A multiple quantum well structure simulator

Zoubir Becer, Abdeldjalil Bennecer, Nouredine Sengouga

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A simulator was developed for modeling and designing multiple quantum wells structures such as quantum well infrared photodetectors and quantum cascade laser, based on a single-electron effective mass Schrödinger equation. It employs box integration finite differences and transfer matrix approaches to find energies of bound and scattering states in the structures. The graphical user interface allows the user to vary easily design parameters including effective mass, layer thickness and number of layers as well as simulation parameters in order to optimize the structure for different device applications and functionality. Three simulation examples were performed on: three coupled quantum wells structure, two-color asymmetric quantum well infrared photodetector structure and on a quantum cascade laser design. The results show an accuracy which is comparable to more complicated simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Modelling & Simulation
Place of PublicationUSA
Number of pages6
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 14 Feb 2018


  • Effective mass approximation
  • multiple quantum wells structures
  • FDM
  • TMM


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