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Fundamentals of Semiconductor Lasers

  • Explains the physics and fundamental characteristics of semiconductor lasers with regard to systems applications

  • Requires only an undergraduate knowledge of electromagnetism and quantum mechanics

  • Explains control of the longitudinal and transverse (lateral) modes of semiconductor lasers

  • Bridges the large gap between journal papers and undergraduate textbooks


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Takahiro Numai
    Pages 1-22
  3. Takahiro Numai
    Pages 23-40
  4. Takahiro Numai
    Pages 41-59
  5. Takahiro Numai
    Pages 61-87
  6. Takahiro Numai
    Pages 89-186
  7. Takahiro Numai
    Pages 187-200
  8. Takahiro Numai
    Pages 201-225
  9. Takahiro Numai
    Pages 227-234
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 235-289

About this book


This book explains physics under the operating principles of semiconductor lasers in detail based on the experience of the author, dealing with the first manufacturing of phase-shifted DFB-LDs and recent research on transverse modes.


The book also bridges a wide gap between journal papers and textbooks, requiring only an undergraduate-level knowledge of electromagnetism and quantum mechanics, and helps readers to understand journal papers where definitions of some technical terms vary, depending on the paper. Two definitions of the photon density in the rate equations and two definitions of the phase-shift in the phase-shifted DFB-LD are explained, and differences in the calculated results are indicated, depending on the definitions. 


Readers can understand the physics of semiconductor lasers and analytical tools for Fabry-Perot LDs, DFB-LDs, and VCSELs and will be stimulated to develop semiconductor lasers themselves.


Anti-guiding Waveguide Control of Lateral Mode DFB-LD Distributed Feedback Laser Diode Longitudinal Mode in Laser Optical Phase-shift Semiconductor Laser using Diffraction Gratings Transverse Mode in Laser

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringRitsumeikan UniversityKusatsuJapan

About the authors

Prof. Takahiro Numai
The Springer author: Fundamentals of Semiconductor Lasers 978-0-387-40836-1, First edition, 2004, XII, 262 p.

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