Ultrafast optical nonlinearities in II-VI compounds

B. Fluegel, M. Joffre, S. H. Park, R. Morgan, Y. Z. Hu, M. Lindberg, S. W. Koch, D. Hulin, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, N. Peyghambarian

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We review our experimental and theoretical results on the femtosecond laser excited CdS and CdSe bulk and quantum dots. Optical Stark effect in bulk CdS is reported where the electron-hole continuum states in addition to the bound-exciton states are blue shifted. The nonlinear optical properties of CdSe microcrystallites embedded in glass matrices are investigated using femtosecond and nanosecond laser pulses. Spectral hole-buring is observed which is accompanied by an induced absorption feature on the high-energy side. A 25±10 fs dephasing time is obtained from these measurements. It is concluded that Coulomb effects are important in quantum dots. They give rise to a ground state two-pair resonance on the low energy side of the one-pair state and higher energy two-pair resonances which are spectrally located between the one-pair states. Single-beam saturation experiments show that the intensities required for bleaching are larger for smaller crystallites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-649
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Apr 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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