiconductor multiple-quantum-well structures is investigated theoretically. It is shown that the transverse optical field leads to a coupling of exciton states within each well which causes a radiative decay and a mixing of excitonic resonances. Simultaneously, the field-induced long-ranged coupling between different wells leads to collective effects that are very sensitive to the detailed geometry of the structure. For a quantum-well spacing equal to an integer multiple of half the optical wavelength inside the medium, it is predicted that the collective effects cause a stimulated decay of electronic excitations that should be observable in either transmission or reflection geometry. On the other hand, in a quarter wavelength structure, the light-induced coupling causes an interwell energy transport and a splitting of the excitonic resonances, that should be observable as quantum beats in the time-resolved transmitted or reflected signal.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics