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Nonlinear Optical Properties of Semiconductor and Oxide Nanostructures

Ma, Yanjun (2013) Nonlinear Optical Properties of Semiconductor and Oxide Nanostructures. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Light-matter interaction is a historically ancient topic, yet it is still under intense research,
owing to the invention of novel optical techniques and the growth of unprecedented materials.
The first goal of the work presented in this thesis is to understand the fundamental origin
of various nonlinear optical phenomena. Susceptibilities are physical quantities describing
the way that a material system responds to an optical field. We present in Chapter 3 the
derivations of susceptibilities based on quantum mechanical statistics, revealing the electronic
origin of optical nonlinearities.
Different theoretical tools have been applied to the interaction between light and a material system. Among them, the Jaynes-Cumming model is of importance in that it describes
the interplay between a quantized light field and a two-level system. In Chapter 4, we will
theoretically discuss the application of the Jaynes-Cumming model to the Faraday/Kerr
rotation experiments on a single electron spin. As a magneto-optic effect, Faraday/Kerr
rotation is one example of various nonlinear optical processes that are studied in detail in
Chapter 3.
The second part of this thesis is dedicated to experimental demonstration of applications
by exploiting different nonlinear mechanisms. One example is the mode-locked ultrafast laser
discussed in Chapter 5. Another is the generation and detection of THz radiation in oxide nanostrucutures, which is covered in both Chapter 6 and Chapter 7.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLevy, Jeremyjlevy@pitt.eduJLEVY
Committee MemberDevaty, Robertdevaty@pitt.eduDEVATY
Committee MemberGriffiths,
Committee MemberLiu, W. Vincentwvliu@pitt.eduWVLIU
Committee MemberDutt, M. V. Gurudevgdutt@pitt.eduGDUTT
Date: 1 July 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 28 March 2013
Approval Date: 1 July 2013
Submission Date: 1 April 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 227
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Physics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nonlinear optics, semiconductor quantum dot, oxide heterostructure, nanostructure
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 15:21
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:11


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