Optical-induced electrical current in diamond switched by femtosecond-attosecond laser pulses by ab initio simulations

L. L. Gao, F. Wang, L. Jiang, L. T. Qu, Y. F. Lu

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The electric current has been switched in diamond by a dual-laser field with an attosecond pulse train and a femtosecond laser, respectively serving to excite and drive electrons. The optical-induced current is simulated by the developed method based on the time-dependent density functional theory. The electric current is induced within several attoseconds with the diamond's conductivity increased by 16∼23 orders of magnitude. Our work opens the way to extending electronic signal processing from the present gigahertz domain into the exahertz domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025102
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 30 2015



  • attosecond laser
  • dielectrics
  • femtosecond laser
  • light switch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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