Optical Multidimensional Coherent Spectroscopy

MPSD Seminar

  • Date: Feb 11, 2022
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Steven Cundiff
  • University of Michigan
  • Location: SR I/II/III and online via Zoom
  • Host: Andrea Cavalleri / Albert Liu
Optical Multidimensional Coherent Spectroscopy
The concept of multidimensional coherent spectroscopy originated in NMR where it enabled the determination of molecular structure. The key concept is to correlate what happens during multiple time periods between pulses by taking a multidimensional Fourier transform. The presence of a correlation, which is manifest as an off-diagonal peak in the resulting multidimensional spectrum, indicates that the corresponding resonances are coupled. Migrating multidimensional Fourier transform spectroscopy to the optical regime is difficult because phases are critical.
I will give an introduction to optical two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy, using atomic vapor as a simple test system. I will then present our use of it to study optical resonances in semiconductor nanostructures including recent results on transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructures.
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