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Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Jul 14;97(2):020602. Epub 2006 Jul 13.

Coherent control of harmonic generation in superlattices: single-mode response.

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Institute of Biochemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119 991, Russia.


We study the harmonic generation spectrum in a semiconductor superlattice (a quantum-dot array) at slow relaxation. The effect of a single-mode response in an alternating rectangular (meander) electric field is demonstrated: For certain values of field parameters, the extremely wide discrete output spectrum with slowly decaying tails (multiharmonic generation) shrinks to one single harmonic (single-harmonic generation). Similarly, the effect is manifested in the transient continuous spectrum by diminishing the divergencies (peaks) at all odd harmonics but one. Substantial control over the spectrum is demonstrated.

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