Spectral signatures of x((5)) processes in four-wave mixing of homogeneously broadened excitons

W. Langbein, T. Meier, S.W. Koch, Jørn Märcher Hvam

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Abstract

The influence of fifth-order coherences on the spectrally resolved four-wave mixing response of predominantly homogeneously broadened quasi-two-dimensional excitons is studied. Fifth-order signatures are discussed as a function of spectral position and excitation polarization. An exciton-biexciton beating for positive delay times is the dominant effect, which is pronounced at the exciton-biexciton transition for collinearly polarized excitation and at the exciton transition for cross-linearly polarized excitation. For negative delay times and collinearly polarized excitation a pronounced exciton-biexciton beating at the exciton resonance is observed that is vanishing for long negative delays owing to the faster dephasing in the two-exciton continuum compared with the bound biexciton state. These results are in qualitative agreement with microscopic model calculations that include the coherent dynamics of one- and two-exciton resonances up to the fifth order in the optical field.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJOURNAL OF THE OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA B
Volume18
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1318-1325
ISSN0740-3224
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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