Stimulated terahertz emission from intraexcitonic transitions in Cu2O

Rupert Huber, Ben A. Schmid, Y. Ron Shen, Daniel S. Chemla, Robert A. Kaindl

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We report the first observation of stimulated emission of terahertz radiation from internal transitions of excitons. The far-infrared electromagnetic response of Cu2O is monitored via broadband terahertz pulses after ultrafast resonant excitation of three-dimensional 3p excitons. Stimulated emission from the 3p to the energetically lower 2s bound level occurs at a photon energy of 6.6Â meV, with a cross section of â10-14cm2. Simultaneous excitation of both exciton levels, in turn, drives quantum beats, which lead to efficient terahertz emission sharply peaked at the difference frequency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number017402
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 13 2006
Externally publishedYes

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