Non-steady-state photo-EMF in semi-insulating GaAs under frequency-modulated illumination
1 Ioffe Physical Technical Institute - Politekhnicheskaya 26, 194021, St. Petersburg, Russia
2 Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Institut d'Optique, CNRS, Univ Paris-Sud - 2 av. A. Fresnel, 91127 Palaiseau cedex, France
Received: 16 January 2014
Accepted: 5 March 2014
We report the excitation of the non-steady-state photoelectromotive force using a uniformly accelerated motion of the recording light pattern. Such illumination is created by the linear frequency modulation of the interfering light beams. The pulsed response is observed experimentally in a semi-insulating GaAs crystal at a light wavelength of 633 nm. The evolution of the pulse shape vs. sweep rate is demonstrated. We also discuss the possible application of the effect in laser Doppler velocimeters and accelerometers.
PACS: 42.65.Sf – Dynamics of nonlinear optical systems; optical instabilities, optical chaos and complexity, and optical spatio-temporal dynamics / 42.70.Nq – Other nonlinear optical materials; photorefractive and semiconductor materials
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