Series in Microelectronics

edited by Wolfgang Fichtner
Qiuting Huang
Heinz Jäckel
Hans Melchior
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Gerhard Tröster

Vol. 142

Matthias Streiff,
Opto-Electro-Thermal VCSEL Device Simulation
2004; XII, 158 pages. 64,00. ISBN 3-89649-915-7

Self-consistent opto-electro-thermal simulation of vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) devices is presented. The model is based on semiclassical microscopic laser theory. The efficient computation of the optical modes based on a continuation scheme allows, for the first time, that Maxwell's vectorial wave equation, subject to an open boundary, can be solved self-consistently with the electro-thermal device equations. The model is suitable for the analysis of a wide range of VCSEL device types with realistic device structures and sizes. Multi-mode simulation results are compared to measurements. The practical use of the simulator as a computer aided design tool is demonstrated.

About the author

Matthias Streiff was born in London in 1971. He received the Dipl. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich in 1997 and the M. Sc. degree in Semiconductor Science and Technology from Imperial College London (ICL) in 1998. The stay at ICL was funded by an ETH-ICL exchange scholarship which was awarded to him in 1997. He worked in 1995 at CSEM SA, Neuchâtel (Switzerland) on digital ASIC design and in 1997 at ABB Semiconductors AG, Lenzburg (Switzerland) on the design of high power semiconductor devices. From 1998 to 1999 he was a circuit design engineer at Sony Semiconductor and Devices Europe Ltd., Basingstoke (United Kingdom) in the wireless business department. Since 2000 he has been with the Integrated Systems Laboratory at ETH Zurich. His current research interests relate to numerical modeling, design, and characterisation of optoelectronic devices for applications in telecommunications and biotechnology.

Keywords (english):
Finite-element method, Large sparse complex non-Hermitian eigenproblem, Optical mode computation subject to open boundary, Self-consistent electro-thermo-optical device model, Semiconductor laser, Semiclassical microscopic laser model, Numerical device simulation, Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL)

Keywords (german):
Finite-Elemente Methode, Grosse duennbesetzte komplexe nicht-Hermitische Eigenprobleme, Berechnung von optischen Moden mit offenen Randbedingungen, Selbstkonsistentes Elektro-Thermo-Optisches Bauteilemodell, Halbleiterlaser, Semiklassisches mikroskopisches Lasermodell, Numerische Bauteilesimulation, Vertikalresonator-Laserdioden (VCSEL).

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