Abstract

The interaction of a short optical pulse with a medium whose optical properties are periodically modulated depends on the modulation phase at the moment of the pulse arrival. A technique of extracting the linear optical response function of such a medium to the cw optical field with a judiciously chosen series of short pulses rather than with cw optical fields is presented. An example of using the technique in numerical simulations is given, and a possible experimental arrangement is discussed. In particular, this technique may be convenient for extracting the optical properties of quantum wells modulated by a terahertz field.

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1999 (2)

C. Phillips, M. Y. Su, M. S. Sherwin, J. Ko, and L. Coldren, “Generation of first-order terahertz optical sidebands in asymmetric coupled quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 2728–2730 (1999).

D. S. Citrin, “Optical analog for phase-sensitive measurements in quantum-transport experiments,” Phys. Rev. B 60, 5659–5663 (1999).

1997 (3)

T. Fromhertz, “Floquet states and intersubband absorption in strongly driven double quantum wells,” Phys. Rev. B 56, 4772–4777 (1997).

J. Cěrne, J. Kono, T. Inoshita, M. Sherwin, M. Sundaram, and M. Gossard, “Near-infrared sideband generation induced by intense far-infrared radiation in GaAs quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 3543–3545 (1997).

J. Kono, M. Y. Su, T. Inoshita, T. Noda, M. S. Sherwin, S. J. Allen, Jr., and H. Sakaki, “Resonant terahertz optical sideband generation from confined magnetoexcitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1758–1761 (1997).

1995 (1)

1955 (1)

S. H. Autler and C. H. Townes, “Stark effect in rapidly varying fields,” Phys. Rev. 100, 703–722 (1955).

Allen Jr., S. J.

J. Kono, M. Y. Su, T. Inoshita, T. Noda, M. S. Sherwin, S. J. Allen, Jr., and H. Sakaki, “Resonant terahertz optical sideband generation from confined magnetoexcitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1758–1761 (1997).

Autler, S. H.

S. H. Autler and C. H. Townes, “Stark effect in rapidly varying fields,” Phys. Rev. 100, 703–722 (1955).

Cerne, J.

J. Cěrne, J. Kono, T. Inoshita, M. Sherwin, M. Sundaram, and M. Gossard, “Near-infrared sideband generation induced by intense far-infrared radiation in GaAs quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 3543–3545 (1997).

Chériax, G.

Citrin, D. S.

D. S. Citrin, “Optical analog for phase-sensitive measurements in quantum-transport experiments,” Phys. Rev. B 60, 5659–5663 (1999).

Coldren, L.

C. Phillips, M. Y. Su, M. S. Sherwin, J. Ko, and L. Coldren, “Generation of first-order terahertz optical sidebands in asymmetric coupled quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 2728–2730 (1999).

Fromhertz, T.

T. Fromhertz, “Floquet states and intersubband absorption in strongly driven double quantum wells,” Phys. Rev. B 56, 4772–4777 (1997).

Gossard, M.

J. Cěrne, J. Kono, T. Inoshita, M. Sherwin, M. Sundaram, and M. Gossard, “Near-infrared sideband generation induced by intense far-infrared radiation in GaAs quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 3543–3545 (1997).

Inoshita, T.

J. Kono, M. Y. Su, T. Inoshita, T. Noda, M. S. Sherwin, S. J. Allen, Jr., and H. Sakaki, “Resonant terahertz optical sideband generation from confined magnetoexcitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1758–1761 (1997).

J. Cěrne, J. Kono, T. Inoshita, M. Sherwin, M. Sundaram, and M. Gossard, “Near-infrared sideband generation induced by intense far-infrared radiation in GaAs quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 3543–3545 (1997).

Joffre, M.

Ko, J.

C. Phillips, M. Y. Su, M. S. Sherwin, J. Ko, and L. Coldren, “Generation of first-order terahertz optical sidebands in asymmetric coupled quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 2728–2730 (1999).

Kono, J.

