Theory of coherent effects in semiconductors

S. W. Koch, C. Sieh, T. Meier, F. Jahnke, A. Knorr, P. Brick, M. Hübner, C. Ell, J. Prineas, G. Khitrova, H. M. Gibbs

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A microscopic theory is applied to discuss coherent excitation effects in semiconductors. The theory is evaluated to analyze ultrafast absorption changes around the exciton resonance in semiconductor quantum-well structures where the relative strength of the different many-body contributions can be manipulated by proper selection of pump and probe polarizations. For two-band systems and oppositely circular polarization it is shown that Coulombic correlation dynamics dominates the optical response. As a consequence, the optical Stark effect in this configuration corresponds to a red shift of the exciton resonance in striking contrast to the usual atomic-like blue shift. The predictions are confirmed by experiments using high-quality InGaAs quantum-well systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Luminescence
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 12th International Conference on Dynamical Processes in Excited States of Solids - Humacao, PR, United States
Duration: May 23 1999May 27 1999


  • Coherent spectroscopy
  • Electronic correlations
  • Optical stark effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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