Microscopic modeling of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers: Many-body interaction, plasma heating, and transverse dynamics

C. Z. Ning, Svend Bischoff, Stephan W Koch, G. K. Harkness, Jerome V Moloney, Weng W. Chow

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A microscopic theory for the interaction between semiconductor quantum-well structures and laser fields based on the semiconductor Bloch equations is applied to vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with the inclusion of plasma heating. The semiconductor Bloch equations are reduced to a set of equations for the first and second moments of the carrier distribution functions. Plasma heating and many-body effects are then studied by solving this set of equations in steady state under the approximation of a single transverse and longitudinal mode. The transverse- and longitudinal-mode dynamics of VCSELs is analyzed by solving the full space-time-dependent problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1175-1181
Number of pages7
JournalOptical Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1998



  • Bloch equations
  • Mode dynamics
  • Plasma heating
  • Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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