Study of the 1s orthoexciton luminescence in Cu2O under two-photon excitation

Y. Sun*, G. K.L. Wong, J. B. Ketterson

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We have studied the luminescence of 1s orthoexcitons in Cu2O under both resonant and non-resonant two-photon excitation. The intensity of the luminescence was enhanced while resonantly exciting at the 1s or 2s orthoexciton levels. The direct and phonon-assisted emissions were observed over a wide range of temperatures (1.8-294K) under two-photon resonant excitation. The phonon-assisted spectra can be well fit with a Maxwellian distribution with a fitting temperature close to the lattice temperature. The integrated intensity shows a minimum at 20K and a maximum around 180K. The existence of the direct emission feature enables us to deduce the temperature dependent bandgap and the orthoexciton line width directly up to relatively high temperatures. The red-shift of the orthoexciton energy and the increase of its line width as the temperature increases are interpreted as a temperature dependence of the real and imaginary parts of the exciton self energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-134
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Exciton
  • Photoluminescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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