Nonresonant Optical Nonlinearities in GaAs/AlGaAs Multiple Quantum Well Waveguides

Laughton, Frances Ruth (1991) Nonresonant Optical Nonlinearities in GaAs/AlGaAs Multiple Quantum Well Waveguides. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis describes experiments performed to investigate nonlinear absorption and refractive index changes in GaAs/AlGaAs Multiple Quantum Well (MQW) waveguides. Nonlinear transmission experiments were first carried out with a single Nd3+:YAG laser beam at 1.06 mum and, when the experiments were analysed, the TPA coefficient, B, was calculated to be 2.2x10e-10 m W-1 for TM polarisation and 2.7x10-e10 m W-1 for TE polarisation. This analysis to calculate B was done in the usual way of many studies of two-photon absorption (TPA) in semiconductors, that is neglecting the effect of free carrier absorption (FCA). An intuitive theoretical model was derived to include the effect of FCA in the waveguide and when the same nonlinear transmission experiments were analysed using this new model, p was found to be 1.3x10e-10 m W-1 and 2.0x10e-10m W-1 for TM and TE polarisations respectively.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Materials science, Electrical engineering, Condensed matter physics
Date of Award: 1991
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1991-77289
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 09:13
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 09:13
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/77289

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