Extremely nondegenerate two-photon absorption in direct-gap semiconductors Invited
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ZINC BLENDE SEMICONDUCTORS; SOLIDS; NONLINEARITIES; SPECTROSCOPY; SPECTRA; ENERGY; FIELD; ZNSE; Optics
Two-photon absorption (2PA) spectra with pairs of extremely nondegenerate photons are measured in several direct-gap semiconductors (GaAs, CdTe, ZnO, ZnS and ZnSe) using picosecond or femtosecond pulses. In ZnSe, using photons with a ratio of energies of similar to 12, we obtain a 270-fold enhancement of 2PA when comparing to the corresponding degenerate 2PA coefficient at the average photon energy (eta omega(1) + eta omega(2))/2. This corresponds to a pump photon energy of 8% of the bandgap. 2PA coefficients as large as 1 cm/MW are measured. Thus, by using two widely different wavelengths we are able to access the large 2PA observed previously only in narrow gap semiconductors. We also calculate the corresponding enhancement of nonlinear refraction, consisting of two-photon, AC-Stark and Raman contributions. The net effect is a smaller enhancement, but exhibits very large dispersion within the 2PA regime. (C) 2011 Optical Society of America
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