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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2012
  • pp: 3879–3881

Ultrafast field-resolved semiconductor spectroscopy utilizing quantum interference control of currents

Claudia Ruppert, Jan Lohrenz, Sebastian Thunich, and Markus Betz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 18, pp. 3879-3881 (2012)

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We implement a versatile concept to time-resolve optical nonlinearities of semiconductors in amplitude and phase. A probe pulse transmitted through the optically pumped sample is superimposed with first subharmonic spectral components derived from the same laser source. This effective ω/2ω pulse pair induces a coherently controlled current in a time-integrating semiconductor detector. Current interferograms obtained by scanning the ω/2ω time delay then reveal the electric field of the 2ω part as well as its pump-induced modifications. As a paradigm we analyze the excitonic optical nonlinearity of a CdTe thin film at frequencies around 385 THz. We then move on to resolve the pump-induced amplitude- and phase-distortions of a probe pulse related to two-photon absorption and cross-phase modulation in ZnSe.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: July 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2012
Published: September 14, 2012

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Claudia Ruppert, Jan Lohrenz, Sebastian Thunich, and Markus Betz, "Ultrafast field-resolved semiconductor spectroscopy utilizing quantum interference control of currents," Opt. Lett. 37, 3879-3881 (2012)

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