Coherent Semiconductor Optics

From Basic Concepts to Nanostructure Applications

  • Torsten Meier
  • Peter Thomas
  • Stephan W. Koch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Preliminaries

  3. Applications I

  4. Applications II

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-319

About this book


This book introduces the basic theoretical concepts required for the analysis of the optical response of semiconductor systems in the coherent regime. The entire presentation is based on a one-dimensional tight-binding model. Starting with discrete-level systems, increasing complexity is added gradually to the model by including band-structure and many-particle interaction. Various linear and nonlinear optical spectra and temporal phenomena are studied. The analysis of many-body effects in nonlinear optical phenomena covers a major part of the book.

Only basic knowledge of quantum mechanics is required to benefit from the results presented in this book. Therefore, it is well suited as a textbook for advanced classes, for self-study, and for researchers interested in the field of semiconductor optics.


Coherent phenomena LED Nonlinear optics Optical properties of nanostructures Semiconductor Semiconductor optics mechanics optics quantum mechanics spectroscopy

Authors and affiliations

  • Torsten Meier
    • 1
  • Peter Thomas
    • 1
  • Stephan W. Koch
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikPhilipps UniversitätGermany

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