Polarisation control of optically pumped terahertz lasers

G. Slavcheva, A. V. Kavokin

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Optical pumping of excited exciton states in semiconductor quantum wells is a tool for realisation of ultra-compact terahertz (THz) lasers based on stimulated optical transition between excited (2p) and ground (1s) exciton state. We show that the probability of two-photon absorption by a 2p-exciton is strongly dependent on the polarisation of both photons. Variation of the threshold power for THz lasing by a factor of 5 is predicted by switching from linear to circular pumping. We calculate the polarisation dependence of the THz emission and identify photon polarisation configurations for achieving maximum THz photon generation quantum efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2013


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