J. Cěrne, J. Kono, T. Inoshita, M. Sherwin, M. Sundaram, and M. Gossard, “Near-infrared sideband generation induced by intense far-infrared radiation in GaAs quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 3543–3545 (1997).

J. Kono, M. Y. Su, T. Inoshita, T. Noda, M. S. Sherwin, S. J. Allen, Jr., and H. Sakaki, “Resonant terahertz optical sideband generation from confined magnetoexcitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1758–1761 (1997).

Lepetit, L.

Noda, T.

J. Kono, M. Y. Su, T. Inoshita, T. Noda, M. S. Sherwin, S. J. Allen, Jr., and H. Sakaki, “Resonant terahertz optical sideband generation from confined magnetoexcitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1758–1761 (1997).

Phillips, C.

C. Phillips, M. Y. Su, M. S. Sherwin, J. Ko, and L. Coldren, “Generation of first-order terahertz optical sidebands in asymmetric coupled quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 2728–2730 (1999).

Sakaki, H.

J. Kono, M. Y. Su, T. Inoshita, T. Noda, M. S. Sherwin, S. J. Allen, Jr., and H. Sakaki, “Resonant terahertz optical sideband generation from confined magnetoexcitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1758–1761 (1997).

Sherwin, M.

J. Cěrne, J. Kono, T. Inoshita, M. Sherwin, M. Sundaram, and M. Gossard, “Near-infrared sideband generation induced by intense far-infrared radiation in GaAs quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 3543–3545 (1997).

Sherwin, M. S.

C. Phillips, M. Y. Su, M. S. Sherwin, J. Ko, and L. Coldren, “Generation of first-order terahertz optical sidebands in asymmetric coupled quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 2728–2730 (1999).

J. Kono, M. Y. Su, T. Inoshita, T. Noda, M. S. Sherwin, S. J. Allen, Jr., and H. Sakaki, “Resonant terahertz optical sideband generation from confined magnetoexcitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1758–1761 (1997).

Su, M. Y.

C. Phillips, M. Y. Su, M. S. Sherwin, J. Ko, and L. Coldren, “Generation of first-order terahertz optical sidebands in asymmetric coupled quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 2728–2730 (1999).

J. Kono, M. Y. Su, T. Inoshita, T. Noda, M. S. Sherwin, S. J. Allen, Jr., and H. Sakaki, “Resonant terahertz optical sideband generation from confined magnetoexcitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1758–1761 (1997).

Sundaram, M.

J. Cěrne, J. Kono, T. Inoshita, M. Sherwin, M. Sundaram, and M. Gossard, “Near-infrared sideband generation induced by intense far-infrared radiation in GaAs quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 3543–3545 (1997).

Townes, C. H.

S. H. Autler and C. H. Townes, “Stark effect in rapidly varying fields,” Phys. Rev. 100, 703–722 (1955).

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

C. Phillips, M. Y. Su, M. S. Sherwin, J. Ko, and L. Coldren, “Generation of first-order terahertz optical sidebands in asymmetric coupled quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 2728–2730 (1999).

J. Cěrne, J. Kono, T. Inoshita, M. Sherwin, M. Sundaram, and M. Gossard, “Near-infrared sideband generation induced by intense far-infrared radiation in GaAs quantum wells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 3543–3545 (1997).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Phys. Rev. (1)

S. H. Autler and C. H. Townes, “Stark effect in rapidly varying fields,” Phys. Rev. 100, 703–722 (1955).

Phys. Rev. B (2)

T. Fromhertz, “Floquet states and intersubband absorption in strongly driven double quantum wells,” Phys. Rev. B 56, 4772–4777 (1997).

D. S. Citrin, “Optical analog for phase-sensitive measurements in quantum-transport experiments,” Phys. Rev. B 60, 5659–5663 (1999).

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

J. Kono, M. Y. Su, T. Inoshita, T. Noda, M. S. Sherwin, S. J. Allen, Jr., and H. Sakaki, “Resonant terahertz optical sideband generation from confined magnetoexcitons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1758–1761 (1997).

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