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Optical Generation and Control of Quantum Coherence in Semiconductor Nanostructures

  • Gabriela Slavcheva
  • Philippe Roussignol
  • Addresses essential issues for new device applications, from novel lasers to spintronics

  • Focuses on promising new advances

  • Pays special attention to the optical control of spin coherence


Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO, volume 0)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Gabriela Slavcheva, Philippe Roussignol
    Pages 1-6
  3. Carrier dynamics in quantum dots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 8-8
    2. Thomas Grange, Robson Ferreira, Gérald Bastard
      Pages 9-24
  4. Optically-induced spin coherence in quantum dots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 38-38
    2. Edmund Clarke, Edmund Harbord, Ray Murray
      Pages 39-61
    3. Sophia E. Economou, Thomas L. Reinecke
      Pages 63-83
    4. Alex Greilich, Dmitri R. Yakovlev, Manfred Bayer
      Pages 85-127
  5. Novel systems for coherent spin manipulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 130-130
    2. Doris E. Reiter, Tilmann Kuhn, Vollrath M. Axt
      Pages 131-150
    3. Gabriela Slavcheva, Philippe Roussignol
      Pages 151-180
    4. Michal Grochol, Eric M. Kessler, Carlo Piermarocchi
      Pages 181-212
  6. Coherent light-matter states in semiconductor microcavities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 214-214
    2. Stefano Portolan, Salvatore Savasta
      Pages 215-263
    3. Maxime Richard, Michiel Wouters, Le Si Dang
      Pages 265-291
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 331-338

About this book


The unprecedented control of coherence that can be exercised in quantum optics of atoms and molecules has stimulated increasing efforts in extending it to solid-state systems. One motivation to exploit the coherent phenomena comes from the emergence of the quantum information paradigm, however many more potential device applications ranging from novel lasers to spintronics are all bound up with issues in coherence. The book focuses on recent advances in the optical control of coherence in excitonic and polaritonic systems as model systems for the complex semiconductor dynamics towards the goal of achieving quantum coherence control in solid-state. Special attention is given to the optical control of spin coherence. These front edge research topics are presented in the form of review articles by leading scientists.


Exciton Semiconductor optics quantum coherence quantum computation quantum control quantum dot quantum dots quantum gates spintronics

Editors and affiliations

  • Gabriela Slavcheva
    • 1
  • Philippe Roussignol
    • 2
  1. 1., The Blackett LaboratoryImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Labo. Pierre AigrainEcole Normale SupérieureParis CX 05France

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