Ultra-Fast Optical Probes in Quantum Wells and Superlattices

  • Benoit Deveaud
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 231)

Abstract

Short optical pulses are the easiest way to generate and to study physical phenomena with very high temporal resolution. The shortest available pulses nowadays are, by far, provided by optical techniques. Indeed, these techniques have been able to generate pulses down to 6 fs only. This corresponds to only 3 cycles in the visible spectrum. If short electrical pulses can also be generated, the shortest ones (200fs) use optical pulses to be generated and cannot be transferred over large distances. This ability, together with the eternal race towards higher and higher frequencies makes that short optical pulses must be used if the properties of materials are to be characterized in vew of high frequency applications. This is particularly true for the case of microstructures, where picosecond and femtosecond optical techniques have been greatly useful for their characterization as well as for the study of physical properties or device aspects.

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Burning Recombination Ethylene Glycol Coherence GaAs 

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  • Benoit Deveaud
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  1. 1.Centre National d’Etudes des TélécommunicationsLannionFrance

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