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Harold N. Spector

Harold N. Spector, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Physics






148E Robert A. Pritzker Science Center


B.S. University of Chicago
M.S. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Research & Accomplishments 

My research centers on the theoretical calculation of the optical and electronic properties of electrons confined in semiconducting structures of reduced dimensionality such as quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum dots. Such structures have been artificially fabricated using novel techniques of crystal growth and in these structures the motion of the charge carriers (electrons and holes) is confined along one or more directions. Because of this confinement, the charge carriers behave as a quasi-two dimensional gas of particles in quantum wells, a quasi-one dimensional gas of particles in quantum wires and a quasi-zero dimensional gas of particles in quantum dots and this reduction in dimensionality leads to many interesting and novel optical and electronic properties of these systems. Recent work involves the Franz-Keldysh effect in the one photon and two photon absorption in these semiconducting nanostructures.



Semiconducting nanostructures


“Optical Absorption Coefficient of quantum wires in strain and electric fields with intermixing interfaces”, Physical Review B 72, 125329 (2005), (with  Johnson Lee, Wu Ching Chou and Ying Sheng Huang)

"Stark effect of electrons in a semiconducting quantum disk", Physica B 381,53 (2006) (with H. Ham).

“Transverse Stark Effect of Electrons in a Hollow Semiconducting Quantum Cylinders", Physica E 33, 240 (2006), (with  M. Del Castillo-Mussot and G.J. Vazquez)

“Rashba spin-splitting in parabolic quantum dots" , Journal of Applied Physics 99, 113708  2006, ( with Johnson Lee and Wuching Chou).

"Photoionization Cross-section of Hydrogenic Impurities in Cylindrical Quantum Wires: Finite Well Model", Journal of Applied Physics 100, 02430 (2006), (with H. Ham).

“Stark effect in the optical absorption in cubical quantum boxes”, Physica  B 393, 92 (2007),(with Johnson Lee).

"Franz-Keldysh effect in the interband optical absorption of semiconducting nanostructures", J. Appl. Physics 105, 084313  2009  (with Xia Congxin).

Professional Societies 

American Physical Society