Two- and three-photon absorption of semiconductor quantum dots in the vicinity of half of lowest exciton energy

Guichuan Xing; Wei Ji; Yuangang Zheng; Ying, Jackie Y.
December 2008
Applied Physics Letters;12/15/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 24, p241114
Academic Journal
We present a demonstration of the unambiguous determination of two-photon absorption (2PA) and three-photon absorption (3PA) in semiconductor quantum dots in the vicinity of E0/2, where E0 denotes the peak position of the lowest exciton energy. In the spectral region where photon energies hω≥E0/2, the 2PA cross section is determined by open-aperture Z scans with femtosecond laser pulses at relatively lower irradiances, and then the 3PA cross section is extracted from the Z scans measured at higher irradiances. As photon energies are less than but near E0/2, multiphoton-excited photoluminescence techniques have to be employed in conjunction with open-aperture Z scan to distinguish between 2PA and 3PA.


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