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This article was originally published as: Mi, XW, Cao, JC & Zhang, C, Optical absorption in terahertz-driven quantum wells, Journal of Applied Physics, February 2004, 95(3), 1191–1195. Copyright American Institute of Physics. Original journal available here.


The optical absorption spectra in a quantum well driven both by an intense terahertz (THz) and by an optical pulse are theoretically investigated within the theory of density matrix. We found that the optical absorption spectra and the splitting of the excitonic peaks splitting can be controlled by changing the THz field intensity and/or frequency. The Autler–Towns splitting is a result of the THz nonlinear dynamics of confined excitons, which is in agreement with the experiments. In addition, the dependence of the optical absorption on the quantum well width and the carrier density is also discussed.

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