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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2013
  • pp: 16473–16485

Picosecond opto-acoustic interferometry and polarimetry in high-index GaAs

A. V. Scherbakov, M. Bombeck, J. V. Jäger, A. S. Salasyuk, T. L. Linnik, V. E. Gusev, D. R. Yakovlev, A. V. Akimov, and M. Bayer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 14, pp. 16473-16485 (2013)

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By means of a metal opto-acoustic transducer we generate quasi-longitudinal and quasi-transverse picosecond strain pulses in a (311)-GaAs substrate and monitor their propagation by picosecond acoustic interferometry. By probing at the sample side opposite to the transducer the signals related to the compressive and shear strain pulses can be separated in time. In addition to conventional monitoring of the reflected probe light intensity we monitor also the polarization rotation of the optical probe beam. This polarimetric technique results in improved sensitivity of detection and provides comprehensive information about the elasto-optical anisotropy. The experimental observations are in a good agreement with a theoretical analysis.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena
(120.4880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optomechanics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: April 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2013
Published: July 2, 2013

A. V. Scherbakov, M. Bombeck, J. V. Jäger, A. S. Salasyuk, T. L. Linnik, V. E. Gusev, D. R. Yakovlev, A. V. Akimov, and M. Bayer, "Picosecond opto-acoustic interferometry and polarimetry in high-index GaAs," Opt. Express 21, 16473-16485 (2013)

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