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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1997
  • pp: 1160–1166

Enhancement and inhibition of electromagnetic radiation in plane-layered media. II. Enhanced fluorescence in optical waveguide sensors

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

JOSA B, Vol. 14, Issue 5, pp. 1160-1166 (1997)

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A classical model of radiation reaction is applied to an enhanced molecular-fluorescence system incorporating an optical waveguide. The mechanisms responsible for the enhanced-fluorescence phenomena are identified, and the magnitude and guide-thickness dependence of the enhancement are determined numerically and shown to be in good agreement with previously reported experimental results.

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Kevin G. Sullivan and Dennis G. Hall, "Enhancement and inhibition of electromagnetic radiation in plane-layered media. II.Enhanced fluorescence in optical waveguide sensors," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 1160-1166 (1997)

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