We report a study of the nonlinear birefringence in undoped (110)-oriented GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells using time-resolved pump-probe Kerr spectroscopy. Due to the optical anisotropy of the (110) quantum well plane, photoexcited carriers can give rise to a nonlinear birefringence and so cause probe polarization rotation independent of the pump polarization, i.e., independent of spin orientation. We develop a methodology for accurate determination of electron-spin lifetimes using the Kerr technique which takes account of this phenomenon and present room-temperature measurements of wavelength and power density dependence of the spin-relaxation rate.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Jan 2010|