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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2004
  • pp: 1368–1371

Thermal antenna behavior for thin-film structures

Philippe Ben-Abdallah  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 1368-1371 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.21.001368


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Abstract

I show that under proper conditions, thin-film structures behave as thermal sources that are able to emit radiation in well-defined directions over a broad spectral band for both p- and s-polarization states of light. This effect results from the quantization of modes inside the structure as in a Fabry–Perot resonator. A theoretical demonstration of this effect is given by using the matrix transfer method. This result is similar to the most efficient reported results with gratings but with use of a completely different physical principle [Nature 416, 61 (2002)].

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

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Philippe Ben-Abdallah, "Thermal antenna behavior for thin-film structures," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 1368-1371 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-21-7-1368


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