The calculation of the equilibrium optical properties of bulk silicon by using the Bethe-Salpeter equation solved in the Kohn-Sham basis represents a cornerstone in the development of an ab-initio approach to the optical and electronic properties of materials. Nevertheless, calculations of the transient optical spectrum using the same efficient and successful scheme are scarce. We report, here, a joint theoretical and experimental study of the transient reflectivity spectrum of bulk silicon. Femtosecond transient reflectivity is compared to a parameter-free calculation based on the nonequilibrium Bethe-Salpeter equation. By providing an accurate description of the experimental results we disclose the different phenomena that determine the transient optical response of a semiconductor. We give a parameter-free interpretation of concepts such as bleaching, photoinduced absorption, and stimulated emission, beyond the Fermi golden rule. We also introduce the concept of optical gap renormalization, as a generalization of the known mechanism of band gap renormalization. The present scheme successfully describes the case of bulk silicon, showing its universality and accuracy.

Nonequilibrium optical properties in semiconductors from first principles: A combined theoretical and experimental study of bulk silicon

DAL CONTE, STEFANO;MANZONI, CRISTIAN;CERULLO, GIULIO NICOLA;
2016-01-01

Abstract

The calculation of the equilibrium optical properties of bulk silicon by using the Bethe-Salpeter equation solved in the Kohn-Sham basis represents a cornerstone in the development of an ab-initio approach to the optical and electronic properties of materials. Nevertheless, calculations of the transient optical spectrum using the same efficient and successful scheme are scarce. We report, here, a joint theoretical and experimental study of the transient reflectivity spectrum of bulk silicon. Femtosecond transient reflectivity is compared to a parameter-free calculation based on the nonequilibrium Bethe-Salpeter equation. By providing an accurate description of the experimental results we disclose the different phenomena that determine the transient optical response of a semiconductor. We give a parameter-free interpretation of concepts such as bleaching, photoinduced absorption, and stimulated emission, beyond the Fermi golden rule. We also introduce the concept of optical gap renormalization, as a generalization of the known mechanism of band gap renormalization. The present scheme successfully describes the case of bulk silicon, showing its universality and accuracy.
2016
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Condensed Matter Physics
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