Abstract

Scattering of a standing surface plasmon by rapid ionization in a semiconductor is investigated. We show that, for a standing plasmon, in contrast with a traveling plasmon, the scattering depends on the plasmon phase at the moment of ionization. By changing the moment of ionization, we can control the energy that is transferred into newly excited modes, which include a frequency-upshifted standing surface plasmon, transient outgoing radiation, and free-streaming currents with a static magnetic field in the semiconductor. The phenomena that are described open new possibilities for probing the dynamics of surface excitations in semiconductors on an ultrashort time scale.

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2000 (1)

M. I. Bakunov, V. B. Gildenburg, S. N. Zhukov, and N. A. Zharova, Phys. Plasmas 7, 1035 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999 (2)

M. I. Bakunov, A. V. Maslov, and S. N. Zhukov, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1942 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. A. Sánchez-Gil and A. A. Maradudin, Phys. Rev. B 60, 8359 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997 (1)

M. I. Bakunov and A. V. Maslov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4585 (1997); Phys. Rev. E 57, 5978 (1998); M. I. Bakunov and S. N. Zhukov, JETP 86, 696 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1996 (2)

M. I. Bakunov and S. N. Zhukov, Plasma Phys. Rep. 22, 649 (1996).

S. C. Kitson, W. L. Barnes, and J. R. Sambles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 2670 (1996); S. I. Bozhevolnyi and F. A. Pudonin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2823 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1993 (2)

A. V. Kuznetsov and C. J. Stanton, Phys. Rev. B 48, 10828 (1993).
[CrossRef]

S. P. Kuo and A. Ren, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 21, 53 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1992 (1)

For a review see, for example, E. A. Vinogradov, Phys. Rep. 217, 159 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Bakunov, M. I.

M. I. Bakunov, V. B. Gildenburg, S. N. Zhukov, and N. A. Zharova, Phys. Plasmas 7, 1035 (2000).
[CrossRef]

M. I. Bakunov, A. V. Maslov, and S. N. Zhukov, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1942 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. I. Bakunov and A. V. Maslov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4585 (1997); Phys. Rev. E 57, 5978 (1998); M. I. Bakunov and S. N. Zhukov, JETP 86, 696 (1998).
[CrossRef]

M. I. Bakunov and S. N. Zhukov, Plasma Phys. Rep. 22, 649 (1996).

Barnes, W. L.

S. C. Kitson, W. L. Barnes, and J. R. Sambles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 2670 (1996); S. I. Bozhevolnyi and F. A. Pudonin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2823 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gildenburg, V. B.

M. I. Bakunov, V. B. Gildenburg, S. N. Zhukov, and N. A. Zharova, Phys. Plasmas 7, 1035 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kitson, S. C.

S. C. Kitson, W. L. Barnes, and J. R. Sambles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 2670 (1996); S. I. Bozhevolnyi and F. A. Pudonin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2823 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kuo, S. P.

S. P. Kuo and A. Ren, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 21, 53 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Kuznetsov, A. V.

A. V. Kuznetsov and C. J. Stanton, Phys. Rev. B 48, 10828 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Maradudin, A. A.

J. A. Sánchez-Gil and A. A. Maradudin, Phys. Rev. B 60, 8359 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Maslov, A. V.

M. I. Bakunov, A. V. Maslov, and S. N. Zhukov, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1942 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. I. Bakunov and A. V. Maslov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4585 (1997); Phys. Rev. E 57, 5978 (1998); M. I. Bakunov and S. N. Zhukov, JETP 86, 696 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Ren, A.

S. P. Kuo and A. Ren, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 21, 53 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Sambles, J. R.

S. C. Kitson, W. L. Barnes, and J. R. Sambles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 2670 (1996); S. I. Bozhevolnyi and F. A. Pudonin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2823 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sánchez-Gil, J. A.

J. A. Sánchez-Gil and A. A. Maradudin, Phys. Rev. B 60, 8359 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Stanton, C. J.

A. V. Kuznetsov and C. J. Stanton, Phys. Rev. B 48, 10828 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Vinogradov, E. A.

For a review see, for example, E. A. Vinogradov, Phys. Rep. 217, 159 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Zharova, N. A.

M. I. Bakunov, V. B. Gildenburg, S. N. Zhukov, and N. A. Zharova, Phys. Plasmas 7, 1035 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Zhukov, S. N.

M. I. Bakunov, V. B. Gildenburg, S. N. Zhukov, and N. A. Zharova, Phys. Plasmas 7, 1035 (2000).
[CrossRef]

M. I. Bakunov, A. V. Maslov, and S. N. Zhukov, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1942 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. I. Bakunov and S. N. Zhukov, Plasma Phys. Rep. 22, 649 (1996).

IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. (1)

S. P. Kuo and A. Ren, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 21, 53 (1993).
[CrossRef]

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

Phys. Plasmas (1)

M. I. Bakunov, V. B. Gildenburg, S. N. Zhukov, and N. A. Zharova, Phys. Plasmas 7, 1035 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rep. (1)

For a review see, for example, E. A. Vinogradov, Phys. Rep. 217, 159 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. B (2)

A. V. Kuznetsov and C. J. Stanton, Phys. Rev. B 48, 10828 (1993).
[CrossRef]

J. A. Sánchez-Gil and A. A. Maradudin, Phys. Rev. B 60, 8359 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (2)

M. I. Bakunov and A. V. Maslov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4585 (1997); Phys. Rev. E 57, 5978 (1998); M. I. Bakunov and S. N. Zhukov, JETP 86, 696 (1998).
[CrossRef]

S. C. Kitson, W. L. Barnes, and J. R. Sambles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 2670 (1996); S. I. Bozhevolnyi and F. A. Pudonin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2823 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Plasma Phys. Rep. (1)

M. I. Bakunov and S. N. Zhukov, Plasma Phys. Rep. 22, 649 (1996).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Energy distribution for a gaseous plasma with ϵb=1 as a function of plasma density shift ΔN/N1, where ΔN=N2-N1. The initial surface wave has ch0/ω0=4. Ionization occurs when the surface-wave energy is (a) purely kinetic and (b) when it is purely electric. Curve 1 is the energy of the excited standing surface wave; 2, energy of the free-streaming mode; 3, energy radiated into vacuum; 4, energy radiated into the plasma [curve 4 is almost zero in (a)]. All energies are normalized to the energy of the initial wave.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Energy distribution for a semiconductor plasma with ϵb=10. All notation is the same as in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Angular density of the transient radiation into vacuum (upper curves) and into the plasma (lower curves) for (a) ϵb=1 and (b) ϵb=10, with ch0/ω0=4. Solid curves, density shift ΔN/N1=10; dotted curves, density shifts (a) ΔN/N1=30 and (b) ΔN/N1=100. The values of the frequency upshift of the transient radiation relative to the frequency of the initial surface wave are shown in parentheses. The curves must be multiplied by the indicated factors to get actual magnitudes.

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