Theory of luminescence and optical refrigeration in p-doped semiconductors

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

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We present a microscopic many-body theory of optical refrigeration of p-doped semiconductors. Conceptually, the refrigeration mechanism is the upconversion of pump photons through absorption and subsequent luminescence by electron-hole pairs. The electron-hole pair can be an unbound pair, a pair bound by the attractive Coulomb interation (exciton), or a pair in which the hole is located at an acceptor site. Assuming the electron-hole pairs to be in quasi-thermal equilibrium, our theory calculates its absorption and luminescence spectra within a diagrammatic (real-time) Green's function approach at the self-consistent T-matrix level. The strong on-site Coulomb repulsion of holes at acceptor sites is taken into account via a truncation of the acceptor Fock space, which excludes states with higher than single-hole occupation. The resulting absorption and luminescence spectra are used in a cooling threshold analysis for GaAs that also takes into account other losses into heat. We compare the present results for p-doped GaAs with previous ones obtained for undoped GaAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLaser Refrigeration of Solids
StatePublished - 2008
EventLaser Refrigeration of Solids - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 23 2008Jan 24 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherLaser Refrigeration of Solids
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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