Abstract

We calculate the spectrum of three-photon absorption (3PA) in zinc blende semiconductors using Kane's four-band model. We apply this to ZnSe and measure the 3PA spectrum using femtosecond pulses, obtaining excellent agreement. The spectrum shows the apparent onset of 3PA from the split-off band and also shows quantum interference between the several possible evolution pathways when exciting carriers from valence to conduction band.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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