Jun 13 – 19, 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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Ultrafast imaging of nonlinear terahertz pulse transmission in semiconductors

Jun 15, 2015, 2:15 PM
CCIS L2-200 (University of Alberta)

CCIS L2-200

University of Alberta

Oral (Student, Not in Competition) / Orale (Étudiant(e), pas dans la compétition) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada / Division de la physique atomique, moléculaire et photonique, Canada (DAMOPC-DPAMPC) M1-9 Ultrafast and Time-resolved Processes (DAMOPC) / (DPAMPC)


Haille Sharum (University of Alberta)


Terahertz pulse spectroscopy has been widely used for probing the optical properties and ultrafast carrier dynamics of materials in the far-infrared region of the spectrum. Recently, sources of intense terahertz (THz) pulses with peak fields higher than 100 kV/cm have allowed researchers to explore ultrafast nonlinear THz dynamics in materials, such as THz-pulse-induced intervalley scattering in semiconductors. Here, we use a gated intensified CCD camera and full-field electro-optic imaging with femtosecond laser pulses to directly observe dipole electric fields arising from shift currents induced by intense THz pulses in n-doped InGaAs. Voltage pulses generated by the THz-pulse-induced shift currents are also measured directly on a high speed oscilloscope. The polarization of the shift current with respect to that of the THz pump beam is determined. The simultaneous measurement of both the induced dipole and transmitted THz pulse allows for sub-picosecond resolution imaging of nonlinear THz dynamics in semiconductors.

Primary author

Haille Sharum (University of Alberta)


Ayesheshim Ayesheshim (University of Alberta) David Purschke (University of Alberta) Frank Hegmann (University of Alberta)

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