Semiconductor-Laser Fundamentals

Physics of the Gain Materials

  • Weng W. Chow
  • Stephan W. Koch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Weng W. Chow, Stephan W. Koch
    Pages 1-35
  3. Weng W. Chow, Stephan W. Koch
    Pages 36-71
  4. Weng W. Chow, Stephan W. Koch
    Pages 72-106
  5. Weng W. Chow, Stephan W. Koch
    Pages 107-149
  6. Weng W. Chow, Stephan W. Koch
    Pages 150-165
  7. Weng W. Chow, Stephan W. Koch
    Pages 166-195
  8. Weng W. Chow, Stephan W. Koch
    Pages 196-233
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 235-245

About this book


This book presents an in-depth discussion of the semiconductor-laser gain medium. The optical and electronic properties of semiconductors, particularly semiconductor quantum-well systems, are analyzed in detail, covering a wide variety of near-infrared systems with or without strain, as well as wide-gap materials such as the group-III nitride compounds or the II-VI materials. The important bandstructure modifications and Coulomb interaction effects are discussed, including the solution of the longstanding semiconductor laser lineshape problem. Quantitative comparisons between measured and predicted gain/absorption and refractive index spectra for a wide variety of semiconductor-laser materials enable the theoretical results to be used directly in the engineering of advanced laser and amplifier structures. A walth of examples for many different material combinations bestow the book with quantitative and predictive value for a wide variety of applications.


Absorption Semiconductor electronic properties laser refractive index

Authors and affiliations

  • Weng W. Chow
    • 1
  • Stephan W. Koch
    • 2
  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Fachbereich Physik und Wissenschaftliches Zentrum für MaterialwissenschaftenPhilipps-Universität MarburgMarburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08386-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-03880-2
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