Abstract by Clayton Moss

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Clayton Moss

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Benjamin R. Heiner
Shayne A. Sorenson
Jeremy A. Johnson

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Jeremy Johnson


Terahertz-Driven Nonlinear Dynamics of GaAs: Metamaterials and 2D Spectroscopy


The development of THz spectroscopic techniques has enabled optical measurements of carrier dynamics in semiconductor systems, which contain information about conduction band features. We present our work on nonlinear carrier dynamics in a GaAs system. Gold nanostructures deposited on the surface of our sample serve as resonant amplifiers of incident THz light. These metastructures create strong, localized fields that drive carrier multiplication processes. We present theoretical work that explains the phenomena in terms of both Zener tunneling and impact ionization. New results from a 2D THz-THz spectroscopic measurement provide additional insight into carrier dynamics. Our technique and initial findings present exciting avenues for the optical measurement and determination of electronic structure in a wide variety of systems.