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The relation between light absorption and luminescence in laser cooling of two-dimensional semiconductor systems
Author(s): N. H. Kwong; G. Rupper; B. Gu; R. Binder
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Paper Abstract

In efforts underway to achieve laser cooling of semiconductors, an electron-hole population is generated in the sample and maintained in a steady state. The analysis of light absorption by and luminescence from this population is basic to the understanding of feasibility and efficiency issues of the cooling process. It is commonly understood that, when this electron-hole plasma is in quasi-thermal equilibrium (equilibrium at a fixed density), the KMS (Kubo-Martin-Schwinger) relation holds between its luminescence and absorption spectra: their ratio is proportional to the Bose distribution function characterized by the temperature and chemical potential of the plasma. The proportionality factor, which affects the total luminescence rate, may generally depend on the dimensionality and geometry of the system. In this Contribution, as a preliminary step to extend our theoretical analysis of semiconductor cooling to quantum well systems, we discuss the application of the KMS relation to their spectra. In particular, we derive and discuss the geometrical proportionality factor in the KMS relation for quantum wells and compare it to its counterpart for bulk semiconductors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6461, Laser Cooling of Solids, 64610I (7 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.708536
Show Author Affiliations
N. H. Kwong, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
G. Rupper, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
B. Gu, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
R. Binder, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6461:
Laser Cooling of Solids
Richard I. Epstein; Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, Editor(s)

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