Physics of the Solid State

, Volume 60, Issue 8, pp 1618–1624 | Cite as

Critical Dependence of the Excitonic Absorption in Cuprous Oxide on Experimental Parameters

  • J. Heckötter
  • M. Freitag
  • M. Aßmann
  • D. Fröhlich
  • M. BayerEmail author
  • P. Grünwald
  • S. Scheel
Optical Properties


We study the modification of the exciton absorption in cuprous oxide by the presence of free carriers excited through above band gap excitation. Without this pumping, the absorption spectrum below the band gap consists of the yellow exciton series with principal quantum numbers up to more than n = 20, depending on the temperature, changing over to an about constant, only slowly varying absorption above the gap. Careful injection of free carriers, starting from densities well below 1 μm–3, leads to a reduction of the band gap through correlation effects. The excitons in the Rydberg regime above n = 10 remain unaffected until the band gap approaches them. Then they lose oscillator strength and ultimately vanish upon crossing with the band gap.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Heckötter
    • 1
  • M. Freitag
    • 1
  • M. Aßmann
    • 1
  • D. Fröhlich
    • 1
  • M. Bayer
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. Grünwald
    • 2
  • S. Scheel
    • 2
  1. 1.Experimentelle Physik 2Technische Universität DortmundDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Institut für PhysikUniversität RostockRostockGermany

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