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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 6 — Mar. 20, 2006
  • pp: 2459–2472

Electromagnetic simulation of quantum well structures

Shouyuan Shi, Ge Jin, and Dennis W. Prather  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 6, pp. 2459-2472 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.002459


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Abstract

We present an auxiliary differential equation Finite-difference Time-domain (ADE-FDTD) approach to numerically model the wave propagation within a gain or absorbing medium such as quantum well structures. Start from traditional quantum electronics theory, the macroscopic susceptibility of the semiconductor is derived and expressed by a multiple-Lorentz-like model based on Prony’s method. With the auxiliary differential equation method each Lorentz-like model can be simulated in the time domain and the induced polarization is then determined by summing all the models. By incorporating the induced polarization into the time-domain Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic wave propagation in the quantum well medium can be accurately modeled using the FDTD method.

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OCIS Codes
(020.5580) Atomic and molecular physics : Quantum electrodynamics
(190.5970) Nonlinear optics : Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW
(230.5590) Optical devices : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 26, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 8, 2006
Published: March 20, 2006

Citation
Shouyuan Shi, Ge Jin, and Dennis W. Prather, "Electromagnetic simulation of quantum well structures," Opt. Express 14, 2459-2472 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-6-2459


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