Terahertz electromagnetic radiation from quantum wells
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- Nuss, M.C., Planken, P.C.M., Brener, I. et al. Appl. Phys. B (1994) 58: 249. doi:10.1007/BF01081317
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The observation of terahertz electromagnetic dipole radiation from quantum well structures has finally proven the existence of charge oscillations in semiconductors associated with wave packet dynamics. This article closely examines the physics behind the emission of terahertz electromagnetic radiation from excitonic charge oscillations in such quantum well structures, points out similarities and differences between the various generation schemes, and discusses the various relaxation mechanisms involved. Finally, we show how both amplitude and phase of charge oscillations and the corresponding terahertz emission can be manipulated using phase-locked optical pulses.