Frequency and amplitude modulation in terahertz-sideband generation in quantum wells

Kim, Dong Kwon; Citrin, D. S.
January 2009
Applied Physics Letters;1/12/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 2, pN.PAG
Academic Journal
A narrow-band optical beam incident on a quantum well modulated at terahertz frequencies results in the formation of terahertz sidebands, i.e., optical signals at the input optical frequency plus integer multiples of the modulation frequency. The terahertz sidebands originate in the modulated complex optical susceptibility. In this study, we analyze theoretically terahertz-sideband generation in the context of frequency and amplitude modulations of the incident optical beam. We find that, at the optimum bias field, the frequency and amplitude modulations contribute almost equally to the maximum first-order sideband. The theoretical approach could offer simple yet useful tools for further engineering and optimization of modulator-type sideband-generation or wavelength-conversion devices.


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