Microscopic theory of semiconductor light emission

M. Kira, F. Jahnke, W. Hoyer, S. W. Koch

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A fully quantum mechanical theory for a system of photons and Coulomb interacting electron-hole pairs in semiconductors is investigated. The resulting semiconductor luminescence equations are discussed and evaluated for a variety of examples. For a quantum-well system, it is shown how luminescence at the exciton resonance can result from an incoherent electron-hole plasma. Also changes in carrier life times due to radiative recombination are studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-200
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume3944 (I)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
EventPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VIII - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 24 2000Jan 28 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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