Electron-spin beat susceptibility of excitons in semiconductor quantum wells

N. H. Kwong, Stefan Schumacher, R. Binder

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Recent time-resolved differential transmission and Faraday rotation measurements of long-lived electron-spin coherence in quantum wells displayed intriguing parametric dependencies. For their understanding we formulate a microscopic theory of the optical response of a gas of optically incoherent excitons whose constituent electrons retain spin coherence, under a weak magnetic field applied in the quantum well's plane. We define a spin beat susceptibility and evaluate it in linear order of the exciton density. Our results explain the many-body physics underlying the basic features observed in the experimental measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number056405
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 6 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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