Optical Nonlinearities and Instabilities in Semiconductors

Optical Nonlinearities and Instabilities in Semiconductors

1st Edition - May 28, 1988

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  • Editor: Hartmut Haug
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140942

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Optical Nonlinearities and Instabilities in Semiconductors deals with various aspects of nonlinear optical phenomena and related optical instabilities in semiconductors. Measurements and explanations of the optical nonlinearities of various semiconductor materials and structures are presented, along with optical bistability and diode laser thresholds; self-oscillations; and chaos. This text consists of 17 chapters and begins with an introductory chapter to the historical background of investigations of the resonance-enhanced nonlinear optical properties of semiconductors and their manifestations in optical instabilities. The discussion then turns to the experimentally observed optical nonlinearities in homogeneous semiconductors and the microscopic theory of the optical band edge nonlinearities. This book considers the studies of the spectral region close to the band gap meant to exploit the resonance enhancement of the nonlinear optical behavior. The remaining chapters focus on nonlinear optical properties of semiconductor quantum wells; dense nonequilibrium excitations in gallium arsenide; optical decay and spatial relaxation; and optical bistability in semiconductor laser amplifiers. A chapter that describes instabilities in semiconductor lasers concludes the book. This book is intended for research students and active research workers who are interested in the basic physics or in the device applications of optical nonlinearities and instabilities in semiconductors.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    1. Introduction

    2. Survey of Experimentally Observed Optical Nonlinearities in Homogeneous Semiconductors

    3. Microscopic Theory of the Optical Band Edge Nonlinearities

    4. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Semiconductor Quantum Wells

    5. Dense Nonequilibrium Excitations: Band Edge Absorption Spectra of Highly Excited Gallium Arsenide

    6. Theory of Dense Nonequilibrium Exciton Systems

    7. Optical Decay and Spatial Relaxation

    8. Optical Nonlinearities Due to Bi Excitons

    9. Optical Phase Conjugation in Semiconductors

    10. Nonlinear Refraction for CW Optical Bistability

    11. Optical Instabilities in Semiconductors: Theory

    12. Semiconductor Optical Nonlinearities and Applications to Optical Devices and Bistability

    13. Electric Field Dependence of Optical Properties of Semiconductor Quantum Wells: Physics and Applications

    14. Optical and Optoelectronic Nonlinearity in Bistable Si and InP Devices

    15. Optical Bistability in Semiconductor Laser Amplifiers

    16. Bistability in Semiconductor Laser Diodes

    17. Instabilities in Semiconductor Lasers


    List of Materials

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  • No. of pages: 452
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1988
  • Published: May 28, 1988
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140942

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Hartmut Haug

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