Generation of terahertz acoustic waves in semiconductor quantum dots using femtosecond laser pulses

P. A. Mante, A. Devos, A. Le Louarn

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We present experimental results demonstrating that the generation of terahertz acoustic waves using femtosecond laser pulses is possible in quantum dots (QDs). Very short and strong pulses are emitted from a buried QD layer and detected at the sample surface. By tuning the laser wavelength we can detect, at room temperature, frequencies above 1 THz using a photoelastic mechanism. A theoretical model supports such a capability and shows that around an interband transition the bandwidth of the photoelastic detection can be greatly improved. These results suggest that QD can be an ultrahigh-frequency acoustic transducer needed for nanoscale acoustics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113305
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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