Laser control of free-carrier density in solids through field-enhanced multiphonon tunneling recombination Academic Article uri icon


  • Enhancement of multiphonon tunneling recombination of free carriers in strong laser fields is shown to offer a mechanism whereby ultrafast carrier-density dynamics in a semiconductor can be controlled by properly shaped laser pulses. This regime of laser-solid interaction enables an ultrafast switching of optical and electric properties of semiconductor materials, suggesting new strategies for laser micromachining and nanomachining, optical data processing, and ultrafast plasmonics. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Zheltikov, A. M., Shneider, M. N., Voronin, A. A., & Miles, R. B.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • February 2011