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)].
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 14, 2003
Revised Manuscript: December 11, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: December 11, 2003
Published: July 1, 2004
Philippe Ben-Abdallah, "Thermal antenna behavior for thin-film structures," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 1368-1371 (2004)