Classical and Quantum Optics of Semiconductor Nanostructures

  • Walter Hoyer
  • Mackillo Kira
  • Stephan W. Koch
Part of the Nanostructure Science and Technology book series (NST)


Optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures are widely studied both experimentally and theoretically. They are interesting from an application point of view while they also provide an ideal playground to study Coulomb effects, light–matter interaction, and so forth. For the theoretical modeling, the strongly interacting charge carriers inside a semiconductor present a considerable challenge. This is intensified if also the electromagnetic radiation and potentially also the lattice vibrations have to be treated quantum mechanically. Direct solutions of, e.g., the Schrödinger equation are completely out of question, and a successful theoretical approach has to find consistent methods of truncating the infinite hierarchy problem caused by the interaction. In particular, Coulomb correlations have to be dealt with on the same footing as phonon or photon correlations.

Our theoretical approach is based on the Heisenberg equation of motion where the precise density matrix...


Light Field Bloch Function Bloch Electron Phonon Operator Coherent Correlation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Hoyer
  • Mackillo Kira
  • Stephan W. Koch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Material Sciences CenterPhilipps-University MarburgGermany

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