Nondegenerate four-wave mixing is analyzed with respect to biexcitonic contributions in the third-order nonlinear susceptibility <i>x</i><sup>(3)</sup> . The presence of biexcitons causes a distinct asymmetry in the frequency dependence of self-diffraction. By measurement of the dependence of the intensity of the self-diffracted signal on detuning between the two incident laser beams, the biexciton binding energy is determined to be <i>E</i><sub><i>XX</i></sub>=7.8 meV for cadmium sulfur quantum dots of <i>R</i>=7.5 nm embedded in glass. Thus, even for weakly confined II–VI quantum dots with <i>R</i>~2.7a<sub><i>B</i></sub> , a confinement-induced enhancement of <i>E</i><sub><i>XX</i></sub> was found.
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(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(300.6270) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, far infrared
(300.6470) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, semiconductors
H. Spöcker, M. Portuné, and U. Woggon, "Biexcitonic fingerprint in the nondegenerate four-wave-mixing signal of weakly confined cadmium sulfur quantum dots," Opt. Lett. 23, 427-429 (1998)