Abstract

The linear propagation of ultrashort optical pulses in semiconductor gain media is investigated. It is shown that a pulse with a central frequency at the transparency point experiences a propagation-induced temporal breakup that is due to the carrier-induced refractive-index characteristics.

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  1. For a textbook discussion seeW. W. Chow, S. W. Koch, M. Sargent, Semiconductor-Laser Physics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1994).
    [CrossRef]
  2. D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. T. Rappen, G. Mohs, M. Wegener, Phys. Rev. B 47, 9658 (1993); Phys. Status Solidi B 173, 77 (1992).
    [CrossRef]
  4. For a textbook discussion seeH. Haug, S. W. Koch, Quantum Theory of the Optical and Electronic Properties of Semiconductors, 3rd ed. (World Scientific, Singapore, 1994), and references therein.
  5. M. Lindberg, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 38, 3342 (1988).
    [CrossRef]
  6. For a textbook discussion seeE. Hecht, Optics, 2nd ed. (Addison-Wesley, New York, 1987).
  7. R. Binder, D. Scott, A. E. Paul, M. Lindberg, K. Henneberger, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 45, 1107 (1992).
    [CrossRef]
  8. A. Knorr, R. Binder, E. M. Wright, S. W. Koch, Opt. Lett. 18, 1538 (1993); R. Indik, A. Knorr, R. Binder, J. Moloney, S. W. Koch, Opt. Lett. 19, 966 (1994).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]

1993 (2)

1992 (1)

R. Binder, D. Scott, A. E. Paul, M. Lindberg, K. Henneberger, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 45, 1107 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991 (1)

D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1988 (1)

M. Lindberg, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 38, 3342 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Binder, R.

Chow, W. W.

For a textbook discussion seeW. W. Chow, S. W. Koch, M. Sargent, Semiconductor-Laser Physics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1994).
[CrossRef]

Fröhlich, D.

D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Haug, H.

For a textbook discussion seeH. Haug, S. W. Koch, Quantum Theory of the Optical and Electronic Properties of Semiconductors, 3rd ed. (World Scientific, Singapore, 1994), and references therein.

Hecht, E.

For a textbook discussion seeE. Hecht, Optics, 2nd ed. (Addison-Wesley, New York, 1987).

Henneberger, K.

R. Binder, D. Scott, A. E. Paul, M. Lindberg, K. Henneberger, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 45, 1107 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Knorr, A.

Koch, S. W.

A. Knorr, R. Binder, E. M. Wright, S. W. Koch, Opt. Lett. 18, 1538 (1993); R. Indik, A. Knorr, R. Binder, J. Moloney, S. W. Koch, Opt. Lett. 19, 966 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Binder, D. Scott, A. E. Paul, M. Lindberg, K. Henneberger, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 45, 1107 (1992).
[CrossRef]

M. Lindberg, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 38, 3342 (1988).
[CrossRef]

For a textbook discussion seeH. Haug, S. W. Koch, Quantum Theory of the Optical and Electronic Properties of Semiconductors, 3rd ed. (World Scientific, Singapore, 1994), and references therein.

For a textbook discussion seeW. W. Chow, S. W. Koch, M. Sargent, Semiconductor-Laser Physics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1994).
[CrossRef]

Kulik, A.

D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Langer, V.

D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lindberg, M.

R. Binder, D. Scott, A. E. Paul, M. Lindberg, K. Henneberger, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 45, 1107 (1992).
[CrossRef]

M. Lindberg, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 38, 3342 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Mohs, G.

T. Rappen, G. Mohs, M. Wegener, Phys. Rev. B 47, 9658 (1993); Phys. Status Solidi B 173, 77 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Myssyrowicz, A.

D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Paul, A. E.

R. Binder, D. Scott, A. E. Paul, M. Lindberg, K. Henneberger, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 45, 1107 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Rappen, T.

T. Rappen, G. Mohs, M. Wegener, Phys. Rev. B 47, 9658 (1993); Phys. Status Solidi B 173, 77 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Sargent, M.

For a textbook discussion seeW. W. Chow, S. W. Koch, M. Sargent, Semiconductor-Laser Physics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1994).
[CrossRef]

Scott, D.

R. Binder, D. Scott, A. E. Paul, M. Lindberg, K. Henneberger, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 45, 1107 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Stolz, H.

D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Uebbing, B.

D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

von der Osten, W.

D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wegener, M.

T. Rappen, G. Mohs, M. Wegener, Phys. Rev. B 47, 9658 (1993); Phys. Status Solidi B 173, 77 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Wright, E. M.

Opt. Lett. (1)

Phys. Rev. B (3)

R. Binder, D. Scott, A. E. Paul, M. Lindberg, K. Henneberger, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 45, 1107 (1992).
[CrossRef]

M. Lindberg, S. W. Koch, Phys. Rev. B 38, 3342 (1988).
[CrossRef]

T. Rappen, G. Mohs, M. Wegener, Phys. Rev. B 47, 9658 (1993); Phys. Status Solidi B 173, 77 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

D. Fröhlich, A. Kulik, B. Uebbing, A. Myssyrowicz, V. Langer, H. Stolz, W. von der Osten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2343 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (3)

For a textbook discussion seeW. W. Chow, S. W. Koch, M. Sargent, Semiconductor-Laser Physics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1994).
[CrossRef]

For a textbook discussion seeH. Haug, S. W. Koch, Quantum Theory of the Optical and Electronic Properties of Semiconductors, 3rd ed. (World Scientific, Singapore, 1994), and references therein.

For a textbook discussion seeE. Hecht, Optics, 2nd ed. (Addison-Wesley, New York, 1987).

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Gain and refractive index (dashed curve) for a semiconductor amplifier at room temperature with an eh density N = 1.5 × 1012 cm−1 and a spectral profile of the incident pulse (τp = 100 fs, solid curve). (b) Input and propagated pulses to distances of 90 μm and 190 μm.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Propagated pulses in the semiconductor amplifier for different detunings with respect to the unrenormalized band gap. (b) Propagated pulses at the chemical potential for different input pulse durations.

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( x + 1 c t ) E y = i 4 π k x Γ P y 2 d ,
E ( x , ω ) = E 0 ( x = 0 , ω ) exp { [ g ( ω ) in ( ω ) ] x } ,
υ g = υ ( 1 ω n n ω ) ,

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