Intervalence band solitary waves in semiconductor quantum wells

Fabio Biancalana, Sorcha B Healy, Robin Fehse, Eoin P O'Reilly

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We show theoretically the possibility of excitation of a special class of two-frequency solitons, sustained by the nonlinearity provided by the nonradiative intervalence band coherence between heavy-hole and light-hole excitonic transitions in semiconductor quantum wells. The formation of such resonant solitons excited by femtosecond pulses in InxGa1-xAsyP1-y quantum wells is investigated numerically using a phenomenological model based on the local-field approximation, and a realistic configuration for their experimental observation is proposed. The pumping conditions for using complex resonant soliton dynamics as an efficient source of continuum generation are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063826
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


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