AuthorPaul, Andrew Eliot.
Committee ChairKoch, Stephan W.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis dissertation considers multi-wave interactions in bulk semiconductors. Non-equilibrium Green's functions are used to derive an appropriate set of equations describing the interaction of a light field with a semiconductor. Many-body effects lead to the screening of the Coulomb potential in these equations, as well as, carrier-carrier scattering. The carrier-carrier scattering is studied within the context of the carrier Boltzmann equation which contains the dynamically screened Coulomb potential. The relation between carrier scattering and optical dephasing is also made. The carrier scattering rates are then used in the equations describing a two beam pump-probe experiment. The resulting equations are solved numerically for both passive and active systems, and effects such as spectral hole burning, coherent light scattering, and light induced band splitting are studied. Considering three CW beams (pump and two probes) allows for the study of four-wave mixing in semiconductors. By considering CW fields, the semiconductor may be treated in the quasi-equilibrium approximation allowing for greater detail in the treatment of the light field. The resulting probe absorption yields asymmetries which result in an asymmetric four-wave mixing spectrum. The four-wave mixing spectrum is then used to study the amount of squeezing in the light field exiting the cavity in a four-wave mixing experiment.