In Chap. 2, we describe a simple model for semiconductor gain from a free (i.e., noninteracting) electron-hole plasma. While this model provides some useful insight to the elementary physics of a semiconductor gain medium, its inadequacies show up in analyses of high-quality samples and advanced laser structures, where one clearly sees signatures of the more subtle Coulomb interaction effects among carriers. This chapter, as well as the next one, discusses approaches towards a more realistic description of the gain medium, where one includes the Coulomb interaction between charge carriers. The Coulomb potential is attractive between electron and holes (interband attraction) and repulsive for carriers in the same band (intraband repulsion) Since Coulomb interaction processes always involve more than one carrier, the resulting effects are often called many-body effects, and quantum mechanical many-body techniques have to be used to analyze these phenomena.
KeywordsCarrier Density Peak Gain Screen Coulomb Potential Coulomb Effect Pade Approximation
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For more details on the semiconductor Bloch equations and for further references see
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The classical theory of plasma screening is discussed in
General many-body theory and sum rules are discussed in
For the modifications of the plasmon-pole approximation in an electron-hole plasma see
For the Padé approximation, see
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We have used the integral tables in
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