Gain Switching in Coupled Quantum Wells

Doyeol Ahn, Tae Kyung Yoo

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Optical gain switching in coupled quantum wells is studied theoretically. Our analysis is based on the multiband effective mass theory and the density matrix formalism with the intraband relaxation taken into account. Significant enhancement of the Stark effect on the gain of the coupled quantum wells is predicted. Comparison with the single quantum well shows that the gain is substantially more reduced for the coupled quantum wells at the same electric field because of enhanced charge separation in this structure. These results may allow low-voltage operation of the recently proposed field-effect quantum-well laser.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1055-1058
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number4 R
StatePublished - Apr 1992


  • Coupled quantum well
  • Density matrix
  • Gain switching
  • Hamiltonian
  • Luttinger-Kohn
  • Quantum-well laser


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