Ultrafast Phenomena in II-VI Semiconductors
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We review studies on the coherent and incoherent exciton dynamics in ZnSe-based quantum wells. First, the exciton-exciton scattering parameter is determined from femtosecond four-wave mixing as a function of background exciton density generated by a prepulse. A linear increase in the excitonic homogeneous linewidth is found as a function of the background exciton density with significant different scattering parameters for the cases of interaction with coherent or incoherent excitons. Second, the thermalization dynamics of spectrally narrow hot-exciton distributions is investigated by time-resolved phonon sideband spectroscopy. Thermalization assisted by acoustic phonons occurs on a 100 ps timescale, which is in good agreement with model calculations in time dependent perturbation theory.
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