Abstract

We use two mutually coherent, harmonically related pulse trains to experimentally characterize quantum interference control (QIC) of injected currents in low-temperature-grown gallium arsenide. We observe real-time QIC interference fringes, optimize the QIC signal fidelity, uncover critical signal dependences regarding beam spatial position on the sample, measure signal dependences on the fundamental and second harmonic average optical powers, and demonstrate signal characteristics that depend on the focused beam spot sizes. Following directly from our motivation for this study, we propose an initial experiment to measure and ultimately control the carrier-envelope phase evolution of a single octave-spanning pulse train using the QIC phenomenon.

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Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B (3)

A. Poppe, R. Holzwarth, A. Apolonski, G. Tempea, C. Spielmann, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, �??Fewcycle optical waveform synthesis,�?? Appl. Phys. B 72, 977 (2001).
[CrossRef]

L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, �??Ultrashort-pulse fiber ring lasers,�?? Appl. Phys. B 65, 277-294 (1997).
[CrossRef]

H. R. Telle, G. Steinmeyer, A. E. Dunlop, J. Stenger, D. H. Sutter, and U. Keller, �??Carrier-envelope offset phase control: a novel concept for absolute optical frequency measurement and ultrashort pulse generation,�?? Appl. Phys. B 69, 327-332 (1999).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

A. Haché, J. E. Sipe, and H. M. van Driel, �??Quantum interference control of electrical currents in GaAs,�?? IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-34, 1144-1154 (1998).

J. Phys. D (1)

S. T. Cundiff, �??Phase stabilization of ultrashort optical pulses,�?? J. Phys. D 35, R43-R59 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (4)

A. Apolonski, A. Poppe, G. Tempea, C. Spielmann, T. Udem, R. Holzwarth, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, �??Controlling the phase evolution of few-cycle light pulses,�?? Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 740-743 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

S. T. Cundiff, J. Ye, and J. L. Hall, �??Optical frequency synthesis based on mode-locked lasers�??, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 3749-3771 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Science (3)

A. Baltuska, Th. Udem, M. Uiberacker, M. Hentschel, E. Goulielmakis, Ch. Gohle, R. Holzwarth, V. S. Yakovlev, A. Scrinzi, T. W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, �??Attosecond control of electronic processes by intense light fields,�?? Science 421, 611-615 (2003).

S. Diddams, Th. Udem, J. C. Bergquist, E. A. Curtis, R. E. Drullinger, L. Hollberg, W. M. Itano, W. D. Lee, C. W. Oates, K. R. Vogel, D. J. Wineland �??An optical clock based on a single trapped 199Hg+ ion,�?? Science 293, 825-828 (2001).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, �??Carrierenvelope phase control of femtosecond mode-locked lasers and direct optical frequency synthesis,�?? Science 288, 635-639 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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