Dynamics of Correlated Materials
Emmy Noether Group Laurenz Rettig
Dynamics of Correlated Materials
Emmy Noether Group Laurenz Rettig
Dynamics of Correlated Materials
Emmy Noether Group Laurenz Rettig

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New Preprint: Coherent Modulation of Quasiparticle Scattering Rates in a Photoexcited Charge-Density-Wave System
Aug 2021

In our recent combined experimental and theoretical study (arXiv link), we investigate how a dynamical insulator-to-metal transition affects fundamental interactions, such as electron-electron and electron-phonon scattering. We utilize optical excitation to transiently alter the energy gap of a charge-density-wave compound and observe a concurrent, highly unusual modulation of the relaxation rate of hot quasiparticles. State-of-the-art calculations based on non-equilibrium Green’s functions provide a microscopic view onto the interplay of quasiparticle scattering and the transiently modified electronic band structure, highlighting the critical role of the phase space of electron-electron interaction. Our results vividly demonstrate the possibility of controlling quasiparticle relaxation rates by transiently tuning the electronic band structure using light pulses.