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  • Vol. 9, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1970
  • pp: 2111–2114

A Thin Film Optical Cavity to Induce Absorption or Thermal Emission

N. J. Harrick and A. F. Turner  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 9, Issue 9, pp. 2111-2114 (1970)

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Several variations are given of a relatively simple thin film optical cavity construction which can be designed either to induce absorption in a weak absorber or to induce thermal emission from a weak emitter. In both cases the cavity is very selective with respect to polarization and wavelength.

© 1970 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 16, 1970
Published: September 1, 1970

N. J. Harrick and A. F. Turner, "A Thin Film Optical Cavity to Induce Absorption or Thermal Emission," Appl. Opt. 9, 2111-2114 (1970)

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