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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 10 — May. 12, 2008
  • pp: 6999–7005

Three-photon absorption in semiconductor quantum dots: experiment

Xiaobo Feng, Yu Long Ang, Jun He, Cyrus W. J. Beh, Hairu Xu, Wee Shong Chin, and Wei Ji  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 10, pp. 6999-7005 (2008)

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The four-band model, derived under the effective-mass approximation for cubic semiconductor quantum dots (QDs), is compared with experimental measurements on frequency degenerate three-photon absorption (3PA) in CdSe QDs and ZnS QDs. Qualitatively, the model provides the correct prediction on the magnitude of the 3PA cross-sections, which are in the range from 10-79 to 10-77 cm6s2photon-2 in the light frequency region of interest. More noticeably, the theoretical conclusion of an increasing tendency in the 3PA cross-sections with increasing dot-size is in agreement with the experiment. The discrepancy is also found for smaller QDs (dot-radius is less than one-third of the exciton Bohr radius), which is attributed to neglecting the mixing among the three valence bands in the theory.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(190.5970) Nonlinear optics : Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: February 6, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 17, 2008
Published: May 1, 2008

Xiaobo Feng, Yu Long Ang, Jun He, Cyrus W. J. Beh, Hairu Xu, Wee Shong Chin, and Wei Ji, "Three-photon absorption in semiconductor quantum dots: experiment," Opt. Express 16, 6999-7005 (2008)

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