Strongly confined semiconductor quantum dots: Pair excitations and optical properties

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This paper reviews a microscopic model of basic electron hole pair excitation processes in strongly confined semiconductor quantum dots (QD) and their influence on the optical QD properties. The effects of valence band mixing, Coulomb interaction, and surface polarization are taken into account. The exciton and biexciton wave functions and energies are obtained using a numerical diagonalization method. The computed optical spectra, such as absorption, gain, pump-probe, and two-photon absorption, agree well with experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-202
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Issue number1-6 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Oct 1996


  • Optical properties
  • Pair excitations
  • Semiconductor quantum dots
  • Strong confinement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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