Description

This book covers the device physics of semiconductor lasers in five chapters written by recognized experts in this field. The volume begins by introducing the basic mechanisms of optical gain in semiconductors and the role of quantum confinement in modern quantum well diode lasers. Subsequent chapters treat the effects of built-in strain, one of the important recent advances in the technology of these lasers, and the physical mechanisms underlying the dynamics and high speed modulation of these devices. The book concludes with chapters addressing the control of photon states in squeezed-light and microcavity structures, and electron states in low dimensional quantum wire and quantum dot lasers. The book offers useful information for both readers unfamiliar with semiconductor lasers, through the introductory parts of each chapter, as well as a state-of-the-art discussion of some of the most advanced semiconductor laser structures, intended for readers engaged in research in this field. This book may also serve as an introduction for the companion volume, Semiconductor Lasers II: Materials and Structures, which presents further details on the different material systems and laser structures used for achieving specific diode laser performance features.

Key Features

@bul:* Introduces the reader to the basics of semiconductor lasers * Covers the fundamentals of lasing in semiconductors, including quantum confined and microcavity structures * Beneficial to readers interested in the more general aspects of semiconductor physics and optoelectronic devices, such as quantum confined heterostructures and integrated optics * Each chapter contains a thorough introduction to the topic geared toward the non-expert, followed by an in-depth discussion of current technology and future trends * Useful for professionals engaged in research and development * Contains numerous schematic and data-containing illustrations

Readership

Researchers in the field of lasers, optoelectronics, and the technology of optical communication systems. Seniors and graduate students in physics and electrical engineering.

Table of Contents

B. Zhao and A. Yariv, Quantum Well Semiconductor Lasers. A. Adams, E.P. O'Reilly, and M. Silver, Strained Layer Quantum Well Lasers. R. Nagarajan and J.E. Cowers, High Speed Lasers. E. Kapon, Quantum Wire and Quantum Dot Lasers. Y. Yamamoto, S. Inoue, G. Bjork, H. Heitmann, and F. Matinaga, Quantum Optics Effects in Semiconductor Lasers. Subject Index.

Details

No. of pages:
453
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1999
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780123976307
Electronic ISBN:
9780080540924

Reviews

"... a valuable and up-to-date reference for the whole field of circuit aspects of high speed semiconductor devices." @source:--MICROELECTRONICS JOURNAL