We study lifetime modifications induced by luminescent microcavities in the case of praseodymium-doped planar Ta<sub>2</sub>O<sub>5</sub>–SiO<sub>2</sub> multidielectric structures. From the experimental point of view we measure different decay times of the <sup>1</sup>D<sub>2</sub> excited level for different wavelengths in the inhomogeneous praseodymium emission spectrum. Decay times depend on the spectral detuning between considered ions and the cavity, and we observe significant changes around the resonance wavelength of the microcavity. The decay times are explained with an electromagnetic modal analysis of spontaneous emission developed in the case of less-loss microcavities.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence
(310.0310) Thin films : Thin films
Ali Belarouci, Bernard Jacquier, Paul Moretti, Stéphanie Robert, and Hervé Rigneault, "Praseodymium-doped planar multidielectric microcavities: induced lifetime changes over the emission spectrum," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 832-838 (2001)