Microscopic theory of non-equilibrium microcavity laser dynamics

H. C. Schneider, F. Jahnke, S. W. Koch

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This paper presents a microscopic analysis of the dynamic interplay between the non-equilibrium carrier system and the light field in a semiconductor microcavity laser system. The important aspects of the quantum mechanical theory are summarized and the resulting equations are solved for the example of a vertical cavity surface-emitting laser configuration with quantum-well active material. Assuming optical pumping with a short pulse, the subsequent evolution of the generated carrier distributions, the onset of lasing and the dynamics of the emission are analysed. It is shown how the microcavity emission dynamics can be influenced by proper cavity design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-711
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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