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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 14, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1997
  • pp: 1149–1159

Enhancement and inhibition of electromagnetic radiation in plane-layered media. I.Plane-wave spectrum approach to modeling classical effects

Kevin G. Sullivan and Dennis G. Hall  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 14, Issue 5, pp. 1149-1159 (1997)

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Using a Green's function technique and the plane-wave spectrum, we formulate a classical theory for the calculation of radiative effects for a source in the presence of a planar interface or structure. The analysis focuses on understanding the roles of radiative and nonradiative energy transfer in the coupling processes and discusses the implications of modal-induced effects. This understanding is important for the design of a class of practical applications, including enhanced-sensitivity optical waveguide sensors.

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Kevin G. Sullivan and Dennis G. Hall, "Enhancement and inhibition of electromagnetic radiation in plane-layered media. I.Plane-wave spectrum approach to modeling classical effects," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 1149-1159 (1997)

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