Fundamentals of Semiconductor Lasers

  • Takahiro Numai

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Pages 1-23
  3. Pages 25-41
  4. Pages 43-56
  5. Pages 57-82
  6. Pages 167-177
  7. Pages 179-201
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-262

About this book



Fundamentals of Semiconductor Lasers explains the physics and fundamental characteristics of semiconductor lasers with regards to systems applications. The detailed and comprehensive presentation is unique in that it encourages the reader to consider different semiconductor lasers from different angles. Emphasis is placed on recognizing common concepts such operating principles and structure, and solving problems based on individual situations. The treatment is enhanced by an historical account of advances in semiconductor lasers over the years, discussing both those ideas that have both persisted over the years and those that have faded out.

The first four chapters cover the basics of semiconductors, including band structures, optical transitions, optical waveguides, and optical resonators. The remaining chapters discuss operating principles and basic characteristics of semiconductor lasers, and advanced topics including dynamics single-mode lasers, quantum well lasers, and control of spontaneous emission. The reader need only be familiar with undergraduate-level electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. After reading this book, the student will be able to think critically about semiconductor lasers, and be able to read and understand journal papers in the field. This book will be essential to any advanced undergraduate or graduate student of semiconductor lasers, and any professional physicist or engineer looking for a good overview of the subject.


SSOS Semiconductor basics electromagnetism magnetism mechanics quantum mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Takahiro Numai
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringRitsumeikan UniversityKusatsu ShigaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-40836-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21797-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0342-4111
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