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Maximizing the amplitude of coherent phonons with shaped laser pulses

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Shimada,  Toru
Physical Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Wolf,  Martin
Physical Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/cone/persons/resource/persons21693

Kampfrath,  Tobias
Physical Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Shimada, T., Frischkorn, C., Wolf, M., & Kampfrath, T. (2012). Maximizing the amplitude of coherent phonons with shaped laser pulses. Journal of Applied Physics, 112(11): 113103. doi:10.1063/1.4767922.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000E-A108-0
Abstract
We perform model calculations of coherent lattice vibrations in solids driven by ultrashort laser pulses. In order to maximize the amplitude of the coherent phonon in the time domain, an evolutionary algorithm optimizes the driving laser field. We find that only a Fourier-limited single pulse yields the maximum phonon amplitude, irrespective of the actual physical excitation mechanism (impulsive or displacive). This result is in clear contrast to the widespread intuition that excitation by a pulse train in phase with the oscillation leads to the largest amplitude of an oscillator. We rationalize this result by an intuitive model and discuss implications for other nonlinear processes such as optical rectification.