THz and Time-Resolved Optical Spectroscopy of Buried Interfaces


The main focus of this project is the experimental study of the carrier dynamics at buried interfaces in semiconductor systems. We will employ optical pump-white-light probe, optical pump-Thz probe spectroscopy and time-resolved luminescence to study the initial charge transfer through the interface as well as the formation and decay dynamics of charge-transfer excitons. As a new aspect we will also investigate the coherent dynamics of charge-transfer excitons performing four-wave-mixing experiments on spatially indirect transitions. In the second phase of the collaborative research center we will intensify our investigations to reveal correlations between the structural quality of the interface and the carrier dynamics on the different time-scales. In addition, we will continue to study how strong transient THz fields modify the initial carrier dynamics at buried interfaces.

The samples will be grown in project A1 (Stolz) and will be structurally characterized in project A5 (Volz). The analysis of the experimental data will be performed in close cooperation with B4 (SW Koch).

Project-related publications

  1. L. Rost, S. Gies, M. Stein, C. Fuchs, S. Nau, P. Kükelhan, K. Volz, W. Stolz, M. Koch, W. Heimbrodt
    Correlation of optical properties and interface morphology in type-II semiconductor heterostructures
    J. Phys. Condens. Matter 31, 014001 (2019).
  2. M. Stein, C. Lammers, P.-H. Richter, C. Fuchs, W. Stolz, M. Koch, O. Vänskä, M.J. Weseloh, M. Kira, S.W. Koch
    Dynamics of charge-transfer excitons in type-II semiconductor heterostructures
    Phys. Rev. B 97, 125306 (2018).
  3. M. Stein, C. Lammers, M.J. Drexler, C. Fuchs, W. Stolz, M. Koch
    Enhanced absorption by linewidth narrowing in optically excited type-II semiconductor heterostructures
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 017401 (2018).
  4. W.-R. Hannes, A. Trautmann, M. Stein, F. Schäfer, M. Koch, T. Meier
    Strongly nonresonant four-wave mixing in semiconductors
    Phys. Rev. B 101, 075203 (2020).
  5. I. Meyenburg, N. Hofeditz, R. Ruess, M. Rudolph, D. Schlettwein, W. Heimbrodt
    Optical determination of charge transfer times from indoline dyes to ZnO in solid state dye-sensitized solar cells
    AIP Adv. 8, 055218 (2018).
  6. L.M. Schneider, S. Lippert, J. Kuhnert, O. Ajayi, D. Renaud, S. Firoozabadi, Q. Ngo, R. Guo, Y.D. Kim, W. Heimbrodt, J.C. Hone, A. Rahimi-Iman
    The influence of the environment on monolayer tungsten diselenide photoluminescence
    Nano-Struct. Nano-Objects 15, 84 (2018).

Prof. Dr. Martin KOCH

Principal InvestigatorPhilipps-Universität MarburgDepartment of PhysicsWork Hans-Meerwein-Straße Marburg 35032 Phone: (+49) 6421-28 22119 (Renthof)Phone: (+49) 6421-28 22270 (Lahnberge)Project B3 (M Koch/Heimbrodt)Biography

Prof. Dr. Wolfram HEIMBRODT

Principal InvestigatorPhilipps-Universität MarburgDepartment of PhysicsPhone: +49-6421 28-21353Project B3 (M Koch/Heimbrodt)Biography

Dr. Arslan Usman, Postdoc (AvH-Fellow)

Nico Hofeditz, PhD-student
Mohammed Nouh, PhD-student
Philipp-Henrik Richter, PhD-student
Luise Rost, PhD-student

Former Contributors
Dr. Norman Born
Dr. Michael Drexler
Dr. Sebastian Gies
Dr. Jan Kuhnert
Dr. Christian Lammers
Dr. Markus Stein
Dr. Arash Rahimi-Iman