Optical Switching in Low-Dimensional Systems

  • H. Haug
  • L. Bányai

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 194)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Switching Devices

  3. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials

    1. B. I. Greene, J. Orenstein, S. Schmitt-Rink, M. Thakur
      Pages 97-106
  4. High-Field Effects, Femtosecond Spectroscopy

    1. D. Hulin, M. Joffre, A. Migus, A. Antonetti
      Pages 119-127
    2. S. W. Koch, N. Peyghambarian, M. Lindberg, B. D. Fluegel
      Pages 139-150
    3. Monique, Roland Combescot
      Pages 171-179
  5. Microcrystallites

    1. N. Peyghambarian, S. H. Park, R. A. Morgan, B. Fluegel, Y. Z. Hu, M. Lindberg et al.
      Pages 191-201
    2. A. D’Andrea, R. Del Sole
      Pages 211-218
  6. Excitons in Low Dimensions

    1. L. Angeloni, A. Chiari, M. Collocci, F. Fermi, M. Gurioli, R. Querzoli et al.
      Pages 219-231
    2. A. Mysyrowicz, D. Lee, Q. Fu, A. V. Nurmikko, R. L. Gunshor, L. A. Kolodziejski
      Pages 251-256
    3. L. Banyai, I. Galbraith, H. Haug
      Pages 257-265
    4. J. Kühl, A. Honold, L. Schultheis, C. W. Tu
      Pages 267-278
    5. A. Miller, R. J. Manning, P. K. Milsom
      Pages 279-288
    6. R. Del Sole, A. D’Andrea
      Pages 289-300
    7. M. Jaros, L. D. L. Brown, R. J. Turton
      Pages 301-307
  7. Plasma Nonlinearities in Low Dimensions

    1. John Hegarty, K. Tai, W. T. Tsang
      Pages 309-320
    2. E. O. Göbel, R. Fischer, G. Peter, W. W. Rühle, J. Nagle, K. Ploog
      Pages 331-340
    3. Benoit Deveaud, Bertrand Lambert, André Chomette, Fabrice Clerot, André Regreny, Jagdeep Shah et al.
      Pages 341-352
    4. C. Klingshirn, Ch. Weber, D. S. Chemla, D. A. B. Miller, J. E. Cunningham, C. Ell et al.
      Pages 353-360
    5. A. Forchel, G. Tränkle, U. Cebulla, H. Leier, B. E. Maile
      Pages 361-374
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 375-381

About this book


This book contains all the papers presented at the NATO workshop on "Optical Switching in Low Dimensional Systems" held in Marbella, Spain from October 6th to 8th, 1988. Optical switching is a basic function for optical data processing, which is of technological interest because of its potential parallelism and its potential speed. Semiconductors which exhibit resonance enhanced optical nonlinearities in the frequency range close to the band edge are the most intensively studied materials for optical bistability and fast gate operation. Modern crystal growth techniques, particularly molecular beam epitaxy, allow the manufacture of semiconductor microstructures such as quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum dots in which the electrons are only free to move in two, one or zero dimensions, of the optically excited electron-hole pairs in these low respectively. The spatial confinement dimensional structures gives rise to an enhancement of the excitonic nonlinearities. Furthermore, the variations of the microstruture extensions, of the compositions, and of the doping offer great new flexibility in engineering the desired optical properties. Recently, organic chain molecules (such as polydiacetilene) which are different realizations of one dimensional electronic systems, have been shown also to have interesting optical nonlinearities. Both the development and study of optical and electro-optical devices, as well as experimental and theoretical investigations of the underlying optical nonlinearities, are contained in this book.


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Editors and affiliations

  • H. Haug
    • 1
  • L. Bányai
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of FrankfurtFrankfurtFederal Republic of Germany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-7280-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-7278-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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