TITLE

Instantaneous optical modulation in bulk GaAs semiconductor microcavities

AUTHOR(S)
Sanchez, S.; De Matos, C.; Pugnet, M.
PUB. DATE
June 2001
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;6/11/2001, Vol. 78 Issue 24, p3779
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Picosecond pump-probe experiments at room temperature on a bulk GaAs microcavity are presented. The microcavity device is designed to adjust the cavity mode energy 15 meV below the band gap energy of the intracavity bulk GaAs material. For low pump-energy densities (∼μJ/cm2), ultrafast modulation of the reflectivity is demonstrated due to the purely coherent refractive index change. A 5:1 contrast ratio is achieved and shows the potential of the semiconductor microcavities for implementation in ultrafast all optical switching. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
4710600

 

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