Doppler-shifted self-reflection from a semiconductor

A. Schülzgen, N. Peyghambarian, S. Hughes

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We report the experimental observation of a self-reflected wave inside a dense saturable absorber. A femtosecond pulse saturates the absorption and causes a density front to penetrate into the semiconductor. The dielectric constant change across the boundary between areas of low and high densities results in internal reflection. Due to the front propagation the self-reflected light is shifted by the Doppler effect. The Doppler shift makes it possible to distinguish between surface reflection and self-reflection and is used to experimentally verify the dynamic nonlinear skin effect. The measurements are in agreement with our theory which is within the framework of the reduced semiconductor Maxwell-Bloch equations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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