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Light Generation by Semiconductors

  • Karlheinz Seeger
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Part of the Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences book series (SSSOL, volume 40)

Abstract

Electroluminescent devices emit incoherent visible or infrared light with typical linewidths of about 10 nm while the coherent radiation emitted by the semiconductor laser may have a linewidth as low as 10−2 nm. These devices, together with photovoltaic diodes and solar cells (Sects. 5.8, 9, Chap. 12), are called optoelectronic devices. While the former convert electrical energy into optical radiation, the latter do the inverse process. In this chapter we will consider light-emitting diodes (LED) and diode lasers [13.1].

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karlheinz Seeger
    • 1
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  1. 1.WienAustria
  2. 2.Institut für MaterialphysikUniversität WienWienAustria

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