Bulk Band Structures

  • Weng W. Chow
  • Stephan W. Koch


The ability to change the energy-level structure of the gain medium through material and structure design is one of the unique properties of semiconductor lasers. To take full advantage of this capability, one needs to be able to predict the band structure that results from a particular material and structure combination. In this chapter and the following, we show a procedure for performing band-structure calculations that are relevant to the laser physicist.


Orbital Angular Momentum Schrodinger Equation Bulk Band Band Struc Bloch Theorem 
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Much of the material discussed in this chapter can be found in many solid state physics textbooks and review articles, e.g.,

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The spin-orbit coupling scheme is discussed, e.g., in

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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

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