We have performed low-temperature femtosecond pump and probe experiments on GaAs/AlAs type II and GaAs/AlGaAs type I multiple quantum wells of similar well sizes. The measurements are analyzed using a many-body theory appropriate for both types of systems. It is found that the type I and type II nonlinearities are very similar at early times after excitation. However, the very fast (<1 ps) Γ to X electron scattering in the type II samples causes pronounced differences at later times, allowing the observation of hole relaxation in the type II samples.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)