Mid/far-infrared few-cycle-pulse emission via resonant mixing in semiconductor heterostructures Conference Paper uri icon


  • Mid/far-infrared emission from a semiconductor multiple quantum well structure under femtosecond optical pulse excitation is studied. It is shown that resonant nonlinear-wave mixing in the quantum wells can be used for the generation of ultra-short mid/far-infrared pulses with a duration of a few cycles or even a single cycle. Explicit analytical formulas for the mid/far-infrared radiation field and polarization in a simple three-level model of a quantum well are presented and compared with numerical simulations. The power of the mid/far-infrared emission and the down conversion efficiency of the resonant nonlinear-wave mixing are discussed. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Modern Optics

author list (cited authors)

  • Pestov, D. S., Belyanin, A. A., Kocharovsky, V. V., Kocharovsky, V. V., & Scully, M. O

complete list of authors

  • Pestov, DS||Belyanin, AA||Kocharovsky, VV||Kocharovsky, Vl V||Scully, MO

publication date

  • January 1, 2004 11:11 AM