…just about
that glows!
The Semiconductor Spectroscopy and Devices group at the University of Strathclyde began its activities in 1987 as a wing of Professor Brian Henderson’s Solid State Materials Group. It became a separate entity in 1990 with a mission “to explore the optoelectronic device capabilities of less-well-developed semiconductors”: at first, visibly emitting semiconductor compounds from the Zn(Cd)S(Se) family.

Superlattices and quantum wells, including ZnSe-ZnS, CdSe-ZnSe, CdS-ZnS, CdSe-CdS (hex) and CdS-ZnSe (hex-cubic), have since been studied in detail.

In 1991, we began studies of the novel semiconductor porous silicon. Since 1993 magneto-optic studies of strained-layer III-V heterostructures have joined the list, and more recently (since 1995) we have worked on:

  • gallium nitride (GaN)
  • indium gallium nitride (InxGa1-xN)
  • silicon quantum dots
  • chalcopyrites (e.g. CuInSe2, Cu(In,Ga)Se2)
  • zinc oxide (ZnO)
  • cuprate superconductors
  • dilute nitrides
  • geological minerals (e.g. calcite, zircon)
  • fossilised trilobite eyes
  • metallic nanoparticles
  • 9th century Chinese paper…

…in fact, just about anything that glows!

The group has hosted a number of national and international conferences, including: