The use of femtosecond laser pulses to excite electron-hole plasmas in semiconductors has become a major method of studying fast processes in this system in recent years. Transition times from the central Gamma valley in GaAs to the satellite X and L valleys are comparable to the reciprocal of the frequency of the phonon involved in these transitions, bringing into question the use of standard perturbation theory approaches. The authors present an initial investigation of the role of retardation arising from the finite collision duration required for such a transition to occur, through the use of a path-integral form of the quantum kinetic equation. A secondary self-scattering process and a probability of completed collisions are used to cast this equation in a semi-classical form.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Materials Chemistry