Midbandgap electro-optic detection of Bloch oscillations

M. Först, G. Segschneider, T. Dekorsy, H. Kurz, K. Köhler
2000 Physical Review B (Condensed Matter)  
Bloch oscillations excited in a biased GaAs/Al x Ga 1Ϫx As superlattice are investigated in a time-resolved two-color electro-optic detection scheme. The detection of resonantly excited Bloch oscillations is based on the Pockels effect probed at a wavelength in the center of the band gap. The observed birefringence is induced by the macroscopic polarization of the electronic wave packets relative to the localized holes. The off-resonant detection away from optical transitions directly monitors
more » ... he spatial dynamics of the electrons in amplitude and phase. The dependence of the amplitudes of the Bloch oscillating electrons on the applied electric fields are in good agreement with the electron-hole dipole lengths calculated by a quantum-mechanical model. RAPID COMMUNICATIONS R10 566 PRB 61 FÖ RST, SEGSCHNEIDER, DEKORSY, KURZ, AND KÖ HLER
doi:10.1103/physrevb.61.r10563 fatcat:k3ca5exyvzenpl5dmbvgwwwaue