Quantum Statistical Properties of the Light Emission from Quantum Dots in Microcavities

  • C. GiesEmail author
  • J. Wiersig
  • F. Jahnke
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A microscopic theory is presented and applied to describe luminescence and lasing from semiconductor quantum dots. Special emphasis is placed on the differences between quantum dots and atoms. We calculate the first- and second-order correlation functions to characterize the coherence properties and the photon statistics in current state-of-the-art microcavity lasers with high spontaneous emission coupling into the laser mode. To gain a deeper understanding of the derived laser theory and of the differences to atomic descriptions, a discussion of quantum-optical models is performed and placed in context to the semiconductor theory.


Spontaneous Emission Cavity Mode Photon Number Coherence Time Excited Emitter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Theoretische PhysikOtto-von-Guericke Universität MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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