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VLSI Design
Volume 13 (2001), Issue 1-4, Pages 23-36

Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices

INFM-Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettronica, Universita di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Roma 00133, Italy

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


In the spirit of reviewing various approaches to the modeling and simulation of optoelectronic devices, we discuss two specific examples, related respectively to Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers and to Quantum Cascade Lasers. In the former case, a tight-binding analysis is performed aimed at the optimization of the polarization independence of the device. Further, a rate-equation model is set up to describe the dynamics of gain recovery after optical pumping. A Monte Carlo simulation of a superlattice quantum cascade laser is then presented which provides an insight into the microscopic processes controlling the performance of this device.