Abstract

Measurements of ultrafast light scattering within a hemisphere are performed for statistical analysis of nonequilibrium processes in VO2 epitaxial film. A Gerchberg–Saxton error reduction algorithm is applied for accurate calculation of a surface autocorrelation function from light scattering data and for partial reconstruction of a power spectral density function. Upon ultrafast photoinduced phase transition of VO2, the elastic light scattering reveals anisotropic grain-size-dependent dynamics. It was found that the transition rate depends on the optical absorption and orientation of VO2 grains with respect to polarization of the pump pulse. An observed stepwise evolution of surface autocorrelation length and transient anisotropy of the scattering field presumably originates from complex multistage transformation of VO2 lattice on a subpicosecond time scale.

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