The role of spin orientation and relaxation in exciton-exciton scattering

H. Kalt, D. Tröndle, S. Wachter, I. J. Blewett, G. Brown, I. Galbraith

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The homogeneous linewidth of optically oriented excitons in ZnSe quantum wells is deduced from four-wave mixing experiments. A background exciton density is generated by a prepulse to induce exciton-exciton scattering processes. We find a faster dephasing for excitons in pure spin populations compared to ones in mixed spin populations. This enhanced scattering vanishes with time due to spin relaxation of the background excitons. Exciton-exciton interaction including fermion exchange is found to be the dominant scattering mechanism while the exciton-exciton exchange process and dipole-dipole scattering are negligible. We model the exciton population dynamics and the related homogeneous linewidth accounting for exciton spin flip and relaxation to dark states. Femtosecond pump-probe experiments show a consistent behaviour for the blueshift of the exciton resonance in pure and mixed spin populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-480
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi B - Basic Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2000


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