Professor Mauro F Pereira

Job title: 
Group leader

Phone 0114 225 5312 

Mauro F. Pereira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and received the BSc and MsC in Physics at PUC/RJ. He completed the PhD in Optical Sciences at the Optical Sciences Center in Tucson/AZ and received an equivalent Dr. Sci. degree in Physics from UFRJ. He was a Research Associate at PUC/RJ, CBPF, Uni-Rostock, and the TU-Berlin, an Invited Lecturer in Bremen, an Associate Professor at UFBA and a Senior Researcher at Tyndall National Institute before joining the Materials and Electrical Engineering Research Institute of Sheffield Hallam University as a Professor. He has over 90 journal and proceedings publications and has been elected a Fellow of SPIE in 2011 for achievements in theory of semiconductor materials and optics.

Research interests

Nonlinear and quantum optics of semiconductor materials, exciton, polariton and antipolariton effects, band structure engineering, many-body effects, semiconductor lasers including quantum cascade structures and lasers without inversion, solar cells, quantum transport, nonequilibrium Greens functions and numerical methods. The results are aimed at fundamental understanding and as input for the design and simulation of novel optical devices.

Lecture title(s)

Introduction to semiconductor optics

This lecture starts from a very simple classical oscillator model, and evolves to basic semiconductor band structure and optical transitions for both bulk and quantum well devices. More advanced treatment for semiconductor materials (semiconductor Bloch equations and nonequilibrium Greens Functions) and the basic physics governing light emission in Light Emitting Diodes and Semiconductor Lasers are also discussed. A clear connection between simple models and the more advanced simulation methods currently used are given as well as ample reference to simulation software available in the market are given. Examples from our the semiconductor material simulation capabilities at MERI and how our codes have been used for recent device development and characterization in Europe are provided.

International events

For a list of international events chaired by Mauro, learn more here.

International conference on 'Semiconductor Materials and Optics'(SMMO '08)

International workshop 'THz Radiation: Basic Research and Applications'(TERA 2008)

International workshop on 'Terahertz and Mid Infrared Radiation: Basic Research and Applications'(TERA-MIR 2009)

International workshop 'THz Radiation: Basic Research and Applications'(TERA 2010)

International conference on 'Semiconductor Mid-R International Conference on Semiconductor Mid-IR Materials and Optics SMMO 2010(SMMO  2010)

International workshop 'THz Radiation: Basic Research and Applications'(TERA 2011)

Mauro is also the chair of Cost Action MP1204: TERA-MIR Radiation: Materials, Generation, Detection and Application.

NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Detection of Explosives and CBRN (Using Terahertz) TERA-MIR 2012

Selected publications

All of Mauro's papers can be accessed at SHURA

M. F. Pereira and S. Tomic, Intersubband gain without global inversion through dilute nitride band engineering, Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 061101 (2011).

T. Schmielau and M.F. Pereira, Nonequilibrium many body theory for quantum transport in terahertz quantum cascade lasers, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 231111 (2009).

M.F. Pereira Jr., Intervalence transverse-electric mode terahertz lasing without population inversion, Phys. Rev. B78, 245305 (2008).

M.F. Pereira Jr., Intersubband antipolaritons: Microscopic approach, Phys Rev B75, 195301 (2007).

M.F. Pereira Jr. and H. Wenzel, Interplay of Coulomb and nonparabolicity effects in the intersubband absorption of electrons and holes in quantum wells, Phys. Rev. B70, 205331 (2004).

M.F. Pereira Jr., S.-C. Lee, and A. Wacker, Controlling many-body effects in the midinfrared gain and terahertz absorption of quantum cascade laser structures, Phys. Rev. B69, 205310 (2004).

M.F. Pereira Jr., Microscopic approach for intersubband-based thermophotovoltaic structures in the THz and Mid Infrared, JOSA B Vol. 28, Iss. 8, pp. 2014–2017 (2011).

M. F. Pereira Jr. and I.A. Faragai, Coupling of THz radiation with intervalence band transitions in microcavities Optics Express, Vol. 22 Issue 3, pp.3439-3446 (2014).


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