Theory of semiconductor quantum-dot laser dynamics

Weng W. Chow, Stephan W. Koch

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A theory for describing nonequilibrium dynamics in a semiconductor quantum-dot laser is presented. This theory is applied to a microcavity laser with a gain region consisting of an inhomogeneous distribution of quantum dots, a quantum-well wetting layer, and injection pumped bulk regions. Numerical results are presented and the effects of spectral hole burning, plasma heating, and many-body effects are analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-505
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Hot carrier
  • Laser theory
  • Nonequilibrium carrier dynamics
  • Quantum-dot lasers
  • Semiconductor lasers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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