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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 19, Iss. 12 — Dec. 2, 2002
  • pp: 3013–3018

Modified spontaneous-emission rate in an inverted-opal structure with complete photonic bandgap

Christian Hermann and Ortwin Hess  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 19, Issue 12, pp. 3013-3018 (2002)

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A finite three-dimensional photonic-crystal structure with a complete photonic bandgap is shown to drastically modify the spontaneous-emission rate of an embedded dipole. Calculations on the basis of the finite-difference time-domain method with perfectly matched layer boundary conditions demonstrate a strong position and polarization dependence of spontaneous emission within the unit cell. Strong enhancement effects are predicted at interfaces between the high-index and the low-index material. The inhibition of spontaneous emission within the bandgap is of the order of two magnitudes, even for relatively small crystallites.

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OCIS Codes
(020.5580) Atomic and molecular physics : Quantum electrodynamics
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

Christian Hermann and Ortwin Hess, "Modified spontaneous-emission rate in an inverted-opal structure with complete photonic bandgap," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 3013-3018 (2002)

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