Theoretical study of the polarization dependence of third-order optical nonlinearities in semiconductor microcavities

N. H. Kwong, R. Takayama, R. Binder

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We present a microscopic theory of the coherent third order (χ(3)) optical response of semiconductor quantum well microcavities, specialized to the four-wave-mixing configuration in the spectral vicinity of the lowest exciton frequency. The theory is that of a quantum mechanical many-electron system dipole-coupled to a classical radiation field. The many-electron dynamics is treated within the dynamics-controlled-truncation formalism restricted to the 1s-exciton subspace. Within this limitation, all Coulomb correlation effects are included, resulting in an effective theory of (virtual) exciton-polariton scattering. The theory is evaluated for various polarization configurations each of which depends differently on the underlying many-body effects, such as phase-space filling, Hartree-Fock exchange, and two-exciton correlations (including two-exciton continuum scattering and coherent biexciton formation).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-158
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2001
EventPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices IX - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 22 2001Jan 26 2001


  • Biexcitons
  • Excitons
  • Many-body effects
  • Polarization dependence
  • Semiconductor microcavities
  • Two-exciton correlations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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