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dc.contributor.advisor Kono, Junichiro
dc.creatorWang, Jigang
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T08:34:06Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T08:34:06Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/18989
dc.description.abstract This thesis describes magneto-optical processes in ferromagnetic (III,Mn)V semiconductors and their heterostructures induced by femtosecond laser pulses. Two-color ultrafast magneto-optical spectroscopy has been developed, which allows us to observe a rich array of dynamical phenomena that are absent in traditional nonmagnetic semiconductors or metallic/insulating magnets. We isolate several distinct temporal regimes in spin dynamics, interpreting the fast (< 1 ps) dynamics as spin heating through sp-d exchange interaction between photo-carriers and Mn ions while the ∼100 ps component as a manifestation of spin-lattice relaxation. Charge carrier and phonon dynamics were also carefully studied, showing an ultrashort charge lifetime of photoinjected electrons (∼ 2 ps) and propagating coherent acoustic phonon wavepackets with strongly probe energy dependent oscillation period, amplitude and damping.
dc.format.extent 148 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectPhysics
Electromagnetics
Condensed matter physics
Optics
dc.title Ultrafast magneto-optical spectroscopy of (III,manganese)V ferromagnetic semiconductors
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy


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