Ultrafast optical sampling pump-probe measurement of exciton spin relaxation in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells

Satoru Adachi, Shojiro Takeyama, Yoshihiro Takagi, Atsushi Tackeuchi, Shunichi Muto

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Spin dynamics in GaAs/AlGaAs multiple quantum wells at room temperature are studied in subpicosecond to nanosecond time region by using the optical sampling nondegenerate pump-probe technique. Polarization-dependent absorption signals resonant to the light-hole (lh) exciton revealed the subpicosecond spin relaxation time which was several tens of times shorter than that of the heavy-hole (hh) exciton. Resonant pumping to lh and probing at hh exhibited no spin dependence within the time resolution, showing the spin memory being washed out completely during the energy relaxation from lh to hh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)964
Number of pages1
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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