The interaction of coherent excitons with intense, single-cycle terahertz (THz) pulses is investigated. A significant bleaching of the 1s-exciton resonance develops into a splitting of the absorption peak and the emergence of pronounced wings with increasing THz field strength. A quantum-mechanical many-body analysis attributes the experimental observations to a transition from excitonic Rabi flopping to multi-THz-photon ionization and the population of optically dark exciton states with high quantum numbers.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 6 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials