Direct observation of excitonic rabi oscillations in semiconductors

A. Schülzgen, R. Binder, M. E. Donovan, M. Lindberg, K. Wundke, H. M. Gibbs, G. Khitrova, N. Peyghambarian

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We observe multiple excitonic optical Rabi oscillations in a semiconductor quantum well. Up to eight oscillation periods of the heavy-hole exciton density on a subpicosecond time scale are observed. An approximate linear dependence of the oscillation frequency on the light field amplitude is established. The experiment is based on a two-color detection scheme which allows for the observation of the heavy-hole exciton density via transmission changes at the light-hole exciton. The observations are in good agreement with theoretical computations based on multiband semiconductor Bloch equations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2346-2349
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1999

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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