Terahertz-induced extreme nonlinear transients in semiconductor quantum wells

Yun Shik Lee, J. R. Danielson, J. P. Prineas, J. T. Steiner, M. Kira, S. W. Koch

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We demonstrate terahertz-induced extreme nonlinear transients in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum-wells via terahertz-pump and optical-probe experiments. The light-hole and heavy-hole excitonic resonances exhibit strong spectral modulations that fluctuate on a subpicosecond time scale as the pump-probe time delay varies. Microscopic many-body calculations reveal that the experimental observations contain pronounced signatures of ponderomotive contributions, the ac-Stark effect, and terahertz high harmonic generations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-460
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event9th International Workshop on Nonlinear Optics and Excitation Kinetics in Semiconductors, NOEKS 9 - Klink/Muritz, Germany
Duration: May 26 2008May 29 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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