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Coherent Phonon Excitation by Ultrafast Pulse Trains

[+] Author Affiliations
Alexander Q. Wu, Xianfan Xu

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. MNC2007-21591, pp. 955-957; 3 pages
  • 2007 First International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems
  • First International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems, Parts A and B
  • Sanya, Hainan, China, January 10–13, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4265-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3794-7
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Time resolved reflectivity of bismuth thin film evaporated on a silicon substrate is measured by an 80 femtosecond (fs) laser at a center wavelength of 800 nm. The reflectivity data reveal that coherent optical phonons (A1g ) near 2.9 THz (1 THz = 1012 Hz) are excited by the 80 fs laser pulses. Analyses of the reflectivity data reveal key parameters related to electron and phonon dynamics, including phonon excitation and de-phasing and electron-phonon energy coupling. It is also found that the phonon frequency peaks are red-shifted and broadened at higher laser fluences. We also show that the phonon oscillation can be manipulated by specifically designed ultrafast pulse trains with different pulse separation times.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Phonons , Trains



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