A theoretical study of the coherently coupled heavy-hole-light-hole optical Stark effect in semiconductor quantum wells is presented. Based on a detailed investigation of the various many-body contributions to the Stark shifts, we identify a parameter regime in which the existence of intervalence band coherences (analogous to the nonradiative Raman coherence in three-level atoms) can be inferred from the coherently coupled heavy-hole-light-hole excitonic optical Stark shift. The analysis is performed for the third-order nonlinear optical regime (X3 regime), and is based on the dynamics-controlled truncation (DCT) formalism. It includes the relevant optical selection rules, excitonic and two-exciton-correlation (e.g., biexcitonic) effects.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||22079260|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 15 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics