Coherent control of an optically injected ballistic spin-polarized current in bulk GaAs

Martin J. Stevens, Arthur L. Smirl, R. D. R. Bhat, J. E. Sipe, H. M. van Driel
2002 Journal of Applied Physics  
We demonstrate coherent all-optical injection and control of a ballistic spin-polarized current in bulk, low-temperature-grown GaAs at room temperature. The spin current is injected by interfering the two-photon absorption of the fundamental ͑1.55 m͒ and the single photon absorption of the second harmonic ͑0.775 m͒ of ϳ180 fs pulses that propagate collinearly and have the same circular polarization. Adjusting the relative phase of the two pulses controls the direction of this current. The
more » ... ent of the electrical current transverse to the pulse propagation direction is investigated by monitoring charge collection across a pair of gold electrodes deposited on the GaAs surface. Results are in agreement with recent theoretical predictions.
doi:10.1063/1.1456943 fatcat:32kcthibbbdq3cxze65ahac6pi