Carrier-wave Rabi flopping: Role of the carrier-envelope phase

Oliver D. Mücke, Thorsten Tritschler, Martin Wegener, Uwe Morgner, Franz X. Kärtner, Galina Khitrova, Hyatt M. Gibbs

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Recently, a dependence of Rabi flopping on the carrier-envelope phase of the exciting laser pulses was predicted theoretically [Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 127401 (2002)] for excitation of a thin semiconductor film with intense few-cycle pulses. Here, we report corresponding experiments on 50-100-nm thin GaAs films excited with 5-fs pulses. We find a dependence on the carrier-envelope phase arising from the interference of sidebands from the fundamental or the third-harmonic Mollow triplet, respectively, with surface second-harmonic generation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2160-2162
Number of pages3
JournalOptics letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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