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All optical control of comb-like coherent acoustic phonons in multiple quantum well structures through double-pump-pulse pump-probe experiments

Abstract : We present an advancement in applications of ultrafast optics in picosecond laser ultrasonics - laser-induced comb-like coherent acoustic phonons are optically controlled in a In0.27Ga0.73As/GaAs multiple quantum well (MQW) structure by a high-speed asynchronous optical sampling (ASOPS) system based on two GHz Yb:KYW lasers. Two successive pulses from the same pump laser are used to excite the MQW structure. The second pump light pulse has a tunable time delay with respect to the first one and can be also tuned in intensity, which enables the amplitude and phase modulation of acoustic phonons. This yields rich temporal acoustic patterns with suppressed or enhanced amplitudes, various wave-packet shapes, varied wave-packet widths, reduced wave-packet periods and varied phase shifts of single-period oscillations within a wave-packet. In the frequency domain, the amplitude and phase shift of the individual comb component present a second-pump-delay-dependent cosine-wave-like and sawtooth-wave-like variation, respectively, with a modulation frequency equal to the comb component frequency itself. The variations of the individual component amplitude and phase shift by tuning the second pump intensity exhibit an amplitude valley and an abrupt phase jump at the ratio around 1:1 of the two pump pulse intensities for certain time delays. A simplified model, where both generation and detection functions are assumed as a cosine stress wave enveloped by Gaussian or rectangular shapes in an infinite periodic MQW structure, is developed in order to interpret acoustic manipulation in the MQW sample. The modelling agrees well with the experiment in a wide range of time delays and intensity ratios. Moreover, by applying a heuristic-analytical approach and nonlinear corrections, the improved calculations reach an excellent agreement with experimental results and thus enable to predict and synthesize coherent acoustic wave patterns in MQW structures.
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C. Li, Vitali Goussev, T. Dekorsy, M. Hettich. All optical control of comb-like coherent acoustic phonons in multiple quantum well structures through double-pump-pulse pump-probe experiments. Optics Express, Optical Society of America - OSA Publishing, 2019, 27 (13), pp.18706. ⟨10.1364/OE.27.018706⟩. ⟨hal-02536372⟩

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