1st Edition

Handbook of Luminescent Semiconductor Materials

Edited By Leah Bergman, Jeanne L. McHale Copyright 2012
    468 Pages
    by CRC Press

    468 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Photoluminescence spectroscopy is an important approach for examining the optical interactions in semiconductors and optical devices with the goal of gaining insight into material properties. With contributions from researchers at the forefront of this field, Handbook of Luminescent Semiconductor Materials explores the use of this technique to study semiconductor materials in a variety of applications, including solid-state lighting, solar energy conversion, optical devices, and biological imaging.

    After introducing basic semiconductor theory and photoluminescence principles, the book focuses on the optical properties of wide-bandgap semiconductors, such as AlN, GaN, and ZnO. It then presents research on narrow-bandgap semiconductors and solid-state lighting. The book also covers the optical properties of semiconductors in the nanoscale regime, including quantum dots and nanocrystals.

    This handbook explains how photoluminescence spectroscopy is a powerful and practical analytical tool for revealing the fundamentals of light interaction and, thus, the optical properties of semiconductors. The book shows how luminescent semiconductors are used in lasers, photodiodes, infrared detectors, light-emitting diodes, solid-state lamps, solar energy, and biological imaging.

    Principles of Photoluminescence. AlN: Properties and Applications. GaN-Based Optical Devices. Photoluminescence of ZnO: Basics and Applications. Novel Applications of ZnO: Random Lasing and UV Photonic Light Sources. Luminescent ZnO and MgZnO. Luminescence Studies of Impurities and Defects in III-Nitride Semiconductors. Narrow-Gap Semiconductors for Infrared Detectors. Solid-State Lighting. Fundamentals of the Quantum Confinement Effect. Selenide and Sulfide Quantum Dots and Nanocrystals: Optical Properties. Radiative Cascades in Semiconductor Quantum Dots. Photoluminescence and Carrier Transport in Nanocrystalline TiO2. Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Single Semiconductor Nanoparticles. Biological Applications of Photoluminescent Semiconductor Quantum Dots. Index.


    Leah Bergman is an associate professor of physics at the University of Idaho. She has been a recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bergman’s research is in the field of optical materials with a focus on wide-bandgap luminescent semiconductors.

    Jeanne L. McHale is a professor of chemistry and materials science at Washington State University. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. McHale’s research focuses on spectroscopic studies of semiconductor nanoparticles and chromophore aggregates relevant to solar energy conversion.