Physics of Strained Quantum Well Lasers by John P. Loehr

By John P. Loehr

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S term. 230) commute with Land S, as we have already shown, the last term ~(r)L . S does not, as may be readily verified. 230). 230), we define the total angular momentum operator J by J == L + S = Lx, 15 + 1L X S. 194), and so J is truly an angular momentum operator. Therefore the eigenstates Ij, nIj) of J2 and Jz must satisfy j(j + 1)h21J, nIj), nIjhlJ, nIj). 230), and with ~(r),we have [J, ;~ + v] = [J,~] = O. 240) But the most important commutation property of J stems from the identity J2 = L2 + S2 + 2L· S, which means L· S = ~[J2 - L2 - S2], and so [J,L· S] = O.

Therefore, we may interpret 8E as a second-order correction to the energy Ei of the initial state I¢i). This correction results from the perturbative coupling to the continuum. 176) 34 Q1:ANTC\I-:\IECHA;--;ICAL PRELI\IINARIES This suggests that we can bypass the elaborate calculation we just made and compute the lifetime r- 1 using first-order perturbation theory. Indeed we can, by judicious application of the Fermi Golden Rule, which we now derive. 177) We have already seen that this function peaks sharply at W = ±Wfi: here we still take W 2: 0, and the sign of Wfi depends on the relative values of Ei and E f.

176) 34 Q1:ANTC\I-:\IECHA;--;ICAL PRELI\IINARIES This suggests that we can bypass the elaborate calculation we just made and compute the lifetime r- 1 using first-order perturbation theory. Indeed we can, by judicious application of the Fermi Golden Rule, which we now derive. 177) We have already seen that this function peaks sharply at W = ±Wfi: here we still take W 2: 0, and the sign of Wfi depends on the relative values of Ei and E f. In fact, 1c/(t)12 becomes a delta function in the long-time limit.

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