Physics of ultrafast phenomena in solid state plasmas Academic Article uri icon


  • Over the past half-decade measurements of the nonlinear, nonequilibrium optical properties of the germanium solid-state plasma have been carried out in several laboratories. These measurements involve, for example, the ultrafast relaxation of optically-excited electron-hole distributions in semiconductors and the photoluminescence spectrum of Ge at high excitation intensities. Here, we review our present theoretical understanding of these experiments, and we discuss the theoretical limitations. We also extend our previous model, through a simple calculation, to include carrier diffusion.

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Elci, A., Smirl, A. L., Leung, C. Y., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Elci, Ahmet||Smirl, Arthur L||Leung, CY||Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • January 1978