Monte Carlo simulations in optical devices: Some successes and some problems

David K. Ferry, Stephen Goodnick

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We discuss the use of ensemble Monte Carlo techniques for the simulation of some opto-electronic devices. This approach has been reasonably successful for device simulation, and the Monte Carlo approach has worked very well for sub-picosecond time scales, but computational time becomes excessive for multi-picosecond simulations. Various nonlinear effects such as carrier-carrier scattering, non- equilibrium phonons, quantization in low-dimensional systems, and finite collision duration have all successfully been incorporated into the Monte Carlo method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 1998
EventPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VI - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 26 1998Jan 26 1998


OtherPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Monte Carlo
  • Optical excitation
  • Semiconductor device simulation
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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