Spin relaxation and all optical polarization switching at 1.52 micrometres in InGaAs(P)/InGaAsP multiple quantum wells

J T Hyland, G T Kennedy, A Miller, C C Button

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The spin relaxation times of electrons in InGaAs(P)/InGaAsP multiple quantum wells have been directly measured as a function of well width using an ultrashort pulse colour centre laser. The times measured range from 20 to 5 ps, considerably faster than previously determined in GaAs quantum wells. In addition, a fast, all-optical polarization switch based on a spin-sensitive optical nonlinearity is demonstrated at a wavelength of 1.52 mu m. This operating wavelength and the observed switch recovery time of 5.5 ps make it a potentially useful element for future all-optical soliton communication systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalSemiconductor Science and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1999



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