Cooperative recombination of a quantized high-density electron-hole plasma in semiconductor quantum wells. Academic Article uri icon


  • We investigate photoluminescence from a high-density electron-hole plasma in semiconductor quantum wells created via intense femtosecond excitation in a strong perpendicular magnetic field, a fully quantized and tunable system. At a critical magnetic field strength and excitation fluence, we observe a clear transition in the band-edge photoluminescence from omnidirectional output to a randomly directed but highly collimated beam. In addition, changes in the linewidth, carrier density, and magnetic field scaling of the photoluminescence spectral features correlate precisely with the onset of random directionality, indicative of cooperative recombination from a high-density population of free carriers in a semiconductor environment.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Jho, Y. D., Wang, X., Kono, J., Reitze, D. H., Wei, X., Belyanin, A. A., ... Solomon, G. S.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Jho, YD||Wang, Xiaoming||Kono, J||Reitze, DH||Wei, X||Belyanin, AA||Kocharovsky, VV||Kocharovsky, Vl V||Solomon, GS

publication date

  • June 2006