Theory of laser cooling of semiconductor quantum wells

G. Rupper, N. H. Kwong, B. Gu, R. Binder

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We present a microscopic many-body theory of laser cooling of semiconductor quantum wells. The cooling mechanism is the upconversion of pump photons through absorption and subsequent luminescence by an electron-hole-exciton mixture maintained at steady state in the quantum well. Assuming this Coulomb plasma to be in quasi-thermal equilibrium, our theory calculates its absorption/luminescence spectra within a diagrammatic (real-time) Green's function approach at the self-consistent T-matrix level. These spectra are used in a cooling threshold analysis for GaAs quantum wells that also takes into account other losses into heat. We compare the present results with previous ones obtained for bulk GaAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1049-1054
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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