Two-photon pumping of excited exciton states in semiconductor quantum wells is a tool for realization 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 polarization 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 polarization dependence of the THz emission and identify photon polarization configurations for achieving maximum THz photon generation quantum efficiency.
|Publication status||Published - 2013|