Table of Contents
Physics Research International
Volume 2012, Article ID 836430, 11 pages
Review Article

Optical Second Harmonic Generation in Semiconductor Nanostructures

1Faculty of Physics, Moscow State University, Moscow 119991, Russia
2Center for Materials Research, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA 23504, USA

Received 20 January 2012; Accepted 16 March 2012

Academic Editor: Goro Mizutani

Copyright © 2012 Tatiana V. Murzina et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) studies of semiconductor nanostructures are reviewed. The second-order response data both predicted and observed on pure and oxidised silicon surfaces, planar Si(001)/SiO2 heterostructures, and the results related to the direct-current-and strain-induced effects in SHG from the silicon surfaces as well are discussed. Remarkable progress in understanding the unique capabilities of nonlinear optical second harmonic generation spectroscopy as an advanced tool for nanostructures diagnostics is demonstrated.