Welcome to the Theoretical Solid State Optics Group


The main research focus in our group is on theoretical investigations of the optical properties of semiconductor structures. Our  fundamental theoretical investigations of semiconductors are based on microscopic quantum-mechanical many-body theories and include ultrafast nonlinear optical processes in bulk semiconductors and quantum-well structures. Examples of research projects include electromagnetically-induced transparency, polaritonic effects in slow and fast light propagation, nonlinear spectroscopy and all-optical switching applications of Bragg-spaced multiple quantum wells, optical refrigeration of semiconductors, polaritonic four-wave mixing instabilities, pattern formation in polaritonic quantum fluids in semiconductor  microcavities, optical and elastic properties of semiconductor nanomembranes, optical properties of graphene, and also a topic not related to semiconductors, namely laser cooling of optical glass fibers.

Prof. Binder received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Dortmund in 1989. He is currently professor of Optical Sciences and Professor of  Physics, University of Arizona. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and an Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society. He is actively involved in the research community, for example by serving on the advisory committee of the Fundamental Optical Processes in Semiconductors (FOPS) conference. The most recent FOPS conference was held in August 2019.

For extracurricular activities, see Dr. Binder’s YouTube channel at this link.

If interested in Dr. Binder’s research, please see his book Optical Properties of Graphene (World Scientific, 2017), which was also announced on EurekAlert.


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