The photoinduced absorption in the quasi-one-dimensional Mott insulator Sr2CuO3 in the infrared spectral region was studied. Theoretical calculations based on a two-band Hubbard model explain the experimental observations. Results indicated that the strong two-photon absorption is due to a very large dipole coupling. The potential of Sr2CuO3 for all-optical switching was demonstrated by the room temperature picosecond recovery of the optical transparency. The differential transmission was measured as a function of delay time. The relatively long-lived component of the transmission change is associated with the real excitation of the charge-transfer (CT) exciton.
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