Quantum theory of spontaneous emission from microcavities

Mackillo Kira, Frank Jahnke, Stephan W. Koch, Jill D. Berger, David V. Wick, Thomas R. Nelson, Galina Khitrova, Hyatt M. Gibbs

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A microscopic interpretation of spontaneous and stimulated emission in semiconductor microcavities is developed using Semiconductor Luminescence Equations obtained from a quantum theory for the interacting electron-hole system and microcavity photons. The properties of bare quantum well luminescence as well as nonlinear photoluminescence of microcavity systems showing a threshold-like transition are consistently explained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-220
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
EventPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VI - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 26 1998Jan 26 1998


  • Nonlinear photoluminescence
  • Quantum features of light
  • Semiconductor microcavities

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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