The goal of the research project Quantifying Ultrafast non-Equilibrium dynamicS in semiconducTor quantum nanomaterials for nExt geNEration eneRGY Materials - QUESTforENERGY - is the time-resolved observation and control of the carrier and lattice dynamics in two-dimensional semiconductor materials driven out of equilibrium at femtosecond time scales. This interdisciplinary program interfaces between Material Science, Physical Chemistry, Optics and fundamental Physics. Studying the ultrafast photoresponse and directly observing the excitation followed by thermalization of the systems allows to predict fundamental limitations for devices, observing new quantum phases with potentially even enhanced properties and providing input for advanced modeling of these materials.
The QUESTforENERGY project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the "Make our Planet Great Again - German Research Initiative", grant number 57427209, implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
(a) Typical pump-probe scheme, here in germanium as example. A VIS-NIR pulse photoexcites the semiconductor, initiating valence to conduction band transitions. A time-delayed broadband XUV pulse probes the transient state of the material by promoting a core-level electron to unoccupied states. (b) Broadband attosecond pulse spectra are shown that can be produced across a wide spectral range, giving core-level access to dynamics in various materials. The energy separations allow probing different atomic species separately in semiconductor compounds. (c) Time-resolved XUV absorption spectroscopy allows measuring carrier populations, electronic effects such as Coulomb screening, lattice expansions (phonons) as well as many-body effects (eg carrier-carrier scattering),
Core element is a 30 fs, 7mJ Ti: Sa femtosecond laser system operating at 1 kHz. About 2 mJ of pulse energy will be compressed to the few-cycle level (4 fs) in a hollow core fiber. About 90% of the compressed pulse will be used to generate broadband XUV probe pulses (20 eV ... 150 eV) and 10% will be used to photoexcite the sample. The remaining 5 mJ will be converted into the near-infrared using an optical parametric amplifier followed by a difference frequency unit. This will generate tunable femtosecond pulses with low photon energies (250 meV to 950 meV).
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