Strong-field terahertz excitations in semiconductors

Ulrich Huttner, Rupert Huber, Mackillo Kira, Stephan W. Koch

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Strong-field terahertz excitations in solids non-resonantly create carriers and drive currents in solids on an ultrafast timescale. The resulting combined polarization- and carrier-dynamics are the basis of high-harmonic generation (HHG). A simultaneous resonant optical excitation extends this concept to high-order sideband generation (HSG). Based on a quantum many-body theory of HHG and HSG in solids, we exemplarly demonstrate the spectral and time-resolved properties of solid-state HHG. They include Bloch oscillations and a novel quantum-interference of electrons. Furthermore, we show the capability of HSG to monitor electron-hole recollisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Modern Optics
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128149829
ISBN (Print)9780128092835
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Attosecond physics
  • Ballistic transport
  • Bloch oscillations
  • Coherent transients
  • Electron-hole recollisions
  • High-harmonic generation
  • Non-resonant excitations
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Sideband generation
  • Strong-field physics
  • Terahertz excitations
  • Ultrafast processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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