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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 19 — Sep. 13, 2010
  • pp: 20498–20504

Controlling phase change through ultrafast excitation of coherent phonons

Carl M. Liebig, Yaguo Wang, and Xianfan Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 19, pp. 20498-20504 (2010)

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For semimetals such as bismuth, ultrafast femtosecond laser-excited coherent phonons at laser fluences below the damage threshold have been studied extensively. In this work, we investigate whether or not coherent phonon oscillations contribute to material’s permanent damage, or can enhance or suppress such damage. We employed temporally-shaped femtosecond pulses to either enhance or cancel coherent phonon oscillations. Our results showed a clear difference in material’s damages caused by femtosecond pulses that enhance and cancel phonon oscillations, demonstrating the possibility of controlling phase changes by coherent control of phonon oscillations.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: July 21, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 2, 2010
Published: September 10, 2010

Carl M. Liebig, Yaguo Wang, and Xianfan Xu, "Controlling phase change through ultrafast excitation of coherent phonons," Opt. Express 18, 20498-20504 (2010)

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