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Coherent Semiconductor Optics

From Basic Concepts to Nanostructure Applications

  • Most instructive textbook on the theory and optical effects of semiconductors


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Preliminaries

  3. Applications I

  4. Applications II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 228-228

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

  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikPhilipps UniversitätGermany

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From the reviews:

"This book presents a comprehensive theory of coherent processes in semiconductor optics. … The book is very well organized and chapters on basic theories are condensed which makes it easy for readers to understand the ideas in progressive stages. … The book may be regarded as self sufficient in covering the topics on semiconductor optics. … The book may be expected to be very useful for graduate students and researchers interested in the theoretical principles in this field." (Jai Singh, Australian Physics, Vol. 44 (2), 2007)

"The text … represents the culmination of many years of teaching experience and world-leading research in theoretical semiconductor optics. … The text is aimed for advanced class work for graduate students or self-study by experienced researchers. A collection of problem is provided at the end of the text, and each chapter ends with a list of suggestions for further reading. The text is well illustrated, and a good index is provided." (Dr M. Fox, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 48 (4), 2007)