Abstract

In this Letter, we demonstrate for the first time that anisotropy can be induced at ultrafast time scales in an otherwise isotropic a-GeSe2 thin film using polarized femtosecond light. This photoinduced anisotropy (PA) spans the bandgap to the sub-bandgap region and self-annihilates over picosecond time scales. The ultrafast decay rate of PA is a clear indication that the observed effect is due to photoinduced transient defects in the sub-bandgap region and associated structural rearrangement in the near-bandgap region.

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