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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2312–2314

Imaging the spin Hall effect of light inside semiconductors via absorption

Jean-Michel Ménard, Adam E. Mattacchione, Markus Betz, and Henry M. van Driel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 15, pp. 2312-2314 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002312


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Abstract

The opposite transverse shifts for the right and left circular polarization components of a 100 fs 820 nm linearly polarized pulse focused onto GaAs are observed in situ via absorption. A time-delayed normally incident probe pulse scanned across the excitation spot detects the differential circular dichroism associated with the pump-induced transfer of spin angular momentum from light to electrons. More generally, we show that for a nonnormally incident probe, one can observe the spin Hall effect for probe light through a variety of pump-induced changes to a material’s optical properties.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(240.3695) Optics at surfaces : Linear and nonlinear light scattering from surfaces

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 13, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 12, 2009
Published: July 23, 2009

Citation
Jean-Michel Ménard, Adam E. Mattacchione, Markus Betz, and Henry M. van Driel, "Imaging the spin Hall effect of light inside semiconductors via absorption," Opt. Lett. 34, 2312-2314 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-15-2312

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