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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4365–4370

High wavevector optical phonons in microstructured Bismuth films

Zhiyuan Chen, Brian C. Minch, and Matthew F. DeCamp  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp. 4365-4370 (2010)

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We report the generation of high wavevector, large amplitude coherent optical phonons in a microstructured Bismuth film. A femtosecond laser pulse optically excites a periodic micron scale grating etched into a Bismuth film. The ultrafast excitation produced coherent optical phonon oscillations with wavevectors as large as 1μm-1, providing a possible method of generating an efficient sub-picosecond switch for hard x-rays.

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OCIS Codes
(290.5910) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Raman
(320.7150) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast spectroscopy

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: December 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 7, 2010
Published: February 17, 2010

Zhiyuan Chen, Brian C. Minch, and Matthew F. DeCamp, "High wavevector optical phonons in microstructured Bismuth films," Opt. Express 18, 4365-4370 (2010)

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