Optical Nonlinearity in Coupled Exciton-Phonon Systems Near Metal Surfaces
WASHINGTON STATE UNIV PULLMAN DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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Surface effects on optical bistability and pump-probe processes for coupled exciton-phonon systems are studied theoretically. When a laser beam is directed on an excitron-phonon coupling system inside an optical cavity, the cavity field intensity is investigated as a function of the driving field intensity for various distances between the sample and a metallic surface representing one of the mirrors of the cavity. It is found that the direction of switch of the optical bistability can be controlled by adjusting the distance from the surface. For a strong laser pump field and a weak probe field directed on this system, the pump-field-induced absorption spectrum is investigated for different distances between this sample and the metal surface. It is found that the position and line shape of the spectrum are significantly changed due to the presence of the surface.