Seminar on 2 May 2019

Department of Condensed Matter Theory, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Controllable Nonlinear GHz-THz Optics with Semiconductor Superlattices
at 13:00 in Seminar room F052

Transient and steady state nonlinearities in semiconductor materials are well understood in the visible and near infrared ranges. In contrast, little is known about the nonlinear response in gigahertz (GHz) and terahertz (THz) spectral ranges, and materials with strong nonlinear terahertz response are difficult to find. Semiconductor superlattices (SSLs) [1] are the ideal system to study nonlinear transport and optics and to the best of our knowledge, our recent work is so far the only theoretical approach (confirmed by experiments) able to describe controllable GHz-THz nonlinearities in SSLs covering both “even” and “odd” nonlinear responses [2-4] I conventional nonlinear optics, based on optical susceptibilities, the desired response increases with pump field. In contrast, in our case we show that this is not the case and a complex combination of effects leads to controllable nonlinear output, which can be larger than origianlly expected in some cases and zero in others. The theory is based in a combination of Nonequilibrium Green’s Functions and the Boltzmann Equation in the relaxation rate approximation and very good agreement is shown between theory and experiments.

[1] M.F. Pereira, Materials 11(1), 2 (2018).
[2] M.F. Pereira et al, Phys. Rev. B 96, 045306 (2017).
[3] M.F. Pereira et al, J. Nanophoton 11 (4), 046022 (2017).
[4] A. Apostolakis and M.F. Pereira, AIP Advances 9, 015022 (2019).