Direct Observation of Excitonic Rabi Oscillations in Semiconductors

A. Schülzgen, Rudolf Binder, M. E. Donovan, M. Lindberg, K. Wundke, H. M. Gibbs, Galina Khitrova, Nasser N Peyghambarian

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We observe multiple excitonic optical Rabi oscillations in a semiconductor quantum well. Up to eight oscillation periods of the heavy-hole exciton density on a subpicosecond time scale are observed. An approximate linear dependence of the oscillation frequency on the light field amplitude is established. The experiment is based on a two-color detection scheme which allows for the observation of the heavy-hole exciton density via transmission changes at the light-hole exciton. The observations are in good agreement with theoretical computations based on multiband semiconductor Bloch equations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2346-2349
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2-11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 1999


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Schülzgen, A., Binder, R., Donovan, M. E., Lindberg, M., Wundke, K., Gibbs, H. M., ... Peyghambarian, N. N. (1999). Direct Observation of Excitonic Rabi Oscillations in Semiconductors. Physical Review Letters, 82(2-11), 2346-2349.