Physics of semiconductor microcavity lasers

S. W. Koch, F. Jahnke, W. W. Chow

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This review summarizes recent developments and successes in the theoretical modelling of the characteristics of semiconductor microcavity lasers. After a discussion of the basic laser properties, results of a quasi-equilibrium many-body theory are presented which are very useful for the understanding of microcavity laser operation not too far above the laser threshold. Non-equilibrium phenomena, such as spectral and kinetic hole burning as well as plasma heating effects, are analysed using a quantum kinetic approach. Comparisons with experimental observations are discussed, before open problems and future challenges are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number002
Pages (from-to)739-751
Number of pages13
JournalSemiconductor Science and Technology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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