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Microscopic modeling of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers: many-body interaction, plasma heating, and transverse dynamics
Author(s): Cun-Zheng Ning; Svend Bischoff; Stephan W. Koch; G. K. Harkness; Jerome V. Moloney; Weng W. Chow
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Paper Abstract

A microscopic theory for the interaction between semiconductor quantum-well structures and laser fields based on the semiconductor Bloch equations is applied to vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with the inclusion of plasma heating. The semiconductor Bloch equations are reduced to a set of equations for the first and second moments of the carrier distribution functions. Plasma heating and many-body effects are then studied by solving this set of equations in steady state under the approximation of a single transverse and longitudinal mode. The transverse- and longitudinal-mode dynamics of VCSELs is analyzed by solving the full space-time-dependent problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 37(4) doi: 10.1117/1.602032
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 37, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Cun-Zheng Ning, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Svend Bischoff, Philipps Univ. of Marburg (Denmark)
Stephan W. Koch, Philipps Univ./Marburg (Germany)
G. K. Harkness, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jerome V. Moloney, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Weng W. Chow, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

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