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Akiyama Group

Professor AKIYAMA, Hidefumi
Research Associate KOBAYASHI, Masataka

Research Subjects

  • Gain-switched short-pulse semiconductor lasers and ultrafast non-equilibrium non-linear optical physics
  • Development and applications of semiconductor-laser devices, modules, and systems
  • High-efficiency energy conversion and detailed-balance-limit physics in advanced space solar cells
  • Luminescence measurement standards, firefly bioluminescence, rhodopsin Raman spectroscopy

Advanced laser spectroscopy on the basis of lasers and microscopy is developed and applied to semiconductor quantum wires and other nano-structures, in order to understand and control their optical properties quantum mechanically. Pico- and femto-second pulse generation directly from gain-switched semiconductor lasers is studied intensively to understand the pulse dynamics and the shortest-pulse limit. High-quality III-V-semiconductor space solar cells and their internal loss rates and mechanisms are also studied. We make the world thinnest and cleanest quantum-wire semiconductor lasers that have superior laser performances such as low threshold currents. Experimental findings and problems provide us fruitful physics subjects related to 1D physics, many-body physics, lasers, solar cells, crystal growth, material science, and semiconductor device physics and engineering.

We are developing experimental techniques such as sensitive luminescence detection, absolute luminescence-yield measurements, transmission/absorption measurements of single nano-structures, micro-spectroscopy, imaging, and solid-immersion microscopy. Some of these techniques have been applied to study of bioluminescence of fireflies, jelly fish, and sea fireflies as well as luminol chemiluminescence.

Nano-structures of 100 T-shaped quantum-wire semiconductor laser (a,b) and firefly luciferase protein (c) .
Direct fs pulse generation from a gain-switched semiconductor laser.

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