Optical generation of polarized photoluminescence from GaAs (100) Academic Article uri icon


  • Polarized photoluminescence from GaAs(100) was generated using shaped ultrashort laser pulses. A train of three pulses separated by an integer multiple of the longitudinal optical phonon period produced p-polarized continuum emission, whereas trains with half-integer multiples of the phonon period as well as single Gaussian pulses produced s-polarized emission. The p-polarized emission is attributed to recombination of carriers in the L-valley, resulting from plasma generation and coherent phonon-excitation by the pulse train, whereas the s-polarized emission is caused by reflection by the melted surface of unpolarized plasma emission.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012