Coherent Semiconductor Optics: From Basic Concepts to Nanostructure Applications

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This book could not have been written without the extensive work of many diploma and Ph.D. students in our Theoretical Semiconductor Physics Group at the Philipps-Universit ̈ at in Marburg. They have contributed to the f- damental understanding and to many applications in the area of coherent semiconductor optics. The one-dimensional tight-binding model, which is exclusively treated in the present book, has been the basis of many of their diploma and Ph.D. theses. The reader will ?nd references to their results and also their names as authors of the publications listed in the sections “S- gested Reading”. In particular, the authors wish to thank Irina Kuznetsova, who prepared a large number of the ?gures and recalculated the underlying data on the basis of the equations presented in this book in cases where parameters or presentation had to be changed and/or optimized. Someoftheproblems,inparticular,thoseconnectedtothemoreintrod- tory chapters, were solved by Swantje Horst and Joachim Kalden. They made valuable suggestions for improved formulation of the problems and pointed out a number of hints we should give our readers in order to help them with the solutions. Furthermore, we wish to thank all our numerous collaborators, together with whom we have performed research in the area of coherent semiconductor optics in the past and present, for many valuable discussions. In particular, without the close cooperation between experiment and theory this research ?eld would not have advanced to the present level.
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The book on Semiconductor Optics has been favourably received by the s- dents and the scienti?c community worldwide. After the ?rst edition, which appeared in 1995 several reprints became necessary starting from 1997, one of them for the Chinese market. They contained only rather limited updates of the material and corrections. In the meantime scienti?c progress brought a lot of new results, which necessitate a new, seriously revised edition. This progress includes bulk se- conductors, but especially structures of reduced dimensionality. These new trends and results are partly included in existing chapters e. g. for phonons or for time-resolved spectroscopy, partly new chapters have been introduced like the ones on cavity polaritons and photonic structures. We based the description of the optical properties againon the simple and intuitively clear model ofthe Lorentz-oscillatorsandthe concept of polaritons asthequantaoflightinmatter. Butsincethereispresentlyatrendtodescribe at least the optical properties of the electronic system of semiconductors by the optical or the semiconductor Bloch equations, a chapter has been added on this topic written by Prof. Dr. R. v. Baltz (Karlsruhe) to familiarize the reader with this concept, too, which needs a bit more quantum mechanics compared the approach used here. The chapter on group theory has been revised by Prof. Dr. K. Hummer ̈ (Karlsruhe/Forchheim) Karlsruhe, C. F. Klingshirn September 2004 Preface to the First Edition One of the most prominent senses of many animals and, of course, of human beingsissightorvision.
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