Theoretical and experimental investigations of time-dependent degenerate four-wave mixing in semiconductors

D. Richardson, B. P. McGinnis, E. M. Wright, N. Peyghambarian, S. W. Koch

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A recently developed theoretical approach to degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) in the Raman-Nath regime is extended to allow the analysis of pulsed DFWM experiments in laser-excited semiconductors. The full time-dependent carrier-density grating equation is solved numerically to allow the calculation of time-integrated diffraction efficiency spectra. The calculations are compared with the results of pulsed experiments performed on low-temperature CdS for a variety of excitation intensities. Qualitative agreement between experiment and theory is obtained, yielding insights into the dynamics of the nonlinear-optical properties underlying the excitation-dependent behavior of the scattering spectra.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-635
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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