Material and light-pulse parameter dependence of the nonlinear optical susceptibilities in the coherent χ(3) regime in semiconductor quantum wells

Ryu Takayama, Nai-Hang Kwong, Ilya Rumyantsev, Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami, Rudolf Binder

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A detailed numerical study of the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities (χ(3)) of semiconductor quantum wells is presented. The dependence of χ(3) on material parameters (electron-hole mass ratio and exciton linewidths), on the light polarization configuration (co- and countercircularly polarized) and on the spectral configuration is discussed. The goal of this study is to map out the nonlinear phase shift per quantum well and a related figure of merit caused by quasi-resonant excitonic and biexcitonic nonlinearities induced by picosecond light pulses. The study is based on the dynamics-controlled truncation formalism and evaluated under the assumption that only 1s-heavy-hole excitons contribute to the nonlinearities. It includes all correlation effects (exciton-exciton scattering in the singlet and triplet channels and coherent biexciton formation in the singlet channel) that contribute within the coherent excitonic χ(3) regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2164-2174
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Volume21
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

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