Many-body quantum theory of spontaneous emission of semiconductor quantum wells

S. Kuckenburg, A. Thränhardt, A. Knorr, M. Kira, F. Jahnke, S. W. Koch

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A fully microscopic quantum theory for the photoluminescence of a semiconductor quantum well is summarized. The dynamic equations for the interacting electron-hole pairs (excitons), phonons and photons are presented and specialized for the situations of interacting electron-hole populations and low density excitonic populations. Signatures of phonon assisted exciton formation are discussed in the low density limit, where the early dynamics is found to be strongly dependent on the emission angle. For long times the decay can be described by an angle-independent decay rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-416
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (A) Applied Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2000
EventOptics of Excitons in Confined Systems (OECS-6) - Ascona, Switz
Duration: Aug 30 1999Sep 2 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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